The circle game

I love Joni Mitchell. And it's a good thing...

Spending today tracking (and justifying!) all the money we spent this summer. Ugh. My boss was up until the wee hours last night working on it... makes my head hurt just thinking about it. Actually my head hurts independently, as not only is our budget due but one of the big funding proposals is due, too. We are in the land of spreadsheets, and for some reason the longer we spend here, the harder speaking English becomes. As a singer/musician, the budgeting process always stunk because, quite frankly, there was never enough money to live the lifestyle that I wanted...beer money was really lesson money, shoe-shopping money usually turned into gas money... heck, I don't have to tell you.

But I will tell you that it's the same thing in a opera company. It's no easier figuring out where the numbers came from, why tickets sold or didn't, why there's less money for a cool project because you have to pay utilities and that's just unfair... again, I probably don't have to tell you.

But the most momentous thing that happened today? {Besides actually finishing said grant proposal?}

(wait for it...)

Today, in the mail, six days after a rockin' final performance, we received the first application for 2008.


We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

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