Showing posts from May, 2005

College Advice

Wise Advice I have received though the years. And I actually followed it.Whenever you write a paper, make sure the subject of the paper is as specific as possible. Dont write about what happened to you one day, write about what happened to you one minute. Dont write about Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, write about the premier day of the Rite of Spring. That way you can give complete and thorough details.Always go to class. Always, always, always.Get to know your professors, visit them during their office hours at least once during the semester. Even if it's just to say hi.Talk to your professors about your tests results when you get them back.Rewriting your notes is a great way to studyYou dont go to school to be something, you go to school and become something.I try to tell this to anyone I know that is in college or about to go to college. If I could only pick one of these to follow, it would definately be "always go to class."


Here is my umm... horoscope? from today. If anyone understands what this means, please let me know 1
If love were a three-ring circus, your relationship would have five rings! And ten elephants! And a couple of tigers! And at least one big top! And you wouldn't charge admission, and all visitors would get free popcorn.
On second thought, I probably dont want to know.

Post Ems(hide)For the record, I think that horoscopes serve entertainment purposes only... which seems to be especially true today.

Weapon of Choice: Dewey Decimal System

Things that have happened today:

It takes my sister a million years to make decisions. um..... um..... um.... (do that a few thousand more times and you will know how i feel). Yet I still have fun with her anyway. After all she did teach me the Cotten-Eyed Joe dance today-- or at least her variation of it. We kinda made up whatever parts she couldnt remember.

My brother loves My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. He has it on his iTunes and it's one of the very few songs he's rated.
He gave it stars. Ahh, my brother.

My friend, known as TubaSteve, told me they make a Librarian Action Figure. And he owns it. I find this very amusing. Ha Ha Ha, comes with "amazing shushing action." TubaSteve rocks!That's all I have to say for today.

Yay for Sunshine

Finally the sun came out. I was getting very sick and tired of all the raininess. When it's gloomy outside I get very groggy and have a hard time being productive, but that changes if the sun is out. So I'm glad it's back... means I get more work done.

Time Waisting Website for the Day: Am I Blue or Not?

Season Finales

It's that time of the year again... Time to wrap up all my favorite shows in the season finale week. Here are my take on them:

My Wife and Kids (from last week): I love this show. I think the cast is hysterical (except for that little brainiac kid who's just plain annoying). It's one of those shows that I never want to miss, yet seems as though not many other people are watching. So for this season finale the big shocker was (duh duh duuuuh) Jay gets pregnant. Which I suppose is a good way to end a season, definitely makes me want to watch next season. The only problem is that the surprise was TOTALLY given away in the previews. Not in a subtle way either, it was very blunt and caused me to have a "so what I already knew that was going to happen" moment at the end of the show. That being said, it's still a hilarious show and I cant wait for next season.
24. By far my favorite show to watch. And this finale was no exception. I was surprised because the show ende…

Teaching piano

Ah, there are some days when I really love my job.

I mean, i love my job pretty much all the time. I wish I had a few more perks though... I wish I could teach a full 40 hours a week (school schedules prevent that from happening), earn paid vacation hours (and other pretty standard benefits), and work mornings instead of evenings. Then it would be perfect. But even without those things, I still really love my job.

When I was growing up, I never even once thought "hey I want to be a piano teacher." I think for a long time I actually wanted to do something in the English field, writing or editing... (which I still think would be a lot of fun). The idea of being a piano teacher didnt really occur to me until I was studying music in college. And even then, I didnt really think i'd be very good at it (I'm not the greatest pianist around). But I took a class on piano pedagogy and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it, and I was pretty good at it too. Not only that, but other p…

Sunny Days

Got lots to do today and tomorrow, but I just dont seem to have the energy right now. I'd much rather just read my books. Oh well ...

Mood... Mellow

San Giorgio Maggiore, Twilight
By Claude Monet


Star Wars

So my husband and I went to see the final Star Wars movie last night. Here are some thoughts: First of all, there is a reason we dont go to the theater much anymore. Actually there may be several... crowds, uncomfortable seats, and outrages ticket prices. Give me the comfort of my own home any day. I really dont care if that means I have to wait a few extra months for the DVD in order to see the movie. But for special occasions, like Revenge of the Sith, we make an exception to go out.Good story. If you take the star wars series as a whole, it's a great story... Good versus Evil, lots of heart, great villains, and light sabers. Now when it comes to the original trilogy, versus the recent trilogy... no contest as far as which is better. However, i think the first three episodes had so much more potential than was realized (you probably could have cut out most of the first episode altogether and spent more time developing the transformation of Anakin to Vader). But I think the best …


Some updates: (nothing too exciting going on)

Allergies- it's that time again. Though i dont get the typical congestion, sneezing, coughing allergies. I get itches. My whole face itches like crazy, especially my eyes and nose. I expect this to last through until June. And there's really not much i can do about it.

24- Season finale next week... AHH i cant wait. That show has way too much suspense for me.

