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13 January 2006 @ 08:19 am
Had my knuckles rapped (metaphorically) by the guy in the library about the Robert Jordan book ... it is overdue, like I thought, and obviously it's also reserved by someone else. So last night was mostly a push to finish the book - I'm a couple of chapters from the end now, and I can probably take it to the library on Saturday. And my does stuff happen! I think there's been 2 major plot threads resolved (though I'm waiting for the outbreak of sniping bitchy hell hath no fury attack in one case ;) hopefully saved till the next book, or better yet, saved till after the series end so I don't have to read about it). And I've got some vague ideas of where 2 of the Forsaken might be hidden, though I'm having doubts about one as surely Rand would've recognised her.

Chased the cat out of the house in the morning by playing my flute - I think it's because I was starting with a harmonics exercise (finger middle C, play higher notes, like the C above) and that sounds a bit more shrill. But maybe he just doesn't like the flute ;) He'll need to get used to it. As you'd expect I got tired a lot quicker than the day before, but I still managed about 40 minutes practice. For my reference - this week I'm practicing:

  • Tone book: First harmonics exercise
  • Tone book: First low register exercise - weak point is mid-range of this
  • Technique book: Daily Exercises I - can get through first octave with lots of repeating bars
  • Articulation book: Single Tonguing first exercise - diaphragm only, can get through 1/3 of the exercise
  • Handel Sonata in G Major: All movements, just playing through once currently
  • Telemann Sonata in G Minor: Playing through Adagio, working at getting all the way through the Vivace at slow speed

Read a bit about the Black Death in my historical atlas - it's astonishing to think that not only did the population halve from pre-plague levels, but that for ~150 years it didn't increase again due to recurrence of the plague. People were born and grew old watching people around them die, that's got to have an appalling affect on a society's culture & mindset.

Up a bit too early this morning - J's taking the car to the garage (there's something not entirely right with the pedals), so wanted to get there not long after 8. So I'm half an hour adrift from the new routine and somehow it matters, even though the routine has only been happening for 4 days. I'm a creature of habit, me ;)
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Veewaldhornist on January 13th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
I used to keep a practice diary. It's hard to believe, when I left university, I was playing my horn over 10 hours a day. And now? I haven't practiced in over a month, but was experiencing problems with TMJ so playing the little bit that I did was painful enough.

Now that we've moved, we live in a semi-detached house, and well... I don't want to bother the neighbours! (They have a baby that needs sleeeeep) Plans are to sound proof one of the rooms downstairs, but seeing you can't even get INTO the rooms because of the sheer volume of boxes at the moment, it might take a while.

Doesn't help that my piano wouldn't go down the stairs as first planned. The movers said it was too tall, but we just think they were too lazy *giggle*
Margaretpling on January 13th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
10 hours a day?? I'm in awe :) But then, I was never that dedicated. I think this week doubles the amount I've practiced since I left uni nearly 10 years ago ;) Oddly, I'm enjoying it more than I used to (the practice, I mean).
Veewaldhornist on January 13th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I just find the more I practice, the more I lose interest as there are no venues to play at in the area. I really do need to play *grin* My horns are currently buried under who knows what in the front room. No rescuing them yet! At least I found all my music! LOL!