chanaleh: Muffin the Vampire Baker: "It's him, Muffin! You have to protect him at all costs!" "I'M ON IT!" (i'm on it!)
10 goals from 2012 ( cf. original list: LJ | DW )
A mixed bag, but overall, progress was made. )

10+ additional achievements of 2012:
It was actually a good and stabilizing year for me, despite the ongoing crises in the world at large. )
11. ... And, oh yeah, turned 40 and had an awesome celebration to mark it.

10 goals for 2013:
Some that build on last year's, and some new ones. )

Wishing all of us a year of physical health, emotional growth, and spiritual abundance.
chanaleh: (breathe)
10. Last day of work before Passover vacation = veritable ghost town and leaving promptly at 5:30pm
9. Ordered flowers for my mom, to be delivered tomorrow to the rehab center (where she's recuperating from hip replacement surgery, you morons)
8. Picked up library books (one on reserve, a few more at random) for vacation
7. Obtained (with discount coupon from [livejournal.com profile] jessruth, huzzah) three nice bottles of wine to take to two seders
6. Picked up the belated Chanukah gift my brother sent me, and it's a PONY WITH FRICKIN' LASER BEAMS FOR EYES -- WiFi, 32GB, and complete with very Erica-colored lime green Smart Cover. Wow.
5. Reading Little Women, which I haven't read in years and am finding very nourishing
4. Taxes are successfully filed both for Honorable Menschen and for myself
3. Refunds total right around $2000 (yay being unemployed for two months?), which makes me feel better about paying for TurboTax
2. I have all day tomorrow to tackle laundry and grocery shopping -- and eat chametz and kitniyot at my leisure
1. I have decided to adopt an even less onerous de-chametzing process than usual, simply assigning all chametz (overt and residual) to the non-Jewish half of the household.
0. Speaking of whom, [livejournal.com profile] justom was home by 9pm! Hooray!

Ack! It's April!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 11:23 pm
chanaleh: (crow's nest)
Couple of notes on things immediately upcoming:
  • My a cappella group, Honorable Menschen, is performing in a benefit concert at Temple Bnai Brith in Somerville this Saturday night, along with Tufts' Shir Appeal.
  • Also, we went into the studio at WERS tonight to record a "live" feature for this week's Chagigah, the Jewish/Israeli music show on Sunday mornings. The show is 8-11am, but our feature should air sometime around 10am (tune in by 9:45ish to make sure). You can even listen online!
  • I already bought a ticket to go see Bad Habit Productions' Book of Days (by the recently departed Lanford Wilson) on Thursday 4/7. You should come too! It's general admission at the YMCA Theatre in Central Square, 8pm.
  • Leapfrog Press (founded, although no longer owned, by Marge Piercy & Ira Wood) is running a fiction contest (novella- or novel-length: 22k word minimum, no maximum) with a deadline of May 1. I am not going to get it together to enter this year, but some of you might.

And with that...
April 2011 calendaring )
chanaleh: (mandala)
(Hmm, I really don't have a "music" or "singing" icon of any kind? Or even Chanukah? Must ponder.)

My longtime Jewish a cappella group, Honorable Menschen, is performing today at Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge! If you're free, you should come! (8 Tremont St.; Red Line to Central; directions) BONUS: Special guests Manginah (from Brandeis University) will be opening!

Our website: http://www.honorablemenschen.org/
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131933623528877

$10 general admission
$5 full-time students and kids under 12
$4 for dues-paid members of Temple Beth Shalom

If you haven't had a chance yet to pick up our debut CD, BY THE RIVER, these will be available for purchase. You'll also be able to pick up a copy of the brand-new compilation BEST OF JEWISH A CAPPELLA 2, featuring Honorable Menschen's track "Cuando El Rey Nimrod" (as arranged by [livejournal.com profile] mattbeo)!

Stick around after the show for a FREE community reception at 5:30pm, with candle lighting and an abundance of latkes and other Chanukah treats, sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom.

(P.S. and if you want to, you can go with me afterwards to Techiya's free 8pm concert at MIT. Actually that holds even if you are busy earlier in the afternoon. :-)

Dude, it's December.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 09:11 am
chanaleh: Snoopy in a Santa hat (xmas)
WED 12/1
Chanukah night 1
(6pm Lights at The Chestnut Hill Mall: Chabad of Chestnut Hill)
7-8:30pm book inquiry meeting, Lincoln Public Library
TJ's: buy latkes & fixings!

the rest of December )

*Side note: Did you know that besides being a Latin-derived bibliographic term, passim is the Hebrew adjective used for Joseph's biblical coat of many colors, ketonet passim? 'Strewth!
chanaleh: (leaves)
Quick notes:
* [livejournal.com profile] zigguratlabs has issued a Call for Research for their 2011 exhibition!
* Prose in Arlington is closing!
* Honorable Menschen is having a Chanukah concert next Sunday 12/5 (which you should all come to! 4pm at [livejournal.com profile] tremontstshul)

Spent Thanksgiving in CT with [livejournal.com profile] justom's family, including adorable twin nieces now a year and four months. Drove a lot. Ate a lot. Slept a lot. What more can you ask for, really? Oh, also finally watched Avatar, which means I need to go back and review exactly what all the charges of deep racism were about.

