A Woman’s Woe

The Ups and Downs of a Modern Renaissance Woman

I should be a country singer April 7, 2008

Filed under: career,music — womanswoe @ 7:13 pm
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Friday night I performed a couple of songs accompanied by Guitar. One duet- hopelessly yours, Desperado, and Wind beneath my wings. There is something nice about singing a completely simple song adding a little more chest voice to my normally operatically trained voice. Then I got to thinking. I should go country!

Famous country singers are stinking rich and not so famous that they get stalked. How many country singers do you see on the cover of tabloids? Not very many. This may be because country singers are expected to be drugged and drunk which obliterates the shock factor.

Country singers can wear clothes. You wouldn’t have to gyrate  around the stage like Brittney Spears. Just some tight jeans and cowboy boots.

Country fans are loyal. How many old pop singers are still appreciated for their contribution to their genre? Hardly none unless you count the one hit wonder show they have on VH1.  Country singers, once famous, are loved no matter how many face lifts they get. Dolly Parton, Reba Mcyntire, are a couple of examples.  Old, and still singing.

So, now all I need is a band and a contract. Any suggestions?

 

Spring Fever April 4, 2008

Filed under: career,hobbies — womanswoe @ 2:56 pm
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I announced that I canceled the final and my class cheered. The desire to be done with everything doesn’t change from student to teacher. My class preparation has gone from working a week in advance, to  the day before, to 6am the day of, 7 am the day of, and today I managed to prepare my class starting at 8 am. My class meets at 11:30 am so maybe I can push it even further!!!

Now, I am done for the day and wouldn’t it be nice if I could hide in a cave? No. I have to go sing country at a ski patrol party tonight. yodel yodel.

 

Vent April 2, 2008

Filed under: career,miscellaneous,Religion — womanswoe @ 8:04 pm
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Today I made the choice to play a recording of an African American Slave singing a work song. I was a little tentative since I wasn’t sure how the class was going to react. I have 57 students most from Idaho, Utah and only one student that is black (from L.A.). So, I took the plunge and played it. After the song, everyone was quiet. One student said that it had a haunting feeling to it. I said, that he made a good point and that I was hesitant due to not wanting make anyone feel uncomfortable. However, it is our history and it really happened. I am mad that I was even hesitant as Americans should remember the despicable acts for which humans (this includes Americans) are capable.

The truth is innocent Africans died, families destroyed, bodies beaten all to build America. Early Americans were terrorists as they pushed the American Indians off their land, and forced West Africans to make make them rich. Why deny it? Most of the students in my class were not taught about African American history in school, or at least not in detail. Hardly anyone raised their hands when I asked them if they had learned about the Jim Crow law in High School.

Which leads me to another frustration. How do people think that this is God’s country? What gives us the right to go in and bomb Iraq bully countries whose religion and culture is nothing like ours. What is this war against terror, when our America was built by terrorists. Is it because our God is right? The sooner we can give up fanatical Gods the sooner our world can have peace. Not only does this go for American religions but all over the world. The sooner we can give up our animalistic tribal nature can we as a species live in peace with our fellow man.

 

Utah’s Hidden Secret March 29, 2008

Filed under: hobbies,outdoor activities — womanswoe @ 5:24 pm
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Just an FYI. For all of you that spend big money and fly to Utah to ski Park City, Snowbird, Alta, Canyons: All you are doing is waiting in line like you are at Disney Land. Great Skiing tucked away in the mountains can be found at Beaver Mountain. 40 minutes up Logan Canyon. I grew up skiing here. I skied the Canyons this year and would never go back. Beaver mountain is where it is at. Plus, the ticket prices are about half as expensive.

