clevermynnie: (smile)
Friday after work we drove down to Clonakilty with some friends, partly so three of us could do some of the Clonakilty races (the half-marathon for me), and partly to spend a weekend down in west Cork which is a very lovely place. The weather's pretty variable there any time of year, and I was telling myself that even if it rained nonstop we only had to be outside for a couple of hours and be toasty indoors in the gorgeous house we rented the rest of the time. But we lucked out and it was just gorgeous all weekend! Here's the view from where we stayed:

clonakilty view


The race itself was not the best organized I've done, but I was pretty low-key about the whole thing and didn't really have specific goals other than 'run a bit'. And the scenery was great! We started at the Inchydoney beach and then went along the coast for a bit before going out through some rolling hills, greenery, and finally back over a huge hill at mile 10 and back in along the coast. The times the race posted don't match what I timed on my watch (or what many others timed), but in any case I didn't PR but was 1-3 minutes off the PR I had at Clontarf in July, depending on whose watch you trust. It's cool to know that's a pace I can reliably hold for a half, and is also 0-2 minutes under my Dublin Marathon first half split. But it was also awesome having people at the finish line cheering for me, and also getting to hear about everyone else's good races (a half PR and a really nice first 10k) at the finish!

We also had a pretty nice time out that evening, going to a very traditional pub and then a pretty amazing seafood restaurant. And after dinner we went to a local's pub that, shockingly, had a back room with a pool tables and a piano! So I lost at pool but at least I didn't miss any days of piano, and in fact made a heroic effort to bang some Debussy and Chopin out of an untuned piano with 1/3 keys broken. If that doesn't count I don't know what does.
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The piano concert Thursday was so inspiring that I decided to try to play piano every day in December! It's not that I haven't been playing, just that I haven't been playing much so I just futz around with the same pieces, and it would be nice to play regularly for a little while. It's hard for me not to attach goals to something like this, to aim to make recordings or finish pieces or something, but I want to just make time to play without worrying about the results. Starting today!

piano feet


What's sad/awesome is that these aren't even the only piano key patterned socks I own.
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
I had been musing about how I haven't gone to many classical music concerts since moving to Dublin, and then saw the following program which seemed perfectly tailored to both my instrument preferences (piano, naturally) and composer preferences (late Romantics):

Chopin: Nocturne Op. 27, No. 1, Berceuse in D flat major Op. 57, Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
Grieg: Nocturne Op. 54, No. 4, Bell Ringing Op. 54, No. 6, To Spring Op. 43, No. 6
Debussy: Ballade, Valse Romantique, Clair de Lune, L’Isle Joyeuse
Liszt: Au bord d’une source, Sospiro, Après une lecture du Dante

Ben didn't think it'd be worth the ticket price for him, so I went alone to see Philippe Cassard play at the National Concert Hall. He's recorded a lot of Debussy so I had high expectations for that, which were completely met. And the Liszt was swoon-worthy! The Chopin and Grieg were quite nice but man, the later pieces were just amazing, and reminded me how very, very much I love piano.

clevermynnie: (al fresco)
I mentioned how much I loved the Franz Liszt Memorial Museum in Budapest. Liszt is one of my favorite composers for piano, and the museum contained several piano he'd owned, plus the audio tour had recordings of his works played on each piano so that you could hear what they sounded like. I can't see a piano without wanting to play it but that was the next best thing.

So I thought I would post some Liszt recordings here. The first piece is quite famous, the second is a joyride, and the third is just lovely. There are so many pieces of his that I like, it was hard to choose, but this is a pretty nice sample.





piano

Jan. 16th, 2012 05:01 pm
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
As a graduation present, my mom got me a digital piano (a Kurzweil MP-10). It was delivered today and so of course I have spent the last three hours playing it.

The first half of grad school, I kept up with piano, but I started to feel bad about being anywhere on campus other than in the lab, and we never had a piano in our Philly home. So I sort of stopping playing regularly, doing guitar lessons instead since I had a guitar and wanted at least some facility at it. And I'm really glad I did! But I think it's no slight to the guitar to say that it doesn't hold the same place in my heart that piano does... I've played guitar for three years, but I started playing piano when I was not quite five years old. It is so, so good to have a piano again. There just aren't words.

