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I finally loaded my iPod software onto my newish computer tonight.  iTunes prompted me to update this and update that, get this program and that program.  I was trigger happy and installed it all.  This computer is going to be about as iTunes friendly as it gets.  I plugged up my iPod and did it want me to initialize the iPod, well of course, yes, WAIT – noooooooooooooooo.   It was too late – 1800 songs had been deleted.  Just like that, gone.  I’ve spent the last two hours trying to load them back onto the iPod and it’s still chugging along.  How can it delete in no time flat, but take hours to load back up.

I’m still pissed. 

Perhaps I can look on the bright side and see this as a chance to clean up my iPod play lists.  I’m just glad I worked on this tonight instead of waiting until tomorrow, the night before R and I leave for a road-trip to The Big D for a Dave Matthews Band Concert.  I wouldn’t be so concerned about taking the iPod on the 5.5 hour trip south except that radio in Oklahoma S-U-C-K-S.  I can’t even been to stress how bad it is.  There are times, and I don’t like, that you can only pick up 2 stations and they are both country.  Yes, I told you it was bad!  I’m not sure how my mom did it all of those years without an iPod or CD player in the car.  She really did sacrifice to get us kiddos up to the farm.

Back to waiting for song number 1456 to load.

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This turned out to be a week of firsts for me:

  • First time to have a booth at a craft fair (Clothesline Fair in Prairie Grove, AR)
  • First time to karaoke (sang “If I Had a $1,000,000” at Shawbees in Eureka Springs, AR) – YES, I was sober
  • First Leadership Fayetteville experience

I’ll start with the booth at the Clothesline Fair.  It turns out that my sister, mom and I are quite crafty.  We each have our own things we make and our own style at making things.  We got a wild hair this summer to have a booth at a Labor Day (i.e. – three long days) crafting event.  The application and photographs were sent and the next thing we knew, we had a booth.  Now we had to be serious about this.  We needed things to sell, business cards, ways of displaying our goods, tables, and a tent.  Surely we had thought about this prior to signing up for a booth… but I couldn’t remember this much detail having been discussed.  Work was busy for the few weeks leading up to the fair leaving me tired and worn out at the end of the day.  My brain was tired of thinking about what needed to be done for our booth, my hands were tired of knitting, and my eyes were tired of looking at the beads and wire I had sitting on my coffee table hoping to magically be knitted into bracelets.  But somehow things were made, a booth arranged, and the fair started.  It was a successful three days for all of us and we’re already signing up for another booth in October at the Springdale Convention Center during War Eagle weekend… perhaps War Eagle next year?!?

Now on to the karaoke and Leadership Fayetteville (I don’t think I could have had one without the other).  I was nominated for Leadership Fayetteville by some of the people I work with.  After two days of filling out an application and writing long answers to questions I haven’t seen since applying for scholarships in college, I was selected as part of the 21st Class of Leadership Fayetteville.  I was excited and apprehensive all at the same time.  This would take me out of my comfy little coccoon I’ve surrounded myself with here at Walton Arts Center.  I would have to meet new people, do things with new people, and perhaps even make new friends.   This was beyond my comfort level. 

 I apprehensively went off to our first activity a couple of days ago.  We were doing a ropes course and then heading off to the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs (which is supposed to be haunted, but I’m sad to report I saw/experienced not a single spooky thing).  After a full day of ice breakers and learning about the history of Fayetteville and the challenges the city faces in the future, we headed off to a local bar/restaurant that had karaoke.  I sat and watched/laughed/cringed as others sang.  There was NO way I was getting up on stage to grace the room with my notsolovely voice.  But wait, there was a prize involved with singing?  A PRIZE?  I didn’t know there was a prize and a prize is something I cannot pass up.  I wrote my name and song on a slip of paper and before I knew it, I was on stage while Barenaked Ladies’ “If I Had a $1,000,000” started over the speakers.  My voice shook, I was out of tune, but darnit, I sang karaoke!!!  After I finished with a lovely “I’d be rich” people applauded, I received high-fives and many congratulatory remarks.  Was it possible that they didn’t care that I couldn’t sing and just supported me for having the guts to get up there in front of this group of people I just met that morning and sing?  Well, one thing if for certain, I can now mark that off of my list of things to do sometime in my life time. 

That brings my week of firsts to a close.  It was a long, fun, exhausting, lucrative, and exciting week.  Hopefully I’ll have more weeks like this as craft fairs and Leadership Fayetteville continues.