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Saturday, March 31, 2007

18 Days and Counting!

Fairmont Empress Hotel
Victoria, BC

Thursday, March 29, 2007

McDreamy VS. McSteamy

Since Grey's is a repeat tonight, I thought I would post a little something ...







VS.































BUT




BEFORE that, they were ....






McDorky VS. McDweeby




































Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Symphony

The Symphony was amazing! It was a veritable saturnalia of sound!

I thought I would share with you the wonderful program we were witness to last night (yes, that is why I took notes, Kimmartha!).

Stephane LaForest is the conductor of Symphony NB and he's quite funny, charming, and attractive (in that older,French kind of way). They had a guest violinist last night - Elaine Marcil (who happens to also be the conductor's wife.)

Jacques Offenbach - Overture La Belle Helene

Johannes Brahms - Danse Hongroise No.5
Most of Brahms Hungarian Dances, approximately a dozen, were composed for piano save for a few that he adapted for orchestration. EVERYONE knows this music ... you've probably heard it or variations of it in movies often.

A. Sarazate - Les Aires Tziganes

Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Bacchanale
This peice made me think - "very Arabian Nights".

Ástor Piazzolla - Adios Nanino
I found this peice very sad ... Piazzola composed it shortly after his father passed away. It was strings only and featured a violin soloist who was 'answered' by the viola/cello section.

Georges Bizet - Danse Boheme (ext. Carmen Suite)

Intermission

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto for Violin Four Seasons, Op. 8 No. 4

John Williams - Schindler's List

Jean Sibelius - Valse Triste

Morton Gould - Pavane from Symphonette No. 2
This piece was composed while Gould was with the Boston Pops. Very jazzy ... it featured a trumpet soloist.

Georges Bizet - Farandole from Arlesienne No. 2
The Farandole is another piece that most people know ... it's also been in several movies. It starts out fairly slow and build to a crescendo. It's very energetic and you get swept up into the music.

Bedřich Smetana - Danse des Comediens

The next show is May 1st, of course! It would have to be the day that I planned to return from BC. However, they play in Saint John the following night, and I am very tempted to go - they are playing "Opera to Broadway". Anyone interested?

Monday, March 26, 2007

Grammar and Vocabulary 1

Ok, as some of you know, grammar and vocabulary really irritate me. Rather, bad grammar and vocabulary irritate me. I don't know why, they just do. I try very hard to correct any mistakes I may make, but some still slip through. I am so anal about it, that I will republish over and over again until I have corrected every single mistake that I can find.

Saturday night, I told the girls I was going to start a recurring grammar and vocab post. Nothing to excrutiating, just a few basics. I am sure some thought I wouldn't go throught with. But guess what?

Here's the first intallment!

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One of the most common mistakes I have seen in the past year has been the usage of the following three words: their, there, and they're.

Their: adjective/ possessive pronoun
Simply put, it denotes possession, belonging to something or someone.
e.g.[They forgot their books.]

There: adverb
refers to a place or state
e.g.[She is there now.]
e.g.[We went there last year.]
e.g.[He stopped there for applause. ]

They're
"they" is the third person plural pronoun. "they're" is the contraction for they are. (Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.) e.g. [They're making dinner.]

If you are unsure about the use of they're, try this trick that a teacher once taught me: remove the contraction. Obviously the sentence [they are not in they're right minds] is incorrect, since it makes no sense when the contraction is removed [they are not in they are right minds].

No Posting

I know! I haven't posted in almost a week! I'm doing the very thing I hate! I just haven't had the drive to write. *I* have nothing to say. Can you believe it?

This week is going to be SUPER busy! Tuesday, I go to the Symphony with Kimmartha. Wednesday, I have Shelley's Epicure party. Thursday, during the day, I have Jessica and her mum over for a while. Friday, I have something ... that I didn't write down and I have now forgotten. Lovely, huh? Saturday, I have Nicole C's Epicure party. And Sunday I have dinner at my sister's to celebrate Mum's retirement.

On top of all that, I am dealing with a head cold. Today is much better than yesterday, so hopefully, it will be gone tomorrow. Unfortunately, I've gone and given to my mother.