6.30.2005

Word of the Moment

Jejune: 1. not interesting 2. lacking maturity 3. lacking nutrition

Used in a sentence:
I never knew the word jejune existed before today.

One of these days...

... I'm going to stop letting boots walk all over me.

6.27.2005

Pace Wildenstein

Here is one of my favorite websites to look through lately. It's a site for an Art Gallery in New York City. I ordered a few catalogs (actually they are more like books... and they certainly are priced more like books) from them a couple months ago, and they are great! Anyway, they have some great artwork by some modern artists as well as biographies and other information.


In addition, they have some of the later Agnes Martin paintings... one of which is currently set as my wallpaper.

Another one of my favorites is Josef Albers. I pretty much like any artwork that uses squares.

There arent many sites that I just browse through, but I always manage to find something interesting on this one.

Word of the Moment

Quixotic: idealistic without regard to practicality (after Don Quixote)

6.23.2005

Thursday

Today feels like Friday for some reason. But I'm actually glad that it's not.

Walking 2

Seal!

Last night my husband and I saw Seal in concert at Wolf Trap. Various thoughts and observations from the show:
  • Seal has the best voice ever. I honestly think I could just listen to him sing the Alphabet Song for hours.
  • Wolf Trap was packed. I mean, hardly any sitting room. All the covered seats sold out, so we had lawn seats, and let me tell you, the lawn was PACKED. Every inch of that place was covered with blankets and lawn chairs. I have only been to Wolf Trap for one other concert, and it was an opera (La Boheme... my favorite). I thought that was crowded, but this definitely trumped that.
  • The odd thing about the crowd was the age. I mean, I know they play Seal songs on the adult contemporary radio stations, but I didn't expect the crowd to be quite as old as it was. I at least expected to see a good mix of different age groups. But I'd say that my husband and I were in the youngest 15-percentile there. About 60% of the crowd was probably in their 40s or older. There were some younger kids there... with their parents of course. But (as my husband pointed out), I'm not so sure if that speaks something about Seal's fans, or the venue of Wolf Trap itself. I mean, it does seem to be a little on the yuppy side (I think we were the only people there who didn't bring an extravegant picnic dinner complete with several bottles of wine. I swear if I didnt know there was a concert going on, I'd think I was in a field of Sideway's Picnic re-enactments)
  • My least favorite part of attending large concerts like that is leaving. Getting out of the parking lot always proves to be stressful. And it wouldnt be as bad, if everyone would agree on some sort of exiting system. For the most part, a line to get of the parking lot forms, and people develop a system of merging every other car in. But there's always a handful of a-holes who decide that they are too good to follow an organized, safe system of exiting and drive around the nicely formed line and then try to wedge their way in at the front (and in the process come dangerously close to hitting about 7 cars). Drives me nuts.
  • The best song from last night, in my opinion, was Love's Divine lyrics . He did an accoustic-ish version that was really, really great. Even if that was the only song he played that night, it would have been worth it. You can listen to a version of it on his website... here.

In closing, I love Seal's voice... incredible.



Post Ems(hide)

Seal
Love's Divine

Then the rainstorm came, over me
And I felt my spirit break
I had lost all of my, belief you see
And realized my mistake
But time through a prayer, to me
And all around me became still

I need love, loves divine
Please forgive me now I see that I've been blind
Give me love, loves is what I need to help me know my name

Through the rainstorm came sanctuary
And I felt my spirit fly
I had found all of my reality
I realize what it takes

'Cause I need love, love's divine
Please forgive me now I see that I've been blind
Give me love, loves is what I need to help me know my name

Oh I, don't bet (don't bend), don't bet (don't break)
Show me how to live a promise me you won't forsake
'Cause love can help me know my name

Well I try to say there's nothing wrong
But inside I felt me lying all along
But the message here was plain to see
Believe:

'Cause I need love, love's divine
Please forgive me now I see that I've been blind
Give me love, loves is what I need to help me know my name

Oh I, don't bet (don't bend), don't bet (don't break)
Show me how to live a promise me you won't forsake
'Cause love can help me know my name

Love can help me know my name


6.21.2005

Good Day



My Mood... Alive



Under the Wave Off Kanagawa
By Katsushika Hokusai
Today put me in a good mood.

Jelly Beans and Dog Walks

Ah, I feel like I've been so busy lately, but I'm not exactly sure what I've been doing. One thing I havent been doing... updating my blog. But that's about to change.

So here are some interesting (or not so interesting) things that have happened today:

  • I am eating Jelly Belly jelly beans at the moment. Only the best candy ever made. I have enjoyed Jelly Bellys since I was in about third grade. I can tell the flavor just by looking at the bean, and I'm pretty sure I can name the flavor just by tasting it (blindfolded of course). Some of my least favorite flavors they've had in the past (and happily discontinued): Jalapenos and Peanut Butter. I mean, at least Peanut Butter is somewhat normal as far as flavor goes (though it made the nastiest jelly bean), but Jalapeno? I mean seriously, what the heck were they thinking. My favorite flavors (in no particular order) are: Pina Colada, Lemon-Lime, and Watermelon. The Watermelon-bean even looks like a watermelon, it's green on the outside, and pink on the inside. Clever.

