Sunday, October 23, 2011

Words, Tubas, and Pirates.

So here we go... the update before halloween is here and i really have a lot to write about.

so as you know, i've been having a hard time getting motivated to do anything because i didn't feel like i was being productive at all. i mean there's jobhunting, but provo is really not a good location to try and find a job if you're not a student. but that's okay. but i've been doing lots better. my Dad even gave me a pep talk about writing more! now that was a surprise.
so i've been writing. alot. i finished a zombie story i was writing when i was down in ecuador. it's more of a slightly violent comedy. it's funny, but of course it's funnier if you know the people and how it's pretty true to character. literally. anyway but my problem with writing is always my beginning. i can write a fantastic rising action, climax, and conclusion/resolution. But the exodus? forgeddaboutit. i like to hit the ground running... unfortunately most readers don't. but i've finally accepted that about 80% of the original set up of a novel i've been working on for about 7 years..... yeah..... needs rewrite. but i've finally got a plan. and it works a lot better, i think. i mean there are some character eccentricities that i need to fix but those are minor details. so i'm making progress! and i feel productive because this is a dream that i can still achieve! YAY!
moving on... Scott, my wonderful musical husband, got us seats in the grand OcTUBAfest ensemble this last weekend. we went to the performances on thursday night which were AWESOME and then we attended rehearsal Saturday morning and played in the saturday night concert. it was amazing! thursday night when i was listening, i started to remember how much i loved playing in band when i was in high school. playing Tuba is something that really too few of us get to appreciate. it's this massive instrument, full of this in-your-face power if you know how to use it correctly. but it also can just make beautiful sound. i know what you're thinking... violins and clarinets are for making beautiful sounds, but no really the mello glorious sound of a tuba played right is like a cello. just hearing those notes, those low powerful foundation notes... they fill you up right to the top. and then when you're creating them? when the buzzing of your lips make a soundwave that shakes the chairs in the backrow of an auditorium?! now that is a fantastic feeling. i'm so glad i still have enough talent in me to be able to sight read a whole bunch of music after 4 years of really not playing at all. it was really fantastic. and i LOVED it.
another recent development is that scott has a game on his iPad that's a pirates game. and we're both (mildly) obsessed with it. holy cow. it's really funny. and it's made us in an extremely pirate happy mood. we went to buildabear this weekend for our friday night date and we almost made a pirate, but then we picked the naval uniform and now have Commander Russell. yeahhhh! and then today we pulled out Muppet Treasure Island and watched it after i went visiting teaching. yeah. pirates are awesome. well at least the old school kind. somalian pirates not so much. but anyway!
that's about all for now. making biscuits and gravy tonight! and our old friend Will from CP is coming over to share it with us. OH and we're also making peppermint-chocolate chip ice cream YUM. so far our favorite has been the peanutbutter reeses cups ice cream that we made last week. needless to say it didn't last very long.
but seriously... that's all folks!