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So, it’s been quite the interesting and tiring week!

For those of you disconnected from what happened here in the northeast US this last week, we had a little thing called Hurricane Sandy come through.  Needless to say, it caused mass chaos, causing horrible destruction to SO many on the east coast.  And closer to home, the storm started with sending a branch crashing onto my car WHILE I was driving it.  (Before the storm really hit – it was a result of the heavy winds at the very beginning of the storm.)  I never even saw the branch – just heard the loud *BANG* and then my entire windshield shattered – but without totally crashing in on me – just some glass came into the actual car.  Amazingly, I kept my cool and put on my hazard lights and pulled into the closest driveway.  I was literally two minutes away from being home, so my dad came and got me, and we were able to get the car back to the house and I got on the phone with the insurance company right away.  Currently, my little car is at the auto body shop awaiting a new windshield and repairs to the roof and left fender, along with other minor denting.  And I was extremely lucky in that I did not get hurt, except for a small cut on my hand from the glass.

As a result of the storm, we were out of power for six days.  Living in the country with a well as our source of water, it means NO running water in a power outage.  I also had extremely limited access to the internet, and email especially.  I could get on Facebook easily from my iPhone, but doing general research online was not easy to do at all.

So now that we are getting back to normal here with the power on, I’m finding myself backed up with emails and calls that need to be made for caroling gigs.  I’m glad for all the inquiries, but it’s a lot of catching up to do!  And now that I’m not worried about conserving the batteries on my laptop, I’m finally getting around to assigning singers for caroling gigs for the season.  This is not a quick process – but at least I’m working on it.  Oh – and getting costumes to all the singers – also quite the production!  This year, we introduced a new act to the Olde Towne Carolers line-up of offerings: Santa’s Little Secret.  The new act is myself, Susan, and Liz singing in three part harmonies – while wearing sexy little Santa dresses!  Excited to build this up into a popular new holiday entertainment option for those kinds of events that need something a little more modern.  We already have a booking this season for the new group!

Add to that, we’re also in tech week for “Fledermaus”, the Strauss operetta that I am singing in. (I’m singing the role of Adele.)  What does tech week mean?  Well, starting yesterday, it means we have daily rehearsals until our final dress rehearsal on Wednesday.  LONG rehearsals.  (Don’t even get me started on the rumors of the big Nor’Easter possibly hitting our area mid-week…No more storms please!)  Then the show opens on Saturday!  Double shows the next two Saturdays, matinees the next two Sundays, with a Wednesday night show in between!

That takes us to right before Thanksgiving!  And the day after Thanksgiving, I head to the airport to pick up a very special visitor!  I’m getting really excited for Miloš’ visit – just a little over two weeks away!  Being busy has truly made the time go by faster – thankfully!  (And those who know me, know I’m already trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to wear to the airport when I go get him!  Rest assured it’s going to be one of my pretty dresses!  And some killer shoes, of course!  Haha! 😉  Would you expect anything else from me?)

And for the first time since I started my business, I’m NOT going to be singing a gig on every day that we have one.  There will be lots of gigs that I assign to my other sopranos.  I have some WONDERFUL fellow sopranos on my roster, including some excellent newbies.  I’m eager to give them ALL more chances to sing!  This will give me more time to see to the administrative tasks of running a successful growing business, while also being able to enjoy more time with Miloš while he’s here visiting me.

I’ll keep everyone updated with all the action coming up: Fledermaus, Caroling Season, and the US adventures that Miloš and I go on!  (I’m especially excited to take a little trip back to Boston for the first time ever since finishing grad school!  It’s been too long!)  Lots to come – keep checking back for updates!  😀

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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