We did an encore of our Santaland from last year. It was pretty great to see all the different kids’ reactions to the “Big Fat Man with the Long White Beard.”
I made a video. It was my first attempt with my new Christmas present! (a camera!) I just kept it on auto as I literally only had time to charge the battery before using it!
First attempt at video and photo….I feel like the focus is soft on these which is frustrating because I thought the same thing with my OLD camera and I am on the same lens…so maybe that is the culprit…though I thought there was quite a few sharp focus shots in the video with the same lens! Maybe I just need new glasses!
Pickle was in her serious/observation mode….it was fun to watch her and wonder what was going on between the ears.
I threw together her outfit. She really doesn’t own much red or green, so a pajama top (it’s kind of candy cane striped!?) it is! She picked out her shoes.
Time just gets away from me! I made it to my post today with only 50 minutes to busk. I set up shop and was quickly kicked out because apparently it was too close to an office in the subway. That is okay because the second spot was EVEN BETTER. I stood in a corridor at Columbus Circle much like the one I did at Grand Central. The traffic was steady and donations generous.
One lady gave me $20!
Pickle laid low and was drowsy for the first bit and then participated with her shaky egg and voice for the second bit. One man even gave her M & M’s (which I did not feed her).
Getting out there in the cold to busk is challenging, but once I am out there singing, I feel so good.
Today I saw one of my CTR-4 kids who gave me a dollar, and also my cousin’s wife! It is so fun when I see someone I know!
I made $78.06 today! Bringing the total up to $253.33 Incredible!
Friends! I confess it is hard to fit in the busking. As of now, I will be thrilled if I fit 15 hours in (instead of my original goal of 20!)
Here are the challenges:
I have had some unexpected events come up in the category of Pickle jobs and castings.
Today I had to finagle the schedule and it was a miracle that all went as planned.
We went to her Bloomingdales casting (in which she was soooo cute in those white skinnies) and then headed straight to Times Square Subway stop. We arrived RIGHT when I wanted to start the timer and sang from 1:30-2:30. Pickle helped me a lot. She held my lyric sheet most of the time and sang with me most of the songs.
Today I gave away a cd to the first 20 donators! A few people wouldn’t take it, I missed a few because they were too fast, and had about 6 left over. It is really fun to sing in the subways because the acoustics are very helpful.
Today I made $38.93 bringing our total up to $175.27
Getting there! Getting there! I can’t wait to take that trip to Target and fill up the cart!
The day finished with another Pickle casting, this time fit modeling for JCPenney and then the Subways shutting down, taking us 3 times the amount of time it normally takes to get home. We were all well behaved and patient and made it through!
There was a great showing of costumes this year at the Jingle Bell Jog. I loved the guy in the top row, 3rd from left who PAINTED the stripes on his legs. My favorite was the cream colored snowman on the 3rd row, 4th from the left.
Sadly my foot surgeon did not give me permission to run this year. I just chatted with a history professor at Bard while we waited for our loved ones to pass us! This year was a great one for Phoebz and hard for Lollz. Pickle hated every second of it.
It was perfect weather though and I was SO wishing I could have run it!
I only saw about 3 other Team Sparklers this year, but grabbed a few of them for a photo. The woman with the Bigs was from the UK and was so impressed with the fast shipping. She told me she ordered turquoise visor, sleeves and skirt of the upcoming London Marathon. Well Done. Quite Right.
A holiday tradition that I just love: The Jingle Bell Jog.
I have been plotting out my busking schedule, and I have to be honest. Getting 20 hours in is going to be difficult. Today was hard to sneak it in, but we did it.
We started at a spot at Grand Central Subway Station that had a pretty steady stream of people. A young boy who had a bucket and some drum sticks handed us a dollar and gave us a suggestion of a “much better place” to busk.
We thanked him and kept singing in our spot. A very dapper gentleman came by and started singing with me, so I made him finish out the 3rd verse of O Holy Night with me.
Our next visitor was a schizophrenic lady who seemed to really enjoy Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer but then had enough to say to us that we decided to try that location that the young boy had told us about.
“You and you and you and you….you’re gonna get hurt if you do that again. You are GOING to get hurt again, like you JUST DID. You and you and you and you…..their gonna get a firearm and you are gonna get hurt, now get out of here…you and you and you and you.”
I tried to talk to her and then just decided that we better scoot along.
The spot that the boy told us about WAS much better. The acoustics were insane. I barely had to sing and it carried through all the noise of the station. It was fascinating to watch how it touched people. Many could not be bothered, many would pass us and then turn around to take a quick glimpse of who was singing and then keep going. A select few gave us money and an even smaller group stopped and read our sign and took our picture.
The girls lost steam pretty quickly so I tried to carry it the best I could. We ended up with $45.91 which brings our total up to: $136.34
She walked into the wings and said to me: “Carmegie Hall! Check!”
After a whirlwind week of performing with her flute choir and Lady Jeanne and Sir James Galway, Lolly was pretty psyched about it!
When she first heard about this epic performance week she was going to have, she felt quite anxious, but she powered through it and so did I.
When I heard they were playing at Carnegie Hall during The American Christmas Carol concert, I knew that white tops and black skirts would not do. I pushed for red sashes and red sashes I got.
Angela and I sewed all day on Wednesday (after I had sewed all day on Tuesday) to make these fine red polyester sashes for not only our girls, but a group of flutists in New Jersey as well. It was a lot of work.
The choir had a ton of extra rehearsals to prepare for Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells. Lolly’s jury and concert was today but she will be playing for those next week as all the focus has been on this week of performances. It was a lot of work.
They arrived at Carnegie Hall at around 1:30 and worked through music rehearsals and tech rehearsals, had a quick dinner and then had to get dressed. I braided hair, applied blush, ironed clothes, tied and taped sashes and then retied them again and again and again. It was a lot of work.
The kids were ushered down to the wings and went out on that giant stage and played their little hearts out for about 5 minutes. As they exited with bright eyes and sighs of relief and exclamations of: “that was so short!” I heard a stranger say: “It was worth it!”
He was right.
Friends, I have not showered in two days, my fingers are raw and I have 13 beautiful red sashes sitting here ready to make their debut at Carnegie Hall around the waists of some little flutists.
My Lolly will be performing with Sir James Galway tomorrow night and I have been sewing in love and support for the past two days. No time for busking, barely time for eating, and I have already covered the showering situation.
Tomorrow I go to the foot doctor. I took off the dressing over a week ago, which I was not supposed to do, but I HAVE TO GET AROUND! So….they may be upset, but I really don’t mind…I just want to get the stitches out and move on.
I don’t think I am going to be able to busk tomorrow either, so I am going to have to make up for it this weekend!