We did absolutely nothing last night for New Year’s Eve. Well, not exactly nothing. Nettl put out some munchies and we enjoyed a family evening. Nettl and I had a couple of glasses of champagne and we let the kids have some Asti Spumante. Well, not exactly a couple of glasses. Nettl had two, I think, and I had three or four. Mostly, we sat in the living room with music on, then around 11:00 we all came into our bedroom to watch “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.” I swear that man is in league with Old Scratch. He looks great. Well, not exactly great. But he looks better than most people his age who’ve had a major stroke.
Today, Nettl and I enjoyed a “House Cat Day” lolling about on our bed watching the Iron Chef America marathon on Food TV. I made us a brunch and we had a couple of mimosas as we watched the New Year Concert from Vienna on OETA. Then we napped. While Nettl took Lauren to work I got a melodic idea that I wrote down.
I can hardly stand the excitement.
Actually, after the crazy holiday season we’ve finally come through, today was completely wonderful. Tomorrow I’ll be making some screen captures from the film. I need to ask Rhombus Media when (and if) I can upload them to the photo gallery and perhaps place one or two here.
Before uploading this entry I must say something about the Vienna concert. It was terrific! Sure, Strauss waltzes and polkas are fun to hear every year, but the bright light this year was Maestro Maiss Jansons. He was actually more fun than the concert itself. During the final cadence of the Eduard Strauss Telephone Polka, he did a schtick with his cell phone ringing. He stopped the orchestra while he struggled with the phone, then brought down the final note. The other highlight (for me, anyway) was the Joseph Lanner piece, “Die Mozartisten”, Walzer op. 196, that was played to usher in the Mozart Year. The last CD I bought of the New Year concert was in 1987, and that was because Kathleen Battle was the featured soloist. I’ll be buying this year’s. It was delightful.