Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

A very special day!

Are you familiar with Danny Elfman or Tim Burton? Elfman writes a lot of the music for Tim Burton’s films, like Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland and lots more. They frequently work with the gorgeously talented, gorgeously beautiful Johnny Depp (did I mention he’s gorgeous??), as well as the lovely Helena Bonham Carter, one of my favorite contemporary actresses. In fact, Depp wrote a large introduction in the playbill for this concert. All four are beautifully eccentric, and I just love them and admire their freedom to be who they are.

Anyway, we were fortunate enough to snag tickets to a once-in-a-lifetime show of Danny Elfman’s music for Tim Burton’s films at Lincoln Center in New York. It was only there six days after a round-the-world tour.

Big screen over the orchestra.

Big screen over the orchestra.

As soon as I heard about it, I jumped online and got tickets – center orchestra! Couldn’t have been more perfect.

New York Philharmonic

View from our seats of the New York Philharmonic

The lighting changed to match the film they were playing music from, and clips from the films as well as concept art you never get to see accompanied the music.

There was a most amazing young woman violinist who just blew our minds. She soloed in a few pieces – dressed in Burtonesque style – you’d think she’d been playing for decades to be that good! There were also two incredibly talented young boys who were soprano soloists for a couple of pieces.

THEN – Danny Elfman came out and performed some of the most loved pieces from Nightmare Before Christmas – we LOVE that film and know all the words to his songs. He was the voice talent for several of the characters, and even though that film has been around a while, he performed them just like he did in the film, with very few variations (just to let us know he was doing it live!). What a wonderful personality and sense of humor! He came out afterwards with his cell phone and shot videos of the audience and the orchestra LOL!!

Every show was completely sold out – understandably – it was phenomenal! The audience went wild. I doubt if anything will ever top it for us. (Except running into Johnny Depp in person – yeah, that would be the end-all for me!)

Before the show, we went to a really cool Chinese restaurant near Lincoln Center called Shun Lee West. Look at the amazing decor!

Huge dragons surround the dining area, which had a sunken center.

Huge dragons surround the dining area, which had a sunken center.

A dragon coming right for me! :)

A dragon with glowing red eyes coming right for me! 🙂

Really cool floor-to-ceiling dragon in the lobby.

Really cool floor-to-ceiling dragon in the lobby.

A crystal sculpture with colorful origami inside. Very cool!

A crystal sculpture with colorful origami-like crystals inside. Very cool!

It was a fabulous day filled with sunny skies, great food, and amazing music. I don’t know how we’ll ever top this, but if we do, I’ll post about it!

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Back at long last! :)

I know, I know. I’m ashamed of myself. I knew I wouldn’t be able to blog for a couple weeks, but that turned into many weeks. 😦

But I have good reason for my absence – besides my regular work, I was finishing a book I started writing some time ago! It’s a cozy mystery with a twist – it’s got a special appeal for dog lovers. I’ll reveal more as soon as it’s published, hopefully this fall. (Emphasis on “hopefully”!) 🙂 I’m going through my second round of edits, then I’ll send it off to my editor in August.

We’ve only been able to visit a few blogs here and there, but we’ve missed everyone tremendously. We haven’t gone on vacation, but we’ve been busy with lots of things.

I haven’t done too much outdoorsy stuff – it’s been way too hot and humid. Summer is my least favorite time of year and my countdown to fall is well underway! (You can throw tomatoes at me for disliking summer – I’ll just put them into a salad LOL)

It's so hot, this squirrel flattened himself out under our patio table!

It’s so hot, this squirrel flattened himself out under our patio table!

He can't get any flatter than that! LOL

He can’t get any flatter than that! LOL

But at least we’ve gotten some wonderful rainbow chard from our garden:

Fresh rainbow chard!

Fresh rainbow chard! Garden to table in half an hour. 🙂

And our flowers are blooming beautifully as long as I water them twice a day:

summer flowers

summer flowers

And we’ve had a steady stream of flying visitors:

Hummingbirds!

Hummingbirds!

A rare instance where one hummingbird actually stopped flitting at warp speed!

A rare instance where one hummingbird actually stopped flitting at warp speed!

Daisy’s been pretty patient, though she does want to know how her blog buddies are. She doesn’t like the hot weather at all and wants to come in as soon as she takes care of business outside.

I'm so DONE with this heat! I'm pooped!

I’m so DONE with this heat! I’m pooped!

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