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Alethea & Athena
Happy Windsday! 
16th-Nov-2014 04:07 pm
tadah
It was very blustery this morning, which means it was a perfect day to walk to church! ...Only not really at all. We are not fans of windy weather (or winy (my original typo) weather, either; what is that, like grape juice falling from the sky? first of all, it doesn't make any sense, and second of all, it seems very sticky and would most certainly stain everything). The wind gets to be very strong in Southern California, and it knocks over trees and stuff. And it's very loud, so when it gets to be very windy, it's just as bad as being in a thunderstorm (for people, like me, who get nervous when the weather is too loud), only it tends to last longer.

But we walked to church anyway, because our regular ride to church seems to have disappeared, and our backup ride ended up being very late to church last time she tried to pick us up on a half-marathon today. That's right, today was a half-marathon day. The Avengers half-marathon! Including the very first appearance of Disneyland actors dressed as Hawkeye and Black Widow. (I shouldn't put it that way; it ruins the magic. But it's not the first appearance of Hawkeye and Black Widow ever. Maybe I should say the first Disneyland appearance of Hawkeye and Black Widow. Hmmm...)

Anyway, we didn't want to risk making everybody super late to church, so we decided to just walk. Fortunately, we both had a snood to put our hair in, so we didn't have to worry about it blowing around all over the place. Unfortunately, it's very hard to breathe when you're walking around in blustery weather. A while back, we got into a discussion with Gaston about falling from major heights, and how it's not the fall that kills you, it's the landing. Some of us were of the opinion, because we'd heard about it somewhere, that a lot of people actually die of asphyxiation before they even hit the ground, so it's not even the landing.

I guess that would technically make it the falling that kills you, which would explain why the proponents of the original hypothesis were so adamant that that doesn't make sense--the air is rushing into your face, how can you not breathe it? Well, now that we've been walking around on a blustery day (again), we remember how it really is quite difficult to breathe when the air is moving too quickly. And, while on the way to church, we discussed that your body probably wouldn't have time to process the air and filter out the oxygen from the nitrogen, which, we just learned from an episode of Murder, She Wrote last night, can poison you.

But anyway, the best thing that happened on the way to church was that Athena heard a birdcall from somewhere. It reminded her of a Primary song, "In the Leafy Treetops," which goes, "In the leafy treetops, the birds sing good morning." Only because it was so windy, she imagined it more like, "In the leafy treetops, the birds sing good--OOOOOOOHHH NOOOOOOOOO!" as they're blown away by a powerful gust. I thought about playing that for Primary prelude music, only to represent the "ooooohhh noooo," I would play the part of the William Tell Overture with the Storm (listen to it here, starting between 1:01 and 1:02). Except I can't play that much detail by ear, and I do not have sheet music. It would have been super awesome, though.

The happy sequel to this story is that, through no collaboration with the Primary chorister, we got to sing "In the Leafy Treetops" in Primary today, which resulted in many giggles from Athena and myself. And also a commentary between Athena and the chorister (in response to the lines, "They're first to see the sun. They must tell everyone"), "No, I don't need to know thanks," from Athena, and a hearty, "Yeah," from the chorister. (But not too hearty, because she was still trying to be a good example for the kids. Athena had already been fed up with kids by then. It wasn't a great day in class.)

Today I'm thankful for getting a ride home from church, fun reimaginings of fun Primary songs, choir members being supportive of Athena's stern attitude, the William Tell Overture (seriously awesome piece of music), and getting to sing "In the Leafy Treetops" in Primary this morning.
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