Not really a scream, but just a witter of a negative variety...
Work is being phenomenally boring at the moment. If I could go in to work in the morning, do the work I have to do, I'd be home by about 10am!
My spare time at home is being taken up by the final assignment for my OU course which I am thoroughly unmotivated to do. I could do what I've done before and take a day off to finish the assignment - that would give me lots of time to finish it of, but in practice it would just give me a lot of time to be distracted from it by anything remotely interesting..
This assignment is due 18th Jan and we can't do electronic submission, so I have decided to post it on 14th Jan. It's 2500 words, and I currently have 565 written. I have an essay outline/plan, but turning the plan in to words is just tooooo much like hard work. Sundays are my usual OU days, I was hoping to get the most of it done last Sunday and instead I only wrote the introduction (201 words). Oooops. I really hope I can get some done this evening. The thing is, even if I do, I don't know whether I'll be able to finish the rest this coming Sunday (Thurs evening = doctor appt; Fri evening = never manage to do anything!). So I might have to skip my SRP meeting on Saturday in order to finish the essay.
Well, it's my own fault, if I hadn't left it so late I wouldn't have to give up something nice in order to do something dull. And this shouldn't even be dull, but it just is. I think it's reasonable feedback for the course - that we finished the actual course work / reading before Xmas, then we had a week off over the break, and then we have to come back after Xmas just to write the final essay. That's not working well for me (and I doubt I'm the only one).
Still, I keep myself perked up with my percentages - I'm 22.6% of the way to 2500 words (as long as it gets over 2400 I'll be happy enough to submit).
In cheerful news, though, at least once the OU stuff is done I can really get on with some musical stuff. I am promising myself that I am going to start practising regularly (i.e. weekdays as soon as I get home and Sunday afternoon are both for definite; Saturdays will be my 'maybe' days). I have entered myself for G4 theory in Feb, and I can get myself ready for G5 later in the year. These thoughts are causing me excitement at the moment!
Argh, though, because that reminds me I should get back on to the teacher-hunt. Someone at my SRP used to work for the county music service and gave me a contact name at the music service. I emailed that person, who is over the wrong side of the county to help me directly, but she gave me the name of someone over my side who may be able to help or 'know a man who can' - but that name came with a telephone number. I haven't been brave enough to phone yet (I know - but I'm pathetically bad with phones at the best of times [e.g. phoning family members]).
I had another trawl around the 'usual suspect' websites for private tuition, but nobody local enough comes up. Well, a couple do but I'm dubious about their recorder-specialist-ness.
One says nothing of her background, but lists 5 instruments she teaches; recorder is 3rd on the list. No further information.
One, well, recorder is 5 out of 6 on her list, and she lists all her qualifications for other instruments [diploma, G8, G8, G8] but nothing given for recorder. They also have an unusual name, and a google of that tells me that this person does music teaching as a second-income. Which may mean nothing, but I don't think I want a teacher who is teaching me her fifth instrument in her second job.
There is one who is blatantly a recorder specialist but (a) only does one hour lessons [which would be OK if I could have them less often than weekly, as I don't have Â£30 per week spare]; and (b) might just be slightly too far. I need to check a map to see if there is a way to drive there that doesn't involve the motorway, and work out just how far it is.
That's it, I've decided, we've got some nice specialist recorder teachers on the forum here. I'll just move house so I can be near one of them
Slightly more practical suggestion, we have a noticeboard on our intranet at work for 'for sale', 'wants', etc. Music teachers do get advertised there, so maybe I'll put a 'proper recorder teacher wanted' advert on there and see if it scares up someone in my vicinity...
[No responses required, just wanted to get it all out, you know how it is].