Thursday, January 1, 2009


This year, for the first time since I moved to the States, I had the opportunity to enjoy my traditional New Years' Show on TV: the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year Concert.
The pleasure was somehow spoiled by the little cherubs' dance on the Blue Danube (awful costumes), but it brought back memories. Not that my people back home were big lovers of classic music -but they enjoyed Strauss and the opulence of the decor. I enjoy classic music (more than just Strauss) and I have to say that this year's conductor was an inspired choice(1). As a plus : the Haydn final was delightful and I had a hard time not to applaud to the rhythm of the Radetzky March (it is tradition but the neighbours here would not get it).

as for my 2009 to do list -I did remember to buy make up remover on the 31st (yes!!!), now I have to remember to use it (2). I also finished my hallway project that adds wall hooks to the tree coat -thus we do actually get to sit on the couch and not use it for with two things from my list already accomplished I can call it a good start...

thus, to everyone : A happy new year!!!

(1)from their presentation: " the Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. This all-round musician, who debuted as a pianist with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1965 and conducted the orchestra for the first time in 1989, combines his musical abilities with ideas and gestures which give his work significance beyond the concert hall. Among the many awards Barenboim has received was the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in Vienna in 2006, where the foundation's board of trustees noted his "unifying efforts toward peace in the Middle East". "
(2)not to remove make up, but to clean my skin


to-morrow said...

I bought my make up removal on the last day of 2008 (and some eye contour cream, too). I was lucky to find a store in the neighbourhood.
What about poems in Romanian? Do you write poetry in English only? I quote Carl Sandburg: Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
Sorry, too many questions for a comment, I suppose.
A happy new year to you and your family!

Annamari said...

I am afraid that I write mainly in English nowadays.
1. Most of the people that visit my blog do not understand Romanian
2. Poetry is a language craft that demands a skillful “tongue”. It is hard for me to master more than one language at the time.
I am going to start translating from Romanian to English
soon ... scary :O
3. I had an attempt at writing in Romanian too. I am still trying, but I do not have enough time to support a blog in Romanian by myself.
One day I might find a place were I can write in Romanian only.

Annamari said...

PS. si la multi ani, desigur!!!

to-morrow said...

So you like Jhumpa Lahiri’s writing (as I read on your blog). Last year I bought “Interpret de maladii” (the Romanian translation of “Interpreter of Maladies”) and I really enjoyed the stories of immigrants and of human soul.

In 2008 she published a new book, “Unaccustomed Earth” – here is the review. I would like to read this book, maybe I’ll buy it from Amazon.

There are two short stories written by Jhumpa Lahiri you can read online:
“Once in a lifetime”