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6th December 2015, Sun | 03:07 pm

Ahaha oh dear, I really do feel like I'm winding down for the holidays ... !  But I need to keep getting stuff done ;;

And CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!  Are a thing I need to get moving on ...

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riiiise UP

22nd November 2015, Sun | 10:14 pm
mood: anxiousconcerned

Good things: Haircut!  Parents + brother visiting!  (and installing a new kitchen cupboard, yay~)  Screencaps from the Grunwald episode AHHhh.  (this makes me want to do some sort of lietpol things, but, like, in an undefined way.)

Other things: errghhh there are a bunch of non-uni-work busy things I need to do, some of which kinda snuck up.  Concert series stuff (a lot of it), two choirs' worth of Christmas build-up and first-year assessments in a couple weeks, and all this kinda expands to take up All The Time...  What I really need to get on with, of course, is finishing a decent bit of music and seeing my supervisor (annoying circumstances happened and he had to cancel, but that was nearly month ago; emails back and forth and then he was still busy with stuff and never replied and then I sort of let it drop which I shouldn't, but now of course I feel like I need to have a lot more to present. Aaand I keep getting distracted/finding stuff isn't as quick to write as I want when I do get on to it.  The usual.)

I've been bitten by the Hamilton musical bug, did I say?  Majorly going round in my head!!  Wasn't sure about it at first and now I'm listening to Aaron Burr, Sir / My Shot multiple times on repeat before moving on. 

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Bridge valley

20th November 2015, Fri | 10:06 am
mood: curiouscurious

Actually got up early (for me!) and went for a run!  Winner!

Alas there are a lot of issues on the concert-organising front (like our second pianist dropping out...) so I'll need to spend some time emailing round and I don't know what.

But I also want to make sure to really get a lot of music done today, so:
  • finish sketching out Brooding oboe movement?
  • actually reopen the strings thing and take a look...
  • should actually practise at least on instrument as I Planned to every day and haven't properly in weeks.
Also, this is rather a long shot, but does anything poetical, or historical with a good (and out-of-copyright) written record that could be, um, sung, spring to mind when you think of Dorset, England??  Haha.  There's a choir competition ('inspired by the people, heritage or landscape of Dorset') and I do want to write something bigger for choir anyway.  I was thinking of Mary Anning the fossil collector, but I can't find much in the way of actual texts.  I mean I'd like the idea of doing something kind of... collage-y, with letters/accounts but still, I need something for a start.  And I think Thomas Hardy and William Barnes may have been done quite a lot...  HMM.

I now have a google doc from the Meeting Notes template that is outlining the chronology of the war which is the background and increasingly the foreground to the fic of how-on-earth-do-I-write-this.  And getting on towards 10 000 words of scribbly notes!?  I need to go back and focus on the start of it, see if it even is remotely the same fic.  And figure what on earth style it should be.  I think I have a sort of ending now, though!  

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15th November 2015, Sun | 05:07 pm
mood: coldcold

Welllll, except for the part where I got up at, um, around 11 this morning and kept falling asleep at the piano, today has had several good points.

I really like the new manuscript paper!  and am using it.  (There's nothing particularly strange or exciting about it!  Although, actually, I was surprised by how far apart the staves were and how they're slightly narrower, but actually this seems better.  So, maybe will adapt the spacing for the next round of hetalia manuscript paper if I make it...)

Going to see if I can type up this one part of oboe & piano piece before improv tonight.

I made myself the most epic of grilled cheese for lunch, and caramel hot chocolate.

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Back home

28th October 2015, Wed | 04:24 pm

 and unngh so jetlagged!  I'd been telling myself 'oh I'll just write off wednesday', whilst at the same time secretly planning and assuming I could get all kinds of things done but yeahh given that I was basically awake most of the night (nice, short flight! I mean, that's sort of why!)... nope :)

The architecture is so different here...!  Back to Bristol and windy hilly streets, rows and rows of brick terraces, or blocks...  Having just come from Connecticut suburbs and all the spaced out painted wooden houses!  (Wood houses are so pretty, we really don't do them here.)  

Anyway.  I had a really nice week.  Very chilled.  Quite a few times sitting with my grandmother or walking around the center and a few pauses where we were probably both thinking "unnghhhh what shall we talk about??" but I hope she realises I really don't mind!  We did talk about the family history and back she met her husband.  (In the war, she was working a "very minor government job" in Washington and he was working as a civilian engineer with the navy--then they got him a nco job or something so he wasn't drafted off somewhere else.  They were married Sept 12 (I think?) 1945...)  So much interesting stuff.  And going back a bit further my goodness everyone had a lot of kids!  Both her parents were one of seven children.  We talked generally, books, religion, politics (!)...  

