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 Ah Tom Lehrer you are amazing and awesome and I'm not sure how I've HAD an album of yours for months and months and hadn't listened to it until tonight.

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.
Rdm

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 She apparently randomly speaks in third person.

Real life? )


Lauren's music 101 )
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 I know I say it all the time, but I have the most incredible friends anyone could ask for.

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.
Rdm

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
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I found this for someone else again last night, and ended up getting the giggles again. I swear I've had this, or a rather similar conversation before.
XD

Just a quick post to say that the past couple of days have been much better for me - I finally got a decent chunk of that Indo assignment done, after spending the weekend trying to work on it/procrastinating. I'm now just waiting for my teacher to respond to the email.

Yesterday was Mother's Day and so my brother and I were up early, making breakfast - and then we decided to surprise Mum by cleaning while she and Dad were at church. Mostly his idea, and he did most of the work tbh. Mum was impressed =P

Today, I slept in because my 9am class was cancelled, and screw going into uni for an 8am class and then having a 5-hour break. I'll just listen to it tomorrow.
So I had 1 hour of Indo class, then 2 hours of work, then back to uni for 3 hours of orchestra. Phew. I didn't get home until 11pm. Insanity.

One anecdote I just have to share, it's too awesome not too.
It was my friend J's bday today, and at the start of orchestra when we tuned, the concertmaster starts playing other notes, not just A. Soon everyone catches on and the entire orchestra is playing 'Happy Birthday' - complete with harmonies and everything. Made my night. 
I fricking love musos.

That's all. I need to go write a to-do list, can't put it off any longer.

PS. Darren Criss used the word 'bitchin' in a tweet today. [livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling  and [livejournal.com profile] snuggle_monster , your arguments are invalid.
Rdm
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Today was so up and down, it was ridiculous.

I've been in a bit of a down mood since the accident, mainly because of all my savings basically going down the drain.
[livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling , Japan is now looking very very unlikely. I'm sorry, and if I'm being honest that's what I'm most upset about. It's just like me to not realise just how much I want something until the chance is ripped away from me. I'm not even going to do any more calculations, because it'll just depress me.

Anyway, Dad (who has been amazing about this whole thing <3) let me take his car to uni (THANK GOD) today, and let me just say it is SO strange driving a 4-wheel-drive after my tiny little corolla. Goodness. It felt like a monster, even though it's only a small 4WD, as they go. Missing my music already, that's what keeps me sane driving that far every day.

So I get to uni, sit through English and can't focus at all, finally wake up for Indo. All normal, all fine, until one girl is getting her words muddled up and Bu Y decides to start singing. Why? No freaking clue.
'Jumat, Jumat, ada pesta pada hari Jumat' ... Friday. IN INDONESIAN. Best. Lecturer. Ever. Needless to say, after that I could NOT focus. Between laughing that my class ran with it (I am so ashamed that I will now never again confuse the words for tomorrow and yesterday - 'kemarin adalah Kamis' because of this damn song) or just getting the giggles whenever I thought of her singing it.

... It's been stuck in my head. All day.

Then it was another fairly boring music lecture, a break for lunch, and then I hung out with thalia03 before/after our English tute.
In which I remembered that I have a massive thing for intelligence in guys. A guy in my class did his presentation, and he spoke really ridiculously well and was so passionate about the poetry that he was talking about - he was cute too. I was sitting there and just went 'whoa okay you just got about 10 times more attractive to me'
Not that I showed that outwardly (although I think our tutor thought that, more on that in a second).
The poem we were studying was about a graveyard (fail!student, don't remember the name) and someone made a comment like 'Rameses believed that you aren't truly dead until no one remembers who you are'. All I could think of was Dumbledore, and said as much to thalia03. We both made exaggerated gestures with our hands over our heart and muttering, and I caught our tutor sending a confused look our way. Amusing.

I have to go work now, but one last thing:
I PUT MY NAME DOWN FOR SPRING AWAKENING. The orchestra. The director was so excited when I said I played violin, and was a second year music student and ahhhh I'm so pumped! And daunted, because I'll be the only violin if I do it. But mostly excited. I checked the dates, and it's after all of my actual orchestra stuff is finished so there won't be any clashes with that. WHEEEE.

