I did it! I am now a member of the Austin Symphony. I guess the triple threat of general ambivalence, lack of preparation, and a quality hotel room worked for me again. In Richmond, some of my colleagues and I liked to say "Good job bear, you did it!" after someone had played something particularly well. This was because one of our violinists has an adorable little boy who said this to his grandmother after the Trepak dance in the Nutcracker which features a giant dancing bear. The bear gets a special bow, and the little boy was quite impressed. As my friend Kitty would say, oh for cute! Thanks to all who wished me luck. I think it helped.
After the audition I met Amanda, my BFF from 7th grade, and a resident of Austin for lunch at a delicious Indian restaurant called the Clay Pot. After that, I went to Hill Country Weavers. I think I have a new favorite yarn store. Not only is it chock full of every kind of yarn a gal could want, it also has the nicest yarn store ladies EVER. I went in there with my viola and they were all "Ooh! What's that?" and "Would you like to set that down over here while you shop?". When I was checking out, the woman who was helping me asked if I'd like her to wind my yarn, and I told her that I have a winder and swift at home, but that I still manage to make a mess of my yarn about half of the time. She said "Well, let me give you a little lesson," and she gave me some valuable pointers. Since the audition had gone well, I may have gone a little overboard with my yarn purchases, but I felt like I needed a reward. That's two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Vera colorway, a skein of Claudia Hand Painted Sport Weight (a first for me) in Turquoise Jeans, and a skein of Mango Moon Recycled silk yarn which I think I'll use for me Funky Scarf Swap scarf.
One last thing before I retire for the evening...Bob and I went to see Little Miss Sunshine tonight and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It was smart and funny at the same time, and one of the best movies I've seen in awhile. It also reinforces the idea that Geeks are Good, and that is always a good thing.