Going back a bit, yesterday was our last full day in Pittsburgh. We stayed at my Mom's house, took lots of photos, and I sorted through some old school memorabilia and record albums to decide what to take or ship back to San Francisco. I played the piano some more. I want to make a list of most of the pieces I played at some point; many were favorites from my childhood. I think the last pieces I worked on this trip were Bach's English Suite No. 2 and Debussy's Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum from Children's Corner, the former of which I studied back in high school but the latter of which I didn't first play until about four years ago.
This morning when I woke up it was snowing! Though I knew the weather would make driving more challenging, I was very excited as I hadn't seen snow in years. Besides, Ziggy had driven in far worse weather than this. We said our goodbyes to my mother and grandmother, shipped a couple of boxes home, made another stop at quietstormpgh (thanks hopita for the LJ link) as Maggie's Mercantile was closed and Zenith was out of the way, then got on the road. We had to stop soon after to scrape ice off of the windshield wipers, and my enchantment with the snow quickly faded. Fortunately the snow stopped and the weather warmed up a few degrees by the time we got to Maryland.
We arrived in DC early evening, relaxed at the hotel for a bit, then walked to a nearby pizza place that had soy mozzarella. The walk was hard on me as the freezing wind bit into the skin on my face; I was glad I'd packed long underwear and warm socks, so at least the rest of my body was fine. The pizza was very tasty. Then we went to a vegetarian bar/club Ziggy found, but it was rather dull (though I did like most of the music the DJ played). We had a couple of drinks but decided to head back to the hotel before 11 and ring in the New Year with Dick Clark, since we couldn't reach any of Ziggy's local friends to celebrate with us. Watching Dick Clark with his slurred speech was depressing; I hadn't watched him in several years, and hadn't realized he'd had a stroke. I text-messaged New Year's greetings to several friends, and Ziggy and I enjoyed a prolonged kiss at midnight.
Tomorrow we're planning to visit some museums, not sure what else. I've been thinking about making one of those year-in-review or New Year's resolution posts, but I think I should do that after I've slept off those couple of drinks.
Here's to a great 2009, everyone.