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5444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444444 The Cat Wrote the Title...

So, I am going to go with it. I was thinking that it was time to get back to writing a bit more about my ideas of the future and of music therapy. The cat, of course, stepped all over the number pad of the computer and now I am going to write something about 5/4 time. That works. Here we go...CHAPTER SOMETHING OR ANOTHER - PUT INTO SOME OF THE "CLASS" OVERVIEW SECTIONS"5/4 time," Persephone was muttering to herself, "What can I include in 5/4 time??"Persephone turned to her music database and started searching for songs that she could learn for her Repertoire class. She had been assigned the meter 5/4 in class on Monday and had to find a list of songs suitable for her clinical population of older adults by the next Monday. She had to find the sheet music, practice transposition, and learn the melodies to present to her small group cohort later. The good part about this project was that they were all sharing their lists so she would end up with song recomm…
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A Planned Day Off

I took an unplanned personal day yesterday because I found that there was a leak in the upstairs that flooded my hallway. I spent yesterday navigating the world of wet/dry vacuuming and moving things around so the guy could come in for 3 minutes and say that there was water damage. At least this guy mentioned that he would arrange to have the damage fixed - the guy who supposedly "fixed" this issue 16 months ago never even came into the apartment to see the damage. We will see if the promised dry wall guys ever show up, but at least it was acknowledged that there was damage from something that I had no power over. Today, though, is a planned day off. It's on the calendar (for some strange reason we get a random day off in both October and April), so it is an official 3-day weekend for me!!Of course, I have some plans. I have an online intern interview this afternoon and three videos to make and upload before the end of the day. So, what am I doing?? I am sitting in front…

Excuse Me As I FanGirl a Bit...

Okay. I am a bit overwhelmed right now and trying very hard to keep myself contained, but I am a bit excited and humbled and just plain old scared that I am not worthy of all sorts of things right now.What has me in such a tizzy?? My favorite blogger in the world just followed me on Twitter!SQUEEEEEE! (See, here's where the fangirling starts and won't stop for a long time to come, I am afraid!)My favorite blogger is a woman named Jenny Lawson who is The Bloggess. Not only is she a wonderful blogger, she is also an artist, author, and small business owner, and she now follows ME on twitter! I admire her for so many reasons, and she decided to follow me! Of course, she follows over 49 thousand twitter accounts, but I may show up on her enormous feed every once in a while! That's pretty awesome!If you haven't heard of Jenny Lawson, may I introduce her?She owns Nowhere Bookshop in San Antonio, Texas (a place on my bucket list to visit just because I like her SO much!), but …

Four and a Half Day Work Week

I get half a day off this week, disguised as a full day off because I worked an additional half day last week and will be doing the rest of the half day as a 12-hour day this week. I am not really looking forward to it, but it is a necessary thing, I guess. It was easier when I had my church job on Wednesday evenings and worked the extra hours during the entire week rather than having to sit through mindless and irrelevant meetings with the faculty. Alas, that is no longer the case since my Thursday evening job has turned into a video interaction, so I don't even have that obligation to keep me safe from the mindlessness. Oh well.During this four and a half day work week, I am going to be working on a new series of videos reserved completely for my co-workers' use. Since I cannot expand my services into individual sessions due to COVID restrictions and the schedule that I have for groups, I am facing lots of time just sitting being paid for doing nothing. This does not sit wel…

Weekly Goals - Trying to Manage My Saturdays for Self-Care Only

I had to work during much of my only day that doesn't include work (usually). I was engaged in things that I enjoy - learning about video editing and making videos - but it was still a work day for me.This is one of the things that I am trying to avoid doing with the incorporation of my desired evening routine, but, as these things often end up, I am at the mercy of others to complete my tasks. I had just finished sending out the YouTube link for my Sunday School video (my newest task as "Music Director" - I'm curious as to how this happened, but I'm still getting paid, so I am fine with it) when the other person who was asked to read sent me her files. I had to send out panicked "Don't use that link" emails and then re-do the project. A task that took 3 hours initially ended up taking 6 hours in total with my slow uploading situation (I think I may need a new modem). I had a bit of time for self-care, but not as much as I need for my own ability to…

Today's List...Recap of the Week...Just Rambling Through My Brain

This has been a "meh" kind of week. I had a 12 hour day on Wednesday (which NEVER end up being 12 hours for anyone other than me because of my need to be earlier than ANYONE ELSE) which always shake me up emotionally and physically. I get overtired and end up sick EVERY TIME! This also coincided with corn harvest season which magnifies my allergies exponentially, so I am tired and sneezing through my heavy duty medications. Add in some almost summer like temperatures, and this girl was not entirely happy with her surroundings. All setting events for me, but interestingly, I was not pulled down by all of this in the past week. There are times when this type of incident stacking just cause me to fold, but not right now.This has led to some introspection. Why am I okay with these things right now when all of these things happening two months ago would have sent me to my bed?? I have no clear answers, but I am glad that I am doing better at the moment.That brings me to today'…

Persephone Updates

I've been dabbling in a bit of fiction writing lately - only when the mood strikes and as a way to try to make sense of the types of things that are happening around us all. My protagonist is Persephone. She is a music therapy student in the year 2049 and things look a bit different form the way things look now. (If you are interested in reading all of my meanderings, search for Persephone in the search function on this blog - it will bring up my little bits of fancy.)I have started to work on this project a bit more formally - I've outlined it and identified places where I need more information - and I am finding that this project is helping me to figure out things that I want for our profession. Also, it is a way of controlling bits of systems and ideas that I have no control over in real life. In my universe, music therapy students go for master's level study before entering the work force. All prerequisites are done in undergraduate training. I get to name all the cour…