Monday, March 02, 2015

Why I'm Wild About Harry

Saturday evening, my partner in crime, Amy, and I headed to the Louisville Palace to see one of my favorite artists, Harry Connick, Jr.  I was extremely geeked!!  The last time I saw him in concert was quite a few years ago with my Trinidadian sister, Jan.  She loved him as much as I did and had never seen a "real" concert before in person.  I surprised her with tickets and Harry didn't disappoint.  Now that Jan is living in Heaven, I decided to treat my sister from another mister for her birthday to enjoy all of this Harry goodness.  Again, he did not disappoint. 

Harry came out at 8pm - no opening act needed - sat down on the piano bench, and started entertaining.  He played and sang non-stop for two hours.  For a man who has been a successful performer for more than 20 years, he is extremely non-pretentious.  Never did he once refer to his gig on American Idol because, to him, I'm sure it's just that - just another gig utilizing his passion.  Harry talked about how Rob Reiner recruited him to do the score for "When Harry Met Sally."  He shared how he learned to play the piano from some of the jazz greats in his hometown of New Orleans.  And he made sure every member of his band had the spotlight.  It felt much like we'd been invited in his living room for a personal jam session.  Harry even played the trumpet.  Exquisite.  

One of the songs he sang was "One Fine Thing" from his latest album "Every Man Should Know."  He sat on a stool and said "This song makes me think of my wife every time I sing it."  For a man who has been married to the same woman for more than 20 years and still swoons over her, that makes me swoon over him more.  I've posted the music video below to enjoy.  I may post a review on my YouTube channel at some point, so be sure to subscribe there as well.  Yes, I'm wild about Harry.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Gospel According to The Dress

It's Friday and the world is a buzz about "the dress."  Is it white and gold?  Is it blue and black?  This debate literally took up a majority of the Today Show this morning and was featured in the first half hour, which is usually reserved for more pressing news items.  

I'll admit I see both, depending on the picture.  When I first saw this dress hit social media last night, I saw white and gold.  While watching the Today Show this morning, I still saw some pictures as white and gold and others as blue and black.  If this wasn't a marketing ploy for the dressmaker, they missed a grand opportunity.  I think there has been more coverage of this dress than the Oscars.  Brian Williams says it's a red dress (I kid).  

There are a couple of scientific reasons cited for this phenomenon.  First, older people's eyes are less sensitive to blue light.  This could explain why older folks see white and gold.  (No comment, people.  I see blue and black too)  The other explanation is the illumination of the digital images we see.  Depending on the lighting, some settings have a blue hue, causing the blue to look white.  Digital images, or anything not in person for that matter, can be deceiving.  

The interesting part of this debate is there is one way you can accurately identify the dress colors (sans color blindness of course).  If you see it in person.  For those who see it in person, there is no optical impediments to assessing the colors.  With no barriers between the real dress and us, there is no question the color.

I'm reminded of a verse in I Corinthians 13:12: For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

When I look at this dress and I see different colors, I begin to doubt my own eyes.  Is it truly white and gold?  Is it truly blue and black?  I know if it was right in front of my face, the doubts would be over.  

Some days I wonder, "Did God protect me from that?"  "Is God really listening?"  "Does God really care about me?"  I trust in faith that He is protecting me.  He is listening.  He does care.  But one day, I'll see Him face to face.  No more looking through a glass darkly.  What I know in part will be fully known.  And there will be no doubts.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lessons Learned from Snowpocalypse 2015

Last week our city was essentially shut down (or on slow motion) as 11 inches of snow fell in the region and then -25 wind chills came in as the icing on the snow.  I spent almost the entire week working from home (thank you technology!) but being a hermit didn't bother me anyway.  Heh.  But, given my time secluded from physical contact, I learned some lessons I thought I'd share.