Yesterday I invented a new brunch cocktail variation on the Greyhound:
* 1/4 C (2 oz) gin
* 1 C (8 oz) ruby red grapefruit juice
* 1/2 T (1/4 oz) Domaine de Canton
* Stir and enjoy.
I wish to call this the French Greyhound, though it appears this name has been used elsewhere.

Other things I did yesterday )

And now, off for another day of slogging through the diamond mines. (Hence mood setting.)
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
This just in!
Dear Honorable Menschen,

What a way to start off the year!

In case you hadn’t tuned in to The KolCast
[N.B.: fast forward to 11:54 to hear the Menschen clip] to find out, your group is officially among the Best of Jewish A Cappella! "Cuando El Rey Nimrod" has been selected by our team of judges to appear on BOJAC 2, being released nationwide this November. We will be in touch in the next week with information about purchasing your copies.

Mazal tov and thank you for participating – we hope you’re as excited and proud of your group as we are!

Shana tova,
The BOJAC team

In other performing news, I am off shortly to my choir gig at Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. L'shanah tovah to you all. ETA: I forgot to mention (well, really just forgot until last night) that they are "shulcasting": live-streaming video of the entire set of services ON THE INTERNETS. I find this religiously problematic, as will many of my readers, but it's still kind of cool.

Additionally, it transpires that, this fall, rather than West Side Story again, MTG will be doing Guys & Dolls.
Hmmmm.
chanaleh: (leila)
I'm singing Tessa in [livejournal.com profile] mitgsp's The Gondoliers! It opens in 11 days! You should all come see it! (Seriously, it's adorable. Plus -- Venice! Oh, it's too much happiness!)

Then, Honorable Menschen (now featuring [livejournal.com profile] cycon!) is once again joining Techiya to open for their spring concert, 8pm on Sunday, May 9 (a.k.a. Mother's Day). It's FREE! You should all come see it!

Lastly, for those who missed [livejournal.com profile] ncfo's Springtime for Haman last month (in which I played Haman's wife Zeresh), footage is now up on a new NCFamilyOpera YouTube channel! You can even see just my scene (with the illustrious SCO#1 as Haman): part 1, part 2, and part 3. Yay!

... There was more, but right now I forget. BED NAO PLZ. *zonk*
chanaleh: (lunacon)
As many of you know, I am currently actively rehearsing for two shows, with a third in the queue immediately after. Plus, the big school event that I am co-running is just a week away, which means it will All Be Over Soon (and I can get back to the longer- as well as shorter-term stuff that's been getting back-burnered, as one does). So on the whole, things have been pretty good around here of late.

Gondoliers )

things that are lost, or at least apparently mislaid beyond retrieving )

Menschen concert in RI tomorrow; ) if anyone should find themselves in the area, it's 1-2pm at the Village Inn, 1 Beach Street in Narragansett, RI.

Plus, signups are now live for AUDITIONS for ALL VOICE PARTS this spring! Auditions are being held Sunday evening, March 14 by appointment only. More info at the website, or feel free to ask me anything (I've been in the group for almost 7 years now myself).

And tonight as well as tomorrow is Purim and we're putting on a show in the barn CLUB DANCE AT THE SHUL after megillah reading tonight: [livejournal.com profile] tremontstshul, ~9:45pm to 1am. Costumes recommended; so I have to go figure out whether I'm wearing the Dress What Is Too Sexy For Shul (see icon); if not, what else, and if so, with what else, and -- oh yeah, eat some dinner, especially as the time for napping has now been used up with writing for you all.

Chag sameach!

Breakfast thoughts

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 07:36 am
chanaleh: (jammies)
My favorite generic cereal is Crispy Hexagons.

But you might know them better by their rap name: C-Hex!

(Yes, yes, I know, they are actually a knockoff of Crispix. But I stand by my joke. Hee hee hee. Also, I came within a micrometer of stabbing myself in the left hand when I put away my dairy chef's knife this morning, which if it had actually been SHARP this would have been a considerably more tragic story, or at least harder to type. Or, perhaps I am just up too early.)


In non-breakfast-related news, you can now Become a Fan of both Honorable Menschen and Tremont St. Shul on Facebook! (not to mention also Maimonides School, for those few readers who might care about that) This is a different function from the Groups that each of them had already. How exactly this translates to an improvement in functionality, I don't know, but we'll see.

Also also, the Klezmatics are performing at the Somerville on Saturday night, March 13, alongside renowned African-American Jewish gospel singer Joshua Nelson. I am totally there. (Wonder if this is part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival March 6-14? In spirit at least, surely...)

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