Friday, May 24, 2013

The Magic of Music

Well, I finished with my edits. The last thing I had to do was to add the recipes, which meant I had to make them. Since I’ve had my face in front of my computer screen all week, everything has gone to hell. So, before I could bake I had to clean up the kitchen.

I can’t say I was too excited about the prospect of cleaning. My family left on a business trip and I at long last have the house to myself. As I was looking around the disaster zone my kitchen was, I thought what I needed was some music to liven things up.

I used to have a radio in the kitchen, but it’s long gone. I have an ipod that doesn’t work and I never liked it anyway. I can play stuff on my computer, but the control thing on the screen doesn’t always work. I just wanted something simple. You know, you plunk in a CD and it plays. I found an old CD player which I was thinking about giving away.

I set it up in the kitchen and hit play. It turned out there was a Cher CD still in there and suddenly the kitchen was filled with dance music. You know that scene in Risky Business when Tom Cruise starts dancing around in his underwear. Okay, I was dressed, but the rest of it was similar.

Basically I danced by way through cleaning up the kitchen. It was so much fun, the hour and half I spent went by without me even noticing. Needless to say if I hadn’t been alone it wouldn’t have worked out. I can just imagine my son’s horrified expression at me discoing around the kitchen.

I changed the CD to Josh Groban and started my baking. I had forgotten how much nicer it is to do things to music.

Cher’s back on the player which helped me dance through the after baking clean up. My kitchen smells of chocolate and I’m just waiting for the Chocolate Birthday Cake Cookie Bar to cool enough to add the Vanilla Butter Cream icing. There are already a few cookie bars missing. I had to make sure they turned out. I rate them as a definite yum.

Now, all I have to do is attach my manuscript to an email and send it over cyberspace to arrive on my editors desk right on time. And then its back to writing Silence of the Lambs Wool.


Linda O. Johnston said...

Dancing sounds like a great way to make cleaning more fun, Betty. And baking and cleaning up afterward, too! The aromas of sweets and chocolate only add icing to the cake.

Julie said...

I's amazing how the right music can make jobs like that so much more fun. I'll put on golden oldies ('60's and some 50's. Yes, I'm an old fart. What's your point?) and I can do the really onerous stuff like clean up after Thanksgiving, in a much better frame of mind.
Btw, embarrassing your kids is part of parenthood. Go ahead and dance in front of him. ;-D

Planner said...

Music can definitely liven up an otherwise burdensome task. It's great that you got to take advantage of being alone to do something you wouldn't otherwise do.

Sounds like that CD player is a keeper.

Congratulations on meeting your deadline!

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda, the real icing on the cake was the icing on the cake. I got to end my day tasting the iced version of what I baked. I shouldn't say it, but I love my own cooking.

Betty Hechtman said...

Julie, the Cher CD had all her hits, including the ones with Sonny Bono, so I know you mean about golden oldies.

I am going to take advantage of the day alone, put my music on and dance with the vacuum cleaner.

Betty Hechtman said...

Planner, that CD Player is definitely staying. I can't wait to look through all my old CDs. Now just to get everyone out of the house.

Monica Ferris said...

I agree dancing old the oldies makes housework almost fun! And I hope we continue dancing when we're very old - like this 88-year-old grandmother:

Monica Ferris said...

I agree dancing old the oldies makes housework almost fun! And I hope we continue dancing when we're very old - like this 88-year-old grandmother:

Betty Hechtman said...

Monica, thanks for sharing the link. The dancing Nana was certainly having a good time.

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Congrats on meeting your deadline! Can you please send cake? :D

Betty Hechtman said...

Chrystle, the recipe testing is my family's favorite part of my books.