Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dances with Anabelle (and other good stuff)

Perhaps if Tabbitha did a little more of this...




And a little less of this...She could PLAY with the purple string instead of sitting on it. Or eating it.But that's our House Monster for you. And I wouldn't change anything about her (except for the part where she attacks our friends. That's always awkward.)

In other exciting news... I spent half the weekend under the Bright Lights of stage. Trust me when I say it gets HOT. And I'm not the only one wiping my brow...


I had the chance to take a few photos during Friday's Dress Rehearsal/free concert. No - they weren't all the shots I was aiming for...but as I don't want to make myself stick out TOO much, lest I play during the quiet time. Again.

There's nothing like earning the conductor's glare when you're the only one playing during Mozart's 41st Symphony (and you're supposed to be quiet). Boy, the acoustics in the auditorium sure do echo loudly. Luckily I sit in the back - so I can either 1) blame it on someone else or 2) blame it on the violas (my usual routine.)

And in other VERY exciting news, I've been given the green light to start very very light light light training. Friday's run was wonderful. Saturday's strength and core session was WONDERFUL. Sunday's easy bike spin was WONDERFUL.

Can you sense a theme?

After everything that I've gone through health-wise, I'm not taking anything - not one single thing - for granted. Its easy to not think about health and happiness when we're, um, healthy and happy. But its different when we struggle with illness after illness, never sure when we'll be back to our usual self.

And in celebration of my first bike ride in XX days, I splurged on a GIANT cup of coffee from Starbucks. Thanks Mom for the Christmas Starbucks Card - I finally used it and BOY...you really did put a lot of money on that thing. I'll definitely be using it in the future after fun rides...
Most of the coffee made it home - for which I was again, happy. I never claimed to have great bike handling skills, especially after the break from training. Besides, I hit a few speed bumps on the way. Literally. And boy - let me tell you, hot coffee on your derriere feels strangely akin to a bee-sing on the derriere (which I've also experienced). Proof that I didn't spill it all...
Another concert today, followed by sushi for dinner (we must celebrate) and wine (we must celebrate). And perhaps the latest Amazing Race with a special someone...

Congratulations to ALL who raced this weekend!

PS - My "partner" during core work. Ever felt like you were being watched?Let's just say I'm not winning any staring contests any time soon.

18 comments:

GoBigGreen said...

Ha! when i was in TX my sister has two cats. One is like Tabbitha and all over the place. The other one, well, Heide says "she isnt going to college!"

I used to ride home from Nina's " carrying" the coffee since i lost all of it if i put it in the cage. It was good for my bike handling skills and riding 1 or no handed only once caused me to drop the coffee. I know i know, it was a tough choice but i decided i needed to stay upright:) more than i needed the capp.

Molly said...

Yay for a return to training!!! I hope that all of the careful rest and recovery you've done pays off big-time and you feel great getting back to it! Just in time for summer weather tooooo!!!

Lisa Eirene said...

What an adorable little munchkin!

Jennifer Harrison said...

I am so happy you are back too! YAY!!! Just feels odd when you are not rolling. And, the coffee, how FUN!! (love the water bottle too - yay!). I can tell in your voice things are good- yippee!

Damie said...

beautiful that you are doing concerts now- and beautiful that you can train again!!!!! so happy for you, I know that you are dying to get out there. And, don't make fun of House Monster, you know we have a chubby monkey at our house now too- Roo has gained so much weight and everyone is making fun of him and it is hurting his feelings! ha ha!!! love ya!

Midwestern Dot said...

oh Marit, I'm so happy for you! I'm sure that first bike ride felt like heaven!
Love the little House Monster pictures, she looks like a spaz!

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

Oh good Marit!!! I'm glad you can start back to doing stuff for you :). You need that and I am thrilled!!!

<3

Charisa said...

Yeah for coffee & training!!

Alili said...

I can 'see' your smile from here. :)

Beth said...

Yeah for some training time this weekend!!! I bet you were so happy. I'm so happy for you!! And I love the pictures of the kitties. They are the best! ;)

Michelle Simmons said...

Awesome pics of your cats. :)

And YAY for starting to train a bit again. Those endorphins are just flat out necessary for us junkies.

Bob Mitera said...

LOVE this! Lorrie and I laughed and cringed at the thought of hot coffee on the undercarriage. Ouch!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Hooray for getting the green light to start training again! You must be so excited! The coffee on the back of your bike cracked me up! That is just hilarious!

Kim said...

im going to pick up violin lessons again this summer!! yay for orchestras! are you feeling better?!

Heidi Austin said...

YES YES! I'm super stoked for you girl! yay for training... i knew it would return soon. and second yay for starbucks! i duno what i would do without that stuff. welcome back dear!

ADC said...

I can't believe I've seen the House Monster "live" the other day. I am so so happy about your training.
Try and save some coffee next time ;)

Trigirlpink said...

Meow...

Great news on the recovery front chicka.

Runner Leana said...

(except for the part where she attacks our friends. That's always awkward.)

This made me crack up, but mostly because I can so relate... Love the pictures of the cats!

And I am so happy to hear that you are back on the training bandwagon! Yeah!!!!!