Flemish Belgian living in the US, and eternally amazed at the world around her. Knitter, (sometimes) yarn spinner, flute student, returning long distance runner, historian of China and East Asia. Opinionated about chocolate and beer.
Earlier this week, my flute teacher gave me a little shopping list for music, and be still, my heart… Mozart K. 314, the second flute concerto in D major, has been on my flute bucket list since the very early days of flute-mania. Its final movement never fails to cheer me up. It’s likely you heard the tune somewhere before, it’s very “hummable” and it’s hard to believe this piece was originally composed for oboe because it sounds so good on flute.
If you think it’s just me who feels it’s a joyful piece, check out the full concert with Emmanuel Pahud playing this in 2001 in Istanbul (starting at 25′), who simply dances his way through the whole thing with the Berlin Phil conducted by Mariss Jansons, making it all airy and light and happy.
(Backyard Wildlife College, Allentown PA, est. 2017)
Infrastructure improvements at Backyard Wildlife College
On Friday evening, we arranged for some improvements to the infrastructure of the College.
With the fear of frosty mornings a few weeks behind us, the little patio was repopulated with its usual sojourners: a small selection of herbs, a couple of succulents, and a growing collection of carnivorous plants.
We opted for an experiment in full soil growth, with a random mix of herbs and flowers, including some rescues.
1. Petunia. A freebie that was table decoration during an open house at Muhlenberg College, rescued from oblivion at the end of the session.
2. Lemon Bee Balm: useful for all sorts of things apparently, but let’s first see if it grows and provides some flowers for the bees and bumbles on the BWC campus. Continue reading →
Yes, I am now known as “she who knits during meetings” and I have to say it is one way of keeping my ears focused on meeting materials. My meetings are always productive, and in cold meeting rooms I can keep myself a bit warmer than my other female colleagues, with a sweater or afghan in progress on my lap. Wool for the win!
Ja, ik ben intussen gekend als “die die breit tijdens vergaderingen” en ik moet zeggen dat is een van de manieren waarop ik mijn oren kan toespitsen op de vergadermaterie. Mijn vergaderingen brengen dan ook altijd resultaat, en in koude vergaderlokalen kan ik mezelf wat warmer houden dan de meeste van mijn vrouwelijke collega’s, met een trui of deken op mijn schoot. Gered door de wol!
These socks were not exactly large enough to do so, but they are a tangible result of a few faculty and department meetings. I think I also had them with me during AAS.
Deze sokken waren niet echt groot genoeg om dat te doen, maar dit is wel het tastbare resultaat van een paar faculteits- en departementsvergaderingen. Ik denk dat ik ze ook tijdens AAS mee had.
I have this irrational habit of procrastinating by reading how-to-get-organized books and articles. I am always looking for the holy grail of productivity, and although I know it doesn’t exist, it hasn’t stopped me from going “oooh! Shiny!” when I see something interesting or new I haven’t heard of yet, and then reading all about it.
In the end, it always comes down to the same list of recommendations: keep track of what’s going on or needs to be done and don’t keep it in your head, review regularly what you’ve got on all your lists, break the large projects into small bites, and begin doingsomething. That “something” should in my case not be “read more things that might get you unstuck” because I am not really stuck, I’m just lazy and sometimes lack internal motivation. Nothing quite like a deadline!