daeseage: Jade napping, using Bec as a pillow; from the webcomic Homestuck (Default)
Last week I finally heard back from a grad student about helping out in a lab, and today was my first day.  So exciting!  He's working on the dispersal of these beetles found only in grain silos, and I honestly don't understand most of what exactly he's doing or why, but that doesn't really matter yet.  =]  For right now I'm mostly going to be counting the number of eggs laid by a female beetle in each setup, which will probably get a little tedious after a while, but someone has to do it!  I'm scheduled from about 10:30 to 12:30 two days a week, and the lab is pretty lively then if I feel like socializing.  And if I don't, it's four whole hours a week to catch up on podcasts!  I was wading through the archives of about 6 or 7 different ones (plus Librivox audiobooks) when I was doing fieldwork this summer, but I simply haven't had the downtime to stay on top of them since the semester began.  I find I fall asleep if I'm not doing something with my hands while listening, and I can't concentrate on assignments with coherent outside words in my ears.

In other news, I picked up some inexpensive sheet music at Goodwill this weekend: "Ständchen" by Franz Schubert, and "Danny Boy", arranged by Fred. E. Weatherly, both published in 1923.  I think this makes the fourth or fifth copy of Danny Boy I've bought...In my defense, it's a pretty song and I left all of my sheet music at my parent's house.  There just wasn't enough room in the car and I forgot there is a piano in my building this year. =/  I did start playing the Schubert piece today -- I first looked up some some videos on YouTube, and couldn't figure out why none of the videos had the the intro shown in my copy.  After about an hour's worth of practice, just trying to get the (rather tricky) fingering down on the first two bars, it dawned on me: that's not an intro, it's a set of arpeggios!

I guess I'm rustier than I thought. =|  I can't wait until I have time to start in on the rest of the piece!  And here, have a listen to some really talented people performing Ständchen:


Alas!  If only I could play like Horowitz!


daeseage: Jade napping, using Bec as a pillow; from the webcomic Homestuck (Default)

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