Like the sands through the hourglass
Life has drastically slowed down for us. That might be a good thing, but I’m not entirely sure of that. We’re getting back into a routine, and somehow that doesn’t seem to include unpacking!
There’s the normal level of chaos – chores to be done, errands to be run, school for the boy, work for the Hubby, and catching up on everything for me. There’s been a sprinkling of abnormal – new contacts to be picked up, delivery of our new router (working like a charm, BTW), xmas present delivered from our “new family” in Florida (Emory’s cousin), and catching up with people by phone (yes, that’s slightly abnormal).
We’ve been watching the new show on NBC, “The Sing-Off”, which is a competition for groups that use only their voices, a cappella style, with some “beat-boxing” and other vocal “instruments”. It’s totally awesome! If you aren’t already watching, check out the link to the show. I don’t watch “American Idol” because they focus too much on the bad talent, and the judges making fun of people and absolutely crushing their spirit and dreams. They’re brutal on that show! But “The Sing-Off” is completely different! Besides the fact that it is only 4 episodes long, the judges are focusing on the good aspects of the groups, giving criticism in a nice and respectful way, and uplifting the spirits of the groups while genuinely hoping for their continued success. It’s a refreshing show full of people with actual talent that’s inherent and really can’t be taught.
If you’re watching (or just checked out the link), our favorite group for the win is Nota! Their talent is absolutely incredible! If they can’t win it (though I don’t see how), then the Beelzebubs deserve the title. We’ve been a bit disappointed in some of the groups that have been sent home, like Solo and Face, but definitely see a bright future for all of the eliminated groups.
I truly hope that these groups reach the kind of fame and popularity of one of my favorite groups, Naturally 7. Watch this, if you want to be blown away by absolute talent (remember, only voices, NO instruments!):
Or this cover of “In the Air Tonight”:
The most interesting development of the week was originally going to be the letter that I sent to my mother-in-law. That, however, has taken an unexpected turn. Bill got a call from his mother on Wednesday, informing him that they were changing the plans for the family get-together on the 23rd. Yes, once again he’s the last to know. Only this time, I think she really pissed him off!
Now, they plan to go out to dinner (most likely 10 minutes west of where we live), then to [Brother]’s house to exchange gifts (15 minutes east of where we live). She tried to sell him on it by saying that it’s only an hour for dinner and an hour for the gift exchange. He started fuming. Bill pointed out that there was all the travel time to take into consideration, as well. At least an hour total travel time, since he would have to drive Matthew and I back home before going to work that night!
Then the icing on the cake. She told him that [Sister]’s husband and son wouldn’t be there, because they had a game that night! (b-i-l and nephew are sports junkies, and the nephew plays on several sports teams, year round, so they are usually tied up with one sporting event or another to the exclusion of all else. It’s really sickening, and very sad, and totally a post for another day.) Needless to say, Bill lost his everloving mind! He’s going to talk to her over the weekend, most likely in person. He’s finally fed up! I will be staying home, where it’s nice and peaceful. 😀
And lastly, our morally bankrupt former landlord has decided that we don’t deserve our entire security deposit back from our old apartment, because we didn’t give them enough notice (even though he knew on 11/2, but didn’t get written notice until 11/19). We’re only getting roughly 1/3 of it. And we’re pissed! The wife didn’t want to give us anything back at all! My biggest wish is for Karma to kick them in the ass in a major way. Public humiliation would be nice – something that we can read about in the paper! That’s not too much to ask, is it? 😉