Turkey day

My sister was trying unsuccessfully to take pictures with her camera Thursday morning. She loves to take pictures of everything! So, I offered her my phone camera to use. Yeah, lesson learned, but we had a fun morning killing 2 hours before the start of the 5k we did.

I hope everyone had a good turkey day! On to the start of holiday concerts! Ah, seven-day work week 🙂

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Believing

Pinterest is such a great place to find wonderful things! I found this last week after finishing my race recap. It happened to echo a lot of what my coach was saying to me at the time too. So, now on to bigger, and better things! After much searching Jeff, and I have set my racing schedule for the first part of 2012. It kind of starts next week with a 5k, but who’s counting?

  1. Marietta Gobble Jog 5k Thanksgiving Day
  2. Resolution Run 10k New Year’s Day
  3. Museum of Aviation 1/2 Marathon January 14, 2012
  4. Albany, GA Marathon March 3, 2012

Before Savannah I wasn’t sure when I wanted to do another marathon. After Savannah I knew I needed to just to show myself that I am capable of living up to my potential. Jeff has a plan, and the hints makes it sound like I’m going to have some tired legs, I mean stronger legs. 😉 I’m excited about training again, and ready to see where we go from here! The groin muscle is still being a pain, but slowly getting better. Hopefully I’ll be back out and running soon!

What do you do?

This is how a typical conversation with someone new goes. “So what do you do?” “I’m a freelance violinist, and violin teacher.” “Really?!” “Yes, really.” “That’s so cool.” Yeah, I’m cool, or crazy depending on who you talk to… I do really love being a violinist. It’s what I’ve wanted to be since the 8th grade. It hasn’t always been easy, and there have been a lot of bumps along the road. At last count I think I’ve relearned to play violin around 4 times now, but now I’m finally getting to a good place. I can actually listen to things I record, and hear the good parts of what I’m doing instead of focusing on the things that are wrong, or negative.

The last question I get is always, “so, are you any good?” I never know how to answer the question. I have two degrees in music, so yes I guess I’m pretty good. But since I mentioned that I feel better about my recordings I have something fun for today. Here’s a little recording of something that I was working on last week, an etude from Rhode number 13, that I passed last week. We were working on phrasing, and connecting sound through the phrase. Basically, matching what I’m playing to what I hear in my head while I’m playing. Enjoy!