Little things have made me smile, namely some wonderful people who just manage to snap me out of my own head for moments.
The thing that really helped me this afternoon though? These two videos. The first, is another hilarious and sweet interview from Chris Colfer. The second is Darren Criss singing a bastardised medley of Alan Menken songs for Alan Menken, and then singing 'A Whole New World' with Lea Salonga. Magic. Pure magic.
This is why I love them so much, the fact that things like this make me feel so much better tells you a lot about my obsession I think :P
I had a lesson today, and I do feel better now - my mini violin crisis is kind of averted. I do need to practice tonight, and a LOT tomorrow and Thursday before my next lesson on Friday.
I also really really need to start proper study for my Indo exams, I'm just not entirely sure where to begin... :/
Quick, almost pointless post, and now I'm off.
Today I went to see The Lion King in 3D with harpisan. Damn, I love that movie so much. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the 3D stuff, we went in spite of it not for it. Which gives us hope that the 3D version of Finding Nemo that is being released next year will also be awesome.
Despite having seen the movie many, many times, I still manage to forget how fricking adorable baby Simba is. Also noticed lines that I never have - the pun on 'lion around' made us lose it. How have I never noticed that one?!
Oh, and Scar is the sassiest, most sarcastic villain ever and I have never appreciated that as much as I did today. Heh.
Then, it was a mad run back to my teacher's house to get forms signed (oh yeah my day started off by me realising I'd misread times and so everything was pushed an hour and a half later oops), and then home to try and accomplish far too much in the space of 3 hours. I got most of what I needed to done, I just ran out of time to practice. Oops.
That reminds me I still need to sing through my pieces to time them.
Then, it was onto the last dress rehearsal for the production of Bye Bye Birdie I'm playing for at the moment. It hit me last night, during the run, that this musical is quite literally about fangirls. Set in the 50s. Some things really don't change and it amuses me far more than it probably should. The music is so much fun to play. SO MUCH FUN. And most is not too difficult, except for the bows (which I basically rewrote a part because I physically could not play it at tempo, and my brain was refusing to process reading every second note). Also the band people are awesome. One reminds me so much of a friend from uni, it's ridiculous.
And now it's nearly 11:30, and I wish I could just crash in bed but alas I still have things I need to do. Bugger.
Oh man, I'd forgotten how much I love his music videos...
He imitates Justin Bieber, excuse my while I go double up with laughter.
So, hey, guys. I am alive, and I am (tentatively) back to livejournal. I'm still not sure how often I will actually post, but this is me promising to try. I've missed you all.
( A lot can happen in 2 months... )
Warnings: vague references to depression
Word Count: 690
Beta: the lovely tamakito and thalia03 read it through for me as well
A new year, a new look, a new personality. Somehow, Quinn still felt lost.
( She Found Herself, Lost. )
The quiz is here.
( Long description is long )
Apart from the random comments about rap and hip hop (I mean, really? what does that have to do with anything?) and a couple of vaguely contradictory points I think this sums me up pretty well.
I had a really good day today - despite the utterly miserable weather. Rained all afternoon and was so cold.
I had another Alexander lesson this morning, and it's awesome that she is in a band with my regular teacher - apparently Andrea told her she was impressed with me last lesson. ALSO she was so encouraging, saying things like 'you are a fantastic player, you just need to stop thinking so much and restricting yourself' - completely matter-of-fact. I've really needed to hear that this past week. I could feel myself playing better as the lesson progressed, and was enjoying myself a LOT more. These lessons are the best decision I've made in a long time.
This afternoon I saw harpisan for the first time in ages, and it was awesome just to hang out. Wandering up and down this cool little street near her place, drank chai lattes (my new addiction) and then admired all kinds of clothes/shoes/random things in awesome shops. Oh and this awesome little indie music store that apparently sells pizza and has gigs etc. Must check those out sometime. I bought Eagle and Worm's album - going to their gig in a couple of weeks so I am excited!
