Happy Valentine’s Day!

We had a great day, I hope everyone else did too. This was the first year we actually did something to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In the past we always stayed home and avoided the over-crowded restaurants, but this year we decided to celebrate since it was our first married Valentine’s Day. Several weeks ago I made a reservation at the Melting Pot, and we were so lucky to have called just when someone else canceled… otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten a table. It turned out to be a great plan though! The meal was great, the service was awesome, and we didn’t have to deal with crowds or a waiting list. On the way home we passed Crabtree and it was shocking to see how many cars were waiting to turn in. We definitely made the right choice in restaurants!

Oh, and guess what I got as a gift… a guitar! I know, that seems random right? Well, the guitar thing mostly started with iLife ’09 really. You see, Garage Band has a “learn to play” section that had intrigued me since seeing the program announced. I have always wished I could play a musical instrument, but never tried. Garage Band coupled with fiddling with Sean’s guitars a few weeks ago kindled the interest in learning guitar.

A few days ago we dropped Sean’s electric guitar off to have a switch repaired, which meant the only guitar in the house to play with was his acoustic, which was too big for me to play easily. Somehow I then got it in my head that I wanted to learn to play on an acoustic, but needed one that fit. I thought about ordering a cheap one online, but Sean said I should get a nicer one since he wanted a second acoustic anyway. So, today we went to Guitar Center just to see what size of guitar would be best for me. We ended up finding a little Yamaha APX500 acoustic-electric cutaway that fit me pretty well and went ahead and picked it up. It is actually sized like a classic style guitar, and the body is pretty slim so it is easy for me to hold.

So far I have made it through two lessons (well, almost) and my fingers are quite tender! We decided I would do the 9 Garage Band lessons and see how that goes, then look into actual guitar classes.