I played through tons of pieces I used to know, some that actually came off pretty well, some of which were understandably rusty. I pulled out the Sonata Pathetique, which I learned in college, and wasn't sure if I would still be able to play it. And while it wasn't at its best, to play it again was such an indescribable experience. I connected with it so strongly, especially the first movement, and coming back to it moved me to tears. Here's a nice video of Daniel Barenboim playing it, whose interpretation I agree with for the most part:



I would like to always have a piano at home for the rest of my life.
clevermynnie: (wealthy young woman-about-town)
I have been playing guitar for a year now! I started my lessons last January, with a really cool teacher who is a former economist and recycling coordinator. It was the first time I had started a new instrument since I was five years old and I picked up the violin. I stopped playing that in high school, but I have been playing piano without any serious breaks for slightly over twenty years now. I love the piano, but there are so many other instruments I was always interested in learning as well. It's very fun to have finally started another one.

Since I have playing guitar for only a year, and I'm busy with grad school and can't practice as much as I'd like, I'm rather bad. I've certainly improved, but I still have trouble doing some things correctly all the time, my strum isn't consistent, etc. etc. I think it must be easier to learn an instrument when you are little and you don't quite know how bad you are. But actually, learning guitar as well as my experiences with softball over the summer reminded me of something about myself: I really dislike being bad at things, and it takes me awhile to pick up physical skills.

Of course, everyone dislikes being bad at something, but as a kid this definitely hindered how much I practiced things like piano or tennis (just ask my parents). The only reason I got good at anything was that the one thing I hated more than being bad at something was quitting. And I've realized that hasn't really changed, except now because I have so many things going on and I try to be so organized, I am impatient for progress. I initially came at guitar lessons thinking, the point of these lessons is so that I get better. I don't want to and can't afford to take lessons indefinitely. But at the same time, practice can't always come first, and I couldn't afford a lesson every week, so my progress felt slow. This was initially really frustrating, and made it hard to get motivation to play. This came to a huge head with my guitar teacher, who left his old career partly to get away from that kind of pressure, and we talked a lot about it.

Since then I have been trying to be more process-oriented about guitar. I still want to improve, but I am focused more on enjoying what I'm doing right now. It made it easy and fun to practice every day on my vacation, and I am getting more out of my lessons. I'll try to apply the same approach to intramural softball when it comes around again: try to get better but don't worry so much about it. And actually, running has been like this a little too; it's hard to shake the feeling that I am bad and I need to get better, even though I enjoy running so much at whatever speed is comfortable. It's a little funny that I am this bad at learning a new physical skill, since I have already learned lots of them and there are so many more that I'd like to try. But I guess the approach that I take to sports or music usually assumes a base level of ability, which I have with the things I've been doing for awhile but is lacking in the newer things I've picked up. And it's not unreasonable at all that how you approach learning something from a beginner level is different from how you approach it from an intermediate or advanced level; the way you think about the skill has to be different because your goals are different.

I'm glad that I'm sorting this out because learning to do something new is extremely rewarding and fun.
clevermynnie: (I see beauty)
I had my informal piano recital yesterday, with some of my friends from Los Alamos and my parents. It went pretty well; I was worried that I wasn't ready to play the pieces for people, with my stage fright and all, but I did pretty well given my level of preparation. My two main goals were to work around my stage fright, which I did, and to have the motivation to finish a few pieces so I can move forward in my playing. This was my program:

Debussy - Arabesque No. 1
Chopin - Waltz for piano in E minor
Debussy - Snow is Dancing
Mozart - Sonata k.something, Allegro
Debussy - Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

To be fair, the Debussy was all repertoire stuff that I've played before, and the other two pieces were stuff I've learned recently. But I think it came off pretty nice. I also made these tangerine almond cakes for everyone, from a Gail Gand cookbook that my mom had. We picked those to make because she had a ton of leftover almond paste from making my wedding cake. :)

I also learned form for squats and deadlift yesterday, from three people who were all more experienced with non-machine weightlifting than I am. (One of them described the teaching process as "too many chiefs, not enough Indians".) It was interesting and useful, and I'll be shifting my weightlifting more towards that when I get back to Philadelphia.

Last night during my recital, it started to snow a lot. Overnight there were 6" or so of snow accumulated, and Ben and I are driving to San Diego today. Ha. We'll probably go south to Las Cruces and then west, so hopefully we'll only have snow issues between here and Albuquerque. It's not snowing right now but it's very windy and I can see the snow blowing off our house into the canyon.