That took the edge off my crappy mood, so <3
Rdm
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I just got home from the dentist and have a dilemma. See, I'm not someone who hates the dentist - of course it's not my idea of fun but it's not that horrible (I never have anything wrong with my teeth, so that probably has something to do with it). I really love how clean my teeth always feel when I've had them properly cleaned. Ie right now. Except, I'm hungry and want to drink tea BUT don't want to ruin said clean feeling. I must resist for a while.

What I actually want to post about is yesterday.
I got up early and was actually awake and alert - amazing in itself. Then, I rushed home and met snuggle_monster there so we could go off to the airport to see pebblegosling off. We were pretty chilled out actually, and watching her and her dad was pretty funny. A definite moment for snuggle_monster of 'oh so that's where she gets it from'
Being at the airport also cued interesting discussions about positive (mine) and negative (hers) associations with airports. Really interesting.
Oh, and also epic talks about long-distance relationships, exchanges, and a lot of jealousy over pebblegosling's plans.

After just chatting all afternoon, and a staff meeting on my part, and yummy food, and drama with forgetting my ticket and having to go home again we finally got to The Jezabels concert. Which was amazing.

They aren't the kind of band that I can listen to at any time, I have to be in particular moods, but they are incredibly talented.
Firstly, their setlist was a lot like they chose my favourite tracks off their EPs. WIN. So so good.
Their music itself is so different, and not your standard pop/alternative stuff which made the musos in us so happy. We ended up going on a rant about composition afterwards. I mean, they used time signatures like 7/8 and even different time signatures over the top of one another. The drummer was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
We danced ridiculously, even though most people around us were standing stock still because we're awesome like that. (no idea how you would even be able to stand still listening to them, but to each their own)
One thing that amused us is that the lead singer kept reminding us of Washington. Purely in appearance their voices are completely different, she's tiny and the hair is the same - and so before we focused on her we kept seeing Washington. It was weird.
I also discovered this morning that they formed for a band competition at Sydney University. Of freaking course. XD

I had their closing song in my head all night.

Rdm
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 Darren Criss, never stop being so fucking awesome. Seriously. Don't.
I just watched an interview (this one, it's long but damn he's awesome) from just before he landed Glee, or more likely, had already landed Glee but kept quiet about it. I found out on detail that makes me biased but I don't even care. Violin was his first instrument. He learnt since he as 5 years old. FOR FIFTEEN YEARS.
Excuse me while I go flip out. *fans self*
I have an unashamed bias for my instrument - so sue me. I found a clip of him playing, just randomly at one of his gigs, and damn his technique is pretty good too. Just needed to get that out there, along with these:

Apparently when he was younger he was obsessed with 'Star Wars, The Beatles and Disney movies'. Bahaha.

He was talking about being in New York, and he said something along the lines of 'oh I have family here, I have a lot of roots here...'
OH GOD I ALWAYS FORGET THAT ONLY AUSSIES SEE THE INNUENDO IN THAT. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I laughed for like 5 minutes straight. I mean, none of them even batted an eyelid at the phrase...

I love that he doesn't think people who try to contact him are creepy or stalkers or weird.
'we have a musical called 'Me and my Dick'. That's weird. You messaging me is not weird.'

I also love that he's still a fanboy at heart.

Be warned. This is going to be long.

I don't even know what this is... )


Just to finish off, here is a nostalgia trip that I am looking forward to.



New Winnie the Pooh movie! And it sounds and looks like the originals. Goodness I love Eeyore! <3
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 I just got home from a lovely day, and should be sleeping but oh well.

I actually woke up early, and procrastinated packing for the trip I head off on tomorrow, then actually got around to packing, and then realised I was meant to leave to meet snuggle_monster 5 minutes previously and wasn't quite ready. Fail. Didn't matter though, we ended up there at roughly the same time. It was nice to have a proper conversation with her - we've seen each other quite a bit lately, but always to do something specific, and always in bigger groups of people.

Then it was off to another shift at my new job which was mostly good. All piano students today, most were really sweet. Except one obnoxious old guy who would not listen to a word I said, and had a totally ridiculous attitude to what he was learning. >_> It bugged me. However, he was followed by a really sweet 12-year-old (who looked 15, say what? she was asian. they normally look younger than they are.) whose first move was to start playing 'Wedding Dress' by Taeyang. Beautifully, too. Me: *melts*

As it turns out I'll have 2 full shifts, which is great.

After that I raced back to this old theatre near the city that does special screenings of movies, to see two Studio Ghibli films - Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo with [livejournal.com profile] snuggle_monster , [livejournal.com profile] thalia03  and [livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling . The former I was a bit lost throughout, considering I missed the start and apparently it doesn't make much sense unless you've read the book, so hopefully I can borrow it soon. Ponyo was absolutely adorable. Only way to describe it. SO CUTE. SO MUCH CUTE. 


