Thursday, March 19, 2009

Money, recital and more working...

My 'nonexistence' on my blog has a reason-for those that have read it, I apologize. As usual, I have been too busy for my own good. But change is coming quickly, well, not quickly enough.

In 6 weeks my life will seem to be less busy, I hope. I have a lot of events and ideas being planned right now, and once May comes most, if not all, of these ideas will have unfolded.

First: My first student recital. Since I've never done this before I'm doing everything from scratch, except for the teaching portion. But I've managed to keep my budget low! My accompanist is only $20/student, which brings the total under $100. I decided to create my own invites, flyers and programs for the production. However, I splurged on the invites and had them printed on super awesome paper! I don't know if this will make a drastic difference, but what the heck, why not? That means I will have to be creative when it comes to the program. The flyers will not be an issue, they're flyers. They can be cheap! The only other purchase I should have to make for this event is the beverage for the reception. My students are going to be asked to bring cookies, brownies and cupcakes. What? I can't bake that much AND host a recital! It is happening at a retirement home, so the audience is pretty much already provided, and family will be there of course!

After the recital has passed, I will post about what I could have done better and changes I'll make for next year!

Second: I have *another* job. :) My cash flow is not where I would like it so I searched for a month or more for another job. And I found it! It is very part-time, every other weekend. I will be babysitting two adorable little kids and the family's two dogs. I'm very excited about this, especially since bedtime is early so I can do other things, like working on some blog articles, or reading..You know, a little work, a little relaxing :).

Third: I've been crunching numbers on my budget. I'm determined to be able to save $600/month in order to buy an awesome car next summer. With this new job, that will be possible. In order to live more comfortably, I am trying to get 2-4 students for the summer as well, I think this might be more of a challenge!

In other news...

I'm going to my Alma Mater's Jazz Fest next month! Go JAZZ!
My grandparents have their 50th Wedding Anniversary next month!
AND!! I'm planning my first trip to Vegas. That will take place in June.

Easter is also coming up quick, but not as quick as Spring which officially starts TOMORROW!!

I've already worn a skirt this year and my white, pasty legs have already recieved comments about how awesome they look (must be from all the running I did this winter).

So-so news:
I tried to play my clarinet, and ended up playing a little too much. I stressed my arms. This was two weeks ago, and they are still a little sore and tight. So I've been avoiding typing. Then last week I pulled some muscles in my shoulder and that has been tremendously annoying and painful.

Now do you get why I haven't been posting...

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