Friday, August 15, 2014

Cello Love - ZZ Ward's Last Love Song


Because I liked this song so much and it got stuck in my head for so long, I thought I'd do a cello arrangement.

However, there were some problems due to the fact that my PC laptop isn't exactly a laptop anymore.  Since the top isn't completely attached to the lap part anymore, I had to plug the display into my tv in order to edit.  Any little jiggle meant the picture would cut out.

Because of this, I thought I'd use my Mac to do the sound editing part.  The only "problem" is that it sounds a lot different on my Mac than my PC, so when I exported the sound file and sent it to my PC, it was very very different.

Hmmm.

Conundrum.



Because of this, I had to play with my sound a few times and export it a few times.  Eventually I just gave up, though.

Bah!

Humbug!

Also, editing the video on my tv was surprisingly difficult!

It's time for a new PC laptop, really.  I will buy one in the next few weeks, I suspect.

My Mac is my laptop for work, and I'd like to keep them separated.  Also, after two months of working on a Mac I have to tell ya....I don't get the hype.  I mean, it's better at some things than my PC, but not enough to justify the price difference between the two (even though I didn't actually pay for the Mac).  Even if they were the same price, however, I'd choose a PC for non-work related things.

Okay.

Off topic.

Here's the vid:





***EDIT**

You guys....ZZ Ward favorited my tweet and responded to it :)

Huzzah!



Friday, August 8, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Workaholic = Boring Naoko

I have old lady tendencies to begin with, but constantly working has made me even more boring than normal.

Well.

Except.

Today I got proposed to.

By a stranger.

While walking to Safeway.

Friday, July 25, 2014

#classicsanfranciscoday

My day started with me waking up without hitting my snooze button.  WHAT?!  Yeah.  That happened.

I was excited, thinking I'd get a slightly earlier start to my day.  I was early enough to take the good bus (the one that doesn't have people who yell at nobody or hit themselves or smell particularly badly).  5 minutes, here it comes.  3 minutes!  1 minute!  Arriving!  20 minutes?  Wait, what??!!

Yeah.

My bus didn't come.

When I looked up to see where my non-good bus, I knew I was too slow to catch it and then it was another long wait for THAT one.

Instead, I waited for the good bus for 20 minutes.  I also decided then would be a good time to download Uber because I have a coupon (I know people...or one guy).  But it was taking forEVER to download and by the time my bus came 20 minutes later it still hadn't downloaded.

I got to the office 30 minutes later than normal rather than my planned 15 minutes earlier.  <<< petulant sulk >>>  Fortunately, startups tend not to have set start and end times, so nobody really cares except me.

After a few hours of work, we took a break to sing Happy Birthday and have....FOUR different kinds of cake!  You know how, when you get a group of people to sing Happy Birthday, it always sounds terrible?

Not at:
1.) A music teacher staff meeting
and
2.) A music startup company

It was pretty awesome to hear a group that large sing that well.

Did I eat a giant slice of cake for lunch?

Perhaps.

I then packed up my stuff and went to job #2.

It was hot.

Not FRESNO hot, but definitely San Francisco hot.  By the time I got to my next job, I was a hot mess.  Literally.  At least I carry around a folding fan for such occasions.

After our meeting, we went upstairs for a party/happy hour.

On my way home, while waiting for the bus, there was a parade of bicyclists.  I got waved at, seeing as how I was the only person on the street waiting for the bus, and there were no other people around.  I saw two naked guys wearing top hats.  Does it count as "naked" if you're wearing a jaunty hat?  All I could think was, 1.) I feel like that must be uncomfortable and 2.) I wouldn't want to be the bicyclist behind these guys.

Good motivation to be at the front of the pack.

I also ran into a friend on the bus on my way home.

I had intentions of exercising, but have decided that it is too hot and I ate and drank too much to exercise.

Ah, San Francisco.  Your days are so odd.  :)


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Things just got musical

My freshman year of college, I was submerged into my Music Theory class.

I lived with two sorority girls (don't know how THAT happened), one of whom was nice and the other was...less so.

I have a vivid memory of sitting at my desk, doing my music theory homework, and quietly humming to myself.  That's the thing about music theory homework: you need to sing a little bit and probably don't realize you're doing it.  (This made finals and midterms especially comical.)

All of a sudden, she yelled, "CAN YOU STOP THAT?!"

I had no idea what she was talking about.

"WHY ARE YOU SINGING?!"

"Oh.  Sorry, I was doing my music homework.  I didn't realize I was singing."

<<< insert sad face here >>>

Friday, July 11, 2014

Birthday!

It's my birthday today!

I think you should wish me a happy birthday.

I started my new job on the 1st of the month.  It is awesome.  I feel incompetent and stupid every day, even though I know I'm not...which just affirms to me that I'm surrounded by intelligence.  If I'm the stupid one of the group, then the group is pretty dang smart!

It's just the learning curve.  I know it's to be expected.  I know I should be patient with myself.  I know I'd never be as demanding of another person as I am of myself.  But still.  I want to know everything RIGHT NOW and be awesome at everything THE FIRST TIME!  :D

Spoken like a true overachiever with a problem.

It's a great job, though.  I really like it.  It feels like I'm spending my day getting paid to learn a new hobby, which is GREAT.  It's demanding of the skills I have but in the fun challenging way I enjoy.  Besides, if it were way easy on day 1 I doubt I'd enjoy or respect it.

Since I have a July birthday, I grew up not having my birthday in school.  Since I was a teacher, I also...spent my birthdays outside of school.  While this is only my 2nd week, I was excited to have my birthday at a place for once!

Hooray!

I refrained from wearing my cake hat that lights up.  I mean, 2nd week and all.

(That's not the real reason.  I didn't want to take this giant hat on the bus because I carry so much stuff with me already!)

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Job!

My new job begins tomorrow!

I'm excited.

Like...the day before school excited.  But not the day-before-school-as-a-teacher excited, but day-before-school-as-a-student excited.

I resisted the urge to buy myself new school supplies.