Wow, talk about making a plan, and then just watching it go down the toilet…that was my week in a nutshell.
I mean, I knew it was going to be crazy. I have so many responsibilities at work right now that I knew it was going to be a stretch to even sit down for a few minutes each day for practice. Just to be clear, we’re talking 10 gigs in a 10 day period (yesterday was gig number 4 of the 10). And that doesn’t include all the rehearsals for those gigs! While that may not sound like a lot on paper, when you’re in charge of logistics for 8 of those gigs it can start to feel like I’m going a little bit insane. And plus all my non-musical duites! It basically turned into a perfect storm of responsibilities, which came to a head this past week.
So what is it that is making it so busy? This year is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. There are so many memorials, ceremonies, and concerts devoted to remembering what happened right here 75 years ago. As busy as I am, I am honored that I get to be a part of something so historic. This is why I do what I do! But I’m still going to be doing the happy dance on December 10th, when all the craziness is over.
As if I wasn’t busy enough, my son is turning one year old in the middle of everything! Luckily there is a small gap in the schedule on Wednesday afternoon, so we are able to celebrate his birthday! I am planning on making a smash cake for my little guy to go crazy on. I have my ONE day off today, so I’m going to be doing that, ha. I seriously can’t believe that he’s a year old already!
So with all that said, I didn’t even have time to think about my “challenge 2.0”. It seemed like whatever I did, by the time I did everything I needed to do, it was the end of the day and I hadn’t practiced a lick. Ugh, its so frustrating when that happens. But although I have a busy upcoming week of performances, all the legwork and rehearsals for those performances are pretty much done, so I should be able to devote a little time to practice. Therefore, I adjusted my challenge plan so that I start this coming week (December 5th). That still gives me 10 weeks to prepare for the audition in February.
Speaking of the audition, I still don’t know if I’m actually going to be able to make the trip. The navy is unable to pay for my travel this time, so its basically on me to come up with the funds. I’m keeping an eye on airfare prices, so if I can get a good deal on a plane ticket, I’m going to go. If I can’t, then I won’t. Pretty simple. So we’ll see. I’m still going to prepare and practice like I am going. I really don’t have anything to lose!
I hope I survive the week. Its a countdown to December 10th! I can make it, I can make it…