If you haven’t already heard, Bengals player Chris Henry passed away after a fall out of a moving truck. He was 26.

Week 14 Picks.

Thursday December 17, 2009

Colts at Jaguars

Saturday December 19, 2009

Cowboys at Saints

Sunday December 20, 2009

Patriots at Bills

Cardinals at Lions

Dolphins at Titans

Browns at Chiefs

Texans at Rams

Falcons at Jets

49ers at Eagles

Bears at Ravens

Bengals at Chargers

Raiders at Broncos

Packers at Steelers

Buccaneers at Seahawks

Vikings at Panthers

Monday December 21, 2009

Giants at Redskins

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Are You Not Entertained?!?

December 16, 2009

Well, now that you mention it… I am! Every once in a while I stumble across a website that just captivates me and entertains me for hours! Today, I decided to share one of these with you. It’s www.foundmagazine.com! A brilliant website and magazine of found notes, pictures, cards, slides, homework, to-do lists and more! Including this little gem!

A nice little conversation starter!

Found has been collecting these objects for years and has published several magazines and books with pictures of the found objects. The pictures are my favorite!! Here are a few more that I loved and had to save!

poor Kitty, Kinda looks like JJ's Beckett!

awesome!

This is terrifying!

I really want to go to a party with this lady!

A lot of the little notes provide glimpses into the lives of anonymous people all over the world and leave us with many unanswered questions. To-do lists and notes from schools are pretty interesting as well and Found has notes from elementary school all the way up through university! Personally, I haven’t passed notes since middle school! (Er…ok well maybe text messaging during the Diocesan Assembly counts but that is besides the point!) Here are a few little class notes that I found amusing!

This was found in Kim's Hometown!!

Too many steps...

Stay Away from that Planet!

I have to pee

THEN there are some of my personal favorites, notes on cars! Now being one of those people who like to leave little messages on peoples cars especially when they park horribly and block me in (Granted a nice little door ding sends a pretty good message too!)  I enjoyed these messages immensely!

Merry Christmas!

WARNING

And my last contributions are these two from the food industry!

Week 14! Pay Attention!

December 10, 2009

So today was going to be a highly productive day and I had a list of many things that were going to get done today. Alas, I left my debit card at home and therefore I cannot take care of 3 out of 4 things on the list. And just for the record number 4 stems from one of the other three, therefore cannot be completed either. Slightly annoyed.

Week 14 picks!

Thursday December 10, 2009

Steelers at Browns (wow…this will be a nail biter…)

Sunday December 13, 2009

Saints at Falcons

Packers at Bears

Broncos at Colts

Bills at Chiefs

Jets at Buccaneers

Dolphins at Jaguars

Lions at Ravens

Seahawks at Texans

Bengals at Vikings

Panthers at Patriots

Rams at Titans

Redskins at Raiders

Chargers at Cowboys (seriously folks, it’s December)

Eagles at Giants

Monday December 14, 2009

Cardinals at 49ers

See what neat stuff you can find when you Pay Attention!

I found this on one of those boxes that controls the street lights on the northwest corner of Broad and Vine streets.

Weekend Church Adventures!

December 9, 2009

I have come to the conclusion that I am getting too old to do back-to-back crazy church functions. Saturday was the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Diocesan Assembly at St. Nicholas Church in Bethlehem, which, conveniently, is Kim’s church. Friday night I drove up to Kim’s to stay the night; church started at 8:30am Saturday and there was no way I was driving up from Philly in the morning! Nick arrived shortly after while Kim was finishing preparations for dinner. And what a delicious dinner! Kim baked and fried homemade pierogi from her church and cooked up some amazing green beans with almonds. Most delicious! Nick contributed the wine and I contributed these two lovely cakes for dessert!

Luxe, Chocolate dessert form Miel

Le Grande Dame, This was amazing! It won a 2009 award from Philadelphia, and trust me it earned it!

Saturday morning came way too early and at 8:30am we were all at church singing for Divine Liturgy. I would like to say the service was lovely and beautifully done, but with all honesty I was so tired (pre-coffee) I don’t really remember much of it. Following Liturgy we were served a lovely brunch (and coffee) and then we settled down for the meeting. The meeting…was …well…it was in dire need of Roberts Rules of Order and I will leave it at that.

I might gift this to every priest in the Diocese of Eastern PA...

