Feb. 13th, 2006 06:55 pm
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My coworker kindly bought a new E-string for my violin when he passed by the music store, so today I got to practice with all four strings. I managed "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" without it sounding too bad. The cats still don't like it, though. Nor does the wrist that was broken; it hurts like blazes after just a few minutes playing. This probably means that playing is good exercise. Also, I'm somewhat proud that I strung the violin all by myself.

Tomorrow I'm going riding with [ profile] gnapp. She'll help me with everything heavy and then walk while I ride. I need to take it slowly as the wrist is far from completely healed and I really shouldn't risk another fall. But I've realised how much the riding means for my health - when I ride, I'm pretty much knackered afterwards and in some pain, but during the autumn I didn't have that constant pain/heaviness in the abdomen. It's been coming back now, though, and there's really nothing else that has changed, I'm not more stressed out or anything. I suppose I really do need that exercise...

Also I'm physically restless. I find it hard to stay focused during a one hour meeting without fidgeting. This is not my usual self.

Yesterday I had a bad headache, so I went to bed early, which meant that I managed to get to work early and also left reasonably early. I've managed to do two loads of laundry (riding clothes and cleaning rags - yay for having a washing mashine!), water the flowers and get some violin practice in. Now I should go clean out the litter boxes so I won't have as much to do early in the morning. The cleaning woman will be here tomorrow and she shouldn't have to deal with that so I need to make sure it's as fresh as possible when she comes. Really, spending those approximately 200 USD a month is the best possible use for that money; I feel so much better not having to deal with the heavy housework and not having to lay it all on Calle.

Calle has made me start writing slashfic. It's not going very well.
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Strings, that is. On the violin.

Today, for the first time in more than ten years, I picked up a violin and put on my shoulder to play it.

It sounded horrible.

One of the reasons being that the violin, being new, needs to be retuned frequently. Another reason being that I'd no control over the bow at first, though it did improve a bit fairly quickly.

The third reason being that the screw on the E-string kept slipping so the tone ended up lower than the one on the A-string. And when I tried getting it to stick, I tore the damn string.

Ah well. Back to the music shop tomorrow. I should be able to pick up some more interesting notes as well - I bought a "first violin book" just to get the basics right as I'd forgotten most of what I learned 25 years ago, but I'd like something with a bit more melody to aim for. After all I did use to play some concert music, not very advanced, but I did it well enough not to be booed from the stage, and while "Twinkle, twinkle, little star" is good for tuning and practicing the basics I do want to have something more challenging waiting.


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