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It's the last day of January and I've made it through the first month of the year and last week's crazy. More ahead, however...the fun never ends!

Our first choir practice was last Thursday and I came out of it positively bouncing. I knew I had missed singing but hadn't really realized how much until I was there. It was SO FUN! There are 2 choir leaders, a young woman who sings and leads and a young man who plays accompaniment on the guitar. They handed out printed sheets of lyrics, not sheet music, which was a little weird for someone who has been in choirs off and on my whole life. Even though I can't technically READ music, I can follow it and not even having that made it a little difficult. We're singing popular music though, so I can just listen to stuff on Spotify and learn it off by heart and then learn the alto parts as needed.

There are 19 people signed up for the choir this term and most of them were there, a mixed group of women in all ages. My friend Debbie was also excited about it as she also misses singing and might join. We started with three songs: Seasons of Love from the musical RENT, Royals by Lourde and Heal the World by Michael Jackson. And we are already scheduled for an Earth Hour concert in March!

We had bummer news this past week at work: no bonus this year. ARRGH! I was counting on that extra money for our plane tickets to the States for this summer. :( I'm having a bit of a panic attack about how we're going to afford all the big expenses this year: driving school for Martin, his graduation party, car repairs, and the trip to the US. I'm sure we'll figure it out, but I hate being anxious about money.

Anders is gone for a long weekend of skiing in the Czech Republic, but he said the snow is pretty crappy: mostly man-made and not that great. Everything we had here is melted completely and we're back above zero and into rainy boringness. I've gotten most of the things done that I needed to this weekend and had a nice dinner out with Debbie and Camilla last night. Now if I can just get through another full week of work with tons of meetings and so much to do. Why is it always crazy this time of year?
mood: productive
music: Lourde—Royals


Reading about your choir practise made me smile. I'm glad you are enjoying singing again so much!

I'm sorry about the no-bonus-bummer. That's blows :( I understanding feeling all anxious about money stuff... with S. on extended sickleave due to his back issues/surgery we're taking a 30% paycut and even though we have some buffer I can't help but worry about how we're going to be paying all our bills and what not now that our standard bills exceed our monthly income! And then the vet bills pile up with nero breaking his jaw, too, and I had to get new glasses, and visit the dentist, and we both will have to pay our insurance deductibles for both 2015 AND 2016 within the next couple months and and and.. UGHR! sorry I'm rambling.. just saying.. I get it. Hugs

My friend in Karlstad has been sending me gorgeous snow pictures.. all we've had was rain and hail here. I do long for Spring though I have to admit I am sad we didn't have any snow this year :-/

You still haven't had any snow? That's a drag. I miss having REAL seasons. I feel like we are mostly stuck in rain and grey a too large portion of the year.

Ouch about your financial worries...sounds familiar and very anxiety-inducing. So much to plan for and think about and worry about, too. I feel your pain!

Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe and the top part of Noord-Holland did have some now earlier this month - though mostly they just froze solid when there was a lot of freezing rain and black ice (or what is it called?) for about a week.. Here in Amsterdam it was just very cold (or well, not that cold compared to temperatures you get hah).. and now it's back to rain and hail again. Maybe February will bring some snow? I too miss having REAL seasons :)


Sorry to hear about the lack of a bonus -that's crummy! I could say it stronger, but trying to be good about my words! Sp glad you really enjoyed the chorus! I don't have much snow now either- it's been melting slowly -probably all gone by this evening. But more cold coming. I think a month of winter might be enough for me now! Love, Lizardmom

From Megsie

That IS weird that there was no sheet music... Not that I have been in a choir since I was in elementary school. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Yippee! We have had snow. But! The past several days it has been in the 40s. That is not normal. Our ice rink goes from a puddle to an ice rink and back to a puddle again. It will get freezing again, but I will admit that it has been a nice break from shivering.

I think that it is awful that you won't get a bonus that you were counting on! Ugh! I hate money. It should just grow on trees like it is supposed to. I totally feel you on the freaking stinks.

Sounds like Busy is the new "in" thing. I am totally in.


I will not say anything about our weather for fear of jinxing it. ;-)

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