Quick post tonight, I should get back to work but chances are I'm just going to procrastinate some more and then sleep.
Things that happened:
- Orchestra rehearsals: about 16 hours of them
- Orchestra concert (today, it went pretty well)
- Orchestra assessments (cue freak out because mine sucked - passed only because the teacher felt sorry for me and I have to up my game next semester)
- Spring Awakening audition (found out today that I'M IN!! WHEEE)
- My very first Alexander Technique lesson and am already reaping the rewards. Now regretting being so lazy and not doing this months ago.
- Spent a lot of time talking to snuggle_monster (both in silliness and seriousness)
- Read fanfic
- Beta-ed fanfic
- Discovered that Washington's new video screams 'Gaga' and I don't think I like it.
- Met up with thalia03 and Ame at uni
- Saw a really good student theatre play that could have been amazing with a little more tweaking (included an intense, hot, makeout/faux sex scene between two guys)
- DID I MENTION SPRING AWAKENING?!
- Also opera (Turandot) - today really has proven what I want to do, was on SUCH an adrenaline high after the concert
- Decent practice/lesson/new pieces
- Got the first assignment for English and it is on an amazing passage from the brilliant book I got addicted to
- Work on weird days because of orchestra
- I wrote poetry
- Had an awkward moment with a friendly acquaintance who picked up said poetry thinking it was what I was studying and I had to take it back. I might post it here when I rework it a little, not entirely happy with it yet.
- Got home today after said insane week to much Glee Live madness on my tumblr. =D
Things that didn't happen:
- Much study
- Any Indo work whatsoever- Eating at home
- Spending time with my family
- Much sleep
That's all my brain is coming up with right now, I am sure there was more I wanted to say.
At any rate, today was awesome. I am on such a high, and should probably go start my English assignments.
( The things that amuse my muso mind... )
What I actually *did* today was work (teaching job) and then rushing to this mini concert thing they were putting on in order to support my students (one way to make me feel like a real teacher...) but managed to be too late to see them play. Sadface. She said it was 'okay' though, which coming from this student means she was probably totally fine XD
It's interesting listening to the standard of the other students. Pretty common music school concert, some were terrible (nerves or poor teaching you never really know), some were decent, and there were one or two that screamed 'so much potential'. Pity that the one that jumped out at me as 'she could be amazing' had a shocking bowhold (DOES NO ONE ELSE TEACH PEOPLE TO BEND PINKIES GEEZ), and will need to change teachers to improve much more. Which knowing the way these things work, she may not any time soon. Which makes me kind of sad, tbh. I think the piano teaching is much more consistent, there were some pretty good piano students.
Then it was me driving all the way home, dropping off my violin, and then jumping on the train back into the city to go watch my friend, B, sing his first solo jazz gig. He has such a gorgeous (countertenor) voice, it was a perfect way to unwind. I've been wanting to hear him sing for a while. He's also adorable.
although I will never not find it amusing how many 'effeminate gay male' stereotypes he fits. never. he just doesn't give a shit either which is part of what I love about him
I actually teared up at one point. Oh and apparently we're doing a 'fancy afternoon tea' because we managed to miss each others' 21sts and haven't actually caught up in a few months. <3
That's all, folks.
Lj seems to be working again, well, at least I reached the 'post' page this time... I will definitely be copy-pasting into Word before I hit the button to actually post though.
For all my whining about not wanting to start uni again, I have had an absolutely amazing few days.
( Uni uni uni )
EDIT: It's now Friday night, and I've been trying to post this since Wednesday. Fingers crossed this works...
So this family went to my church ages ago, right, and I probably haven't seen them in 4 years. They were all pretty quiet, and shy, except for J who spoke for all of them, really. Well tonight they were nothing but. E and I discovered that we suddenly have a heap of mutual interests, mainly in the form of Glee/Starkid/Harry Potter and so tonight turned into a flail session, watching youtube videos and laughing our heads of - as well as raving/ranting about the HP movie. I am grinning like a fool right now.
