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Second post in a couple of days, I guess I am back.

Today I went to see The Lion King in 3D with [livejournal.com profile] 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?! also new injoke things made me giggle madly at slimy-yet-satisfying, don't ask
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. a slightly more straight-passing version of him anyway

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.
Night all!
Rdm
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 I'm not even going to try and recount it all, so have it in list form instead.

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.
Also sleep.
That.

Rdm
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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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  FINALLY

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...
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 She apparently randomly speaks in third person.

Real life? )


Lauren's music 101 )
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I love her, I love this song anyway, but I am instantly in love with this. STRING BIAS HELL YEAH.
So good. You should have seen my reaction, it would have amused everyone.

Second post for the day, just had to share that. =D
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 Guys guys guys, my technical exam is DONE!! It went so much better than expected, so I can relax a bit now. I have one more exam on Friday and then a month of delicious freedom.

I've gotten fairly slack with lj-posting, I will probably remedy that once I'm properly on break.
Since my last freak-out post over violin I:
- finally got off my arse and did some serious practice
- skyped [livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling  multiple times
- decided that I am taking the year off practical violin next year, and I won't go back on that now. I need a break from the stress it causes, and need time to settle into a proper routine
- put together my Esmeralda costume for the Disney-themed party I'm going to on Friday (I'll post a pic if I remember!)
- have bought myself clothes for the first time in ages
- finally paid off all those insurance claims
- spent a lot of time on tumblr and reading fanfic (including RPS for a movie I haven't seen - sign of good writing, right there)
- had a couple of good shifts at my teaching job
- taken my violin in to get a couple of niggling things fixed, of course, as soon as I physically *can't* play it, I wanted to

Last night was so much fun. I went to see Bell Shakespeare's production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' with [livejournal.com profile] snuggle_monster  and [livejournal.com profile] thalia03  and it was ridiculously funny. I honestly haven't laughed that hard in a long long time. My stomach hurt for ages afterwards. Beatrice was so good, so acerbic but still came across as not entirely bitter, Benedick was freaking hilarious because instead of putting on the overly formal accent a lot of actors do in Shakespeare he still had this almost-Bogan Aussie accent... took me a little while to warm up to it but once I did it was hilarious. The use of music was great, random assortments of instruments and awesome vocal harmonies - so good. So much of what made me laugh was physical humour, so it's not all stuff I can remember or describe now. Although one thing that cracked us up so much was the way Don John and his cronies were characterised - as mafia-type guys. The way the guy who played Don John was SO much like Rowan Atkinson's way of playing Mr Bean, we were in hysterics at points because of that.

I'd forgotten how much I love some of the more sappy dialogue in this play. 'I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest' <3

The ending was the single most appropriate way I could ever have thought of to finish that play. Basically, everyone is coupled off, embracing, and it's a really sappy affectionate moment. Cute. Lights dim except for on Beatrice and Benedick, as he reaches down and grabs her arse. Audience as a collective group: awwww.... HAHAHA XD

Today, thalia03 and I started studying for our English exam on Friday, watching Endgame and writing notes on poetry, interspersed with parts of movies and watching bits of Spring Awakening on youtube. The cast list for our uni's production went up the other day, and we were highly amused/surprised that the guy I kind of sort of have a mini crush on in English is in it. How do I spot the musos/musical theatre people in a LIT class?! Even for my instincts that's ridiculous.
We now have a plan to talk about Spring Awakening obnoxiously before the exam and try to draw him into conversation. Comfort zone, I am leaving you. Yep.

I think that's enough now!
Rdm
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For the first time ever, I have a clear ambition for my music career.
It's exhilarating. But honestly? It also scares the absolute crap out of me.


It's not a new career idea, really, it's one I've had for a while. It's just always been in a half-hearted 'oh I could do that as well' kind of way. I want to pursue musical theatre pit orchestras. Not just amateur theatre, but professional orchestras.
The light-bulb moment I had in my car this morning (it literally hit me at once, I was stunned actually) was while listening to the Original London Cast recording of The Lion King. I realised that I would be prepared to move indefinitely to London to pursue West End, or to New York for Broadway. For anyone who's heard me talk about living overseas, this is a big deal. A really big deal. I've never actively been able to picture myself moving anywhere indefinitely, and I do think that Melbourne will always be home, but I can see myself doing it. And that's scary.
I have a defined goal. This is kind of a foreign concept to me.

Indo was fine, I got my draft of my assignment back and it was fine! I just have to add a different section, but my language was good, and the topic was sound and so I am so happy. I have all of tomorrow to finish it, and I have most of an English draft now so I am not stressed about it at all.

Then it was home, where sine_animo came over to watch Glee. What can I say? The episode was amazing. Amazing. I want to rewatch it so much right now, but I'm not letting myself. I might do a massive picspam post tomorrow night - but for now suffice to say my afternoon was filled with squeeing and other such incoherent noises. Also, Friday could have been a disaster - I was in utter hysterics. It was probably the funniest number on the show to date. Glee, when you get it right you get it so. damn. right.

