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Jul. 25th, 2009

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a letter to my lj

I think my lj's probably forgotten I ever existed.

I'm sorry, lj. I'll try to be better about coming to see you more often.

Mar. 31st, 2009

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Two in one week!

(Gasp)

Tomorrow, my room is being used for Kindergarten registration all day. Basically, this means I'm homeless. Along with all 6 classes. So, for my personal sanity and quality of sleep this evening, I shall now mentally prepare myself for tomorrow's schedule of events:

3rd:
Bring out all Rondo projects, extra papers, scissors, brads and trash cans to the ropes pavillion. Bring out MP3 docking station and buttons for "Button You Must Wander" game, as well.

5th:
Bring out recorders, practice binders, bucket with recorder bodies, markers and your recorder binder to pavilion.

4th:
Same as 3rd grade, only this time the AP will keep them for the first 20 minutes or so in the gym for their grade level meeting, then they'll be out to see you.

Kinder:
Single class (thank goodness!) Play singing games and use bean bags out on ropes pavilion.

2nd Grade:
AP will keep them for first 20 minutes again. Then, games on ropes pavilion.

1st Grade:
Games on ropes pavilion, bean bags. Don't forget to bring out seating chart and "Mystery People" folder.

Might want to bring out cones for some semblance of "Squad lines" while out there...

Also, might want to see about getting a walkie-talkie for you to keep out there today.

If they need the restroom, send them over to the gym (dire emergencies only)

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Wow, this is going to be really, really special...
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Mar. 29th, 2009

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Updates? What updates?

Blah. Blah blahdady blah blah blah.

Blah.

Tomorrow's Monday. This week will start the month of April...shortly followed by the month of May. Then there's June. We get out of school this year in June. JUNE.

I went to Rice and ran 3 miles. All.by.myself. It was a bit different, since I've never done that run alone. But it was a good kind of different. Until the strange dog showed up. He was kinda icky looking and hairless and had no leash...

Josh and I watched Quantum of Solace...James Bond's a hottie ;) (Daniel Craig) I cooked a quick dinner and even finished re-potting my plants on the patio. Here goes nothing, gonna try and keep these alive. Haven't really had plants in a few years now so I'm really going to have to put a sign on the fridge to remind myself/re-train my brain to think about watering them. But I do so enjoy looking out and seeing the green out there...

Rehearsal tomorrow for the Requiem, except Kevin won't be there, as he is auditioning for his acceptance to the DMA program at UofH tomorrow. GO COOGS. So, as Joyce (the other clarinet player) put it, it's good for us - no pressure, we can screw up as much as we want - he won't be there to hear it. (It's just us "dropping" in to see how our parts go with the choral parts...really informal)

Contacts icky, sleep now.

Jan. 24th, 2009

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Saturdays are fun.

Today is Saturday.  So far, I've:
  • gone to the gym (2.5 miles and other stuff was accomplished)
  • cleaned up the apartment
  • had lunch at Jason's Deli with Josh
  • got a pedicure and eyebrow wax  (YAY)
  • loaded the diswasher
  • took out trash
  • bummed on the computer a bit
  • started lesson planning for the week
  • talked to my mom and my dad
  • secured a new (FREE) espresso machine from my dad
  • drove around a round-about for no reason other than because it was there
:D

Sep. 14th, 2008

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Ike and other things Ike-related

When's the last time I've felt the need to update this?

I suppose I've updated my myspace and facebook 84,000 times more frequently than the LJ - but this is one of those times that just begs for the full-out blog. So here goes.

btw, photos of practically everything I'm about to yap about are on my flickr...

Was having a pretty productive and successful week at school with the kiddies and all this made me sad to lose a day, possibly two now.  There has been no formal announcement but HISD is off, so we might be, too.  I know I'd defintely like to have water back (to take a shower and all...) before I have to get back to work.

