Brief Update Plus Ramblings

Well, I forgot to look at the date I last wrote before I started writing, and I don’t really feel like quitting and going back just to look, so I’m not going to.

Basically what’s been going on since I last wrote is a bit of worry, and a whole lot of waiting.  I haven’t been bored, though, which is good.  Even without my flute, it still takes a rather large lack of things to do before I will officially admit to myself and others that I’m officially bored.

Well, sometime between Wednesday last and yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend of mine over skype, and he suggested I take a look to see if I could fine some kind of tracking information on the receipt from when I paid to have my flute shipped.  A lightbulb went off in my head and I was kind of surprised I’d not thought of it before.

I eventually found the receipt and got a pair of eyes to read the tracking information, and on attempting to track, got a grand total of zero nuggets of valuable information as to where my poor lost little instrument is.  I sort of freaked out because I was hoping to avoid having it in transit over the weekend, but when I talked to Da about it, he reaffirmed the fact that I really shouldn’t worry because there’s not much I can do at this point.

The initial anxiety of not having my flute cloase by has worn off for the most part, but I still have found myself having to remind my brain of the fact that there’s nothing I can do right now but wait.  So, that’s what I’m doing.

In the meantime, Da and I went with a friend to see a little production held by the South Davis Special Needs Mutual group, in which my aunt had a part.  She has Down’s Syndrome, and I swear she does the best out of all the people in the group.  It was really quite cute.  I was a bit grouchy when we left the house, but by the time the show was over, I ended up laughing and feeling a lot better.

After the show, we went to a restaurant called Lonestar, and I ordered prime rib, mashed potatoes, steak fries, bacon and potato soup, an ice tea, and tripple chocolate cake for dessert.  No, I didn’t eat everything!  Normally I can manage to put quite a lot away when I’m really hungry, despite my tiny stature.  It’s kind of funny, I’m told, to watch how much I eat, when I actually remember to do so.  It’s a good thing I’ve a high metabolism, ha ha!

The night after I wrote last, my sleep schedule began to normalize itself.  For the time being, it’s fairly consistent.  It may not last more than a couple of weeks, though.  At least, it seems to be fairly consistent in that regard, ha ha.  The past two or three nights have been fairly satisfying, and I’ve woken up feeling quite good, both physically and emotionally.  It’s kind of funny how sleep recharges you more than just physically, I think.

At any rate, today wasn’t spent doing a whole lot.  I woke when I felt like waking, though I don’t remember when it was right off the top of my head.  If memory serves me correctly, though, I could say I woke somewhere between nine and ten in the morning, after going to bed around midnight.  I got rather addicted to the current game I’m playing to help pass the time during the practice cravings.  I played for a ridiculously long time before deciding to look at the clock and write this post.  I’m somewhat embarrassed at how long I sat there playing that silly game, actually.  My head is aching something fierce as a result, though.  The game requires a bit of brain work to get through, and if you don’t quite get through a level with everything required, it’s kind of bad.  Sometimes it takes quite a while to finish a level, too, if you get hit by a certain nasty, or if you get lost… and that simply adds to the total playing time.

If memory serves me correctly, I haven’t eaten yet, either!  Oops!  I suppose I’d best close and remedy that at some point.  Plus, I have the new Dr. Who episode to watch before I decide to sleep.

As for what I’m going to do next, I’ve not quite decided.  However, I can tell you that I’m not going to start going insane regarding the flute business until Tuesday next.  If I haven’t heard anything from Nagahara Flutes by then, I’ll have to start seeing what’s going on again and demanding information from everybody I can think of.

Oh, I also forgot to tell you that I wrote a brief Email to Sir James Galway, after he sent me a dropbox invite, so it will be interesting to see if he responds back.  I kind of wish I had some way to just pop over to Switzerland to have a lesson with him once a week, you know?  I really love the way he teaches for some reason.  He isn’t afraid to tell you where you need to work in terms of technique, and he really helps you as a student to raise your own bars.  I’ll tell you what, I can’t wait till my flute gets back!  I’ll be working some more on the piece I began before I shipped it off, and I’ll most likely have a couple of eight-hour practice days to make up for lost time.  No fear, it isn’t any obligation to make up lost time.  I simply just love playing.  I found myself often times playing my flute while in college more than doing homework… which was kind of bad, but still funny.

Anyway, I’m going to close now and munch on some of the leftovers from yesterday’s dinner.  I don’t think I’ll be playing any more Shades of Doom tonight, either.  The last time I played as long as I did today, the game decided to invade my dreams, which was weird!  So, this is me closing this rather uninformative post.

Forever Optomistic,

Me

Weekend to the Present

So much for writing a post every day.  Ah well, I suppose it doesn’t matter too much.  At least I’m not to the point where I’m waiting months between posts simply because nothing supposedly worth talking about has happened.  In other words, at least I’m updating mostly regularly. Wow… that was grammatically weird.