Today was the best day I've had in a good while.
Rdm
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 I've been a bit slack with proper posting here lately, I apologise. I've gone a little tumblr-crazy, as well as actually having some form of social life. Insane right?

Update! )
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I love that song so much. 

This week has been decidedly weird. There's all the drama with my car, assignments and everything - so naturally I ended up a bit stressed and strung out. A meltdown of sorts was inevitable... but I nearly made it to mid-semester break.
Yesterday I just lost it, because Ame and I had worked hard on our speech for Indo on Sunday, and thought we were good to go. Then, we read the unit guide and got really confused - so, we went and saw our teacher. Who confused us more, and I was so pissed and confused and stressed that we hadn't done it right and just ugh. I panicked, and got really upset - I hadn't done any practice then either, so I was worried about my lesson, and the fact that I had to go to work. We ended up skipping my second Indo class and I went and used the music room near her flat (she lives on campus) to play and make myself feel better. She also gives the most amazing massages, seriously I felt like I could move my shoulders properly for the first time in a long while. <3 Thank you.

Then, I get home last night and was told that one of my great-uncles has passed away. I'm sad, but more because I'm struggling to remember him. It's strange to think that had it been the same relation on my mum's side, I'd be devastated but because it's on Dad's and we really don't see them much I'm not. Sending my love out to the family though.

And that brings me to now. Still procrastinating fixing this speech and doing the powerpoint (even though it's tomorrow eek) and wondering just where time goes on Tuesday mornings. I'll work it out, but for now I'll leave this here.
Rdm

PS. It sounds strange because I do see them a bit, but I miss my friends. As in, I miss spending decent amounts of time just hanging out. 
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 I am happy to report that I am feeling much much better after a couple of decent night’s sleep (damn it Dad, why must you be right?! XD) Between yesterday’s study session (which was fun, after all yay!) and my productivity today I am not feeling quite so worn down.
True, I still have a lot left to do – but I’ve finished all my homework tasks for the week, and so can focus on all these pesky assignments. I also managed to get in about 2 hours of really good practice in so I am really happy with myself atm.

Study and real life )
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I've had a great few days, which I will outline in a minute, but right now my productive and good mood has been sucked away by Victoria Jackson and her idiocy. I'm not going to rant again, but have a look at this post (side note, I got tumblr - doomed I am) and you'll see why.

I've actually been really productive the past few days, practicing well, actually studying in my breaks, orchestra was good - I even came home from rehearsal last night and did more practice. Teaching was great on Monday despite having no breaks at all. 
Oh! I played in string class and it was really encouraging - it's always nice to hear that I'm improving.
Let me see, what else. I finally finished a (rough/out of order) first draft of my English assignment, which I have been procrastinating typing up for about 2 hours now (fanfic ftw).

Wow this entry is all over the place. Right. Today.
I decided that sleep was more important than my 9am class, as I just wasn't awake and alert enough anyway. I stayed up too late last night, it was one of those ones where I looked at my clock after what felt like 30 minutes and it had been hours...
Then, it was off to my lesson - which was really good. This whole planning practice thing is so great. I must keep this up.
After that, I headed into the city to meet harpisan. It was great to see her, even if it was only for an hour. THEN I called sine_animo and we hung out, pebblegosling even joined us for a little while. And snuggle_monster called us and was put on speakerphone because she felt left out. We all need to hang out before you go, pebblegosling... Although our brains may all explode.
The look on sine_animo's face when the other two were on the phone was utterly priceless. TOLD YOU SO.

All of that aside, I got more work done on the train home on this English thing than I did last night. Strange.

Tomorrow I'm going in to uni when I have no classes so I can study. Today I skipped my class at uni... I think I'm doing this backwards. Hopefully I'll be able to hang out with snuggle_monster and Ame as well - I haven't seen them nearly as much as I'd like so far at uni this year.

With that, I bid you farewell.
Rdm 
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 I've been resisting posting all day, so I can actually get some work done, but I've had a really productive day and this is now my break.

This Klaine video is so beautiful. I love it.
It won't let me embed it, but watch it here.

The past few days have been pretty crazy, really. What with study, work, practice, and then heading to sine_animo's place for a sleepover last night I've been so busy. Great though.

A few points, to make this quick:
1. Planning out my practice helps. A lot. I've gotten a lot done in a short amount of practice time! Efficiency win =D
2. This muscle relaxation thing is AMAZING. I can never get my brain to switch off, normally, and when I do these exercises I drift off to sleep about 5 minutes after finishing. I haven't felt so well-rested in a long time.
3. Hanging out with sine_animo is epic. 

On that last point, here is a sample of what we did.

We squeed and fangirled like crazy over Glee. Again.

