31 October 2006

All Hallow's Eve

I thought it would be funny to "carve" an angel with a harp onto a "pumpkin." Here's the screenshot of my virtual carved pumpkin:

Not too bad. Have a wonderful Feast of All Saints tomorrow!

Random Playlist of the Week:

1. "Spanish Flea" Herb Albert
2. "A New Year Carol" Anonymous 4
3. "The Gay Old Hag" Robbie O'Connell
4. "Stairway to the Stars" Ella Fitzgerald
5. "Orange Colored Sky" Nat King Cole
6. "Royal Forester" Steeleye Span
7. "Far from the Home I Love" Fiddler on the Roof, Original London Cast Recording
8. "St. Patrick's Breastplate" The Seminarians of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
9. "Western Highway" Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
10. "You Rascal You" Louis Armstrong

The rules, for bloggers who want to play:

Get your ipod or media-player of choice, select your whole music collection, set the thing to shuffle (i.e., randomized playback), then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel! Maybe link the songs to online music stores for readers' convenience.

(As seen on Dappled Things)

16 October 2006


I'm not sure how else I could have titled my post, because "Eeeeee!" is the best word I can find to describe how I feel right now. My sweetheart and I are engaged to be married. The wedding will probably be in January 2008, in Spokane (we had discussed Rome, but have dismissed that plan as too expensive). Hopefully the Gonzaga Schola will be able to sing for us, and if not, we will still have a chanted Mass, since we will have a priest who will sing, and at least two friends who can chant the Propers and the readings.

My engagement ring is yellow gold with three tiny diamond chips on each side of an oval sapphire--the sapphire is so dark that some have asked if it is an opal, and the lady at the jewelry store said it wasn't the highest quality stone, but I like it. It was from the estate jewelry section, because all the new sapphires were in white gold, and amazingly, it didn't need to be resized. I tried to take a picture of it so I could show the whole world, but my camera doesn't seem to want to focus tonight. I am extremely proud of my pretty ring and even more proud of what it symbolizes.

In other news, I have decided to not to take the job at the Catholic elementary school. Upon further consideration, it seems as if it will take too much time away from my studies, and the idea of standing up in front of a class full of small children is too intimidating--two or three small children is about all I'm equipped to handle at one time. In the excitement of the prospect of having a job, I nearly forgot that. But better job prospects will come along.

In the meantime, Eeeeee!

09 October 2006

Prayer Request

I have a job interview on Wednesday for a position as a part-time music teacher at a Catholic elementary school--the duties mainly consist of preparing the students for school liturgies. I am not really worried about whether I get the job or not, since at the moment I don't need the money; I want the job because I think it is an opportunity to expose children from a poorer community to good music, especially good Catholic music. I ask you to pray that if I get the job, the school administration will allow me to choose truly Catholic music for these children to sing.

I know that I will have to go in baby steps, but I hope this works out.

07 October 2006

Upcoming Film

I don't recall seeing anything about The Nativity Story (New Line Cinema, due to be released this December) written about in the blogosphere. Does anyone know anything about it?

04 October 2006

Still More on the Conference

Shawn Tribe over at The New Liturgical Movement has posted a report that I wrote about the conference. Some of it is identical to what's posted here, but some is a bit different.