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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Music and me...

I was driving today and listening to Abbey Road by the Beatles. It has to be one of my favorite albums of all time. That being said, I started thinking about how certain songs or albums represent a special time in my life.

Everybody has a favorite aunt, uncle or cousin when they are kids. Mine is my Aunt Sue. She is my mother's youngest sister. She was 12 when I was born and I have always loved her. She and her husband (who gave me away when I married Bob) always had this stack of albums. I can remember going through them when I was young. They had the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the 5th Dimension, ACDC, The Stray Cats and The Cars (the last two came a bit later). I can remember listening to albums by all of these bands at one time or another, but I will never forget looking at the cover for Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin and thinking that they must be really strange. When I hear Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones, I think of my Aunt and Uncle and how cool I thought they were when I was kid.

I never really started listening to music much on my own until I hit about 7th grade. The first album I bought on my own was Def Leppard's Pyromania. This band became my absolute favorites until late in high school. My friends probably thought I was crazy, but I really did not care, I was in love. Listening to them now (which does not happen that often) always makes me feel young and it is funny that I still know all of the lyrics despite how much time has past. They actually still tour, but for me they are part of my middle school and high school memories and I really want them to stay just the way I remembered them.

When I was a senior in high school I had many weekends spent out with friends, always under the influence. Many nights were spent playing quarters listening to ACDC and waiting for Headbangers Ball to come on MTV. We used to do a lot of driving around (never would do that now). One summer night I remember driving around with some friends and the album for the night was Aerosmith's Greatest Hits. Any time I hear that, I can feel the warm breeze on that summer night many summers ago.

I met Bob in early 1990. The one album that always comes to mind early in our relationship is Louder Than Love by Soundgarden. I learned a good deal about punk rock in those early days, but I think Bob learned a bit about classic rock music from me. Our musical tastes were very different, but we did manage to find out that we both loved the Beatles, so they were kind of common ground for us. The Beatles have been important for most of my life and when Bob and I were married the song that we chose to dance to was "Here, There and Everywhere" by the Beatles. Any time I hear that song, I think of our special day. Another song also makes me think of this day, but for another reason. Bob has always thought that Eric Clapton was an overrated musician and on the day of our wedding it was realized that we had not chosen a last song for us to dance to at the reception, so we basically told the DJ just to pick something nice and wouldn't you know it that he picked an Eric Clapton song (Wonderful Tonight). So now the irony of that song being chosen makes me think of Bob and our wedding.

When I was pregnant with Sophia I used to sit at my desk at work in the morning, eat my breakfast and play Abbey Road. Sophia used to start to move around when she heard the music. We used to play music for her each night before she was born and on the day she was born we played Abbey Road for her and I think she recognized it. She likes to listen to it now to hear Octopus's Garden.

I am not really listening to much new music these days, Bob does, but for me it is not that important. I hope that this is not a sign that I am getting old. I think that certain music will always be important to me and I hope that when a special musical moment in time happens, I don't fail to recognize it. Maybe as Sophia gets older, I will recogize special times through what she is listening to. Only time will tell.

Cherish each moment.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Some pictures finally...

I have been promising for some time to post some pictures of Sophia, so the time has finally arrived. I have some good ones to show you.

We went to the Fairie Festival in Glen Rock, PA on May 5. It was a pretty fun time and Sophia had a blast. As you will see she wore a costume as many people do and in my opinion, she was the cutest fairie there that day. The property where the festival takes place is this natural beauty that is an organic farm the rest of the year. Bob was not able to go this year, but will go next year when we have two little fairies to take.

We went to Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore a few weekends ago. We make a yearly pilgramage there to take picutes of Sophia when the flowers are in bloom. Here is my favorite picture from this year.

We also recently got Sophia a pair of boots to go puddle jumping in. Behind our house is a large commom area with a dry pond. When it rains the pond fills with water. Sophia and Bob decided to take an adventure during a recent rain storm. To me, Sophia even looks beautiful when it rains!

For me personally, I have felt so sick the last few weeks that I have not felt like doing much. Everybody keeps saying that this baby must be a boy, since I never felt sick with Sophia. I keep thinking that I only should have a few more weeks of morning sickness, since I will finally be in my second trimester. By the way, here is a picture of my early sonogram. So far everything seems to be going good with this pregnancy.

Over the weekend, we had a surprise 40th Anniversary party for Bob's parents. It was a big success and they were totally shocked. They were still talking about the party yesterday. We had been planning this day for about a year and it was wonderful to see that our planning turned out so well. I love to throw a party, but hate the stress that it causes, so I was glad when the party was over. I was so tired that I was in bed by 10:00.

We celebrated Mother's Day at Bob's parents. It was a nice and relaxing day, which was nice, since I still needed to recover from the party the day before. Bob and Sophia got me a new pair of Birkenstocks and Bob and his father made my mother-in-law and me dinner. It was very good, but as usual lately, I felt sick after eating.

Yesterday was our 13th wedding anniversary. Thirteen years seems like such a long time, but it seems like only yesterday was our wedding day. Boy have we changed alot since them.

I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to write. I hope that it was worth the wait.

Take care of yourselves.