Trying to learn a song in French

I am pretty nervous and excited about the opportunity to sing on Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. for the 2017 Montgomery Interfaith Nativity in Montgomery, Alabama. My friend, Tina Gann, has graciously agreed to accompany me. She is a fabulous accompanist and quite the accomplished pianist. We will be getting together this week to talk about our twenty minute musical lineup.

One of my favorite songs we are definitely performing is Gesu Bambino, text by Frederick Herman Martens, music by Piertro Alessandro Yon, and edited by Charles J. Cardin.

Another song I want to sing is Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabelle however I would love to learn it in French as originally published, Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle. 

Today I have been listening to two different YouTube versions of the song in order to translate the French phonetically so I can learn the pronunciation. Then, I will have my French-American CrossFit Coach Charles help me make any final corrections to my pronunciation before I commit it all to memory.

Pretty amazing technology. And how cool is that to have a native French speaking CrossFit Coach to help me in the middle of Alabama? 

Awesome I tell ya! Simply Awesome.

And it will truly be Christmas miracle awesome if I can learn it in French over the next few weeks! 

259/365  …. argh… missed posting this by a minute or two… oh well. The new norm.

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Dear Montgomery Drivers

You folks scare me. You also scared a cute little family visiting from out of town today, who almost got hit twice.

Example One: 

When driving down Wares Ferry Road wait to get into the center left turn lane just before you turn on Jule.

It is very bad form to drive down the middle of the TURN ONLY LANE before the person in front of you, the one who is obeying the lines on the road and waiting to get into the left turn section as it is marked. 

Yes it is good to pass on the left but not in a TURN ONLY lane or when you have to surpass the speed limit to end-run the car in front of you doing the speed limit and wanting to properly turn left.

Example Two: 

The center TURN LANE is not there so you can pass the six vehicles ahead of you that stopped so the man, picking up and removing debris in the lane, would not get run down and killed by a car traveling in that lane.

Yeah. When a vehicle is stopped then you should too. You should wait to see what is happening ahead before you almost kill someone with your impatience.

Example Three:

When a police vehicle, with flashing lights, is slowly driving down Atlanta Highway just take a chill pill and do not try to quickly zip around him until he pulls off the road. 

You do not know what is happening.

Maybe he is going beyond the call of duty to get a little doggie out of the middle of a busy road. Maybe he is doing it to save the dog and to save someone from killing the dog and creating a bigger mishap on the road. 

Seriously people.

  1. SLOW DOWN.
  2. STOP TO LOOK AROUND. 
  3. IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU OR YOUR CONVENIENCE.

And while I am at it, that lever on your steering column that clicks on a flashy thing is a TURN SIGNAL. It has a purpose. Please, consult your owners manual on how to properly use it. 

Thank you. Thank you very much. 

Respectfully. 

Bless your hearts.

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FiTTz Meals by Christopher Teeter

Fittzmealsyellowhammerorderform2.0  JPG.jpgWhen I am doing one of these Concept 2 Rowing Challenges, especially when they go on for days or weeks, I find that FiTTz Meals are great to have on hand for my fast food go-to-eats. The vegetarian option is really nice because I can order the quinoa or the rice with vegetables for healthy carbs on a long row day like today’s 12k ladder down. 

What I appreciate about Christopher’s service is I am not locked into any plan. I can change things around from week to week, month to month. He delivers to the box but the Honey-do just zips over to the Yellowhammer Cafe to pick up our order earlier in the day.  

Of course, if Southern Home Cooking is more your style, well, you can always stop in for that too. 

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Dog Days: Rolling my eyes

As I sit here roughing in the title of what I am going to write about, I am rolling my eyes. Hence the new and improved title. Honestly, I have no clue how I managed to row 10k today but Dog Days:Week 2 is completed. Hallelujah!

Today’s row was absolutely miserable. My mind was not in the game. It was running frenzied, like watching the mayhem between one of those blue tailed skinks and my black lab as she chases the thing around the porch and up the tree. 

