Brain Dump

Just a couple of things I need to dump out here before I forget them. First, from the creator of one of my favorite parenting blogs, Z Recommends, comes Prizey, a simple contest aggregator. Subscribe to the feed, or check out the site, and you’ll get a bunch of contests to enter. Many are parenting related, but some are not (DVD giveaways, etc). You know me, I’m all about the free stuff.
Over the weekend, we had two big fun things going on. On Friday night, in the middle of a rainstorm, we were at the National Zoo for “Boo at the Zoo.” Trick-or-treating around the zoo was lots of fun, in spite of the rain. The most fun was seeing the different way the animals ate their pumpkin treats. The gorilla would pick it up with both hands and bite a chunk off the side, then scrape the flesh off while leaving the outer skin. The lion managed to get a hole in the top, and was sticking its head inside to pull out the juicy guts.
On Sunday, we got up early and drove up to Philadelphia for the day. Lisa’s choir was singing at St. Malachy’s Church. We got there a little early and were able to go see the Liberty Bell, but not much else. The concert was okay from the choir’s perspective, but the highlight was quite clearly the male soprano, Ryan Lowe (currently starring as Mary Sunshine in the musical Chicago on Broadway). The dude started singing, and everyone was looking around at the choir trying to figure out where the woman’s voice was coming from. It was coming from the dude! Crazy. Lisa said that world-famous soprano Renee Fleming once told him after a performance that he was better than her. I don’t know about that, but he was good enough that the audience will remember him, and not the off-day for the chorale.
The kids were really great in the car, but we were definitely wishing that we had a minivan by the end of it. The Civic is great for mileage and all, but there’s just not a lot of room, and no way to entertain them outside of playing music, which gets old after a while.
Finally, it looks like my favorite MovableType plugin, Media Manager, has been upgraded for MovableType 4, so I’m going to finally get around to looking at MT4 a little closer now. They’ve done a lot of work to improve it, and so far I like what I see. The only catch may be getting my stupid customized templates working properly. In other words, expect possible wackiness ahead.
Brain dump done.