Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Review

This week was busy. On Monday, school really started. The community college's website said that school started on Jan 22nd, last Thursday. So I go there then and find that my classroom was empty, and that school started later in two days on the 26th. (on Monday) That was frustrating! Right now I'm taking Accounting, Intro to Business, Multimedia and an online HTML class. So far so good.

A couple of recent layouts;

Train Tracks (made Layout of the Day at Gotta Pixel!!!):

(The kit is called "A Few of My Favorite Things" by Sarah B. Meyer)

Sofia (My first Senior Shoot!)

(The kit is called Sunrise Special by Sunshine Studios)

Happy New Year!
(The kit is called Good night Moon by gurlontheson)


(Good Night Moon by gurlontheson)

And lastly, with Michelle Pieters' brand new kit Winter Glow... Winter!

(Photo from her Majestic Winter Paper pack)

Thanks for looking!! :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday's Adventure 1-23-2009

Hi all. Today was a fun day. I went with my younger brothers, Dan & Matt and my Mom to a field trip. We went to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. I was also able to take my camera along, so I naturally took a few.... I mean some..... okay, a lot of photos.

We were on a guided tour guide. This is a homeschool support group, so there were kids of all ages there. The first stop was drums. Yep, drums. La de da.

The tour guide, Jack, talked about how where drums were used, and mentioned that most people immediately thought of Africa, but rarely remembered that Indians (Or rather, American Natives) also used drums for communication. For the record, that was the first group I thought of. ;-)

Being spoiled and accustomed to (mostly) classical pieces ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, Scott Joplin and E.T. Paul (really cool marching song composer), Matt didn't care for it that much at first. Dan had fun just making noise.

But after a while, the kids followed the tour guide beating to different rhythms, and making noises that made everyone either laugh or smile.

Needless to say, I was glad that part was over.

The next part was about John Philip Sousa. There was a lot of brass instruments there, some I had never heard of. That big tuba there? That's not a tuba. That's a huge "Sousaphone". Down there on the bottom rightish behind the big drum is a tuba before Sousa had changed it to make it fit around a person (which is what we picture whenever we think about the tuba)

Down there on the bottom left, that golden horn sticking up there; that's the horn I had never heard of before until today. It's called a baritone. Gee, I thought that was the singing range between tenor and bass.

There was also some clarinets, a bass drum and a snare drum. Oh, and some trombones.

Another interesting factoid I learned was that, according to the tour guide, there were no trumpets in Sousa's marching bands. The trumpet hadn't been invented yet! There were horns, bugles and cornets.

(FYI for the photographers: the white balance may be bad, but its not that far off. The room was painted a strange hue of green)

After we left the Sousa area, we were brought to various other things, not all of which I took pictures of. I did of some though. ;-)

A banjo and a mandolin. (You can tell the lighting was bad. I love my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8!!!)

A really old old Steinway from 1905

Accordions, an organ, and a HUGE doublebass!! (Sorry for the bad reflections, glass, you know.)

And some other noisemakers....

And now, some guitars....

At the store, they had some fun items. Including things that made loud noises which the younger children automatically began to play with. I wonder how the store clerks survive.

Yes, those are clocks. Pretty cool, huh? ;-)

And that was about it. For lunch, we drove to Oceanside, parked by the ocean and ate lunch that Mom had brought in the cooler. Did I mention it was raining?

We looked at the ocean for a bit, then we saw a Metrolink train, and an Amtrak cross by on the train tracks. It was awesome!!! :-D

And that just about sums up my rather long fun day. Now I need to go scrap some photos!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

History Made 1-20-2009

Today, history was made. Mr. Barack H Obama was sworn in as our nation's 44th president, the first ever black president. While I do not agree with everything he says, I can still respect his office, and really stressful job, with Iraq and the bad economy. I hope that things will improve before long.

A neat verse that I liked;

The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will. --Proverbs 21:1

Monday, January 19, 2009

My First Concert!

This last Saturday was an interesting one. After a few hours of pruning rosebushes, avoiding bees and bugs and smelling roses, my dad took my youngest brother and I to a violin concert. It was at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Before we went, my dad looked up to see who these people were who were playing.

The group is called "Interpreti Veneziani", and the instruments they played consisted of 5 violins, a viola, a harpsichord, a cello and a HUGE doublebass! And they all came from Italy! To be honest, it made us wonder "what are real musicians doing in Temecula?" lol.

Anyway, after a quick dinner from In N Out, we arrived at the theater. The music was absolutely beautiful and outstanding. Most of the pieces they played were written by Antonio Vivaldi, but there were some pieces from other composers too. (Arcangelo Corelli, Tammaso Vitali, and Niccolò Paganini)

The guy who was playing the cello made me chuckle. He was shaking his head as he played, and kept glancing over at the big gigantic doublebass next to him, and made funny expressions. I think he must have had a fun time.

The last song before the encore was jaw dropping. I've only started learning the violin nearly 2 years ago (has it been that long!?), and I didn't want to practice afterward because I didn't want to hear myself play. The song, "La Campanella" was written by Niccolò Paganini, and it was, to be truthfully honest, a bit irritating at the first. It was super high, and someone was hitting a triangle, and the pitch made my head ache. But as the song went on, it improved, and the 1st violinist was absolutely amazing. He made sounds come out of that violin that I had never heard come out of one before. It was whistling! His left hand (the one that makes the notes) was up so high, it was going where my bow sometimes goes over the fingerboard!!!! He was sliding the notes, with chromatic scales, and plucking and wow!!! It was awesome!!

The applause was really loud after that song. They played 2 songs for an encore, one of them was Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Summer piece, or at least part of it. They did a splendid job.

Once we got home, we ate freshly baked chocolate chocolate cookies and watched Hitchcock's North by Northwest with the rest of the family. It was a great night.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hello! Welcome!

Hello, welcome to my blog! I heard that for a first post, you're supposed to say something important, so here it is:

"Something important."

Okay….. maybe not…..

A little about me, my name is Alyssa (one of my nicknames is Miss Alyss), I like to take pictures, play piano, learn violin, and do digital scrapbooking. This blog is not going to have one theme to it, hence the name "miscellaneous".

For example, I can just tell a little story about my day, or maybe just post a photo;

Or maybe post a layout;

(paper and word art created by Michelle Pieters)

I think this is going to be a lot of fun!! Thank you so much for stopping by!