1.  Our local school system needs to enter the 21st century - Currently along with my full-time job I'm a full-time student, pursuing my MBA.  I should be complete by the end of June (everybody sing Hallelujah!) and I've done my entire studies via online learning.  Being employed because of technology, I love the things technology allows.  As I entered this online learning world, I wasn't sure if I'd like it or if I'd feel like I learned nothing.  Now within three classes of completion, I can tell you, it's extremely educational.  Aside from the content I'm learning, I've also been forced to manage my time without the prod of a face-to-face professor reminding me to get things done.  Some of our local Catholic schools have started leveraging online learning to help on those snow days.  Brilliant.  Why our public school system hasn't adopted this is beyond my understanding.  Does every child have easy access to the Internet?  Probably not, but I'd guess a majority of them do.  Let's take all these so-called lottery earnings we've generated for improved education and equip students with laptops and access.  

2.  Even when I'm home, I still procrastinate - You'd think being cooped up at home would garner motivation to get those niggly household projects completed.  You know, clean out closets, organize shelves, etc.  Alas, it did not.  I had plenty to do to just get through each day.  Working 8+ hours, then doing homework, preparing for teaching at my church and for the upcoming conference I'm speaking at, those never-ending projects still remain.  So that my whole week wouldn't be for naught, I did repair a dining room chair!  The top slats in the chair were loose and I had purchased some wood glue about, oh, 4 months ago (don't judge), and hadn't fixed it yet.  Part of my delay was the need for a "clamp" to hold in the repair for 24 hours to ensure solid seal.  I had a revelation to use shipping tape to wrap around the chair to "clamp" it.  Voila!  Success!  Though no closets were cleaned, I did repair my chair. So there.

3.  I understand better the life of the elderly or home bound - When the week started, I was determined to stay content.  I had a warm home, running water, enough food and Internet.  I was fine.  And really, I enjoyed my time sequestered.  The time hermitized help me realize what it's like for those who are older and won't get out in this type of weather (or who can't) or those who are strictly home bound.  When my Dad and Stepmom were alive, Dad wouldn't venture out in weather under 20 degrees.  I would check on them, bring them things they needed, but they were content in their warm home.  If you wrestle with cabin fever during these times, remember those who are in their "cabins" 24/7 not of their choice.  It will truly make you thankful for the abilities you have.  It did for me.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I'm a YouTuber

I thought I'd never do this, but when you say (or think) never, it happens.  Today is the debut of my new YouTube channel.  After spending oodles of hours watching YouTube videos and wondering what the hype is all about, I decided to take the plunge.  I plan on doing reviews - reviews of subscription services I belong to, books, movies, you name it - and I'll even review products or services suggested by my commenters.  I'm more of a writer than a video production gal, but after reading the success of people who simply open up toys and make millions, I thought "surely I can do this." So, join the ride.  Click on the video and subscribe!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Table Topics: Frigid Wear

The temperature is dropping and it's winter time folks!  Here in the Ville, we expect a low of zero actual degrees tonight...all the more reason to watch the Cardinals play their first ACC opening basketball game in the warmth of my house.  

I'm a flip flop girl.  I was born and raised here in Kentucky, but I'd rather be wearing flip flops year round.  You'd think I was a Florida transplant.  Aside from that, I'm pretty keen on various clothing accessories for winter - scarves (fashionable these days), chapeaus (hats for you non-educated folk), gloves and various types of wraps (read: coats).  I'm a fairly warm-blooded soul, so I don't require a full regalia of these accessories when the temperature hits 40.  People, if you live here and you do, you might need to think about alternative locations.  But, as the red slowly leaks from the temperature gauge, I need to don some or all of the above mentioned items.  

For me, I normally don't wear gloves until it is a few degrees below freezing.  As the temperature drops, I'll add a scarf, just to keep everything tucked in and warm.  When it's really cold (like the teens or lower), I'll don a hat that was a very nice Christmas gift from my employer.  I normally don't mind wearing hats that, when ripped off your head, make you look like a zombie.  This is part of the blessing of naturally curly hair.  Just poof it back in place.  Of course, fashionable scarves are appropriate at any temperature.

Now it's time for our Table Topic:  

What "frigid wear" to you don when the temperature drops?

And won't feel like a Frigidaire if you have your Frigid wear! (Did you see what I did there?)