Tis the season for vacation time. While I do not, unfortunately, have enough vacation time saved up to take a break, I will be getting Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day off of work. I am super stoked for that! Our office will be closed entirely, actually. I have noticed that some of my coworkers have been using up their vacation and leave time. Some of them are going out of town while some of them are just spending some much needed at-home family time. I don’t believe any of them will be searching for hotels in Niagara Falls or anywhere out of town, but I think that they’re taking a well-deserved break.
Things are going to start slowing down this time of year as people gear up for Christmas and celebrating the winter break. Unfortunately, for my work, that means that I’ll be working hard to make sure people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing and paying their bills on time. Maybe by the end of this month, I will wish that I was at a hotel in Niagara Falls. I wonder how cold it is up there this time of year! It seems like, even with the cold, it’d still be a beautiful place to visit and just spend some time. I think I’d love to take my family up there just to show them what it’s like up north, since I’m from the north, and see something beautiful while we’re up there!
No matter how you’re spending your upcoming vacation, I do hope that everybody has a happy holiday. Maybe you should be asking for a vacation for Christmas!
Last night, I swear I was being tortured by some otherworldly device because I had a song on the tip of my tongue and I could not remember what the name of it was. I could only remember one small snippet of it. Usually, when I remember a snippet of a song like that I’ll just google the snippet and the word lyrics and it’ll usually pop up the song pretty quickly. However, in this instance, my GoogleFu was failing me! It ended up taking me almost all evening to remember what the song was. It was such a relief for my brain when I finally figured out what the song was. It felt like I’d finally scratched an itch I’d had all day.
My hometown is pretty small. It was only about 15,000 people in central Iowa. When I was growing up, we did have a middle school band that had a variety of instruments, but I don’t recall anybody ever playing the timpani. I don’t know that there was a need for anybody to play it, but I just thought it’d be interesting if somebody was playing one of the more underused instruments. I know that a lot of my female friends played clarinet and flute, while I played the trumpet. That was fun for me and I think the trumpet is a really nice instrument. I can’t wait until Corbin starts getting into music and being able to play instruments in school. I think he’d have a lot of fun.
Last year I did a majority of my Christmas shopping on Black Friday for the first time ever. This year, however, we’re run a little thin so I just did a little bit with the Black Friday sales. I’ve got to buy a few more things for a couple more people but I’m really not buying a lot this year. I hate that I’m not able to buy a lot this year, because I do like to give people gifts as frequently as possible. Unfortunately, this is just not the year for that. That’s okay though. I’m sure people will understand. I’m mostly focused on making sure Monster has a good birthday and Christmas. Next year will be better!
I have never gone out on Black Friday unless it’s been an emergency. If I can, I will purposefully stay home and out of the crazy traffic and away from all of the sales. However, I do indulge and look online for deals sometimes. Last year I bought all of my Christmas presents on Black Friday and they’ve been great deals that have lasted me a long while. This year, I’ve even found some great deals on an electric guitar set at musicians friend. I don’t think it’s something we’ll buy for Monster this year, but it’s still great to get ideas for Christmases in the future!
Well, it was yesterday but all the same, I hope that everybody had a good Thanksgiving. I’ve been lucky to have this entire weekend off. So I have Thanksgiving off, today, and then the weekend off. Plus, work let us out early on Wednesday which was pretty exciting! I think that this year I’m very thankful for finding good family and having wonderful people to spend my time with. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to surround myself with good people who care for me and Monster. Comparing this year to last year and even the year before that, things keep getting better so I have everything in the world to be thankful for. I hope that you all had wonderful days as well.
Some people find the sound of metronomes very comforting for white noise. I, however, find it very frustrating. I end up just listening to the noise of the metronome instead of focusing on what I need to work on. For those who might find the metronome more of a comforting noise, or for those who need one for purposes of music making, you might try looking into finding an affordable metronome so that you can keep it around when you need it! It certainly doesn’t hurt to keep it around, right?
Growing up, I don’t really remember having a meal planned out in advance for suppers or anything, so when I got older and had Monster, it was a bit of a foreign concept. Truthfully, I’ve only recently adapted to using a menu and planning out our meals. We go shopping once a week and get all that we need for that week so that we aren’t making multiple trips to the store every other day. We plan out everything we want and make our shopping list based around that. I think that it’s helped us stay away from impulse buying a lot. We have some things that we have routinely (every Friday night is pizza night, for instance) and we have other nights that we mix things up a little bit. Do you guys use menus to plan out your meals? If so, does it help keep you on track financially? If not, why not?
I don’t know if anybody else has ever noticed the types of pianos that people often use in music videos where the participants are fake-playing on a stage. Often, it seems like it’s a casio digital piano where they pretend to be part of a band. I’d imagine because they’re cheaper and easier to move around than something bigger. You know, on that topic, I never really enjoy watching people fake play because they’re really bad at fake playing. I don’t know why that always irks me a little bit, but it does.
So, Monster tripped and fell outside of my work yesterday. After 5 hours in the emergency room, we found that it’s (thankfully) just a sprained ankle but he will be on crutches and in a splint for about a week. Unfortunately, that means that life’s a little bit more difficult for him since he’s used to being a bit more independent. He and I walked up the stairs (all 16) to our apartment. Well, I walked and kept him stable. He used the side rails and hopped up them. He’s been trying to get used to using crutches and keeping off of his ankle. He is, however, enjoying me doting on him more than usual. I just feel bad for the kid. I’ve sprained both of my ankles and it’s never any fun. I’m just glad that they did put it in a splint, because knowing Monster, he’d somehow mess it up worse. He’s a super clutz (like me)! That said, he’s in pretty good spirits and everybody’s been sending such positive thoughts for us. I think that he’ll have a quick recovery and have this as a badge of honor.