doing “me” things

My last piano lesson of the “semester” was yesterday. I improved drastically from January til now, and it makes me really happy. I played Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso (well, I got the introduction part down pretty well, memorized all but the last two pages, and have a LOT more work to do on it) and actually got Bartok’s Ostinato from Mikrokosmos No. 146 into performance order. I’m amazed at how much I learned from my instructor. She is so full of talent it amazes me. I plan to take lessons again in the “fall semester”.

Getting Jo Jo in the middle of it all definitely made practicing a struggle. Most of the time I was so tired it was just hard to practice after Jo Jo went to sleep. My very nature as a procrastinator made it even more difficult to practice regularly. I’m hoping that with the summer going by, and a nice vacation in September to California, I’ll know more about what is happening with Jo Jo’s case, and have a routine down so that I can have a more regular practice schedule.

Of course, more than anything, I hope that I HAVE Jo Jo still, so Universe, please don’t make it TOO EASY for me to practice!

Other “me” things (non-baby things) I do: Listen to audiobooks during all of the driving I do. I rarely have reading time right now, but this catches me up. Unfortunately, it’s expensive, so I don’t know what I’m going to do about that. I water and weed my garden on a semi-daily basis, and in the spring plant flowers in my window boxes and around my cottage. And I read blogs! Lots and lots of blogs. I also try to visit and keep up with my family and friends as much as possible, because it keeps me from turning into a hermit.

My biggest “me thing” is traveling. I can’t WAIT to go to Mackinac Island in August and then the big California Coast adventure after that. I am even looking forward to traveling with a baby!

What are your “me” things?

Author: Mother of All Things

Mother by fostering, adoption, and marriage... wife to my best friend... Bay area critical care nurse... travel in my blood, reading in my bones, clean food on my mind!

4 thoughts on “doing “me” things”

  1. Have you checked the library near you? I used to get books on cd from the library all the time when I had a long commute.

  2. Blog reading & writing are #1 on my “me” things. Also reading and having a glass of wine after Evelyn goes to bed at night, if I’m in the mood for a drink. More often than not I’m just exhausted and fight sleep. I also watch movies on Netflix if/when time allows!

  3. Reading books, blogging, reading blogs, hiking, watching movies with my husband. Hiking always involves the kids, but it’s something I do for me – it’s a great way to work some science into our homeschool. I sneak my reading in during nap time, or a few minutes before I pass out at night. Blogging I’ve been horrible about lately, but I love it and it’s therapy for me. Reading blogs I squeeze in between lessons and when waiting on the kids to finish things up. That’s pretty therapeutic for me too!

    I never fail to be amazed – and pleased – that you have time to share her. I have to assume you’re a naturally organized lady!

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