We had a big dog in today at work. His body had been recently sheared for summer. I don't know if dogs are sheared or just shaved, but I like sheared. Anyway. Big dog. Super fuzzy head. His name was Chewy. And he looked just like... Chewy.
Ok, after seeing this... I suppose he was cuter than Chewy.
My first result on google image search was scandalous. I guess it was the second one. "Chewy." It was a funny picture, but the blog it was in was actually about how much the blogger hates redheads. Great.
I've always loved reading. Always. And I do read. Always. I think it's a problem- If there was a readers' anonymous I would probably need to join. One day I listened to an interview with an author on NPR, and he was talking about being a writer. He said the main requirement is that you have to read. A lot. He said he always has a book with him- because you never know when you're going to be stuck in a long line. I'd always wondered if other people felt like that- and I'd assumed that they did, but it was great to hear.
So, I often go through phases when I read everything-or most things- by an author that I've just discovered, or that someone has told me about. This has happened with kurt vonnegut, garbiel garcia marquez, barbara kingsolver, isabel allende, and the other standard sets, of course-Pullman's his dark materials, harry potter, the chronicals of narnia. (Do you italicize sets? I think so, but I'm not sure.) While many of those are full of fantasy realism, and maybe some, vonnegut, are a bit science fiction-y at times, I've never really gotten into science fiction novels. I've tried, and haven't really enjoyed them. And then Brad gave me Ender's Game to read. and I did. Then Songmaster. And I did. Then, Dune, and I really liked it. Now I'm going to have to read so many books just to get caught up on all of these that I never thought I would enjoy.
I love you for your sunshine and offerings of swimming and roadtrips.
I love you for your lack of middle and high school students.
But, I need them. Can I have them back please?
I enjoyed teaching this year, the end of the year was a bit of a let down, because every school finished lessons at different times, and I never knew if that week would be the last lesson for a student.
I have some really talented students, and a few of them are taking lessons this summer. I'm happy to teach them, it's good money and I'll keep up my skillz, as well as improve theirs, but I wish I had a few more. I think the economy right now is hurting my chances there. Most parents right now do not want to pay $16 for a half hour music lesson. And I understand. Music really does just work for some kids, and for those kids, and the parents who understand that, I am happy to be teaching.
To make up for the lack of students in the summer, I got a job. As a pet nurse! I hold down dogs, run blood work, and generally follow people around asking them to show me how to do stuff. They aren't really interested in that, but I have to keeping pushing or I'll never learn how to do things on my own. Often, I find myself feeling really out of my element- for so many years of my life I have been completely immersed in the music world. At a very high level. It is strange to be at an entry level again, interesting to learn something completely new. The best part, after the dogs, which I love, is that I get to monitor and/or observe surgeries! I didn't know I would be excited about that until I was in the room for the first one. Would I pass out? Would I find myself nauseous- and embarrassed? It was fascinating. Who would of thought?
Next post will be chock full of pictures and tales of glory. Until then, a bit of the story, haiku style:
waters cool and strong the mass of people floats on spf 80
If you will be in the DFW on June 20th, I'm playing a concert with the New Texas Symphony. http://www.ntso.org/concerts Ticket price is $15, and you order them through the website. If you don't want to do that, let me know and I can get them for you at a rehearsal. I think. Thanks!
i can't sleep. my tummy hurts. yes, tummy. my apartment is clean. er. I don't like the songs on my sleep playlist. tonight. too much cleaning. changes my taste in music. i think i'll listen to bob. it's 1:15. a.m.
42 Days Since My Last Post. So, to make up for it, some randomness.
Easter! Haven't had a post about Easter yet. I spent it in Madill. I wore a big hat.
Birthday: I fed Giraffes! Brad has a picture somewhere of this. I'll have to track it down. Went to Oklahoma, Charlestons, and Frontier City.
School is almost out. I've been applying for jobs, and hoping that I'll still be able to teach a few lessons this summer.
Those of you who have been a part of "the laura experience" for a while know how much I've wanted a slanket, despite their ridiculousness, for quite a while now. My dreams came true, and Christy got me one for my birthday!! Yay!
The song In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is one of those songs that make me happy and sad at the same time. If you don't know it, you should. I shouldn't be stingy with it. You can't listen to it here, but you can listen to some other songs on the album, which are also really great.
I'm taking a class this summer at UTA. I guess I'll be a Maverick for a while, but always a Sooner at heart. Sorry Seminoles. You were good to me, too.
Hm... My hair is getting really long again. It's time for a trim.
I've been enjoying bassoon a lot lately, although not enjoying the joint pain that I believe is the result of the repetitive practice I've been doing.
I've become addicted to this blog about vet school in Melbourne. Australia.
I had a really great weekend with Brad and his brothers and sisters(in-law).
