********************Ah, it's Wednesday again - that day smack in the middle of the week when most people start thinking about, and looking forward, to the weekend. And this weekend is a holiday so the vast majority of people not only get the usual Saturday & Sunday off but also get Friday off, too.
Well, as someone who always strives to be different, I don't fall in with the vast majority of people and will not only be working my usual day shift on Sunday but have also picked up an extra shift on Friday evening. Holiday weekends don't mean much when you're in a 24/7, 365 a day year job as just because it's Easter doesn't mean 911 won't ring. With any luck, someone will bring me a chocolate bunny or some Cadbury mini-eggs and then I won't mind working at all!
Speaking of chocolate, I have been doing the happy dance since last night when I found out that I had managed to win the contest that Bobbarama was having over at his blog. A couple posts back, Bob had announced that he was getting very close to his 500th comment and would award the lucky reader who managed to post comment #500 with personalized M&Ms. Never one to turn away from a challenge (or anything related to chocolate!), I took up the challenge and began leaving even more comments than usual.
This is really easy to do as Bob has some terrificly funny stuff over at his blog like his Dictiowary, an off-the-wall mixture of mangled words with some hilarious new definitions; Time-Sucks, a collection of links that will take you to some very funny spots on the Web; and the Humor Carnival, a monthly feature which is guaranteed to elicit at least one or two chuckles unless there's something seriously wrong with you! One of the funniest things at Bobbarama are the comments that he leaves to your comments which makes return trips more than worthwhile. Suffice it to say I loved this blog even before I became a winner!
Of course, now that I've won I have a dilemma in choosing what to put on my M&Ms. Per the instructions I got from Bob, I can choose one message (up to two lines with a maximum of eight characters on each line) on two different colors of M&Ms or two messages on two different colors. Oh dear ... what to choose? What to choose? This is probably a prize that is going to only come along once in a lifetime so I want to make sure I choose carefully but I just don't know! I'm going to have to mull this one over for awhile ...
In addition to winning the goodies over at Bobbarama, I also got a new badge to put on my blog from Sarge Charlie who had named me a Great American back in March. I was one of the first , if not the very first, recipient of this honor and at that time I was awarded a lovely waving flag from the Sarge which I have been sporting on my sidebar down below Claire's smiling face. Since my naming, Sarge Charlie has refined his technique with his Great American awards and has been doing some very lovely slideshows for the awardees. I mentioned this to him in a post (trying very much to not sound like I was whining!) and Sarge immediately went to work on a slideshow for me which I now unveil for you here:
Thank you, Sarge Charlie, not only for the great award but for being a truly Great American yourself who has no hesitation in letting people know that you truly love your country and what it stands for. I salute you not only for your years of service in the U.S. Army but also for your tireless dedication to the troops and our flag.
And finally, not to leave Amanda out of the news ... I had the pleasure of attending the 2007 Spring Concert for Jazz Band, Orchestra and Concert Band at Norwich Free Academy last night and was treated to some great musical selections. As well as being a talented artist, Amanda plays flute in Concert Band 1 and last night was the second concert of her freshman year. Despite her protestation that there were too many key and tempo changes in Gershwin's "An American in Paris", the band did a fantastic job on not only that piece but four other selections.
Bernstein's "Overture to Candide" was performed by the members of Concert Band 2; this was a piece that Mr. Mac, the band director, had played with his college band but the high schoolers on the stage last night did a remarkable job performing it. Being a sentimental sap I managed to get all teary-eyed during the band's performance of "Shenandoah" and when the show ended with a rousing rendition of John Philip Sousa's "The White Rose" I was ready to stand up and cheer though I managed to restrain myself and not embarrass my poor daughter!
Amanda's next concert will be next Tuesday but, because it's going to be a combination of the local middle school bands and the NFA band, I think I may be passing on that show as the halls of Slater Auditorium, circa 1884, are going to be way too packed for my liking. I have this thing about crowds ... I don't like them! But I'm sure she'll do very well and she can tell me all about it afterwards.
That pretty much wraps up the doings for the first part of the first week of April - which, I must say, has truly been lousy when it comes to the weather as it's been rainy, cold, and blustery; weather more suited to March than the week before Easter. I'm still waiting for Spring to arrive - I'll let you know when it does!