Sunday, October 29, 2006

Pins & Needles

I've been quite the non-blogger lately, due to an unusual convergence of all sorts of stuff that has been sucking up my time.

Most of it seems to be coming to a head this week, so I find myself way uneasier than even my usual neurotic malaise. Each of these events is probably worth a separate blog, but it ain't gonna happen. So, here's the edited-for-TV version:

I am "Room Mom" for Oldest Daughter's class. This is her last year in elementary school and the first time I've volunteered for the position. I was quite happy to be chosen from the women who volunteered..

Even so, I was pretty much counting on my Partner Room Mom (didn't you know that Room Moms generally travel in pairs?) to clue me in to what a Room Mom is actually supposed to do. So imagine my panic when I found out that this year (for the first time) there would only be one Room Mom per class.

But it has turned out to be a control freak's dream-come-true, after I realized that I now had the power to tell all the other moms to do whatever I wanted. Mwah-hah-hah.

So, Tuesday is our first class event. All I have to do is show up and help the kids with costumes before the parade.

Still, I'd be more comfortable if Eldest Daughter actually had a costume. She wants to be a "Pop Star" which evidently means she just wants to wear her normal clothes and carry an inflatable guitar. All my gaudy, metallic 80s clothes saved for 25 years for such an occasion were rejected. In fact, just trying them on had her on the verge of tears.

We've already had a request from Little Miss Thinker to avoid the home of Freaky Druid Guy, meaning our actual trick-or-treating may end up being a rather uneventful candy grab.

Even so, Halloween and all its obligations are #1 on my nervous list.

#2: I'm nominated for the same industry award I didn't win last year. Since at least half of the people who read this actually know me in real life, I'll won't be as coy as I was last year and I will mention the award by name.

It's an A.I.R. Award - (A.I.R. standing for Achievement in Radio, I think?) with all sorts of nifty categories for those of us involved in radio. Most importantly, the entry fees raise money for the March of Dimes. The awards luncheon is Wednesday (AKA the day after Halloween.)

After last year's agonizing about what-to-wear (and then seeing other on-air types attending in baggy sweatshirt and jeans) I figure my outfit doesn't matter much, so no concern about my fashion statement.

But unlike last year, I think I could possibly win this time (better entry IMHO.) I might even want to. I think. About the scariest thing I can imagine is standing in front of a ballroom jammed full of radio people and having to say anything into a microphone.

In the very least, it's a free meal.

#3: I'm filling in for one of my co-workers for several days starting Friday. Not interesting reading, but it always makes me nervous to do a shift I'm not familiar with.

#4: (More interesting, I hope.) Along with other members of the michaelpennlist, Esteemed Husband and I have been working on a tribute CD.

Forty songs written by super-dee-duper singer-songwriter Michael Penn were covered by various members of the group. Esteemed Husband and I recorded a duet ("Try") and each did a solo turn. And all the tracks have been gathered together and are just about ready for "release."

When the tracks are released, I will provide links, whether you want them or not.

Even so, not all that confident in my performances. (Caution: Excuse Ahead!) I felt pretty nervous and rushed during the first recording, and just rushed the second time (which really was a rush job, since we did it at the last minute after another person dropped out.) And my cat was dying at the same time (ploy for sympathy.)

In addition, I volunteered my services to design/execute the cover for the CD package. Which all seemed pretty simple until I realized it's hard to fit 40 songs & artists on the back of a CD and have the credits remain legible. Then, I ended up making 3 different back covers...worked for hours and hours Friday & Saturday and finally got so sick of the whole thing that I sent the final work in without really scrutinizing it...meaning of course there are a few minor things I missed (just simple stuff like extra spaces and wrong font choice for a word or two.)

Let the Whining Cease! Happy Haunting!


At October 29, 2006 4:41 PM, Blogger Merujo said...

I'm sure the artwork for the CDs is splendid - and I'm so incredibly grateful to you for volunteering to do it!

And good luck with the award possibility! I'll send you good vibes from down here on the chilly swamp. :-)

At November 03, 2006 5:28 PM, Blogger spocko said...

Good luck on the award too...
I recently gave a presentation to 50 law talking guys. When they didn't laugh at my first 3 jokes I knew I was in trouble.

I know how you feel. Thinking they are all sitting there thinking, "WE could have done BETTER than THIS!" But like I remember from my days in Stand Up Comedy. It's a VERY different thing to be ON STAGE vs. sitting in the comfort of your chair.

Ta hell what they think. The award is based on your work and I'm sure it rocked.

At November 03, 2006 5:31 PM, Blogger spocko said...

P.S. Want photos of kids in costume. I love that stuff.
I was walking to a cafe and saw 50 kids leaving school in costumes. THEY WERE ADORABLE. If I had a camera I would have put them up on Cute Overload. Lots of princesses and superheros. Personally I was pleased at the girl in the Super Girl costume.

I also loved the girl in the homemade octupus one and the boy with the Batman one with a real cowl. I LOVED Batman as a kid

At November 03, 2006 8:04 PM, Blogger Cyn said...

Pretty sure my next post will be photo-based, as I'm too busy to actually put a decent paragraph together.

This working thing sucks the creativity out of person, doesn't it?


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