30 March 2015

present participle | march 2015

I'm jumping on the monthly "present participle list" bandwagon this year, partly because I'm excited that there are people who can identify present participles and partly because I'm hoping it will end this blogging break I seem to have permanently taken. 

March 2015

EXPERIMENTING with my film camera. After first loading the 35mm film, I had to work up courage to press the shutter button. Weirdo. I should receive the results of the first roll any day now.

STRESSING over a pending project deadline at work. Every year I swear to manage it better and every year it only gets worse.

GRIEVING for the families of Germanwings Flight 9525.

LISTENING to a new-to-me podcast, Invisibilia; it "explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions."  A friend sent me the link & I'm a bit hooked.

SHOWING up to events at / with my daughter's school with gusto! After all, this is the last- ever chess tournament, the last-ever fun run, and the last-ever Holy Wednesday prayer procession of primary school. Ever.

APPRECIATING the fact that I have a husband who sleeps under our roof most nights and who is generally home before 18:00. This is after he was away for ten nights in March. I can handle it all alone, but I really don't want to.

CELEBRATING Young One's first role in a musical; she has been cast as {.....insert drum rollll.....} the BAKER! in a local production of Aladdin Jr. She is ecstatic, over-joyed, energized, truly excited beyond belief. I think she might have one line in the hour-long production. There is a lot to learn from this child, who thought perhaps she would like to be cast as Jasmyn, and her reaction, friends. A lot. I am quite pleased, quite pleased indeed.

PACKING our bags for an upcoming road trip, East.


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January 2015
February 2015




25 March 2015

corner view

corner view :: imagination


 How do you decide what gets filed away for posterity and what gets tossed in the recycling bin? 


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19 March 2015

corner view

corner view :: looking up

March 2015 | Instagram Photo

There is a lot to be missed in this country should you not spend some of your time looking up. This striking modern glass chandelier is found in the lobby of the nhow Hotel in Milan.

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16 March 2015

italian education :: 26 :: going public

We are going public.

After nearly ten years of private institutions, from nido to asilo to scuola primaria, we have enrolled our pre-teen in a local public Italian middle school for next year.

Just a little anxiety about that in our family.
Just a little.
The kind that comes even with in-depth research that leads to confident decision making.
It's just how we roll. All of us.

We expect some changes...the first and most obvious striking contrast is the facility. She is moving from marble staircases and welcoming corridors filled with student art in an historic building to graffiti-stained parking spaces and grey, empty walls in a more "modern" space.  Secondly, we expect to encounter restricted access, a move from daily opportunities to chat with teachers to closed doors and strict conference schedules. A third obvious change is diversity...as in, there will finally be some. I am hoping that this diversity will be a positive experience as it is one major drive of our choice. I fear it as much as I welcome it.  I like controlling the environments she encounters and homogeneous settings often allow me to do so; I hope we are not headed down the wrong path.

I should probably mention that she, along with twenty-three classmates, was selected to be part of a class that engages in music at a more intense level than the other classes for the three years of middle school, essentially a special class within the school. As you might imagine, I like that...that little bit of homogeneity within the walls of diversity.

Really, maybe I AM the only one with anxiety over the type of institution. The kiddo is just worried about making friends in a new school...the same as any normal sixth grader.

I'm taking lots of deep breaths.


Disclaimer: I hate generalizations as much as you do, probably more. This is my limited experience at my fifth grader's tiny primary school lost in Northern Italy. If you have a different experience with this, please share!






11 March 2015

corner view

corner view :: something difficult

Instagram Photo | 10 March 2015

When I first met with the piano teacher in January, knowing a few things about me she expected that I had at least some knowledge of music: after all, most Americans experience some form of music education during the K-12 school years; after all, I am married to a music educator (who has changed career paths after nearly 25 years of teaching music in schools); after all, I do have a ten-year-old daughter who is proving to be quite musical; after all, I am an avid supporter of the arts; after all, I hail from Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans.

Nope. Nothing. Nada. Zero. I started from the beginning.

We are moving forward, slowly, but let me assure you that this is one of the most difficult endeavors I have undertaken... quite possibly, EVER. Maybe the only thing more difficult for me were the first several months of being a new mother. Maybe.

Making my fingers on both hands do what my eyes read and my mind commands, keeping it all in sync, while maintaining some type of beat or rhythm...oh, my.  I've read that challenging your mind as an adult wards off dementia. No chance of dementia here, my friends.

Best part?
I.L-O-V-E.it.

Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.