What’s today and Which party are we on?

Was in Hawaii two weeks ago, where temps were warm and life was slow.

And then things got crazy. I’m usually one to lie around in slug mode during December, but not this time, apparently. Tomorrow – Saturday – 25 folks will be here for a house concert. Sunday, 25 different folks will be here for a baby shower. I’m going at it solo because 31 hours after coming back from Hawaii, KAH (kick ass husband) took off for a biz trip to Germany – with a 50 degree temp difference!

I’m dreaming of Tiny Bubbles…Tiny Bubbles…with a ukulele and a palm tree. Ahhh. (No matter how grateful I am to have a house and friends and these activities…that uke and palm tree are looking good!)

In 8 days, KAD (kick ass daughter) with KAB (kick ass boyfriend) will be here. And we shall slug and eat and slug some more. But we shall not eat slugs – ewww. Woop woop!!!

Instant happiness

Instant happiness

Shout out to Terratonz

Through all kinds of harmonic convergence (and persistence on my part!!), I recently received my Terratonz awesome musical wonder. Some call it a handpan, or a terrapan. I like to think of it as a resonant glorious metal sculpture of wok-like musical amazement, but that is a rather lengthy title. 🙂

I cannot say often enough how incredible are: Daniel Waples, the musician whom you will see momentarily in a video who connected me with this instrument, and CR PanMan, of Terratonz, who built the Waples 8.

CR just spent AN HOUR AND A HALF on Skype with me, explaining cool things about the instrument and giving me pointers. Daniel made sure I had demoes of 2 instruments before I could place my order and he kept me posted on the progress of the instrument being shipped to me. CR continued the process of building my terrapan while down to the use of one hand because his other hand was BROKEN and in a cast!!! This kind of attention, while I think is not sustainable when dealing with mass quantities, is unheard of. I adore Daniel and CR and know they are awesomely good people.

Here’s a video of Daniel being his brilliant self. And if you want a terrapan, and you know you do!!!, connect with Terratonz via pathtopan@terratonz.com or http://www.terratonz.com

Peace, love and happy music (2 videos below)

An addendum that is near and dear to my heart: Watch this whole video. You’ll be so glad you did. I applaud everyone who thinks outside the box. If Jake Shimabukuro didn’t follow his vision, we’d all still be playing “Tiny Bubbles”.

What I learned Today

When a Dr. speaks very abruptly on the phone, it can be fear. I had a hospital procedure done yesterday and although my chart says “NO TAPE”, the staff did indeed, out of habit, use tape (but I was too drugged to say anything). Some portions of my skin are an angry, inflamed red today. I didn’t die, I’m not asphyxiating and I certainly wouldn’t sue. I wish the Dr. could have just said, “Oh sorry. Are you ok?” At which point I would have said, “Sure. Nothing major. I’d just like to know what to ask for next time. Ok, thanks for helping me”. But because of a litigious happy society, the Dr. and I could not connect on a personal basis and he is somehow expected to be perfect at all times. I don’t want perfection, I just want a connection. Ooo, that should be a bumper sticker!

I also learned that people who are very skilled at something forget that beginners need the BASICS. I attended a drop-in sewing class today where I took my first sewing lesson last week.  For today’s type class, people bring their own machines (I borrowed one from the store), they can get help from the experts, but mostly they sit around and chat 🙂 They were very welcoming and asked what quilt I was working on. “Uh, I’m so new I’m trying to figure out how to use the auto needle threader thingie.” Last week I was surprised to find out that sewing machines use 2 threads at once!!!!! Who knew? So while I was trying to figure out how to thread the machine correctly and sew seams on cut squares of cloth, the group leader asked for my number so she could invite me to her quilting gatherings. “So sweet of you but how about we wait until I know the difference between a sewing bobbin and bobbin for apples” 🙂 But mingling with people, learning new things, being in the sewing class and being in tonight’s ukulele class was FUN.

I think the scared Dr. should be less perfect and play more ukulele. I think we all should. FUN is good!

Uke'n have so much fun with a uke!!

Uke’n have so much fun with a uke!!