After my “holiday” (playing The Nutcracker through December 24 doesn’t exactly make things a true holiday!) students who aren’t aware of what happened here have said, “I hope you had a great vacation!”

Being unprepared, I simply stated the truth.

I need to learn how to respond … what to say without making them uncomfortable. But today I simply hadn’t thought of what to say.

Meanwhile it really was good to get back to work today. Students! I really do love to see and teach my students. Tomorrow I also get to meet with a person who has been a reader of this blog (hey Ben!) … and he’s from Australia. Is that cool or what? I think I’ll be meeting another blog reader (hi Cooper!) in … is it February? I think so. And I’m looking forward to that as well.

There are a number perks to doing this blog thing. I admit I do this out of selfishness. I ramble freely. It helps me de-stress from this stressful job I do. I meet other oboists … and even other musicians that land here. I meet music lovers. I learn a lot. And I’m finding it even helps in the grief process, although I suppose that may get weary for my readers. I’d apologize … but I’m sorry to say (hah!) that I’m really not sorry.

So there you go. 🙂


  1. Hi Patty, Yep, I’ll be coming in February! Woohoo!  

  2. Darlene Marshall

    ….. could just say, “OK, how was yours?”   Even if ‘OK” is not exactly the truth……….

  3. Patricia Mitchell

    Super! Do you have the dates?

  4. Patricia Mitchell

    Yeah. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. 🙂

    Next time ….