It's a total cop out...
I started to write a really interesting post for you all. It was about conflict, and it may yet show up here. But, truth be told, I'm not quite smart enough this evening to get it out in any language besides gibberish. So you'll just have to wait... I know, I know, it's not fair, but I promise when I can figure out how to say it it'll be just right.
Today we started the New York leg of our auditions. Got some exercise this morning and walked to a new studio where we'll be based this week. It's a lovely space with big windows, sprung maple floors - which is not such a big deal for the singers but is totally helpful when I'm practicing my tondus while on break - and a lively acoustic. And I'm in heaven, because JG is rehearsing upstairs all week! I've known JG since high school, went to undergrad with him, and consider him more extended family than a friend. (He's spent Christmas Eve with my crazy Polish family - he's TOTALLY family!) Coming to New York and having time to spend with him is a wonderful bonus, and more than makes up for the sex maniacs in the hotel room next to mine. (O.M.G.)
Tomorrow will be 10 days away from home. While the singers and music staff I know are accustomed to picking up for large chunks of time, I'm just not. While I do love to travel I'm a total homebody at heart. I will say that being away from my daily routine is allowing me some great perspective, and while it's not an easy mental neighborhood to walk around I think it's important to look dispassionately at where and who you are from time to time. I'm not totally happy with what I'm seeing, but I'm a work in progress, right? We all are, right? Aaaahhh...you can tell I'm tired.
It's been a lot of opera already... My sweet colleagues are putting up with my annoying tendency to hum arias while I walk, although I'm not sure how much longer that will last -the putting-up-with-the-humming part, that is. Today's fav? Korngold - Pierrot's Tanzlied. Would that I was a lyric baritone...I think it's really just that I'm not able to make the noise anymore, but my heart's still singing along. (I know. Gag.)
In an attempt to be more mindful leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm going to start listing 5 things that I'm thankful for each day. I'm going to actually try to come up with the list before I allow myself out of bed in the morning...let's see if I make it to work tomorrow! Feel free to share your own.
- The opportunity to walk to work.
- Band-aids. (see #1)
- Deep connections to friends
- Raspberry tea and rugelach
- Conversations that change the way I look at the world