Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day #58: Yay, Niki is in town!

I rearranged and reorganized my room - it looks much more open and the piano is more the focus of the room. I didn't make waffles, but I did start laundry and I played piano and visited my grandmother.

I've moved my computer (yes it's a laptop) to the spare room so that I'm not tempted to watch ridiculous movies during ridiculous times of the night when I should be sleeping.  I enjoy reading and cleaning today, and used the computer to look up a few things on Verizon and Google maps. Used it for a total of 10 minutes until Niki and I got to Maxwell's Brew.

We started our Toledoan trek in west Toledo, visiting the Verizon store. I was tempted to upgrade my phone and get internet as well. I decided to wait and re-evaluate in a few months.

If I would have changed phones and plans, I would have paid:

$200 for the Env Touch phone (but have a $100 mail-in rebate, they won't let me have internet on my Palm Centro because it's "too old". Grrr.)
$77 dollars/month for the plan with internet (as opposed to $67 without internet now)
$20 for upgrading early
Tax on the phone

I was not happy with the deal, so I decided to walk out. I'll scope out Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals on the phone.  

Niki and I went to Zingo's in downtown Perrysburg, where I enjoyed a greek salad with hummus and pita bread. Niki had the original gyro with her pita bread and hummus. We got dessert to go - she picked up a brownie and I went for a vegan chocolate cupcake.

Headed to Maxwell's to get coffee with our chocolaty desserts and used the free wifi with our laptops. That catches me up to this blog post. I'm considering getting a beer, but I'm almost cold, so a cold beverage doesn't sound all that terrific.

Stuff for tomorrow:

1) Read and write things that I've been wanting to read and write.
2) Play piano

Yay!

«Laura»

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day #57: The Re-arrangement

Well, I have re-arranged my room and I need to reorganize the papers on my desk. There are a lot!

Tomorrow, I'll work on getting my room organized, make waffles for breakfast, do laundry, play piano, write songs and visit my grandmother.

Sounds like a nice cozy day.

My computer's new home is the spare room so when I go to bed, I can't watch more Hulu than I planned.

Goodnight!

«Laura»

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day #56: Hey apostrophes, why do you make people so possessive?

Went to dinner with the folks and friends. Went to grocery store to get a few things and got home around 10pm. Too late to really do anything.

Decided this afternoon:
When at home and not doing something important (important=anything that does not involve watching TV/Hulu or wasting time on the Internet) I will play piano - scales, etudes, original songs, chord progressions, covers; or ukulele, or write songs, or learn something about recording.

Tomorrow, I'm going to work on rearranging my room so I would want to get to my piano and play it. The computer is going to find a home elsewhere in the house.

And I'm going to sleep.

«Laura»

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day #55: Sleepitized!

I'm sleepy, so short post.

Played ukulele.
Made two chocolate chip waffles.
Stretched.
Played piano.

To do tomorrow:

1) Going to get a schedule together for my post 5pm life.

2) Do something musical.

Yep. That's all.

«Laura»

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day #54: A Well Respected Man, demo version

I need to remember not to stuff so many things into my day. I got home at 8pm after Bible study and I just can't get everything done. I practiced ukulele and ended up recording. I won't be doing scales, but I will list the books I WILL read before I sell them. They are:

"A Random Walk Down Wall Street" by Burton Malkiel

"The Automatic Millionaire" by David Bach

"Fasting" by Jentezen Franklin

"The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing" by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBouef

"Inside Songwriting" by Jason Blume

"Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die" by John Piper

"The Indie Band Survival Guide" by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feeham

"Confessions of an Introvert" by Meghan Wier

"All You Need to Know about the Music Business" by Donald Passman

"The Republic of Plato" translated by Allan Bloom

"Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea" by Charles Seife (won't be selling, but need to re-read beginning and read to the end)

"Selected Stories" by O. Henry

"Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" by Molly Ivins

"Mere Christianity" by Clive Staples Lewis

"A Fistful of Fig Newtons" by Jean Shepherd

"The Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut

"The Economic Naturalist: In search for everyday enigmas" by Robert Frank

I recorded the baritone ukulele and vocal part at the same time and this MP3 is the second take.

So, here it is!

Download

«Laura»

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day #53: Chocolate chocolate chip waffle!


IMG_1054, originally uploaded by shutterfli.

I really liked today. I got a lot of work done, but wasn't stressed out. At home, I ate dinner with the folks, found more books that I've been meaning to read and made a chocolate chocolate chip waffle! It was an amazing dessert. The waffle doesn't look super chocolaty, and it isn't but it has subtle hints of cocoa goodness in the batter. The real chocolate flavor comes with the chocolate chips inside and the chocolate syrup on top.

Anyone feeling like they're somehow going to contract diabetes yet?

I didn't play scales for a full hour, but I did play for a good amount of time. I stopped before the full hour because I started making mistakes that were due to tiredness. I usually get tired around 9 or 10pm, but if I'm awake, I am "functional" again around 1-3am. I wake up whenever I have to, but I'm not fully there until 10am. I'm good until 2pm through 4pm and I get sluggish. Then 4pm to 9 I'm full of energy. Ramble, ramble, ramble. I could have deleted most of this paragraph but I felt like wasting your time.

Next. Didn't list the books because I want to read them first! I actually want to get through the books I've purchased. I shall prevail!

Play whatever I want. I practiced "A Well Respected Man" on the ukulele again. It's a fun little song!

I'll be stretching right after I publish this post.

For tomorrow:

1) Stretch

2) Play scales

3) On this site, list the book I want to read and how long I'll take to read them

That's enough for now. I want to encourage, not overwhelm myself. Adios!

«Laura»

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day #52: Busy busy busy!

Didn't stretch, but did make a chocolate waffle!  Went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the new Lucas County Arena on Jefferson, downtown.

I hope Toledo can get a revitalization. It's a nice town, but it feels like a ghost town. Tomorrow's to-do list:

1) Stretch

2) List books on half.com

3) Play scales for an hour

4) Play whatever I want on whatever instrument I feel like playing

Ben Folds is my musical hero, and he played scales every day for six months to get to where he is - and so I just need to make it a priority. There is no reason for me to NOT make music a priority. If I start today, I'll be very comfortable where I am just before my 25th birthday - also around Ben's age when he started doing piano seriously. There is no time like the present!

♪Laura♪