Saturday, July 28, 2012

Movie Day 7-28

I took the girls, Sarah, Hannah, Lydia, and Natalie to see Brave this afternoon.  We had such a good time.  After the movie we went to get the girls ice cream.  I brought my drink in because I didn't want any ice cream.  I really liked the movie although it was different than I expected.  It had such good music too.  I really must get the piano music for my students.  I can't seem to find it at pepper's music.  I will have to call and see if it available.  The music was just so awesome!

I am watching this show on National Geographic channel.  It is interesting.  This couple was accused of   passing false papers and human trafficking.  They weren't, they were foster parents of a young baby.  I missed the first 15 or so minutes so I am not sure what started all of this.  I can't even imagine spending over 2 years in an Egyptian prison.  I hope to never find out what it is like in ANY countries' (including ours) prison.

The Olympics have started.  I went over to Kelly Lynn's house to watch the movie Tangled, but we ended up watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  It was very fun.  We are going to watch the movie another time.

I have a bad headache tonight.  I am hoping it will go away in time for church tomorrow.  I have missed 4 weeks in a row because of bad headaches.  I do hope to attend tomorrow.  I can take a wee nap after church so that will be good.  I do have 2 lessons tomorrow.  I have Rick's voice lesson and Minh's piano lesson.  I am glad I have them because they will give me something to do tomorrow.  Sundays can be very quiet without lessons so I am glad that I am doing some teaching.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday 7-24

Not much extra excitement today here.  No bat, no flying objects, so a good day.  I am very sleepy today for some reason though.  I think it is the new medicine for headaches, the everyday medicine.  I think I need to adjust my nighttime sleep medicine.  I am going to do that tonight.  I also want to change the time I take the medicine.  I am thinking perhaps an hour before bed would be better.  That is what I am going to try tonight.

Since it is Tuesday, that means that Dance Moms is on.  It is entertaining as always.  I also really like the show Rizzoli and Isles too on TNT.  NCIS are all reruns at this time so I don't mind missing them right now.

I am getting the students ready for the summer concert.  Last summer was the first time in a long time that we have had one.  After the concert, we have a BBQ party.  It is so much fun.  Laith (age 7) has decided to play the song he has been assigned for his lesson today.  It is one page.  He likes the short songs.  He is in level 2 and should be finished with his flash cards but since he guesses so many of them, I won't put them away.  I told him today that when he stops guessing we can be done with them. The thing is, he KNOWS his notes!  He can read them really well.  Laith just likes to guess them.

Tomorrow I have to get 3 gift certificates for the Richards' girls.  They have all chosen Toys R Us.  I am also seeing Tillie tomorrow.  She is coming to pick up her package that she has ordered.  She is having surgery on Thursday.  My cousin, Maia (Tillie's youngest) has Breast Cancer.  She is having chemo treatments right now and then she will have surgery.  I think about her a lot.  She lives about an hour from me.  I am hoping to see her soon.

I am really hoping this new medicine works.  I have a bad headache right now.  Sometimes, I get so annoyed at myself because of the Fibro and other illnesses I have.  I just get so sick of being sick.  It seems so long since I have been healthy that I don't remember what it was like.  I can't remember what it is like not to have a headache.  I am looking forward to that feeling.  The doctor said I should have some results in about 4 to 5 weeks.  I have only taken it for a week now.  I am hopeful though.  I almost cried when the doctor said that there was something that could be done for everyday headaches. After being disappointed so much, it was so nice to have hope.

I am going to read for a bit and then head for bed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

an interesting day - 7-23

Well, I woke up today and came downstairs as usual.  I sat down at the dining room table and look up to the window.  Well, wow, I thought at first it was a bug.  A really, really, really big bug.  Then I looked again and realized it was a bat!  Yes, a bat!  I freaked, quietly though because I didn't want to wake the little thing and have it fly around the house.  I called my neighbors and asked what to do.  They were at the dentist so I wouldn't see them for a while.  Then I posted a post about the bat hanging in my dining room on face book.  I called the non-emergency number of the police to find out what to do.  They gave me animal control's number.  I called them and they sent someone to come and take care of the little bat.  It was only about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide.  This is the second time in my life a bat has been in the house.  I think it came in the house on Friday night when we were moving tables out of the house for the party on Saturday in the neighborhood.  It completely freaked me out.  The last time we had a bat, Momma as here so she helped me corral the bat to the door.  This time, I was all by myself.  Well, the bat is gone and with animal control, thank goodness for that!!!

