Friday, November 30, 2012

Live Stream Tomorrow, December 1st!

If you would like to hear my MGSO concert live tomorrow night (Saturday, December 1st, 7:30 pm Eastern time (6:30 pm central time)), listen to this link at the appropriate time:
http://sites.music.mcgill.ca/webcsts/

Program:
Debussy- Nocturnes
   I.  Nuages
   II. Fetes
   III. Sirens

Shostakovich- Symphony 13
  I. Babi Jar
  II. Humor
  III.  In the Store
  IV.  Fears
  V. Career

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MGSO

Orchestra concert tomorrow and Saturday!  What are we playing?  Debussy's "Nuages" (Images auf French) and Shostakovich's Symphony 13.  I'm rocking out on English horn, which is pretty rocking in the Debussy.  The first movement is a giant English horn solo.  Take a listen!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Canada was in October.  I began my American celebration of Thanksgiving with school.  Boo-hiss!  Thankfully (har har har), class was finished by 12:30.  I went home and practiced, and then feasted with the Bolts!

My friend from church, Alicia, is from Colorado and is doing her post-docs at McGill in oncology and toxicology.  Crazy stuff!  Her mom, dad, brother, and sister, who all had the week off, flew up to Montreal to bring Thanksgiving to her.  Alicia invited me and her friend Lou to join in the dinner with them!

It was very nice.  There was a beef roast, mashed potatoes, beans and carrots, squash, bread, prosciutto wrapped around basil and melon, cranberry walnut pie, and pumpkin pie.  I had previously decided to "un-vegetarian" myself for that one meal, as to not impose on my lovely hosts.  I had a bit of everything.  I don't crave meat anymore.  I had a bit of the beef, but not much.  It didn't satisfy me in the way meat used to.  It is also interesting to note the vegetables the typical meat-and-potatoes family uses.  There are few varieties of vegetables used, and they are often done in a boring and quite tasteless way.  If anybody is curious about being vegetarian, I recommend spending some time with a vegetarian and vegan and let him or her cook for you!  It will introduce you to a new taste palate, which, you will learn to crave.

For example, my lunch on Thursday was quinoa with some sautéed mushrooms and green pepper, mixed all together with tabouli (a parsley, onion, tomato, bulgar middle-eastern combo--so good!).  That combo always gives me a huge nutrition rush.  Quinoa is a grain that is a source of complete protein.  It is important to have a mix of of colors in vegetables to get an easy variety of nutrients. Dark greens often have a huge kick of iron and essential vitamins.  I sometimes get falafel and put it on top of this mix.

Even though Thanksgiving is complete, here is a video on property rights and the pilgrims.  This is something our brainwashing schools never taught us....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thank you, Dr. Paul

Here is Ron Paul's Congressional farewell speech.


When I am sad, I listen to Margaret Thatcher.  This is my favorite.


These two people make me want to go into politics, striving to be just like them :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Advice from married women

Hello married women who read my blog!

Do you have any pre-wedding/marriage advice for me?  I really am looking forward to being married, but am having a hard time with the concept of the wedding.  I keep on having these weird dreams about it, or I can't sleep, and just prefer to not think about it during the day and night.  Is this weird?

I am trying to be cooperative with this social tradition, but I am truly terrified for the whole shindig.  In the words of Martin Luther: What does this mean?

Feel free to comment or e-mail me with any advice!

Montreal Metro

Once-in-a-while I take the metro to school.  I really am not liking it.  It is efficient and was cool at first, but really, it is filled with icky germs, is extremely hot, and quite crowded.  I feel like a factory farmed cow when I am on it.


I get on the orange line at Beaubien, transfer to the Green line at Berry-UQUAM and get off at McGill.  I do the opposite to get home.

The time tables are super fast during peak hours, and still fairly fast (a train every 6 minutes or so) during off hours.

I have been biking to school in the rain and cold this week.  I prefer that to taking the metro.  Grandma Hazel's words keep echoing in my head, "Wear a hat!  You lose heat through your ears!"  So, I follow her advice and wear a headband or hat underneath my helmet.  I also have a plethora of mittens and gloves to choose from depending on the weather.

Election 2012

I am so on edge with this election.  I keep on calling my dad for support.  Here is a neat commercial.  I saw it online a few weeks ago, but I guess it is really hitting the TV stations now: