One Dry Day

February 26, 2012

I made it the whole day without crying. The trick was to just tell people “I’m not talking about this because I’m wearing mascara today” and then change the subject. As for the looks… well I just hid behind my purse.

Anyway, it wasn’t easy, but it worked. I didn’t cry today. That’s a very good thing.

*** Don’t forget to enter the Music With Sara Giveaway here and here!


Red’s Head and Blue’s Clues 2.25.12

February 25, 2012

Today we played Dump-and-Sort. Red picked up Blue and carried him to the “keep” pile.

Blue has asked us to buy a house with a football field in the backyard; nothing smaller will do.

*** Don’t forget to enter the Music With Sara Giveaway here and here!

The Contract

February 24, 2012

I made a deal with myself some time ago. I promised to live with intent. I vowed that I would make the most of wherever I was. I committed to live without regret. Most importantly, I decided, was that I would feel deeply.

It has been a rich life, living in this way. I have seen and done many things without inhibition and have felt unsinkable lightness. By living in this way I have embraced so much joy.

Part of the agreement is to allow my sorrows to have their time. I have cried an ocean in the past twenty-four hours and there are worlds of tears left to cry. I will make new friends, I will find new fun, and I will have joy. Knowing that doesn’t take away the sting of leaving all the beauty I created for my life here.

I’ll probably cry every day for the next two months. It doesn’t mean I’m unhappy about the move. I’m just allowing myself to feel the sorrow of separating from what I have grown to love.

Some of you may have to remind Paul and I am not unhappy just because I’m crying. I don’t think he quite understands.

Quick Update – details to follow

February 23, 2012

After 10 weeks, plus another few days for negotiations, Paul has a job offer. I’ll write more later. Right now I’m too busy trying to get my head around how to move 8 years of memories.

Giveaway: “Más Canciones en Español” from Music With Sara

February 21, 2012

If you live in the Los Angeles/Glendale area and haven’t yet discovered Music With Sara’s high-energy bilingual music then you’re missing out because she’s everywhere: parties, classes, festivals. I met her first at school and have had a little music-crush on her ever since. She donates a lot of her free time to teaching music to all the Spanish classes at our school. (She was the inspiration for my stint last year as the Italian music teacher.) It’s fun to be in on the ground floor of things so I’m here to tell you that she has a brand-new album that has just been released!

Mas Canciones en Espanol is exactly what it says it is: more songs in Spanish. Supported by tight production and recording, Sara and friends bring us eighteen more Spanish songs for you and your children.

Now, I have a confession to make: I personally know almost everyone in this recording, children and adults. That said, I’d enjoy the easy rhythms and adorable voices even without seeing those faces in my mind.  The music is really fun and I’m kind of a music snob.

You can listen to all this fun music, too, on her facebook page and download the digital album or buy a good ol’fashioned cd. Are you listening from her facebook page while you read the rest of this?  You should.  Don’t you feel more cultural already?  Time to plan a family vacation to somewhere Spanish-speaking to try out your new skills… (or maybe we need another album, Sara!)

Giveaways are always more fun, however, and Sara has graciously offered a free cd.

Entering the giveaway is easy: leave me a comment on this blog post.  For an additional two entries you can “like” Music with Sara on facebook, and follow @itsmusictime on twitter then come back here and leave me additional comments telling me you completed those instructions.

***The giveaway is now closed.  Thank you to all who entered!***

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February 15, 2012

Did you know that you can visit LACMA for free? You can. I do it not as often as I’d like. Read more in my new post on Cherry Blossoms.