Category Archives: Random thoughts

Women in Music

I usually listen to NPR when I am driving around town.  Today I caught part of “Cityscape,” a local show that covers the arts in St. Louis.  Susan Slaughter, former principal trumpet of the SLSO was on the show talking about some upcoming brass holiday concerts (a yearly event, evidently.)  Susan was principal trumpet of the symphony for over 30 years.  She just recently retired, and is greatly missed.

In any case, she was talking about the challenges women playing brass instruments faced back when she was starting out (late 1960’s/70’s) and how they worked hard to pave the wave for women today.  She told a story about the former principal cellist of the symphony at the time of her audition and how he told her, years later, that he stood up and walked out during her audition, but then heard her play and hung around.  She mentioned that all she and the other women wanted was a chance to play an audition, and IF they were the best, to win.

Listening to the interview made me very emotional!  What a jerk, to walk out of an audition like that.  How is it any better that he came back because she played well?  I’m sure many men played poorly and he didn’t walk out!   I wish people would just put aside their judgemental presuppositions, and instead simply try to treat every person as they would wish to be treated.

In any case, I am certainly thankful of how far women have come.  I would never be turned away from an audition or job interview because of my gender (and string players certainly were, just not quite as recently as brass players).  It’s due to people like Susan Slaughter. I want to say, Thank you!

Here is a link to the interview.   It’s the first segment.


I am so thankful for my Tivo!  I am rarely home or available to watch my favorite shows when they come on…but my tivo records them for me to watch later.  The other best part is that I don’t have to pay attention when a show comes on–my tivo records it anyway.  Tonight it recorded a cool show I watched over the summer, “Human Target.”  I love action/spy shows–Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, Alias, etc.  And my tivo will record them all for me!  (Okay, not Alias, because that ended…but you get the point 😉  ) I never have to worry about forgetting to set the VCR.

(Yes, I’m tired.  But I do love my tivo, seriously! )

(P.S.  Jillian’s 30 day shred level 1 was pretty good–I sweated a lot and my legs/shoulders burned!  I’ll do it again a few times before moving to level 2.  Wish it were longer though…)

Week 3 of Thanks Begins

To recap:

1) My cat

2) No more election campaigning

3) Being able to afford to buy food

4) Gorgeous fall weather

5) Processed cheese

6) Good friends

7) My strong legs

8) My pumpkin bread recipe

9) Days off

10) Being able to go on cruises (on occasion)

11) Hummus

12) Comp tickets to the Symphony

13) New clothes


I haven’t been thankful for my sweetie Chris yet—and I definitely am!  He puts up with a lot from me (my perfectionist tendencies also carry over into my expectations for him , fair or not Winking smile ) but also gives a lot to me and to our relationship.  He is trustworthy, caring, cute, talented, smart, and hilarious!  I can always count on Chris to make me laugh.  THANKS Chris!!



Just a smattering of Chris pictures.  I was trying to reflect the qualities I listed:  Talented, loving, funny, and basically up for wearing a funny hat, drinking a fruity drink, or dancing…whatever it was that I wanted to do Smile


I bought a carton of delicious black bean hummus at the grocery store the other day.  I put some on my sandwich tonight instead of mayonnaise or mustard and it was DELICIOUS!

I also purchased carrots to dip in it.  I haven’t had black bean hummus before, but this was really tasty!  In fact, I’m still sitting here, an hour later, thinking about how good my sandwich was.  You know what that means:  hummus is on the list!  I am thankful for hummus (in all incarnations, from black bean to regular to spicy to garlic varieties).  I am thankful for whoever invented hummus also!  THANK YOU HUMMUS!  (trying too hard?)

Today was a beautiful sunny day.  I was walking towards my house this afternoon and I just couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of this gorgeous view.


The red color was really popping in the sunlight!

Tuesday night thankfulness

I realized that I hadn’t posted today’s “What I’m thankful for Today” post yet.  (Department of Redundancy Department?)

*ponders day*

I slept in, worked out with Mike (my trainer if you are new), grocery shopped, talked to a friend on the phone, taught ONE student, went to the gym again to run 4 miles, and now I’m winding down.  What am I thankful for?  Days off work!  I’m thankful for relaxing days like today where I have very few commitments on my time.  This sort of day allows me to catch up on errands and emails, relax, shop, unwind, get lots of good exercise, practice, whatever I want.  I’m very thankful for days off!  (My next one isn’t until next Tuesday, so…I’ll be thankful again then but have to come up with something new…)

Morning off

Ah, a well-deserved morning off!  I got to sleep in a bit and have a leisurely breakfast.  I had hot oatmeal and decided to try a container of the Chobani Yogurt people have been raving about.  I had peach flavor…um…it was nothing special.  Sorry!

Tuesdays right now I teach one student.  In January I’ll be teaching at the St Louis School of Music on Tuesdays (or when they need me…).  Unfortunately I don’t know where I’ll move my Tuesday home student to…right now I am only able to teach at home on Monday and Thursday (which two months ago seemed like MORE than enough!).  I can’t believe my home studio is actually officially full.  (I will have a waiting list, for anyone interested.  There is always turnover).  I have picked up about five new students in the past couple of weeks and I am really excited about them.  I also have a new student at the Ballet School, starting tomorrow.  So many people to teach!  It’s wonderful how (from my point of view) private music education is alive, well, and thriving!

What else is going on this week?  Well, I am probably doing another race (5k) on Saturday.  I say probably because I registered, but it might rain, and we’ll have to see how am I feeling about that.  Honestly, I’m sure I’ll run it.  I seem to have the race bug right now, and I think I can beat my last time.  Plus this will be my first alone race, and I want to see how well I can pace myself on my own.  (I am looking at this as a positive thing, as my running is something I do alone, and I want to feel confident enough to do a race alone as well!)

I feel a bit stressed lately…I don’t actually have that much to do, but with the impending holidays, time is running out on concert prep and that sort of thing.  I’ve got about four different performances at my two schools to deal with in addition to my own gigs.  I also get stressed about house cleaning–ideally I’d like to live in a clean house, but have trouble picking up after myself, and I hate dusting…so I just stress about it rather than say, spending a morning off cleaning.  Then I take it out on Chris later 😉  I just need to keep up on my to-do list so I don’t forget things.

Off to the gym!