ALSO, the place she lives -- 'retirement community' I guess it is? basically loads of apartments but there's also a dining room and facilities like that and it is right next to a next level care place -- is really nice I think.  BUT ALSO.  Kind of hilariously high-school-like in some ways.  We went down for pre-dinner drinks to meet her "Friday table" -- the bar guy knows everyone and walked straight over to her with her large Scotch -- and created some minor drama by apparently sitting at a table that had been "reserved" with a glass of water!  This infamous "British lady who gives the British a bad name" walked over and told Grandma and her friend this, and they just looked back "...oh?" and did nothing.  And then explained to me this is a very rude lady so that's why they were not as accommodating... Also you can't reserve tables with glasses of water.  (Also the people it was reserved for didn't show up for ages so I don't feel too bad!!  I was like... we could move... or there is a perfectly good table the other side you could reserve..)  The difference from uh high school is that people will start talking behind people's backs when they're rIGHT THERE.  ......Wow I am making this sound very bitchy!  it mostly isn't!  it's very nice!  but I can see how people would make movies.  All the social drama.  one of Grandma's friends was from The New Building, which, despite being... over five years old? ... is still regarded with some suspicion.

Saw a few good dogs!  including a ridiculously tiny very small silky black dog that lives at reception after someone apparently abandoned it outside :(  

Also saw a lot of my aunt and uncle, and their dog who is very enthusiastic and amazing.  And one day went to NYC with my cousin who lives there and went to the Whitney art museum and then wandered a bit.  (A very small bit according to the map, heh.)

I'm not sure what day it is now -- I was really really sad getting into the car leaving, then I snoozed and that covered it over a bit.   This is a very disjointed entry, of course.  

Films!  I saw on the plane:
  • Mad Max (finally!  it was, indeed, so very good.  after 15 minutes of ??what is going on?? I just got so into it, though I still don't know most people's names.)
  • Inside Out (also! so! good!  I cried.)
  • and I saw that Frozen short.  D'awww.  Nothing bad happened, it was cute.  Elsa being this most super-devoted and loving sister..
  • I also started watching Cinderella, just for fun, on the way out, and finished it on the way back and, eh, actually it was quite lovely.  Also Cinderella/Lily James was really beautiful oh my gosh.  (also!  ahaha, all the sex faces intense expressions when the Prince touched her back or, yep, her feet.  There was a lot of foot stuff in the story so I guess they just went with it ^^)
  • And watched The Age of Adaline!  Which was... in the end kind of surprisingly slight and simple, but I liked it.  (Aaand I cried, but only because of the bit with her dog, dogs getting old and sick is sad.) 

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family style

16th October 2015, Fri | 11:51 pm

 Today the  five of us sat around after work eating food at tables and drinking wine (almost as if we'd gone to a restaurant instead of working in one ^^ … and were those annoying people who stay REALLY LATE all by themselves) and it was really nice. Normally I think I'd just expect I'd prefer to just go home but they're a really nice bunch. And Fran and I played guess the tune with soundtracks and classical throughout service :)

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I've all the World in thee

16th October 2015, Fri | 04:38 pm

Well, I emailed my supervisor to set up a meeting!  (Aaand he's busy this week and then I'm away so it's looking like the week after, but that's fine.)  And talked to my parents on the phone again and all seems fine there. 

I'm doing a (very quick little) setting for choir of Katherine Phillips To my Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship :)  The words are so delicious!  I mean, the sort of extreme superlatives that normally maybe put me off in love poetry, but ehh I like it here, and I think it'll work really nicely sung :)

For thou art all that I can prize / My Joy, my Life, my Rest /

now to work.

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string orchestra & stuck in the mud

15th October 2015, Thu | 05:39 pm

(literally all I have to talk about these days is how the strings piece is progressing, and how totally busy/fail I feel in general... so let's see, what else.)

I had a major case of that bad-dream-puts-you-in-bad-mood thing this morning, sheesh!  I don't quite remember what it was about, something with (haha) being at some big event and not wanting to be/feeling ill/having to get stuff done, plus it was really sad too for some reason.  I was just exhausted by the time I was awake! 

And yesterday and day before I did q. a bit of baking -- just cake/bread/cookies and not taking ages on anything fancy so that was quite nice.

I actually really do like the middle of the week when I have potentially almost three solid days and can literally stay here and see no one and get on with stuff....  (or, as has happened in weeks gone by, decided that I need suddenly to: learn ao3 skin coding / tidy EVERYTHING / rediscover warcraft III or shareware games from my childhood...........)

