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brgk44
11 September 2013 @ 10:57 pm
I am having a ridiculous amount of fun with the ukulele. :D  I am particularly pleased about this because while I've been able to pick up wind instruments fairly easily, I just assumed fretted instruments would be out of my league.  The Ukulele is arguably the easiest of the fretted instruments, but I don't care.  It's fun and I've fallen completely in music-love with how it plays.  After listening to me play for about two hours, Connor asked if my goal was to be better than the instructor by next week's lesson.  *lol*  Um, no.  But I will admit that I'm obsessed.  Bad timing, too, considering I'm supposed to be knitting Christmas stuff...

I think it might be time to get back into clarinet.  I dream of playing Weber's 2nd Concerto for Clarinet again someday.  Or Flight of the Bumblebee.  Or Variations on The Carnival of Venice.  *sighs*  So much work ahead of me to get back to that level of playing.  Last time I dug it out, my brain said, "SQUEEEEE - I remember this!  I remember this!  I got this!  Let's go, fingers!"  and my fingers responded with, "Uh...wait - what are we doing?  Slow down, cowboy, I only vaguely remember this..." :P

You know, I really want a set of bagpipes someday.

I think a drum set could be great fun, too.  Just surround me with instruments and yarn and I'm good to go. ;)
 
 
brgk44
19 June 2013 @ 09:39 pm
I'm trying out the "Friends Only" approach to LJ.  I've been getting a lot of spam and it's not like I'm posting all that regularly anyhow...

I'll post every once in a while for out of town family that read this, though, and this is one of those posts :)

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C is doing really well.  He's currently obsessed with programming, Minecraft, and um...programming.  And Minecraft. ;P  He's still playing piano, but talks about quitting at least once a week.  It's not his passion, so it's really only a matter of time and that's fine :)  As long as he enjoys it, we'll continue lessons.  It's up to him when we stop.

B is doing well, too :)  He just had his guitar recital and did *so* well!  He played the Star Spangled Banner and Dust in the Wind.  I was nervous on his behalf - wow, that's weird.  I now understand how my folks felt (particularly my dad) whenever I had solos or competitions...yikes!  He's also into Minecraft and modding (sp?) it, messing around with all that stuff.  I'm lost, to be perfectly honest.  I hear that voice from the Peanuts in my head whenever they start talking about Minecraft, modding, programming...
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One of my long term goals is to get certified to teach Curvy Yoga.  It's an intensive program, though, and will require a fairly large commitment on my part...it's something for a year or two (or three?) from now.  My back needs to be fully functional and I need to be able to put more time into my yoga practice...but I look forward to the journey :)

Photography is quite busy right now; add in our normal 'summer stuff', homeschooling, park days, music lessons, and just normal cleaning-type stuff, I am falling into bed exhausted every night.  I think the boys are, too, and THAT is a happy, happy thing.  *lol*
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In sad news, a relative of Bill's passed away yesterday.  The services are in TX, so there's no way for us to be there.

In happy news, a dear, sweet friend of mine has announced she is getting married--I could not be happier for her :)  Unfortunately, there's no way for me/us to get to that, either.  I am working on a fun knitted wedding gift for her, though... :D

And with that, I desperately need sleep...