Friday, December 26, 2008

New apartment

So Kaela and I have finally decided that we are going to be looking for a new place. It hasn't been easy looking for something that is in our price range that ISN'T a dump or in a bad neighborhood. But there are a few that look decent. One place that looked really promising was a place on 24th and Polk for $475 with all utilities included. But when I finally got a hold of the people to contact, they had already rented it out.

I've been watching craigslist and like crazy and I haven't really found anything. Don't get me wrong, I think that we have a pretty decent deal at our current place but it is getting cramped and Kaela is having a hard time being there lately. There are small windows that provide ZERO light, no bath tub, small kitchen and no privacy between living room, bedroom and den plus our place has a history of flooding because of stupid clay pipes! Literally, the only door besides the front door and back door is the one to the bathroom! One the plus side though, we have tons of storage, all utilities are covered in the rent (including cable and internet, although we had to negotiate the internet with our upstairs neighbor...) free use of the washer and dryer and our landlords are really nice. But we are kind of getting to the point that the cons are out weighing the pros.

So after I am done with this post (assuming I don't get a call....) it's back to hunting for a new apartment!!!


Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my dad's birthday. We are going to Golden Corral and I'm going to pig out! Should be fun!!!

So I really want/need to order the 2008 On the Road DVD. It's on pre-order right now for $25, which isn't bad at all for a tour DVD. I'm just excited to see the finals performance not the mention the encore!!! The only bad part is that it's set to ship the first week of January. I was thinking about purchasing the finals DVD but it's just to much for not having the stuff that it used to have in the last few years (commentary by judges and staff, as well as different camera angles other than multi cam and and high cam). This is going to be one of my Christmas gifts to myself as well as a new DVD burner, tower and monitor. I looked at monitors for a few seconds while I was shopping with my dad and man-o-man, do I want a 22 inch monitor! Those things are so freakin' nice!!!!!! I just found a 22 inch monitor on for $149.99

I also need to contact Mr. Wayman about doing lessons on Saturdays at Syracuse High. And I need to try and figure out when I can meet with Steve to get the "something" that he has for me. I can kind of guess what it is but I'm not really sure. But it would be nice to talk with him about next years show and how the music selection is coming along as well as what he plans on doing about the drill. The design was good but there were staging issues and everything was a little to spread out. I'm pretty sure that he's gone with Richard Saucedo, the director at Carmel High school and the arranger for The Cavaliers! I've heard some of his stuff, aside from what he's written for The Cavaliers, and it's not to bad. Then again, I don't know who I'd go with if I had to make the choice. It'd be pretty cool to meet him though, which I only think is possible because Steve is thinking about flying the drill designer out so he might also think about flying Mr. Saucedo out as well.

Ok, well, I'm done for now. I'm realizing that my blogs are long and probably boring to everybody.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stuff that got done (from list posted yesterday):
Look into the YouTube Symphony
Eat Dinner
Take back redbox movie
Took out ALMOST all of the garbage

I still really need to get that stuff done on the original list. I'm sort of ok with putting it off but it does need to happen in order for me to feel better about the way our place looks. It was perfect for the party that Kaela had but now it's just crappy.

Anyway, on the plus side of things, I have some fun things coming up on my calendar. First off, my dad's birthday, which will be fun. I'm getting him the new José Feliciano CD! Also, I told my cousin Gene that we would hang out this Friday. I'm really excited to hang out with him but since my dad's birthday and hanging out with Gene are the same day, I'm not sure what is gonna happen. Of course I'm putting my dad's birthday first but I know everything will work out. Ok, so then, on Saturday, it's TUBA CHRISTMAS!!! This will be the first time that I've ever gone because it's always been a day that I've had something going or had a concert. Should be way fun! Also, I'm subbing for Rob at 3 games this month. I'm ok with doing it even though I don't go to school there anymore because Dr. Keipp is in charge and Rob's gonna pay me for subbing for him. All in all, should be a good month. Oh yeah, there is Christmas and New Years this month, both of which should be fun as well.

