Summer Concert

Last night the boyfriend and I went to the National Cathedral to hear the Turtle Island Quartet preform many songs from their new CD “A Love Supreme” The Music of John Coltrane. We loved the music they preformed. Many of the pieces we recognized and found ourselves tapping our feet. This quartet has been around since the late 70's and have a couple of CD's out. You can find them on Turtle Island Quartet - A Love Supreme - The Legacy of John Coltrane. Besides the beautiful music, a couple of them are quite cute…especially the second one from the left. Isn't he cute? Anyway, our Summer Concerts are turning out to be wonderful and we look forward to the others we have planned later this summer.

iPhone

In case you've been living under a rock or something, the iPhone will be released today. I don't know how you could not know about it. It's been on every news program this week and all over the web.

As a huge Apple fan I would love to have one of these phones. There are 4 Apple Stores within a short distance of where I live. I could go and get in line to be one of the first but I won't be doing that. I love all the features of the phone but I simply can't justify buying it.

I hardly use my cell phone now. It stays off most of the time. I only use it to call the boyfriend or call my voice mail to get my messages. My current cell phone service isn't up until January. Even when that time comes around I don't think I'll be getting the iPhone. Plus, if I did the boyfriend would require I take him out to dinner for a meal that costs close to the same amount an iPhone would cost.

Besides the fact that I barely use my cell phone, and the fact that my current cell phone service doesn't expire until January, I really can't afford the iPhone. The plans they have set out aren't that expensive but it's the cost of the phone that is too high. I got my kitchen renovated this year, just had laminate floors put in, and have other priorities for my money so I can't afford the iPhone.

Now, of course if anyone out there would like to buy the iPhone for me, I'll have the 8gig model, please. I'll take care of activation and the service plan. I'll be happy to send you my P.O. Box address so you can send it my way. Thanks!

Check Up

I had my six month check up this morning and guess what? No cavities! I get to keep me teeth for another six months. Yah! I hate going to the dentist so when I get a good check up I get excited. Well, not that kind of excited but I my dentist is cute.

After Installation

The floor installation was finished last evening. I've spent more than 24 hours vacuuming up all the dust. Man, they created a lot of dust. I had to change the AC filter. It was clogged with dust. I got almost all the furniture put back on my own and my wonderful boyfriend came over to help me with the heavy pieces and then we had lunch. So the house is back to normal for a few weeks. Once the boyfriend leaves for his vacation, I'll be painting the living room, dining room, and hallway. Here's what the living room looks like now with the new floors and the new carpet.

Floors Being Installed

Right now as I type this my laminate floors are being installed in my living room, dining room, and hallway. So far they look really good. The process is moving along a little faster than I thought it would. Of course this could slow down once they get to the hall way and they have to make a lot of cuts. Here's a picture.

Summer Concert

Last night the boyfriend and I went back to Wolf Trap to see Celtic Woman. I thought the music was beautiful. The singing was fine but the music was better. We both thought some of the songs they sang were very Disneyized. The guys in the production were hot of course. This was probably the most attended concert we've been to at Wolf Trap. We were surprised a bit at the amount of people. Of course that made for a crowded lawn area and lots of time sitting in the car when the concert was over. Overall we had a very nice time enjoying the music, our picnic dinner and some nice wine.

Summer Concert

Last night the boyfriend and I went to Wolf Trap Center for The Performing Arts to see Cesaria Evora. The weather was perfect. It was in the high 70's with a cool breeze. We brought a delicious picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn while listening the music. We picked a nice spot and spread out our picnic items. We teased that we need to have a show about teaching people how to create the right picnic. We have little wine glass holders that you stick in the ground. People always ask us where we got them.

Cesaria Evora is a native of Cape Verde and is famous as the island's top performer of Morna, a mix of West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties. We didn't understand a word of what she was singing but enjoyed the music. Everyone around us was enjoying the music as well. We had a very butch lesbian couple sitting next to us. We really had a nice time listening the music, eating our picnic dinner, and enjoying some fine wines.

Our next concert is on Sunday. We'll be seeing the Celtic Woman.

Happy Summer Solstice

Today at 2:06 summer began. We will have lots of daylight today… like almost 15 hours. Yesterday the boyfriend and I went to the National Cathedral to have dinner at the Bishop's Garden and to hear Chris Brubeck's Triple Play. He's the son of famous jazz musician Dave Brubeck. We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the music. It was a great way to begin our summer concert series. We have several concerts scheduled for this summer.

