west side story

This week has not started out brilliantly. I complained over the weekend that I didn't have yesterday off; I wanted a three day weekend. I got my wish, sort of. I spent my day off sick. After having been up half the night Sunday night. I will spare you the details, but let's just say I spent some quality time with my bathroom. I don't know if I ate something bad or if it was a bug or what, but it was not pleasant.

I felt quite a bit better by yesterday evening and slept all night. I woke up hopeful that was the end of it. By some miracle, it was the end of it, because I went into the bathroom, flipped on the faucet to brush my teeth and nothing but a slow trickle came out. And no hot water, only cold. I dug out the emergency maintenance number to report the problem. I explained that we had no hot water. The lady on the other end of my phone asked me if I was sure we had any water at all, because "yeah, a lot of people are reporting that they have no water." Sure enough, when we tried the water again, it trickled, sputtered, and then nothing.

If not for our Brita pitcher, we wouldn't even have been able to brush our teeth & wash our faces. And let's not even DISCUSS the situation I would have been in had this happened yesterday.

At any rate, turns out a water main busted in Jersey City and they're working on it. I just got home and there is some water now, minimal water pressure though and no hot water. We're under a "boil water" advisory. And who knows when the hot water will be back. Right now I have water to boil on my stove, so I can then cool it off and put it through the Brita so we have some water to drink/wash/brush teeth/feed cats with. Ugh.

Not a good start to my week. So let's just hope it doesn't get worse (KNOCK ON WOOD). I have dress rehearsal tonight for wind ensemble. Our first concert is next week. We are doing West Side Story, but not the full show - it is wind ensemble and choir, in an arrangement done by the wind ensemble director. Tonight we have our last rehearsal, with the singers. Last week, we were given a warning that it wasn't good enough and that if it isn't up to par this week, we'd do dress rehearsal, send the singers home, and proceed to start working the entire thing front to back.

This piece is HARD. It shouldn't be that difficult, but it's a style I'm not used to playing. I have never played in a pit orchestra, and this is a totally new kind of thing for me. I'm getting it, but I'm struggling some. And my lesson teacher is no help. But that's a story for another day.

I hope this week turns around now and we have a good rehearsal tonight. I want to do well with this, I have practiced it a lot and I really hope I'm ready.

Plus, rehearsal normally ends by 9:30 -- if I have to stay later than that to keep rehearsing, I'll fall asleep. I'm getting old, I can't be out that late!



Elena said...

I'm sorry your week started out that way.

West Side Story is so great. Good luck, I know you'll play beautifully. :)

maresi said...

just try to think of your goddaughter during that song with her name in it!!

But seriously, what a crummy few days. gross. just keep thinking december 5, december 5

Anonymous said...

Wow..that is a very crummy start to the week. I am very glad though to know you are feeling better. I know for the show you will do a fantastic job! You always play so beautifully! (You should talk to Peter about playing in the pit! I am sure he has a few stories to share!!)

Praying that fresh CLEAN water happens sooner rather than later!


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are sharing your musical gifts. That will keep you young and inspire you to stay up late like the young kids do.

Hope your internal and external plumbing are functioning.


Katherine said...

I LOVE West Side Story - remember the "Bang!" incident at SU? Hopefully nothing like that happens again.

Hope you're feeling better - I was in your position two years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday and hope it never ever happens again to me or anyone I know!

Thais said...

hope you are feeling better---when and where is your concert?

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