October 2006

October 25, 2006 10:42

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Seagrove Beach sunrise

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Can you say relaxed?

I am sad to be back at work today as reality hits and LIFE begins again. The weather was perfect for our annual girls only trip to the beach although unseasonably cool the last day. We rented bikes and walked the beach twice a day, so I was able to work off a few of the zillion calories I consumed. The panhandle beaches of Florida are some of the prettiest in the country and October is ideal for vacationing there. I really did not want to leave :(

I didn't take my violin this year and have several new pieces of music to learn for the two groups I play with. Church orchestra rehearsal is tonight so I plan to race home after school and cram as much practice in as I can muster before heading out. My violin always lets me know that it hasn't been played in a few days. Squawk!

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October 17, 2006 07:59

It is a dreary rainy day in Georgia but I am looking forward to my annual beach trip with girlfriends this weekend and lots of sunshine. This will be the 9th year for our jaunt to the ocean. There are 12 of us and there is nothing like a laugh-til-you-cry weekend with this group. We are all educators and try so hard not to “talk school” while we are there. At one time or another we all taught at the same school but now we are spread out over the state and use the long weekend to unwind and catch up on each other’s lives. We will consume mountains of junk food, drag our beach chairs to the ocean’s edge and drink martoonies. The sunsets at Seagrove Beach are spectacular and the waves tickling my feet restore my soul.

It was a busy performance weekend. The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra had 2 concerts and our church orchestra also played Sunday morning. The community symphony played 11 great pieces – the theme was Sacred Sounds in Sacred Places and each piece had a church connection of some sort. Our program included pieces from Bach, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Verdi and a couple of Morton Gould spirituals. The spirituals were written for string choir and were hauntingly beautiful. Our conductor declared Saturday night’s performance the best in SCSO’s 16 years of existence. I felt so much more at ease this time. Last year was my first to play with this group and I feel I am actually one of them now. It is a confidence booster not to be last chair (:))

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Seagrove Beach sunset

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sunset from Pat Summitt's porch

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