Monday, December 26, 2005
I made some tasty cardamom bread (Tess, this is for you!)
Keith enjoyed playing with the new video camera we got from Celia's mommy and daddy for Christmas.
We got all dressed up and went to the Christmas Eve service. Keith, Celia, Sarah, and Rebecca sang in the Choir. (Keith and Celia also played Gounod's Ave Maria together on cello and organ at church on Christmas morning.)
Here's the whole family! Too bad Joseph and Catherine couldn't come. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Friday, December 23, 2005
1. Keith gave his final presentation on Wagner's Parsifal on Thursday. He worked really hard, and I have to say that the highlight of the presentation were Keith's fantastic MS Paint drawings of the plot of Parsifal.
2. Keith graduated last Friday, on December 16!! Yay! He didn't actually attend graduation, since we didn't feel like making all our friends and family sit and be bored for several hours.
3. We moved out of our apartment in Grand Forks. We're spending Christmas with Keith's family, then we'll be with my family for a few days, then we move into our new apartment in Vancouver, BC! Of course, this means we have a new address that I'm not going to post here, but if you want it, email me. Our permanent US address is my parents' address in Washington. We still have our cell phones, but we'll have a new phone number in the beginning of January.
4. In January, we're starting at Regent College where both of us (not just Keith) will be studying Theology.
5. We wrote a Christmas letter this year! We hope you enjoy it. Please click on each page to enlarge and read. Merry Christmas!
Saturday, November 05, 2005
We received a sugar beet as a gift of sorts from a friend (Kyle) who was driving a beet truck during the harvest. He assured us that there were many old Norwegian recipes that could be found online. So, we took the thing with the intention of serving it to him the next time he visited... Take note: the sugar beet is actually white beneath all the dirt. Have you ever seen one this clean??
Woohoo! A wonderful dish of sugar beets (they were supposed to be parsnips), carrots, onions, rosemary, and garlic! Who would have thought it possible? When asked if they would ever eat a sugar beet again, all those polled said a resounding "no." I didn't think it was THAT bad... it was certainly a worthy experiment.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Coming soon: the preparation of a sugar beet to make it fit for human consumption... we in North Dakota are easily amused.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
We camped in Montana on the way back to North Dakota after the honeymoon. Dinner that night was marshmallows and cookies, which we made into some darn good s'mores. Unfortunately, our car broke down the next day, but we amazingly found a Subaru dealer in Butte, MT, and the problem was quickly fixed.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
Monday, June 06, 2005
You're invited to my fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival! This is very exciting (and a bit scary), so please come and support Akiko and me on June 17... and help us break even! This is my first concert EVER that I'm actually trying to play as a professional musician. In addition, there are lots of other concerts to see during festival week, so I encourage you to go see as many as possible! Please look at my poster for details (kudos to Keith for the lovely MS Paint drawing!) and click here for venue information.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Hi! Here are some of our favorite Seattle things for those of you who are visiting for our wedding.
Ferry rides. We recommend going to Whidbey Island from Mukilteo or to Bainbridge Island from downtown. You can just walk on the ferry and ride both ways, or drive on and look around on one of the islands.
Space Needle, Science Center, Seattle Center: many fun things to see in this area.
Museum of Flight: many cool airplanes. We are members, so we can get you free tickets!
National Parks: Mt. Rainier (Paradise and Sunrise) North Cascades and Olympic: hiking, looking at pretty mountains, lakes etc.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness for hiking (we can suggest hikes of all levels)
Alki Beach for wading (it's too cold for swimming), looking at boats, walking, etc. (See engagement pictures. They were taken at Alki.)
Coulon Park for (nearby) swimming, walking, playing various sports, and eating at Ivars
Boeing Everett Plant tour: very cool for engineering types (and others--I thought it was cool!)
Pike Place Market: What trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Place?
Washington Park Arboretum: walking, canoeing (you can rent them there), admiring the pretty plants
Calcutta Grill at Newcastle Golf Course: gorgeous views, great food (incidentally, it’s also a lovely place to play golf, not that we would know)
Also, I found this visitor information site. Enjoy!
Monday, May 30, 2005
6:30 Barbeque for family, wedding party, and out of town guests
Location: Dan and Joann Wilson's house, 8428 144th Pl. SE, Newcastle
Directions will come later.
Take note: Map quest and Google maps will not get you here!
Friday, July 8
1:00 Bridesmaids Tea
Location: Dan and Joann Wilson's house (we think)
Location: Newport Covenant Church,
12800 SE Coal Creek Parkway, Bellevue
6:30 Rehearsal Dinner (family and wedding party)
Location: Pogacha, 120 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah
Saturday, July 9
Location: Newport Covenant Church
Location: Woodmark Hotel, Marina Room, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland
Sunday, July 10
12:30 Lunch with gift opening for family, wedding party, and out of town guests
Location: Dan and Joann Wilson's house
Engagement pictures 1, 2, 3
Web page at The Knot (needs to be updated)
Registries at Bed Bath and Beyond (search for my name) and The Porcelain Gallery
Shortly I will be posting a calendar of events and information for out of town guests!
