As many know, Atlanta got hit by a winter storm that paralyzed the city for a few days. Many still do not have power. We had no electricity for two days. I must say we were very happy to have a firewood fireplace! It was a bit of a challenge 'cause the wood Matt was able to get was wet, but we certainly had it better than many. And, since I had done the appropriate shopping before, we were in good shape regarding food. We camped in the living room for a couple of days, slept on the air mattress, and watched movies on our laptops.
Matt started a new job at the end of last year with one of the fastest investment building growing companies in the US. The interview process was highly detailed and included personality/psychological/skills testing. Few pass it -- much less enjoy the process as he really did 😮. I am so proud of my honey! He is in charge of remodeling an apartment complex of 480 units and he's kicking ass! The amount of information his brain can store and recall at will is really incredible; it never stops to amaze me.
The studio keeps on growing. The kids -- well kids to me regardless of the age 😛 -- are doing great; winning competitions from local to international levels, being cast in lead and main roles left and right, being awarded scholarships, composing, recording, making a name for themselves professionally, but first and foremost doing beautiful music and developing healthy, intonated, beautiful voices and growing as artists and individuals.
This is my second term as adjudicator for the Shuler Hensley Awards, the Tony's for high school musical theater...quite a rewarding experience. I have also been working on a recording project, a cycle of art songs for children, Songs for Ely, composed by a Lithuanian pianist friend of mine.
In addition, I have been writing a column for Examiner.com for a little more than a year now. Below are links to the articles. Hope you enjoy them! And, it would be great if you can spread the word as clicks count!
Matt and I sent wishes of health, love, prosperity and happiness for 2014. May your hearts be full and may you share your happiness, with others as you pay it forward...