Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hello? Anyone Still Reading Here?

I have been, apparently, much too busy to blog lately.

This is probably a good thing, having so much going on in my life, but I'm still hoping to find balance - the kind of balance that allows for practicing violin, teaching students well, playing gigs, keeping up with friends, doing necessary housework, cooking delicious meals, reading good books, and spending time with my FavoriteBoy. [FavoriteMan? I started calling him FavoriteBoy when we were first dating and he was not yet 20 years old; now, in our mid-twenties, I'm thinking I need a new moniker. Suggestions?]

Will I ever find this kind of balance in my life? Right now it seems like wishful thinking, indeed.

To summarize the past few months, I read that the Army Strings had a vacancy for a violinist and submitted my resume. To my complete shock, they offered me an audition. (G_____ College? Whoever heard of it? I had figured my resume would go straight into the recycling bin.) I practiced as many hours as I could squeeze in daily to prepare for the audition (despite the fact that it was way out of my league and most people auditioning seemed to have master's degrees) and then decided to channel my motivation in a different direction, after all. Cancelled audition time; took lessons with various Boston grad school teachers. I do think a military career would be right up my alley... maybe someday.

Still figuring out how I feel about all these events and what exactly I plan to do next, but have stated publicly that 2009/2010 is going to be The Year In Which I Start Kicking Serious Butt In Life.

Meanwhile, since the aforementioned balance in life seems impossible to achieve, Nathan is enjoying eating bagel bites and pizza rolls (purchased with coupons, of course) instead of home-cooked meals half the time, and the living room is covered in laundry waiting to be put away.

I am still loving my vegetarian ways and consuming copious amounts of autumnal roasted veggies, baked spicy sweet potato wedges dipped in ketchup [my fav], and warm bean soups of various varieties. [By the way, it's National Vegan Month. I'm thinking of trying to be a legitimate vegan for the duration of Novemeber. Hmm. Eating vegan at home is easy, it's eating out or with friends that gets difficult...]

That's what's going on in my life. As to what's going on in yours, my dear internet friends, I wish I knew. My Google Reader has 1,000+ unread items.

Balance... right.


  1. And I will always be reading the blog of my very favorite second daughter! :-)

  2. I also can't keep Google Reader under 1000+. I like the new feature where you can mark items older than a day (or week or two weeks) as read... alas, I am missing out on a lot of tech news. Have fun kicking serious butt - you'll do great.

  3. I actually auditioned for the Army strings this past Monday, and I probably should have done what you did and cancelled, b/c I failed miserably! I was nowhere near ready for it. But you have a very cool blog, and interestingly enough, we seem to have a lot in common: I'm one of the anomaly conservative, Christian violinists out there as well. Really enjoy your blog..take care!

  4. CarolMom and SteveDad LOVE your blog!


  5. Countless thousands hang on your every word. And, so do I.

    How about "FavoriteGuy?" It retains a whimsical quality while acknowledging a growing (we hope) maturity.

    Or, how about "FirstHubby?" This stretches meaning in several directions. (Could it be they think they're "presidential?" Does she plan on having a "SecondHubby?" Etc.)

    Or, how about "MyGuy?" As in "Nothing you can say will take me away from MyGuy (chorus: MyGuy). Nothing you can do, 'cause I'm stuck like glue to MyGuy. (chorus: MyGuy)" Etc.