Other than that, it has been a quiet day.  I had a few lessons and that is about it.  I am rather tired today or at least I am right now.  I will probably head for bed early since I have occupational therapy tomorrow morning.  Heather B-T will pick me up about 11:15 am for it.  I think Bill's car will be fixed tomorrow.  We are all hoping so that is for sure.  I am sure he would like his car back.

I go see Dr. Aloot on Wednesday next week.  I have the x-rays done so that is good and she should have the results either today or tomorrow.  It will be just in time for the Doctor appointment.

This, I think, is my last week of occupational therapy.  I do like this therapist better than the physical therapist.  He was okay but he didn't stay with me while I did my exercises like all the other therapists do.  That kind of bothered me.  He would go and stand at a table looking at paper work while I had to wait for him to realize I was done.  He also didn't have me try a tens unit which was something my doctor wanted me to try so I still don't know if a unit would help with the pain or not.  Although I am not in as much pain as I used to be since I do my exercises so the physical therapy did help, which I am thankful for.  I am hopeful that the occupational therapy will be as helpful.  So far, it is.  I do have to get a reacher though.  I haven't done it yet.  I will in the next couple of weeks.  I don't usually go to target and that is where they have them.

I am going to read for a while before bed.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

the start of another musical week 7-22

This weekend was a good one.  Yesterday, I went to the neighborhood party.  I brought some of my students with me.  Natalie, Hannah, Sarah, and their brothers Patrick and Paul.  We all had such a good time.  I was able to chat with a few neighbors that I hadn't seen in a while.  I had a good time watching the kids have fun too.  The bounce houses, the popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones were a big hit with my group.  I really had a good time.  My neighbor and friend, Kathy M graciously switched vehicles with me so I could go and pick up a few more Muglias than what my car would allow.  It was very nice of her.  We really appreciated it.  One of my neighbors and friends, Jessica came and said goodbye to my students.  She asked if they had a good time and they all said it was wonderful.  I am so glad I was able to bring them with me.  I do enjoy spending time with them.  Next week, I am hopeful that the girls and I can go and see Brave together.  The girls have chosen to get ice cream after instead of dinner.  They say it is now tradition.  I had to smile at that.  The last few times we have gotten together we have gone for ice cream afterwards.  I don't mind.  Basically, it boils down to what they want (within reason of course) but if they want to get ice cream after, I will take them.  They are such good kids.  I have the best students.  I really do.

It is all set.  I just spoke with Laura, their mother, and we girls are all set to see the movie Brave next week after lessons.  I am very excited about that.  We will go in the afternoon to see the movie and then, following the new tradition we have, go to Baskin Robbins for ice cream.  I will probably do what I normally do which is to just take my drink in and not get ice cream.  If I do want some, well, then I will get some.  However, I am so pleased with my progress on eating healthy and losing weight, I probably will not want any.  So far, I have lost about 7 pounds.  I sure hope the arthritis doctor is pleased with this news.  Maybe by then, I will have lost more weight.  It is a start and I have a looooong way to go.

My head has been bad again today.  I have had bad headaches about 4 to 5 days a week now.  I had to miss church again this morning because of it.  I do hope this new medicine will really take effect soon and then I will be headache free for a while.  That is my goal anyways.  It will take a few weeks before the medicine will start working.  I guess it has to build up in my system and that takes a while to do.  It will be nice not to wake up with a headache   I have no idea what that even feels like at this point.  It would be nice.

I am watching a NCIS marathon right now.  I have seen most of these episodes but they are still really good.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Neurologist Day 7-17

