She Says… Foiled Again

Guess what I forgot to do yesterday EVEN THOUGH I BLOGGED ABOUT NEEDING TO DO IT?

Yep, the wipers. The sun shined and work gobbled me up (seriously — I think I lost myself to the email abyss for a good portion of the day yesterday) and all of a sudden ding! it was time to pick Owen up from daycare and I hadn’t finished a darn thing on my To Do list. Or showered. Thank goodness for working from home. So I walked to pick up Owen and to give the dog a walk (does that count as checking something off my list?) and added the wipers AND the car inspection to tomorrow’s today’s list.

Oh, this week just might get the best of me.

Yesterday was Benjamin’s birthday. On Monday he was 32 and yesterday bam! he turned 33 and we didn’t exchange much more than a few text messages until after dinner. He was traveling, and working, and I was, well, in the eye of a work hurricane and holding down the fort. C’est la vie.

Usually I am a BIG birthday person. I love buying presents and decorating the house and baking treats. I love cards and planning parties and gathering friends. This time, though, things just didn’t come together.

And you know what?

It’s ok.

It’s totally ok.

We will celebrate another time with a nice date and a bottle of wine. We’ll get together with friends another night for another occasion and it will be just as fun. We’ll make it through this crazy time and then things will calm down and then, inevitably, they will pick back up again. Because that’s life. It’s the crazy life we’ve chosen and I know neither one of us would have it any other way.

As if this pace wasn’t fast enough, I am running a training event at work on Thursday and Friday, a friend of mine is staying with us this weekend, my little sister and her boyfriend are staying with us next weekend and zing! I just found out YESTERDAY that I’m going to be singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park NEXT WEDNESDAY.

Isn’t that cool?!

I have written before about how I sang in an a cappella group in college and how some of the girls who ended up in Boston and I still get together to sing once in awhile. Sometimes we rehearse once a week and actually have “gigs” (usually during the holiday season singing for soup kitchens and children’s hospitals or holiday parties), other times we get together once a month for potluck dinners and wine with lots of talking and very little singing going on. Anyway, last summer when we were getting together regularly, we sent in an audition tape to Fenway Park on a whim… and voila! It’s super exciting, except that we’ve all been so busy that we haven’t had much time to get together and have been cancelling “rehearsals” left and right for the last few months, so now we have to carve out some time to get together and actually SING before we do it in front of thousands of people.

Next week.

Yeah. My schedule just got a little busier.


10 responses to “She Says… Foiled Again

  1. nancyholtzman

    That Fenway Park gig is Just. Too. Cool.

    While I’m thinking of it, a request of favor. As a mom who has a child that’s a frequent flyer at Boston Children’s Hospital (15 spine surgeries), it bugs me that they get so much attention and resources all the time. Truly, they have famous stars, toys, etc coming out the woodwork there. Do you know they have a “show” in the patient entertainment center almost every day? And that’s not even at holidays. They have great funding too.
    Franciscan Children’s Hospital, in Brighton ( has many kids needing chronic care. They live there or are there for weeks and months for rehab, some require chronic medical care and essentially live there. There’s a school on site, etc. I did a rotation there in nursing school and it always left an impact on me. Compared to Boston Children’s, this place is like the forgotten step-child. They need donations, toys, visits, shows. Go sing there. It’s in Brighton. Thank you 🙂

  2. @Nancy, Thank you! I’ve never heard of Franciscan Children’s Hospital (which is clearly the point here). I will definitely see if we can sing for them during the holiday season if not before. I know the girls I sing with would LOVE that. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Is it wrong to hope that something epic happens during your song so it can become a viral YouTube sensation! Come on streaker and subsequent police brutality! 🙂

  4. That. Is. Awesome. Not the whole whirlwind of a week thing, obvi. The Fenway thing. You MUST post a video!!!

  5. That is so awesome! I hope you will record it for us!

  6. Congrats! That sounds so cool.

  7. Wow, that is soooo exciting! I hope you can post a clip of it!

  8. Awesome!!!!! I hope the game is televised here! So exciting!

  9. Awesome that you got the Fenway gig! I did the national anthem there a couple of times with my singing group back when I lived in Boston, and my advice is to make sure you bring someone to take pictures and video. The national anthem is NOT televised (I was really bummed out to learn this the first time I did it, but I was fortunate enough to be able to do it again!). Also, depending on how big your group is and how they need to mike you, they may ask you for a recording of yourselves to “double” with you when you sing so they can broadcast it over the PA. Probably not for a very small group, but if you do have to sing with the recording it takes a bit of practice to sync with the huge stadium-wide echo. 🙂 Have fun – it will be amazing!

  10. PhaseThreeOfLife

    So cool about the national anthem!! Good luck!

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