Saturday, October 27, 2007

Getting better...but still needs work

Still working on the same piece. I realized I can’t find my metronome so this is something I will be purchasing this weekend. I am not nearly as smooth or fast as I’d like to be…yet…but I have successfully trudged through 3 pages of the piece and continue to improve. To get an idea of where I’d like to eventually be, here’s a video of the song. In the meantime, if I can play it nice but slow by Christmas I will be happy! My rusty fingers are still building back evenness and strength, so I need to be realistic!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fall is in the Air!

I have to say fall is my absolute favorite time of year-- the ripening pumpkins, the leaves changing on the trees, and did I mention crock pot cooking of comfort food? I think a pot roast with potatoes and carrots is in order, as well as a nice jaunt down a nature trail is in order! This week I "winterized" my back yard, pulled the rest of the garden up to prepare it for next year, and did some weeding, trimming and cleaning. I have a bag of daffodils I plan to plant, but I don't want to put them in too early-- PNW winters can be unpredictable, and sometimes cause the bulbs to come up a little before its time to.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Dusted off the Cobwebs from my Debussy...

I am working on learning a Debussy piece called “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum.” I am hoping to at least play it well slowly by Christmas then work up speed from then on. Easy key, intense speed and fingerings. Right up my alley, and it sounds as good played slow as it does fast!

Making Progress....

Recently took two courses in GIS Spatial Analytics, so I have improved my understanding, but I’m still not where I want to be with it yet. Need to start really memorizing terms so it sticks- I’m bad about using my reference material as a crutch- why not memorize it so I can better articulate it to others?!? Any ideas out there on neumonic devices please let me know!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

80 days to Christmas?!?

I just saw the Christmas Count Down Clock on and it says 80 days! Better get shopping! This year I plan to have everything done by the 1st so I can have an enjoyable Advent and stay out of the malls! There is nothing worse than last minute Christmas shopping and the sense of guilt that comes with it. Organized Christmas has a wonderful notebook you can print out and start planning to have a relaxed and guilt-free Christmas this year!