Teaching kids to play chamber music is exhausting. I don't quite know why it's so tiring, but it is. Because we're low on violas this week, I played in the group I was coaching today which makes things a little bit easier. I also had three really cooperative, polite kids to work with, which makes things a lot easier, but it's still really hard work. After all of our hard work, the kids played very well in their performance tonight, and they didn't even get lost in the fugue. I was surprised to find that playing with them made me really nervous. I was so afraid that I would make a mistake and screw them up, but fortunately, that didn't happen. It's one thing to completely derail a group of adults, but I'd feel really bad if I blew it in a performance with kids.
Although I've managed to finish most of my work at a reasonable hour today, the Sequoia schedule continues to be way too busy to knit. I did a few rows on my second Dublin Bay sock while waiting for my clothes to dry at the laundromat the other day, but I haven't knit a stitch since then. On Friday afternoon, my fellow teacher, Shalini and I managed to find some time to go to the plaza in Arcata to shop for shoes. While in town, we stopped in at a little shop called Fabric Temptations, and I was pleasantly surprised by the rather large selection of yarn. Since I'd refrained from buying shoes, I felt that buying three skeins of Mountain Colors Twizzle was completely justified. I think I'll use it to knit some sort of lacey, clapotis like wrap type of thing that isn't a clapotis. If anyone has any brilliant ideas, let me know.