Jun. 6th, 2010 06:51 pm
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We went up to NH Friday night with intent to go to dinner and spend some time with Monique's mom.  Unfortunately, things came up for Monique and we ended up getting to NH really late.  This meant we didn't get much time with her mom, especially since we had to leave her mom's house by 9:00 Saturday morning for me to get to the NHAB walk-a-thon on time.

I was the last team member to arrive but still on time for the start of the walk.  It was hot and sunny in spite of the call for thunder storms.  The walk wasn't as bad as I feared.  My ankle held up pretty well and I enjoyed the company of my team.  Our team came in first for dollars donated.  Yay!

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We went to Randy's bardic last night.  It was a small and very diverse group.  There was a greater diversity in the music than usual.  I thought it was a fun night with the poetry and music mixed in.  I wasn't mentally prepared for a performance.  I forgot my flute and just wasn't feeling up to singing, though we had a Tom Lehrer theme going for a couple of songs and I was sorely tempted at that point.

Monique and I visited with both my parents today and then headed back down to CT for the final flute choir rehearsal of the season which didn't happen due to too many last minute cancellations, so I spared the few members that would have driven a fair distance for no real good purpose.
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Monique and I went to NH this weekend.  We visited her parents and stayed up way too late Friday night talking.  As is typical, if I go to bed late, I wake up early to make up for it.  I hate my body clock.  We spent the entire morning chatting with them some more before heading to Nashua to see my mom.  The visit there was ok.  My mom only managed to piss Monique off once and she kept her temper and her tongue.

We checked into the hotel after that visit and took a 20 minute nap.  Unfortunately, it lasted an hour.  I looked at the time, kind of freaked about being late to the Bardic and fell back down for a few minutes.  I looked at the time again, freaked again and poked Monique, who sort of groaned and then I fell back asleep for a few minutes.  I woke up again a few minutes later, looked at the time, freaked out again and woke Monique again, who decided she needed the sleep more than she needed Randy's Bardic.  I could sort of agree with this sentiment, but knew that I'd be upset with myself later if I didn't go, so I forced myself to get up.

Fortunately I found a Dunkin Donuts on the way and met the bardic well caffeinated.  While everyone else was drinking beer and mead and other such alchololic beverages, I was toasting with coffee.

I snuck off with my favorite duet partner, jjmarika, and we worked up a couple of flute duets and even snuck in a bit of practice on Mystery of Shadowfane for good measure.  We probably won't perform it until the fall, but it's good to keep chipping away at it.    We performed the two pieces we prepared and The Three Captains as well upon request.  No matter how many times we play it, that piece never gets old and it's so full of fond memories too.

There was the usual crowd with many of the usual songs and a few interesting new ones (people *AND* songs) as well.  Ayesha was in funny music mode and her lolcats song had the room in stitches.

I ended up there until almost 1:30.  I was just enjoying it far too much to leave at a reasonable hour.

Sunday we went to visit my dad and Monique had the idea to take him out for a ride instead of just sitting in the nursing home visiting.  This worked out really great.  We took him around Nashua and Hudson and visited a lot of the places he had lived.  It was a wonderful trip down memory lane.  I can't believe the house where I grew up.  It's so tiny compared to my memories of it.  It must have shrunk.  ;-)  My dad was really lively and he looked so happy to be out and about.  We stopped and got him a small coffee as a treat.  He really liked that.

Monique and I listened to more of "The Time Traveler's Wife" on the way home.  I bought this audiobook a few months ago and had listened to it when I went to DC.  Monique has been listening to it and I didn't mind hearing some of it again.  It's a really good book and I highly recommend it.

Last night she took another nap and I started work on a song for NERO, a commissioned work to save some unicorns.  I'm actually pretty pleased with the progress I made on it.  With any luck it will be ready for opener.
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It occurs to me that in all this jury stuff, I missed posting about last weekend.  As they say, better late than never.

I had Friday off from both jury duty and from Marlin, so I went to United Health Care and worked there all day instead.  You know me, never one to miss an opportunity to sneak in 9 hours of work.  I got a lot done on the database project that I'm doing for them though and that felt really good.  It was nice to be able to sit for a long stretch and just work on something I enjoy without having to play manager.  I miss that kind of work, a lot.

Saturday, Monique and I went back to UHC and got in a few more hours of work.  Then we headed off to NH for Randy's bardic.  This was a lot more laid back a crowd than most.  That's ok.  Monique prefers the smaller ones.  This was a very special bardic though.  Saturday morning, Monique asked me if I'd like to do something together.  I couldn't believe she was volunteering to perform.  i dug out her guitar, which she hadn't played in years and we discussed all sorts of options.  We settled on "Follow Me", an old John Denver song that was one of our wedding songs.  We practiced for a while and worked it out pretty well, though a step or two lower might have been nice.  It went very well Saturday night, in my opinion.  I hope to be able to convince her to do more at future bardics.

I didn't pull out the flute at all.  I was a little disappointed at that, but performing with Monique sort of made up for it.  I'll probably get   I'm sure I'll get to play at the Madrigal event in two weeks.  (Madrigal, yay!  LARP season is almost upon us!)

Sunday, we went to my mom's for Easter breakfast and then sat around talking with Randy, Bren and both parents (Randy and Bren brought my dad).  It was a relatively low key Easter celebration, but quite pleasant.

That's about it.  I wanted to make sure I got it in here in case I ever needed to "refresh my recollection" (a popular attorney phrase).  The jury duty made me realize just how bad human memory can be.
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This just recently in from my dear brother, so mark your calendars all you musical sorts out there.  I want to see some of you there that I know would be fabulous and would have a fantastic time.  And if a certain [profile] elrikard is thinking of having a Valiant plot meeting at this time, drag him along to the Bardic and protest the meeting. :-)

Greetings, Salutations and Risibility!
A formal announcement with the varioius invitation details will go out in early March but here is the date announcement for all to peruse and plan accordingly.  There is also a performance announcement for one of our Bardic regulars which I've included at the end of this announcement.
Saturday, March 22 we'll usher in the Springtime official with a Bardic at my home in Nashua.  Same perfunctory details as always and hopefully as many fine performers as last time with the addition of several missed folk as well.  So mark your calanders, take note of the proximity of March 17 and join us for a grande Bardic Celebration.  No RSSVP at all at this time since the formal invite goes out in March but please do note the date so hopefully you may join us!
Now the performance update:
Jeremy has a band and and they are playing next weekend which warranted my informing all of you since I was sending out a save the date note anyhow: (Rick commentary for Madrigal goers - This is Jeremey / Kayjack, the fire Eurvein who plays double bass and guitar at Madrigal, so you already have an idea what a musician he is)
The show is three bands, instrumental progressive rock, starting at 7pm, February 22nd.  It is at the Derry Opera House, Derry NH. Derry is 15 minutes north-east of Nashua NH ( more directly by route 93). 
My band is Potsy.  We are also playing with another band called Stigma.  We will be playing at 8pm.  The show is 5 bucks.
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All in all, a pretty good weekend.

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