dueling fiddles and pakistani rugs......
I have been in touch with the violin teacher at the local community college now. She is going to work with me starting in January. It is classical violin, so quite a change from what I have been doing. I am excited. I am also looking into joining the DuPage Chorale class, as it is non-audition and I think might be a nice way to meet some people and be a part of making some beautiful music. They do mainly classical vocal pieces - which I loved doing when I was in high school. I will get credit for both things towards the AFA. I am excited that this process of starting an AFA is rolling. Now, I just have to figure out how the hell I am going to pay for it. hmm. This is the hard part.
Last night we finally tracked down the movie Strangers on a Train. The classic Hitchcock film has been quite elusive since I have been looking to watch it. We went to 4 different video stores by the time we found it. It was pretty good - though the end with the out of control merry-go-round was a bit much. I was like !&^#!@&^%#^%$??? what?? This is ridiculous! Tonight is Crispin Glover! WOO!
Went to church this morning and they had a guest from a fair trade organization that works with Mennonite Churches in the USA and villages in Pakistan, offering the most beautiful rugs, I have ever seen, at fair trade prices. This fair trade model supports artisans, families and villages in Pakistan. They are also working on a project, where the earthquake a couple years ago devistated countless villages in the mountains. This project through Ten Thousand Villages and MCC is helping villages to rebuild and create sustainable living conditions in a very harsh, and still unsteady, environment It was really wonderful to hear about the work they are doing, and see the photos. I would LOVE to be able to buy one of those rugs - but they are very expensive, and justly so. One rug can take a number of people 4-6 months to complete!! Some have 1200 knots of yarn per inch! They are absolutely exquisite!! Someday I hope to be able to have one, and have it passed down through the family.
Speaking of passed down - my mom is preparing to move from St. Louis to rural New York for her retirement. While her selling the house I have lived in for a good half of my life is going to be sad, I know she is making the right move and her new life in New York promises to be peaceful and abundant. She is planning on getting rid of most of her posessions and has said, "anything you want? let me know...." Well, the desk that belonged to my great grandfather is amazing, and I don't want that to leave the family. So, I will likely hold on to that. But, I am hoping she will let us have her piano. It is a lovely upright and would be such a joy to have in our apartment. Ok, so we don't have room....we'd MAKE room!! The cost of getting it here could be a lot - so it might not happen.....but? fingers crossed...... :)
Alright - clean.....read.....violin.....and then off to the city to pick up my pal and see Crispin! yes!!