Sunday, July 28, 2013

Walt Disney Museum

Yesterday, a former work colleague and I (and her mom and her baby) visited the Walt Disney Museum.  I grew up during a time of #1 hits by Disney (you 80s and 90s children know what I'm talking about), so Disney has always had a special place in my heart.


After spending 13 years in Southern California, I also visited Disneyland a number of times.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I Dreamed A Dream....

I've discussed Les Miserables before.

However, this particular song has always stuck with me and resonates with me more than when I was 11 when I first saw the musical.  This musical, in general, was the first I really liked.  I saw Cats before this one, and I may or may not have seen Phantom of the Opera.

It must have been the music more than the story line, because I think I basically missed the plot at 11.  The only thing I really understood was there was man who was being chased.  Missed everything else.  But I did ask my parents to buy me the soundtrack afterward, and for my birthday (the 11th) I asked for the soundtrack of the movie version.  While I will not be listening to any of Russel Crowe's songs (sorry, dude) I will be enjoying Anne Hathaway.

Trying to choose between this song and One Day More (another favorite), and beginning to transcribe both, I finally decided on this one.  For me, it carries more meaning and is more substance than it is flash.  In the end, that's more important to me.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chopin - Prelude No. 4

Made a new video!  It's Chopin's Prelude Opus 28 No. 4 in e minor.  Did I get the order right?  Sometimes it feels like ordering at Starbucks.  You know there's a proper order, but sometimes you just mess it up.  Grande soy caramel macchiato?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

7/11 at 11:07 a.m.

Today is my birthday.  Despite being carded for an R rated movie earlier this week, I am in fact in my 30s =)  I thank my mom and dad for forgiving genetics.  (I was born at 11:07 a.m., prompting my parents to think I'd be really lucky.)

I've never actually been a big birthday person.  When I was little, it was exciting because it was one of two days I got presents.  I had to wait SO long for new Legos.  And I hoarded my $5 birthday money from my aunts and uncles like crazy.  It's how I managed to buy both a Nintendo and a Super Nintendo by myself...though it did take a couple years to save up for.  I didn't like Showbiz pizza.  I didn't like games and the animatronic characters freaked me out.  When moms would insist I go do something, I'd go sit in the ball pit.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Google Research Study :)

I was chosen to participate in a research study for Google!

I got a call at the end of last week, and set it up for today.  I was seriously excited.  Last night, trying to sleep was like trying to sleep on Christmas eve or the night before you go to Disneyland.  I kept on waking up to check the time, worried I was going to oversleep.
My GPS and Google Maps said it would take me 44 minutes, but I gave myself twice that to afford for getting lost or something happening.  That ended up being a good idea (it always is!) since my GPS lead me to an empty plot of dirt and said "You have arrived!"  I ended up having to park twice to pull out my email and follow the directions from that, rather than my GPS.  

This is a picture of the corner where you are SUPPOSED to turn right and not go straight.  Stupid GPS.  I also was thoroughly amused that I saw Google bicycles EVERYWHERE.  As I sat at a stop light, one was behind me.  I had to fight the temptation to stick my head out the window and say, "Helloooo!"