Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

After a wonderful Thanksgiving meal this afternoon, I was introduced to a story that made me laugh harder than I have laughed in a long time. The food was delicious, we had great fun singing songs together and playing Bananagrams, and then we had a reading of The Eye of Argon, which was especially fun in a group of extremely silly friends who are prone to vigorous giggle fits. I am so sleepy right now that I'm not sure what I just wrote made sense. :-D

Friday Update: Here is the full text of the most awesome awful story you will ever read.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Notes from the day before Thanksgiving

As a follow up to yesterday's post, I am feeling now like the acupuncture was probably worth it and I think I am going to try it again sometime from a less expensive practitioner. I slept really well last night and I can't say for sure that I know why, but I am willing to consider that it might have been because of the acupuncture. Of course, I also have been on vacation from my office job for over a week now, so my schedule has been pretty light. I'm feeling good about the things I've accomplished, and am generally feeling more relaxed and at ease.

On another note, today it just started to hit me how much I miss seeing my family at Thanksgiving time. Growing up, we did the exact same thing with the exact same people every year until I was about 26 or 27. After both of my maternal grandparents passed away and then my aunt and uncle moved to Florida and my brother moved to Denver, I was still able to celebrate with at least my mom and dad. I am very thankful for the good friend I will be spending Thanksgiving with this year. I had a wonderful time at her place last year and I'm sure I will again tomorrow. But, there will always be a part of me that remembers and misses that big family gathering at the long table with all of the delicious food, all of my relatives sitting side by side, all getting along, and all excited about eating and being together. We still always talk on the phone on Thanksgiving day and I am looking forward to that.

It's not quite 9:00am and it's 41 degrees and sunny in San Francisco. I'm not used to it being this cold here! This is really my last day to try to accomplish things I want to get done on my stay-cation. Today won't be a fun job. I'm going to be sorting through papers. But, I'm imagining the sense of accomplishment once it's done will be mighty sweet. And then tomorrow, Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Acupuncture

1. 30 minute get-to-know-me talk
2. 30 minute nap on nice warm table with 2 needs sticking out of my shins
3. $100 paid
4. Feel sleepy
5. Why did I just do that?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Almost 100%

This weekend I am feeling a lot better. Singing didn't feel great in church this morning, but it also didn't feel that bad. There has definitely been progress.

As I mentioned in previous posts, I took some time off from my office job so that I could take care of some things that I've been wanting to do for months, but haven't been able to find the time to do. The beginning of the week was pretty slow, since I was feeling pretty sick, but in retrospect, I would say I accomplished a lot!

Here are some of the things I am most proud of -- proud because I had been putting off doing them for such a ridiculously long time:

- Got new eyeglasses. I pretty much only wear my glasses from the time I walk from the bathroom to my bed at night until the time I walk to the bathroom to put on my contacts in the morning, but my eyesight is really bad (-10.5 in one eye and -11.5 in the other with astygmatism) so... I kind of need the glasses. For almost a *year*, I have been wearing glasses that are held together with a safety pin on one side and tape on the other. It was a gradual decline and I milked it for every moment possible, but new glasses *had* to be ordered!

- Ordered a digital recorder. I have been meaning to do this ever since I realized that the MiniDisc player was going nowhere and it was too much of a pain to transfer my recordings, but I've been putting it off. Now after hearing the results of a couple of recent live performances, I realize how much I really need to be recording rehearsals!

- Got rid of my futon. My kitty cat, who I love with all of my heart, peed on my futon mattress months ago. I tried every method in the book to get the smell out, but she peed there again - repeat - and then again - repeat... and I realized the method I was using was just not working. I had been meaning to get rid of the bed for a while for other reasons, including the fact that my apartment has a very comfortable Murphy bed that comes out of the wall and I have only been using the futon as a couch anyway, but I just never got around to it. Finally - I called the scavenger pick up people to get the futon, sold the futon frame on Craigslist, and then bought a loveseat. Woo hoo!

- Rearranged the furniture in my apartment in a way that I like better and makes more sense.

- Wrote an email to an old professor about a choral recording I did during college that I never heard about again to find out if it was ever released and found out the music from that recording session was put onto five different CDs released by NAXOS between 2003-2006. Neat!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Slowly Recovering...

Well, my sore throat is much better today, which is a relief since I've had it for a full week now. I'm still very congested, but that is less distressing. Still, I'm pretty bummed, because I took seven work days off from my office job and if I count today, I will have been sick for 3 of them. Boo.

The good news is that I have made some progress on the goals that prompted me to take the time off in the first place. In addition to getting business cards made, scheduling a pick up for my old futon, getting mostly caught up on Susan's blog, and sorting through some piles of papers, I uploaded some recent and not so recent recordings of my singing to MY OWN SOUNDCLOUD PAGE.

Unfortunately, I have made minimal progress in creating a C.V. because the task just seems too overwhelming. Trying to retrace my steps over the last *twenty* years is a huge project. It would probably help if I knew for sure what it is I am hoping to do with the finished project. Apply to DMA programs to finish my degree? Apply for adjunct teaching positions? Or... should I really be applying for funding to put on recitals? And if so, how do I do that? Maybe I should be doing all of those things!?!? (More coffee!!)

I guess the C.V. would be useful to me no matter what, so I might as well just buckle down and do it. Like... I finally got a new headshot a few weeks ago. These things need to be done. And, I'm trying to figure out if the recordings I have are useful, or if I need to schedule a recording session so that I have some traditional repertoire, like operatic arias, in mp3 format. And, if so, I need to meet some San Franciscan pianists! Or, I suppose I could schedule something in Syracuse while I'm there during the Christmas holiday. I don't know.

Sometimes I think having a clear destination in mind seems important and that the reason I have been aimlessly wandering for most of my life is because I have never been clear on what I'm doing. But, sometimes I think that life is about experience and I wouldn't have the interesting life I've had if I had been focused on just one goal all along. I certainly haven't been -- and yet, I've always been singing...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sick on Vacation

I can't believe it's been 8 months since I posted anything. I guess you could say I've been a little busy. I'm posting today because I decided to take a little time off from my office job so I could catch up on the rest of my life, get organized, and make plans. But... I'm sick. So, this is my second day off from work and my 6th day with a sore throat and 2nd day with a significant head cold. Boo! On the bright side, though, I have been going through random piles of things in the secret corners of my apartment and have found some fun stuff, including THIS FANTASTIC RECORDING I made with my good friend Susan back in September 2007 in the middle of my drive across the country to California. I also watched two movies, "How to Train Your Dragon", which made me cry my eyes out, and "City Island", which was very good. I'm not sure anyone will read this, but that's ok. :-)