Showing posts from January, 2013

Keane again!

Some of you may remember when I went to see Keane back in June, and the transformer blew out and set a fire, cutting the concert short.  A little too much excitement for me!  Well, they came back to Nashville in spite of this misfortune, so we went again.

This time they were playing at The Ryman.  It's a really beautiful venue, and we were SO CLOSE to the stage.  Fourth row back at the end, but the "rows" are curved, so we were just a few feet from the stage.  It was great!

They played lots of my favourites - Disconnected, She Has No Time, Hamburg Song, and Sea Fog, and of course most of their standard hits.  Of course Tom had to talk about setting fire to the venue last time (which got a cheer from the crowd).  Nothing horrible happened this time though, except that one of their keyboards went on the fritz and wouldn't sustain notes... at which point Tim remarked that it was because Tom swore at the Ryman, which is against the rules.  (Laughter.)  But they made eve…

Conspiracy Theory

So Justin and I were working on my Strauss songs for the recital (in two weeks.  Two weeks!) yesterday afternoon, and I commented that they seemed to fit my voice as if Strauss'd written them just for me.  (Which is nice.)

Fast forward to last night and we're texting, talking about the operas we've been in together, as "siblings, strangers in a Nazi country... or a ridiculous looking husband and wife."  (In Riders to the Sea, The Consul, and Hansel and Gretel, respectively.)  Whereupon I said the sibling relationship was the first and best (because truest to our actual friendship) and Justin said "Aw, I wanted to go to early 20th century Germany!"  And I said that we'd have to discover time-travel first.  And then had an epiphany.

Of course!  That's why my Strauss songs fit as if written for me.  Because they WERE written for me.  Because later in our lives we discover time travel and go back and meet Richard Strauss and he writes songs for me t…

Last First

This was my last first week of school.  Probably ever.

Such a strange feeling!


Tennessee weather is crazy!  Saturday I was out and about in flipflops and a t-shirt.  Sunday night I had to crawl in to my through the passenger door because all the others were frozen shut.  And yesterday we got freezing rain and sleet and the most beautiful delicate coating of ice over all the plants and trees.  (And cars.  But the roads were fine!)

For some reason cold stormy weather always makes me want to bake things.  Yesterday was no different.  I made a jello salad and a pan of cornbread and a buttermilk pie.  (And my landlady's kid made chocolate chip cookies - so clearly it's not just me!)  The house smelled fantastic. 

I went for a walk in the freezing rain, just at dusk.  It was cold but not frigid, and between the boots, and the umbrella, and the wool coat and hat and mittens and scarf, I was toasty warm.  There's something magical about frozen precipitation.  Snow of course, but I love sleet and freezing rain.  Something about how it's water until it hi…


I am not that big on resolutions, New Year's or otherwise.  They mostly seem to me like unrealistic plans which will be forgotten or messed up within a couple weeks.  Not very useful.

But this year I do have one.  Don't buy craft stuff.

It's pretty simple on the surface, but really all-encompassing.  I want to clear out my belongings, slim down my "stuff."  Most of my stuff is yarn and fabric, so not buying anything new, and working with what I have, seems like a reasonable approach.  I also struggle with untidiness and would like to keep my space neater - again, less stuff equals more space and less chance for clutter.  Finally, I'm trying not to spend money.  Partly just as a general rule, mostly because I'm saving up for a two-week music program in Italy this summer.  Not buying yarn/fabric equals money I'm not spending and therefore money I can squirrel away for Italy.  Good plan.

There are two exceptions to this plan though.  One is for materials…


I have a new toy!  My big present this Christmas was a swift and ball winder.  Useful and fun!

I'm having trouble believing how quickly I can wind up a hank of yarn into a neat, tidy centre-pull ball now!  "Swift" is a good name for it ;-)

These will be endlessly useful.  They may not appear on the blog very often, but you can be sure that they'll be whirring away behind the scenes.

Happy New Year

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas!  I've been a bit absent from the blog... because I've been travelling, and then home with my family, and trying to live in the moment and enjoy this short visit home while I have the chance.  We've had snow and good food and lots of fun (and some pretty bad weather to drive through) and I'm so glad of this time to rest and re-charge before the next and final semester of grad school.
I'll be back to more frequent postings soon, I hope.  In the mean time, here are some of my favourite snaps from the last week or so.  May your new year be blessed and happier than last year was!