I am so excited about this appointment that I had this morning.  I was very nervous to go to another neurologist because of what has happened before.  In 2008, I was hospitalized with a really bad headache, I think it was the worst one I have ever had.  I have no idea how I drove to the hospital in Rochester, but I did.  Anyways, they ended up doing 2 CT scans and 2 MRIs.  I have the films from the MRIs.  I was there for a week.  Mom was with me the whole time mainly because she couldn't have stayed home by herself and because she wanted to be.  She refused to go home when I had someone to stay with her.  Hey, I had company all week long, what can I say?  Anyways, I nervously went to the office.  I have been in the building before.  It was in 2008 when I had to see the hematologist after the blood clot.  He was the one who discovered my lovely (NOT) blood disorder.  I was surprised that I went in close to the time my appointment was and the doctor was in rather quickly too!  I am so used to waiting forever, it seems, to get in to see the doctor that this was a complete shock to my system.  I went in and the nurse took my blood pressure.  It was pretty normal.  I usually have very low blood pressure but one of the medicines I take raises my blood pressure to normal.  So, the doctor asked me lots of questions and we talked about the medicines I have tried for headaches.  She also asked me why I haven't seen a neurologist since 2008.  I told her it was because 3 different neurologists said there was nothing that could be done about my everyday headache and the medicine that one of them gave me that was supposed to make the bad ones less painful and less frequent, really didn't work and I felt awful on it.  The good news is that the other neurologists were wrong.  There IS something that can be done about the everyday headaches.  I was shocked, you could have knocked me over with a feather.  I almost cried.  I have had a headache everyday since I got that awful vasculitis in spring of 2003.  The vasculitis cleared up except for the headaches.  I think maybe one morning in summer of 2005, I woke up without a headache but by the afternoon, it was back.  To think that in a few weeks, once the medicine builds up in my system, I may be waking up without a headache, wow, I can't remember what that is like.  I also now have Cambia for the bad headaches.  I have some samples right now and boy do I hope it is not expensive.  The other everyday stuff is not too expensive at all so that is good.  The new doctor also wants me to bring in my MRI films so she can confirm that there isn't anything wrong with the head.  It was a bit funny because she said she is really anal about stuff like that.  She likes to check it out herself.  I will see her again in 6 weeks so I will bring them.

That is mainly what went on today.  I did have several lessons.  They all did so well especially Aubrey.  She is just flying through the piano books.  I have to get her the gift certificate for her points for practicing.  She has chosen Toys R Us.  I think her little sisters might want to take some of their points for Toys R Us certificates too.  Michelle, their mom, will let me know by the weekend.

Oh my!  I almost forgot the other good news!  Since I have been eating much, much, much, much, much (you get the picture) healthier, I have lost 7 pounds!  Okay, I have much more to lose, but this is a good start!  Well, time to read before bed.  I get to see my wonderful friend, Jennie tomorrow for her lesson.  She is going to audition for a play in her town and it is a musical so I am helping her get ready for the audition.  We are having a good time together along with her learning more about her voice.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Saturday 7-14

I had a new little guy today.  Cameron is 4.  He was very shy but eventually he played on the piano.  His dad sat with him.  I explained that it is very important for little ones his age to have their parent with him when he has a lesson and practice.  His dad agreed.  I am very lucky about that.

Camille did awesome as usual.  She is about to move into the Keith Snell books.  She is excited about how she will pick her songs.  I have all the songs on CD and she will pick by what she likes on the CD.  She is also excited because this means more fun music for her.  I simply adore that young lady.  She is just an amazing girl.  Her younger sister, Ella is going to start soon too.  Her little sisters look so much like her.  They are all so cute and sweet.  Camille is such a good piano player.  She really is.  I would say she is one of the best I have ever had.  She is very gifted.  I have had other gifted students, but she is definitely one of the best.  I did mention piano competition to her today but she has months to think about it.

I am watching the new American Girl Movie called McKenna.  I only saw the last hour though.  I didn't know it was on so I missed the first hour.  It is definitely something that eventually I will have to get.  I have another American Girl movie called Kit.  I liked that one a lot too.  The American Girl movies are usually very well done and this is no exception.  I need to get the Molly movie, the Felicity movie, and the Samantha movie.

We have had a brief break in the super hot weather this week.  So far, 90 is the highest unlike last week where we hit triple digits and super high humidity.  The humidity hasn't been too bad either so that is good.  I haven't had as many bad headaches this week since the humidity and the heat are down a bit.  I can't believe I actually think 90 is a break but compared to last week?  It certainly is.  Next week only Monday and Tuesday will be in low to mid 90s, the rest will be in the mid 80s, even better than this week!