Seriously, why so adorable?!

I've decided that us four need to hang out more often. It seems to end up in giggle-fests, weird voices, pebblegosling and I freaking the other two out with old high school in-jokes and apparently being told to 'move along' by security guys. Tehehe.
Also, on a vaguely related note: PEBBLEGOSLING I AM GOING TO MISS YOU SO FREAKING MUCH WHEN YOU GO TO JAPAN. Ahem.

Oh! I haven't posted since that party. I actually had a really really good time, surprisingly considering how exhausted I was, and that I wasn't going to know many people. I ended up finding another muso from my uni and ended up chatting for a good part of the night, as well as a few other people. It was great fun.

And now I bid you all farewell for a few days, as I am headed away with a few friends from school. I've nearly finished packing, and should sleep before the 3 and a half hour drive tomorrow.
Rdm
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 I am still buzzing from the gig tonight. It was amazing. More on that in just a moment.

All in all, today was a great day )

You just call out my name
And you know, wherever I am
I'll come running
To see you again

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall
All you've got to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend
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I GOT IT!
I got the job! I am so so so happy and excited right now - I mean, this is what I want to do with my life. I can actually make money off my violin. Okay, so it's not perfect. Yet. The guy who runs the music school is this sweet older Indonesian man (I will never get over how happy Indonesians get when they hear you speak even a bit of their language) and he told me on the spot that he wanted to offer me the position, starting this week. Only problem is, he wants me to do Saturdays. Which coincides with my shift at the pharmacy - so I'll have to reshuffle it. At least he did say that if I do a couple of weeks and speak to the parents, I might be able to change days. He was also really pleased to hear I can also teach piano - so I may end up with another day as well. I really want to do this, so off to speak to Dad I go...

Creepy voices, dirty humour and obsession with musicals )

One Thing )
Rdm

PS. Congratulations to Chris Colfer on winning the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor on a TV show, TV movie or mini series!! Eeee! So well-deserved, he is an amazing actor. He also looks gorgeous in that suit. Whoa.
<3
This is absolutely adorable. I love how the cast is such a little family. Just, naww.


"But mostly importantly [a thank you] to all the amazing kids that watch our show and that our show celebrates and are' constantly told 'no' [by] people and environments and bullies at school, that they can't be who they are or can't have what they want because of who they are, well, screw that, kids."
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 So, it's now Tuesday. I have had two consecutive sleep ins and as such feeling much more energetic now. I just have to motivate myself to get this list of things done today. It's about 14 items long... Help meeee XD

Update on a few crazily awesome days )

I think thats a proper update. Now, meme!

Four Things )

On that note, I am off to get some of this list done. Want to see it? No? Too bad, list is below  =P
- pack up the stray bags in my room
- bag up clothes to get rid of
- throw out rubbish
- iron
- hang out washing
- vacuum car
- organise trip to see Harpisan
- practice
- call music schools
- edit music resume
- cut nails
- organise time to meet up with P
- email aunt and uncle
- visit work to do timesheet
- sort through drawers
Edit: well, I've gotten a respectable amount of that list accomplished I think
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 I've had an insane couple of days since I last posted. On Thursday I went into the city to see pebblegosling before she heads off to the beach for a while, spent about an hour at home before going to meet another friend who I haven't seen in a while, another half hour at home and then heading off to the show. Not sure if I've mentioned this specifically amongst all the excitement of actually playing in it, but it takes me an hour one way to drive there. It's kind of exhausting.

Yesterday I went to the movies to see Tangled with harpisan. Much-needed silliness ensued. After the movie we got coffees and tried to escape the heat for a while, and then headed back to her place so I could 'help' her clean out her wardrobe. Not sure I helped very much - but I did end up with a gorgeous coat that she was getting rid of, as well as a cute red skirt and 2 cardis.

Tangled! )

So here's some more of the meme for you. This part is only difficult because there aren't enough spots for all of the people I would list if I could.

