new wave of hormones today...blake was somehow feeling them too. but in a good way. we spent our day loving, hugging, smiling, and peacefully cooking together while the children played quietly and creatively (like making funny faces out of vegetable peelings and scraps)--blake and i usually get annoyed with each other when we share kitchen space, but something was in the air today....
music played a big part in our day--blake DJ'ed while i made requests. we started off with the new Akron Family--a love themed album and by far their most listener-friendly. Akron has a tendancy to get a little out-there with their non-instrumental sounds, but have, after a few albums, honed their desire for alternative sounds and seamlessly blended it with their folky beats and harmonious voices. The title track (actually called Don't be Afraid, You're Already Dead) Love is Simple is so tasty and beautiful--complimented with a song called Love, Love, Love that is very Beatle-esque (think All You Need is Love...). We had to replay it during our dinner as well.
This put us on an Angels of Light kick (since we first came to know Akron/Family when they played for Angels of Light a few years ago)...which ended up being three of their CDs and carried us through most of our cooking. Up first, the newest release (my personal fave) We are Him, then Sing Other People, and finally How I Loved You, a sweet, tender album dedicated to Michael Gira's parents. Their sounds is mellow and newer to me, although Blake has been a long time fan.
By our last stretch of vegetable chopping and stuffing assembly, i was dying to hear the Sufjan Stevens that my friend Hedy had just burned for me. it has blown my mind in the few days i have owned it--his sound is versatile, playful, and downright lovely. Sometime a little Beatles, a little Jellyfish, and a tad Charlie and the Chocolate Factory--but all moving and engaging. The first song sent me into tears immediately--which alerted me to my obvious rise in pregnancy hormones today--and i had to pass the wooden spoon for stirring veggie to Blake, and have a moment in front of the stereo. There i envisioned myself in labor listening to the song and leaning against the cedar a-frame walls.
Dinner turned out perfectly--very traditional menu only i skipped the green beans. Our only tragedies were the exploding roasted chesnuts (sounded like World War 3 on our oven, and another exploded like a steamy, nutty granade on it's way outside) and Blake cracking his knee cap on the cabinets like two minutes before dinner being served. He iced it quickly and sat down to the feast like a champ. We made way too much food. If there is such thing. I love stuffing and i would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. and dessert.
At first I was sad that no family would be able to make it for today. Blake was looking forward to it, saying "hey we have a chance to cook all day"....dude, i cook everyday--thanksgivng to me is getting to cook AND have extended family milling about. But after the day we had I am grateful for it--gave us a chance to connect and revel in the beauty of our family, our home, music, and our love....without the extra chaos.
Wishing everyone the same great feeling.....