Anyway, my Easter weekend was rather nice.  I spent Saturday sleeping, as my sleep schedule is still very broken.  Today’s events probably didn’t help with that either, but more about that later.

When I woke long enough to grab something to eat and say hello to the living world, I remembered that Doctor Who was coming out with the first episode of season six.  I acquired it on Sunday and watched it after a nice Easter celebration with Da.  I wasn’t too kene on the ending, though.  Nor am I happy that I have to wait another six days before getting the next episode.

Anyway, thanks to Sunday’s celebration, I’ve got a full supply of chocolate for a while, which is good.  I go through these spells sometimes, and if I don’t have chocolate, I kinda go crazy.  It puts me on edge if I don’t have something available.  I don’t eat chocolate constantly, but when a spell hits, and the craving comes around, it really is satisfying knowing I have something close by so Da doesn’t have to deal with my being grouchy.

During Easter Sunday, I watched a Victor Borge film with Da.  Victor Borge is a musician who turns his work into commedy.  He died fairly recently, in 2000, and the movie we watched was one of his latest concert films.  It was good to have a laugh and enjoy some good family time.

Today’s events, well the main one anyway, kind of threw me for an emotional loop.  I’m rather surprised it affected me as much as it did, to be honest.  Who knew that sending off my flute would be so hard to deal with?

I’d intended on filling out the paperwork mentioned in my last post over the weekend.  A combination of procrastination and outright forgetfulness unfortunately hindered that little intention.  By the time I did remember, it was one in the morning on Sunday, and I was not about to wake anyone up just to help me fill out a couple of papers.

So, when I finally went to sleep at around three and then woke again fully at five, I killed three hours before calling my friend Lisa to see if she could assist me.  She came over at around half past eleven, and we eventually got everything straightened out.  I was confident in everything I wanted to do, and all I was having to deal with was the slight stress of actually getting it done.

Without going into too many details of the time at the post office, I’ll say simply that I ended up sending it off via express mail, and registered it for extra security.  Instead of getting there tomorrow, my flute will reach Massachusetts in a few days.  It’ll be worth the wait, though, as I was able to insure it for the full $15000 instead of the maximum $5000 I was informed about earlier.  Plus, it’s under lock and key, and must be signed for at every destination it reaches.  I also asked Nagahara Flutes to let me know when they receive it.

I felt perfectly all right until I left the post office.  The urge to play hit me like a ton of bricks, and so did the anxiety of not knowing just where my flute was.  That, on top of the idea that I’ll probably be without my instrument for almost two weeks instead of the intended three days started bombarding me.  My head started to ache and there was a ridiculous moment where I thought I was going to be sick.  I got home and paced about for a bit, tweeted my emotions a bit, played my Irish flute a bit, and freated a bit.  Then, I turned on some music.  I thought I could override the emotions from my flute’s absence by bombarding them with emotions triggered by music.  It worked for a while.  I crashed after an hour or so, though, and slept for about two hours.  I woke up to write this post and say hello to Da when he came home from work, and I’m still tired.

I have to admit, it’s kind of ridiculous how much I was affected by that.  It’s also a bit ridiculous how annoyed I’m going to get by the simple fact that I won’t be able to practice.  This is really going to be an interesting couple of weeks.

On other matters, I rediscovered the game called Shades of Doom, an audio game produced for the visually impaired. Maybe I’ll turn into a temporary gamer while my flute is away?  Or… I’ll bet I’ll end up sleeping a lot more until it comes back.  Who knows?

At any rate, I need chocolate, and sleep.  I would also like the weather to stop being blah so I can enjoy a good couple of hours at the nearby park.

This is me, signing out.  Goodnight, or something.

Forever Cautious,

Me

Friday’s Nothings

Well, here it is Friday night.  I didn’t do one thing but sleep, sadly.  My sleep schedule’s all broken still!  Well, here’s my very brief update for today.

I eventually woke and ended up calling Nagahara Flutes, and they said they’d sign for it if I end up registering it for certified mail, which is good.  All I need to do is send it off on Monday next.  I’m a bit worried about the cost, but it shouldn’t be too terrible.

Once the flute comes back on Friday, I’ll go in the week after that and see my local tech about getting the body restored to near perfect condition.  That too will be expensive, and no doubt I’ll be broke for the next month or so but it’s gonna be worth it.  My only concern is what I’m gonna do during those horrible practice urges.  I’ve several other instruments I can mess with, so I suppose it won’t be too bad, unless I’m dying to play classical repertoire.  Either way, I’ll manage somehow, and it’ll be worth the wait.

Ha, I said I was going to be brief.  And there it is.  Nothing really great has happened today, although something awesome is come about tomorrow.  Doctor Who season 6 comes out.  That will be interesting.  And Easter is on Sunday.  I don’t know what I’ll do yet but I’ll figure something out when I get to that point.  I’ll burn that bridge when I cross it, ha ha.

This is me, ending another post.  Take care.

Forever Beautiful,

Me