Thursday, December 13, 2007

"We shall not all sleep, but we shall be chang'd.."

That quote is from Corinthians, though I have always thought of it as more belonging to George Frideric Handel. The chaos of the past week receeded tonight at Benaroya Hall with a spectacular performance of "The Messiah" led by Christian Knapp, who conducted, sang and danced his way through the Barenreiter edition. He placed the trumpets up in the high left balcony in Part I, and we love trumpets! The soloists and chorale were spot on, clear as a bell in the acoustics of that hall.

Above, please find the first of two versions of our holiday photo for 2007. Having Weston take our picture on the bridge over the Ravenna Park ravine was possibly the calmest activity we have engaged in since Thanksgiving. The top photo is our favorite, and looks suspiciously like navel-gazing. The bottom photo adorns our holiday card and I think we look charming and altogether harmless. We have over the years been trained to smile and look straight at the camera, and not at eachother.

Leroy is done teaching for the quarter. He gave his last final yesterday, then made lunch for the students in his music and poetry course. He made roast lamb to feed about 25 people with mushrooms and a pear jelly last night. He is now focused on grading papers, with slight breaks for motorcycle rides and "The Messiah" this evening. James and Lauren are knee deep in mailing graduate school applications, but took time tonight to bake cookies while we were out.

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