Bright Spots

Well, pretty sure the magic of 2021 has all but disappeared. I don’t even know how to write about what happened last week. After watching the news nonstop for about 72 hours straight, I finally managed to not turn it on yesterday. But damn, it’s scary, shocking, disappointing, embarrassing, and just insane. I remember in 2016 when I was shocked and angry and scared about the future of our country, but, as someone posted on social media, when the Democrats lost in 2016, we knitted pink hats and donated to Planned Parenthood. Something to think about.

Anyway, I’m doing my best to stay informed, but not dwell on or be overwhelmed by what’s happening. And to look for the brights spots in my life. Maybe that means I’ll blog more? I’m not making any promises, but anything’s possible.

Some big news is that I’m going to be listing my house for sale! Yep, the place G and I bought together in 2013. The market is going crazy right now so if I can get the right price, I’ll sell. I don’t HAVE to sell so that’s nice, but I don’t want to miss out if it’s a good time. And yes, G is still living at the house, but he’s planning to buy a condo if I sell so no big deal. We’ve looked at TON of condos together so that’s been pretty fun. It also means that we’ve been getting the house ready, moving things around, etc. I replaced a giant table with this cute little table really opens the space up.

The BLM sign is printed on both sides so everyone can see it all the time! #winning #blacklivesmatter

I had Kennedy over for school on Monday (her first day back after winter break). She had to miss her PE class because we were meeting G to look at some condos so I made her get on the treadmill:

I told her she had to do a mile. Once she figured that out, she started cranking the speed up so it wouldn’t take as long. I just wanted a looooong break. Wishful thinking.

She also looked so effing cute that day I could hardly stand it.

I mean, SERIOUSLY?! She just kills me.

In less exciting, but very important news, I signed my updated will/trust documents on Wednesday. I had to go into the office to sign (all prior meetings were by phone or on Zoom) because you have to have witnesses, notary, all the things, but it was super safe. I knew my attorney has golden retrievers and that she sometimes brings them into the office so I asked her to bring them in that day. OMG, totally made my week and it was like one big emotional support/therapy session in there. I’m sure my attorney was like “WTF is wrong with this lady,” but I did not care at all. #ilovedogs

Along the lines of things that you need to do before you die, I also got this book:

I bought it on Amazon and it is so great! If you care about anyone who’s going to have to deal with your messed up life affairs after you’re gone, get a book like this! My goal is to complete it in the next few months, just by doing a page or two a day. It is simple, straightforward, and will be so helpful when you’re gone. It does not replace a will/trust, but it’s better than nothing and it’s less than $15!

There are places to add information about your job and boss’ contact information, social media passwords, where your address book is located (yes, I still have a paper address book and a check register!), where you have bank accounts, pet information, last words, personal wishes, loans, etc. – all the things you know about, but no one else does. I highly recommend getting something like this. Your family/friends will thank you. Seriously. I probably need to send one of these to everyone in my family – or die first.

Okay, enough about death for now, I found this incredible picture when I was at the house last week:

Love these girls so much!

So I’m looking for the bright spots and maybe that’s what 2021 is going to be all about for me.

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December!

Well, we made it to 2021 – HAPPY NEW YEAR! I love a new year. It gives me a chance to refresh, reevaluate, remember the sh*tshow of some past years, dream, hope and even plan a bit – or make plans to plan.

I’ll do another post about some of my 2021 goals later, but first, I have to share some adorable pics from December! I’m super happy to report that I completed the #25daysofholidaymusic on Instagram and Facebook. I learned some cool things along the way, too. (1) Practicing every day makes a difference! My fingers are back in practicing/playing condition and my sight reading is so much better than it’s been in years. (2) Recording a piece every day takes a lot of time. I only recorded one piece in advance (to post on Christmas) so I recorded every single other day. And I usually had to play each piece a million times until I was happy with it. As I progressed, I set up lighting, put on my eyebrows (super fancy), and moved the harp in front of the Christmas tree (and then back because that’s also directly in front of the tv). It took time, but I actually enjoyed it!

One of the best parts was including Kennedy, Kai and Kaz! Kennedy was with me one day for school and I thought it would be fun for her to sing along. She loves to sing, even just to herself (her mom and I do that as well). I picked out Frosty the Snowman, which was super cute, but neither of us knew the words! We spent the entire day saying the words over and over and over to each other (between her zoom classes) to practice.

I’m sure J loved it. Speaking of J, I asked him to record us. He took about a hundred pictures and got super serious about it.

I also got dressed in real clothes for the first time in months!

He even took behind the scenes pics too!

And yes, our tree needs to be about 10 feet taller next year.

Anyway, Ken and I had so much fun and the video was so damn cute that I decided to ask Kai and Kaz to join us for a couple of songs. I picked out Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. They all came over for a few hours on a Sunday and we did some major work…and watched Home Alone, which none of them had ever seen!

Again, J agreed to be our photographer and he took his job seriously. OMG, he made us pose for about a million pictures and if he didn’t like the recording, he would make us do it again. I thought the kids were going to meltdown.

It was totally worth it. We got some great pictures and many videos, and I got to spend some time with the kids, which has been pretty much nonexistent this year. They are all growing up so fast.

And that’s about it for December. J and I didn’t do anything for Christmas, but watch movies and eat. It was pretty much like any other weekend day, which was so weird. I was disappointed that J didn’t get me a few puppies for Christmas since that was all I asked for, but maybe this year…

Oh and I got this incredible meme from my friend Jeni:

I don’t know where it came from, but it brings me joy every day!

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25 Days of Holiday Music!

For probably the first time in over a year, I got dressed up, including hair, makeup and a dress! That was me on the night of RAPID‘s first birthday party. It was a virtual party and a lot fun. I was happy that I could still fit in that dress, although I would not have been comfortable at a real in-person party because I don’t think I could have sat down! LOL. #quarantine1000. Anyway, it was fun and a huge success! Thank you to anyone and everyone who donated, we raised over $9,000 and we’re really looking forward to 2021!

Let’s see, the next week was Thanksgiving and I decided to make it impossible to wear that dress in the near future because I ate about 400 pounds of carbs! The pumpkin bread was fun to make and the only festive part of the day:

We also had a couple of family zoom meetings and they always make me laugh. Uncle Daniel (click to see us in the kitchen together!), it was great to see you in your apron and it’s hilarious that Kai and Kaz just stare at us and rarely speak. #zoomisawkward

I forgot to take a picture of the 100 bowls of tots I ate, but I did post one to my Instagram stories (@the_marni):

I always had tots with my very good friends, Kristy and Steve, at happy hour, but it’s been a long time since we’ve met up. Thanks COVID. Still missing you Steve and Kristy!

All the carbs were absolutely delicious, but I was in a carb-coma for a good three days after that. It’s time for me to get my sh*t together. I feel like I’ve been saying that for 20 years 8 months.

The other night, J and I went for a walk and stopped by a store to look around. I found this:

My life. Every day.

Speaking of every day, I came up with this horrible incredible idea of #25daysofholidaymusic from December 1st through December 25th. What that means is that I will post a video of me playing a holiday piece on the harp every day for 25 days in a row. Today is day 6. I know, I’m already regretting it.

If you want to torture yourself or your loved ones, you can watch them on my Facebook and Instagram stories. I have also saved them in my Highlights on Instagram. My Instagram username is @the_marni. I have also posted and save some outtakes that are basically me just f*cking up the piece and swearing about it so that’s fun, holiday magic too! Sometimes I use crazy Instagram filters that make me look 20 years younger and kind of like a psycho.

That’s the update from here. Hope you and yours are well and please #wearaf*ckingmask.

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