Some Words Sunday–Date Night

Yes, I know that’s Back to the Future there…  There’s no video for that song I know of, but it works.

I went out on a date yesterday…and not with my husband.

No guilt, no worries…  My son and I spent a day together.  First we took in a butterfly conservatory and the raptor show they were promoting.  Then we drove north, listening to a-ha on the radio/mp3 player singing at the top of our lungs to songs like “Sun Always Shines on TV”, “Blue Sky” and “Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale”.  We had a quick but yummy bagel dinner at a local Bruegger’s  (it was playtime and he wanted bagels)….

All the world's a Stage

All the world’s a Stage

Then my 7-year old son and I went to listen to the Albany Symphony Orchestra playing Vivaldi‘s Four Seasons.  Yeah, that same kid who is now watching episodes of  Dude, What Would Happen not only sat through two hours of orchestral music, but he enjoyed himself and talked with people (he has Asperger’s and often doesn’t speak to strangers…or if she does, he often “performs” at them quoting shows he knows) about the music and where he recognized the sounds of different instruments.

Can you say HAPPY?

That’s me.

It’s not just a pride thing, though I confess, I’m probably prouder than I should be that my son is this awesome.  It’s the joy of sharing one’s passions with someone and feeling that reciprocation that makes me extra happy.

And the best part came when we’re driving home, having been awake for almost sixteen hours of the day already, and the Boodle says “This was the happiest day I ever had.  Can we do it again?”

I may need to buy more tickets for the symphony.

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The Ruined Tower, one of my favorite images at the Albany Institute

The Ruined Tower, one of my favorite images at the Albany Institute

Barring that I missed most of the #teamsprinty gatherings (even my Friday one was only a quick hop in to say “Hi” then I had to head out), this has been a great writing week.

I stuck to my five sentences plan and managed about 4 full pages of handwritten fiction and four typed pages of notes for potential blog posts.  Just five sentences…  at least to start.  It never feels insurmountable, even as I’m completely tuckered out and in need of sleep, the eyes almost closing on me…

I can write a lot if I tell myself all I need to get down is just five sentences.

There was also editing, commenting, blogging…  It was a busy writer’s week…. and photographer’s week  I edited a bunch of photos, learned a bunch more about how RAWTherapee and Photoshop work (not to mention how color pixels are mixed to create the images).

And it was great for my ROWFitness.  Lots of movement, a walk with the Boodle where we met a bunny (and he collected a bunch of rocks and two big clumps of rabbit tail–different rabbit), time with handweights and crunches…

Yeah!  That’s more like it.

How was your week?


12 responses to “Some Words Sunday–Date Night

  1. Hiya.

    Just wanted to say hello and let you know I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. The details are here:

    Have a great day!




    • Well, thank you, Tonette. I have a huge pile of award posts to write now. Wow…. I’ll see if I can get to them. Another busy week coming here. Though your post was cute. I’d have combined the two awards, but that’s just me…. I’m lazy like that. 😉


  2. The Albany Symphony Orchestra performed to acclaim at the inaugural Spring For Music festival in 2011 and returns in 2013. One of the Capital Region’s most revered cultural institutions, the orchestra has won numerous national awards for its adventurous concert programming, recording projects, composer residencies, and innovative educational efforts with schools throughout the area. Its dedication to American music is in keeping with the area’s rich history. Founded during the Depression by the Italian-born organist and conductor John Carabella, a favorite pupil of Pietro Mascagni, the orchestra continues to serve a broad and diverse community. The Orchestra has evolved artistically under the innovative leadership of music directors Carabella, Rudolf Thomas, Ole Windingstad, Edgar Curtis, Julius Hegyi, Geoffrey Simon and David Alan Miller. Maestro Miller was appointed music director and conductor in 1992 and since then has established himself as one of the nation’s foremost conductors whose vision and artistry have propelled the Albany Symphony into a new era. The only professional symphony orchestra based in the Capital Region, it reaches more than 150,000 people every year, across an extended geographical area. For more information, visit .


    • Some wonderful history of the orchestra here; thank you. I’m very glad I got to start enjoying the orchestra during Maestro Miller’s tenure. He’s a very welcoming figure, and I believe he has given the organization a level of attainment to aspire to for years to come.


  3. I love the idea of five sentences! I am going to treat myself to a new notebook (any excuse!) and every day 5 sentences will go in it. Ideas, thoughts, anything! Thank you for the idea and for your comment at my place 🙂 Glad you have had a good week and some quality time with your son 🙂 Have a great week and i’ll let you know how my sentences go!


    • New notebooks are the bane of my wallet… well, next to books in general. I really hope your five sentences work for you, though technically they should be part of your WIP…. when dealing with full blown block and wilt, writing anything is a plus.

      Thanks for stopping over, Em. I’ll be watching for updates.


  4. Your 5-sentence-a-day plan seems to be working, keep at it! It’s great you keep writing/editing even when you’re very busy. Hope you have a great week!


    • It’s helping a lot. I confess, I don’t get a lot of writing or editing done on busy days, EM. I figure I have to keep my hand in though. It’s too easy to let go and not get anything done.

      Thanks! I hope you do too.


  5. ah notebooks – lovely – sounded like a great date:) all the best for this week:)


  6. The NAHS Symphony/Chamber Orchestra is composed of students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate the highest levels of musical and technical proficiency on their respective instruments. Students in the Chamber Orchestra will be asked to audition in order to participate in the ensemble. The Chamber Orchestra will have the opportunity to study advanced high-quality string orchestra literature while still furthering their development of advanced performance and musical skills. Chamber Orchestra will give at least three to four concerts per year and attend state orchestra contests. Students will have the opportunity to travel with the orchestra program. Although not required, many students who participate in Chamber take private lessons. These are recommended for all students and highly encouraged by teachers. The Chamber Orchestra will frequently combine with the NAHS Wind Ensemble to perform as a full symphony orchestra. Chamber Orchestra will meet during 6th period in the 2012-13 school year.


    • It sounds like a wonderful “youth” orchestra. Here we have the Empire Youth Orchestra where kids can be from grade 4 up to their senior year. Personally I find those number very arbitrary. I’ve seen high school seniors with little self-motivation or skill and second graders who could make one live a thousand lives through their musical stories…. Talent, skill and determination to be the best one can be know no age.

      That said… awesome! The idea of bringing music to the world always appeals to me!