I think what I am most looking forward to about the drive is the massive amount of leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce that my mom is letting us take in the car. Yum.
clevermynnie: (I see beauty)
Still in Los Alamos. Focusing on the positive.

My mother's cats (which is to say, the cats I grew up with) are so sweet, though so geriatric at this point. Their meows sound so old and crochety! Maybe I am only noticing this now because now we have young cats in Philadelphia. The cats here are still very sweet though, if somewhat needy.

We're making a bunch of food to have Christmas dinner today, which is nice. My mom makes wonderful Christmas dinners, traditional but exquisite because she is such an excellent cook. It makes it hard for me to have other people's turkey/stuffing/etc. dinners, because my mom's are so good and make me so happy. But I digress. Christmas at my house is very different from Christmas at Ben's house, where we will be for actual Christmas. At my house, I always spent Christmas Eve with one parent, Christmas Day with the other, which is effectively two Christmases. And both were family affairs, just me and my parent and sometimes step-parents, having a nice dinner, exchanging gifts, hanging out. Very low-key. Ben has Christmas at his mom's, with a bevy of siblings, a massive immediate and extended family present, and any friends or whoever happens to be around. It sounds hectic, and will be my first Christmas not in Los Alamos since my family moved here in 1989. How weird.

It occurs to me that I maybe should be making trips back to Los Alamos in the summer, rather than the dead of winter, when I could go hiking or backpacking or just be outside more. I went for a four-mile run this morning, but was very chilly. Neither Ben nor I really wants to do the four-parent-tour again next year, because it's quite a lot of visiting. We'll sort something out, though.

I have an informal piano recital tomorrow, to (a) motivate me to finish pieces, (b) get me to be better at playing for people, and (c) share my piano playing more with people who don't hear it much, like my parents and friends from here. Of course, this means I am very nervous about it. I should go practice.
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
The Philadelphia Orchestra started a program this year which is the most ludicrously good student ticket program I have seen. What's usual is that many classical music groups, such as symphonies, operas, or specialty groups like Philharmonia Baroque in the Bay Area, will have "student rush" tickets from $5-10 available an hour before the show. You aren't guaranteed that they'll be available, but usually they are, from people who bought really nice tickets but didn't show. You show your ID and get 5th row orchestra or something. The Philadelphia Orchestra had this last year, $8 at the door and $10 to reserve online and be guaranteed a seat. But this year they are doing something new, where you pay $25 upfront and can reserve student rush tickets online for any performance all season. You can attend every concert they give for $25. That's insane. The only way it could be better is if it were free.

So last night Ben and I went to see them do Berlioz' Romeo and Juliet, which I had never heard before and really enjoyed. Berlioz used the chorus really well, the soloist who was singing Friar Laurence was great, and I really enjoy most French classical so I loved this. It did make me debate whether it is good to listen to a piece of music before seeing it performed. I usually don't, and sometimes I'm seeing a piece I know and sometimes not, but in this case there was a plot to follow and it was confusing what was happening when. (It mainly got distracting when it went into a "fun classical party" mode but I thought Juliet had already died, and took awhile to figure out where in the program we are. I blame this on having two separate sections about Queen Mab.) I mean, I read the program notes and refer to them if I need to during the performance. I just don't usually search out a recording in advance.

On the topic of music, my piano-playing slid a fair amount over the summer. I emphasized workouts and dropped to playing once a week, and didn't play at all in September because of the honeymoon and then not getting back on the ball quickly. So a couple weeks ago when I finally did go play, it was wrenching because I had forgotten some of how moving it could be. I decided that goals help in hobbies, a lot (see: marathon), so I needed a piano goal. Right now I have a few pieces that are learned but not polished, and some old repertoire that I have dusted off but not perfected. Meaning, I can entertain myself for hours but if I try to play for people I get nervous enough that I mess up a lot. So what I think I am going to do is have a small concert, in Los Alamos when I am home around Christmas, for just my parents and whatever friends are around. My dad's church will be available, and I can get better at playing for people and feel willing to put some of these pieces behind me for awhile and focus on new stuff.

