Saturday, December 27, 2008

Twas the Weekend After Christmas . . .

Hi All!

Well, Hubby and I traveled to Ohio on Christmas day and guess what! We are still here. Our friends are taking care of the kitties (God bless them - they have to deal with Skor!) and the house so we are enjoying the unusually warm weather in my parents' neck of the woods for a while.

My parents gave me a digital photo frame for Christmas and I am having a grand time playing with it. The pictures I took at the Christmas party for my mother's side of the family are already on the frame. Very neat! I can't wait to get it back to my house and decide where I want to put it for the best visibility!

Hubby got a really, really interesting gift. I will wait until I get home to show you a picture of it but trust me . . . you will laugh! I did! In fact, I laughed for about 20 minutes straight after he modeled it for us. I am chuckling now just thinking about it! It will be worth the wait!

Have you heard of Piano Puzzlers? It is a radio show (I honestly have no clue which channel or time or anything like that - I listen to it as a podcast) in which Bruce Adolphe, a composer, "hides" familiar tunes in pieces he writes in the styles of famous musicians. For example, he might take the tune, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and write it in the style of Mozart. Next, someone calls into the show and tries to guess both the hidden tune and the composer. It is tricky but, if you like music, it is fun to try to guess along with the caller.

I never get the composer right but I almost always get the tune.

Anyway, my mother is a pianist and is always looking for new music to play. This year I got her the sheet music to the Piano Puzzlers (well, at least 30 of the pieces) and made her a CD of some of the podcasts. It should be interesting to see if she likes them or not. She hasn't tried them yet because yesterday she hosted the family Christmas party (and cooked LOTS of yummy food - including a peanut butter pie!!!) and today was spent shopping for birthday gifts for my brother's youngest daughter.

I spent my day making bookmarks. Again - pictures will be forthcoming. I made three bookmarks for my niece and four for me (even though I think Mom is taking one of them, we will see if I really give her one. No - I am not being mean. She has told me repeatedly that she doesn't use bookmarks so why should I give her one?). It was a productive day.

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas is recovering from all the festivities. Personally, I have one more celebration to attend tomorrow. Fun, fun!


Voice Update: Well, I did massage on the plane on Thursday but then didn't do any the rest of the day or on Friday. Shame on me. I did do two of my three sessions today and plan to do the third in just a bit. I am back on track! My voice is doing pretty well. On Friday it sort of wore out as I continued to talk to all of the family present. Luckily, they love me even when they can't hear me!


Anonymous said...

So glad you had a great time in Ohio! Glad you're getting back on the ball with your massage.
I listened to one of your podcasts the other day and thought you did an excellent job!

Flea said...

Ooo! Bookmarks! I can't wait to see them! And the husband's gift! Shame on you, keeping us in suspense like that! :)

Chris H said...

I am waiting with baited breath to see what your hubby got!

Anonymous said...

How nice that you've gotten to spend time with your family! Now, what did your husband get?!?!

Mental P Mama said...

Have fun! And travel safely.