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Notes on a weekend

I spent most of my weekend playing on my new beyooootiful piano (pictures tomorrow; the camera was left in the car). It's great; I finally worked out the proper chords for a song I wrote (probably one of my best), noodled through all my sheet music (at least the stuff we brought down), and played Trois Gymnopidies properly for the first time in 10 years (my keyboard doesn't go low enough for the bass notes). Some of the things I haven't played at all in over 10 years, others just sounded so much better on a real piano, you have no idea.

However, my piano is possessed, and the ghost possessing it doesn't like Chris de Burgh.  At all.  Every time I tried to play one of his songs, the middle D stopped playing.  After a short rest of about an hour, it started playing again.  The first time, this was a shock - pianos are not supposed to do that, especially new ones.  After the second time, it was a little bit funny.  The third time, it was very funny.

We will still be having the piano tuner look at it when he comes for the six-week tune-up, but seriously - only when I play Chris de Burgh.  I'm not a big fan of "Lady in Red" (overly sentimental, and it's the only song of his they ever play over here), but a couple of the others are quite good - "Don't Pay the Ferryman" is a fun little number, and "In a Country Churchyard" was made for playing at weddings.  But still, the piano has spoken, and the CdeB song book goes to the bottom of the pile.

In completely unrelated news, I am definitely going to be at Kingdom A&S Festival (I booked a hotel room this morning), so I will be available for judging all day, and anyone who wants a personal consultation, come and find me - if I possibly can, I will make time for you.  

In news unrelated to that, I have just ordered the silk for the cutest little period embroidery project ever, which I charted out this weekend.  I'm pretty sure of how the whole thing goes together, and it shouldn't take me 'til next year to get it finished (it's a couple of months of work, tops).  I'll post pics when I'm done.  It's really cute, trust me.

Finally, just for grins, I found pictures of me at my fattest (roughly 195-200#):

 

And me now (135# or so):


I keep these pictures as a reminder. 

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh God! You look great! Isn't amazing how much younger a person looks when they drop the extra weight. Ok, how did you do it and maintain it?
murthandjoy
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
The above was me. Was not logged in.
attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I went on Jenny Craig for the actual weight loss, then retrained myself afterwards by watching how a naturally slim friend ate.

At first, I was devastated that I wouldn't be able to eat like I used to ever again; it meant giving up the way I used to eat entirely and forever, and it cost over $1000, but it was worth it, and now I don't miss my old habits.

While this worked for me (I am somewhat OCD, which probably helped), I cannot say whether it would work for anyone else. :)

Edited at 2008-02-19 03:33 pm (UTC)
murthandjoy
Feb. 20th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
The money was worth it, you look great! I'm so curious now. What made you decided to change your life in regard to your weight? Also, were you depressed when you were "heavy?" Are you happier or just as happy now that your are slim and attractive?

I have such issues with my weight, and can't seem to get a handle on it.
attack_laurel
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I had already moved in with my now husband - I got a disastrous perm, thus ruining what I thought of as my finest feature (my hip-length hair), and while faxing a document at work one day, I looked down, saw my enormous stomach, and snapped. I went out that lunchtime and signed up.

I wasn't depressed when I was heavy - all my life issues were solved by leaving my ex-husband (trite, but true). Losing weight made me feel more attractive, but my now husband didn't care - he thought I was gorgeous before (he says so). I'm happier, but that's in part because society puts such a negative burden on the overweight - when losing weight brings universal approval, it feels good.

One person's weight issues are not like anyone else's - that's why catch-all diets don't really work. It's not just food - it's all about love, and approval, and comfort, and expectations. One thing that won't change much is how you look at yourself - it takes a long time for the mental picture to match the outer picture.

For me, the hardest thing was saying good-bye to the food that comforted me - I could never eat the way I used to. I think it's one of the reasons diets fail - food is a comfort and a support system, and a diet takes that away without giving you something else in return. Guys finding one attractive is nice, but it is fraught with emotional pitfalls, and is definitely not a source of support.

