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Poem for Saturday

She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
By William Wordsworth

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
  Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
  And very few to love:

A violet by a mossy stone
  Half hidden from the eye!
--Fair as a star, when only one
  Is shining in the sky.

She lived unknown, and few could know
  When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
  The difference to me!


I spent the morning doing some reorganizing to find places for my cameras and equipment, then writing a review of "The Loss" (better than I remembered, but that may be because I love Troi much more now than I did then). When Adam got home from school, he said he wanted to get a haircut, something he's mentioned a couple of times this week -- which would probably be unremarkable for most kids, but younger son has insisted on NOT cutting his hair for several years now -- so I took him to get nearly a foot cut off and saved to donate for wigs for cancer victims.

Then we had a quick dinner and went to Daniel's school for the winter concert, at which the chamber choir, all-school choir, guitar ensemble, and orchestra all performed, culminating in the Hallelujah Chorus. Daniel had to be there early, so Paul took Adam to Starbuck's across the street for hot chocolate while I saved seats. My in-laws met us at the school and we had a nice evening with them (my parents were tied up -- my father's brother is visiting).

The combined chamber and school choirs perform an American slave spiritual.

The a cappella group InToneNation sings Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."

The chamber choir sings "Il Est Bel et Bon."

Emily plays the fiddle for Stephen Hatfield's arrangement of "Ower the Hills."

The men's choir sings Wordsworth's "She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways" arranged by Mark Patterson.

This kid from the choir played Chopin's Nocturne in D Flat beautifully.

The guitar ensemble, which is the least polished of the groups, played the most pieces, including a sing-along "Can't Help Falling In Love."

And here is the symphonic orchestra, combined choirs and any interested members of the audience who wanted to get on stage singing Messiah.

thefridayfive: How much do your dreams cost?
1. What would you do right now, if money were not an issue?
Go to Ireland.
2. What would you do for the next three years, if money were not an issue? Go to the Galapagos Islands.
3. What is bringing you the most joy right now that requires little or no money? Hanging out with my kids.
4. What types of things do you find enjoyable that require no money? Hiking in parks, visiting the Smithsonian museums, reading stuff on the internet.
5. Is there anything you've been meaning to do for a long time, but put off because of money? Repair the deck. Which is still a big issue.

fannish5: What 5 fannish things are you looking forward to in 2009?
Merlin on US television.
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
3. More David Tennant Doctor Who.
4. More Torchwood.
5. Boston Legal season five on DVD. Okay, that's pretty sad as far as fannish expectations, but I'm trying to come up with something that is pointedly NOT the new Star Trek movie.

Got home in time to watch the Sanctuary season finale and SGA series finale, in that order. I enjoyed both of them a lot...particularly Sanctuary, I must admit. Any show that gets away with the line, "The guy who invented radio just dissed Jack the Ripper" gets immediate bonus points. Plus Will got naked which is all to the good, even if he didn't get naked with any of the people I wanted to see him naked with. It's okay, though, Jack the Ripper and Watson looked like they were going to rip each other's clothes off and that made me very happy. I figured Peter Wingfield's character was doomed because he's on 24 this season, and that's okay too; I suspect miraculous undeaths will be common among Abnormals.

As for SGA, I feel a bit cheated that the major character death also turned out to be a miraculous undeath, but it was all worth it to hear Ronon say "That was very nice of you" to the gloating Wraith who brought him back to life. And Carson got to be a hero and YAY SAM CARTER and hahahaha they blew up Area 51! The final scene (stealing from The Voyage Home, much?) almost ruined things for me, but hey, John has Todd waiting right inside for him while Rodney's off being a simpering idiot, and Ronon is with a woman who can kick butt, which is how it should be.

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