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Double reed

Until today, I had no idea that there was such a thing as double reed instruments. But apparently there are! The bassoon and English horn are among instruments that require a double reed. Apparently double reeds are what help the instrument make the sounds it produces. Oboes and English horns and bassoons are all really great instruments. I’d love to learn how to play them someday.

Pet blogs

I woke up a bit early this morning and found myself cuddling with my cats. I had some burning questions about cat tails and how they communicate what they’re feeling. I ended up doing a couple of google searches for different questions and ended up on a really interesting pet blog that talked about how cat tails can communicate different aspects of their feelings. After years of owning cats, I still learned a lot of new things.

Music club

Monster’s school is putting together some after-school clubs here in the next few weeks. He’s very excited because one of them is a music club where he could play an instrument. I really want him to get into music and playing an instrument. I think that would help his focus and dedication so much. If we had a little bit more money, we would go to musiansfriends and get an instrument that he could practice. I played the trumpet when I was in middle school. I think he’d absolutely love playing that!

Quiche

One dish I was always very intimidated by was quiche. It seemed like something really fancy and something that I, a very bad cook, could just never master. That is, until a friend of mine told me it was basically egg pie. So I finally got the courage to make this egg pie quiche and guess what? It’s surprisingly easy! It was a good reminder for me to not let myself get so discouraged. I’ve made all sorts of quiche in the past few weeks. I like to ‘cheat’ a little and buy pre-made crust, but mostly as a time-saver. And, I’ll be honest, my favorite part of quiche? The crust! I loooove crust. It’s delicious! So quiche is perfect for me.

What have you tried lately that you used to be intimidated by?

Electro drums

Until now, I had never heard of electro drums, not to mention great electro drums. That said, apparently you can get great electro drums if that’s what you’re looking for. If you’re curious as to how an electro drum sounds, then here is a video that features an app that simulates electro drum sounds. I’m not very big into creating music of my own, but it seems like this would be helpful to those who are.

Minecraft and the Monster

One of the great things about Monster being at the age that he is means that we can play Minecraft together and have a fun time with it! Lately, Gentleman and Monster and I have our own little Minecraft server where we spend time building and playing together. It’s really wonderful and so enriching to get to play with him and get his ideas and opinions for how the world should look. I like sitting and just talking to him while we play. I think that’s when I get the most interesting conversations out of him. When we’re playing Minecraft together, it’s a time where he lets me see his whole world view and I love it. I look forward to many years of gaming with this kid.

Tax services

Tax season is coming up sooner than expected. I have always done my taxes on my own, but I know many people who get a little help with their taxes. There are some services that can help you out in your local area. If you happen to be in the North Carolina area, you may look into using Russell Allen & Associates. Sometimes taxes can be pretty cut and dry, but sometimes they can be complicated. For the more complicated times, using a tax service can help you out tremendously from what I’m told. It never hurts to look into it.

Engaged

As of a couple of weeks ago, I am engaged to Gentleman. We’ve been together for 2 years. We’ve been living together for a year and a half of that time. I’m pretty happy and excited for what the future will bring. The big stress now is wedding planning. I know absolutely nothing about weddings or what to do. Thankfully, I have a good friend that is going to be helping me plan all of this out. We’re not getting married until probably later in Spring, but there is so much to do in the meantime. I’m looking forward to it, but also looking forward to being married to this guy that’s been so good to Monster and I and continues to be my biggest support system. He’s absolutely wonderful and I couldn’t be marrying a better guy.

Mother’s rings

I have personally never had a mother’s ring, but as my child gets older I find more and more that I do wish I had some kind of mother’s ring. So I’ve taken to looking at mothers rings online. I’m glad that Monster was born in a month that has a birthstone that I absolutely love. It’s such a lovely shade of blue. Blue is one of my favorite colors, so I’m very much looking forward to buying a mother’s ring if I ever find a style that I enjoy.

August already?

Well, we’ve got Monster all set up for school and we’re finishing a few things to get Gentleman set up to go back to school in a few weeks. It’s weird to think that over the next few weeks I’ll be buying school supplies for two people instead of just one. It’ll be nice though. I’m looking forward to seeing the beginning of this school year. This summer has brought about so many positive changes that will make the upcoming year absolutely wonderful. At least, that is my hope. We will see how it goes! Wish me luck!