Sunday, November 30, 2008


A few minutes ago, Daniel issued the following statement:

"Opa, your needed zerzers my poopy pulpit."

The challenge: reconstruct the events leading to this statement. Any guesses? (Oma, Opa and Stuart are not allowed to comment, as they were present.)

ETA: Tooz got it right! "Zerzers" is "scissors" and "pulpit" is "pull-up." What happened was this: Daniel made a giant mess once while I was off in rehearsal and my dad couldn't find the side openings in his pull-up. Rather than pull them down his legs, thus making the mess worse, Opa got out his scissors and cut them off, much to the Danimal's amusement. Becca, we still use cloth diapers for Anya. I hate using disposables with Daniel but with his tall, skinny frame, the cloth diapers were just bunching up and swingin' low and leaking something awful. We keep hoping he'll just potty-train and be done with diapers/pull-ups completely, but we're still only about halfway there, alas.

Monday, November 24, 2008

first snow

Daniel went out to shovel snow no less than three times today. Wonder when the fun of that will wear off?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our new niece...

...was born at 9:42 Eastern Time last night. Welcome to the family, Claire!

Friday, November 21, 2008

we might have a new niece today

My BIL and his wife are at the hospital today for an appointment to try and turn their baby out of breech position. If the procedure is successful, they will induce labor and we'll have a new niece! If not, they'll schedule a C-section for next week. We hope for everyone's sake it's the former. Exciting times!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Three Things You Want To Do Before You Die:
1.) drink espresso in Italy
2.) play the Bartok sonata for two pianos and percussion
3.) drink scotch in Scotland

Three Names You Go By:
1.) Suze
2.) Losin' Susin'
3.) MAMAMAMAMAMAMAMA (that's Anya)

Three Physical Things You Like About Yourself:
1.) my hands
2.) my eyes
3.) my teeth

Three Parts Of Your Heritage:
1.) Menno/Baptist (too hard to explain)
2.) Democrat
3.) German

Three Things That Scare You:
1.) barf
2.) loneliness
3.) heights

Three Of Your Everyday Essentials:
1.) espresso
2.) my cast iron frying pan
3.) my toothbrush

Three Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1.) bright green fake crocs (frocs!)
2.) smudged glasses
3.) a nursing bra

Three Of Your Favorite Bands/Musical Artists:
1.) Radiohead
2.) Paul Simon
3.) Bela Fleck

Three Of Your Favorite Songs (at the moment anyway):
1.) Viva la Vida (I know, I know)
2.) ??
3.) ??
Honestly, I don't think about music that much unless it's music I'm playing. It's one of those things that makes me all deep and complicated as an artist (riiiiight.)

Three Things You Want In A Relationship:
1.) love, duh
2.) shared humor
3.) shared parenting responsibilities

Two Truths And A Lie (in no particular order):
1.) My first day in a foreign country I ran over a child while riding a bike.
2.) During my driver's license test I nearly ran over a child AND a man with one leg.
3.) I am an excellent archer.

Three Things You Want To Do Really Badly Right Now:
1.) Pee
2.) Travel someplace warm
3.) Eat a cookie

Three Careers You've Considered:
1.) high school teacher
2.) research scientist
3.) something in arts administration

Three Places You Want To Go On Vacation:
1.) Italy
2.) New Zealand
3.) Alaska

Three Pet Names You Like to use for your pets:
I don't have pets and don't want any, so here are some fun names for my husband Stuart:
1) Stubert
2) Stuey
3) Stu-rat

Three Ways That You Are Stereotypically A Girl:
1.) I scream and wave my arms around uselessly whenever I see a mouse.
2.) I loooooove chocolate
3.) I like to watch Desperate Housewives

Three Ways That You Are Stereotypically A Boy:
1.) I can change a tire.
2.) I like dark beer.
3.) I hate clothes shopping.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

four hands

Daniel and Anya and my dad and I just spent a week in Kansas so I could rehearse and perform a 4-hand recital with my college teacher, Karen. It was, well, honestly, it was great. The whole experience was incredibly fulfilling and affirming and just plain fun.

Before I go on about that, however, let me just say that there is absolutely no way I could have done this gig without the gracious hospitality and generosity of my MIL and FIL, who let us invade their home and eat their food and spread toys all over their living room. And also my dad, who drove to Madison from Kentucky, then to Kansas and back with me and the kids, just so I wouldn't have to do the trip on my own. I think I could have managed, but those 700 miles between here and central Kansas were a lot easier to tolerate with another "gohm-up" (as Daniel says) along. The grandparents spent a lot of time babysitting while I was in rehearsals, and I know it must have been exhausting as well as rewarding (I'm rather proud that it takes 2-3 adults to do what I do every day by myself!) Steph was enormously helpful as well, spending a whole afternoon with my dad and the kids to give my in-laws a break, and she also turned pages at the performance. I understand this caused her much anxiety, but she did just fine. Plus, I thanked her with yarn to ease her trepidation.

There's something reassuring about playing with a musician you know well. Karen, my co-pianist this past weekend, was my teacher for four years. I've certainly come a long way as a pianist and as a musician since I graduated from college, but she transformed my playing, gave me confidence, and prepared me for graduate school as well as anybody could have. As her student, I heard her play a LOT, and I did a fair amount of page-turning for her, since she was - and still is - in great demand in the area as an accompanist. She's one of those pianists who does everything well, and she's very consistent. So even though I showed up 6 days before our concert with two kids and a pile of music we'd never played together before, I knew we would be just fine. And we were. Rehearsing with her didn't feel like playing with my teacher; it felt like playing with my colleague. We exchanged ideas, gave each other suggestions, gossiped a little, and made a lot of progress in a short time.

There was a surprisingly good turnout for the program. The community is usually very supportive of musical events, so we were expecting a lot of people, but the actual number exceeded our expectations. The best part about the audience, though, was that Daniel and Anya saw almost the whole thing! I didn't hear any squawking or fussing while we were playing, so I just assumed they'd had to leave at the beginning, but as it turned out, they stayed quiet most of the time. Daniel was absent for a bit in the middle while his poor grandma had to change not one but two poopy pull-ups in a row, and Anya got a little whiny during the last piece, but they were attentive for the most part.

The concert itself went without a hitch, with one major exception: it wasn't recorded. I'm not sure who dropped the ball there, but by the time we realized no one was there to record, there was nothing we could do about it. This was especially disappointing, since my mom and brother and husband weren't there for their own various reasons.

It's good to be home, though. We've hardly seen Stuart for the past three weeks (he had to travel to Montana for his grandma's funeral the week between our trips to Kentucky and Kansas), and 700 miles is a long time to be on the road.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Did I really last post on election day? Goooooo Obama!!

Anyway, I've been in Kansas for a week to do a concert here with my former prof. We're trying to pack up the car to leave for Madison this morning, so I'm just checking in quick to say the concert went well, the kids did great, they got lots of quality time with their grandparents, and we are all really ready to be home and see Stu again.

I'll try and write more about it later.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

election day

GO VOTE!!!!!!