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Kelsey Z.

another week,,,*sigh*

January 16, 2006 at 5:59 AM

Another week has gone by. More exams. More lessons. More chaos. Another week begins, will someone please stick me in a coma a wake me up after exam period ends??
Ugh...It's been an interesting, long week. I had two tests on Friday. My first test I completely bombed despite feeling good about it initially until I got my mark back. I didn't fail but I was very disappointed to say the least. That result makes me scared to find out the results on an in class essay exam. I wrote, what I feel, is my best in class essay yet but the previous test felt good so what does that predict for the mark? hmm....

I took a few days off school this past week in an effort to have a bit of breathing room and mental space to prepare for my upcoming violin exam. Unfortunately and fortunately that free time to relax and focus on the task at hand got taken up by extra meetings and more violin lessons to help make up for my teacher being away and to help in preparation for the exam. In the process, after tuesday's gruelling lesson purely on technique, I had a pulled muscle in my left arm so had to limit the practicing for a couple of days until my lesson. The lessons have been good but I'm starting to get frustrated and am at the point where I can't really start to pick pieces apart anymore because it's not getting any better I'm at a plateau stage with this repertoire.

This weekend has been also somewhat interesting. Yesterday I spent mostly vegging only practicing and hanging out on the computer, avoiding homework that's due (which I am still avoiding) and also trying to find a sign of improvement in my sick dog. She's almost 11 now and she can't hardly walk and won't walk unless she has to use the washroom or something. She looks so sad and pitiful, it really breaks my heart. Her tail doesn't even wag anymore, she just stares at you pleading for help somehow.

Today, I had the chance to run through my entire exam repertoire for the recital portion of it in a big church which was nice. I was particularly pleased with my slow movement of the Barber concerto. It just worked. Things were in tune and felt easy. I was relaxed and it really just felt so absolutely right. Then this evening I was off to a faculty dinner. That was a first for me. I have never been to any type of staff party or dinner so this was intimidating and exciting! I got to meet some people I didn't know and enjoyed the company of those I did know. It was a potluck and some of the dishes people brought were really unique and very very yummy! I tried a couple of dishes I had never had before too. I contributed a sugar-maple pie. A really nice addition to the evening was faculty got up (including myself!) and played chamber music on a little tiny stage area perfect for 3 or 4 people to perform.

Well I should get to bed....*sigh* Please send your prayers for my dear sweet dog. I've had her since I was 6!

From Julie C.
Posted on January 16, 2006 at 8:09 AM
I went through a similar situation with my dog last year. :( I wish the best and a recovery for your dog. Dogs are such sweet creatures.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on January 16, 2006 at 9:36 AM
Your dog looks so loveable. I hope for the best for your dog and for you, too.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on January 16, 2006 at 9:44 AM
Did you take her to the vet? Sometimes they can help. She's beautiful. I hope for her recovery.

I wish I could tell you not to worry about your exams, and you'd stop, jut like that. It's easy for me to say, being already down the road and seeing how little they mattered in the long run. I have a feeling that it'll work out for you just fine. You seem very smart and gifted.

From Neil Cameron
Posted on January 16, 2006 at 4:13 PM
Oh Kelsey I do hope for the best for your dog.


From Eric Stanfield
Posted on January 16, 2006 at 4:40 PM
Ugh, I love everything about dogs except for the way it inevitably ends. Good luck steeling yourself to do what has to be done :(
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on January 18, 2006 at 5:06 PM
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. We are taking her to the vet this morning now that her medicine has had a chance to kick in properly and we'll take it from there.

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