". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ABP Challenge, Day 6

So, today. The news, television and radio blackout continues in the car and at home, but when we went to the orthodontist, there was Obama on the waiting room television, giving a press conference. The sound was off but the closed captioning was on and yes, I watched a few minutes. Evan saw me watching and said, "Mom, don't watch that." He doesn't know about my self-imposed news moratorium but seems to know what's not good for his mother. Luckily the orthodontist appointments were over quickly. (It was a regular monthly appointment for Caitlin, but the last one for Evan for a while: he got his braces off! He will have another round in a few years--this phase was to correct a severe underbite that was causing recession because of teeth hitting gums.)

The rest of the day was a good kind of busy: some blogging and reading this morning; devotion with Evan and Caitlin (Phillip had an early morning); some housework and homeschooling; lunch and orthodontist; more homeschooling followed by a rehearsal with Evan's choir and a performance for Caitlin's choir; then supper and talking to Trevor on the phone. The young man who will be playing the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the UNL orchestra in March has been asked to play the piano part for the same orchestra's performance of Prokofiev's Seventh Symphony in December. While it is an honor for Trevor to be asked to do this, there will not be nearly the amount of pressure on him for this performance as there will be when he plays the Rachmaninoff. Since the Rachmaninoff is a concerto, the piano is the featured instrument, whereas in the Prokofiev the piano is simply a part of the orchestra. The part is not as difficult, a good thing since he only has a few weeks to learn it!

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