February 16, 2015
Today was my birthday. I turned 35 today. I have to say it was a strange day.
First, I woke up thinking I was going to see a few inches of snow on the ground, but at 7:15AM there wasn’t any (typical of Nashville weather prediction) and when I actually got up closer to 9AM it was mostly ice on the trees, the deck and the driveway. It was actually rather beautiful, all things considered. But there wasn’t any snow. Nonetheless nearly everything was closed – from schools to stores like Publix (which closed later in the day) – and there were accidents reported all over the place, but despite that, Em’s friends decided they wanted to chance the drive north to New York. They left about 9AM or shortly thereafter and didn’t even get home until close to 4AM. It took them hours to drive through the icy TN roadscape, and the Kentucky snow-covered roads just to get to Cincinnati. Thankfully, they made it safe.
We didn’t actually do anything today but hang with Addie (Em and I) and watch some TV – catching up on our favorite shows. I opened my gifts – a box of Samoa girl scout cookies (which I love) and the new U2 book Revolution, which should be a good, fun read. We didn’t go out at all (which my mother noted, in a phone conversation with her tonight, was the same experience my brother had roughly 3 weeks before, on his birthday), and instead had some pizza bagels and some other leftovers from the weekend.
In the end Emily and I were disappointed because we didn’t get the snow we were expecting. The snow didn’t hit until about 3 or 4PM and even then it was a very minimal amount. We mostly got ice. And certainly not enough snow to take Addie out in. But they are calling for some more snow through the week. We’ll just have to see how much.
February 19, 2015
The rest of this week has been a tad productive and about as much of a tad unproductive. I realize that doesn’t appear to make any sense but… well, I’ll explain.
I haven’t been into work this week through today (although we are going back into the studio tomorrow at LBD, so that’s good) due to the ice and snow and the bitter cold temperatures. This weather is really nothing for where I grew up, but here in Nashville, people don’t know how to deal with it. Bread and Milk comes off the shelves in stores, people slide all over the roads thinking a four wheel drive solves all problems (it doesn’t) or people just don’t go out at all (which is smart, considering the previous statement). As a result though, I really haven’t been out much, and projects that I’ve wanted to get finished for clients or other people have taken a bit of a hit.
For instance, I was due to produce a small music video in a couple weeks but because of the weather I really haven’t been able to get out to do any scouting. We could in theory still do the video but I have a feeling that that would be dangerous – we’d not likely have the weather we want, and as it is, there’s a difference between having the location(s) and having the right location(s). I don’t want to speed this up unnecessarily. I’ve offered to do some online scouting while I can.
There have been other things like that too but I’m not going to jump on them right now.
At the same time I’ve been able to get some other things done.
For instance, I got the actor reel for one of our Are You Listening actors done. That was a freebie but we did it because she worked for us on that film for free. And we were happy to do that for her.
I’ve also gotten started on an album cover and logo for a band called Rick Hammond and The Reverent Cavaliers. I have to somehow get people on horseback into the picture but while that might be a tad difficult, everything else for it should work fairly easily.
And, due to a generous birthday gift, I now have Apple’s Logic Pro X on my computer (I highly recommend and will write a review soon)! So now I’m moving forward faster with the Lemonymous remixing, as well as the pitch video (which I did some tiny little things for last week). I’ve been working with that and the iO4 device I got after Christmas, and they are moving along splendidly. I have done a little experimentation with the Tactful Procrastination demos too, but I haven’t done a ton because of the stuff I’ve got to do for the re-release. The good news is that remixing work is going fast when I get to sit down and do it.
Emily is very nervous because she is waiting to hear about the Nashville Film Festival results… any day now we should be finding out if we got in. She really wants to get in this one (and of course I do too) as she’d be able to show off her work in a local setting that might get her some real traction. I hope she gets in. And I want to get in because it showcases my editing and my music. The thing is, even if we don’t get in, we have a ton of others we’ve submitted to, and I think those could still pan out to something.
It’s been great spending most of the week with Addie (we sent her to the sitter on Wednesday to get some work done), and she’s just about to walk! She’s pulling herself up to the coffee table, and the side of the playpen, up onto her feet, on her own now. It’s only a matter of time! She’s even walking with the help of a little roller walker thing Emily got her a while back. This is going to be crazy! We took her out in the “snow” on Tuesday but to our disappointment, the snow was so thin and so “dry” that we really couldn’t sled down the driveway like we’d hoped.
It’s all about Tennessee Brew Works tomorrow to be on-hand for the filming of the Brew Dogs episode that they are doing there! I’m really excited because this is a great, fun, show, and I’m eager to see how the exposure helps the craft brewing industry here in Nashville.