What I am absolutely certain of is that I could not have lost weight without Bob's constant support. He didn't compete, he didn't go on a diet with me, or anythign that would make me stressed, he just was there, through tantrums, fears, and mourning (really *grieving*) the loss of my old life of food - without judging me for any of it. Without a steady and uncritical support system, it's almost impossible to handle any major lifestyle change - and nagging has the opposite effect.
murthandjoy
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your experience with me. That bit of insight is very meaningful to me on an introspective level.
thatpotteryguy
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
If you get a chance, come on by my demo. I'd like to chat a few moments re: cookware appropriate for Jamestown and contemporary settings. There's a HUGE body of material available on contemporary ceramics, but I am specifically interested in what they are using at the fort, and what sorts of items have been excavated in the digs there. Unfortunately, while I'm there for MTA, I simply don't have time to check out the museum as thoroughly as I'd like. I'm hoping you can offer some additional insight, seeing as how you're fairly plugged into the Jamestown activities.

attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Sure; I'll try and remember to bring some of my J'Town books.
findlaech
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Which reminds me, we were talking alembics with the fort staff last weekend, they were excited at the possiblity of doing distillation. Any timeline for a replacement?

Fin
tacnukesoul
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Quick note: I won't make fencing practice - watching the girls tonight.
attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
'kay. See you next week.
elizabethnmafia
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the pictures. They are very inspiring.
chargirlgenius
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a difference. When you lost weight, did you have much extra skin? I’m glad you were able to make things click. I’m still working on it.

We’ll see you at KASF, even if it’s just in passing while we’re all running around judging!
attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yes. My stomach, when I bend over, looks a little like a Shar-Pei. If I actually spent the bucks to get a tummy-tuck, I'd probably go down about four sizes (I'm an 8, mostly because of the extra tummy pooch).

But it really isn't that bad - I'm just softer than I used to be. I lucked out, and still have nice-looking boobage. :)
perronelle
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed at how much your facial features also changed. I never would have guessed that they are of you. Good job. You inspire me.

P~
attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
When I was heavier, you couldn't see the cut-glass cheekbones that are my cultural heritage. :)

That, and the pointy chin. They change the look of my face considerably.
leofwynne
Feb. 19th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I *never* would have recognized you in those photos. Wow!
attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I have had people who knew me as a teenager fail completely to recognize me - apparently, all that fat was quite a disguise. :)

When my half-sister's mother came over for tea, I greeted her, and she sniled, and said "and who are you?". "Oh my god, you look like a princess!" was her reaction. It was, I admit, quite gratifying.
tacnukesoul
Feb. 19th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
The pictures illustrate the shock I had at Keilibeth's second wedding, having not seen you for about a decade.
attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
She told me about that - I was rather amused.

Of course, the red hair was a bit of a change too...
grnvixen
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Your photos are inspiring, thanks for posting. Have to admit, I prefer the red hair :).

And what little project are you doing with the silk..........:)?
attack_laurel
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's a surprise. :)
grnvixen
Feb. 19th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Drat, there goes another of my nine lives :).
gottasing
Feb. 20th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
I, too, like Don't Pay the Ferryman much better than Lady in Red. It's a pity your piano doesn't like either one.

And your pictures=hawtness!!
thornbury
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
For some reason, hearing about your piano makes me very happy. Maybe it's because musicians just deserve good instruments.
albreda
Feb. 20th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
"Lady in Red" was so grossly overplayed that summer it came out in the UK, that when I came back to the US that fall, and sang along with the radio (sort of whiningly, actually, since I was really sick of it), I couldn't believe that none of my friends had heard it. I mocked them until the announcer said "and that was the US debut of Chris de Burgh's "Lady in Red"." Needless to say, hearing it ad nauseum both sides of the Atlantic didn't improve my feelings about the song. It is like that Tanqueray commercial says - 'everything in moderation' (except chocolate and anything to do with books or fiber - he's got it all wrong there, certainly!)
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