the stories of a los angeles violinist

around here lately // 012

Added on by Jordan Martone.

it's time for my favorite kind of post! the kind where i just dump everything that's been on my mind. there's happy and sad in this one.

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unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the wizarding world of harry potter opened at the universal studios in los angeles. my middle school strings kids have been all kinds of excited about it, and i made the popular decision to teach them how to play a harry potter medley for their june concert. they love me. the two girls pictured above got in the spirit on opening day. (they're some of my favorite kids for obvious reasons.)

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this is a snippet of what i share on my sticker instagram. i made all the stickers you see here. this has also become my most liked picture so far. moral of the story, put a cactus on it. 

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i have sprouts! every year i find great value in keeping a windowsill pot of basil to use in my weekly cooking. i use basil in large amounts during the warmer months. in pastas, dressings, bruschetta, etc. and rather than running to the store to purchase over priced basil bunches that wilt within a day, having a living basil plant that's ready to use at my disposal makes much more sense.

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joe and i had a rare lull in our teaching day last week where we got to grab lunch together. it's little moments like these that make the long days shorter and the loud kids quieter. 

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i woke up the other morning and i stared out my kitchen window with my coffee in hand. i thought about how lucky i am to have this little space to share with my husband. we're trying a new health kick for a variety of reasons, but it's made me look at my kitchen differently. admittedly, i'm a much better baker than i am a cook. i have a fault of not putting enough priority on healthy meals and more attention to the cheesecake brownies i've been itching to make. this is a surprisingly hard transition for me; away from sweets and towards healthy meals.

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i've been binge watching game of thrones. i'm on the train now, guys. and my respect for peter dinklage has gone through the roof. plus, look at this picture!!

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remember that album joe and i played on forever ago? (almost a year and a half, actually.) it comes out may 6th! if you're a beatles fan, you'll love this. if you're a jazz fan, you'll love this. if you like intelligent music, you'll love this. i'm super proud of what we made together and i'm ecstatic to see how it touches people.

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pro tip for teachers, when you don't want to dress up for work but you still want to look professional, just put a blazer on it. unbuttoned, of course. then put on a dramatic eye. fools 'em every time.

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*on a more serious note*

the slocum family has had a rough week with the passing of our family friend, greg murai. it was sudden and completely unexpected. greg was a friend of my parents and was involved in my life at a very young age, when we lived in northern california. i have only the most vague memories of  him but his lasting impression on my family is an imprint. just last christmas, my mom's children's choirs sang his arrangement of "i've got a golden ticket" for their concert. he impacted more people than he knew, due to the everlasting power of music.

greg was an amazingly intelligent musician and a wonderfully giving person. he is already terribly missed.