Tuesday, I go see the new neurologist.  I am a bit anxious about this since the last time I went was in 2008.  I know that there isn't much they can do about the everyday headache.  I don't know why, but 2 different neurologists have told me that.  I am not sure what can be done about the bad ones though.  That is why I am going.  In the last 6 months I have had a rise in bad headaches again.  The last time that happened was in 2008 and I ended up in the hospital for a week.  I really don't want to go through that one again.  I like being hospital free.  It is nice and my bed is much more comfortable that a hospital bed.

Well, I think it is time to read since McKenna movie is over.  It had a nice ending.  I am going to have to get it so I can see the whole thing.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Occupational Therapy Day 7-10

I had occupational therapy this morning.  I was not as tired today as I was yesterday so I was able to do everything that I needed to do.  One of the things I did was a dry heat machine for my hands.  Inside the machine was chopped up corn husks and hot air.  I did one hand at a time.  Then I had a hand massage on each hand.  There were a couple of other exercises I did too.  All in all, it was interesting.

Tomorrow is my last day of physical therapy.  I have the exercises I need to do here at home so I can continue them.  Some of them are easy and some are hard so a few I am supposed to do every other day and the rest every day.  I do need to buy a band for some of the exercises.  I will get it tomorrow after therapy.

It is dance moms night and Rizzoli and Isles too.  I watching the 10 worst to best dances of both seasons.  It is sure entertaining!

Next weekend is our subdivision's block party.  I have to get the tables ready for the party on the weekend.  As long as I have lived here, I have never attended the block party.  I am going this year.  I will scooter myself down to the block to attend for the first time.  I know some of my neighbors now so that is why I am going.  I don't plan on staying too long but I do plan on attending.

This Saturday after teaching I am going to get my x-rays for Dr. A.  She is my arthritis doctor.  She is the one who sent me to both Physical and Occupational Therapy.  I would say that the Physical Therapy has helped with the pain level.  I can roll over better at night and it doesn't hurt as much.  I do hope that by the time I am done with Occupational Therapy that I can wash and dry my own hair instead of always having to go and get it done.  I want to be more independent with these type things.  I have learned to be more independent this last couple of years since I had to take care of my mother.  I had to relearn how do to some things since she couldn't help me anymore and well, now she is in Heaven so I don't have a helper anymore.  I have been able to adjust the way I do certain stuff now.  I am able to some things I never thought I would ever do on my own but I can.  That is why being able to do my own hair is important to me.  I know it is such a small thing, but when you can't even wash your own hair and dry it, it is hard.  I want to do this myself and not depend on the ladies at the salon.  I also want to be able to braid my hair.  I have nice and long hair.  It is just below the middle of my back now.  I am growing it out so it will eventually be to my waist.  That is my goal, to have hair that long again.  I figure by next summer it will be the length I want.  I am debating on what to do with the bangs.  I will keep them for now.  Maybe I will grow them out later.

I am hoping this weekend to see the movie Brave.  It looks so good.  I have two lessons on Saturday afternoon and then the x-rays so maybe after all that I can go and see the movie.  I finally got the movie Mirror Mirror and the series Missing with Ashley Judd.  I have only seen a couple episodes but it looks really good.  I love the ending.  It was such a good one.  I wish they would run it again for another season though.  That would be cool.  I don't know if they will or not because the network did say it was for one season only although the way they left the ending means there could be another season.

Well, time to read a bit before bed tonight.  I need to read something new.  I think I will go to the used bookstore tomorrow and see what they have I haven't read yet.  The downfall of reading really fast, you finish books fast and need more to read sooner.  Sometimes, I wish I read slower.

We have had a break in the super high temps today.  It was only 82 degrees.  I can't believe I said only but compared to 101 degrees, 82 is a nicer temperature.  It is supposed to get warmer as the week goes by.  I think we hit 90 again on Sunday.  Ugh, that is just really hot and the humidity is supposed to be high at the end of the week too.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Physical Therapy Day 7-9

Oh my, this was not my best day at Physical Therapy.  I was so exhausted for some reason that I ended up only being able to do 1/2 of my exercises.  I did do 7 minutes on the elliptical type machine but that was about all I could do.  After doing 4 other exercises, I was done.  I just couldn't do anymore.  It is the first time I wasn't able to finish all my exercises.  Wednesday is my last day for Physical Therapy.  I have Occupational Therapy tomorrow.  I think this whole week is filled with therapy.  I suppose that would be because 4 days this week I have therapy of some sort.  I don't even think I can do my home exercises tonight.  I will skip them tonight.

