We bought a piano!
We saw it at Costco and the first thing that attracted me was its reasonable size. We started plunking at the keys and it sounded lovely. The Yamaha salesman then informed us it’s a digital piano. Weighs just 145 pounds, needs no tuning, has a headphone jack for quiet practice and a USB port to record the music you play. Weighted keys for the feel of an acoustic piano, and a fraction of the price of a regular piano. Sounded like a win-win to me!
It gets delivered today. Now to find a piano teacher for DD. DS will start lessons when he is 5 or so.
It was kind of an impulsive buy but I always wanted to play an instrument and now I get to live vicariously through my kids. They’re both genuinely excited. So far we have encouraged sports and academics, but I don’t want the arts to get lost in the shuffle, KWIM?
Have you ever made any impulsive buys? What do you want your kids to learn?
And heck, maybe it’s not too late for me to learn!
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I am back after a glorious four-day vacation with Eli to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The weather was gorgeous! We were both wearing summer dresses.
And best of all, I left the laptop behind and was able to connect with Eli and our dear friends, including Erika and Maya. Heaven.
As you all know, I work on social media campaigns, and am connected all. the. time. I have two e-mail accounts — one for work and one for personal use — as well as two Word Press blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram pages I check every day. This doesn’t include the numerous newsletters I check to keep up with news and policy-related items for work. I never realized how stressful technology creep could be…until I disconnected. (Even then, I still had my cell phone on me for instant messages and the occasional peek at my Facebook page — I know, I am addicted!)
But now I feel rejuvenated and am ready for the e-mail avalanche that awaits me. Bring it on! By the way, here is a peek at our dear friends’ birthday lunch at the American Girl Doll store.
What’s up with you? What major news item(s) have I missed since basking in some sunshine?
What the heck are you up to? Do tell!
Sorry for the late post, I forgot Elisa is away! We caught up yesterday for lunch with our sweeties at American Girl Place in L.A. I will say that back when we met in college, I could never have pictured the awesomeness that awaited us 19 years later!
The cafe and store were practically empty and it was glorious. The traffic on the way home to Orange County? Not so much.
And get this: Elisa and I and our husbands are meeting up for a weekend away soon… WITHOUT THE KIDS. The four of us will be together, sans children, for the first time in more than 10 years. I could not possibly be more stoked.
What are you looking forward to? What’s on your mind today? Chat away!
I’ve got spring cleaning on the brain.
I started yesterday by going through DS’s drawers and closet. I ended up with two small boxes and one big bag full of clothes that no longer fit him. Next on the list is DD’s closet (nightmare!), followed by my own. Then I think I have to whittle our books down (especially the kids’ collection) and then . . . ?
Should I go through all my cabinets? Go room to room, one by one? I have a serious fear of clutter. Those hoarding reality shows are equivalent to a horror movie for me. So far we have done OK; we have no basement, limited attic space, a two car garage and we can still park both cars in it. It’s quite common around here to see garages used strictly as storage spaces. Maybe because of the lack of basements in CA? Still, I feel like we’re drowning in stuff. Especially frickin’ toys, but I know they won’t be around forever.
What is your spring cleaning strategy, and do you have any useful tips to share?
And yes, I know it’s not spring yet. Humor me.
I am off to Las Vegas! Eli and I will be staying with some friends and then driving to Los Angeles for a birthday party at the American Girl Doll store there. Guess who will be there, too? Erika and Maya! Can’t wait!
This is a much-needed vacation with my girl in more ways than one. I plan to completely disconnect and focus on her. I will not check e-mail and will not post on this blog for the rest of the week.
“See” you next week!
What’s up with you?
I had a full house this weekend. Dear friends visited from Las Vegas, and now it’s our turn to go on Wednesday. My kids are off this week — a weird winter break — and I am long due for some downtime.
What’s up with you?
Who watched the House of Cards season premiere yesterday?! OMG OMG!
What do you have on tap this holiday weekend?
Happy TGIF all — and Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are a series of photos on Buzzfeed — “44 Stock Photos That Hope to Change the Way We Look at Women” — that made me smile. Enjoy!
Speaking of romance in the Internet age, Ball State University researchers found that the average age for marriage in the United States is now 28 for men, and 26 for women, compared to the early 1950s when it was 22 for men and 20 for women.
(Family studies Professor Scott) Hall says that Internet dating, long-distance relationships and more casual sexual encounters allow young adults to explore more options outside of marriage. Instead of the traditional courting routine of spending time together and impressing parents, young people tend to go on group dates or simply spend time together without a formal commitment.
He also believes today’s young adults have more experiences than they would have a generation or two ago, allowing them to take their time in selecting a mate. At the same time, Hall questions young adults’ abilities to adjust to monogamy after years of individualistic pursuits.
What say you?
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?