Am on a much-needed break from studying for Music History. Such a fail weekend.
I just watched Paula Deen and Cat Cora face off against Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine on Iron Chef, Holiday Dessert Battle. Secret ingredient: Sugar.
I'm about to go into a sugar coma just from watching the judges eat all that stuff. Especially Paula's cookies with a filling consisting primarily of butter.
I want to party with Paula Deen. When I'm a rich and famous opera star (ha) I'm going to hire her to come to my house around the holidays. Not necessarily to cook, just to come over and be Paula Deen.
Would v. much like to skip to a week from now. If all goes according to plan we will be about 3 hrs from Oxford. Actually, skipping to a week from tomorrow afternoon would be better. Then will be home and can skip the drive altogether.
I get to see friends and family, and spend Christmas AND NEw YEar's with them, and sing a couple of masses at Holy Ghost, and watch TWO Saints games, and eat EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE, and go see Soul Rebels on New YEar's with my bff Danielle, and drink daiquiris every night, and...
OH words cannot describe my excitement.
I'll have to be semi-productive though. Will be spending time in SLU practice rooms: brushing up on Lucia, Elijah aria for auditions (if I even got a time slot? have they been posted yet? anyone know? love the choral dept.), working on recital rep (methinks will schedule for early fall) and learning/translating Opera Workshop music. Am excited because i'm singing Cherubino in a Figaro scene (now I just have to learn it in Italian) and Tisbe in the opening scene of Cenerentola, which is a good bit of singing - yay! I'm really looking forward to OpShop - get to work with Carol Vaness and meet bunch of peeps from other studios.
So, we're going to be home for 3 weeks because that's the max Bean could ask off. We planned to return to B-town around the 9th, which (since I didn't bother looking at the academic calendar until very recently)I thought would give me a week to unpack and brace for spring semester.
Classes start on the 11th. Fail.
Let me get this straight - IU fall semester ends a week AFTER SELU/LSU, spring semester begins a week BEFORE theirs, and Spring Break is NOWHERE near Easter (like it's SUPPOSED to be...boo for not living in Catholic area)...
Although just checked SLU's calendar for spring and IU is out a week BEFORE yall. Win.
But yall get Mardi Gras holidays. Fail.
OK, I'm REALLY grateful I'm in an opera, but it WOULD be my luck that Lucia's 2 weekends are Super Bowl (and with my luck it will be the Saints v. the Colts and we won't get to go out in public to watch the game without being attacked) and the weekend before Mardi Gras (will miss my Drew Brees in Bacchus!!), so there's no chance of sneaking home for a quick trip to celebrate either of these auspicious Louisiana occasions. But my family's coming up to see Lucia on one of those weekends (probably the first one - I can't imagine the Rownds/Wainwrights would choose to cross the Mason-Dixon Line during Mardi Gras)so that will be fun!!
Should really get back to studying.