I have had one student stop lessons for the summer now.  Selma is taking a break until Fall.  I am disappointed because she is such a good student, but I do totally understand.  She is on vacation right now and won't be home for a few weeks.  I am not sure what happened to Isaac, but he didn't come to his lesson today.  I am planning on calling his mom tomorrow to see what happened.  I thought it was just last week and next week he is at camp, not this week.

I only had 2 lessons today, Rachel and Bob.  Rachel is now 7.  She is such a cute girl.  She works so hard at piano.  Rachel started just over a year ago.  Bob is retired and has been playing piano for a long time.  I have had him as a student for about 5 years or so now.  I am not sure exactly how long.  Bob is playing a wonderful Sonata by Handel.  It is one of my favorites and it is 5 pages long.  He is also playing one of Bach's preludes.  It is really a neat one and he should be done with it by the end of summer, just in time to start on, I can't believe it is coming to that time again, Christmas.  Because he is advanced, we have to start on Christmas in September.  Many of my older and more advanced students do have to start Christmas music in September.  The other ones can wait until October.  I love Christmas music a lot.  Mom used to have this rule that we couldn't put on Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving and we had to turn it off on New Year's Day.  This was started because I listened to my little Christmas records all year long and it drove my mother crazy so she started the rule when I was small.  Now that I can listen to it whenever I want, I find that I don't want to hear it on the radio or on a CD until after Thanksgiving.  However, to in order to be ready for the concert in December, the students have to start early with the songs.

Tomorrow I have several lessons because Deema and Wama will be absent on Thursday so we are making it up tomorrow instead.  I also have my 2 regular students tomorrow too.  One is voice and the other is piano.

I am going to read a bit.  I finished the Kristin Hannah book this afternoon so I am reading a different one now.  I sure hope therapy goes better tomorrow than it did today.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday 7-8

It has been a good weekend.  Yesterday, I didn't have any lessons and I had no plans for the day.  In the middle of the afternoon, I got a call from my uncle asking if I would be home later.  They wanted to come and visit and pick up their packages that had come for them.  My aunt, uncle, cousin, and I had a very nice visit.  We caught up on what was going on.  Then we went to Target to get some shorts for Jayson, my cousin.  My aunt and uncle took me to dinner too so that was really good.  We went to Olive Garden.  I got my usual soup and salad, keeping up with the healthy eating I have been working on.  I did take a bit of my Aunt Michelle's stuffed chicken.  It was rather good.  I may try it in the future.  We'll see.  I do love Olive Garden though.  It is one of my favorite restaurants.  I am really glad they came over.

I had 2 lessons today, a voice lesson and a piano lesson.  I missed church this morning because I wasn't feeling too well at 6:30 this morning.  When I got up later, I was feeling much better.  Tomorrow I have about 4 lessons.  I have Isaac earlier than usual because it is summer.  So far this summer I have not had anyone quit for the summer.  That is a rare thing, but I am very thankful for it.  The students do take time off for when they are on vacation, but that is only for a week or two.  I am just glad my students are having lessons during the summer.

I bought the series of Missing.  They are supposedly only doing 1 season although the way they ended it, they could do a second season.  I wouldn't mind.  It was so awesome, well, the few episodes I saw.  I like Ashley Judd.  She is a good actress.  I have seen her in a few films.

Right now there is a Law and Order SVU marathon on the USA channel.  Army Wives comes on next.  I like that show too.  With Mom in the air force and then the army, I grew up in a Military family.  My dad was also in the army.  I remember going to events and parades with my parents, and then just with mom.  Sometimes, we three (Richard, Andrew, and I) had to wait for a long time outside of the officers mess.  We usually didn't have toys with us to play with on these days.  Mom would talk to everyone for so long.  It seem like forever to us while we waited.  I will admit, I hated waiting for her.  It was so boring waiting while she would have something to drink and talk.  I was relieved when I was finally old enough to stay home and not go.