Furthermore, if you break a leg, crack a skull, or crush your pelvis, I will be there to save you as this year was my first year serving as ski patrol!!!

www.skithebeav. com

 

Making Soap

Filed under: health and beauty,hobbies — womanswoe @ 5:16 pm
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One of my hobbies is making homemade soap. The recipe I got was from a person who for years did this as a profession. The following recipe makes the best all around bar. High lather, Hardness (so it lasts a long time) and super great moisturizing features. My husband use to cover his hands in eucerin cream and wear gloves to bed because his hands were so dry. Now that he uses my soap, he never uses lotion. I am in the process of pestering my husband to put my website  up soon to see if I can sale any online. http://www.euphorigenics.com

1 lb Water

7 oz of lye

1.2 lbs Olive oil

1 lbs coconut oil

1 lbs palm kernal oil

coloring and fragrance

A stick blender is the best tool as it brings the soap to trace pretty fast. However, with my luck, I have burned out so many motors. So, I use a squirrel bit (used to mix large buckets of paint) attached to my drill so no more burning out the motors. Still a fast trace but not as fast as the stick blender. Wear Goggles and rubber gloves. Lye is super caustic and keep it away from children. Mix the water and the lye. Gently stir and let it cool to about 90-100 degrees. I have it down to where I just feel the glass jar and can tell when its done. Make sure it sits in a well ventilated area. When it has cooled pour it into the oils. Make sure your oils are melted ( I do it in the microwave) but not hotter than the lye solution. Actually it is best when you can have the lye and oils at similar temperatures.

Mix with a stick blender, (or drill) to trace (meaning you lift it out of the mixture and it leaves a trace). Add coloring and scent right before it comes to trace. It should look liked pudding/custard. Pour into a mold, wrap in towels to keep heat in, and let it sit for 24 hours. Then take it out of the mold and let it cure for at least 1 week but it is better if you wait at least 3 weeks.

My scents are:

cherry blossom, lavender, apple spice, Tahitian vanilla, oatmeal honey, orange clover, ceder wood vanilla, bitter orange orchid, energy (citrus smell), gardenia lily, peppermint, blue spruce, gingergrass spa and more.

 

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree March 27, 2008

Filed under: career,family,music — womanswoe @ 8:55 pm
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My father has always had quite the expressive mouth on him when things broke, or projects he was working on didn’t quite fit together. He has softened in his old age. However, living on two acres, he does all the yard work himself. While over at the house I have often walked outside in response to hearing a loud holler only to find him cursing at the air. This cursing accompanies his digging, weeding, or other yard demands. However, he says that it’s his therapy and he loves to do yard work.

Today I had a day free from work. I thought I would spend a couple of hours cleaning up my dissertation then enjoy a ride down to the post office to send it on its way. Well, two hours turned into all day. All I had to do is clean up simple formatting issues. I just bought new toner for the printer so there was no excuse. Well, everything went wrong. Just stupid things like losing a couple of pertinent images.

I have NO idea how it happened (converting it from microsoft word to open office?). Then, I went to print a portion of it and 25 pages came out all messed up! I removed the toner and shook it, still no deal.

I glanced at the clock then had a tantrum. A horrible tantrum where the only words coming out of my mouth “f%$#, F#@$ing, Fu$%!” There were some G#$ Dammit’s and four letter shizzels and combinations of four letter words that when said together mean worse things then when they are said alone. No one was home. Just me. Still, this tantrum left me unfulfilled.

Fortunately my husband was on IM. I typed expletives so many times that HE didn’t even respond.

After eating up most my day, the dissertation is fine despite the fact I still need to rescan some images. Do I feel bad about the tantrum? No. It actually made me laugh as it reminded me of my dad and his very fowl mouth.

 

Alex’s girlfriend Rebecca March 26, 2008

Filed under: family,kids — womanswoe @ 9:01 pm
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My four year old son loves his preschool friend Rebecca.

“Rebecca has the most beautiful hair!” ” Oh Rebecca is my girlfriend!” ” I kissed Rebecca’s hand today!” are just some of the things he has said at dinner time.

The other night he said, “Rebecca is going to ask her mom what her phone number is so I can call her everyday!”

However, this time his comment was followed by a jazzy little dance and a hollered song of “oh yeah, uh huh, oh yeah, uh huh!”

What am I going to do when he is 16!