Sunday, April 30, 2006

stolen from Sherri

I haven't been posting on this blog in a while... the past couple weeks have been tough, and have forced me to examine some things about my past and my future. It's become a very personal struggle, and the only people who really would understand are the people who know who is involved in said struggle.

To make a long story short:
1. my favorite prof was denied tenure.
2. a bunch of alumni wrote to the dean in his support, to say "this is wrong, give him tenure."
3. I decided to write too.
4. I had trouble writing my letter, even though this is my favorite educator of all time, simply because I'm a flute player.

explanation: the flute professor hates this other professor, and so I became caught in the middle, because I liked other professor and was not afraid to say so. As a result, I was one of the top players in the studio, but I received little respect (if any) simply because of my good rapport with said prof.

I could go into WHY the flute prof hates the other prof, but it's such a long story, and it's really ridiculous, and it made me lose a lot of respect for the man who made it possible for me to be as good as a flute player as I am today.

So I'm still caught in the middle and bitter about it, so I won't do that. I wrote my letter in support, and it was well-written and professional. And I struggled and hurt and still can't believe the hurt is as fresh today as it was 4 years ago.

Imagine! The finest flute teacher I've ever worked with saying to me:
"You know, E, I just can't imagine you as a music teacher."

and as I exited other prof's office,

"so, coming out of your apartment? That's where you live, isn't it?"

and then saying in front of his entire studio,
"as if I give a damn what [other professor] thinks!"

So I lost respect for the guy as a person, but I still owe him almost all of my musicianship. That kills me.

OK, so the meme.

I'm supposed to state 6 weird or unconventional things about myself. Most of you already know that I'm pretty darn unconventional. Here goes:

1. When I get too warm, there is nothing I love more than putting a clean pair of socks in the freezer for half an hour and then putting them on. whoosh!

1a (this is still about socks): I am obsessed with matching my socks perfectly. So much so that I even put a permanent marker dot of a unique color on each sock every time I buy a new set. This way, I don't get my "batches" confused if I have similar batches of socks. Compulsive? yes. Effective? also yes.

2. If I take Amoxicilin (the antibiotic), I become lactose intolerant. Oddly enough, no other antibiotics have this effect on me.

3. I must wear plain white cotton socks to bed, or I can't sleep.

4. I can't sleep if my legs are not in pajama pants, regardless of how hot it is. I hate the feeling of sheets on bare legs. Especially if I have not shaved within the last 12 hours. (I'm a hairy girl.)

5. If I'm hungry and I DON'T want to eat, I watch the food network, because it makes me lose my appetite.

6. I still have nightmares about my abusive ex. No kidding.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

patience grows weeds.

so I really stepped in it this time.

My mouth got me in trouble again.

When, Emilie-la-bavarde, are you going to learn that you must actually REALIZE what you're saying before you just blurt it out?

I need to learn. Maybe I actually will someday.


Saturday, April 08, 2006


Yay to Pip for giving me such a wonderful meme!

Here are the rules:
Go to Google images.
Google-image the answer to each of these questions.
You MUST post the FIRST image result.

Here they be!

1. Your age on your next birthday:

2. Your favorite color:

3. Your middle name (if you have more than one, then include an image for each):

4. The last meal you ate:

5. Your bad habit:

6. Your favorite fruit or vegetable:

7. Your favorite animal:

8. The town you live in:

9. Name of your pet (or past pet; or younger sibling):

10. Best friend's nickname:

11. Your first name:

12. Your last name:

Bonus #1. Your nickname:

Bonus #2. Your favorite book:

Bonus #3. Your favorite actor/actress:

Bonus #4. Your favorite composer:

Bonus #5. Your alma mater:

Thursday, April 06, 2006

evil coke machine

Michel wins the quote of the day award. He was commenting on this picture. My very loose translation of what he said is:

"I've always thought that Coke was dangerous. Not too surprising that you were eaten by this Satanic machine then."

Michel is awesome.

He got me thinking about EATING things. Namely, unusual things. And then I started thinking about the pictures that I unsuccessfully tried to post with the original all-county pics. Here are the strange eating pictures.

First, here I am trying to swallow the logo for a play that was being advertised.

And then, of course, I tried to eat my one student's iPod nano. She was compulsive about my "guarding" it during rehearsals, and so of course I did. But every time there was a break, she'd ask me, "how's my iPod?" So, of course, I decided that I MUST do the eat-the-ipod trick and send her a copy of the picture. I titled it, "YUM, IPOD!"

Thanks, Michel, for the inspiration. I've been sick lately (severe laryngitis, which makes teaching chorus a bit difficult!!!), so it's been hard to think of something to write.

Out of Michel-oriented courtesy: Merci, Michel, de l'inspiration. Vous ĂȘtes, comme toujours, magnifique. :-)