celticdragonfly: (Music - E flat major)
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Dec. 25th, 2007 09:12 pm
celticdragonfly: (Music - E flat major)
I have an iPod!

I have a purple iPod. I have a personally engraved to me purple iPod shuffle.

I love this. His name is Turloch.

And other than the little incident with fruitlessly turning it up and up and up wondering why I couldn't hear it, and then finding out oh oops headphones not all the way in OW! - other than that, this is GREAT.

I have much wonderfulness. I have people who love me and do marvelous things for me. I have new SOCKS that are gorgeous and fit perfectly. I have books to read, movies to see, yarn to knit, chocolate to eat. At the moment, I am focusing on the new toy to play with and music to hear.

I love my family, and they have made me feel very special.

I also love how nicely many of my surprises have worked out for those I love.

Walk!

Oct. 17th, 2007 02:33 pm
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I have thought now and then about trying to get back in slightly better shape. I would prefer to swim laps regularly, but don't have any good way to achieve that. I'd been thinking about getting back to walking, now that Texas is going from the OMG HOT summer into the brief pleasant fall. (And very brief, as I remember from previous years. I haven't been here that long, but so far the fall here seems to very quickly go windy with a bite.) Also, I recently got those amazing walking shoes, best to take advantage of them.

I'd been talking about [livejournal.com profile] cadhla's songs, and how she apparently composes a lot of them while walking, so it would be cool to listen to many of them while walking. This got me thinking about mp3 players. And I have now been loaned one by a friend until I get my own. So I picked up a cheap pair of headphones today. [livejournal.com profile] selenite is still home sick, he went to the doctor and got Meds today, and thought he was up to kid minding. I loaded the mp3 player with a selection of bouncy music - not just [livejournal.com profile] cadhla's, a big mix, although sometime I ought to try just hers. I nursed Alanna and left her sleeping in the swing, and headed out. The first song it loaded as I was leaving the house was the Gallagher Lass, which I always amusedly think of as Maggie and Jamie's song.

I enjoy walking with music. It keeps me moving. I don't do exercise that I dislike, it's just not going to happen. I walked down to the nearby long park and walked most of the way down it. I would have liked to walk all of it, but realized no, I wasn't up to that yet, so I turned around and headed back.

I find that I have enough marching band habits left over that if I'm walking on the beat of a song, but have my right foot on the primary beat and the left foot on the secondary, I must do a little hop-jog and reverse it. Honestly, an Elvis-JXL remix of A Little Less Conversation isn't much of a marching band song! But having thought that, I found I was stuck mercilessly in 8-to-5. So what the heck, I started creating an imaginary flag corps choreography to go with it. Anyone driving past at that point must have really thought I was insane. Heee.

The moment I get going with a song with a faster beat, and feel like hey, I'm striding out here, good for me! That is the moment that Miss Superfit Jogger goes zipping by. Oh well, I was having way more fun than it looked like she was doing.

As best as I can tell from perusing Google, I walked about 3 miles, in about 50 minutes. I came home and took a nice shower to get unsweaty. I have big blisters on the back of both heels, that's a downer, and going to make it tricky to do it again soon. Opportunities like this won't come along often, though, I'll have to take Alanna in the stroller or something. Dearly though I love carrying her in the sling, I don't think I could do 3 miles or more with her, she's *heavy*.
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
Maggie and I just had some lovely Mama-daughter time. Earlier she decided she wanted her fingernails and toenails painted, in purple, so I did. Then I was going to go out and pick up lunch for me from a drive-through - but Maggie really wanted to come when she realized I was going to go out. She didn't even know where I was going, she just wanted to come along. So I figured this was a sign she needed some time with me.

So [livejournal.com profile] selenite took care of Alanna for me, she'd been recently well-fed, and seemed stable, and Maggie and I took off in [livejournal.com profile] selenite's car, with her next to me, and had lunch at LJS/A&Ws. With the jukebox having free music, I just kept plugging more music in, all bouncy stuff I thought Maggie'd like, it was pretty much all 60's music, and we bopped and talked and ate and had a good time.

I think Maggie wants to learn Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polkadot Bikini.

