Harping on it
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One of my students gave me a gorgeous upholstered chair that doesn't fit into her new decoration scheme. Although I was afraid that the cats would destroy it, I accepted it. The first time a cat put a claw up to the side, I yelled loudly. Then I brought out a brand new scratching pad, covered it with catnip, and put it near the chair. In the last 24 hours, the cats have enjoyed the new scratching pad.
The cats have slept on the chair, but neither one has put a claw on the side.
I hope this worked!
I made a delicious tempei stew this morning. Before I put in the tempei, I marinated it in lemon juice. Score! Other ingredients: onions, carrots, beet greens and stems, collard greens, an herb mix.
second silliest commercial ever|
"You have that 2 pm feeling, but coffee doesn't work for long. So why not take just one [product that keeps you awake all day] and lose that 2 pm feeling?"
Why not get enough sleep?
We, like sheep...|
The first 5 people to comment in this post get to request that I compose them a jingle advertising the enterprise of their choice, even your own wonderful self. When it's done, I'll send you a sound file. I will need some help on what to say about the enterprise.
In return, please post this in your journal (offering graphics, vids, writing, crafts, whatever), regardless of your ability level.
In preparation for teaching a unit on the blues tonight, I was just listening to Big Mama Thornton singing Hound Dog. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUAg1_A7IE)
At the end, she says, "And bow-wow to you too."
This cracks me up so much. I'm going to be saying it all day.
I guess he needed it|
"Hello. Is this Intelligent Service Solutions?"
"Well, I like to think of myself that way, but if you're looking for a business..."
Whatever happened to "I'm sorry, wrong number"?
Dumbest commercial ever|
"Three skiers are trapped on a chairlift."
Do they chat with each other? Do they look out over the mountains?
No. They play with their fancy telephones.
I fixed it! But...|
My screen stopped flickering after I downloaded a video driver from the Dell website.
Now it doesn't look quite right. Everything's a little fatter, and not quite as clear.
Although I can live with this, I wish I knew why it worked, and how to make it even better.
The most common peer pressure body modification, in my opinion, is not weight loss. It's ear piercing.
When I was a teenager, I wanted to wear cute earrings like my friends, but I had to settle for clip-ons. Most of the clip-on earrings I could find in Central Florida were styled more for my mother's generation than mine. My parents said I could get my ears pierced when I was 16, if I paid for it myself and went to the family doctor rather than to the mall. Mom made me promise that I would wear only good metal in my ears. Dad was allergic to his own wedding ring because the gold wasn't pure enough, and Mom was worried that it ran in the family. (After they retired, when they finally decided to spend some money on themselves, they bought new wedding rings, so that Dad could wear his.)
Shortly after my sixteenth birthday, I did the deed. I rarely change my earrings, yet I feel naked without them.
I don't think I know any women with unpierced ears. Do you? Are your ears pierced? If so, why? If not, why not?
In the last couple of days, my screen has started flashing on and off. It's a fairly new monitor, so I think the problem is that something has gotten old in the guts of my computer. Any suggestions?
an evening's amusement|
I'm not feeling very sociable, but I want to get out of the house tonight.
Shall I go to:
- a science fiction reading at the South Street Seaport?
- English Country Dancing?
- a feng shui workshop?
- something else entirely?
What would you do?
Physics and running|
This morning, as I ran in Central Park, I was thinking about the force of landing on each leg. How does it change with the following variables: speed, height of the step, length of the stride, which part of my foot lands, whether I use my toes, etc?
A cabbage-y compromise|
My Thanksgiving hostess said that cole slaw would be fine, but I did not ignore the comments of the fine folks who are kind enough to read my scribbles.
I made a salad with cabbage, carrots, onions, kerbies, parsley, soy mayonnaise (not a lot), and sesame oil. I'm thinking I might decorate with pecans and cauliflower before serving.
It didn't all fit into the bowl, so I ate the leftovers as a snack. Yum! I'll do this one again.
I've been asked to bring a salad for Thanksgiving dinner.
Shall I make cole slaw or a classic green salad with a vinaigrette?
People who make appointments and don't show up, with no phone call or email to cancel, are the scum of the earth.
Dear LJ Friends, who know everything,
When I turn my computer off and unplug it, it forgets what time and day it is. When I leave it plugged in, it remembers. This has been going on for a few months. How can I tell it to remember the time?
Thanks in advance!
For those in Northern NJ|
I just had my dress rehearsal for Sunday's concert, and it's going to be awesome!
Saint David's Episcopal Church of Kinnelon
GLISSANDO DUO - Elissa Weiss, soprano/harp and Lisa Spraragen, guitar
Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM
Saint David's Church (http://www.stdavidskinnelon.org)
91 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, NJ 07405
The program includes Salomone Rossi's groundbreaking liturgical music, lutesongs by John Dowland, Franz Schubert's songs of love and longing, selections from Castelnuovo-Tedesco's setting of the Divan of Moses-Ibn-Ezra, Garcia Lorca's vibrant flamenco melodies, and exotic traditional Sephardic songs.
What an ego!|
I started a blog called Running and Singing.
From a harplist buddy|
Cover songs on harp found on youtube.
My favorite is "The Silly Harpist", who plays harp karaoke.
Brows and nails - a grooming question|
There must be hundreds of nail places in Manhattan. Maybe thousands. I know women who get a manicure once a week. I like to get a pedicure from time to time. It's fun. I pay somebody to rub my feet and make the toenails look pretty.
