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!
been writing any music lately?
And I still love snow!
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