The boyfriend enjoying a glass of wine.

Look at that double chin.

Area Rugs

Next week I'm getting laminate floors installed in my living room, dining room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. Since I'm in a high rise condo, I have to have 70% of my floors covered with sound deadening material. Because of this, I ordered some carpets from Pottery Barn. They arrived today. I told Homer about this and he says I have to post pictures of the carpets I selected. I might have spent too much on them. Oh well, you only live once. Here are pictures of the carpets I selected. Of course I stole them from the Pottery Barn website. The one on the left will be in the dining room and the one on the right will be in the living room. Once the floors are done and the carpets are down I'll take a picture.

About Time

“Federal Court Rules in Favor of Enemy Combatant”

It's about time federal courts started ruling against the Bush administration. According to the Washington Post article*: “A federal appeals court today ruled that President Bush cannot indefinitely imprison a U.S. resident on suspicion alone, and ordered the government to either charge Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri with his alleged terrorist crimes in a civilian court or release him.” Hopefully this is just the first of many rulings against the Bush administration. He needs to stop stepping on the constitution and thinking he's all that and a bag of chips.

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Change Your Focus

I can not tell you how sick I am of hearing about Paris Hilton and her being in and out of jail. Why do people focus so much on topics like this? What about how congress has let us down with the war issues? What about how Bush is killing this country? It is time for people to change their focus and concentrate on what is really important in this country. Are people even aware of what's going on? Or are they just lemmings?

Missing Snuggles

The boyfriend's family has been in town since last Thursday. They will be here until next Thursday. Because of this the boyfriend and I didn't get to be together this weekend. We did get together with his family to go to a winery and enjoy a nice lunch. But we weren't able to be together alone or spend the night together. This is often difficult for me because I've grown used to sleeping with him on the weekends. When we sleep together we snuggle all night. I know that might be odd for some of you but we do. Either I snuggle him or he snuggles me all night. When we are apart during the week, I often have trouble sleeping because of not feeling his body next to mine. This past weekend I really had a hard time sleeping because we weren't in bed together. While I enjoy spending time with his family, I prefer spending time with him. I miss our snuggling.


This is one of my favorite pictures of the boyfriend.

Like Minded People

This morning I went to Whole Foods to pick up some items for a picnic with the boyfriend and his family, who are in town for a few days. When I drove into the parking lot in my Honda Civic Hybrid, the odometer changed over to 10,000 miles. My car will be a year old later this month. I was pleased to see that in a year's time I drove less than the national average for miles per year, which is 12,000.

After noticing my odometer changing, I noticed there were a lot of small cars and hybrids in the Whole Foods parking lot. Is it safe to say that people who shop at Whole Foods are more environmentally conscience? Not only were the shoppers driving fuel efficient cars, they were also carrying their own shopping bags. These people bring their own bags in the store and carry their groceries out in their own bags to help save on plastic in the environment and from cutting down more trees to make paper bags.

I don't know why I noticed these things but I thought it was interesting to see people who are environmentally conscience all shopping at the same place. I'm sure there are the same type of people shopping at Trader Joe's too. I just happened to notice it at Whole Foods.

June First

It's the beginning of a new month. When this happens I have to remember to go around my house and turn all the calendars to the new month. I forgot this last month and one of my calendars stayed on April for the majority of May.

This is also the beginning of hurricane season. We always hear how bad the season is going to be. They told us last year there would be lots of hurricanes but that didn't happen. How much can we believe them this year? I think we'll just have to see how it turns out. There is already a tropical storm in the gulf. Maybe they'll be closer to their predictions this year.

At this time of the year I think about the end of the school year coming. Looking at the calendar and seeing the whole month at a glance makes it easier to see the end of another school year. I'm finishing my 20th year of teaching in just over 2 weeks. I can't wait. I enjoy the summers so much. Once the summer begins, it ends so quickly. The summers just fly by. The warmer temperatures and the longer days already make me think summer is here. I'm so ready to relax this summer.

Happy 43rd Birthday To Me

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today is my 43rd birthday. I had a wonderful birthday weekend with the boyfriend. He made it so special and made me feel so special. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

Birthday lunch at my mother's house on Monday.

Birthday dinner with our friend Michael on Friday evening.

The cake the boyfriend bought me on Friday.

The boyfriend being silly on Friday night.