Saturday, October 23, 2010

Recent Acquisitions part II

Although I am not as nuts about Craiglist as I once was, I do manage to peruse the free section every now and then.  The other day, this guy popped out at me!

It is a panel from a Slovenian beehive, complete with two Slovenians drinking wine and eating sausages.  There is a wonderfully poor English translation of the history of Slovenian beehive painting on the back.   Technically, it is intended as a gift for my half-Slovenian boyfriend.  Until he comes to visit next week, I get to look at it all I want.  (It's a gift for BOTH of us).  The best part was that the person was getting rid of it on CMU's campus, so all I had to do to pick it up was walk up and down a slight incline. :)

Next stop, I made myself a drink sleeve for hot beverages.  When I took this photo, I did not have a hot beverage, so this beer glass will just have to do.  You get the idea.

I kind of just took a Starbucks drink sleeve and used it as a pattern.  I think the total cost of my little project was 60 cents, with the fabric, the thread, the batting I used for insulation, and the button closure.  It was good because it gave me something inexpensive to do (still job searching, but I have at least one prospect), and now I have something pretty to look at when I walk down Forbes Avenue with my coffee.  AND my impact on the earth is that much smaller.

Today I played in CMU's Contemporary Chamber Ensemble concert.  I played bassoon in Contradanza by Sofia Gubaidulina and Quattro Fantasie by Hans Werner Henze.  If you don't know about these two folks, look them up.  They are rad.  Rehearsing for this concert was tough, because in order to be at rehearsal at 9, I had to wake up at 6 AM.  Most Wednesdays and Fridays since the beginning of school.  I think in the end though, the concert was a big success and it is always a treat to play with such a high caliber of musicians.  I love my skewl!!

Anyway, I have a chamber orchestra concert tomorrow in Squirrel Hill.  It feels good to be busy, and I always like to hope that some day I will get paid to do the same volume of playing.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The State of Things

It has been a long time.  Maybe a little too long, but I have been quite busy--practicing my little fingers to the bone, making copious amounts of reeds, riding the bus, playing with the new dog, visiting friends, and various crafty projects.
Carnegie Mellon is great.  Everyone I have met is really nice, but also takes music very seriously.  The ensembles are VERY very good.  After being at two big state schools, it is a nice change to be in a small conservatory-type setting.
My teacher is brilliant, and she has helped me so much in the past two months.  I'm thinking about music differently than ever before and I am starting to feel more confident in my playing.  We've been working on the Piard scale and arpeggio studies, Bona's Rhythmical Articulation Etudes, Oubradous Scales and Daily Exercises, and Orefici Melodic Studies.  It's a lot of tedious work, but it is paying off. :)

I'm having some trouble finding a job, but isn't everybody?  :)  It's all right.  More time for me to practice.  Theoretically.  Being a little broke has encouraged me to be more thrifty and find enjoyment in cheaper things. I do the crossword in the newspaper every day because it's free.  I walk more and ride my bike.  I have been mending my own clothes to make them last longer and give me something to do, and writing in my journal.  I spent a weekend on the East Coast (Philly/NYC) with a budget of $45 and came in under.  (It is important to mention that a certain handsome young man bought me trolley tokens :)).   Life is just as fun and enjoyable, but is costing a little less.

Also, we got this little dog named Spike.  He is technically a foster right now, but we hope to keep him.  He was seized by the Humane Society because his owner was abusing him.  He came to us sick, weak, flea-bitten, and traumatized.  Now he is flourishing.

That's all for now.  Must practice!