  • My dog is a hunting dog at heart. In the fall it's nearly impossible to walk her near any wooded area because she has to chase any squirrel she sees. But even during other times of the year, she's always on the prowl. So far her capture list reads as follows: 3 mice, 1 chipmunk, and as of today... 1 bird. Seriously, how does a dog catch a bird (I thought the chipmunk was pretty impressive)? And how did she do it while I had her on the leash? I usually keep a close watch on her actions, but today as we were walking, she suddenly pounced onto something before I had a chance to react. And before I could stop her, she had a small bird in her mouth (and even though the bird filled most of her mouth, I think I could see her smiling over her triumph). I made her drop the bird (which she did with very little resistance) and tried to continue on our walk, but it was no use, she was only thinking about one thing... returning to the spot where she captured the bird. The poor bird.

  • I think this entry wins as the one with the most paranthesis (I just love commenting on my own stories)

I suppose that's all I have to say for now.

6.14.2005

1 year anniversary and Morimoto

So Sunday was my 1 year anniversary! I cant believe I've been married for a year already. It went by so fast.

To celebrate my husband and I went to Philadelphia for the day. There's a restaurant there called Morimoto that we went to on our honeymoon, and we decided that we'd go back this year.

If you know my family at all, you probably know that we watch Food Network about as much as a normal family watches cartoons. On Food Network there is an awesome show called Iron Chef (not Iron Chef America-- that show is NOT awesome). It's this Japanese cooking show in which a handful of "iron chefs" compete against a challenger chef. They have 1 hour to make several dishes containing a surprise theme ingredient (usually something weird that I've never heard of) and then at the end they are judged by a panel of tasters to see who made the best dishes.

Our favorite iron chef is Iron Chef Japanese, Morimoto. A couple years ago I found out that he opened a restaurant in Phillie and ever since that moment I was dying to go there and try it out.So for our honeymoon, that's what we did! And it was well worth it. Everything about the restaurant was great. The food was amazing (all other seafood I eat anywhere else cant even begin to compare) and the restaurant decorations themselves are really cool. I'll post a picture of it, it's difficult to describe.

And this year for our anniversary we decided to go back. I think that means we've established a tradition (which I'm hoping that means we get to go back every year!) And the food was even better this time. We had steamed scallops for an appetizer... and they were by far the best scallops I've ever had. I mean they didnt even taste like what I thought scallops tasted like, no fishiness at all. They were so good that we considered getting a second helping after dessert (unfortunately we were too full by then). Then for our entrees we both got Chilean Sea Bass, which literally fell apart and dissolved in my mouth-- it was that delicate. Honestly the best meal I've ever eaten in my life. But I have to admit that after eating something that tastes SO good, it's probably going to be difficult to eat seafood at normal restaurants, and I certainly cant afford to eat at Morimotos everytime I want seafood. And finally for dessert my husband had chocolate pot de creme while I had an asian pear cooked in oolong tea with ginger ice cream. Again, it was phenomenal.

Ahh Morimotos... I cant wait for our 2 year anniversary!!


Morimoto's Restaurant Posted by Hello

6.10.2005

Recital

Ahh, Friday night. The work week is over. Well sorta over... not really for me though. Friday night's just arent as exciting when you have to work Saturday morning. Oh well.

I've been keeping busy. I had my first recital on Monday. It went really well. All the kids did a really great job. A few minor mistakes (to be expected), but nothing catastrophic and no one freaked out. About as good as I could have hoped for. I was really nervous going into it, mostly because I wasnt sure what to expect, especially since it was the first recital for pretty much all of my students. Of course I couldnt show that I was nervous because I didnt want my nervous energy spreading to anyone else. However, now that it's over I think it's safe for me to announce... I was nervous. But now I'm looking forward to the next recital, especially since it will be around Christmas time (which means lots of xmas music!)

Quote for the day (it came off my tea bag):

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

6.01.2005

survey

I volunteered to do this for Tom. I dont know many bloggers, so anyone else who comes across this is welcome to fill it out.

3 names I go by:
Jessica, Jess, Bebe

3 Screen-names I've had:
pianojess and fliper (only 2)

3 physical things I like about myself:
My hair, my eyes, and my hands

3 physical things I dislike about myself:
My back, my height (I wish I were about 2 inches shorter), and my arms

3 parts of my heritage:
Irish, German, and French

3 things I am wearing right now:
T-shirt, shorts, wedding ring

3 favorite bands / musical artists:
Hmm... Jars of Clay are my favorite, and 2 other ones i like (in no particular order) are: Beethoven, and Beastie Boys

3 (of many) favorite songs:
only 3??? Well I guess 3 good ones are: Something Beautiful by Jars of Clay, Sunken Cathedral by Claude Debussy, and Somewhere Beyond the Sea

3 things I want in a relationship:
honesty, love, and understanding

3 physical things about the preferred sex that appeal to me:
Eyes, mouth, body

3 of my favorite hobbies:
music theory/history, piano, cooking

3 things I want to do really badly right now:
get a haircut, go to the gym, sleep

3 things that scare me:
needles, being on the top floor of a tall building, and walking alone at night

3 of my everyday essentials:
orange juice, take the dog for a walk, clean

3 careers you have considered or are considering:
english teacher, piano teacher, being a professional student

3 places you want to go on vacation:
Germany, MoMA in NYC, anywhere in Europe

3 kids' names you like:
not sure yet

3 things you want to do before you die:
go to grad school, have a family, go cross country skiing again

3 ways I am stereotypically a boy:
i dont talk about my feelings much, i hate shoe shopping, and I dont like getting manicures/pedicures

3 ways I am stereotypically a girl:
I love musicals, I wear make up (and girly perfume), i cry easily