When I say "get better at playing for people", I should clarify. I have been playing since I was 4, did concerts twice a year until I left for college, and then did 4 or so concerts in college. When I get up to play in front of people, I get really nervous, even after all that practice. The only thing that relaxes me is if the piece is long or I am playing multiple pieces. I can only maintain a state of abject fear on the piano in front of people for about 5 minutes and then I calm down. I don't know why this is; I am less nervous about giving talks, dancing performances, and even singing which I'm not very learned in. But what I've found is that, not having given concerts for a couple years, I am now even worse at playing casually for people, since I always practice alone in a practice room. So I want to improve that.

I made a schedule for what to practice when, to get as much stuff polished by then as I can. My list has some short pieces (3 Debussy and 2 Chopin) and several long pieces (Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Bach, and a Beethoven Sonata that I just love playing). If I can't get everything polished I'll aim for some things performable rather than all things almost performable, because I could see that going really badly.

I think this will be good for me, help me practice more, and make me feel better about putting some of these pieces aside for something brand new.
clevermynnie: (Default)
I am not the sort who often creates photoessays, but then again I am not the sort who often finds an abandoned piano on my walk to work. I knew I wanted to take pictures of it, its water-swollen keys and misaligned hammers. The cover for the keys is gone, as is the panel that usually covers the soundboard. And then it snowed.

no more words )

at random

Aug. 3rd, 2007 11:04 pm
clevermynnie: (Default)
I am doing pretty well with the whole hot summer thing, except on days when I get up early and go running. On these days I cannot convince my body to stop sweating until I get to my over-air-conditioned lab, which is sometimes 1.5-2 hours later. That is a lot of sweating, and it makes me cranky.

I got my jazz piano books, as well as a new book of Debussy. The jazz is fun but weird, since it's so against my training. It also doesn't help that I practically never learned music theory, I just play songs. The improv book is all, 'play the pentatonic scale in every key!', and I'm all, you can play it in different keys? And I'm bad at transposition and improv... I guess I play a lot by muscle memory. Well fine, to console myself I can play something from the Debussy book. Debussy is a composer that really resonates with me, and I find it much easier to know how his music should sound when I'm playing than with other composers. It has Jardins sous la pluie, La Cathédral Engloutie, and a lot of other pieces I've liked but haven't actually played (i.e., they aren't in my other Debussy book).

I urgently recommend the movie Amores Perros, which is like Pulp Fiction with characters you empathize with, sometimes funny but mostly brutal and tragic. It was so good, and really I spent the whole summer without Ben watching sad foreign movies. Strangely, I watched it in French despite its being a Mexican film, because the subtitles didn't work but I could change the audio language (from Spanish to French... no English). I watched Bande à Part and enjoyed it too, but in a very different way.

Franz pense à tout et à rien. Il ne sait pas si c'est le monde qui est en train de devenir rêve ou le rêve monde.

life!

Jul. 27th, 2007 02:34 pm
clevermynnie: (I see beauty)
I'm designing parts and ordering materials for work! It's more mechanical engineering than stuff I've done before, which makes it interesting. I've also never designed such a complex mechanical system from scratch (the cold finger plus the mount for the AFM sample, which has to be thermally insulated). It is actually pretty fun, though I have no idea whether I'll do things right or not. I got to hear about how the machine shop's entire store of copper was stolen a few months back, potentially by a disgruntled machinist, so we have to buy our own now. OFHC copper is expensive!

The dinner group last night met at Eulogy, a Belgian tavern with an impressive beer list and glass-fronted coffins for tables. I ended up meeting a lot of cool math grad students and a law student who was really nice and loved fries; I really enjoy these dinners. It was also a nice walk there and back, maybe 40 minutes each way, and if it hadn't been so humid out it would have been just perfect. With Ben not here for the summer, it strikes me how I've made a lot of acquaintances but few friends, people I would call up to hang out. That is changing, though, and Ben not being here helps me get out more. I don't think I've got the balance of bringing a boyfriend along with friends who don't know him, since I did it so seldom in Berkeley.

Tonight I'm driving up to Providence, to serve as a jumping off point to go to Cape Cod with Steph. I'm really excited about it! I'm a little worried about the drive, since I haven't done any long drives alone out here yet, but it should hopefully be fine. I am going up to the Tappan Zee bridge to avoid NYC traffic; hopefully it will be enough. And I finally got my tickets for Erin and Josh's wedding; hooray for Southwest having random promotions out of Philadelphia that allow me to easily get free roundtrips, but boo for Southwest changing their award policy so that only so many awardees can fly on each flight. Those punks.

