Sunday, October 12, 2014

Currently: with 2

I just saw my girl Hannah at Joyful Life posted a currently, and is now hosting the linkup!  Hannah, talk about needing to get a blogging butt in gear!  I am so behind.  If I had $5 for every draft I've started since moving North, and not posted, I would be in the market for a good deal on my dream-boot, Fryes.  Let's give ourselves a break though, we have two babies keeping our hands full (everyday, without one doubt, there is someone to remind me how very full my hands are).

Thanks for the prompts to keep me on task here:

Thinking: about how,as James put it, the "rest of the world" lives. We just moved into an apartment out of a trailer.  We wanted to live in town, for proximity to things we like to do, like trails and parks and libraries.  But, we are also trying to save to buy our own house.  So, we were looking at low-rent options, and our other close competitor was a spacious, quirky, retro house in the middle of a trailer court.  Across from a cemetery.  There was little sleep as I worried over where we lived, as there are trade-offs for everything.  At one complex I dropped an application to, the owner/manager said, "you know what I say, if it's meant to be, it falls into place." This apartment by the water fell into place and I am all sorts of thankful! 

Let's say there are some sweet perks, but some things I might try and ignore, like more junk than I'd like and cigarette smoke.  Much of the world lives with violence and hunger, and I worry about a sweet scores on Craigslist, minimizing clutter and adhering to a nap schedule.  

It's important to keep those things in perspective, as the privileged individuals we are in this country.  Important to give thanks!  

Making: a new home.  Really, home is wherever my love & girls are, but this flat is our place until Spring.  Maybe if I get my act together, I'll share some pictures once we're settled.  Its pretty cute, but MAYBE.  

Anticipating: our trip to the Northwest for a November Holiday Celebration!  Love to plan ahead for travel (so many first-world-privileges, I feel spoiled).  

Also, Halloween!  Still brainstorming costumes for the girls... So far Josey's been an elephant & a minion.  This year, she might actually get Halloween a bit more.  Love how much she talks & asserts herself in this world.  Feel pretty darned lucky to be in this life with the one-of-a-kind Josey James!

Wearing: Eliza May.  

Actually, I went for a lovely walk with Eliza May this afternoon, chatted on the phone with a certain special birthday girl, and this boutique, who was having a huge moving sale just drew me in!  I was nervous about trying on my items because she was comfy in the Ergo, and I wasn't going to be like- "Hey, lovely French boutique-designer/owner, will you please just hold my baby while I change out of my sweats into your beautiful clothes?"   Fortunately, the sweet lady offered me this adorable bag, which unfolds into a play-mat for baby, and I was able to try on some gems, which I'm so excited to add to my pre-baby wardrobe (which has been packed in bins for months and months).  Yay for fashion! 

Thankful for:

A roof, a bank account, clothes and ample smiles, giggles, songs and colors. All of them!

Thinking of our Canadian loves as they celebrate Thanksgiving.  Need to get our minis to our Northern neighbor, soon!  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

... The place that chooses you

Canadian Radio gave me a nice reminder the other night.  In the car with laptop in tow, one babe left snug in bed and the other left mid-lull with Daddy.  Moments of true solace are so few & far between these days with 7 roommates, tourists, and a steady stream of visitors.  

So, the solo drive for some coveted "smartphone"service turned into a stop to reflect at the Sherburne Dam while listening to The Road Home -a beautiful program on CKUA.  the DJ-host shares music, poetry, and sounds from his home in the country.  He is living his dream, and I realize I am living a dream, too.  

Not once, as pianist/housekeeper/server/Heidi's employee/Hootenannigan in 2005, 2006, 2008, or 2009 did I ever think I'd be living here with children.  I mourned the end of my time as summer pianist and took action to have the position filled by a talented & spirited friend.  The splendor of these mountains, the history in the Grand Hotel, the legacy of Mr. Tippet, falling in love here- all etched a permanent print on my life, and ultimately I can't & won't stay away.  

So, who am I, here and now?  A mother of two who "used to be" someone else?  A tired "has been"?  Sometimes, I turn a envious green hearing of roommates' fun, late nights & epic hikes. My experience here now is complete with diaper blowouts and tantrums on the trail!  (and of course the sweetest smiles & new discoveries...)   Like most who have graced this place, I hold so many times here near and dear.  Summers of friendships and adventures not to be forgotten.  

Beyond the unique vegetation & geology, the unforgettable landscape, scents & tastes, this place has an incredible history of musicians entertaining guests here.  James & I are performers in a whole different way these days, our family on "stage" each Sunday, my children an adorable part of so many vacations.  Still playing duets & group numbers, trying to hold the Hootenanny together during the transition from Glacier Park, Inc. to Xanterra.

The time to finish a thought on a screen or a paper is fleeting.  My desire to document this life in a new way has become my focus, and my creative work focus has become the musical tradition at Many Glacier Hotel.  I posted earlier about my desire to create a documentary on the Showplace of the Rockies.  While few would deny that it's a great idea, no one will say that it'll be easy.  

The affirmation- "shoot for the moon" rings in my ears, and a favorite performance from a past Hoot, with the talented singer/fiddler/mandolin serenader- "Moonriver" swoons me on.  My babies have become the most important thing to me, and oftentimes I feel that continuing Music at Many Glacier has been an uphill battle.  The notion of the "golden years" is almost annoying to me at times, while I love and treasure the history, I want music as a cornerstone of each Hotel guest's experience.  I can't do it all, and I've become better at going with the flow now that I have two.

I'm not returning to Florence to teach this Fall, and it's a strange feeling.  No lesson planning, no warmups, no repertoire.  I feel a twinge of guilt, leaving the students I care so much about, leaving the program I worked so hard to build.  Yet, there was a part of me that wasn't meant to be there anymore, and I have to accept that.  I also can accept that the teacher taking over for me is fully competent and will do an amazing job (maybe a twinge of jealousy mixed in there).  So.  September at Many Glacier.

The impression, the quote I took away from that night with The Road Home: "When the place you choose as home chooses you."  I guess that's happened, and I couldn't feel more lucky, challenged, and... home.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Update from Many Glacier

A friend recently asked me why I haven't posted here lately!  I was hoping that no one noticed.  Truth is, blogging is very different without service, I learned that here last summer.  Plus, life is busier with two- especially in a full house with constant visitors!  

Summer is rolling right along, tourist season in full swing, our fourth Hootenanny was this week- lots of talent including both our little girls who sat with me at the piano.  Every Sunday at 6:30!  It's amazing to think how many Hoots I've played in, coordinated, experienced since 2006.  Boat Co Family in the audience, visitors & employees beaming as they get a break from the norm to listen to sweet music.

Much of my mental efforts have been to document this tradition- to make a film.  I'm working on synthesizing my plan- opening my mouth & talking about it- and setting the wheels in motion.  Gathering archives, planning interview, and anticipating next year's main event:

For all participants of the MGH Hootenanny at any time: we are having a reunion next summer- July 31-Aug 2.  Spread the word, mark your calendar!   More info forthcoming!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mtn Mama: two in July

Watermelon dribbles
Lotsa bug bites
Chipped polish

Treefrog earns
More love from our
Rollercoaster of toddler emotions

Patience is stretching, 
As my no's become certain, 
My yes' plentiful

Still, there are many things to fear:
Whipping winds, the drier buzzer, cars.
"Always safe by momma."

Adventure everyday and
my hands are full, 
my heart's spilling over

Every experience 
Twice as wonderful 
As it already was


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