Dress rehearsal went splendidly. I was relieved to find that we won't be standing for all the arias and recitatives. That also contributed to the rehearsal being fun rather than a ordeal. It's lovely to be sitting in a choir loft listening to beautifully-rendered Bach at such close range, where you're really part of it (I'm within hand's reach of the bass and cello players). The church is also a closer walk to a train station than the previous one we've sung in out that way.
I finished one of my books on the Crimean War. It had some interesting comparisons to the American Civil War here and there. Mostly I liked that the author focused on each of the armies in turn, not just the British.