A Few Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, Everyone!  I’ve been in Boston this week for some recordings and a concert tonight, and tomorrow I am meeting up with Paul in Miami!  I’m so excited for a week of concerts, masterclasses, some serious beach time, and catching up with some friends and family members who live down there.  Here are a few things I have been enjoying lately.  I hope you will too!

There has been a lot of press lately about the lack of diversity in programming in the Classical Music.  A lot of orchestras are sticking to music by written by dead white guys and playing those pieces over and over again.  Tonight, in Jordan Hall (Boston), Boston Modern Orchestra Project is dedicating an entire concert to the music of Joan Tower in honor of her 80th birthday.  This lady is amazing, and I have loved being fully immersed in her lush sound-world this week.  Click here for ticket information for tonight’s show, and here’s a little preview.

This black blouse is so pretty, and would make for perfect  “concert black”.

I might be slightly obsessed with houseplants, and these are some of my favorites for adding a little cheer to a room.

I am halfway through this book, and I am loving it.  I can’t wait to read the next two!

I loved this collection of comments and ideas regarding friendships and the best ways to maintain them.

We’re halfway through winter, and this sweater is going to keep me warm for the remaining weeks.  (except next week, because FLORIDA!). And it’s on sale now!

Did you watch the launch of Falcon Heavy this week?  Here’s a great interview with Elon Musk and Bill Nye on the future of space flight.  The actual launch starts at around 5:12.  It’s pretty fantastic.

Guys, I got a jump rope for Christmas, and I LOVE it.  I use it just about every day, and it is so fun, but also a great workout.  whenever I come back from a walk or a run, I just do some jumps in my driveway.  It definitely gets the heart pumping!

Living in my joggers lately, and these beauties are seriously on sale right now.

Yesterday was John Williams’s Birthday!  So here’s a little something to honor of him, and today’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang.

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cheers,

-Kate

On the Road Again

I’m sitting on an airplane flying from Bermuda to Boston.  I have 4 days there–teaching some lessons, and recording and rehearsing a program of Joan Tower’s music for BMOP.  From there, I head off to Miami, where Paul will meet me for a little concert tour/vacation combo.  Between the 30 degrees and snowy weather in Boston, the 82 degrees and sunny temperatures in Florida, and the mix of concerts, teaching, and beach/date time, this was an interesting trip to pack for!  Continue reading

My February Focus

 

If you have been following along on my plan to focus each month on a particular aspect of my life, you’ll know that I have already done “Health”, “Career”, “BYSO”-one aspect of my professional life, “Home”, and “Blogging”.  Some months were super clear and easy, and others were a bit more difficult and abstract than I thought they would be. God knows I have already had some wrenches thrown into the works (umm, hello computer dying in the middle of “career” month and losing some very valuable work information…oops.).  But I am so happy to say that at the end of every single month, I have been able to point to a list of things I accomplished that improved that focus area, and that every single month, I have come away feeling like I have learned a few important things, and have created some sustainable habits that will help continue the progress.   I am excited to keep going with this plan, but to be perfectly honest, I am a little apprehensive about this month’s focus: Marriage.

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At the beginning of this 12-Month Focus Project, I drew up a list of the 12 most important areas of my life, and then set about assigning a particular month to each area– trying to choose the month that makes the most sense.  I was feeling the need hit “reset” on my body after a long summer, so I made September “Health” month, and since I will be seeing lots of family in July, that gets “Family” month.  But “Marriage”? well, there IS Valentine’s Day, and I booked my week of concerts in Florida for his half-term break so that he can join me and make it a working holiday.  But otherwise, it’s a bit arbitrary.  On one hand, we’ve only been married for a couple of years.  We are definitely still newlyweds.  On the other hand, my marriage is one of THE MOST important things in my life, and I want to cherish and nurture it.  In other words, I am more than happy to devote a month to focusing on my marriage, but it’s not like we need any kind of major overhaul.  There are no big issues to resolve, and we don’t have kids, so we already get to spend a lot of quality time alone together.  So, what should I do?

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I decided to take a cue from one of my original inspirations for this whole project: Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.  She devoted a month to her marriage as well, and this was her list:

  • Quit nagging
  • Don’t expect praise or appreciation
  • Fight right
  • No dumping
  • Give proofs of love

 

Sounds about right.  I’ll start with these and add any others that come up.   At the very least, at the end of the day (er…month) Paul will be one very happy husband!  Wish me luck!

-Kate

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Friday Favorites

Is it Friday already?  It’s February (thank god!) but that also means it is booking season for us musicians, and the month when we all set out to book our concerts for NEXT season.  It’s all a bit fast and furious, and the week just flew by!  This weekend will be spent catching up on some other work (and a new blog post).  Grabbing our Friday Night fish n’ chips dinner at the Yacht Club, and digging around in my garden.  Oh, and I hear there is a little football game on Sunday.  Go Pats! Here are a few things to entertain you over the weekend.  Have a great one, everybody!

-Kate

If you’re in Boston this weekend, go check out this concert!

This would be a fun dress to wear in Miami (we’ll be there over valentine’s day, afterall)

I’m falling in love with this all-natural skin care line from Vermont. It even smells good!

Paul and I can’t stop watching this show.  We are ALL IN

This would make the coziest Valentine’s Day gift!

Of course, so would this… 😉

These gorgeous dishes are indestructible.

This girl was once one of my Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras cellists, and I am so proud of what she is accomplishing these days. She’s on fire!

Have a listen to this.  Beautiful, right?

I’m excited to eat here when we’re in Miami next week. What a great concept!

In case you are in need of some Super Bowl snack recipes, here are a few ideas.

And speaking of the Super Bowl.  Who said, classical musicians and sports don’t mix?

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