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Kelsey Z.

December 3, 2005 at 12:45 AM

I should be singing "stop the snow...stop the snow...stop the snow" because of how much snow we've gotten in the last several hours and the road conditions that have to be driven in (luckily not by me) but I love the snow and all of it's beautiful, white, fluffy properties (or maybe heavy properties...?).

It's hard to believe it's December. What happened to 2005? It's the end of another long-ish week (though it doesn't feel as long or exhausting as last week) and now it's down to the final two week crunch before the christmas break. I have two weeks left of teaching and a few concerts and gigs left. The most stressful one is out of the way though now. That was the faculty concert last weekend. It was a lot of fun, but definetly stressful. A new type of pressure performing as a faculty member and teacher as opposed to performing as a student. It's kind of an interesting and unique spot I'm currently in, in that respect. I'm both a teacher and a student so it's neat to get the best of both worlds.

On Monday I have a first for performance settings. Poetry reading at a local university. Yes, that's right. A poetry reading. Has anyone done anything like that before? It sounds straight-forward and simple. Now I just have to hope the poetry is good. The big annual christmas recital put on by the music school I teach at happens on December 11th. Currently all but 1 of my students are playing. I'm going to be kept very busy! I have an adorable little 4 year old who's going to play a French Folksong for everyone. She even got a new red dress and shoes for the ocassion....her first recital! I have a 7 year old who can sight-read like no ones business who's playing Perpetual Motion. My Beginner and Advanced Suzuki groups are going to strut their stuff playing My Dredyl, Allegro and Musette. Everyone (even the 4 year old!) is playing Jingle Bells and it should be a lot of fun! Busy, but fun.

This weekend I start my shopping for the season. I have ideas of what to get some people but others I'm at a complete loss as to what to get. If all else fails...chocolate! Actually, I need to do some of my annual baking and then I'll be set. Last year I did literally hundred's of cookies! I don't know if I'll do that this year but I intend to do some baking at least.

My holiday project is cleaning and sorting through my room and getting pictures on my walls. I painted my room at least about 2 years ago...bright blue and yellow...and i hadn't put any of the pictures/posters up that I had to put up or the funky wooden framed mirrors that I painted and today, finally...I've started to un-earth the floor in my room and pound some nails into the wall to hang pictures up! Yay!

In other news...I got my exam date today. 2 months from now my grade 10 violin exam will be done, gone and history forever! Unless I fail it in which case I'll have to go and do it again. So January 21st, at 9:40am in the morning I begin the longest, played exam in my life as of yet. I'm not too happy about it being 9:40am in the morning because it's a good 80 minute drive to where the exam is and then it's in winter conditions. I'll have to leave by about 7:30 to gaurentee I get there in time and probably leave a bit earlier than that so I can be there to sign in and warm up. 2 more months and I can pick out a new repertoire for the ARCT performance diploma exam. I'm excited! This goal that seemed so unattainable when I was little is actually happening and it's exciting!

From Scott 68
Posted on December 3, 2005 at 5:45 PM
hey there you are

been writing any music lately?

From Scott 68
Posted on December 3, 2005 at 6:07 PM
ps i still dont like snow
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on December 4, 2005 at 2:42 AM
Yes, I'm writing music! I actually have a competition deadline coming up this month (see previous blog entry) and have been working on an orchestral work.

And I still love snow!

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