Daily Archives: June 30, 2007

What I Read This June

Nodame Cantabile vols 6-9 by Tomoko Ninomiya
The Violin Maker by John Marchese
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Druid’s Sword by Sara Douglass
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
Heart of Gold by Sharon Shinn
The Highs and Lows of Being Mia by Meg Cabot
Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers
Nodame Cantabile vols 2-5 by Tomoko Ninomiya
Storm Front by Jim Butcher (reread)
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale


We’re halfway through Pan’s Labyrinth. The DVD suddenly started degrading fifteen minutes ago, and now it hangs and jumps chapters.

HRH is making an emergency run to Blockbuster, because there’s no way you can leave a film like this half-watched.

Dress rehearsal today left me kind of glum and in that “why do I bother” headspace. I had to ask my section principal if my intonation had sucked as much as I thought it had, because I spent the entire two and a half hours feeling as if I was struggling to blend. When I can’t grab onto the proper tuning I end up skating all over the place, unable to settle down and be focused enough to play with the music instead of against it. She (lovely woman!) said that she hadn’t noticed anything, and I believe her; she’s one who would absolutely point out something wrong. I made her promise to tell me if ever I did anything wonky anyhow. The brass sounded almost too bright to my ears today, and it felt as if their sound waves and the string waves were fighting against one another. I couldn’t settle into the string flow properly and fought against those crashing waves all morning, missing entrances, shifts, easy fingerings, and rhythm stuff. On the up side I came home really wanting to play cello all afternoon to make it all better and to remind myself that the instrument can sound pretty, but instead Liam and I went for a walk, played on the slide at the park for half an hour (it got to the point where I just stayed up in the fort part and let Liam slide down, run around the structure, climb up the stairs on the other side, run past me, grab the horizontal bar set above the slide to swing out and slide down again all on his own, chatting with him as he narrated his actions excitedly) then we played in our backyard for ages because it was such a lovely day.

HRH just pulled up. Off to finish the movie!