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August 17, 2005

I had such an excellent day today! First, i was pretty busy and I like that feeling. I wonder if that can be considered an addiction. Loving the feeling of having a full schedule and that results in creating an impossible schedule that cannot be handled without going slightly crazy. Then when your not busy you don’t know what to do with yourself. Maybe that is why I have to have a billion projects all going at once. Then I never have the opportunity to feel like I have nothing. Like now while i don’t really have a job, I could be finishing a blanket, sewing a curtain for my bathroom, a skirt for my mom, blogging, practicing, writing, the list can go on and on and on and on…. If it is an addiction, most of the people I know are addicts.

Back to the subject, my wonderful day! I got my first student today! Not only do I have a student, but I teach her tomorrow! I only have one though and I called 11 – 12 families. So I left a lot of messages and hopefully they’ll hear my voice on their machines (my machine voice)and they will say “My, what a nice young lady. We should definitely take violin lessons from her.” Then they’ll call me back and they will all be the best practicers ever! Yep yep yep, that’s how it will happen. :)

So after I got my first student I realized I need to check out my teaching supplies and make sure that everything was stocked up, because as I remember I was running low on things when I left NAU. Sure enough I had no corn pads, no markers, no car detailing tape and I was running low on my electrical tape. So I had a shopping trip.

I needed to go shopping anyway for groceries, so I decided to go to a store called Fred Meyers. Tell me if you’ve heard of this. I guess it’s the same as Smiths, Frys, Ralphs, or King Soopers, but it’s crazy huge. This place puts all Super Walmarts to shame! I can’t handle its vast possibilities so I don’t think I’m going to go there again. It’s just unnaturally huge and even though you can get all your shopping done in one place it’s so big that the convenience is lost because it is impossible to find anything.

Anyway, I did my shopping there today, I got all sorts of goodies for my home studio and I got some food I needed. When I got home I tried a new recipe for Quiche. It was easy, fun and tasted pretty good. I always enjoy trying new recipes.

After that I got ready for my Irish Jam. Even though I haven’t really learned any more songs from the last time I played (in Flagstaff) I got all my courage together to go. You just never know what to expect from these things. I got there a little late, because I didn’t want to be the newbie waiting around for everyone to get there. I didn’t get my music out because I never could hear the names of the songs, but I faked along and tried to learn a few new tunes. They went around in a circle and people picked songs. When it was my turn, I shrank back into myself hopeing they would pass me over, but they didn’t. I had to fess up to needing music and then played “Catharsis”, one of my favorites. Nobody knew it though, but a few people tried to fake along with me. After that I was handed a song list. They don’t follow it strictly, but it sure helps to know what they play. I looked it over and of course there was hardly anything that I knew, or remembered that I knew. Finally I found “Wind that Shakes the Barley.” I mentioned this and everyone got excited so we played through that. I wasn’t so nervous after that, plus I was given a free glass of wine, which I desperately needed.

So overall it was a blast. I’m going back next week. I met a lot of interesting people and including several fiddle players. There was this older woman, Linda, who seemed to know every song. And when she didn’t know the song she could pick it up be ear so fast! There was also a guy who plays harp and will be going to UO this year. I’ve seen him around town a few times already.

Also the place where this session was held was awesome. It was a coffee shop Wine Loft! (that’s for you Flagstaffers) It served food and wine and coffee and overall had a very cool feel to it. It was called Perugino. (A little note about that link. I totally saw the guy that wrote this review. He isn’t kidding when he says he is always there.) I have now found a place I could really spend some time at to hang out. I still want to find a cool place like Blue Dragon (albuq) and I’m sure I will. There is an abundance of coffee shops here for me to explore.

Now that I have written the longest post ever….yeah…I think it’s time to end. I have had people tell me I put way too much detail into my stories, but oh well, I like it that way.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2005 11:08 am

    Wow! I’m glad you’re meeting people. And you are such a good blogger…with links and everything. Talk to you soon.


  2. August 18, 2005 12:28 pm

    Welcome to Eugene! I was checking my site stats this morning, and saw your blog address in there – I’m glad you had a good time at the jam. They’re a great bunch of people. Good luck getting more violin students, and see you next week (well, if I haven’t moved in to Perugino by then, anyway).

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