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Jasmine Reese

Poopooloo Browning has Two on Two

November 27, 2007 at 4:44 AM

Today, school resumed after a three day Thanksgiving break. Wow, time runs just a little too fast when you're sleeping it away. Over the break, I practiced and played for friends and family which I would have not done a couple of years back. It used to be that when I played for a crowd of people, I'd play at 30% as compared to the 100% in the practice room. But since the recital a week ago and playing for people at home I think the performance percentage has went up significantly: maybe 70%. I still tend to miss notes that I would otherwise have in my practice session, but my overall bowing, sweat-fits, and loss of bowel control has gotten under some of my control. I practiced at 8pm at night until 12am, much to my mother's chagrin. But she did not yell nearly as loud as she used to when I would practice for hours at a time--I must be improving.
My brother was his usual annoying, yet devilishly charming self, and he had not one "booger butt", "sucky violin", "go get a cat instead" comment for me. Otherwise, I slept and spent much needed time with my beautiful family. I guess that is the only downside to school.

So, like I mentioned above, school started again. I brought back an extra blanket. I am still adjusting to the cold weather, not too bad though. (All Californians, stay in California! I use to be one, so listen to my words! Just kidding. ;]) But the heater was left on all night, so I woke up in a hot puddle of my own body liquid--no, not pee. I scanned over some Japanese quickly for what I thought would be the oral exam tonight. I then got dressed and called my mom while brushing my teeth; do not ask me how I managed that. I walked in the Alfred rain, as is usual out here, to my 11am news writing class. After that I sat painfully through speech class. Thereafter, I walked up two flight of stairs to my English class to study the sickening actions of the sociopath in Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning. I then registered for the class that will be my ticket out of America next semester: France, Germany, and Switzerland, get ready--here I come!! (I actually liked my passport picture; I should post it on violinist.com--nevermind.) I went to orchestra and we played some stuff :).

I then went to Japanese class and some more class and now it is 11:41pm and I still have to go practice violin for the evening. But I think I will cut it short to an hour tonight. Do not worry, I am not usually the only one in the performing art center and it is a well-lit street that I walk back on, for all you parents that are wondering and I know the security guard pretty well--he is always kind enough to escort me out when he thinks I am there too long and takin' his time for him to get home to his family. SO...

Here is another list of random happenings...

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on November 27, 2007 at 6:43 AM
Greetings,
now you`ve got it. If you assume that you are going to lose 30 percent then your preparation should be 130 percent.
The book by Lewis Kaplan is very good at helping you get to this state,
Cheers,
buri
From Jasmine Reese
Posted on November 27, 2007 at 3:13 PM
Thanks, Buri. You are such a great help!
From Mayra Calvani
Posted on November 27, 2007 at 6:21 PM
That's great that your playing in public is improving. Keep up the good work!

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