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Back to normal…or not.

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Things are kind of back to normal after my exam, except I was busy preparing for that exam for so long that was my new normal, lol. Now I don’t quite know what to do with myself.

Urgently need to start working on the grade five theory of music though. The 3hr long exam is on October 14.

Not sure if I’ll pass the practical. I set myself a bit of an impossible task with the whole thing. And I worked hard, but not necessarily ‘smart’. Plus, I kept getting interrupted by trips to the hospital and bouts of flu. Guess I’m just trying to validate a possible (probable?) fail. Will find out in a couple of days, anyway.

Something else I will be doing in early Oct. will be to sit in on a young girl’s Royal School’s piano exam as an interpreter. The examiner apparently has a very strong British accent and the Afrikaans-speaking children battle to make out what he is requesting them to play as far as the scales and oral part of the exam go. So I will be there to ‘translate’ if needs be and just generally set her at ease. I actually wasn’t overly keen on the idea of doing this but then I though, hey! This is after all my year for getting out of my comfort zone. So I will do it, much to the relief of my new music teacher, who was having a hard time finding another person to translate who can speak English and Afrikaans and has a working knowledge of music terms.

I will get paid for it, too. They insist. I will buy myself a new rose bush with the money. Maybe one with a musical name to commemorate my first job as an interpreter like the Mauve Melodee or Harmonie rose. Or I’ll just get the Alec’s Red, which I have had my eye on. Not such a fun name, but apparently a gloriously scented rose with a beautiful cherry-red colour.

As far as my health goes, I am thankfully over the continuous and never-ending cycle of flu that I was having. The MS has started up again, disappointingly enough, as I took a full 3g course of steroids mid July. I expected to be in the clear for a little longer than a month and a half.

Of course, all the stressing over the exam didn’t help much.

My legs are very numb. So numb that when mosquitoes bit me at the golf day (more about that later) I didn’t even feel it itch to scratch them. Some people might say that is downright wonderful, not to feel a mozzie bite, but I found it quite unnerving.

My feet are losing sensation by the day. As always, I worry about my ability to drive a car when this happens.

Apart from the numb legs and feet, I can feel I am getting tired more easily and that I can’t walk as far as I could three weeks ago. Not a nice feeling.

I really don’t want to go for another round of steroids so soon. I worry about bone density issues, which is a scary long-term side-effect.

I mentioned the golf day. This past Saturday was a competition day at one of our local golf-clubs and Michael’s father sponsored a hole for him to use as publicity for WeGolf (the excellent cellphone golf GPS that he is agenting in SA) So Michael hosted a variation on the popular ‘longest drive’ contest. In this version, the players didn’t have to have the longest drive – they had to preict how far their drive would be. Closest guess would win you a free version of WeGolf. Michael used WeGolf to accurately measure each drive, which was impressive to the players.

The idea was very well-received and people were enthusiast. We got great exposure and a lot of people expressed interest. Really a good day. I even helped out by sitting at a table by the tee, taking down people’s names and predicted drives. More fun than I thought it would  be, actually.

I’ll have to sign off now. I got more involved in this post than I intended and I still need to prepare supper.

So ciao for now 😉

Written by Maggie

September 7, 2009 at 6:31 pm

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  1. Sorry about the illness and the relapse issues Maggie, but the rest of the update is wonderful. Sounds like you have been busy and getting up to all sorts of fun and games. Enjoy the interpreter job could be a good income stream!


    September 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

  2. Hello Maggie…. I so enjoyed catching up!


    September 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

  3. The interpretation sounds promising! Perhaps you can do it more often?


    September 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm

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