Ok, so at the begining of last year, I sent out a flyer for private lessons. I do feel like I am more than able to teach lessons but I'm a little nervious. Unfortunatley, there weren't any takers... Until last night when I got an email from a euphonium player at Davis. He wanted to know if I was still giving lessons and when and where I was doing them at. Since I get off work at 4:30 until the end of the month and then at 5 after that, I'm not sure what to tell him. I'm thinking what I'll do is talk with him and see what would work best as far as where and when and then find a place to teach at. No matter what though, I am nervious. I've already begun to think about what the first few lessons can be about (not to mention I'm already thinking about what I can do next year at Davis....) but I'm still nervious to email him back. Hopefully he saw that I'm offering lessons from one of my flyers and knows that I do charge and will be willing to pay for them.

Anyways, I'm done for now. I need to remember to go and buy a lock for Kaela and get to a T-Mobile to see about getting a new phone.


Monday, December 8, 2008

A few things to work on and random other stuff

I really need to get my butt in gear and finish my works. They have been on hold for a long time now. One is a brass quintet piece and the other is a piece for flugelhorn, euphonium, cello, tuba and possibly percussion. The percussion parts I don't really like so I'm thinking I'll just leave them out. Also, I know it sounds nerdy, but I want to write a peice for wind ensemble. And since I haven't even started, that seems like something really far down the line... I do know though, that it will be something modern and dark (my favorite kind of music!). I also want to finish my arrangement of Ave Maria. It's actually set to be pretty good but I just need to get it done. Also, I've been thinking about writing drill. I don't know how good I'll be at it, if at all, but it's something I've thought about doing. Plus, if I don't try, then I downloaded Pyware for no reason :)

Stuff I want to get done today:
Fold newly cleaned laundry
Hang up clothes that need to be hung up, put the rest in my dresser
Sort laundry
Write and send rent check
Write and send Tax letter
Look into the YouTube Symphony
Eat Dinner
Take back redbox movie
Work out with Kaela
Take out ALL the garbage
Photoshop the family pictures from yesterday!!!

I hope I get ALL of this done in a reasonable time before I have to go to bed.

Well, later.


This is my first post on my "new" blog. I say "new" because I already had this address set up before but decided to delete it because the posts were "lame" and "boring" (Nobody read my blog before thus I am the one saying that they were lame and boring... yes, I'm quoting myself). They were all just random posts about nothing that I would write while I was trying to avoid doing something else. So now on with explaining what this blog will be....

I have a few things in life that I enjoy. Music, tuba, composing, the GLORIOUS and AMAZING activity known as Drum Corps (especially the Phantom Regiment, SUTA!), teaching (music, band, marching band and just anything in general) and takin pictures. This will be my place for all of them. I'm not sure how often I'll update but I will try very had to keep things as updated as possible on all the above topics. I have no idea who will read this but I'm just putting my thoughts and opinions out there for the world to possibly read.

Now with all of that being said, here we go! Ah yes, Mondays! Oh how I love them! And Mondays with snow, even freakin' better!!! Then to make things a BILLION times better, my nose is clogged so I'm breathing out of my mouth!!! Today is already the bestest day ever!!!.... Ok, now that I have that out of my system, it's time to get real. I hate snowy, nose-clogged, sitting-at-work Mondays. Honestly, the only thing that is keeping me going right now is the fact that it's almost lunch time! The calls this morning haven't been to bad today so (HAHA, right as I typed that, I got a call!) it's been a good morning. I do have a few things to do today after work that I'm actually looking forward to doing! I am going to Photoshop my family pictures from yesterday, one of which will be put in one of the frames I got my mom for her birthday and the other I believe will be for a christmas card to be sent out to family and friends. The other thing I have to do today is put all the clothes away that I washed yesterday, as well as some clothes that I washed like 2 weeks ago. I figure it's about time I get this done with.

I'm done for now but I do have a few things that I'll post about when I get back from lunch (which is in 9 minutes). Later.