We watched Hercules. Some of the lines in that movie are SO amusing, and would have flown straight over my head when I was younger. Like this:


Epic win call of the night though, goes to sine_animo for 'cockblocking cloud'. At the end, when Hercules and Meg are kissing a random cloud comes and takes them away.
(it also wins the award for most real-looking Disney kiss ever. just saying)
A lot of Hades' lines are briliantly sarcastic and amusing too.
Then, we headed out to her spa and had a playlist of Darren Criss, Glee, and random other loves of ours. So good. Apart from entertaining her god-sister for a while (she's 8 and needs attention like she needs air), we had the chance just to talk. About anything and everything.

Then it was rewatching the 'Sexy' episode of Glee, and then I had my mind totally blown.
When I was a little kid, the only places I would watch movies were at my two sets of grandparents' houses. At my mum's parents house, I would watch all manner of Disney movies. At my dad's parents' house, I would watch 'The Swan Princess'. Over and over and over. I loved that movie to pieces.
I was informed last night that Jean-Bob, ie the epically funny frog, was VOICED BY JOHN CLEESE. WHAT IS THAT?!
So naturally, after that revelation we HAD to watch some of it. I want to rewatch that movie so freaking much now. As a parting gift, here is a song from it that I just found, it was always one of my favourites. I still haven't found the turtle's amazing 'friends call me speed' line. DO WANT.


Rdm

PS. This made me laugh hysterically when I got home.
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I've had a pretty good day today, despite early morning lectures (to which the lecturer was late, damn it could have slept longer) on Labour Day. Although, I did crash at home when I settled down to read. Naps are lovely. So happy I didn't have to work.

I had my own moment of 'what are you doing Lauren, just freaking start talking - you do that enough it shouldn't be this hard' in my long break. Sat down in the campus centre and couldn't help but overhear the intelligent debate going on next to me between this *really* attractive guy and a couple of his friends. WANTED TO BUTT IN SO BADLY. But chickened out. Gah. I need to put myself out there more. Yep. New mission. XD Get over that pronto.

Other than that, I did the tiniest amount of practice tonight - this week's been horrible for that for me. Not sure why. Kind of writing it off, even when I try it just fails. I'll get there.


music meme! )
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 LOVE


*melts into a puddle*

Less flail, more real life )
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The most ridiculous things make me laugh insanely hard.

I had a really great weekend - slept over at sine_animo's place with snuggle_monster, watched the Emperor's New Groove because snuggle_monster hadn't and needed to. Of course, she thought it was epic. She also was in hysterics over some things that even I don't find *that* funny. After that we talked, danced to bad 90s music and were alternately ridiculously silly and very serious. We certainly are brain-twins.
Our next thing is trying to get myself, snuggle_monster, pebblegosling and sine_animo in one place to hang out. I think our brains would explode completely. (brain-twins plus brain-twins plus really good friends)
I then went home at about midday on Sunday, and was actually productive. I was so proud of myself.
I went to bed early as well.

Then proceeded to sleep through my alarm and wake up 20 minutes after I was supposed to leave for uni. GAH. Missed my first lecture, got to Indo 15 minutes late, realised I hadn't done the reading or the translation I was supposed, was generally spaced out. I was in such a shitty mood by that point. After that I had a 4-hour break so my thoughts were basically 'I should have just rolled over and gone back to sleep'.
It did improve, eventually. I'm feeling quite good now after my shift at work. I have 2 new violin students who just got violins this week, and they're both getting a decent sound already, which is pretty much unheard of. <3

Another thing that has made me happy is that this time around I can actually play most of my scales straight away. *grins* Progress!!

I think that's all I have to say tonight, just a quick update before I go off to do some more work.
Rdm
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   I've tried to post a few times over the last couple of days, but they didn't seem to flow very well so I kept giving up. I hope this one is better!

Uni life is amazing sometimes )

SPAM SPAM SPAM )

I have two more videos for you now. I am utterly addicted to this song. Their voices blend so well together, and I'm really starting to get into Charlene Kaye's music. To give you an idea, I had this song on repeat basically all of yesterday. Which is kind of huge for me...

Lastly, this is a song I adore by Sara Bareilles. She's just released this video for it, and it's so cute. I love that it's so many random people, and that Josh Groban and Ben Folds are in it. WIN WIN WIN!


On that note, I am going to collapse into bed. I made this post twice, because lj is full of fail sometimes.
Rdm
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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

New Job!

Jan. 22nd, 2011 05:39 pm
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 Day 1 of new job - interesting. New place, new faces, new environment.

I can officially say I am a violin teacher! This makes me insanely happy. It really does. I love it. The kids were all so sweet (really big range of ages too) and most of them have been playing for at least a little while and getting decent sound out - so I don't have to start from scratch with many of them at all. Which is nice, I have to admit.
I also love how unthinkingly honest kids can be. There was one girl, who is 8, who essentially told me she liked me better than the last teacher she had. It was really cute - and I had to be careful just to say 'thank you' and not laugh.

It was a bit odd though, I spent half of the day sitting around because students didn't show up. I'm not complaining too much though, I'm pretty sure I still get paid... =D
Next time I'll bring my own practice to do though.

I'm now off to a coworker's 21st, actually, and I hope it'll be good. I'm fairly tired though so we'll see.
Rdm
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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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