Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer Plans

There are so many things I am excited about for this summer that I'm having trouble knowing where to start :)

I'm home right now, which is fantastic, and this is really my summer break.  I am playing in a concert tonight (sold out!) and then I have about 2 more weeks to just hang out with my friends and family.  I was sewing yesterday, trying to finish up the quilting on my bed quilt so I can finally wash it, when all of a sudden I can't sew any more.  I'm not sure what happened and I don't feel like dealing with it today, so that is tomorrow's project.  After I go see my mom's second graders put on a play! They are so cute, I can hardly stand it :)

Otherwise, being home is all about sleeping in and relaxing.  Two words that are a bit foreign to me during the school year and I intend to take full advantage!

On the drive back with my mom, we stopped at a cute quilt store in Le Claire, Iowa and I found a fabric that I simply must own: Glow in the Dark constellations!  So awesome!!!  Unfortunately, the shop was sold out, so I am looking around online; the dangerous part about buying online is that it is easy to talk myself into ordering more than I would buy in a store to justify the shipping...sigh.

The weather has been crazy out here, tornadoes, crazy thunderstorms, sideways rain, and lots of hail.  I'm very glad I haven't been caught out in any of it yet.

Next up on the summer agenda is a massive road trip out to Maine!  I am crazy excited and finalizing my plans now.  First up, back tracking to Milwaukee and a day to recover from that 1,100 mile drive and then 3 more days of driving out to Hancock!  The program I am in is close to Acadia National Park and I am planning on bringing my bike with me so I can ride through the park on my days off :)  I have really missed having a bike to ride after it was stolen from the garage in September so my parents are helping my buy a used one as a birthday present!  I'm going out to see some tomorrow :)

And in the mean time, lots of practicing and listening to the rep I'll be playing this summer.  I just ordered a concerto and a daily violin exercise book to take with me to Maine and they should both arrive soon.  I will be working on the Bach g minor unaccompanied sonata, Tchaikovsky concerto, and Vitali Chaconne this summer as well as orchestra excerpts and the rep for the summer festival.  It will be very busy, but I'm really looking forward to it.

I promise there will be pictures next time!

To Do before leaving for Maine:
get car checked out, tires rotated
new camera battery or charger (don't know which isn't working) for good camera
buy bike and new helmet
finish quilting pinwheels
put garden block together
pack up handwork project for summer

Monday, May 19, 2014

Home at last :)

It is so great to be home! 1,100-ish miles in two days is doable, not crazy fun, but doable. After spending 3 days packing, cleaning, and moving it is a little bit less doable, so I'm really glad I didn't have to drive anywhere yesterday :)

I have just over three weeks in glorious Colorado! So little time, but I'm planning a lot of fun things that just can't be done anywhere else: I'm playing the final concert of the season with the orchestra I played with before leaving for grad school this week, I'm hiking up the Mesa behind my parents house, buying a new-to-me bike with my dad, hanging out with the dog, and spending tons of time with my friends and family here. I'm really looking forward to all of it :)

Then, it's another huge road trip out to Maine. Solo. (My mom came with me on the drive home and it's always easier when there is someone else in the car.) I will back track to Milwaukee with more of my things to use in the new apartment next year and stay with a friend for a day and then drive to northeast Ohio, then southern New Hampshire, and then Maine. I tried really hard to keep the driving each day under 12 hours just in case I run into any construction or other problems. My sense of distance is totally screwed up looking at maps of states out east...they are so small in comparison to what I'm used too. It should be fun, and exhausting all at the same time.

It's been a crazy couple of weeks, and I'm looking forward to a little bit of time off to sew and practice and sleep in!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Just around the corner

Summer is coming! Not here in Wisconsin (at least not anytime soon) but I will be heading towards it in just 10 days! I'm ready to get back home for a while. Before then, there are lots of things to do....

My roommate and I are just now starting to get our things organized to put into the storage unit we're renting for the summer. We check out of our apartment in 9 days. The reason for our procrastination is practical - we have finals. I have one project, one paper, one jury, one concert, and one more final before I'm done. Then I can worry about packing everything. So in snatched moments of time I'm making lists of everything I need to keep out of storage :) I don't know about anyone else, but moving is really hard and I'm very much looking forward to being at a point in my life that I don't have to for a while!

Then once everything is packed away, I'm driving back to glorious Colorado with my mom. Three and a half weeks at home to play more concerts, visit, and hopefully start to get rid of the super white color of my skin before I'm driving back to WI with stuff for my apartment next year. New roommate in a new apartment and we will need more of my stuff. I'm trying not to think of how it will all get back to CO after graduation.

Then, and this is the truly exciting part, I will be driving to Hancock, Maine to play violin and viola at the Pierre Monteux School for orchestra and conducting! I am so excited I can hardly wait!!! 6 weeks on the coast of ME playing music, it doesn't get much better than that. And my family is going to vacation there for a week so I'll get to see them too :) plus I'm planning to visit friends along the drive out and back that I otherwise don't get to see.

So until then, studying, practicing, packing, and lots of time with friends :)