Well, hello, pretties. Were you beginning to think I had abandoned you?


My deepest apologies for taking a few days off from blogdom. The Giving of Thanks took up much of the last couple of days. My holiday can be summed up as thus: all 9 members of my immediate family in my parent’s Kansas City house, plus my dear friends Mary and Rebekah in from Seattle and Omaha, respectively. We ate, drank, and were merry. We watched movies. We played with the little guys, the nephews. We shopped. We walked. We had a cheese plate THREE DAYS IN A ROW.

But now, on to today’s big event.

Throughout my life, I have had a wish list of a few things that I hope to someday – someday – purchase. It has been a long-shot of a list, which in the past has included things like a computer (check), a set of sharp knives (check), and a pair of black leather boots (oh yeah). I have taken a painfully long time to save up for those purchases, and have never regretted the money spent. Still on the list is a digital SLR and a Mazda 3. But today, my wish list has gotten just a little bit shorter, because…

I bought a Martin guitar.

And you guys? It is gorgeous. A spruce top, rosewood backing and sides, mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard. The sound is crisp and punchy and full and bright, and the inside of the case is that classic Martin green. I form a chord with my left hand, and strum with my right, and the sound that happens is downright musical.

What have I ever done to deserve the many, many gifts that I have been given? I’ll never know. But I do know that I am thankful, and that I’ll need to get to work to make myself worthy of this Martin. Let the guitar practice begin.



  1. bec on November 25, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    martin fartin.
    luther flufer.

    remember the gerbils?

  2. Mark on November 25, 2007 at 2:55 PM


    color me martin-green with envy.

  3. Greta on November 25, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    AHH, CONGRATULATIONS! An ebony fretboard?? That sounds gorgeous!! So excited for you. :) Let’s get our Martins together for a play date.

  4. Laura on November 25, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    I think you should post a picture of this guitar!!!

  5. MJ on November 25, 2007 at 9:12 PM

    oh man. monumental. so happy for you!

    “downright musical” … :)
    I’m thinking you were born to be a writer, so lyrics should come naturally.

  6. Allie, Dearest on November 27, 2007 at 11:23 PM

    My dream car is a Mazda 3.

    Who is this Annie??

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