Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Whirlwind of crazy

There has been so much going on lately, and it's all very exciting! I leave in 2 short days for Milwaukee, WI for an audition at UWM. I'm nervous, almost equal parts for driving around a new city in a rental car (yes I CAN rent a car) and the audition itself (a bit more for the audition...).

After I get back my life will take a drastic shift immediately. I haven't been subbing much this year to leave me time to prepare for auditions, however I am in need of making some extra money. I have car repair costs to keep my car in good running condition and I am very seriously considering buying a new violin this year. Mine has never really adapted to the super dry CO climate and it is not sounding very good anymore. Anyway, I will suck up the nastiness of 5am phone calls and start taking more sub jobs to get some capital.

In other news, it snowed yesterday! I love waking up to a clean white snow, it is refreshing after the brown I get used to seeing everyday.

I should probably go shovel some...

I am also making a new violin case snuggie (not to be confused with the As Seen on TV adds for blankets with sleeves) for my new case. It is going to be nice and frigid in WI and I don't want my violin to get too cold :)

It's not done yet, I can't seem to remember how I made the last one. It's been too long... If I can figure out a great way to do it, maybe I will make a pattern and try to sell it :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Year, New Ideas

It's been awhile since I have posted, but I have made a goal to post more this year.  (Which considering last year's numbers won't be too hard...)  I am also setting up a website!  Crazy fun, and pretty simple so far.

I'm gearing up for an audition at the University of WI, Milwaukee for performance and pedagogy.  I'm nervous and practicing like crazy.  Fingers crossed, but there is no substitute for good old fashioned hard work.  While I'm out there, I am going to try to visit a violin shop and get a new appraisal on my instrument.  It has been having some major issues and I think I need to consider changing to a new one :(  Sad, because I love it however at some point you recognize that open seams every couple of weeks is a really bad sign.

In other news, I have decided to file my own taxes...yikes!  I bought the software and I'm attempting to figure it out.  We'll see how this turns out.  I wish I had enough money to have someone else file them for me, but I just don't this year.  If it all goes well, I will be super excited, but if not I will start putting aside money every month this year so I don't have to do them myself next year :)

Another goal I made for the year is finish some of the plethora of sewing/quilting/crafting projects I have started/want to start/already have the materials for.  I'll be posting pictures as I get them.  The first finished project of the year was a Mystery Quilt that I turned into the new shower curtain for my bathroom!