Saturday, September 20
I discovered several things today about being entirely on my own in a town I’ve never visited before. This has been the state of things since September 1 and I haven’t been a bit concerned until now. This week I crammed all of the Vermont dots into 4 10-13 hours of driving, worried that I wouldn’t fit them all in (I’m still kinda guessing how long everything will take since I really have no interest in sitting down with the numbers…takes the fun out of things.) The only issue with cramming it all in is that, however honest my intentions are, I don’t get anything else in including practice and green dot research. And then I am left with 2 days where all I do is practice and research. I can’t cram into 2 days the same amount that I would get done in a week if I were doing it every day (Slight Edge Principle strikes again).
Unfortunately, my living situation has not been ideal and hasn’t helped with the situation. I realize that I am beginning my trip more ill-prepared than I had originally planned, having to turn my entire emergency fund toward the composer competition/premiere since other funding did not come through. I’ve been consequently laying low on Airbnb by reserving private rooms in people’s homes rather than a private studio, apartment, or house as originally planned. Yes, it saves money but the lack of privacy is wreaking havoc on my schedule.
An ideal daily schedule would be to practice from 6:00am to 11:00, drive from 11:00-6:00, take a walk from 6-7, and then do green dot research from 7-11. I know I could keep a schedule like that and be perfectly happy, however, when I am staying in homes where paper separates my room and floors rather than walls, my hosts like to sleep in, and we are sharing a bathroom, and there is no room in the kitchen or fridge for me to store anything much less cook, everything goes by the way side and I end up spending as much time in my car or at coffee shops as possible.
And then there’s the car situation. It’s funny cause I keep vacillating between being excited that I am using my Nissan and even wondering if I could finish the entire trip with her, which would get her up to around 350,000 + miles…hmmm. One minute I’m excited we’re still together but then the next minute when she’s struggling up a hill and I have to pull over to let some newer car fly by me I really, really would like to be in that faster car. Hey, at least I have a car that’s running. She’s getting louder and louder though and I thought I heard the beginnings of a death rattle…understandable since I’ve put almost 10,000 miles on her in the last 3 weeks and she started with 200,000!! Secretly, I think that she’s happy to be along…we have an understanding. Fingers crossed…