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Free Yoga Miami

Posted: January 31st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Yoga | Tags: , , , | Comments: 1 Other Dork »

For the past two weeks, I’ve been in Miami playing in the Florida Grand Opera orchestra. Yesterday, I found some time to attend a free yoga class in downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. The city sponsors this free class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you’re ever in the Miami area, I definitely recommend checking out this all-levels class. I went with my good friend Jackie, who has been practicing yoga for awhile, and she brought a friend who had never tried yoga before. We all left feeling energized, happy and a little more healthy!

A little break for some partner work!

Jackie and I, feelin’ pretty darn good!

What to Du(vet)?

Posted: January 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments: 5 Other Dorks »

Jason and I have been in search for the perfect duvet cover for months now. We painted our bedroom walls a lovely light gray and we would really like to have green as our accent color. I have been searching and searching for the perfect one forEVER, but I’m having a hard time choosing. The duvet must be CHEAP! (preferably under $75). Here’s what I’ve come up with so far for options, and I’m asking for your help out there to choose the right one. So, which is your fave??

Organic Forest Duvet Cover from West Elm

DwellStudio for Target Birds Damask Duvet Set

Branches Grass Green Duvet Set from Overstock.com

Gion Organic Bed Linens from CB2

And, just so you know, if I had a million dollars I would buy this one.

It’s safe to assume I’m not about to spend $300+ on a duvet cover (seriously people, who does that?), but which one would you choose? Or, is there one out there that you’ve seen that I might have missed? I’m terribly indecisive and I need your help!

Learning to be more productive

Posted: January 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | Comments: 2 Other Dorks »

As I have made my transition from the New World into the Real World I am finding myself having to deal with a lot of things that I have started calling (to myself) “life maintenance tasks”  – all of those little things that simply must get done, but they only get in the way of everything else that you’d rather be doing. Now, I know that by even writing these words I am making myself sound ridiculously underdeveloped, but let’s face it, most of us musicians are. We spend most of our lives in  La-La-Land while others our age have long since grown up. But that is a different subject entirely.

What I really want to share with you is just a couple of quick rules that I have started living by and that have helped me to be so much more productive in this vast wasteland of free time known as freelancing. These tips are by no means revolutionary or earth-shattering, but I hope that some of my friends (and maybe some strangers) in similar positions as myself will get some use out of them.

1. MONEY MONDAYS: I’ve always been pretty good with money, but this new life has lead to many more financial obligations and more complexity than I have ever experienced up to this point (I’m sure it only gets worse). So, I’ve enacted a weekly ceremony that I call Money Monday that takes place, as it were, every Monday morning. Simply put, this is the one time during the week where I really focus on all matters financial. Bills are paid. Upcoming bills are planned for. Budgets are reassessed. Net worth is reviewed. And, most importantly, the past week’s spending is picked over using the amazing Mint.com website. Every expense on record gets a looking over, gets categorized, receives a tag if it is eligible for a tax write-off, and receives additional notes if it needs them. Pretty simple stuff, but I’ve found it so helpful to deal with these things on a weekly basis. And with everything taken care of at the beginning of the week, my mind is free to worry about other matters for another 7 days. If a financial task pops up that doesn’t need need immediate attention, it is simply added to the queue to be dealt with on Monday.

2. COMPUTERLESS MORNINGS: I honestly cannot believe how much of an effect this simple change has had on my days. I don’t need to say much about what a time-suck the internet can be. We all know it. In fact, it’s kind of happening to you right now, isn’t it? ;) By simply leaving my computer closed all morning, not opening it once (because once you do, it’s all over), I get my days started at least an hour earlier every day – easily. If I didn’t have an iPhone, I don’t know how well I would do at this. I check my email in bed every morning, read some facebook updates, check in on twitter, and then I GET A FRIGGIN MOVE ON. Now, having some web and graphic design work to attend to, I can’t go all day avoiding my computer. However, by the time I do crack the laptop open in the afternoon, I am much more focused on the work ahead of me and less likely to meander around some trashy blog. Try it out out for yourself. Maybe your computer wasteland comes later in the day, say after work? Well then maybe you’ll want to be computerless until after dinner. Just find that time when you are most wasteful, and eliminate it.

So, like I said, nothing revolutionary here. But I hope it helps some folks. Do you have rules, tips, and routines that you’ve set in place for yourself that make a huge difference in your life? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!


Posted: January 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments: Dork out with us! »

Here are a couple musical treats to serenade you on MLK day. Enjoy!

Photoshoot: Tango in Pittsburgh

Posted: January 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Photography | Comments: 7 Other Dorks »

This past November, I had the opportunity to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony – or, as I was calling it, Friendsburgh, seeing as three of my best friends in the world lived there. One of those friends, Chewey, teaches tango lessons and plays in a tango band in the Friendsburgh area. Chewey, being the opportunist that he is, asked if I would bring my camera with me on the trip and be willing to take some pictures for promotional materials and a future website redesign. So, here are some of the shots from that trip. I’m not photographing much these days, but wish I was. I was surprised at how much I learned about setting up portraits in that one photoshoot. I’m hoping to have more opportunities like this in the future – so let me know if you ever need a portrait or a headshot!

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