Saturday, August 13, 2005

Another "Challenge"

OK, so if you've learned anything at all about me, you've learned that I take on a lot, usually in huge chunks.

After all, I learned to knit and then taught all those kids.

I walked all night (for cancer) as penance for not walking a 5K (for CHEO - the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario).

I bought a house on 1 day's notice. Ok, the paperwork's going to last a year, but it was less than 24 hours between "Look at this ad online, love" and "I think we're going to be very happy there, I'm glad we signed."

If you've learned two things about me, the second may be that I spontaneously buy hobbies. Witness the fact that my budget now has a "yarn" category. Moreover, my darling wife has the same boredom/indulgence/overdoing it pattern that I have.

SHE is the one who figured out that yarn is pretty, and colourful, and can be hung in hanging baskets instead of flowers. Thus yarn is decorative. Thus DECORATIVE yarn (as opposed to black/white/grey/neutral-y colours) is NOT in the yarn budget. It is a part of the "house maintenance" budget, by dint of being a decoration on the same level as extra chairs, paint, wallpaper, or a garden.

So knowing these things about me/us, you'll surely not be terribly surprised when I tell you the following two things:

1) I bought my wife a violin
2) I bought one for myself too. Mine's purple.

Do I know how to play? Nope. Can my wife? Double nope. Can I even read music? Nopers, but she can. Of course, we've proven conclusively that we shoudl never attempt to teach each other any skill. The look of sheer frustration on her face as she attempted to explain tatting to me was enough there.

Most importantly :Can I fiddle and knit? Well.....possibly. But I find it unlikely.

So I'm sitting here, waiting for the ebay shipment of two violins to arrive, wondering how I'll fit knitting and learning to play violin AND fiddle (same intrument, different technique..Google's my friend) into the last 2 weeks of summer vacation, while hosting a housewarming party, prepping for my new courses, unpacking my house (AFTER the party...housework is eternal, but friends get cranky if there's no party within a month of moving), and all that other neat stuff.

Anyone know how to fiddle? And how to teach by email?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

A *purple* violin?! wow.
colour me jealous.

(my violin is just a regular woody colour. and i haven't played it in years..)

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Blogger Jenn said...

I will raise my hand and asay that yes, I play the violin. I t would be awesome if I could teach you by email but wel.....finger placemnet and all.....

A purple violin???? How cool is that. Mine was stolen out of my car..can you believe that? It'n not in the budget right now to get another so post about learning to play!

And WHERE did you get a purple one?

11:09 a.m.  
Anonymous JoVE said...

Check out the Ottawa Folklore Centre (on Bank near Sunnyside). They offer lessons. And are real friendly. My daughter takes lessons there. They also have a fiddle orchestra when you get interested in playing with others.

9:08 p.m.  
Blogger Heatherly said...

oh there is a video program to teach violin,cello etc. we saw it through a home schooling catalog and tried it last year! either by A Beka or Alpha Omega.
my hubby bought me a violin, then my brother did too, then i had girls big enough to be my excuse to take lessons with. very fun! i love this electric blue violin...comment on my blog and i will send you the info on it.

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