127: Musical interludes


One of my resolutions this year is to include more music in my life.  To sing, to dance, to listen.  I have been turning on the radio every day while I exercise or clean.  Or I go to blip.fm if I’m in the mood to make my own playlist or listen to something specific while I’m at the computer.  Or I visit Radio WTH for a dose of “Just Damn Good Music.”

Today as I was dusting (somebody’s gotta do it) it occurred to me that M and I have a mighty fine music collection of our own that I could be listening to.  While we do have plenty of vinyl (and a turntable to play it on), I decided to start with the CD’s.  I realize CD’s seem to be almost as obsolete as vinyl now that most people have some version of an MP3 player, but our CD collection is fairly up-to-date within our range of likes.  However, being a pretty extensive hodgepodge of music, pulling one at random meant a blast from the past.

Today’s CD:  The Pat Metheny Group’s Still Life (Talking).

It’s been a long time since I last listened to Pat Metheny.  The music took me back to our time in Chicago and a summer night lying on the grass listening to Pat Metheny at an outdoor venue (the name of which escapes me at the moment and I’m too lazy to look it up).  I was not too lazy to wander over to his website, though, and spend a little time listening to Pat Metheny radio.  Head on over (click here) and check it out.

Outdoor adventures

M and I went to Quail Hollow State Park yesterday for an hour of cross-country skiing.  The trails were a little slick.  Not really icy, but with hikers having packed down the snow by walking all over the ski tracks, our skis would slide all over the place in spots.  Most spots.  It wasn’t comfortable skiing, especially when the legs slide in different directions.

(In the woods at Quail Hollow.)

We haven’t seen the sun since the weekend.  It has been dark gray and gloomy.  The snow had taken on some of the grayness but we’re getting a fresh coating today which has brightened it up.

(Skiing at Quail Hollow.)

I’m heading out in a few minutes to do some skiing around Breezy Acres.  I need the practice, and that will help me meet my outdoor commitment for today.  Even when it’s gray and gloomy, I gotta get out there.

Look Up: Inside the Bean

Back in October of 2009 when M and I spent some time in Chicago, I took a boat load of pictures of The Cloud Gate sculpture (called The Bean by locals) which is located in Millennium Park.  The Look Up theme has given me a chance to display one or two of them.  This photo was taken inside the bean, looking up.  I’m the one in pink.

This photo was also taken from a “look up” perspective in that I was pointing up in order to capture the flare of sunlight on the top.

In other (exciting) news…

I have a new camera!  Yay!  I think it’s going to take a few days for the camera and I to adjust to each other so it may be a while before anything new shows up here at the blog.

For those inquiring minds that want to know, I went with the newest Kodak (the Z981).  I’ve had good results with my old Kodak and this suited my budget and my current needs (with a better zoom and the ability to shoot in RAW format).  After much thought I decided I didn’t want to go with high-end, expensive equipment.  I’d spend too much time worrying about losing it, having it stolen, breaking it, etc.

Sailing on Lake Michigan

(162:  Sailing on Lake Michigan with Navy Pier in the background.)

Someday I will go sailing.  Maybe even learn to sail.

In the meantime, M and I have been traveling this weekend, visiting our granddaughters and their parents.  I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend.

Good luck to everyone participating in NaBloPoMo.  🙂

Have a seat

(160:  Artwork on Navy Pier.  Chicago, Illinois.)

I signed up for NaBloPoMo for November.  The original, official NaBloPoMo.  This is my third year and it’s almost always fun.  If you blog and you haven’t signed up yet, go on over and do so.  Join us in the madness of posting every day.

Row of boats

(158:  Dinghies in a row.)

Seeing the city through the trees

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(157:  Chicago skyline from Grant Park.)

Watery stuff

(154:  Rainy day in Chicago.)

Since it’s a rainy day here in the Bogs, I thought I’d go with a rainy day photo taken while we were in Chicago.  I like the reflections on the sidewalk.

The fall colors are at the end of their peak.  A good wind will probably sweep most of them away.

Nothing new to add.  I’m still enjoying being at home.  M and I have been discussing the possibility of making a batch of sauerkraut.  Our kraut came out fairly well last year, albeit a little too salty.  It wasn’t bad for a first try.  All we need to do this time around is add less salt and it should be perfect, or close to it.