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Accepting challenges

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I haven't realized it's been so long since I visited my own blog! Must remedy that!

This blog is about doing stuff that scares me! I've accepted a challenge that both scares and excites me! I sing in a choir at work with 40 others, and the conductor asked me if I would sing solo for our Christmas lunchtime concert for the whole University!

I'm really nervous, but I strive to not be too afraid of making a fool of myself or take myself too seriously. And I wouldn't want to turn down a challenge like that, because of course I'm flattered that they have asked ME to do it. It must mean they think I CAN pull it off. I'll let you all know how it goes once we've had our concert on the 10th. I'm working through some of the "what-if's" and realize that I'll be able to live through it no matter what happens.

Other than that, I'm work-work-working to finish everything I must do to be able to take a long vacation come the 17th. We have made plans to go to Vienna to visit some very good friends and won't be back until just before Christmas. As it's pretty quiet at work between Christmas and New year I think I'll ask for the rest of the year off to recharge my batteries and spend some spare vacation days before the craziness starts again in January...

My December goal is to maintain or lose so I get back to where I was this summer. I'm around 5-10 pounds above my lowest weight and want to get things moving in the right direction again!

That's why our "Whatever it takes" GOYAAM challenge is a perfect match.

My goal is 300 minutes/week of fitness: cardio (running/elliptical), strength training or a brisk walk.
Just TRACKING the food should help me with portions, which I suspect have a tendency to grow if I don't weigh and measure diligently.
And I really need to get enough sleep, so 7 hour/night is minimum for December.

Anyhoo, that's it for now, my bed beckons.
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    You go girl
    3852 days ago
    This sounds like it will be a fantastic month for you! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
    3853 days ago
    Congratulations! You can totally do this. I did a solo once in a high school play and will never forget how nervous I was. But I was proud of my shy, gawky self for doing it! Shine on! And nice to have a vaca on the horizon!
    3855 days ago
    Wow, thanks for posting the link! What a beautiful song. Peace rests over land and town. Yes.
    3855 days ago
    Congratulations on being selected to do the solo. I'm so proud of you for taking on that challenge! You will be awesome...and the song is beautiful!
    3855 days ago
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    3855 days ago
    Thank you for the sweet comment, everyone! The song is a Danish hymn (Peace rests over land and town) and will do the soprano voice solo for one verse while the alto, tenor and bass voices will hum behind. (It makes it much less intimidating, I have to say!) I found one version of the hymn online with a girl's choir. Our arrangement is slightly different because of the four voices. I'll let you know in case there is someone taping the concert. Here's the Danish choir singing sweetly:
    3855 days ago
  • ERIN1022
    Congratulations on being asked to sing the solo! And have fun in Vienna!
    3855 days ago
    Great! I am a music teacher. What are you singing for the solo? I have done some duets in public, but I am too chicken to sing solo, so good for you for accepting!!!
    3855 days ago
    Oh yay and wonderful! They KNOW you can do it! And so do we.
    3855 days ago
    That is just a lovely and exciting opportunity. We say in this country when a person is going to perform "break a leg" which is supposed to bring luck. Wouldn't I love to learn that your husband has taped it and posted it for us. Any chance? We are all rooting for you and I for one am so glad you finally posted. It is not the same around here without you.
    3856 days ago
    Well, isn't CJ helpful?!
    Being asked to sing a solo is an awesome compliment!! Just keep remembering your conductor's confidence in selecting you. He or she is trying to put forth the best show possible & picked you!! Let us know what you'll be singing!
    Your time off sounds awesome. Vienna must be beautiful at Christmas. I've traveled a bit to Europe (years ago) but never to Austria.
    I have 7 vacation days to take between now and the end of the year and will also be off that last week. Can't wait!!!
    Hope you're sleeping!

    3856 days ago
  • KARBIE18
    I am so proud of you, and just know you're going to be great! And your vacation sounds lovely. In the meantime, take it all one step at a time and it will get done. Don't forget to breathe.

    3856 days ago
    What an honour to be asked to sing the solo. Fantastic .. and I know you'll be great. Just make sure your dress isn't tucked in your underwear when you get on stage .. ha ha ha ha
    Your long break over the holidays sounds perfect. You can relax and enjoy some time away from work.
    I'm very lucky as my new company closes between Christmas and New Years .. unless you're in the support area. This is the first time I've had that, so I'm looking forward to it. It works out really well as my sister and her family, my brother and his family all arrive on Dec 27th from their various points around the world.
    Well I guess you better get to bed :):)
    3856 days ago
    Oh, I'm excited for you about the solo with your choir! What a lovely compliment from your conductor. I love to sing too. What piece will you be doing? I know you will do a great job. :)
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