San Francisco has been quite the adjustment, but I’m up and running. The more I learn about the arts out here, the more I like it and the people who choose to pursue it. Since November I’ve done the following things — some music related and some not — but every time I’m back in the practice room (or at least at my keyboard) it’s pure bliss.
-I got a new job at a great company, where I work with some pretty neat people.
-I auditioned (and didn’t do so well this time) for the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Lesson learned in self-care when it comes to illness and stress.
-I taught my first West Coast voice lesson(!), and we improved by leaps and bounds even within just one hour. I’m pretty excited to teach her again.
-I visited my new voice teacher, Eric Howe, for a lesson up in his lovely studio in the Oakland hills. His pet Corgi, Nia, observed my howlings. I’m pretty excited to sing with him (and Nia) again, too.
-I ran my first five mile (and first overall) race in November: the Golden Gate park Turkey Trot! I kept up a 10-min mile more or less through the muddy, misty course. I’m still not sure I beat the turkey, but he sure was tasty later that day.
-I fought two ear infections, three sinus infections and two bouts with the flu (whew!). Needless to say, my new doctor has me on a strict allergy medication regimen. Fingers crossed!
-Okay, fine, and I’m learning a little programming (not just concerts, computer stuff!), too. The CodeYear and RailsBridge/SF Ruby Meetup groups have been especially helpful in building my “stack”. I’m hoping this will help me do magical things to this and other websites — maybe even port it off WordPress one day!
-And I’m still accepting new students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to start!