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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Once again, I'm not dead

I'm out at the farm today. I planted some garden today (carrots, lettuce, squash and cucumbers) and I keep thinking of other veggies I'd like to put in (beets, zucchini, onions, garlic). Then my brain points out that if I put in lots, I have to do more weeding and picking. But my brain also points out that veggies are good. I wish my brain would choose one side or the other, instead of seeing all sides at once.

I also got to use my parents' monster ride-on lawn mower today. And by that I mean I was told to mow the grass with the mower that I've never used. I hate using machinery. Considering what a butch tomboy I was growing up, I'm a timid little girl now. I'm afraid of anything with a motor. If I can drive it, I can wreck it, at which point I'll have to replace it.

Since I doubt I mentioned it, the Regina Music Festival was on a couple weeks ago. It's a classical music competition. I entered in a couple classes with a girl a few years younger than me for lieder and accompanying, and we did okay. Small classes thankfully, which always makes me feel better. First by default is still first. And I got a first and a second in a couple solo classes, so I'm happy about those. The first couple classes I got semi-ridiculed and was all set to give up on singing. Now I'm okay with things again. I have to stop letting my temporary emotions take over my decisions.

I had my music theory exam yesterday, and I am so glad it's over. I'm never taking theory as a class again. Private lessons are the way to go. I'm so used to going at my own pace now that I'm not in university. And I'm finding a different teacher. The one I had was okay, but she didn't mention some things, and others she just assumed that the way she thought they were was right. And as I was re-reading the course while studying, I realized that there were some things in the book that she never even checked for. Since Harmony (the basics of writing classical music) is all about syntax and stupid rules that nobody in their right mind actually follows when writing music, the least she could have done was follow them. So I have a sinking feeling that I'm probably going to lose a lot of partial marks. As long as I pass though, that's all that matters.

I also only have 2 voice lessons left. It feels kind of silly, having nothing to aim for now that the music festival is over, but I'm trying to set myself a couple goals for it. I'm hoping I have enough ambition over the summer that I'll do some singing once in a while, so I want to find things to work on. Otherwise I'll lose everything I worked on this year.

Another goal I have this summer is to try to write here more. We'll see how that goes. If I'm out at the farm tending my garden it should help, computer access and all. Keep your fingers crossed.


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