Good Morning San Francisco

This weekend, my friend and I have the opportunity to be in San Francisco for an opera training workshop. I'm not sure exactly the schedule yet, but essentially there will be some lectures, and we get to sing and be instructed by a few people in front of a group of other singers, and then watch everyone else go through the same process to learn more about acting, and technique as a group.

We were/are both very much looking forward to this experience! And we were excited of course that it's in California! I have to say though, our "Welcome" from San Fran was less than stellar.

Upon our arrival yesterday, we quickly came to realize that the city is packed. Like very packed. People are everywhere, and they tend to be rude. They don't care that you are trying to turn on your green light, they will mosey right in front of your car and not even look at you or speed up to get out of your way. If you dare to slow down (being unfamiliar with the area) you will promptly get honked at. The traffic lights are difficult to see as they don't hang over the intersection because of trolley car lines, but there may be one or two lone lights posted on distant corner across an eight lane intersection. We had the great misfortune to try to get back to the hotel during rush hour. We were stuck for about an hour and a half while the hotel was less than a mile away. This is how I felt about that.....

I was pretty cranky last night. Tired, HUNGRY and cranky. Today I woke up thinking, who in the world would want to LIVE here? I like my personal space and trees, and flowers, and the girl at the grocery to say "Hi how are you today, did you find everything ok?" :)

But after I read todays sections of my Bible in 90 days challenge in which I saw this:

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!..... Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things!"
~Phil 4:4...8

and this

 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
~Phil 2:14-18

... I gave San Fran another chance. I have to admit, looking at it the next day, in a more calm afternoon setting, walking around some beautiful architecture, seeing flower vendors, and buying some delicious chocolate form a corner shop, I feel much better about it.

I am excited to see what happens in class starting tonight!!!

I'm  warming up and preparing to sing like this.... 
To which I was told I sound like a dolphin, mixed with a Disney princess, who took singing lessons from a mouse....I clearly had to reply like this:
....I was also told my "ah" vowel wasn't relaxed and free the first time. I had to fix that promptly!

Have a good weekend everyone! I'll be having fun singing under my new stage name:
 Minnie Flipperella.