Here is how I would like it to end:
Jack captures that chick who is working with Marwan (sp?). She willingly gives up the info about the missile because she realizes that she was wrong. The missile is intercepted, the country lives happily ever after. Tony is safely returned to Michelle, and they live happily ever after (my husband suggests they do a spin-off in which Tony and Michelle attempt a "normal" life in the country after their crazy lives at CTU). Audry realizes that Jack was only doing what he had to do to find the nuclear missile and forgives him, they live ha…


I found a cool site with lots of neat java scripts you can add to your site.

I added the Toggler game to my sidebar. And just so you know, it is possible to win. I did it in 6 moves. See if you can do it in less...

I also got these way cool Post Ems 1 ... they are the footnotes of the future.
Post Ems(hide)
I wish they could use these in books instead of footnotes. I hate footnotes.

The Case of the Missing Mailbox

I just took my dog out for a short walk. I figured we'd walk around the townhouse and check the mailbox. So we headed off on our routine mail-check walk... and as we approached the mailbox I took my keys out so I could be ready to get the mail as quickly as possible (my dog has a hard time standing still when we are outside). As I lifted my hand to put the key in the mailbox I realized... the mailbox is missing! The whole entire box for our street is gone. For about two seconds I was completely perplexed (and wondered if i was losing my mind). My first thought was "isnt this where the mailbox should be? am I in the wrong place?" But then I looked down at the ground and saw four long screws sticking up where the mailbox should have been, so then I figure that it's not a matter of me being in the wrong place, instead it must have something to do with the removal of the mailbox. This whole time I was still standing with my hand up as if I were unlocking the imaginary bo…

Happy Birthday

Today is my sister's sweet sixteen. Happy Birthday to her!

It also happens to be my dog's 3rd birthday (my husband and I randomly selected this day to celebrate her birthday... well maybe not so random since it also happens to be my sister's bday).

And it's also Cinco de Mayo.

Lots of reasons to celebrate.

Being Productive

Mood... Focused

Composition with Red, Blue, Yellow
By Piet Mondrian
linkHey I have a cup just like that :)


"Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience."Mother Teresa ...especially the impatience part.

The Practice Spot

Anyone who teaches music may find these sites helpful (I use them quite often):
Practice Spot

Music Teaching
You can get note spellers, rhythm drills, scales, theory sheets, teaching tips, and all kinds of great stuff (for free!)


This weekend my husband and I took his parents out to dinner. We went to a new (to us) restuarant, Bonefish. It was great!

I try not to think of myself as a yuppie, but when it comes to eating out, I think it's pretty hard for me to avoid that. It's not that I like expensive exotic foods, and that I have to go to upscale places. I'm not even a very picky eater... but I do have certain preferences.

First Point: When I eat out, I want to eat something that I cant cook at home. I'm not going out to eat something like spagetti if I can just make it myself (and it will cost less too!).

Second Point: I also like to try something different when I go to restuarants. It's very rare that I will eat the same thing when I go out. I like trying new things, seeing what they have to offer. I mean there are times when I'm craving Sesame Chicken from our favorite Vietnamese place, so I'll go just for that. But overall I like experimenting. Eating out should be special... tha…


Well I just checked out Beck's site and here are the offical lyrics.

I saw her, yeah I saw her with her black tongue tied
Round the roses
Fist pounding on a vending machine
Toy diamond ring stuck on her finger
With a noose she can hang from the sun
And put it out with her cheap sunglasses
Walking crooked down the beach
She spits on the sand where their bones are bleaching

And I know I'm gonna steal her eye
She doesn't even know what's wrong
And I know I'm gonna make her die
Take her where her soul belongs
And I know I'm gonna steal her eye
Nothing that I wouldn't try

My..... girl
My..... girl

I saw her, yeah I saw her with her hands tied back
And her rags were burning
Crawling out from a landfilled life
Scrawlin her name upon the ceiling
Throw a coin in a fountain of dust
White noise, her ears are ringing
Got a ticket for a midnight hanging
Throw a bullet from a freight train leaving

And I know I'm gonna steal her eye
She doesn't even know what's…

Pansie Time (part III)

Ever since my Spring Cleaning week (or two weeks) I really have lost the energy for cleaning. I feel as though since i cleaned so much in that short amount of time, I deserve a cleaning break. So I took one. Though now I'm noticing the effects of that break. I suppose it's time to get back to my cleaning schedule. Blah

My husband and I just worked on part 3 of our garden. We put down some bricks to frame it, and laid down a little mulch. But i think we need to make another trip to home depot before we can finish it all the way. I think at most I can garden for about 1 hour. Then I get bored and my back starts hurting... time to move on.

The new Beck CD, Guero, is awesome. Everyone should check it out. One of my favorite songs istrack 3 (I think), Girl. The chorus goes something like this: "Hey my (something mumbled) Girl... my (mumble) girl" Since I'm the type of person who needs to know the lyrics to all the songs I listen to (so I can sing along of course). I had t…