Update on the sleep-over, the kids got some sleep! 2am - 9am!!!! Nothing like a good threat when it counts. Actually the mothers were all chatting outside, well a bunch were, and I mentioned that I had told D quite firmly that she had to get some sleep, so they went in and did too.....and the mother of the birthday girl is a daycare teacher....
They got some sleep.
Then youngest had to have a nap. Indeed, she was put to bad around 12:30 and didn't get up again till around three, though she says she didn't sleep, she was actually mostly civil, for which I am very happy.
I got a nap in too, which was very very nice.
I also got a 2 hour march through the hills, which was a delight. Tomorrow is hunting day, so not quite the same.
Still loading music to the iPod, the newer music is what is going to be a bit of a hassle.....
Weirdly, I find it easiest to do with the man present. He has a formidable memory. We have about 300 CD's that we brought over this year when they were finally disinterred from the basement....he remembers what they all are, which songs are on them, which he likes, and generally, which ones I like too!
So hear's my question. Honestly, with the iPod, what I really prefer is listening to podcasts. I have listened my way through most of a Yale University English Literature course, and a bunch of other bits and pieces. I have stuff from the Metropolitan Museum of art and some audiobooks. I think I will try and find some I want to hear more. I am loading music on, but I honestly don't listen to music that much. That feels faintly embarrassing to admit and sounds kind of weird, but when I listen to music, it is generally because I want to listen to the music, not as ambient noise. It is, I think, the result of having spent, and still spending, so many years with lots of kids around and they are n.o.i.s.y. I like the silence. I like someone whispering intelligent and thought provoking things into my ear.....
I listen to music to, consciously, change my mood, usually if I am down and need a kick in the behind to get shifted into a more upbeat frame of mind. Despite this, I love music and we have some great stuff to listen too. I find also I like songs that tell a story, or that have associations for me.....and something that just makes me feel happy.
So, here's the question.
Why do you listen to music when you do?
I'd really like to know.