Oh and mum made this amazing cheesecake, and I had Haigh's chocolate peppermint frogs, and now I have tea and am so content.
I finally got around to reorganising my wardrobe last night, then couldn't sleep, and so I am running on about 3 hours right now. Not entirely sure how I survived work XD
I also started doing some practice finally, have to work hard this week. No more going out - just sleep, reorganising, and practice. Where have the holidays gone??
That's all for now, just wanted to share.
I have decided that I love midnight showings. The atmosphere is epic. So epic. Cheering, clapping, booing, laughing when something is meant to be serious but is completely hilarious... WIN.
So, there were a few of us who decided to go, and (most of us) went all out with the costumes. I'll have to do a picture post later when I can get the photos myself, but for now have a rundown of characters.
I went as Bellatrix, as I have said, and apparently succeeded in looking fantastically evil and creepy.
harpisan went as Molly Weasley, and we were pretty happy with our selections considering the battle scene ;)
thalia03 was a Hufflepuff student/mascot complete with awesome yellow cape
Ame was Professor Trelawney
S was Hogwarts student no. 43434324
M was Tonks
I think snuggle_monster won though. She went as Hedwig.
A few of us got asked for a photo by this random girl, and snuggle_face had someone come up and ask for one, and then got really excited, pointed to her head and said, I quote, 'oh my god I was so sad when you died, can I take a photo with you?'
I think her selfconsciousness about her costume choice vanished about then.
The best costume I saw though would HAVE to be the big guy dressed pretty convincingly as Hagrid, but the best bit was that the person with him was in a dog costume. Yep. People came as Hagrid and Fang. =D
Now, for the actual movie itself...
( SPOILER ALERT )
On the way there we listened to wizard rock, because we could, and on the way home our discussions got... interesting. I am blocking most of it from my memory, but let me jsut say - it revolved around fanfic pairings. pebblegosling you would be proud...
And now I'm off, because I need a shower and feel totally gross. My hair is like straw because of all the hairspray that is in it - it did look freaking awesome I must say.
It was a famous-musician themed party, so I went as Lily Allen, mostly because I look a little similar and her clothes are easy to imitate. I'll try to remember to post a photo because a couple of people wanted to see!
I'm going to dye my hair darker tomorrow - mostly because I am going as Bellatrix Lestrange to the midnight release of the last Harry Potter movie - but it might be nice for a change so I'll do it before the party tomorrow night =D
It was actually really good to catch E up with my love life (or lack thereof) as I really haven't spoken to her properly since everything with D happened. So many people we know who are our age are getting married and it kind of freaks us out. She's in a long-term, serious relationship and her bf is much more serious about everything than she is. It makes me laugh, she's told him that he's not even allowed to ask her to marry him until she's 23 XD
Her observation about my love life that the guys who would suit me will always be too shy to approach me was pretty accurate I think. Damn it. *laughs* Guess I'll just have to suddenly get brave somehow...
This past week has been pretty awesome, I must say. Staying up late, sleeping in, no work, heaps of shopping (most of my birthday money is gone) and just chilling. It's been good - but now I'm ready to go out and do things again. Bring on the socialising :D
Up next in the life of Lauren: HP midnight session with a fair few friends, staying over at snuggle_monster's at some point, back to work, practice, and a couple more parties. Possibly. Ooh and investing in a viola and teaching myself to play properly.
Friday was my uncle's funeral, which I won't say too much about but it was a good service, and very appropriate to him. Which is all anyone can hope for really. I love my family to pieces, I mean, who else could have a funeral that includes a rewrite of 'Long Way To The Top' as sung by his siblings and be so irreverent... but still be so meaningful.
I worked out early on that I was going to be the one that held myself together the best - and sure enough I was. I made it through with only a few tears shed in the final song, whereas the rest of my family were pretty much crying constantly. *shakes head* I don't know where I pull that from, I always feel like I cry at everything. I've had two separate people tell me that this doesn't surprise them in the slightest, and I guess it makes sense but it still felt weird.