We finally have cooler weather today.  Thank goodness!  The highest temperature was only 82 degrees today.  Now it is about 75 degrees.  It is a nice break from the 98 to 101 degrees we had ALL last week.  It is supposed to only be in the 80s this week.  I am so glad for the break as, like so many of us, I ache more in the extremes in temperature.  It doesn't seem to matter if it is extreme heat or extreme cold, I just ache.  I also had 3 days of a bad headache because of the heat.  I am glad that it too, is back to the normal, everyday headache.  I finally am going to see the new neurologist next Tuesday.  I have filled out much of the information I have to but I do have finish the rest of it.  I also have the paperwork for the occupational therapist.  I have Physical Therapy tomorrow.  This is the last week.  Wednesday, I will be finished with it.  I do have to change my day for Occupational Therapy because it will conflict with the doctor's appointment.  I also have to get X-rays on my hands next week sometime.  I need to get this done before August 1 when I have another appointment with my arthritis doctor.  I also have to do another test for the Gastro doctor this week too.  I should have done them last week, but I forgot.  I didn't write it down in my planner so I have it listed on my things to do this week.

I am reading a good book right now called "Home Again".  It is by Kristin Hannah.  I love her books so much.  So far, my absolute favorite Kristin Hannah book is "Magic Hour".  It is just such a good book.  I love reading.  I read something everyday.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

dance moms 7-3

I am watching dance moms on the lifetime channel.  It is entertaining to me because of the reminders of what life was like when I practically lived at a dance studio.  I danced for years, ages 16 to 23.  When I started I was a junior in high school and it was after my surgery for scoliosis.  I have 2 rods in my back.  They are fused with bone to the spine.  I also grew 1 1/2 inches after my surgery.  I was upset because they said I would grow 2 inches and I only grew 1 1/2 inches.  Hey, when you are 5 feet and 1/2 inch, that extra 1/2 inch means a lot.  Anyways, the dance competition is called Star Power and I so remember that one.  We attended it every year for about 3 years or so.  When I became a teacher and no longer competed, I took my classes to that competition.  I also sang at a lot of these competitions.  I am thankful for the experience although I do not miss the stage mothers.  The first time my mom came to a dance competition, I was really nervous because she had never seen me compete before.  Yes, she had seen me perform at recitals and things like that but never in a competition.  I sang at that one too.  I sang a song from Phantom of the Opera.  Mom was very excited for me.  She was so excited that she sent in my entry to the Nationals a few days later.  Mom told me as she was leaving for work.  We had to go to  Pigeon Forge for the Nationals.  I worked really hard to really nail my music.  I won first in my division and 4th for overall solos.  I was so excited about that.  It is the only trophy I actually have left.  Somehow the others were accidentally donated.  Thankfully, I have one left.  That was the last time I competed.  I concentrated on teaching after that one instead of competitions.  Some of the girls I danced with now own their dance studios.  It is quiet awesome.  I ran into one of them in Dearborn a few years ago when I was at the Music Competition.  It was quite neat.  I don't miss a lot of things about life at the dance studio but I do miss dancing.  I wish I were healthy enough to dance again.  At least I can dance in my dreams!

Today was the initial visit with the occupational therapist.  She was really nice.  I have to fill out some paperwork for next week.  It is an easy questionnaire.  I will do it this week so I will have for her next week.  Lori, the therapist, was happy that I have made some adjustments when I was and dry clothes since I have a hard time getting the clothes out of the washer and into the dryer.  She suggested I get one of those reach thingys.  So I am going to.  I think they have them in Walmart or Target.  I will check it out tomorrow.  I also can get the movie Mirror Mirror!  I am rather excited about it.  I am hoping to watch it with the Hubels.  I don't think there is anything objectionable in there that would prevent Rachel to watch, but I would rather they check it out to make sure that way I will know that all of us can watch us.

Rizzoli and Isles is on right now.  I really like this show.  I like Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.  Sasha I first saw in NCIS and Angie was on Law and Order.  Both actresses are really good.

Tomorrow I think I have my 3 little ones for their lessons.  They are such cuties.  They really are.  All three play so well especially since they started after Christmas.  All three have finished 2 books and are on their 3rd book, all in 6 months.  Yes, 6 months.  It is so hard to believe how they are taking to piano.  I may have a new online student in the next few weeks.  I sure hope so.

I have a bit of a bad headache tonight.  I sure hope it goes away soon.  I won't be able to sleep if it doesn't.

