Friday, October 2, 2015

I was worried this would happen...

#newenglandconservatory convocation this morning. #jordanhall never ceases to amaze me. And then they gave everyone a free t-shirt at the reception afterwards!

Wow, is this my longest interval between posts ever? Oh no. I can explain:

GRAD SCHOOL ATE MY LIFE.

I'm enrolled in the maximum number of credit hours, serving as a TA for a challenging class taught by a brilliant professor, going to as many (mostly free!) concerts as I can, and trying to collaborate with as many other musicians as I can. I commute via train (in fact, I'm posting this from a train now: thank you, Amtrak wi-fi!) and subway and foot or bike, and I have to plan on a door-to-door travel time of a little over 2 hours, each way. I'm doing this commute almost every weekday. I get weekends mostly at home, but I spend a lot of weekend time practicing and staying on top of my coursework.

I am happy as a clam, folks, and loving every minute of it - living and breathing music, and not taking one iota of it for granted - but I really have to prioritize right now. I am not writing many letters or postcards... in fact, I am loathe to admit this but perhaps sharing it publicly will help me get it done: I haven't even finished unpacking my stationery or my etsy inventory! I'm searching for balance, and am still taking some serious time to unwind by writing a little bit of mail here and there, but... I don't think I'll be blogging much until I have a break. (Maybe lots of blog posts and lots of mail over the winter holidays?)

I did visit a great little stationery store on a wee getaway to Maine last month, and I took a couple of photos and got some great stationery (of course I couldn't walk away empty-handed, even though I'm hardly writing any letters these days!) so I hope to post about that next. But maybe get my stationery fully unpacked and organized, and re-open my etsy store, first!

I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely fall, full of good mail.

The photo accompanying this post is of the gorgeous Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, where I'm studying, and I took the photo at convocation in early September.

8 comments:

  1. Do what you need to do. We'll still be here when you post.

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  2. What is your primary instrument? Whew! NEC is a long hike from NH!!! I'm happy to read that your transition has been a good one so far.

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    1. It is a hike, Timdani, but it is worth it. I'm an improvisational singer.

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  3. Not to worry, my dear. I went back to Univ. for yet another degree in my 40s, with kids, spouse, job, and all sorts of other stuff. It was 18 months of insanity when I gave up all but the basic needs of the kids. I cried a lot as I wrote papers, wiped noses, worked, cooked dinner, finally giving up the job the last semester to do an internship (fortunately with pay, though spouse person was bearing the brunt of the expenses.) BUT it all worked out in the end and yours will, too. And the stationery and pens will still be there. And we'll think about you, and send you mail, and root for you as you progress. Hugs from one of you many, many fans.

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    1. Mim, you are so sweet, thanks for the inspiration and encouragement! I don't have children, just the low-maintenance kitties, so I'm sure my trials aren't quite what yours were. Yes! Stationery and pens will still be there. :-) Hugs back

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  4. So Happy YOU are happy! Selfishly, I'll miss the break I enjoy reading your posts...yet I completely understand!

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