Sheryl If you can talk, you can sing.
May 22, 2013 1:44 PM

Been a while!

Me holding our 2013 Trophy
I don't update here very often because I have another blog elsewhere.  But it is kind of private, so I consider this on my 'public' blog.

So... I still haven't learned to play guitar very well, but I still aspire to being at least capable enough to accompany myself singing, since it seems many people look down on karaoke as 'not real singing'.

And speaking of singing - my chorus again took first place in our division at our regional competition and 4th place overall (up one from last year!)  At the time of our competition, we were in 2nd place internationally in our division, and if we remain in the top 5, we will be invited to the international competition.  The last two times we went to international, we came in second place - INTERNATIONALLY!  We were beat out both times by a chorus from Sweden.  So that made us the highest ranked small chorus (15-30 members) not just in the U.S., not just in North America, but in the whole Western Hemisphere!  We are waiting for the final results.  The regional competitions ended this past weekend and before these, we were still in 3rd place internationally - and there were only 4 more choruses to compete, so unless 3 of them knocked us down, we will be going to international :-)

Oh, another reason I wish I could play guitar better is because Roger and I are going camping this weekend and taking our guitars.  I will have to take music because I can't play without it.  But I do want to participate.  Someone once told me if I could learn three chords (G, C and D7) I could play pretty much any piece of 'rock' music.  I guess they were right because I found a book of songs that only use those three chords LOL That is the easiest 1, 4, 5 combination to play on the guitar, maybe with the exception of playing in E-minor.  But I'm still struggling with bar chords and playing in other than the first position.  And of course, I don't practice much, so I'm not going to get better by just wishing I was better.

Hmmm... in other news - I've lost 35 pounds so far, and have gotten my diabetes so much in control that in the last year my A1c has been between 5.9 and 6.2 consistently, and I've dropped my insulin from over 200 units a day to just 20 units at bedtime, and our goal is to eventually drop that number down to zero.

I still check into Delphi daily - mostly just looking in on my Healthy Living forum, but on rare occasions, I get curious and follow promotions.

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About the Author

a typical morning
"If I cannot fly, let me sing."
-- Stephen Soundheim - Sweeney Todd

I've been alive over 50 years so far.  Life's been very good to me. What more can I ask?

I grew up in a small town in Michigan and never saw railroad crossing gates until I was 14 years old.  Our house was next to a big field where we would hunt berries in the summer and pull each other on sleds in the winter.  I went to a small-town high school and graduated barely into the top 1/3 of my class although I had the smarts to have been class valedictorian.  Silly me, I thought school was my social playground!

After high school I worked various and sundry jobs, never a career until I got my first computer.  I fell in love and found my career path.  I worked my way through the ranks starting as a data entry clerk until eventually I ran the I.T. Department of a fairly large trade association in Chicago (80 employees, 35,000 members) and had the best staff anyone could want. I returned to school and got my associate's degree in computer science (accidentally - an advisor told me I qualified for four certificates - Java, C++, Visual Basic and Database Management - and if I took a speech class I'd have all I needed for an associate's degree.  So I took speech and graduated with a 3.92 gpa in June 2004)

Meanwhile, the company I worked for got a new CEO who brought in his own people, then hired a consultant to tell him that there were too many duplicate positions so recommended that either I or the other I.T. manager should be let go.  Well, since the other I.T. manager was the guy he brought in, I was let go. 

I have since returned to school to get my bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  I finished in December, 2006, graduating with honors, and immediately found a position in a Chicago philanthropic organization as their Director of Technology.

I joined Delphi in 1994 originally after spending a couple of years on services like GEnie, NVN (both out of business) and CompuServe before coming to Delphi.  Delphi turned out to be the service that I liked best, so I stuck around - mostly playing in a games forum and hanging out in chat.

In August 1998 I went looking around on Delphi for a forum that dealt with health and fitness without being tied to some product, and couldn't find any (plenty of weight watchers, jenny craig, etc. but nothing that was totally unrelated to any product) so I opened my own forum and called it
Healthy Living.

I learned HTML and became one of the first certified webmasters in 1997.  I wanted to teach anyone who wanted to learn HTML so I opened up charhtml in 1999.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I had to close it in 2007.

I spend most of my off time playing World of Warcraft.  My favorite weekend activity is going to karaoke.  I'm currently living in Michigan with my new husband and old high school sweetheart, Roger.
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