I seriously need to be more disciplined and self-motivated after a long and lovely Christmas break. I'd been lazy while I was away and now, I really really need to crack on!
1) Have dinner earlier (before 9pm!)
2) Go to sleep before midnight
3) Include Chopin's waltz Op. 64 (complete), Griffes' Pleasure Dome and Cui's Shandong Folk Suite and Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90 no. 1, Grieg's Cello sonata (as much as possible!) in daily practice
4) Prepare, create and revise Chinese handouts
I got up at 9am this morning, did a few hours of practice. Our neighbour, Sue, knocked on our door. Lloyd took it and then, he came into the music room and said Sue was trying to write some reports and wanted me to stop practising for a couple of hours. She was quite apologetic about it so, fair enough. She also told Lloyd about a crazy party that involved loud drunk people in our house playing the piano till 2am! They've gotta be the amazing friends of our amazing housemate's. Sue was so close to calling the Council and apparently, after much banging on the wall, the drunkards finally got the message and stopped playing the piano. They were playing on MY piano as well...
And about Lloyd's broken clock. Our amazing housemate said she knew nothing about it and the clock - which was on a stand that has 2 hooks at the bottom - just fell off in the middle of the night. Yea... right...! If people have to be gutless cowards, telling lies without thinking twice instead of owning up, then... I can only be speechless. Nothing left to say. We're "friends" but we really aren't.
Just can't wait to move out!
On the other hand, Lloyd and I had a nice afternoon wandering around town and having afternoon tea with Lee. We went to a lovely cafe in town and had really nice tea and coffee cake. It was nice to catch up with Lee.
Then, we came back, cooked spaghetti bolognaise and watched Wallace and Grommit. I used to hate it but Grommit's so cuuuute, even though I still think Wallace looks really disgusting!!
The weather's so weird. We've been having some crazy strong wind, then extremely heavy rainfall and now it's sunny. Not gonna go out though. It's still very windy out and I don't really have any reason to be out.
I got up at 9:30am today, got up and rang up the Job Centre to see if I was needed today and I wasn't. Then, I made breakfast with Lloyd and we chatted with our strange housemate while eating our breakfast. I told Dad about her weird and horrible behaviour last night before I went to sleep. He reckoned she fancied Lloyd but this idea, though sounds laughably surreal, cannot be totally ruled out. After all, we don't know why she suddenly wanted to be friends again after swearing and screaming at us at the top of her voice and ignoring us for the entire November. Anyway, Lloyd and I are just gonna be cautious. She's probably up to something wicked...
So, after she's gone out, I did some practice. I need a 45-minute programme for my solo recital on 25/1. Quite worried but I'll take things slowly because my shoulders are aching so much from yesterday's luggage-dragging... Boo!
I'm going to do some scrap-booking this afternoon. I wanna keep wrapping paper and things that are related to 2011 Christmas!!
I accidentally kissed Lloyd's Mum in the lips this morning. Not that I don't like her, she's a lovely lovely mother and all... but kissing in the lips, for me, remains being something special exclusively for the BOYFRIEND. So, I was a little bit disturbed all morning but I made use of the 3-hour train journey and read 100 pages of a novel I bought over the Christmas holiday.
Got back to the house after much effort and sweating due to the heavy luggage we had with us, we were shocked to find the bathroom window widely opened, Lloyd's special clock from bought on a holiday in the Swiss Alps smashed, my piano and one of the piano keys scratched, Lloyd's password-protected computer hacked into, 2/3 of the bottle of fabric conditioner gone... thanks to our amazing housemate. I knew something would happen over the holidays when she suddenly came up to our study one afternoon when I was away to ask Lloyd if they could "make up" and "be friends again". Some people take advantage of their friendship with others, regardless of the depth of the friendship, act without thinking, cause troubles with one motto in mind - A WORD OF SORRY CAN SOLVE EVERYTHING - Nothing's really changed. The only thing that's "changed" is perhaps we now have the extra option of talking to each other face to face, smiling and saying HI to each other instead of leaving nasty, racist messages on the fridge door.
I seriously have no time to care about her. If she wants to be childish, let her be, as long as she doesn't create any more trouble.
The funny thing is - she hacked into Lloyd's computer, read his Facebook and my Facebook messages (!?) and logged into her own Facebook account and "forgot" to log out. Who with a brain would have done that - hacked into people's computer, used it and left obvious evidence?! We knew about the hacking because of the Browsing History and because she never logged herself out of Facebook.
Anyways, may 2012 be drama-free, especially in our house. I simply can't wait to move out with Lloyd and have our own house!
Lloyd and I have been staying at his parents' place for almost a month for our Christmas holiday. It's been an amazingly relaxing holiday and I'm just so ready to go back to Manchester to start working again. We're going home tomorrow morning and my practice routine shall be resumed on Thursday. I desperately need to practise and prepare for my upcoming solo recital, which will be on 25/1. I haven't really been practising and I still have to learn the remaining 2 pages of this new piece - Griffes' "The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan" and come up with a 50-minute programme! Lots to do, big-time!
Today, I got up at 9:30am, had breakfast and a bath... took down all the Christmas decorations and Christmas cards that were hung up on a piece of string across the lounge. It felt a little strange because Christmas was just about a week ago and now it's all over I had a wonderful Christmas with Lloyd and his family though. I felt like part of the family. We spent all day eating, drinking and unwrapping presents from everyone and Santa and that was quite fun!
Our 3-week Christmas holiday's almost come to an end. Lloyd and I are cooking chicken rice with white wine, leek, mushrooms and creme fraiche tonight. We cooked this once and Lloyd's parents really enjoyed it. So, we're cooking it again.
I've done a little bit of packing as well... updated my website: http://www.stephenieleung.co.uk and now, I really should get back to my packing
Just as I'd taken down a scheduled concert off my website, I received a call from another concert organiser asking me to perform in their concert series next month. Exciting!!