Pulling out the roadie equipment for this weekend’s benefit concert!

The Kia's got a full tank of gas? Check. #SheTeen's dress is already at the dry cleaners? Transportation schedules coordinated between the two co-parent taxis for rehearsals this week? Check and check. And just why are we moving into performance mindsets already - well before school starts/band rehearsals kick in? Well - there's a Big Benefit this weekend for the American Music Program. With any luck, the monies raised will help offset the travel expenses that go along with the ambitious national competition plan already laid out for the band this year. We already have Esperanza Spalding on board, no less. AMP alumna Spalding loves to support the efforts of her [Read more...]

Betsy’s stuffed zucchini canoes

I received the baseball-bat zucchini below as a 'gift' from a co-worker, who is inundated with zucchini these days. I took it with me to #MrWhimGrin's house last weekend and made the casserole below. Then, my friend @StephStricklen talked about the 3 'toddler-sized' zucchini she'd been gifted with last night on Twitter. I sent her my recipe in 140c bursts, but thought it needed deeper notarization - a point that #MrWhimGrin agreed with, as both he and his friends (who got the other canoe we made Saturday night) want the recipe as well! As is usual for me, I'm not going to get proportions accurate here. Go with what sounds good to you! I also believe this was originally [Read more...]

“Hey, lady? I almost killed your kid yesterday…”

The little boy had to be 5 years old. Maybe 6. He was clearly all excited about riding his 'big boy' bicycle. He had his helmet on, and a big ear-splitting grin on his face. I remember seeing that grin - that helmet - as he went rocketing down his driveway and out into the road in front of me. Missing my car by, oh, a foot. Maybe two. I slammed on my brakes (easy to do - I was only going maybe 20 mph on SE Stark at the time). Watched as he made it to the other side of the road, so very proud of himself for going as fast as he was going. Without! Falling! Over! And then I sat there, shaking uncontrollably for the next few minutes. His mom? (Or so I presume, [Read more...]

Life is: Messy. I am: OK with that. Who knew?

Sure, friends know that there's all kinds of Stuff going on with me right now. And yes, I've talked about some level of it on this blog, or on Twitter. (Some might say in a completely TMI way, but hey - it's what I apparently do...) But that's still not the whole story. In one window? I'm getting medical updates, hearing how well the DVD I sent was received & tentatively planning a trip back to Michigan to see my father, probably for the last time. On the other screen? Am scrambling to stay ahead of a crazy-busy schedule at the office. Or manage an equally busy household, which included a birthday celebration for my now-19-year old son (yes, REALLY. I [Read more...]

Green light to get back on the horse!

Saw my new physical therapist yesterday to more thoroughly evaluate the issues I've been having post-auto-accident. It was mostly good news, coupled with exactly what I'd expected (AKA, the 'not so good news' part). He likes the exercises I've been doing already to deal with what's been going on (the nightly yoga + foam rolling work, for example), says I can resume #whimstrolls in a careful way - plus I can go back to the gym & pick up a weight or two, hooray! All in all, I'm instinctively on the right track already, he says. Of course, he gave me a few additional exercises to add to the nightly yoga routine every night to focus in on the problems he was able to verify [Read more...]