They had King of the Road, so I had to play that, and explain to Maggie about how I remember her granddad [livejournal.com profile] rlseiver singing that when I was young, and I've loved it ever since, because it reminds me of him so much. (That, and "Brother Can You Spare A Dime", but I don't encounter that one nearly as much.) It's weird, it's a song about a hobo fer crying out loud, but since it reminds me of him I love it. I even wrote a filk to it once.

And Alanna handled my absence well, she wasn't crying when I got home, although I think now she would like to eat.

Mozart cube

May. 4th, 2007 11:55 am
celticdragonfly: (Maggie-Jamie-0307)
Maggie was given a Mozart cube by [livejournal.com profile] bkseiver and [livejournal.com profile] rlseiver for an early Christmas present years ago. Some time back it'd been put up on top of the entertainment center, in Toy TimeOut, I believe because one sibling had smacked the other in the head with it. It's been up there hidden for a long time.

Yesterday she pointed it out to the doula who's been over helping some days, as they came down the stairs and could see up there, and I gave permission to get it back out. This morning Karl replaced batteries on it. Both kids are throughly enjoying it.

They can push on the orchestra button side to get a piece of Mozart played by the full ensemble, or to change which piece is playing - and as a piece is playing, they can push on the flute, harp, piano, violin, and french horn sides to add and subtract them from the mix.

They're entranced, if anything more than when they played with it younger, because they understand what's going on more. And Maggie can tell me about most of the instruments. The harp is nice, and I'm developing a fondness for the french horn bits.

If I must listen to a kid toy that keeps making electronic sounds, this is a good one.
celticdragonfly: (Music - E flat major)
I have a horrific headache from hell, and am not much of a conversationalist just now, so I will attempt to distract myself by playing the meme [livejournal.com profile] ciorstan posted.

Step 1: Put your media player on random
Step 2: Post the first line(s) of the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.

Google may be your friend, but do this without it )

Guess away. This got interestingly eclectic.
celticdragonfly: (Harp)
Okay, that was sad. Earlier today Maggie was playing on the piano, and asked me to come play on my harp for her. She's not allowed to touch the harp.

So I did.

I had to *dust* her. (The harp. Not Maggie. [livejournal.com profile] selenite found that confusing earlier) I tuned her and and played around a little.

I seriously need more time on my harp. At least I do now know I can handle the harpstool again. I couldn't for quite awhile due to coccyx problems and surgery recovery.

Just now the kids were stable and happy, so I went back to the harp and started repracticing some of my favorite piece of music for her, which I had handy. I want to find the harp music and start practicing again. (And get those boxes OUT of the corner next to the harp, so I can get to her more easily)

I shouldn't, I suppose. I have so much housework I should be doing, and I have knitting commission work I should be spending every spare moment on. But it did feel nice.

Music!

Jul. 12th, 2005 04:15 pm
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So yesterday I stopped at Barnes and Noble for a shopping trip. I wandered into the CDs/DVDs section to look for something for the kids, which they didn't have.

But the music they were playing caught my attention. It sounded like something Sam Gamgee would sing after the 2nd round at the Green Dragon, and was nicely bouncy. I asked what they were playing, turned out to be a Nickel Creek album from 2000. Yeah, I live under a rock. I stuck the barcode under the headphone thingy, and listened to samples. Ok, one of the songs I vaguely remembered hearing on the radio. Bluegrass, apparently, it'd been sounding celtic to me - I guess bluegrass is what happened when the celtic emigrated here some generations back.

Anyway, I bought it, rare though it is for me to buy music. Here's a link to a song sample of what caught my attention. I think I shall learn it and sing it to the kids.
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Yesterday I had someone over for the first time, and in the course of the house tour showed off my player piano and played a roll. Too much these days that tends to be the only time it gets played. So today while [livejournal.com profile] selenite and I were in the music room half of the library discussing lighting, I sat down and started playing. He wandered off to get work done after the first one, but Maggie was begging for more from the living room, so I played another. Repeat, until I'd played 5 rolls. Nice little musical workout, that is.

I need to play it more often. I really need to get more rolls for it, too. That would give me more incentive. Plus you learn about neat music that way. I didn't know the musical fun that was Thomas "Fats" Waller until I got this player piano, and several rolls played by him came with it, as well as "Two Hearts in Waltz Time", a roll I love with lyrics in both English and German.

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