The original plan was to row 20k in four sessions. Having rowed a 5k Tuesday and Wednesday the goal was to row 5k today and again tomorrow but I have several pressing priorities tomorrow so opted to just finish the last 10k today.

The new and improved (rolling my eyes) plan was to row down a ladder: 4k with a 3 minute rest, 3k – 2 minute rest, 2k – 1 minute rest and then finish strong with 1k. 

For some bizarre reason I dropped the damper to level 4.5 (rolling my eyes) instead of 5 – 5.5 and that is when the row went sideways. Between the heat and the damper setting I wanted to quit halfway through the 4k. My times were horrific and I could have cared less, sort of. I could have changed the damper setting but opted to suffer instead (rolling my eyes).

My SPM’s were the worst ever, as in like my first days ever rowing, and then I whined my way through the rest period, the 3k and rest period, the 2k and rest period. By the time I got to that last 1k it was all I could do to just get it done while thoughts regarding the 30k caused me to lament ever rowing Dog Days 2017.  

Still it is d-o-n-e. Tomorrow I can wake up with a new and improved attitude if I do not have lingering nightmares about today. 

Putting my miserable, whining self to bed now (rolling my eyes).

Oh, wait! I can end today with one happy thought. Thanks to whoever used my CrossRope Code to order a jump rope! I get a free t-shirt.

(Was that you, Michel? – not rolling my eyes!) 

That $10 OFF code expires September 4, 2017 so take advantage today!

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Saturday Breakfast at Shashy’s

Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of our magical Saturday breakfast brunch at Shashy’s Bakery and Fine Food yesterday. It does not take away the fact that it was the most wonderful, delectable breakfast ever, so much so that we unanimously decided, right then and there, Shashy’s is now our first choice for breakfast outings. 

We ordered the Eggs Benedict with grits, Two Eggs Any Style with whole wheat toast, sausage, and home fries and finally an order of Blueberry Pancakes with ham. It was a smorgasbord! Everything cooked to perfection in a beautiful presentation. And they serve REAL butter!

Another wonderful aspect of our dining experience was the great service. Our waitress was delightful and personable. It seemed like everyone working there was happy to be there. That was really nice to see, proficient, happy people enjoying their jobs.  

Shashy’s is a fine food experience indeed, serving Breakfast until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. 

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Best Hamburger Day Ever

IMG_7750Met my friend, Pat, for lunch today. We met at the Sundown. Neither of us had eaten there before so we had a great time perusing the menu, trying to figure out what we wanted. 

Both of us ended up with our first choices, a Burger, and we shared the french fries. She got the cheese burger and I got the bacon cheese burger.

If only we had taken a photo of the delicious hamburger and fries we ordered before we gobbled down our food.

Yes. It was one of those best hamburger day ever moments.

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Murph 2017: I am registered!

This is my tScreen Shot 2017-04-20 at 11.03.06 PMhird officially registered MURPH CHALLENGE. Last year I was finally able to run both miles thanks to training with my PWR Sandbag in preparation for the event at 26.2 CrossFit in Rockledge, Florida.  I did not use the PWR Sandbag in the challenge but wearing it in running short distances made it that much easier to simply run the mile on my own.


This year, still using my PWR Sandbag in preparation for Murph 2017 at Guns Out CrossFit in Montgomery, Alabama, I am working up to a 10 Round sequence of 10-Ring Rows ( modified pull-ups), 20 Push-ups (modified to a bar about 36 inches off the ground), and 30 Air Squats with a 400 meter row at the beginning of each round. I am rowing due to a broken toe.

It is impractical to wear the sandbag while rowing. Taking it off and putting it back on costs me some time, but when I do the MURPH it is without the weight vest anyway so no matter.

Truly I hope my hard work pays off this year and that my toes will be healed to do well enough on the runs to drop my time from last year. It would thrill me to significantly put in a much better time than last year! 

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