Evelyn and Josh just left about 30 minutes ago, I think Josh is going in to work this morning, possibly.  Thereze and Briana will possibly be showing up here (soon?) because the power is out at their place - possibly the water as well. 

Woke up to rain storms this morning around 6:45 am, wondering if Josh and Evelyn should have been gone by then.  Turns out no.  Not sure why but they stayed a bit longer and got some needed sleep, I suppose.  I heard the rain and the crazy bohemian side of me decided to go catch rainwater.  Unloaded a tub that I keep underneath the bathroom sink and off I went down the stairs (after a failed attempt to catch it on the patio...)  Filled it a few times using another container and walked up and down the stairs, dumping it into the bath tub.  Then the crazy *really* kicked in and I pumped a bit of shampoo into one hand, grabbed a towel and headed back down to wash my hair - thinking about the possibility of going to church this morning and looking somewhat presentable.

Luckily, it was early enough that no one appeared to see the lunatic standing outside, washing her hair from water she collected from the storm gutter.

I've suddenly lost the urge to blog everything leading up to today (Sunday) - really, though - the pictures say it all.  Even got tons of video.

Going to go and dry and straighten my hair, instead - to be ready for mass.


Jul. 17th, 2008

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Oh, and one more...

Heh, horoscope for today: (posting idea borrowed from Tara)

You are excited about something new in your life -- so much that you may risk going on and on about it to friends or family. Try to restrain yourself, as folks have less patience than usual today!

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(I kept that last entry to a minium, didn't I? Besides, with all that to do, who has time to talk to anyone?) Ok, really gotta go now.
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Kodaly

I think I can sum up my level of immersion by saying that I've reached the point where I can't stop identifying pitches. Everywhere I go.

The refrigerated case near the deli at HEB hums a C.
The vacums at school are a B.
The checkouts at HEB are an Eb.
My car beeps a C when I put the key in the ignition.


An intelligent update when I am not supposed to be:

-Writing a movement lesson plan for PK to present tomorrow.
-Singing the la and do pentachords on any/all starting pitches
-A gazillion sightsinging lines 
-preparing a sing/play exercise to play for class tomorrow on sml
-learning parts for ensemble in hungarian and serbian, to be ready for performance in trio (if called on)
-creating master copies of 2 additional songs for collection
-writing analysis sheets for these songs 
-conducting "A la puerta" and "Path to the Moon"

...and probably something else, that's just what I remember off the top of my head. Time to check the "list..."

(Tara, are you smiling yet?) ;) 

Jul. 1st, 2008

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I'm sooooo wanting to try this now...

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Kodaly Level I training at U of H this summer...

Ok folks, here's what I've gotten myself into starting July 14 and ending July 29th. Oh boy. Updates sure to follow...for now, I've just had a chance to digest the schedule.

I figure that I'll be certain if I'd like to pursue the Masters once this is all done...

Mondays

9:00 – 9:15 Assembly
9:15 – 10:15 Music Lit
10:15 – 11:00 Singing games
11:00 – 12:00 Ensemble
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30– 3:00 Musicianship
3:00 – 4:30 Pedagogy Conducting (3:30 – 4:30)
4:30 – 6:00 Conducting (5:00 – 6:00)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

9:00 – 9:15 Assembly
9:15 – 10:45 Music Lit
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Ensemble
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30– 3:00 Musicianship
3:00 – 4:30 Pedagogy
4:30 – 6:00 Conducting (5:00 – 6:00)


Monday, July 28

9:00 – 12:00 Cecile Johnson presentation
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch/ Independent study
2:00 – 2:45 Assignment discussion
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Warm-up/rehearsal
4:00 – 4:30 Preparation
4:30 – 5:30 Ensemble performance


Tuesday, July 29

9:00 – 12:00 Cecile Johnson presentation
12:00 – 12:30 Turn in assignments
12:30 – 2:00 Lunch
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Jun. 29th, 2008

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Latest Dr. Who "The Stolen Earth" reaction post

D:

that's pretty much all I can say

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