I attempted to make elf-shaped pancakes. They looked more like gingerbread men than anything else.
The elf is definitely not my favorite part of Christmas, but the kids expect it. And hey, I guess good to have some kid-oriented fun in the house. It's a nice distraction from all sorts of not-fun news in the outside world.
I have been pondering the Matt Lauer news. It's always strange to learn that someone you've met and conversed with had quite a dark side (though I don't think dark sides are rare. Indeed, I think almost anyone in power will be tempted to use that power for selfish aims, which is why safeguards, and checks and balances, and laws exist). But that is somewhat removed from my everyday life. What got me a bit more in shock yesterday were three emails received almost in a row -- literally within 90 minutes -- about other people abusing positions of power. A former karate instructor at my kids' martial arts school was arrested for molesting teen students while they were away on competition trips. Someone who worked for a school enrichment program one kid attends (though not at our location) was arrested for inappropriate contact with students. And just to top it off, I got a letter from Massage Envy about sexual assault claims at various franchises. I had somehow missed this in the news the past few days.
I guess the upside of this is that I doubt such events happen more frequently now than in the past. It's that people feel empowered to report it. Which is a good thing.
There's no good way to transition from that thought to any other Friday miscellany thoughts. So...let's just pretend the rest of this is a separate post.
I did a substantial round of edits on my fable. I could use maybe half a dozen sets of eyes on it. If you're familiar with the business fable genre (The Go-Giver, The One-Minute Manager, or the classic Who Moved My Cheese?) and would be up for providing actionable feedback relatively quickly, please let me know. Lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
At choir rehearsal last night, we sang through the Bach Magnificat. Another Bach work with a fantastic second soprano part. I love the runs - particularly one in Fecit Potentium. Years ago in
The kids made cookies yesterday. They are really, really good. I'm sitting in my home office, and I can hear them calling to me from the kitchen next door...
This weekend will feature one kid's musical production, sports, a birthday party, an advent workshop and a get-together with friends. It's making me feel festive. Who knows, I may even start liking the elf...