Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pretties and Persistence



While I was not a music major in college, I have played the viola on and off since about 5 grade.  After a long break a very long break, I found myself wanting to play again, so I figured out who our strings teacher was on campus and called her up. I think it's been about 10 years now since I started up again. (No, I'm not "good".) I take lessons once a week and play with the community orchestra.  It's a just a thing where I am challenged... and I really just enjoy playing.  And it's funny, so many of the things that I say to my students about challenges and persistence, I find with myself and my playing. This year was a good example, I was really frustrated and feeling like I "sucked" because the music was so hard and yet, today I am able to keep up and even play a lot of the parts pretty well.  Not great but pretty decent. I have improved!  Playing wasn't enjoyable for the first few weeks this year and now I am really looking forward to the concert.  Persistence!  It does pay off - if you just hang in there.  (Yes, my own words come back to haunt me many many times!)  
And this building!  Isn't it spectacular!? This is the music building on campus where I work.  I think it is one of the coolest places around.  (The band room, where we hold rehearsals for orchestra, isn't anywhere near as cool as the choir room so I didn't even take a picture of it.) It's a fun place to wander around - always very musical and sometimes very serene.  And the stain glass - it's from the original music building. I love the marrying of the old and the new.  They do a good job of that around here. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Projects


A new project that is on the horizon for us is this space.  This condo is in the same building as the condo we previously renovated.  It's a little bit smaller than the unit we worked on a year ago and it won't be an extensive project either, since the residence is going to be a rental.  Oh but I wish we could do a full renovation - such potential!!  Most likely this space will see some new carpet, new appliances, updated master bathroom and tons of new paint!  It's in pretty good shape so it will be up to us to do the updates and get it rented! Nothing is final at this point but I'm hoping this will be a summer project for us. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Window Shopping



It's always fun on vacation to do a little window shopping.  While we were in Arizona, Con wanted to look for a new couch and Lynn had a couple of stores that I knew would be perfect for Con.  And for the life of me, I don't remember their names.  At one time I would have been all over the contemporary look but after meeting the Mister, there is just no way we will ever have this style.  Let's just say the Boho, Rustic look is a better fit with the crazy pups and a husband who works in dirt and grease.  Nothing too precious is a better way to go for this family! 

But it doesn't hurt to dream right!?

Friday, April 3, 2015


Wish I had some cool stuff to talk about.... Everything is my life is just moving along... so there is nothing exciting to talk about right now.  Mike is healing from his surgery, so that means no major projects for the house until he is completely healed.  And that also means no foster dogs. We decided to keep things simple while he is getting better. Not that I have any complaints at all.  Life is good.  Have a nice weekend everyone!

Friday, March 27, 2015


Him: Hey!  Guess what?  I think it's a free HBO/Showtime weekend!!

Me:  Uh, honey?

Him: yeah?

Me: You know with the Roku you have 6000 movies you can watch anytime you want... It's not 1985 anymore....

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Color me happy


One of the things I love about Arizona is all the bright colors you see everywhere. No one is afraid to use a bold color and to really embrace it.  And it's ok to have a little fun with it too!  I think the Midwest should consider this too - the winter is so blah.  Everywhere is brown and grey.  A funky bright chicken would be a nice contrast to all the bleakness.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Breaking

Enjoying a little Arizona weather in the middle of winter is one thing, but enjoying a little taste of it in the spring is a must! And Arizona did not disappoint.  Sunny and 80 degrees was perfect after such a cold winter.  Since the Mister opted out, I grabbed the BFF and we enjoyed a long weekend of hiking, shopping, eating and catching up.  Hiking was first on the agenda!