Five Things )

Alright so now I probably won't be able to post until at least Monday. Today and tomorrow promise to be utterly insane. There are two shows today, with dinner with the orchestra between them. As well as snuggle_monster coming to the show tonight, and possibly meeting me a bit early to chat for a while. I've promised myself I won't pike out of drinks tonight - I have fun when I do but most of the time I'm so fixated on getting home that I can't be bothered. Before I go I'm going to try and pack away the masses of clothes strewn across my room (actually, I need to do a clean out myself). Tomorrow is closing night ... afternoon. So it's bump out, pack up, not that I'm sure exactly what we orchestra people have to do, and then an after party. I am going to crash so badly after that!
But yes, off to clean. Bye!
Rdm
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 Wow guys, the response to my last post was incredible! Thank you!
<3

I've actually been meaning to post an actual update for about a week now, but then real life actually did get in the way. A lot of my time has been taken up by this production, but I now have a couple of days off which is nice. I ended up going to see the New Years Eve fireworks with pebblegosling, wolfielove, a_new_divide and a couple of other friends, which was great fun. Very exciting, as I had never brought in the new year in the city before. So many people! Can totally understand why we've never been now, Mum hates crowds.

The randomness that is my life. Again. )

And now - onto the meme! Which I have been neglecting, mainly because this part of it is difficult for me. I am the sort of person who traces each event in my life to who I am now. Anything that I would change, would change who I am now dramatically, and honestly, I like where I am in life right now.

Six things )

And that's it for today! I have a fair few plans for February, but almost none for the next few weeks - which is a nice change of pace. I won't get any extra shifts at work, January is dead, so I think I'll sit at home, watch movies, catch up with harpisan (hopefully!) organise my music to go onto the ipod I just bought off snuggle_monster, fixing up my lj tags (going to take me a while...), go shopping because I can, and the like.
Rdm
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 I have been trying to work up the energy to write this post for nearly two whole days now. It was meant to be a New Years Eve thing but what with phone calls and sleeping in and the show I got a bit behind schedule. Then I went out, got home at 2am, and had to work at 9am this morning. My room still has clothes all over it and that has been on my to-do list for a few days now. But I digress. I thought I'd reflect a little on my year and write it down for once, I'm always interested in how things change. This still counts, because it's not the end of New Years Day yet. Right? =D

So here we go.

2010 was the year:

My year was eventful, apparently )

Wishing you all a happy year to come.
<3
Rdm
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 Um, guys. Look what popped up in my facebook newsfeed today.
LOOK.
WASHINGTON SINGING 'O HOLY NIGHT'!

<3
Still not my favourite version, but it's my favourite artist singing my favourite carol. Exciting stuff!

Real life is real and awesome )

I've let this go for a while, but here we are again with the meme.
Seven Things )

And lastly, but certainly not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! To [livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling .
Have a great day!


Rdm
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 I have had a fantastic couple of days. Firstly, well, I overslept (again) and had to rush to meet up with some people from my old church for lunch. Which was boring, but made bearable by the very cute waiter serving us. Tehehe.

After that, I headed home again because [livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling  was coming over so we could go to a carols service (at the church my parents go to now). It was fun, actually, and I am definitely more in the Christmas spirit now. Which is great. It reminded me a lot of what I miss about going to church. And also what I don't miss, which turned into an interesting (and slightly heated, on my part) discussion about faith vs religion.

More about my weekend )

Nine Things )

And because I simply can't help myself, have another Darren Criss video. 'You know it's a party when the suspenders come off ... I don't need them, my pants are staying up just fine.'
[livejournal.com profile] snuggle_monster 's response to that: damn.

Rdm
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 I've had a good day today, insanely busy day at work (Christmas is approaching indeed) and then racing off on 3 hour round trip drive to meet harpisan for dinner. Totally worth it. Love that girl to pieces. This trip was organised highly uncharacteristically at midnight last night, and texts today...
Actually work, Christmas shopping and driving an insane amount have been my life for the past few days.

Oh, and flailing/fangirling over one Darren Criss. Which is what the remainder of this post will be.
Fanfiction, videos, music, Glee, you name it I've been reading/listening to it over the past few days. Helped along by pebblegosling's need to link me to things on fb. Wheeee!

Darren Criss flail. You have been warned. )
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I SAW HARPISAN I SAW HARPISAN I SAW HARPISAN I SAW HARPISAN!!! 

I was a little bit excited... )
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I just finished watching 'How To Train Your Dragon' at long last. It was so adorable. 
Toothless ♥
The quote in my title is my favourite. I cracked up, and this was in the first minute or so.
Pretty great way to cap off an awesome week, I must say.

It's long. Really long. You have been warned. )
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 It's been a weird couple of days.

Actual update! )

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