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In the bleak midwinter ...

The work stress is making me nutso kooko. I am really feeling under the gun. It doesn't let up much when I get home, so prayers (etc.) appreciated.

As one example of how nuts I am, I left my hat, purse, gloves, hat again, and the volume of the Daily Office Book that abooth returned to me at the church at various points. Fortunately all the lost objects have come home to momma. I'm hoping my sanity (etc) is not far behind.

In better news ... we offered a special prayer for tinyprayers during his first Mass (from 2000 miles away), and Lessons and Carols was stunning. People complimented me on both my reading and my appearance. (Win-win.) And I really truly love singing "O little town of Bethlehem" to Forest Green. I'm liking that better than the standard US tune.

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cat_herder
Dec. 21st, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
You were fabulous and collected and elegant (even with the "bunny slippers", tee hee!) and totally belong up there on the pulpit. The reading was wonderfully done. I got a real kick out of Little Town with a different tune. I'd heard Oak Ash and Thorn sing Little Town to a new tune and it could very well have been the same one.

Sorry that work is being so bad, sweetie. I totally understand. I'll be around during the holday weekend, so if you need tea and sympathy, drop me a line.

The phenom with all your kit scattered all over the church had me laughing. My nephew was telling me that when someone falls down on the ski slopes so that all their scarves and hats and stuff wind up all over the place, its called a "yard sale". Sounds like you had your very own yard sale in all the excitement at church. Fortuntately, you can still get up and primp your hair and say, "I *meant* to do that."
backrowbass
Dec. 21st, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
...you can still get up and primp your hair and say, "I *meant* to do that."

Followed by "It's the Albanian Rite".
berkeleyfarm
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
I could just about get away with that. :D
tinyprayers
Dec. 21st, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
Oh, my goodness. How humbling.

I should post about stuff.
berkeleyfarm
Dec. 21st, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
Kate was celebrating at 8 am. She's been there ... pretty recently :).

abooth
Dec. 21st, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)
And I really truly love singing "O little town of Bethlehem" to Forest Green. I'm liking that better than the standard US tune.

The one that always gets me is the US tune to "Away in a Manger". I hadn't had a chance to look through our carols book before going to the hospital to carol with the Newman choir (thinking: I know all these!) and was slightly shocked when we turned to that!
berkeleyfarm
Dec. 21st, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
I've sung both the tunes for that one before. Which one do you mean (the one where "Away" is on the same note and relatively high, or the other one that sounds something like Forest Green)? I do think the former is much more common though.
backrowbass
Dec. 21st, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
The one you describe is the standard over here -- the tune is called Mueller.
The standard tune in England is called Cradle Song and it does have a shape a little like Forest Green.

Hope things start going a little better.

b.
ayse
Dec. 21st, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Whatever version we sang on Sunday was unusual for the US, too. I find the meter, especially the second lines, really disconcerting. I've only ever encountered that version in Episcopal churches.
berkeleyfarm
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
If you are referring to OLToB, yes, the first time I heard it that way was last year. That tune is, however, the standard one in the Yook from what I understand.

(B, I looked up AiaM in the Hymnal, and it only has the "Cradle Song" tune, although both Bethlehems are in it.)
ayse
Dec. 22nd, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
Away in a Manager, actually (I guess we didn't sing it; the choir did, which is good because the tempo was so weird).

I'd heard that OLToB before last year, on an album I think.
prairierabbit
Dec. 21st, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
**hugs** and prayers, sweetie!

A couple of weeks ago I was in such a rush to get to lunch and a doctor's appointment that on my way through another campus building and out to the parking deck I somehow lost a credit card and debit cards out of a card case attached to my keys when grabbing them out of my pocket. I didn't even know it. Fortunately, I work on a good campus with lots of caring and helpful people. Two different people found each of my debit cards and had office staff call and leave me messages, I was able to go back and find my discount dining card, and the one credit card was easily cancelled. (It was a bitter and blustery day, so the credit card may well be lodged under a bush somewhere.)

Take care, and try taking five minute deep breathing breaks. They really help me when I'm stressed.
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