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Thank You, Lotion!

I am giving thanks this week for a few products, appliances, and snacks that I feel have greatly enriched my life.

Today we honor: lotion.

I don’t even want to think about what life must have been like before lotion.  If my skin gets too dry it makes me want to freak out, barf, and cry all at the same time.  I am so extremely thankful for lotion.



I have been a big fan of the postsecret project for years.  Every Sunday I go to the website and I read the posted secrets.  Often they are depressing, often they are incredibly beautiful, and every once in awhile, I find one that is down right cathartic.

Before I started reading Post Secret, I thought of "secrets" as events that you don’t want anyone else to know about, like "I killed a man in Reno", that sort of thing.   Now, I think of secrets as things I feel about myself and the world that are hard to express.  The truth is, I am as secretive as anyone else, and so are you.

This little video is sort of intense, but it nicely explains the project, and I really like it. 


Almost three years ago, on the night our beloved friend Scott died so suddenly, I had an amazing dream.  I didn’t find out about his death until morning, so that night I went to sleep unaware of the unfolding tragedy.

In the dream, I was playing the viola in a beautiful, empty concert hall.  Playing was effortless and hugely enjoyable.  One part of the dream I remember vividly is making a huge shift and then laughing out loud as I totally nailed the high note.  Unlike any real life experience playing the viola, in my dream, playing was just pure joy.  It was fun, and exciting, and easy as pie.  I have never had another dream like this, before or since, and I’ve always kind of thought of it as a little gift from Scott.  As crazy as it sounds, I believe he was trying to teach me something on his way out of my earthly life.  When I think about this now, when I really stop to consider that dream, I can remember it, and I can stop the constant churning in my mind.

I learned a lot from Scott, both in his life and in his death. 

I miss him so much.


1.  I’m sorry I’ve been such a delinquent blogger recently.  These days, when I am not practicing, I am watching Battlestar Galactica.  With such a busy schedule, I have very little time for blogging.  The good news is that I’m starting to combine my activities (practicing and Battlestar Galactica) into one super awesome project:  I am practicing being a Cylon.  I totally heart Cylons.  My entire strategy for an upcoming audition is to channel my inner Cylon.  I call her #13. 

2.  My hand is feeling much better thanks to all of Ashley’s great advice.   If you are suffering from a Prokofiev Classical Symphony related injury, Ashley can totally help.  The cure is unpleasant, as it involves repeatedly plunging your gimpy hand into a bowl of ice water, but it works.   

3.  Here is the awesome wombat video again.  You can never have too much of this guy. 

For The Pepto Ladies


Positive Reframe, For Ashley


And Baby Makes Three!

Janz and Ellen’s precious tax deduction bundle of joy was born at 9:45am, December 31st!


Meet Lucas the Wise, seen here feeling somewhat apprehensive about his new life outside the womb (tough breaks kiddo).  Janz’ sister took this picture on her cell phone and it is the only one I have.  I hope it is not rude to post it without the proud parents consent, but look how cuuuute!  Even when he’s cranky!  I will soon have a more formal portrait, but for now, here he is, unedited.


Birthday: December 31st, 2006
Weight: 7lbs 10oz
Height: 5’2
Sign: Capricorn
Likes: Being born, Ellen, Janz, womb-like swaddling, naps, gangsta rap
Dislikes: Being born, bright lights, open spaces, phonies

Mother and son are both healthy and recovering well.  Congratulations guys!  He is beautiful and fabulous.  Love, love, love!