Monday, July 2, 2012

physical therapy day 7-2

Next week will be my last week at physical therapy.  I thought it was today, but I have two visits left.  I found that out this afternoon.  I start occupational therapy tomorrow.  I am not sure what that is going to entail so I will find out tomorrow.  I am not sure what other days I will be going to occupational therapy.  I have it for one week, 3 times a week and with this week being a holiday in the middle of it, I am not sure what that is going to mean.

I saw my girls this morning.  They are doing really well.  Sarah is learning about sharps this week.  We did some of her theory book and note speller book together.  She was a bit confused about her assignment so we finished the assignment together.  Natalie and Hannah are both working on a Clementi Sonatina.  Hannah is also working on Knight Rupert by Schumann and Natalie has a song by Chopin.  For some reason, the name of the song escapes me tonight.  Lydia is also playing a different sonatina by Clementi.  She is playing another piece too besides another Harry Potter song.  All three of the older girls picked their summer concert songs.  Sarah will pick next month so I am not worried about it.  Hannah picked a Tangled song while Natalie picked a Lord of the Rings song.  It is one of my favorite from Lord of the Rings movies.  The girls are currently borrowing my Lord of the Rings movies extended versions.  They are in the middle of Two Towers.  I told them they really need to watch some of the extras on it especially the commentary.  The cast commentary of Fellowship of the Ring is just simply awesome!  I get a good giggle every time I hear it.  I hadn't heard it in years until just recently.  It was really interesting to hear how they created some of the scenes.  I find that stuff interesting.  Not interesting enough to be a part of the entertainment industry, but interesting in general.

I didn't have any other lessons for the day.  Selma is on vacation this week so no Selma tonight.  I do have 3 lessons tomorrow so that is good.  I also think I have 3 on the 4th.  I believe my little ones are coming for their lessons on Wednesday.  Antoinette is having hers on Tuesday instead.  David is absent too.

I finished the 50 shades of grey books.  I am not sure exactly what I think about them outside of the main characters remind me of Bella and Edward in the Twilight books.  He has the same colored hair, same type hair style and is a control freak.  She has long dark hair like Bella and doesn't argue too much about the control freakiness.  It just has a lot of the same feel of the twilight books only it is for adults and has very much adult themes.  I am reading Harry Potter number 6 right now again.  I had put it down to read the 50 shades books.  I just needed to read something different that is all.

I am going to read for a while then head to bed.  I have to be up a bit earlier for occupational therapy.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

first of July!

It is Canada Day today!  Most of my relatives live in Canada while my brother and I are the two who live in the USA.  When I was small, we celebrated both Independence Day and Canada Day.  Mom always had both flags on the table for a centerpiece.  It is just one of the things that Mom did.  She said we needed to know about both where we were from and where we lived.

I had a couple of lessons today.  Yesterday, I had one lesson and then I went to Charlie's graduation party.  It was a lot of fun.  I went with Heather B-T and family.  Acer and Calli were in the water pretty much the entire time, which is not a surprise knowing those two.  Acer and Calli love swimming.  Calli went tubing too and she rode in the boat 2 times.  She was one excited girl.  Acer went on the boat too. I am glad they had such a good time.  I did too.  I did not make the same mistake I did last year, which is go down to the water.  There reason?  There are about 69 steps to get to the water and well, that is about 60 too many for me.  I did that last year and about passed out climbing back up.  It was difficult and I wasn't going to do that again.

I get my girls tomorrow for their lessons.  I am so glad about that.  I missed them.  They were on vacation last week.  I have seen some of the pictures and it looks like they had a good time.  I am glad they are home.  I want to see the movie "Brave" in the next few weeks.  It looks like it will be a good movie.  It just looks really cute.  I know the girls want to see it too.

I woke up in the middle of the night with something important to tell Kathy.  The problem?  When I got up this morning, I forgot what I wanted to tell her.  I thought perhaps if I called her I would remember.  Yup, that didn't work.  Next time, I will get up and go and write it down.  I did remember to call Jessica to see when Brianna is going to have her lesson this week.  It was kind of funny because Kathy finally had the house to herself and she was bored.  I thought that was pretty funny.  Of course, she wasn't feeling too well either.  She is just getting over a summer cold.  Those are so bad.

My friend, Andrea, posted the sweetest thing on my face book page!  She is such a lovely person!  I just wish she lived closer to me.

Well, time to look and see what music I need for the week and get it ready!  Another musical week begins tomorrow with my lovely Muglia girls!  They are the first for lessons this week!