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So here is my new agenda for the time being: Work, Save and Research. That is the plan.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thinking about after graduation

So I've been thinking about life after graduation and I've come to the conclusion that I'm looking forward to it. Whether it's staying home for a year and finding ways to keep myself immersed in music or being accepted to a doctoral program, I'm looking forward to a new adventure.

I've heard from the University of Florida and the University of California-Berkeley and both did not accept me as a phd student. Yes I am bummed about it but the more I reflect and the more I think about what I could do with a year off the more I think that it might be a wise decision. I worry about my loans that will be coming due, but I am skilled at finding employment so as long as I have a job I should be able to figure something out.

For now I continue to wait. Which is hard, but I have three more schools to hear from. Hopefully I'll have better luck.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spring Cleaning in Winter!

Okay, so I've decided to get rid of items in my home that don't use and sell them or give them away to people who need them.  So this post, which I will edit and re-post every time I get new ideas for stuff, will contain a list of things that I have that I would love to sell/give away. I'm also posting these items on Craigslist so if you want something let me know ASAP or someone else may beat you to it!

I have the following items:

-Art Portfolio with big clip board and paper, also includes a box with some art supplies in it.
-DVD Player that works, does have remote. Kinda big and bulky but it works. (Yay the first item I was able to give away)
-Apex Digitrex Digital Camera 3.2 mega pixels. It's old but it takes okay pictures for the mega pixels it has.
-Webcam. It's the snake kind. It's a usb plug in that you can bend to point where ever you want. Comes with a CD.
-2 USB Wireless laser mice. Both work well, both need AAA batteries.

I will look around my house more this weekend and add to this post.  Also let me know if there is something you need, maybe I can help you out.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Quiet Day

So to catch everyone up, I had Gall Bladder removal surgery on Friday, so today is my last day to stay home and recover quietly before I dive back into my school work. I am so happy that I had the surgery because even though I am still sore at least I feel like eating anything.

I also recorded my masters project last weekend. It was an interesting experience. I know that I did good work but I will be nervous until I turn in the master copy to Keller for inspection. I think that it's a good project they are having us do but I worry constantly about the financial implications of a project this big. So far I have paid almost everyone their full fee so at least I don't have to worry about that.

I recorded 3 pieces the full Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu, the full Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc and the first two movements of the Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano by Joseph Horovitz. I decided to leave the 3rd movement out because I didn't feel it was ready and I feel okay with that. I just want to hear the edit and make sure that I feel good about the work I did. It's a great process and I would definitely do it it again.

I actually have an idea for a project if I don't get into a doctoral school this year. I think that what I'd like to do is get involved with a musical society or historical society somewhere here in the valley and do some research projects for them. Then use the paper and hopefully recording that I do as some real world experience on my resume for doctoral schools.

I haven't heard from any of the graduate programs yet and that makes me nervous. I know that it's a bit early to know yet but I think that I should have a good shot. I hope. I think that if I have to take a year off that it might be a good thing. It might force me to take stock of what I have and what I want to attain in my life.

Honestly I just want to continue my education and be that much closer to my career but I have a nasty feeling that I'm not going to be able to do that.

I've been also doing well on my weight loss for the last 4 weeks. I have a feeling I'm going to gain this week because of the surgery though. I've been eating less veggies and more carbs because carbs were easy to eat after surgery. I'm doing well today about eating things that will fill me up for less PointsPlus values.

Well since it's a quiet day for me today I will leave you will a quiet picture. See Ya. This makes me want to go to the beach