Of course I decided to take a little “break” during the budget discussion! Upon my return five minutes later, however, I walk in the room hearing Nick address the Bishop with “uh…she just stepped out for a minute…uh…” and Bishop Tikhon, noticing me, saying “oh! Here she is.” I’m sure my face was priceless. Apparently they were giving people time to look over the budget for 2010 while committee reports were going on (you know, instead of listening to committee reports!). So I manage to stutter and stammer my way through the Office of Young Adult Activities report since I was caught completely off guard! I wasn’t very happy with my report, but it didn’t look like a whole lot of people were listening anyway.  Our written report is on the Diocesan website under Diocesan Assembly 2009 documents.

Following my report the meeting wrapped up rather uneventfully since it seemed like everyone wanted to leave since the snow was starting to pile up. Unfortunately no chairs were thrown and with no real pomp and circumstance the meeting ended. The OYAA assault that seems to occur during events like this did not actually happen this time. Or at least not to the extent that it usually does. The assault consisted of the following: we have one speaker for 2010 Camp, a woman who is interesting in assisting us with the Teen Retreat, something about Memorial Day, a request for our support at a local retreat, plans to set up a meeting with our Spiritual Advisor, and got the green light from Bishop Tikhon for the March event. Looking back on that, it doesn’t sound like we weren’t assaulted but that was very, very mild compared to past meetings.

Kim, Nick, and I then departed the meeting and enjoyed an amazing meal at the amazing Hunan Springs followed by some quality Wii time. I left Kim’s around 7:00pm to drive back to Philly, the snow let up by then. The last bit of the evening was spent with my parents who were in town for the weekend to celebrate St. Nicholas day!

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! St. Nicholas Day!

Sunday was St. Nicholas Day! So of course, St. Nicholas church in Philadelphia must go all out for their patron saints feast day! My Grandfather (the priest) invited the St. Tikhon’s Seminary Mission Choir for a visit to sing the responses for Liturgy and perform a concert later in the evening. Following Liturgy we had a lovely banquet and enjoyed the music of the Kauriga Orchestra and a little sampling of the Mission Choirs concert repertoire.  At 5pm we attended the concert with about 75 people in attendance. It was an excellent representation of the deaneries churches and many outside guests. Following the concert was a reception.

The Mission Choir consists of four seminarians from St. Tikhon’s and (at least this is the impression I got) they are ambassadors for the Seminary and travel to various churches across the country performing concerts of Liturgical music.

Most of you who read this blog (all 2 of you) know that I am a bit of a music snob (and most classically trained musicians are) and knowing this, the following opinions of the group are actually what I consider to be nice complements! Their sound in general was quite muted for my taste, almost too serene for some of the music they sang. This style worked on several pieces quite well but they need to be able to “kick it up a notch” for more aggressive and powerful pieces. They blended with each other remarkably well, I’m not sure how long they have been together but this impressed me quite a bit. The only down side of this was that some moving parts, suspensions, and chordal tensions were lost instead of being brought out. For the most part they were pretty tight and their diction was also quite good. I felt like several potential moments of amazing musicality were lost or just fell short of what I was expecting. Every note, measure, phrase, everything is an opportunity for a musical moment. One has to take advantage of these moments and do something with them. Play with dynamics, tempo, articulation, and phrasing; know where you want to go within the piece and what you want to achieve by the end. You know its working when the little old ladies start crying, but if everyone is reaching for tissues by the end you know your goals are achieved. Evoking an emotional response in your audience should be the goal of the performance.

And I could always use more bass… 😉  

(Sorry the pictures aren’t great, they were from my phone…We forgot the camera! I hope to post some from my Uncle Matthew sometime this week! thanks)

Week 13 picks.

December 3, 2009

I had this whole entry typed up and I closed the window and didn’t save it…..oh well, tomorrow is another day!

Week 13 Picks:

Thursday December 3, 2009

 Jets at Bills

Sunday December 6, 2009

Eagles at Falcons

Rams at Bears

Lions at Bengals

Titans at Colts

Broncos at Chiefs

Saints at Redskins

Buccaneers at Panthers

Texans at Jaguars

Raiders at Steelers

Patriots at Dolphins

Chargers at Browns

49ers at Seahawks

Cowboys at Giants

Vikings at Cardinals

Sunday December 7, 2009

Ravens at Packers