Archive for March, 2008

31
Mar
08

Clogging?

Hey y’all. Boy, am I exhausted today – don’t know what hit me. Rehearsal was a real strain, I was really pooped after only having sung the cantus firmus of the Tallis Loquebantur, my voice was somewhere off in la-la land. So I’ll be quick tonight. I just wanted to make a quick entry about…

Clogging.

While I was on Ravelry, I came across this user (sorry, if you’re not already registered on Ravelry you won’t be able to access that profile) who described himself as a ‘clogging instructor’. This piqued my interest, and so I visited a few sites on the subject. From what I can gather, clogging is a type of folk dancing that resembles a cross between Irish dancing (i.e. Riverdance) and tap. Then I found this video on YouTube:

These guys are totally hot! And then I found this one:

The way they move, I think they all resemble 8-bit computer game characters. And at 0:21, the girl in front on the left kind of floats backward across the stage. Funky stuff.

I was also disappointed that none of this seemed to have anything to do with the Netherlands, which you might expect from the clog reference. Perhaps they only got around to inventing the clog, and left the dancing to other people(s).

Quote of the day:

“I can play woodblock, I’m really good at keeping time. Have you noticed I’m always on time?”
“No, I think punctuality is a little different from actual rhythm.”

Here here.

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30
Mar
08

Aaaaaaargh!


Thankfully I have a needle case full of these.

30
Mar
08

Daylight savings

Hello hello! Today I slept in until 12:30 (which I guess is really only 11:30), and boy do I feel overslept! So I only have nice things planned for today, namely knitting and Arrested Development with Lisa, (who also has a blog) and possibly dinner with Michiel.

The last few days have been pretty busy. I babysat a 12-year-old on Thursday whose father sadly committed suicide around a month ago. He’s really into chess at the moment, but can’t find any suitable opponents to play against, so we played two games and I gave him a run for his money. He’s good, just needs to stop making rash moves out of frustration. In the second game I check-mated him with only a rook and a knight. All he had let were pawns and the king. He put up a good fight.

Friday I sang at the wedding of one of the members of the DomCantorij, the choir where I sing here in Utrecht. Getting married is kinda weird in the Netherlands: church marriages are not recognised by the State, so even if you get married in a church, you still have to go to the registry office and sign something to say you’re actually married. The service was an actual full-on church service, with hymns, a collection and a sermon (but no communion). We sang movements 1, 4 and 12 of the big Te Deum by Mendelssohn, and the conductor was so impressed he decided to programme the whole piece for an upcoming concert on 10 May. Yaaaaaaay Mendelssohn!

Saturday we had a concert in the cathedral, a programme of Spanish and Dutch renaissance music relating to Mary (since she got knocked up this week). We sang Guerrero, Victoria and Lassus, plus the organist provided for some Frescobaldi and Sweelinck on the harpsichord for good measure. The conductor had tried to get us to approximate something resembling mean-tone tuning, but I’m not sure how successful that actually was. I was lowering all my fifths and major thirds etc., but did run into some resistance now and then. Perhaps that was for the best.

After the concert, I went back to Jantine‘s house to celebrate her husband Mick’s birthday. I collapsed on the couch, ate whatever food was placed in front of me, and once all the other guests had gone home, attempted a tubular sock cast-on. And it worked! A tubular cast-on avoids the bunched-up look of a regular cast-on, and makes it appear as if the stitches travel up and over the cast-on edge, back down the other side. This is because they actually do. Normally this cast-on is made using a piece of waste yarn in addition to the actual yarn, and requires you to transfer the open stitches at a later stage, but Jantine has this great sock book that showed me how to do it without using the waste yarn. Much less hassle, and also much more clever! As I said in my last post, I’m all about saving time these days.

Ok, now I’m off to Lisa’s for knitting and DVDs. Before I go, one last photo of my new laptop:

Isn’t she pretty?

28
Mar
08

New laptop

Okay, so I know I haven’t been the best blogger lately. Well, for roughly the last year. But now I have this super-cool new fast laptop from Asus, which I hope will make blogging easier, as it will take less time to upload photos, etc. so maybe things will change. That’s what life is all about for me right now – saving time.

And that for someone who is considering travelling by boat to Australia from the Netherlands.