Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Living inside a snow globe

The snow was actually quite beautiful today. It came down fairly softly (although at times the flakes felt a bit more like pellets) and consistently all afternoon, blanketing the city with about an inch or so.

Tonight, though, it's supposed to turn to sleet and then to heavy rain through Wednesday.

The weather makes it tempting to just stay inside and (for Mary, anyway) play the piano. She's trying to get back into practice after not touching a piano for abou 15 months. Her newest project is Chopin's Nocturne in e (minor), Op. 72, No. 1. You can listen to an excerpt played by the great Artur Rubinstein here: http://www.amazon.com/Artur-Rubinstein-Chopin-Collection-Nocturnes/dp/B000003ENY. Click on "listen to samples" and scroll down to the bottom of the list, to #19.

She continues to knit, too. By now, she has complete several projects for Rachel: 2 scarves, 2 sets of simple wristwarmers, and a bandana-like scarf (imagine a large knitted triangle). She also made a hat, although it didn't quite turn out the way she'd hoped--so it is relegated to trips to the corner store only. But hey, you gotta learn, right? More hats, scarves and other fun things are on the horizon, and her goal is to knit a larger piece of clothing, like a vest or simple sweater, before the end of 2008.

Jeff is losing a couple of biking days due to weather, but no doubt he'll still feel in tip-top shape for his Tour of California leg this weekend. Go, Jeff!

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