Love, friendship, scales, and sleep

The Valkyrie and I have been having some relationship problems.  I’m not sharing the details publicly, but we had a really good talk tonight and made some decisions about where to go from here.  We’re both committed to fixing things, so I’m confident that we can sort it out. We might do couples counseling if we can’t do it on our own, but the fact that we’re both willing to work on making things better says a lot. We had to do counseling once before, ten years ago, and it made a huge difference, so we’ll take that step if need be.  She means the world to me.  Wish us luck.

Remember my BFF that I stopped being friends with in January? Well, we’re BFFs again. Spent the afternoon hanging out and everything was perfectly cool and I am SO HAPPY.  We had chatted a bit on Facebook over the last few days and I spontaneously asked if I could drop by while I was running errands today. She said yes and there was SO MUCH HUGGING and it’s like we were never apart. I’m utterly delighted.

Last night I downloaded a music theory app that includes scale work, and I’m quite pleased about that.  Not only am I getting to memorize scales, but I can also do them on a digital cello fingerboard so I know roughly where the notes are.  Obviously it’s no replacement for my actual cello, but it’s teaching me (for example) that F on the C string is at the same spot as C on the G string, and that is very useful knowledge to have.  Doing the scales was a real mental workout.  It’s been a long time since I’ve learned something radically different, as opposed to extending knowledge on an existing topic.  I’m quite enjoying it!

I seem to be having a sleep problem this week. I have sleep apnea. Around 1pm every day I’m having to take a nap whether I want to or not. Twice this week it’s happened while I’ve been running errands and I have taken 40 minute naps the car in parking lots. It’s like I was before I got my CPAP machine 1.5 years ago, and that scares me a bit. Maybe I need more air pressure now? Maybe I’m taking my mask off in my sleep too often? No idea. But I kept it on all night last night (woke up with it still on) and I still napped in the mall parking lot. Bizarre. If it’s still going on by Monday I’ll make a doctor’s appointment.

I have a weird tender lump in my jaw. It wasn’t there when I went to bed last night.  BFF says pulled tendon. MIL says swollen lymph node. (Both are nurses.) If that’s not gone by Monday I’ll go to the doctor for that too.

Okay, enough babbling.  I have some bass clef sight reading to practice…

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