Today so far been working on the score and logic audio mock up of the second part of this strings thing (same one as last term -- only the second movement really, so far, sadly.  It is kinda maybe twice as long as it was though!)  And, um, now I'm half thinking it's all rubbish again and I really don't want it to be because arghh this is all I have to show for myself and I need to show my tutor!!  so I don't want it to be rubbish!  (By even my own definition, I mean.)  


Hm, but this was meant to be a fairly positive turn of events, point being I have 8m30 / 10 pages / 150+ bars of something, and I was able to work on it.  (It's nearly half term and I haven't had a meeting yet -- this is my worry.)


Not sure how to think clearly and identify / actually work on the things in music ...... that, and/or to get back to that mythic state where I just wrote music without stopping to overthink all the time.  I think that did used to happen and I'm not just being nostalgic!

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11th September 2015, Fri | 03:25 pm

 sent an email that I have been half-meaning to for, like... five months?  

I think I deserve more than 7 pieces of gold for that, Habit, no?  (Still that is a lot for a to-do, nice we are on a boss quest!)

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things to do

9th September 2015, Wed | 08:52 pm
mood: blahblah

Made cannelloni yesterday!! OM NOM NOM.  Very nice and not difficult or even that time-consuming; don't know why I've put this off years since the last time I cooked it.....

also tidied up more - my parents are bringing a record cabinet/bookshelf from their clearout which will be nice and I've made space - we really have too much stuff though!  Also I guess I am still totally procrastinating, ugh.

played violin and oboe today -- speaking of: Vivaldi, lol, this is supposed to be an oboe piece right? not a violin with a nice rocking-bow flddling technique? do you MIND?  Eh, it's fun!  I shall get there!  This piece.  I've just barely started.

Some problems/lots-to-organise things around and abouts...
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7th September 2015, Mon | 04:01 pm

Oh and I also spent more time than I meant to moving furniture around!  Again, ahaha.  I'm totally squeezing another record cabinet thing (salvaged from parents' renovation) into the hallway.  Storage spaaace!

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7th September 2015, Mon | 03:45 pm
mood: indescribableindescribable

Good intentions & Plans for Organising One's Life(tm) are tricksy things...!

Anyway, to update quickly on how that's going.  I'm trying to be positive at least about the fact that I actually went for a run today which I hadn't since, like, before I left for Edinburgh.  And if I didn't go more than 3-some k (not sure, but I'm pretty sure there's 2k marker I use that I hadn't passed, unless it's been rubbed out, so that would have been the 4) and even *gasp* walked for a bit in the middle, that's okay because I'm getting back into it and I do know from experience I can get much better if I keep it up.  Also made some headway on the piano Plan and as I said before enjoying the violin greatly.  Sent some emails but unfortunately they were replied to quickly and I now have MORE emails.

Finally got around to planning for the lesson I'm teaching later which... again is good, but of course it took up a lot more time than would be ideal.  Sooooo, since being in Bristol I haven't really touched any real music Work beyond writing up the notes I got at my last supervision last term. 

Have to meet up with about three sets of people this week, not all of whom are being communicative, and that's going to mess up my Plan!  *grumbly noises*

Also going to have a really good go at organising food better again, and cooking at least half the time so we can have leftovers.  So, this week we had tomato & butterbean soup yesterday (SOUP SEASON! hallelujah!), and we're going to have cannelloni tomorrow or the next day, aaaand I've lost my bit of paper that said what we are having Thursday.

Aaand Xana and I are watching Steven Universe again.  We're somewhere near the end of the first season I think.  I really like it -- remember watching the very first episode (or 2?) and being like "....this is kind of cute but WHAT is it it's also kind of awkward??" but now it's gotten really good.  I think Lion is my favourite ^^  Also it's doing this thing not so much as "light plot now and then" as "MASSIVE HUGE AND EPIC PLOT now and then".  I just really like when cartoons spend about 30 seconds on Serious/Emotional Issues and it's very lovely or intense -- as opposed to a live action show with 50 minutes to fill spending like half that time making the same point.  or FairyTail, to be fair ;; Much as I love all the Power of Friendship stuff, it takes hours to get anywhere with that show!

Singing lesson and choir later ... not really in the mood (I'm in charge ^^) but as ever I know I'm quite often like that and it's fine or even really exciting in the event.

A Place of Greater Safety is being adapted on the radio!  I'm ....... actually not sure what I think of it so far -- would be interested to see if anyone who hasn't read the book is following!  They seem to have aged-up (mentally & socially anyway?) Lucile quite a bit and made Annette less alluring and more ineffective and flapping by comparison, but maybe I'm remembering the book wrong.  Frequent R4 problem that a lot of the guys sound reeeally similar ahhh I could not tell which was Camille for too long ;;

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