08. January 2010 · Comments Off on First Weeks Are Difficult · Categories: Ramble

So this is the first week back to work after a week off. Sometimes I do think taking a week off isn’t a good idea; it’s just too difficult to get back to work! Perhaps I’d be better off with no time off. Ever. I wonder!

The first week back to symphony is going okay, but it’s exhausting. And we were a bit on the noisy side last night (as usual), and our conductor for the week had finally had it. I’m guessing that, for some, the strong reprimand is like water off a duck’s back. Not so with me. I take it as if it is completely directed at me. So I’m a bit of a wreck about that. I take reprimands quite seriously.

AND … bad dreams! The last two nights haven’t been great for dreams. We need a new mattress, and I think poor sleep means poor dreams. Or something. Maybe it’s just that it’s the first full week of 2010? Dunno!

UCSC has started. Another difficult first week! The plans we had for an oboe trio fell apart the day before we were to have our first meeting. Since that fell through I attempted to get the woodwind quintet on board. Couldn’t make it work; one player wasn’t willing to wake up that early … and I can’t say I was disappointed! Starting class at 8:50 in the morning over in Santa Cruz didn’t sound all that appealing to me. So I guess it’s oboe duos for an hour, which also qualifies. An oboe trio (usually two oboes and English horn) would have been a bit more fun, but oh well!

In other news … I landed at a blog of a singer that mentioned three of the four operas for next year. I have a feeling, though, that we aren’t supposed to publicize them yet. So I’m going to have to keep my mouth shut — or fingers still — on this one for a while longer. I’m guessing OSJ wants to make a special announcement and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Ramble ramble … haven’t done a ramble in a while. Guess it was time!

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