Of course, heading to work on Saturday morning Will I? from Rent came up on shuffle and I lost it. I hadn't had enough sleep, I was emotionally drained, and ended up crying pretty much the rest of the way to work. Pretty telling huh XD
Saturday was my 21st, with masses of people. Mostly family (from Mum's side - ie all the people who are mourning my uncle) so I thought it was going to be interesting. True to form, no one else would have even realised there was anything wrong - we certainly do know how to have a good time. Speaking of, there were heaps of family members that I hadn't seen in years and years so it was great to chat for a while, even if it was only for small amounts of time.
I got home from work, got massively behind my planned schedule, and then roped Ame into helping me out with decorations as well as doing my make-up (she did an amazing job <3).
The food from the caterers was really good, as were the slices Mum and I spent all week baking if I do say so myself. I took heaps of photos, so I will try to remember to post one later on!
I got so many lovely presents, so much utterly gorgeous jewellery (including two pairs of real diamond earrings which made me flail both times THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU) and a fair bit of cash and vouchers which I am plotting how to spend now. I can finally buy a few things off my wishlists that I've had going since the start of the year. Everyone was so generous, I was a little overwhelmed.
Said wishlists are also very telling about me, I think almost every single item has something to do with music. Except the Tamora Pierce books that my brother is giving me money for (enough for an entire series fdjhksfvhfref WHY SO AWESOME?!)
I have to say, I got off pretty easily with the speeches - pebblegosling was skyping in, and she would have spoken up if she was there - and I daresay she would have embarrassed me more than my parents did. My brother made a really cute speech though.
Although, they did show this video of me singing when I was about 5 years old. I was so not in tune it made me cringe. At least I was cute... XD
Actually the most mortifying moment was completely unintentional on my Mum's part - I wanted the ground to swallow me because I know what dirty minds my friends have. My brother was doubled over he was laughing that hard... My mum was talking about how she'd at least taught me 'how to open her mouth wide' or something like that. My god. I'll leave that there now...
Today I got up at 10:30 to see those who'd stayed over off, stayed on tumblr and bookmarking fic for later, went back to bed for 3 hours despite my brother drumming, finally decided to get up, read said fic, went out for dinner with the work crowd, and now I'm back here planning on starting a TV show marathon - Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl or Downton Abbey, I haven't quite decided yet. Pretty perfect come-down, I must say.
Bye for now!
Despite everything else that's gone on this week, my day yesterday was almost perfect.
snuggle_monster, harpisan, sine_animo, Ame came with me on a picnic to Hanging Rock (yes, same as in the book/movie) to celebrate my birthday. Lots of food, ridiculously silly conversation (not sure how every single comment we made turned into a sexual innuendo/about beastiality of all things) and gorgeous surrounds. As well as epic photos and documentary-style footage of our walk up to the rock.
Of course, snuggle_monster pretty much stole the whole show. At one point, she and sine_animo vanished to 'go and get another part' of my present (the first part being seriously AMAZING headphones). As soon as I spotted them coming back, I *knew* precisely what she was doing. I could see the blue wayfarers, the plaid flannel shirt, the jeans, the converse... Yep. She dressed up as Darren Criss, complete with bazouki to play and sing for me. I just stared at her and couldn't decide whether to laugh at her or want to curl up in a ball in embarrassment. For all her protesting, she has a gorgeous voice when she sings properly - something I'd never actually heard her do before.
Of course, she managed to pick up on exactly when I started tearing up - and went back to being silly. I wanted to shake her at that point for ruining the moment XD
I love you all.
PS. harpisan made me a really pretty friendship bracelet thingy, but I am too unco to tie it on properly. I need to remedy that soon.
PPS. These headphones are so amazing I can't decide what to listen to next, thank you thank you thank you to snuggle_monster, sine_animo and thalia03