The one with no pictures. Almost.
There’s a lot going on, and I’m in a time crunch…. but isn’t that always the case? Um…. that’s totally called life.
First up : La Jolla Symphony – and my *awesomeness* at sight reading Stravinsky’s Firebrid .
I didn’t know how bad it would be…. so in this case ignorance truly was bliss. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the looks that our conductor sent my way spoke volumes. Generally I’m pretty okay at sight-reading, but missing last week’s first rehearsal combined with the fact that this pieces was an entity all to itself…. I foresee lots of practice time in the future. Wow. just wow. I kept mistakenly calling it “Firebrand”, but I’m pretty sure (at this point) – what I attempted to play last night and my idea of a Firebrand are one and the same.
I’ll get ‘em next week.
Second: Finals. Yes, you read that correctly, finals.
It’s been years since I took a final exam in anything. My college career ended in 2003, and with a few “fun” classes taken at whatever community college we’ve lived near since then – well, I’m definitely feeling the pressure. I still contend that I picked the wrong Wisco major, and although I love history and am grateful for the skills acquired through my B.A. course load – photography and digital media are just cool. And even in my free time, when I’m NOT doing xyz, I still reach for the camera or computer to edit. I love this stuff – just love it.
And if the lesson that I learn is that it took 10 years post-college to really figure out which direction I want my life to head (while working under the fuck you lupus and military spouse (so sometimes fuck you military) constraints) – well that’s okay.
But I’m still slightly panicked about finals. Yeah – I know I’ll get ‘em done…. But the final Photoshop project is to create a website. This is slightly panicky – just because I’ve never built my own website (per se). Sort of like playing Firebrand.
Third: Home Alone. Again.
The Yank headed out to DC for some sort of aviation conference for a week. I don’t really mind too much, and although I miss him, it gives me plenty of opportunity to study and practice on my own. At weird hours…. and not get the I’m-home-what’s-for-dinner look. Bah. I hate that look – and question!
Fourth: Argyle Compression Socks.
From my friend Agnes – THANK YOU! They made my day…. and seriously – who doesn’t love blue argyle socks?
Five: Haircut + chemical alterations.
It’s been 4-months since my last trim – yep, I’m definitely growing my hair out. Last year’s bang fiasco still haunts me (well everything in July 2011 was awful. Bah humbug). I suppose this is the anti-bang retaliation. The chemical alterations – well, it’s to give my natural blond a boost – my lack of time in the sun because of lupus has left me highlight-less… so this is my alteration. Sort of like wearing cowboy boots over compression socks (in a totally weird but connected way). At least blue argyle make them fun – just like the highlights.
Six: Okay – one picture (pre cut).
Photoshop finals practice…. I’m working on my masking and ability to take a single selection from an image (without destroying the rest of the pixels) and a placing it elsewhere. The black and white ads an artistic twist. The left side looks much better than the right – for some reason I had a harder time with the stuff on the right side. But as I’ve already completed the book exercises, why not work with some of my own? Or in this case – a random shot that N took last weekend. Peanut Butter Cups are THE BEST.
And the after: (Okay – so two pictures)
…aaaand it’s back to studying. Gym + class later today. Then more study and some whine and wine time with M. Probably less wine, more whine (and no questions about dinner)- and then back to homework. Suffice today is NOT the day to go off caffeine – the 1/2 caf. coffee is good. And starting to kick in. Have a great day everyone!