Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Random Excuses. And an introduction to my next post.

Since I haven't really blogged much this Summer, and since I stopped scrapbooking when my baby was 2 months old (did I mention she started kindergarten this year?), I've decided to get in gear and catalog our Summer's activities via a picture diary.

Since the kids have now gone back to school, I really thought I'd have all this time to catch up on things, like posting pictures to my blog; creating a blurb? blurp? burp? account so I can print out my blog and pretend I have a scrapbook; and other stuff like cleaning my house, etc. Today is the first spare moment I've had, and it will be short-lived since once 3:45 rolls around and the bus pulls up on my street then all hell will break loose. Again. I'm sure all of your lives are similar. From 4:00 pm til about 8:00 pm life is CRAZY!!!

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I decided, one day last week, kinda of on a whim, to send out an email to all of my nearby friends and neighbors to tell them that I'd decided to start teaching piano lessons again. I had started teaching a little bit last spring, and I had 6 students through the summer.
By the afternoon of the day I sent the email, I had doubled that number of sign ups for fall. Today, I have 19 piano students signed up to start next week. NINETEEN?!!

To be honest, I'm part excited, part completely panicked. I promised myself that I would not schedule any piano lessons when my children needed to be driven to activities and I have held true to that, but every other possible free moment I had is now dedicated to piano lessons.
I guess now, I'll have to officially close up shop and say I'm full, and start saying no to people. But then there's that weird little quirk I have that needs to round things off. Like, when I run, and I get home and I've gone 4.82 miles, I have to run around the block again, so I can get it up to 5.0 miles. So, now that I've counted it all up, I might have to find just one more spot, so I can have an even 20.

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I was asked recently to be a part of a Piano Hymns compilation CD. I'm honored and excited to be a part of it. I will have 3 of my songs on the CD along with several other amazing pianists. It's scheduled to be released in late September, so keep your eyes out for it!

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I made myself a little new school year goal. Currently, on my dresser, among dust bunnies and other various items of clutter, I have 30 books (I counted--yes it's a round number) sitting there, waiting to be read. I've decided I'm going to make it my personal mission, now that all my monkeys are in school, to read every single one of them before the end of 2010. Is it possible? Can I do it?

Currently reading: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Starting today (because I couldn't wait): Mockingjay.

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Alright back to my original idea for this post, which turned into a giant ramble session.

The following post will be a photographic diary of our Summer.

Enjoy!

5 comments:

Garden of Egan said...

It sounds like you are going to be VERY busy! 19 students? They are lucky kids.
I wish I were one of them.

Kristina P. said...

That is such a great testament to your amazing talent!

Missy said...

There is nothing that brings on guilt more than the word "scrapbooking." McCoy's book stops at age three and he is twelve. I haven't even started one for The Girls... I am such a bad mother!

Lara said...

Wow! 19, just like that! I have 15 students this semester (all 45 minutes or an hour, though) and I think I might die. But I'm sure you'll do great, and it's always nice to have a bit of extra money, that's for sure!

My blog has become my scrapbook, too. I rarely scrapbook anymore.

Mikki said...

Wow! Sounds like you are going to be/already are SO busy. I think they are some pretty lucky kids.
How is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? I've heard of it. Good luck with the books. If you didn't have such a load with all those lessons I'd say you could do it.