Sunday Salon: 5 Seconds of Me at the Piano

This is my first time participating in Sunday Salon! I enjoy others’ Sunday Salon posts and the whole thing seems pretty laid back, so I figured I’d join in the fun.

I have a hectic week coming up. The band students around here have their annual Solo & Ensemble Festival next weekend. I have a practice run planned for the flute students in my own studio Wednesday night, where they’ll perform their pieces for each other. Thursday and Friday I’ll be up at a local middle school all day, accompanying their woodwind and percussion students. Friday evening, the high schoolers perform. Saturday all day, the middle schoolers. I’m always exhausted by the end of Solo & Ensemble.

So, I’ve been practicing. A lot. My high school flute students have some pieces with tough piano parts… and admittedly, I got completely absorbed in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl last week and barely touched the piano. Over the weekend, I made up for it by cramming. I spent a ton of time working out little demons here and there, like these two measures from the Chaminade Concertino. Seems like too much work when I realize this moment lasts only 5 seconds.

Anyhow, I have a physical copy of Frog Music by Emma Donoghue and a digital version of Sympathetic People by Donna Baier Stein to keep me company this week, should I have any down time. 😉

On a different note, there have been a few times recently when I wished I had some business cards for the blog. So last week I ordered a batch from Vistaprint. They only took 4 days to arrive (woohoo!) and I’m happy with how they turned out, though I didn’t realize the text in the bottom left corner would be quite so small.

I deleted my old personal Google Plus account and have been migrating over to a new profile just for bookish things. It’s been a huge pain, but I kind of like what I have going on over there now. There is so much about Google Plus that confuses or annoys me… yet so much I love equally as much. *sigh*  If you’re over there, feel free to add me to your circles.

Also, thanks to a conversation with fellow book bloggers, I started a Tumblr. I’ve never used Tumblr before, so this should be interesting.

Today Stacy at The Novel Life (who, by the way, has a very simple but beautiful blog design) asked a few book bloggers, including yours truly: Are there any tools or an apps that you use to make your book blogging easier/more efficient? Go find out what we said!

Hope you all have a great week. 🙂