Over the last few years, seemingly hundreds of brow stores have popped up in my neighborhood. One goes to a brow store to have one's eyebrows shaped. I don't know exactly how this is done, but it sounds painful, since it clearly involves pulling hair out by the roots.
I have noticed toenails in bad shape, but I have never noticed brows.
Have you ever looked at a man or woman and thought, "he or she needs to have his or her eyebrows shaped"? What about fingernails or toenails?
Have you ever wondered why I keep my eyebrows au naturel?
Just for the record, I think that illegal immigrants should have the same access to government-sponsored healthcare as everyone else, if they pay the taxes that are due. If they are living at poverty level, they don't owe any taxes.
I'm in too deep now - another boring running post|
I usually run to the park, twice around the horse trail that circles the reservoir (as opposed to the trail right up against the reservoir), and then I run home.
Today, I ran the entire horse trail, including the part that dead-ends near the southern part of the park. The last part of the trail, up against the park's western wall, is particularly beautiful, almost like running down a dirt country road, surrounded by trees and wildflowers.
I turned around and started north again. After an hour of running, it's hard to stop. The body wants to keep running.
After an hour and 15 minutes, I had to stop. My toes were hurting. My feet, lungs, and legs felt great. But my toes are still not strong enough.
I still love my Vibram Five-Finger shoes.
You know you're addicted when...|
...the first thing you do in the morning is check the weather report, and you smile if it's below 70F.
...you spend more on running clothes than on real clothes.
...on the hottest day of the summer, you say "just one mile" and come back forty-five minutes later feeling sheepish but happy.
...you go to bed by 10 so that you can get up by 6 to drink your quart of water so you can be in the park by 7.
...you buy a subscription to Runners World.
Today I schlepped my harp up to the Bronx to perform on the Waterpod (http://www.thewaterpod.org). The Concrete Plant Park, where it was moored, just opened a few days ago, so there were very few visitors this time. Instead of doing my program of songs, I played background music for a couple of hours.
The artist-in-residence had a project that included a garden in a shopping cart. It was about food, poverty, environmentalism, etc. One of the ways that he got funded was by doing education on composting. I left with a yogurt container filled with worms and scraps. Tomorrow, I'll buy a bin for my worms and start composting, instead of throwing out my garbage. I eat a grapefruit every morning, so my worms are not going to go hungry, no matter what else I eat that day.
I finally got the proportions right. This makes enough for one sandwich:
1/2 cup cooked or canned lentils
1 tsp olive oil
3 large walnut halves
1/2 tsp soy sauce
garlic, basil, parsley, lemon juice to taste - it tastes good without any of these
Blend in food processor.
Can I play "Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore" at the cocktail hour of a wedding? It's absolutely gorgeous, but people who know the words might freak.
Waterpod concert today and tomorrow!|
I'll be singing and playing harp on the Waterpod (http://thewaterpod.org), an artists' barge, today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday) at 3 PM. It's currently at the new dock at 125th Street, in Riverside Park (near Fairway).
My program is "Strong Women and Amazons." Medieval, Sephardic and folk songs about strong women.
The barge is awesome. Solar panels, water purification system, a garden, chickens, four tiny bedrooms. It's a self-sustaining floating house that's mostly "yard."
C'mon down, y'all!
I bought a heart rate monitor and some hand weights.
Who am I, and what have I done with Elissa?
Come hear me play and sing tomorrow!|
Reminder: I'm performing this year as part of Make Music NY, a free citywide outdoor festival on June 21, 2009. My program for voice and harp, Strong Women and Amazons, includes Medieval, Renaissance, Sephardic, and folk songs by and about strong women. I also created the winning Musical Handshake for the festival, which will serve as the on-going theme for the event. As described in the press release:
After careful deliberations by our expert panel, MMNY is proud to announce this year's winning "musical handshake" by singer/harpist Elissa Weiss of Manhattan.
Download the Handshake here! (pdf)
This handshake will be exchanged between musicians throughout the day on June 21st, and will also serve as an improvisational element for the evening's Mass Appeal afterparty in Central Park, led by David Amram.
Says Elissa Weiss: "When I read about the Musical Handshake contest, the first thing that came to my mind was a bird I heard singing all weekend last summer in Vermont. I never saw the bird or found out what it was, but I couldn't forget the song. Because of its haunting simplicity, I used it as the main theme for the handshake and put it in the key of C, the "people's key," so that any musician at any skill level can easily play it."
My performances on June 21:
12:00 PM - Sakura Park, Riverside Drive at 122nd Street (across from Grant's Tomb)
3:00 PM - Theodore Roosevelt Park, Columbus Avenue, enter at 79th Street (behind the museum)
6:00 PM - Divalicious Chocolate Cafe, 365 Broome Street (chocolate!)
The program is about 45 minutes long.
If you come by, please say hi!
I went to Governor's Island again yesterday. A friend and I met at the (free) ferry. He had his bike, and I took advantage of the 1-hour free bikes when I got there. We rode around the island, admiring the view, then went inland to look at the historic sites and the sculpture exhibit. My favorite works: a dragon made out of furniture found on the streets of Brooklyn, a wacked-out mini-golf course, an almost-invisible stone path.
After we turned in my bike, we found a shady spot and sightread recorder duets for a couple of hours.
It's an island paradise. Cars are allowed on the ferry, but they are parked immediately. There's a small tram for visitors who don't want to walk or bike. The grass-to-pavement ratio is enormous.
The island is open to the public on Friday-Saturday-Sunday in the summer, and there are free ranger-led tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer.
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