Our first hike of the season: a 9 mile round trip to Melakwa Lake! Here Mom and Colin are crossing the log jam across the outlet of the lake. When we got there, it was so foggy that we could only see about 50 feet out into the lake! No stunning views, but it was still pretty cool. As you may be able to tell, I'm at home in Seattle with my family this weekend. Keith is with his family in Grand Forks, ND, where his sister Rebecca just graduated from high school!
Monday, May 23, 2005
We took a trio field trip! At the piano museum in Ashburnham, MA, we played our Brahms with 2 different Streichers and a Bosendorfer! There were many other pianos to try as well, from 1795-1907. Here we are trying a Bosendorfer, which sounded beautiful, if a bit boring. The Streichers had more character.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
I'M DONE!!! All that is left of my master's degree is to show up at graduation and get my diploma!! Last night I lectured on the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major and performed it with my trio. This was the culmination of my obsessive research on historical Brahms: a lecture recital, which was essentially my master's thesis. If anyone is interested in the text of my lecture, I can email it to you!
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Here is our Bible study group last night before we had dinner in Chinatown! We were celebrating our upcoming wedding and Hanna's as well, which is in September. It was so good, and we were so stuffed... Thanks to everyone for coming and to Pamela for organizing it! (sorry, the video wouldn't upload...)
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
These people are crazy. Not the people giving out water, the ones running the marathon. Watching a bit of the marathon was a cool experience, since even though there are definite winners, everyone who manages to finish is really a winner. It's got to be a rush to have people cheering for you for 26 miles. This is definitely an advantage to living in Boston: an extra day off in April!
Monday, April 18, 2005
We just got back from a weekend with Keith's Great Uncle Bob and Great Aunt Gerry. They live in Enfield, Connecticut. We had a lot of fun meeting lots of Keith's cousins, eating some good food, visiting a butterfly garden, and sniffing lots of candles at the Yankee Candle outlet.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
I just finished a knitting project! It is a hat (obviously) and isn't actually for me, but here is a picture of me wearing it. I was rather pleased with myself, since it actually turned out the right size. Lately I've taken it into my head to knit hats for cancer victims. This is the second this year.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
I'm done! My recital is over! Well, I'm not really done (see list below of upcoming concerts), but this is one thing I can check off my list before graduation. Next will be a Boccherini concerto and a Beethoven sonata, followed by a Brahms trio and a concert of Bach viola da gamba sonatas! More pictures will follow, when I get the ones off Dad's camera. This picture was taken by Keith. I thought it went pretty well. There were some scary moments, but there always are. There were also some very nice moments, I think. We'll see how I feel when I hear the recording...
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
It's All About the Bass
Celia Wilson, viola da gamba
Akiko Sato, harpsichord
Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba
Saturday, April 9, 4:00 p.m.
First Church, Congregational, Cambridge
Selections from Captain Hume’s Musical Humours
I Am Falling
My Mistresse hath a pritty thing.
Hit it in the middle
Tickle me quickly
Touch me lightly
She loves it well.
Sonata IV from Le nymphe di Rheno, op. 8
Sonata in D minor, op. 5 no. 5
Sonata in D major, BWV 1028
Johann Sebastian Bach
Les Folies d'Espagne from Pièces de Viole, Deuxième Livre
Here I am in the kitchen, celebrating my 24th birthday (a little early). Am I old or what? It seems like just yesterday I turned 18. What happened to the last 6 years? Keith made me steak for dinner. We discovered that there are barbeques out in the yard! Hooray!
Monday, April 04, 2005
Last Friday was Tess Wakim's recital. Keith took some pictures during our warm-up, and this is my favorite. Tess sang like and angel. (Guess what? She is going to sing at our wedding!!) I played both cello and viol, which can be scary, since there are both similarities and differences between the two instruments. It was also fun taking the subway to rehearsals, and cramming people and instruments in the car for the ride home. The string players decided to form the Sox Consort in honor of our favorite baseball team. Right now I should be practicing for my recital, which is Saturday, or at least doing some homework so I can have more practice time later. However, that is not what I am doing. I am procrastinating by writing stuff on my blog.
We did not hunt for Easter eggs. However, we did watch this adorable child (Zachary) hunt for eggs, which he decorated himself and helped his mom (Tara) hide. After getting up at 4 a.m. for the Easter Vigil service at the monastery, just about anything was amusing. The service was awesome. Anything with Psalms chanted antiphonally by candlelight and the Gospel reading sung in Fauxbourdon style has got to be pretty darn cool. Then again, perhaps I'm just biased, being an early music person.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Here are a few of our engagement pictures. This one is my favorite. These were all taken in January on Alki Beach in Seattle. It was very, very cold and windy, and we were not wearing coats. We were undaunted, however, thanks to some coffee and a lot of styling gel. Many thanks to Sharlane, our photographer!