I finally gave up on finding my old metronome and ordered a replacement, and while I was at it I ordered some piano music. Some new Debussy, but also, well... jazz. My Los Alamos piano teacher was staunchly anti-jazz, so even though I love jazz piano I never learned anything about how to play it. I got one ragtime book, and she let me play one song out of it and then never spoke of it again. So from habit, I just only play classical... but I'm an adult now! I can play whatever I want! Maybe not well, but we'll see.

stories

Jul. 24th, 2007 11:28 am
clevermynnie: (Default)
I'm in a good mood, after a weekend of reading and hiking, and an unexpected situation yesterday in which the post office did not lose my package. So I'm going to tell two London stories that never quite made it into my entries on that.

unexpected song )

small world )
clevermynnie: (wealthy young woman-about-town)
Since I spent the previous two weekends either travelling or having a guest, and since the weather here has taken a decided turn for the hot and humid, I spent last weekend inside doing things for myself, including lots of chores I'd been meaning to do for awhile but never quite found time for, but also more enjoyable things.

I had summer plans for piano and sports, and those are actually going well. I'm practicing piano more than I did during the school year, at least, and what I really need to do is either magically find my metronome that I've searched several times for, or just buy another one. I'm working on some Mozart, and I think it's essential. It was inspiring to hear Martha, my Berkeley piano teacher, play Mozart. She did it with a brilliance and clarity that I felt were both impressive and entirely appropriate. I've also been running some, weightlifting some, swimming some, and doing yoga some. So at least thus far, I haven't lost anything I gained for my knee during physical therapy. I found it interesting, actually, that my therapist told me that even if I stopped exercising, I'd still be much better off knee-wise than I was before this round of physical therapy, because I've changed some ways of moving that were unstable.

But what I've really spent a lot of my spare time on the last few weeks has been World of Warcraft and Harry Potter. I know, I know, but it's been really fun and I'm enjoying myself immensely. I got my first heroic key for my main in WoW, and finally some cool-looking gear. What I really need are the Pauldrons of Wild Magic, which look awesome and have lightning playing around them. And I've been rereading the HP books, in preparation for the last one, and... I forgot how wonderful they are. I love the stories and the detailed world so much, and I had also forgotten how difficult those books are to put down. This led to also rewatching the movies, and the result is that I'm now really excited for the fifth movie and just dying for the last book. I know, I'm imitating the summer activities of adolescents everywhere, but it's such fun.
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
I had a midterm yesterday! In quantum, and maybe the last midterm I'll ever have. It went pretty well... one problem I know I didn't do well on, two I did, and from talking to other people everybody screwed up something. So as always, I have to wait to see the curve, but there's hope at least. Afterwards I did something purgative, which was going to the Pottruck center and running for half an hour, then lifting weights, then swimming until I felt like I wasn't moving. Then I played piano! I have been consistently inconsistent about exercise and piano this semester. I set some goals at the beginning of the year, which I'm not even close to meeting, but at least I get something in each week. I'm hoping that when I'm working, I'll be less likely to have weeks where there's just too much work to do anything else.

Then there was a party in the zoo, with all the first-years and some other grad students too. Colossal amounts of beer present, and pizza and candy. Much fun! Ben and I left for a while to go to a Ukrainian food party that one of Ben's colleagues was having, which was fun and gave us some time to drink tea instead of beer. Good pierogis and chocolates. Then back to the zoo for my first ever drinking game, which was actually really funny. Then some guitar hero in Ben's office, then home!

I have a bad habit of making a to-do list and then saving the least pleasant tasks for last. The result is that I procrastinate on really important stuff, like getting back to professors who intimidate me or writing my talk for the SLAC seminar in April. This weekend will be different!
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
Like I said earlier, I am trying to get to the point that I can play many pieces I know off the top of my head. This also seems inherently rewarding, since I've played a lot of pieces I really liked which I no longer remember very well. This is a list of pieces I'm working with now (or ones I want to in the near-ish future).

Learning:
  • Chopin, Waltz in E, Op. Posth.

  • Mozart, Piano Sonata In D Major, K. 576: 1. Allegro


  • Brushing up for eventual off-the-cuff playing:
  • Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

  • Chopin, Nocturne No. 20 In C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.

