Posts Tagged ‘Michael Fitts’

I’m so glad to finally be able to say that May Music Madness is on!!! May Music Madness (or MMM as we like to call it) is an event that my co-workers and I brainstormed a few weeks ago and have been working hard to get off the ground. Yesterday, Heinz Musitronics signed on as our presenting sponsor, which means we are officially a go!

The event is going to be a showcase of the best high school talent in Charlottesville with a battle of the bands portion and our annual cd release party combined in one incredible evening. My great friend, Mike Fitts (remember him from this post?), designed a logo for us, and his fantastic design has set the feeling and momentum for the entire event.

As we have more details, we’ll post them on facebook and the MRC web site… and you know I’ll post them here!



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“Update on the Homefront”— I thought this name would be appropriate for today’s post given that I was sick for the better part of last week, so almost everything that I’ve done recently that I have to update you on has revolved around the house.

Being the nerd that I am and wanting everything to be perfect for you, my anonymous readers, I decided to dictionary.com “homefront” to make sure that it was one word and not two or two hyphenated. It turns out “homefront” is one word and its definition, apparently, is even more perfect for this post than I realized. Here’s what dictionary.com says: homefrontthe civilian sector of a nation at war when its armed forces are in combat abroad.

I almost laughed out loud (or LOL’ed, if you prefer) when I saw this because that’s exactly how I felt on two levels this past week. First, Ryan was gone for the latter part of the week for business and, as I’ve blogged before in this blog, when he’s gone, it always seems to feel like he’s out fighting the battles (battles… over cocktails in posh hotels) and I’m at home holding down the fort. Secondly, I felt like my body was kind of like a homefront. You know that feeling when you’re sick where you feel completely hopeless and miserable in your shell of a body and any intelligence/ strength/ faculty you have has left you to fight whatever it is that’s attacking your body? That was me, a big ol’ homefront.

Anyway, I’m feeling much better now and have great news to share. First, I haven’t killed my orchid! I know, I know, you’ve been dying to see pictures of a plant growing. But, look! Five blooms on each side— 10 all together! I’m on a roll!

More good news. Do you guys get a Dominion Home Energy report? It’s a report that Dominion sends out every two months to let you know how you compare (energy consumption-wise) to your neighbors. Well, ever since we got our first report (I believe we were ranked 17/100), it has been Ryan’s goal to become #1 in lowest energy consumption (amongst neighbors of occupied apartments or condos of similar size, that is). Well, on Saturday we got the news… we… are … #2.

While this is good news, Ryan and I are beside ourselves… who could be more energy efficient than us? We use compact flourescent bulbs (from the Blue Ridge Eco Shop), we generally don’t use lights during the day, we turn off our lights when we’re not home… who could be beating us? So, next time you want to do something with us, I hope you’re prepared to sit around and talk in the dark because we definitely won’t be turning on any lights or watching TV this fall. We won’t stop ’til we’re #1!

Last, you might remember a little art project that Rachel and I did a few months ago. Well, I finally got around to finishing/ hanging mine.

It’s no Mike Fitts, but it does take up some gaping white space on my wall, so I’m happy it’s finally there.

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It’s been a little busy lately so I haven’t had the time to update the blog as much as I’d like. But, there have been a ton of great things going on recently that I want to share.

First things first. After several months of volunteering at the Music Resource Center, I’ve been offered a staff position at the Center and I’ve accepted and am starting next week. The MRC is a non-profit music after school program in Charlottesville. It’s open to middle school and high school students and its goal is to assist kids in learning any aspect of music performance or production that they might be interested in. In addition to teaching lessons and working with the students, I’ll be helping the MRC with some of their administrative, organizational and event planning needs. I’m really excited to have an opportunity where I’ll be working in music, teaching, and also interacting with the community

Second, and perhaps most important to this blog, I got a new camera!!! After months, no, years, of pining over Digital SLR cameras, I finally purchased one yesterday. I settled on a Canon Rebel T1i. I’m working my way through the instruction manual playing with the basic settings. I haven’t progressed to working with the advanced settings yet but I’m really looking forward to learning more about cameras and photography and finally capturing so many of the great moments that Ry and I have let go over the past few years. Here are a few shots I’ve taken just playing around last night and today.

Lastly, Ryan and I received a beautiful wedding gift yesterday that I have to share. Of all the thoughtful and amazing wedding gifts we received, this one is one of the most, if not the most, special. My friend, Mike Fitts, gave us one of his original paintings.

Mike’s paintings are all done on pieces of found, scrap metal, and the objects in his paintings look so startlingly real, they look like you could pick them right up off the sheet of metal. I absolutely love Mike’s work and I have been a fan ever since I first saw one of his paintings. Ryan and I are so grateful for Mike’s generosity and for sharing his talent with us. Check out Mike’s blog and the rest of his artwork.

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