Posts Tagged ‘Regina Spektor’

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Coming Up for Air

November 4, 2009

The goal with getting a piano was to develop a hobby and live more of a life, rather than just work, eat, and sleep.  Well, between the piano, Ab’s upcoming wedding, and all of the miscellanous stuff that Dr. Love and I have been up to, there’s barely been room to even watch TV.  I know.  Craziness, huh?  Let’s just say that I have a ton of stuff piling up on DVR. 

So I am loving.loving.loving my new piano.  Not only does it look fabulous in the house, more fabulous than I even thought possible (and it fits, HA!, Bill and Ann), I am getting fairly obsessed with playing it.  It’s insane that, even after probably 15-17 years of not playing, how quickly the music is coming back to me.  Right now, I’m working very hard at learning Ave Maria and have an easier version of the real deal almost down.  Next comes Fur Elise and then Moonlight Sonata.  Oh, the possibilities are endless

I guess I didn’t realize (don’t know why) that the Internet would have a huge source of free (or even somewhat free) sheet music to download.  After I get more into the swing of things, I’m going to get some vocal/piano music and do some singin’.  That’s right, not only can I play piano, but I can sing, fairly well.  I know I’ve at least entertained everybody around the campfire from time to time.

Ab’s wedding is this weekend and I’m actually getting excited for it, rather than dreading being around all.those.people.  It’s her big day, and I plan on doing whatever it takes to make it the most enjoyable and memorable possible.  The dresses are going to turn out really well, which is good, because there were moments after the first fitting that we were worried and were ready to take lighter fluid and matches to the dress-maker’s front yard ornaments.  Turns out that will likely not be necessary. 

Ab also found some very awesome Etsy jewelry (that I’ll have to find a link for) that she gave as gifts to us bridesmaids to wear at the wedding, hoping that we’d actually wear it again.  You done good, little sis, you done good.  The pieces are turquoise set in copper and are just oh.so.lovely.  I couldn’t be more excited, and, in fact, received a lecture from QoB about not wearing them before the wedding.  Lemme tell ya, it’s been difficult to keep them in their little box. 

There’s a tiny part of me that feels bad for blogging so infrequently, but there’s a bigger part of me that feels good for keeping so busy and having less angst to rail about.  Besides, I’m doing this for me, not for other people, but rather to give myself a place to sort things out, and, really, there hasn’t been much sorting out to do lately.  I’m working at just letting things come and floating.  It’s an awesome feeling.

Definitely a piece I am going to learn to play and sing:

Regina Spektor, The Call

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And We Called it Good

October 19, 2009

Another fabulous weekend in my world.  Not only did we have some fun, we accomplished quite a bit, as well.

On Saturday, we cleaned house for about, um, five hours.  Yes, I realize this sounds excessive, perhaps somewhat obsessive, but it’s really.really.clean now.  You could eat off any surface in the kitchen and Dr. Love dusted the whole house.  All we really have left to do are the floors and Dr. Love has promised me that he will take care of the bathroom.  And, you know, it’s not that it’s gross, but seriously, it’s a bathroom, and it doesn’t hurt to douse it in bleach every now and then.

Friday and Saturday night, we hung out with QoB, which was good.  We didn’t get to see her last weekend because they were out of town, or all week because we were busy, but we finally got in some good quality time.  Big Dog was out of town at a convention and so we got really wild.and.crazy.  Ok, maybe not, but we still had fun.  🙂

Dr. Love received some free tickets to the KC Renaissance Festival a few weeks ago and I was finally well enough from having the flu to go.  His parents ended up coming with us, and it was really a good time.  The weather was absolutely perfect — lots of sunshine, just a bit chilly but warm enough you could be outside all day with a sweatshirt and jeans.  I cannot express just how much I have missed the sun and being outside!

There were a lot of really fun booths and things to look at, but I only ended up bringing home one souvenir — these really magnificent stone coasters from Jerusalem Stone

Jerusalem Stone Coasters

Jerusalem Stone Coasters

The pic really doesn’t do them justice, but it’s a set of four, each one being a different color, but all so beautiful.  You can purchase them here.  Looking at their website, I see that they also do all sorts of wonderful things with flooring and tile.  One day, one day.  🙂

I have really been grooving on Regina Spektor here lately.  I leave you with one of my favorites:

Regina Spektor, On the Radio