Arg! I had grand plans to get things done this weekend, but I decided to try not being a hermit, and miraculously...things didn't get done. So I'm going to go back to being a hermit this week.
I went to Columbia on Wednesday night/Thursday. It was a stressful trip, but I was reunited with Mark (which was better than I could ever describe in a blog). Portland is lucky to have him, and I'm luckier to have him. ...Since when did this blog become a love letter to Mark?... I also met up with my other friends on Wednesday night. So wonderful to see them, although slightly (VERY slightly) less euphoric as I will have the opportunity to see them more often.
I had two midterms on Friday, plus a lesson. It was not a good day for Lindsey/Batilda. But my hair looked really good, and I guess that's all that matters.
How could I have updated my blog without mentioning my BFF?
I got very emotional yesterday because I realized that I have the best friend in the world and I'm very lucky that he's in my life. We watched Will and Grace over the phone yesterday, which was completely us...and made me very thankful.
I'm about 75 % better, and about 65% done with my antibiotics. I think that's pretty good. I've still been pretty stuffy this weekend, so I've been lounging around my apartment, eating Thai chili while drinking tea, and knitting like a fiend. I started a hat last night and I'm almost done, but I think it's given me arthritis. It's super cute, though, so it's worth my crippling hands.
I sang full voice today for the first time in about a week and a half. That's how long I've been out. I sound okay. The voice is really strong, but it's still fairly difficult/painful to keep the sound forward (thanks, sinus infection) and I get this annoying buzzy feeling in my sinuses whenever I sing. Oh well. It's nice to be back.
I spent a lot of the weekend listening to Romantic Opera. Miss Todd recommended Adriana Lecouvreur, and so I listened to Mirella Freni all weekend and dreamed of making sounds like that all on my own. I've had a lot of realizations so far this semester in terms of my voice and I think I finally know what's going on and what I have to do. It's frustrating because I can't listen to old recordings of me anymore--things I once thought were great are now glaring with these vocal faults--but it's exciting because I finally know how to move forward.
I just can't wait till all of this drainage stops wreaking havoc in my face and then I can work on all of this.
Oh, and I finally loaded the files from my last night in Columbia on the computer. I got my ZOOM recorder at the end of the summer and was playing with it at Rachel AuBuchon's before I left and recorded our impromptu music-making. It made me miss her because I remember we were drinking wine and attempting Strauss, and there's a moment in the recording where she pauses just a little longer than expected in Morgen, and it took my breath away. It was nice to hear.