  • Debussy, Arabesque No. 1

  • Debussy, Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

  • Debussy, Snow is Dancing


  • Should someday get around to relearning:
  • Bach, Italian Concerto

  • Chopin, Impromptu No. 1 In A Flat Major, Op. 29

  • Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2


  • Should someday learn:
  • Beethoven, Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

  • Chopin, Fantasy-Impromptu

  • Liszt, La Campanella


  • Hmm... looking at this list makes me feel I have a fairly restricted number of composers that I play. There are many, many more composers that I like... I just don't know their solo piano works very well.

    piano

    Oct. 31st, 2006 04:11 pm
    clevermynnie: (al fresco)
    You may recall that I play the piano, and you may be wondering, did I stop? I know I haven't posted about it for a while.

    I took a break from piano, for practical and time-management reasons, that started when I hurt my knee. That break extended until I left Berkeley, mainly because my last couple months there were so hectic, and also because I knew that over the summer I'd have no choice but to take a break anyways. I was all over the place, and had access to a piano twice. I missed it, and I missed classical music in general, but I was having a ball, so it wasn't too bad.

    But I swore that when I got settled in at Penn, I would start playing again. I love playing, and it makes me happy, and I saw music and exercise as two key things which might help to keep me sane in graduate school. So I figured out where there are practice rooms here, and I started going to them. It's always painful to restart playing after a break, because you think you sound terrible and you get very demotivated at first. But I've been trying to play at least once a week, generally more like thrice, since the semester started.

    I can't really afford a teacher right now, and this is the first time I've seriously tried to learn new music, polish things, etc. without one. In some ways it's fine, because practicing and improving don't require supervision, just internal motivation, and I've tried to listen to my teachers and learn what to look for, how to find the lines in music, how to interpret dynamics, etc. So I think I can do pretty well on my own. On the other hand, it's hard to tell if I'm emphasizing something too much, or if my tempo changes and I don't notice... the sort of thing that teachers point out to you if you aren't noticing them. I think I need to bring my metronome, and I think I should record myself and listen, to try to disconnect how I sound from the experience of playing.

    What I'm doing, though, is trying to polish my repertoire. I habitually stop playing pieces once I've performed them, let them fall into terrible disrepair, and then sigh over how I can't play them any more. And it makes it trying when I'm at someone's house and they ask me to play something, because I rarely have anything prepared. It would be really cool if I could have a small concert back in Los Alamos right before Christmas. I sort of doubt that will happen, though... I'd have to find a place to do it (I have a piano at my house, but it would be weird if I wanted my dad to come to my mom's, and not many of my friends have nice pianos), and I'd have to not freak out about it. I wish there were something here like the music club at Berkeley where students come and perform in a low-stress setting. Ah well.

    extras

    Sep. 13th, 2006 02:07 pm
    clevermynnie: (I see beauty)
    I'm joining a student-run club swim team here. The practice times are kind of weird, apparently because the university decides who can use the pool when. It seems nice--laid-back--and there are actually meets at times, which is something I miss. I also checked out the practice rooms here, for piano. I was surprised to find that the music department actually doesn't maintain any practice rooms. The easiest ones to use are run by the student union, and are hidden under Irvine Auditorium, which is like Zellerbach at Berkeley. There aren't very many, only about ten, but they're open the whole time the student union is open, which is 6 AM to 1 AM. Awesome.

    Apparently the two most popular places to hike around here are Valley Forge and Wissahickon Park, or more generally Fairmount Park. We really need to get out and see those places one of these weekends. I also want to visit the Morris Arboretum sometime. And go to Independence National Historic Park, though it sounds like we'll save that for when Joao and Gersende visit.

    Every day to get to campus I walk over the South Street bridge, from which one has a beautiful view of downtown Philadelphia. It's especially wonderful at night, on crisp nights like last night. I am anxiously awaiting fall and the colors changing. :)
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    I tell you the truth, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for an orchestral adaptation of a piano piece to sound anywhere near as good as the original.
    clevermynnie: (see us waving)
    Getting a chance to play piano makes me happy.

    Getting really useful advice from Joao makes me happy, especially when I see almost immediately how useful it is.

    Giving people gifts makes me happy. I love it so much.

    Playing Star Wars: Battlefront with Ron makes me happy, as does playing with his music toys.

    Talking to Chih until late makes me happy, as does my impending visit to her in early January.

    Ben makes me happy. Ben always, always makes me happy.

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