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Amateur philosopher, deep but impatient thinker, not much time on my hands, exremely opinionated on certain subjects (America, dog food, pharmaceutical companies, lawyers, math education ....)

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Encore! Encore!

Had my music lesson yesterday. I learned to play when I was a kid and now have taken it up again (piano). I absolutely love it and have enough commitment to it to eventually trade in the electronic keyboard I have (though it's a nice one, don't misunderstand and I'll keep it because it has so many cool voices and its digitial and I record my playing, etc., etc.) for a grand piano, which we've started to look around for. I have a bay window in the front of my living room and it will look absolutely perfect there. Can't wait.

My music instructor was talking today about a student of his who is "musically challenged", shall we say, and who is, despite this, taking voice lessons. Well, i can hum a bar or two, so I thought, well that would be fun and we got to talking about it, so now I may start doing some voice with him as well, though it wouldn't be classical training but rather more like coaching and practice.

I'm scared to death.

However, you know, you never know what you can do until you just jump in and try it.

I took my blinds in recently to have them cleaned. I think I get them back tomorrow, but it is weird sitting here and having the front windows completely open to the street (and it's dark out). I live on a quiet street, but still, I can't help but feel I'm living in a fishbowl.

A sad farewell to Pierre Berton who died today at the age of 84. I really like his books and have read quite a few, and my favourite is definitely Klondike. Being a Canadian patriot and lover of snow, cold and the north, his books always appealed to me.

Until next time.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Testing, Testing

Sorry about this. Just want to see what happens.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Breakthrough with my dog

I have a wonderful Belgian Shepherd, about eight months old. He is perfect in very nearly every way but has always pulled on the leash to varying degrees (from downright horribly pulling to simply having it taut -- a bit of tension). I have worked with him and worked with him to correct this. (You can't yank on a Belgian to make them behave; you have to earn and ask for their cooperation.) Though Belgians are among the smartest of the breeds, I was worried that he simply wasn't learning what I wanted from him -- simply not to pull on the leash. I don't expect him to be in heel position all the time, but ... well, you know. Anyway, every time I had him out, there seemed to be very little progress and the the other day oh! it was something else!!! About 2/3 of the way into the trip he seemed to suddenly think, Oh NOW I get what you want! And he walked nicely all the way home. I'm not beating the drums yet, but am crossing my fingers that he really did finally understand what I want of him.

Well, it's early Sunday morning, my hubby is still in bed, and I don't quite know what to do with myself for the next while. I'm reading a book called The Sudden Weight of Snow by Laisha Rosnau. As I love snow and all things stark-feeling, I picked it up at the library and decided to give it a go. It's a coming-of-age story (I think) of a girl who grew up in a tiny lumber town in the B.C. interior where, of course, they get lots of snow. The first 50 pages or so I wasn't really sure, but last night before bed when I was reading I had a hard time putting it down. So I think I'll curl up on the couch with my coffee and read a bit more of it before hubby gets up.

I've lost my blog!!

Oh where oh where are you? I can't get to my blog. Boy, I really AM new at this.

Hello Blogging World

This whole business is new to me so if anyone out there feels like dropping me a line to let me know they've read this, I'd sure appreciate it. I can't write long as I have to shower and then take out my pooch before my first student arrives (I am a private math teacher/tutor). Life is good but incomprehensible. Some of you out there have some great blogs! I read one fellow's in England whose Blog i've bookmarked. Great story about formica gone wild in a car headed downhill without a driver.

A Penguin walks into a bar and says to the bartender, "Hey, bartender, have you seen my brother?"

The bartender says, "Well, I don't know, what does he look like?"

hahahaha Anyone not get it?????