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Monday, February 3, 2014

...and a valuable lesson was learned

Heeyyyy friends! Well, it has obviously been a while since I've written anything here. I'll try to get through this catchup business so we can get to the good stuff like concerts I've been to, musings about teaching yoga and other stuff that's been on my mind lately.

Before we go any further though can I just say, this winter is straight up ridiculous. It's either -30 or snowing...there is no middle ground here. 

Also I broke my car about a week and a half ago...and by 'I broke it' I actually mean 'dude ran a stop sign right in front of me and I couldn't stop in time' my lovely little Honda is now in the body shop, sans front bumper. Thankfully no one was hurt, and my stop sign-running friend was actually a decent human being who stopped to make sure I was OK, exchanged insurance info with me, and hopefully learned a valuable lesson about traffic laws. 

I did drive away, and went straight to my favorite yoga class. Good times. [Sidebar - it's possible that I should not have actually driven away nor should I have driven to the body shop a couple of days later. Dennis (the shop owner) gave me the extreme side eye and was like 'yeah...this is borderline driveable...' ) but you know, everyone is alive and OK so all's well that ends well]

In a related story, Facebook has identified the following as the defining moments of my life in 2013:

That last one is probably the most representative of my life

Here's a little somethin somethin from my Weather Puppy app. This basset hound is not pleased about the -41 windchill, and neither am I.

Nope. Do not want
A couple of weeks ago, I volunteered selling tickets for the Minneosta Bach Ensemble's winter concert which was fun times. MBE was founded last year by my former choir director (he left us to move to Boston...le sad), another former choir colleague and friend is the managing director and I know most of the musicians and soloists so I always enjoy working with them. At one point, we ran out of tickets so I started tearing up small pieces of paper and writing 'ticket' on them. Profesh.

Real tickets

Also real tickets?
That same night, I went to Hilary Hahn and Haushka's concert at Aria in Minneapolis. Aria is in the former Theatre de la Jeune Leune space in the warehouse district, and I hadn't been there since it was Jeune Lenue so it was fun to see a classical concert there. Well, classical-ish. New classical. Hauschka plays a prepared piano, which I will link to a video of in case you haven't seen this. You's awesome. He also de-prepared his piano towards the end of the night and just started tossing the random objects all over the stage - fascinating and hilarious at the same time. And to top it off, the show was almost entirely improvised.

These two have an album together, Silfra, which is gorgeous and atmospheric and I definitely recommend checking it out.

Hilary Hahn and Hauschka at Aria

Last Sunday we went to Piccolo for Ben's birthday - Piccolo does very creative preparations and small plates, and it's one of our favorite spots in MSP. We shared roast carrots with fennel and bleu cheese (pictured below), lamb loin with brown butter gnocchi and mushrooms, and an oxtail terrine...and a buttermilk panna cotta for dessert which was heavenly. Favorite dessert of 2014 so far.


And for good measure, here's what my car looked like after Thursday night's incident. Stop signs are not a joke, friends.

Well that's all I've got for tonight! Time to 


  1. oh no! so glad to hear you are ok though...super scary stuff! also, ticket? seriously?! legit haha. that dish looks so tasty and reminds me of a style of restaurant that does gastronomy stuff here in pgh called 'cure' if you ever come here, let me know! it's a festival for the mouth!

    1. Wow, I totally thought I responded to this a long time ago but I guess it never posted!! The accident was super happened so fast, but kind of in slow motion at the same time?? And for a few seconds I was like "wait...did that just happen?!" I'm just so thankful that everyone was OK.

      'cure' sounds delish...and actually my husband loves Pittsburgh and we are both secret Pirates fans, so it's definitely not out of the realm of possibility that we would swing on a future baseball road trip!

  2. It's great that you were unhurt in that accident! Well, it may have been fine that time, but perhaps in something like this happens again, it's better to drive it immediately to the mechanic. There could be oil leaks and engine damage, aside from the external damage. Better to have it in the shop ASAP, than have it conk out later on. Let's just hope it doesn't come into that! Take care!

    Jaime Mcgee @ Michael's Auto Body of Castle Rock


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