mandysee_mandydo: (Paz)
34ne of the wonders of moving and going through stuff is that I occasionally rediscover old music scores with stuff I composed or started to compose or jotted down in a hurry because it was stuck in my head or needed to compose for a class. I downloaded the latest Finale NotePad and got to preserving some of the more interesting bits so I could throw out the paper score sheets and make room. Some of it (like my first ever super-crappy organ pieces) are just getting tossed because they're quite honestly rubbish. That's not to say what I'm about to share is really all that great, but in comparison... well, at least it resembles music. And it's amusing.

music and musings behind the cut because it's long )

So there you have it. It's a glimpse into my musical closet. Please pardon the cob webs and piles of junk precariously stacked and ready to topple.

"The aim of music is not to express feelings but to express music. It is not a vessel into which the composer distills his soul drop by drop, but a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal." - Pierre Boulez
mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Phone)
air warning: We're in the process of getting computers set up at home and connecting to the university network (<sarcasm>and my years at ITS at PSU tell me this will be real easy </sarcasm>). We may be unable to keep up with email and/or LJ and/or Facebook and/or all that groovy stuff that fills up this wonderful series of tubes. Please be patient with us. We love you all, really we do!

It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet. - George W. Bush
mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Driving)
e're almost all moved in, which is very good. We have some odds and end in the kitchen, the bathroom stuff, some papers and odds and ends in the living room, and our clothes (well, the clothes that were already clean and didn't get washed in the laundry tonight) to move over to the new place. We ended up getting a 5x10 storage unit for a couple of bookcases, our freezer and some boxes at least for the short-term, maybe longer. We're putting the National Geographics in storage because we simply don't have room for them. We're also putting some art supplies in storage. I have a load or two of boxes to move over there tomorrow, plus the stuff I'm giving to the church for the yard sale.

It's a good thing we got rid of a bunch of stuff, because we're in tight quarters now in the one-bedroom apartment on campus. Things got a bit more spacious in some regards, but also tighter, when we arrived to find that the bed that comes with the apartment had not ben removed per our request. This means we will be sleeping on a twin bed. Not we each get a twin bed, but we have to share a twin bed. Yuck. Well, it's incentive to lose weight, that's for sure. We'll fit, but not very comfortably. The bed sits high enough that should it not work out we can get another twin mattress that can stow away under the bed and slide out to sleep on the floor next to the bed. It's almost full circle, really, because when [livejournal.com profile] painted_wolf and I first started spending the night with each other we used to share one of these dorm beds often.

Tomorrow I'll be busy moving the last of our stuff and possible cleaning. Woot. I'll just be happy when it's over, but honestly this has been one of the easiest moves I think I've ever had. Almost everything was packed and ready to go! We're already more than half, possibly around 2/3 or 3/4 unpacked. We really had no choice because there's just not a lot of space in the new apartment to leave things packed. We'd have no room to live.

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. - Charles Caleb Colton

Moving Day

Aug. 23rd, 2008 08:56 am
mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Driving)
o here it is. Moving day. Hopefully it goes quick! It should since most everything stayed packed for the past couple of months.

“One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others' minds.” - Alfred Kazin
mandysee_mandydo: (Dr. Girlfriend Button)
We're moving into a much smaller apartment, so we've been going through our packed boxes and getting rid of stuff. Today we did something that some might think was unthinkable for us: we weeded through games and got rid of some. I know. It's unthinkable! Actually it was all old run-of-the-mill American family game type stuff that we pretty much never play, like Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. Meh. We'll do fine without. Besides, who needs Monopoly when one has Anti-Monopoly! Also, and probably even harder to do and not so happy, I've resolved to get rid of my entire vinyl collection and turntable. We just don't have the room and I went almost two years without even hooking up the turntable, nevermind listening to vinyl. All of this stuff is going to the SKUUF yard sale, so at least it'll help raise money for the fellowship.
mandysee_mandydo: (Weekend Update)
So I guess I'll start with Friday night and go from there...

Friday was a kinda long day at work but not bad. [livejournal.com profile] sk_brainstorm ended up coming in to work on his project some and I did some odds and ends while he was in. Later [livejournal.com profile] painted_wolf and [livejournal.com profile] ciliandis showed up with dinner so we all ate nachos and cake and drank pomegranate juice. Mmmmm. After work we all headed over to our place to watch Metalocalypse and... I'm in love. I <3 Dethklok! There was one downside to the night (aside from me falling asleep during Metalocalypse): somewhere along the way I lost my wedding bracelet. :( I'm going to look around my office for it. There are a couple of places I suspect it fell off. It might also be in [livejournal.com profile] sk_brainstorm's car, so if you're reading this Joe would you mind checking for a purple, green and blue beaded bracelet with a heart clasp for me?

