-1- Postal Service
Postal Service reunited for my birthday! Okay, maybe not for my birthday, but they got back together for the ten year anniversary of their album and just so happened to play in my town on my birthday. I'll take credit. To be honest I wasn't really that familiar with their music. I knew Great Heights, which was on the Garden State soundtrack and has been covered several times, and I'd heard a couple of other songs in passing, but I was not a devotee of this band in particular. I am, however, a HUGE fan of the lovely Jenny Lewis, whose solo work and vocals for Rilo Kiley make my heart sing along. So, it was very cool to see her rocking out in celebration of this project. She played (among other things) guitar, drums, and harmonica; and of course, her vocals didn't disappoint. Is there anything this woman can't do? Any of her musical work is worth checking out!
-2- Me with my new love
I've been longing for a ukulele for ages, and my handsome husband surprised me with a little uke of my very own for my birthday. It's a beautiful Cordoba and everything about it makes me happy. It fits my hands perfectly, I love the warm resonance of the entire instrument when I strum, and it has proved really simple to learn. Granted I am no Jake Shimabukuro (and probably never shall be), but it's both fun and soothing, and I positively love spending my free time picking away and adding new tunes to my repertoire. My current favorite is Carulli's Andante. Just lovely.
-3- My new hues
I love art. I'm a fan of ink, charcoal, oil pastels, and settling in to a good, old fashioned coloring book with the girls. The one medium that I've really never taken to is paint. Most of my experience involves water colors, the results of which were just this side of abysmal, so while I deeply enjoy others' paintings, I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't be creating any of my own. But then I went to that fantastic Art & Wine Night, and discovered acrylic paint! It forgives a multitude of artistic incompetencies (of which I have plenty), so you can actually play around and still have a chance of coming away with something that you might actually admit to creating. My mother-in-law was sweet enough to give me a nice little starter set of supplies, so I'm planning some works of (good enough) art this summer!
My "Starry Night"-inspired creation
Another of my loves is photography. While I'm perfectly smitten with my Nikon d70s SLR and its various lenses, I'm more often than not capturing the day to day stuff with my iPhone. There are several photo related apps that I use and enjoy, but this past weekend, I discovered ColorSplash. It allows you to quickly and easily turn your pics into eye-catching black and whites with a (imagine that!) SPLASH of color! After opening a photo of your choice in the app, it is immediately converted to black and white. Then, just like a coloring book (my favorite!), you simply use your finger to "color in" the part that you want restored. They make it very easy, and there is a great tutorial upon first opening the app. If you are a fan of photos and filters, then I completely recommend taking things to the next level and adding this app to your arsenal!
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
I've just re-started this book. I read the majority of this a while back and was really enjoying it, but first illness and then the simple business of life (and distractions of other books) interrupted things. I decided it deserved the time it would take to re-read the beginning. Once again I find myself enamored with the writing of Eric Metaxas. He truly has a gift for telling a good story. The best part about his story is that it is true! Bonhoeffer, the author of The Cost of Discipleship (a great read in itself), was a quite brilliant theologian and a truly heroic man during one of history's darkest periods. I hope to have a fully fleshed out review when I finally complete this work, but so far, it has been well worth the read!
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