If Brad and his oldest brother would quit accidentally dressing alike maybe it would have been slightly less confusing.
I went to an actual real live orchestra concert on Friday night! Not a high school orchestra! yay!
It was the Dallas Symphony- and they were great. They played Candide, which I absolutely love. I think I might love it because it takes me back so quickly - I can think of all of the times I have played it. Or most of them. Okay at least four of them. And I love it.
Also, it was an Idol concert. Yes, american idol. The second half was the DSO accompanying four american idol people. It was suprisingly good. We went crazy. There might have been some scandalousness involved. Or, perhaps just some cheesy dancing on their part. They sang quite well though, and as I said to Amy, I think in the future I will only go to concerts that involve orchestra accompaniment. I dont want to type myself out of a good future concert here, but it was neat.
If you're curious, the singers were Gina Glockson?.. Phil Stacey, Melinda Dolittle, and Chickezie. I liked Gina the best, even though I'm not sure of her last name.
This has been the longest update I've done in quite a while. Maybe I'm back in the swing of blogging. Only tomorrow will tell.
This is the worst day in HISTORY. Alright, maybe recent history. Instead of going into that, I think I would rather channel The Sound of Music and list a few of the things that would be better than being here right now.
1) Hanging out with Bradley. 2) Sitting in front of a fireplace, or anywhere with a working TV. 3)Chillin' with Paige. Or any member of her extended family. 4)Kidnapping Parker 5)A phone call from my sister. Or Ava. 6)Talking to adults, or anyone older than middle school age. 7)drinking Moroccan Mint sweet iced tea at All Saints. Preferably with Christy. 8)Enjoying happy hour at the Library, a la 2004 9)Purchasing a microwave 10)researching gardening techniques for the vegetable garden I can't have because I dont have a yard. 11)browsing petfinder.com 12)driving to portland 13)catching the subway in NYC 14)downloading music. legally. 15)eating girlscout cookies 16)singing. loudly. somewhere sunny.
I feel better. Even though I'm not foing any of these things. So...maybe I feel worse?
This has been a long week of nothingness. No money, no clothes by pajamas, no hanging out with Brad, no apartment hunting. No reed making and practicing. No donuts. Barely any reading.
Why? Ooooh sickness.
But I say NO MORE. I am DONE. Well, at least that's what the doctor says. Monday morning it is BACK TO WORK. I can not afford this sickness business. I'm going to start teaching in a mask. No, Bradley, not a Spongebob or Frankenstein.
1. I like clothes, very much, but they stress me out so much that I've always wanted to work somewhere that I could wear scrubs. Every day.
2. One of my favorite outfits is concert black. It just looks good. I miss the days of weekly concerts when I didn't have to worry about an outfit for at least one evening.
3. I have high hopes for myself.
4. I love reading. If I don't read at least one book a week, I must be reading a pretty big book. Or maybe I'm on a cruise.
5. I'm slightly wary of people who don't like to read.
6. Many of my favorite authors have been recommended by friends, and I love them more for it. The friends and the books.
7. I have plans to eat better and to work out daily. I'll let you know when that starts.
8. I like over sized coffee mugs.
9. I'm not sure that I have a favorite color any more. My stock answer is pink, but then I feel like I'm cheating on all the oranges, blues, purples, browns and pinks that I love as well.
10. I'm scared of crickets. And grasshoppers. They might be pretty at times, perhaps in a picture, but not when they are near me.
11. I want a dog. Right now.
12. I enjoy teaching most of the time, and that surprises me.
13. I want to be an incredible cook for my family someday. I can't make an omelet. Most of the time my grilled cheese turns out alright. Sigh.
14. I like being an aunt. I like saying "Owen."
15. I wish I lived close to my sister. Like next door.
16. I miss my friends! They are toooooooooooooo far away.
17. Because of that, I daydream about moving to Portland, Wisconsin, Florida, France. I wish I had a job that made enough money to travel anywhere I wanted on any weekend.
18. I just went on my first cruise. It was really pretty exciting. Pictures to come soon. VERY soon.
19. I loved snorkeling, and I was worried that I wouldn't. It was awesome.
20. I've never been water skiing, and the pictures of my boyfriend's family skiing might terrify me a bit.
21. I like warm weather, but I also burn too easily, and really like cold weather clothes. it is a dilemma. I don't believe that this is how you spell dilemma, even thought I looked it up in the dictionary.
22. I would like to live in Colorado in the summer, and Florida in the winter, and have my family and friends nearby year round. Can someone make that happen?
23. I know more silly songs than anyone else I know, and could make a CD of girl scout camp songs if I thought anyone would be interested.
24. klok. I like nonsense sounds and the people that share them with me.
25. I need to started blogging regularly again. NEED. I enjoy it.