Saturday ended up being a most excellent day for me and PW to just be together and do not much of anything in particular. It was awesome! We originally planned to go to the lake, but then decided that we would go to the river, but also figured we would like to go to a couple of movies. When we realized when the movies were playing we decided to just go to Campton and get chocolates from the awesome candy store instead. PW got the only blueberry cream, so I instead tried a strawberry cream. It's not as delicious, but it was still good. PW got a couple of other tasty chocolates and I got these very scrumptious dark chocolate, pistachio and chipotle pyramids. Mmmmmmmm! They had a respectable burn, too!

After chocolates we rushed to see Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was supposedly in 3-D. I was all excited because I hadn't seen a 3-D movie in theaters since Captain EO at Disneyland 20 years ago. Sadly, the movie was not in 3-D. Apparently 3-D movies aren't as simple as putting on a pair of paper and cellophane glasses anymore. It involves theaters purchasing expensive equipment that only select, likely metro-area theaters can afford. Newsflash to the movie makers: we're in the middle of high fuel costs when people can't really afford to drive miles and miles to see a quaint 3-D movie because you require special equipment the average theater can't afford: I mean, it was a kinda fun movie and all, but... without 3-D? Meh. Poor planning.

Immediately after we went to see The Dark Knight. It was good. It was really good. I don't think it was the colossal or spectacularly amazing film most of the people I know are making it out to be, but it was definitely worth seeing. I would even say it's probably the best Batman movie yet. Heath Ledger was AMAZING as The Joker. I like the plot/moral, but I think there are other movies out there that presented the same angle on society and did it better. I loved watching it once, but it's not something I have an overwhelming urge to see again. And I agree with [livejournal.com profile] fossilapostle: someone get The Bat a cough drop. I think he's come down with something.

Afterward we went home and watched more Metalocalypse because it is awesome.

Today was church, then work, then chores, then finish Metalocalypse, then start Red vs. Blue season three. We also did some sorting through packed boxes to try to weed out possessions in preparation for moving into what I think will be our smallest apartment since we've been together for almost twelve years now. We're even finally weeding through some boxes we had in storage.

Bad news first... one of the plastic bins we used for packing and transporting wasn't as water-tight as we had thought. Water got in as it was pouring when we moved that load and it was in the bed of the pickup with all the other plastic bins. We didn't realize water got in until we opened the box tonight a month later and found... Mold. Everywhere. Yuck. I had to throw out the Charlie Brown hook rug my godmother made for me when I was real little. I've been holding onto that rug for almost thirty years! :( PW lost some sentimental things, too, and will have to transcribe some entries from a dream journal in order to save them. :(

All was not lost, though. We discovered in what we thought was entirely a box of antique dishes we had chalked up as completely damaged that only one item was damaged. Half the box was actually my blue crystal dish set that we thought had been lost in one of our previous moves. Yay! I've had that dish set since I first moved out on my own almost 15 years ago. We're going to unpack, wash and use these dishes when we finally get to the new place. :)

And to top the night off... our wireless connection has been behaving all night so we could do the intarwebz thing! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Driving)
We're alive! We're moving! holydamnit we're moving!

I'm relly tired and going to bed after I post this, but this is just a quick post to let you all know that the move is nearly done. We have the storage closet completely cleaned out, only a couple of things in the shed and a couple of things in the laundry room. The bathroom is mostly packed, just have to throw the nail polish and some other stuff in bags and bring them along. We've been showering at the summer place for the past week already anyhow. The closet room has only my dresser and half the hanging clothes left, as well as the suitcases packed full of [profile] painted_wolf's clothes. The kitchen is mostly packed save for the food, the table and a few odds and ends. The bedroom has just the bed, the nightstand, another small set of drawers and the stuffed animals. The living room is where we're storing all the boxes waiting to go over (not mahy at this point!) and we still have the computer set up, my guitars need to be packed, some odds and ends, the tray tables and the filing cabinet. Oh, there's also the small chest freezer we have to move still. Oh, and the big overstuffed chair which we're donating to the youth center, but that can't go until Monday.

I'm hoping we'll be done tomorrow. We had all kinds of rain tonight and we're supposed to have scattered storms all week, so we bought a tarp and we're going to try to finish up tomorrow. If not, we still have Monday so I'll just leave work as soon as my office hours are done and get to work finishing and cleaning.

I can't wait to be done and away from this place. The summer place is already feeling like home and being here among what remains of our unmoved belongings just makes me feel homesick and weary.

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