Gendron/Ivaldi play Debussy’s Cello Sonata.

The video above is a sublime interpretation of Debussy.  Wonderful way to begin the morning.  After the long week we’ve all just gone through, I thought something soothing and introspective was in order.  There is something about the cello that just pulls me inward, perhaps the mellow tones or the ache that you hear in the background in this piece in particular, I don’t know…but it is truly wonderful.  I hope everyone enjoys this one.

It was just what I needed today.  Isn’t it funny how you sometimes stumble onto something just when you need it most?

We have company coming over for dinner this evening, friends of ours who haven’t yet seen our home.  And I’m afraid I’ve gone into that fugue state that Mr. ReddHedd calls “beyond Martha Stewart batshit crazy.”  I’m not quite there yet, I swear, but I’m close after spending the afternoon straightening up the house and then determining that our off-white carpet needed to be shampooed due to one to many hits of the aging dachshund.  (She’s my baby and she has back issues, and the hand steamer only does so much.  What can I say?)

But in the light of morning, the clean carpet looks glorious, and the backache seems worthwhile.  The floral arrangement I threw together from a couple of take-away bouquets from the grocery store is also working for me.  But I am beginning to understand what my dear husband meant with his fugue state comments.

I swear, Sunday is going to be all about relaxing, hanging out with The Peanut, and finally getting around to organizing my iPod into nifty little music folders (mainly because I’m sick and tired of having to skip over Christmas carols while I’m on the treadmill).  And, as it happens, I have a $25 iTunes card that is burning a hole in my pocket, and I’m ready to use it on some new music.  Thought I’d reach out to everyone for some suggestions today.  I just know someone has a song out there that deserves a shot, and we can all have a little fun trading favorites.

So, what are you listening to and loving these days?  Something brand new?  An old favorite that you’ve rediscovered?  Something that makes your toes tap?  Your eyes weep?  Your heart ache?  Makes you sing with joy at the top of your lungs in the middle of the world’s worst traffic jam?  Do tell!  Pull up a chair…

PS — I don’t know why, but I find these latte art YouTubes really fascinating…who knew you could so so much with a little foam, some chocolate syrup and a tool or two. 

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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