It’s really cold today. This morning I had to work from my bed under my feather duvet with a box of Chinese biscuit wafer snacks and a Kinder Bueno chocolate bar. (Yes, that is my great Saturday breakfast.) I ended up dozing off twice; it takes a huge amount of will power to push myself out of a bed when it’s baltic everywhere else in the school. Then I forced myself to have an instant coffee because I had to set off to teach piano pretty soon.
As well as piano, I teach my little pupil some music theory. I made some flash cards for some music terminology and drew pictures to represent each performance direction, e.g:
I brought my iPod with me to play some examples of Allegro (quick + drawing on a dragonfly), Adagio (slow + drawing of a turtle) etc. I think I’ll do that more often.
We were treated to blueberry muffins halfway through our lesson! They were so delicious; her mother packed me four to take back with me.
Yesterday my mother went off on a work trip. Usually her job takes her somewhere else in the country, but on this occasion she is in China – she’s on the other side of the world where the rest of my family lives. And then there’s my father in America, which is on the opposite side of the planet.
This makes me the only member of my family currently in Europe. Isn’t that scary? Me, the only one of my kind and the one responsible for continuing my family tree. In some way, it feels as if I haven’t any parents and family at all, and I’m on some sort of profound quest (think of Zelda or Mario Bros) to find a secret which would unlock all my unanswerable questions.
I feel slightly on edge and have the faintest urge to do something rebellious. . .
My roommate had her birthday dinner this week! We had a lovely dinner outing.
Also, a strange sight from my wanders in town:
Aaaaand in other new: I’m back in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 2013! Hooray! Can’t describe my excitement.
Actually, I’m probably more excited about my extra hours sleep tonight.