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Kelsey Z.

June 12, 2005 at 6:37 AM

You would think that after writing an exam like the history exam I wrote over four weeks ago that you'd know whether or not you passed. Marks are starting to be posted on Tuesday and I'm anxious to find out the results. It will have been almost 5 weeks when I find out. *crosses fingers*

I love June for many reasons and dislike it for others. Spring in general I dislike, not because I have a thing against flowers or warmer weather (though the 35 + Celsius we were experiencing a couple weeks ago was a bit much for my tastes) but because of allergies. But onto the things I love! I do like the flowers, to look at. I enjoy taking pictures and I have had fun this year experimenting my Dad's digital camera and taking some "artsy" pictures. As well, the spring rains, and thunderstorms are always nice! I love the smell after a spring rain and then when the sun comes out through the black clouds and how it illuminates some parts of the mountainside and other parts are left in the dark. Seeing the rays of sun through clouds as the sun begins to set and the sky is set off with many colors that change until, finally at about 10pm things begin to become dark and those colors are no longer visible.

The ironic thing about springtime and the month of June is that while all the flowers are starting to bloom and plants are starting to grow and start new lives, and the wildlife begins to multiply, we humans are "ending" things. School gets out in many parts of the world. Music lessons break for the summer while many people go off to teach at festivals and take part in a more holidaying style of education. Things are wrapping up. Year end recitals... exams... hockey is over....ok, well maybe hockey isn't that important...but still! I've gone and bought little year end presents for most of my students, I still have a couple to pick up yet but it's kind of saddening to think that even though this summer has so many exciting things in it, I will miss my students! I love teaching and the challenge of it!

I will miss all my students this summer but I'm going to miss my beginner Suzuki group in particular. They only just started a few weeks ago as a chance for kids interesting in playing in a group to see how they like it without having to commit to a whole year. It's turned out to be a lot of fun. It's not a huge group, but it's not tiny, all the kids are around the same age and level and they are a lot of fun! I think the smaller group in some ways makes it more fun because it's a little more personal. One girl from the group brought me a dish of strawberries and an apple that she had picked for me, the other day. That made me feel good! One thing that really excited me about the last class was one girl who is such a sweet-heart plays everything so incrediably carefully and so I was trying to encourage all the kids to use more bow (this resulted in bows being millimeters from peoples heads...) amd this week, the very careful girl was using a whole lot more bow! That was neat for me to see.

Speaking of recitals and year end performances. This weekend coming up, I get to go and hear a performance of one of my own compositions for string orchestra! I'm very excited about that as I still haven't heard it done with a full string orchestra yet, just once through with a string quartet. I'm eager to hear it! The following day, when I get back, both my Suzuki groups are signed up for the music academy's big year end concert...or one of them anyways (we are doing two this year, in previous years they tend to be VERY long). I will also be playing Lark Ascending and som Bartok Duets! On Tuesday of this week I will be adding to the performances and doing another Lark Ascending performance at small informal in house recital at a fellow musicians home for other musicians. After this week, I get to go away for 5 days on holidays! yay! Only a couple days after I get back though, it's yes, you've got it another recital at which I still haven't decided for sure what I will be playing. I'm trying to convince my teacher to let me do the G minor Sonata Fugue but we'll see! If not that, the Barber concerto out of most likely hood. Ah, performing!

That wedding I mentioned in my last blog entry. Well....I've determined that duct tape and tent pegs need to be added to the nessecary outdoor wedding gig materials. I've never had to play in such circumstances before. It was so incrediably windy. My music stand blew over, resulting in my case being on two of the feet and my pushing down on the other one to keep it from flipping over again. My usual close pegs and elastics didn't work for music. Some of my music was actually ripped right out of my binder, so someone got me some duct tape and we taped my binder and music open to my music stand. I thought, great (!) smooth sailing from here on, if you can get past to the having to rip music taking duct tape off to turn pages. Apparently it wasn't smooth sailing. I need a music stand that has a top that screws on that can't flip around because the wind decided to send the top of my stand twirling (not quite, but it spun around a bit) since it couldn't rip at my music or knock the stand over anymore. Luckily after a somewhat stressful ceremony, the reception, in a sheltered deck area went well!

Well I'm really procrastinating on reading my driver's manual so I should probably think about going to bed and doing that for awhile and then go to bed. I took a few of the practice tests (prior to reading any of the manual) and one included a question along the lines of "what do you do if you don't know what the other drivers are doing?" A. Honk and yell at them? B. Be aggressive and take the right of way C. Flash your brights in their eyes or D. take extra caution in order to be safe .....hmm.... or better yet ...there's a picture of a red octagon with the word STOP printed in big bold letters in the middle "What do you do when you meet this sign?" Umm.....Go? Sometimes you really have to wonder.

Well I'm off!

From Scott 68
Posted on June 12, 2005 at 5:24 PM
that must be so awesome to have people play your music!

always take extra caution when driving of course and tp say hockey is not that important is blasphme!

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