Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ordered a New Guitar!

Since I have been playing so much music around San Diego lately, I've started looking at other musicians' guitars and thinking about my own. I do love my guitar. Its the second guitar that I've ever owned, and I've had it since I was 12. My Dad bought me my first guitar when I was nine years old, and to be honest, I don't really remember it... so maybe my current guitar counts as my first guitar. Its a maroon Takamine acoustic with a black pick guard. Its pretty basic. I think that over the years, the action has gotten worse. It's not an electric acoustic, so I use my dad's old pick up when I play live. I love that pick up. It says Lawrence on it and I doubt they make it any more because I've never seen anyone else using one.

Anyway, after playing a few of my friends' nicer guitars, I realized how much work mine needs. And after several emails to my husband I decided it was time to get a new one. I am going to keep my old one of course. I looked online and read all sorts of reviews on different brands and styles, but I did have a particular style and color in mind. My singer-songwriter friend, Celia, and I went to Guitar Center to look at their high-end guitars, but they didn't have one that I had seen online and really wanted to try. I played a bunch of Gibson Hummingbird guitars, since the one I was looking at online was in the same category. I played a Taylor and a couple Martins also, but there was something about the Gibson guitars that made me like them better.

I left Guitar Center more confused than before I walked in! Especially since I never got to play the guitar I was most interested in. Anyway, to make a long story short, after several more emails with my husband, I decided to just order the heritage cherry "Artist Acoustic" Gibson Hummingbird Guitar! The website I ordered it from has a 45 day guarantee and unless I wanna drive to Sacramento, thats the best way to get a hold of this guitar. Andrew thinks I'll love it too much to send it back. And he's probably right because its basically the regular Hummingbird guitar (which I love) without all the swirlies and the bird printed on the pickguard (which is perfect because I like the regular pickguard way better). It has the same electronics and body shape.

It was shipped out today and I'm expecting to get it on Wednesday or Thursday! It could come on Friday but I'm crossing my fingers it comes earlier because I have a show Thursday night at Portugalia in Ocean Beach, and it would be SO fantastic to play my new guitar for the show. I hope its all that I think it'll be.

2.5 months down...

Well, its been two and a half months, and I am still doing great on my own! My husband and I have been able to keep in contact, more contact than either of us had expected going into this, and it has been a tremendous help. I send him an email every day (sometimes more than one) updating him on pretty much every aspect of my life, which he enjoys because the emails are pretty close to the only social life he has right now.

Its amazing to me how much I wanted to get a job when we first moved here. I really thought that if I didnt have one I would be completely bored and have no way of meeting people and making friends, but it seems like I should be thankful that I didn't get one! I have a lot going on, balancing my doctor appointments, making sure the bills are paid, my music life, helping plan my baby shower, and my new friends here. I feel like every day I have at least one thing on the to do list, and at thirty weeks pregnant, sometimes one thing is all you have the energy to do! If I had a job, I wouldn't have the energy or the time to pursue music to the extent that I have been lately. Life is so much better with plenty of music in it.

The sub has only stopped at one port since he first met up with the boat two and a half months ago, so we got to talk on the phone a couple times while he was on land. Its amazing what a phone call can do! Its also amazing that he can make me that happiest girl in the world even when we're on opposite sides of it.

Its still unclear whether or not he will be home for Henry's birth. Chances are still looking very slim. But this is ok with me. I'm thankful that we got to move back to southern california, and I'm thankful that he got the job he wanted, so if we don't get to be together for Henry's birth, I can't complain that much about it... We are already lucky in so many other ways, even though its one of the most important days of my life, it would be selfish to ask for too much more.