Tomorrow is opening night for my friend Shane's opera, The Wolf and the Seven Kids! I am so excited for him. His mom, the current orchestra teacher at my old high school, Riverton High, was at the rehearsal tonight. I kept thinking, "Wow, I wonder what it must feel like knowing your 18-year-old son really DOES know more than you. At least when it comes to your job." And thinking how proud she must be of him. HOLY COW. An opera at 18, graduating in a few months, right after he turns 19, and then being able to still serve a mission, and getting his bachelor's before he leaves?!
Then I thought of what MY mom thinks: "We are SO proud of our little Kiki! Learning how to put gas in her car for the first time at 18, almost failing 2 classes already, switching her major to something we think is crazy, and living with a girl that she can't seem to deal with! Oh wait, one more thing - she lost her scholarship this school year too and can't seem to find even one nice guy to date! Aw, our little Kiki!"
I got warm fuzzies all over thinking about my accomplishments compared with my friend Shane's.
Anyway. Many of you will remember my posting on Mormon Hollywood. Yes, there has been another sighting. Like some of you already know, last night at rehearsal I saw my old Creative Arts professor, Dr. Ballam. I went up and talked to him for a couple minutes; he saw my cousin who is serving a mission in Buenos Aires over the Christmas vacation. Tonight, Craig Jessop showed up! He was sitting in the back, watching, then got up and left. I was so disappointed, but then he reappeared on the other side of the theater and sat in the second row, about 10 feet away from us, watching us. It was very unnerving, having the person who has directed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square watching our little volunteer orchestra with a bunch of people who can't play well! (Ok, just me who is 'pitchy', according to one oboist.) But it was very cool at the same time.
Tomorrow is opening night, and if this pattern continues of semi-well-known musicians showing up at this opera, I am expecting to see either Janice Kapp Perry or Josh Groban.
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. It seems like I don't have any time in the day! And I don't even have a job or kids! I've just been trying to get into the swing of things again...
I moved my piano lessons (3) all into one day, on Wednesdays now, so that I can look for a part-time job and still teach. I applied online with Kohl's, Convergys (a call center for cable), and took an application into TJMaxx. These are the only companies in all of Cache Valley other than a gas station and Pizza Hut who I have seen post jobs for entry-level positions. And you know I won't try to work at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver...
A couple days after applying with Convergys, I got a phone call basically offering me the job, but after listening to their conditions, I decided it wouldn't be worth it to work more hours than I could handle or to have to quit piano because they told me I could never have the same days off weekly. Would have been semi-decent pay though.
On Friday, I applied for a temp-part-time job to work with the US Census, either in their office or as a census taker. If I can get that job, that will be wonderful and can hold me over until the end of the semester.
This next week is the opera's performance that I am participating in. So starting yesterday, I'm rehearsing at least 2 hours every day with the orchestra. It's been a good experience, especially when it is not a required class directed by a cranky teacher but rather a volunteer opportunity directed by a student who is thrilled to have us 'helping' him out. I will be glad when it's done, though. I'll see if the director will be able to get it recorded.
A couple months ago, I was put in as the ward sacrament meeting chorister. When the counselor in the bishopric told me that, he asked me to provide him with my background with leading music. The look on his face when I told him I hadn't ever conducted anything told me that someone had lied to him. Even though he was under the impression that I had had previous experience conducting and said that they don't ever ask people who haven't done it before, I accepted, and then felt like I was going to throw up. I do NOT like being up in front of a singles ward of 500. I didn't really start the job until I came back from the DR, but now, after my 4th time getting up, it doesn't really scare me anymore. Just get up and do it, and no one really cares anyway.
In school this semester, I've met a couple other girls who have the same major as me (Math with actuarial science), and I'm starting to get study groups together. I've got at least 2 girls to do Stats homework with, and a guy from India to do homework with from both of my math classes. It is so much easier to do homework when there are 2 or more brains working together, and it gets done much faster! I am also starting to form a study group with the 2 girls from my major to start studying for the first of the professional actuarial tests, which I can take after this semester. Scary! I found out that there are 13 students (out of 25,000 enrolled at USU) who are doing the same major as myself. That's only half of a tenth of a percent or the student population! I'm lucky to have found 2 other people who are taking these courses!
Anyway, I'll cut my rambling off. It's busy, and I can't wait for this semester to be done so I can move on to the next!