I woke up at 5.30 after eight hours of sleep, so that was a good start into the day. Meditated, wrote morning pages and a bit of novel. Got up and made breakfast on time, ate with the boy in silence while reading and when he had left I wrote some more words on the novel.
My husband showed up and we talked at length about something I don’t remember now but then I told him about something I found out about the Thunderbolt ports on my laptop which led to a lengthy discussion of how to clean said ports. I ordered caps for them and almost a can of air but then remembered that the boy might have one already. And then I stressed out because I had promised to help choosing a digital piano for a new student and didn’t quite know how. Last time I bought a digital piano was in 1990 and the last time I helped a student buy one there still was a local music shop.
Then we talked through a project of my husband’s, putting some see-through roofing over one of the wood piles and part of the deck. He held the material while he was trying to cut it with a handsaw. Fortunately it worked, so we won’t need to buy new tools for this.
I went to the health food store in the heat, came back and helped peeling potatoes and then I dealt with all the laundry. The boy had asked in the morning what was wrong with the laundry. Well, what was wrong was that I hadn’t had the time or energy to deal with it. There were two loads hanging there dry and clean and another one sitting in a hamper that was already folded but not put away. Always remember that laundry has three steps: 1. Wash, 2. Dry, 3. PUT IT AWAY GODDAMMIT! I usually follow those rules but there was some serious overwhelm and the hamper full of folded socks to be put away sat on the dresser for two weeks and accumulated more clean laundry. At least it was clean but the poor boy didn’t have a single clean t-shirt in his room.
Putting all that laundry away made me seriously happy.
And then we ate lunch:
The boy ate lunch upstairs with his grandmother. He and I talked a bit afterwards while I procrastinated about the piano research (the dishes had already been done) and just after he left did I realize that there was another load of laundry sitting in the washing machine. So I got ready for teaching and then quickly hung that up. Fortunately my husband could help me so we got done in time for my first student.
The boy and I had talked about the canned air-thing and he said he didn’t want to spend money on something like that and that discussion made me realize that I could also use the vacuum cleaner on those ports with the attachment for cleaning computer keyboards and such. Which I right before said first student. I’m not sure yet but it might have helped with the Thunderbolt connection issue.
There was another potential new student coming after that (and she will be starting lessons with me after Pentecost break) and then all the other students. I got the piano research done in a short ten-minute break before I needed it. Phew.
Then two more students, one got a list of pianos to look at and the other got a lengthy lecture about sound and overtones and sound in singing and then I was somewhat done with the day.
I started writing this post, got ready for bed and planned for today.
On that list is: running, quite a bit of teaching, maybe working on the podcast and making pizza dough for Friday. It seems to be one of those weeks.