A Few Friday Favorites

What are you up to this weekend?  I just got back from a week in Boston, and am so happy to be back home.  We’re having some friends over for “game night” tonight, because Paul and I are very very late to this party.  Otherwise, Paul will be working on the boat and I will be spending some quality time with my cello and my garden.  I’m also going to try to get a nice long run in (god help me!) and maybe do a crossword or two.  Here are a few things that I am loving right now, check them out:

cheers!

-Kate

I am getting ready to set up a home office in my studio, and I have my eye on this desk:

All hail the great Ina Garten.  Thank you for saying this so simply and clearly.

I have been drooling over this dreamy concert dress. Also, this one, and this one.

How to lunch like a boss.

If you’re looking to expand your classical music library, Rachel Barton’s new Elgar CD just came out.  If you want something with a bit more edge, check out BMOP’s latest release (I’m on it!)

Do you have a favorite podcast?  I’ve been listening to this one for a while now, and these sisters crack me up!

I’m heading to Florida in two weeks, and I love the back on this bathing suit.

I finally finished this book, and it was as good as everyone said it would be.

A9D1E177-46AD-488F-926F-75C118588596Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

My February Reading List

Was one of your new year’s resolutions to read more?  Because I can help.  I have a thing that I do–a method, if you will–for reading more, and not getting stuck in a rut.  I do realize that there is probably something seriously wrong with me.  This obsession I have with structuring every thing I do, but I swear it works, and it makes reading more of a pleasure and less of a chore.  Here goes.  Ready? Nerd Alert: Continue reading

Winter in Bermuda

The plane tickets were on sale, the hotel room was cheap, and you desperately needed to get out of the snow.  So, you booked a trip to Bermuda—dreaming of pink sandy beaches, turquoise waters and fruity drinks.  Then you looked at the weather forecast before you started packing and instead of 80’s and sunny, you see day after day of temperatures in the 60’s and lots of clouds.  Yep.  Welcome to Bermuda in the winter.  We are SUB-Tropical, not capitol “T” Tropical, and we DO have a winter.  Bermudians won’t even go near the water until May the 24th (the National Holiday here) for fear of being freezing to death in the frigid ocean! (I, on the other hand, went for a swim on Christmas day, and was perfectly fine ;-).  But I promise you, all is not lost. For you, weary traveler, I have compiled a list of my favorite things to do during the winter on this lovely island, which truly is “Bermudaful” any week of the year. Continue reading

The Secret to Having Discipline (also known as fake it ’till ya make it)

Growing up in the world of classical music, my life revolved around that word: Discipline.  The fact that I needed it, whether or not I had it, my peers who obviously did have it, those sad, talented kids who just didn’t have it (“what a shame!”….) Every day of my life was measured in how many hours I had managed to get myself to practice.  Did I manage 3? Or an epic, I-can-totally-hang-with-the-cool-crowd 5? Or did I sit on the couch and watch bad re-runs on TV while eating countless bowls of cheerios?  In high school, I was surrounded by an incredible group of like-minded, talented friends.  they were fiercely loyal, but also fiercely competitive.  Any practicing my lazy-ass self ever did during that time in my life was purely to keep up with them.  In college, I discovered that I had cultivated a bit of street cred for my ability to get up super early (I mean, 6 am–IN COLLEGE!  I deserved a medal!) and get my practicing done.  But even that was a matter of pride, rather than discipline.  Once people started talking about the fact that I did it, I couldn’t very well STOP doing it, right?  After college I went to the New World Symphony in Miami Beach for 3 years, and discovered other reasons to practice that had nothing to do with discipline.  Ex. A) wanting to stay on the same work schedule as my ÜBER disciplined boyfriend. Ex B) knowing that if I practiced BEFORE our 10am rehearsal, the Music Director (my boss) would sit and chat with me while I had my coffee outside the hall.

 

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And so, it wasn’t until I moved back to Boston and shared my first grown-up apartment with a non-musician friend that I learned of the true nature of discipline.  Continue reading

Battling the 3 B’s….and Winning!

I loved everything about this past holiday season.  I mean, remember this? We had our first real Christmas tree, my family came out from Chicago and the weather was perfect, and there was even an epic battle-to-the-finish Monopoly game.  Paul and I had some great down time, lots of walks on lots of beaches, and enjoyed plenty of fun and good cheer at various friends’ cocktail, birthday and new year’s parties.  In short, it was pretty ideal. And now?  Real life has crept back in.  This week brought us going back to work, a ton of cold, rain and wind, that horrible feeling of having to put clothes on that aren’t glorified sweat pants (and realizing that nothing fits anymore) and the shock of looking at one’s bank account statement. That’s right folks, it’s Continue reading

January 30-Day Focus: Blogging

 

I can’t believe I’m already on month 5 (F-I-V-E!!!) of my (year-long) 30-Day Focus Project, and I have to say, it has been an AMAZING experiment for me.  The clarity I have found in identifying the 12 most important areas of my life has been profoundly helpful in improving my ability to make plans, decisions, and set goals for my work, my relationships and in basically every area of my life.  I feel like I have accomplished more in the last 4 months than I have in the last 4 years!  I’ve been announcing each one as they come, but here is the full list in case you’ve been curious: Continue reading

3 Things to Leave Behind in 2017

 

Hello, and welcome to 2018! I had a great time with my family here in Bermuda and it has been so wonderful to slow down, relax, and spend some quality time with friends.(and also my couch!)

As I mentioned in this post from last September, my life and my career more closely follow an academic (Aug-July) year than a calendar (Jan-Dec) year,  but one can’t help but be swayed by the masses doing their yearly tallies and New Year’s Resolutions.  I am a total sucker for a new start of any kind, and also for any and all forms of self-reflection.  So, even though I feel as though this holiday time is merely a half-way point, it has been interesting to look at 2017 as a whole and figure out some highlights, as well as how I have grown over the last 12-months (starting with my hips, but that’s due to too many Christmas cookies!).  I believe that as we grow as people, it is as important to shed past habits, thoughts and actions and consciously leave them behind, as it is to embrace the shiny newness of an adopted habit/job/family situation, etc.  So here are 3 things I am choosing to leave behind with the rest of the 2017 detritus Continue reading