Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wake Up With Fiona

Good morning to everyone from Baltimore! I have had a pretty lazy first half of the day, and I thought I'd show you. Plus it gives me an excuse to share about some BSA music! YAY!!
In the morning, food it probably my top priority. I decided to read one of my photography books while enjoying Sanpellegrino (is that how it's spelled?) and a granola bar. Peanut butter granola bars are the bomb.
After sitting on my iPod surfing the internet, my dad kindly dragged my super heavy school bag into my room and I started homework... on a Saturday morning. Since it's only the first week of school and there's a three day weekend, I don't have any written homework. I do have practice though. If you didn't know: I'm a freshman at Baltimore School for the Arts in the music department (singer). I have a lot of practicing for chorus and for the opera scenes. I kinda got distracted and started taking pictures of my music...
These are the contents of my school bag. It's a lot. I have 9 periods per day (including lunch) starting at 8:30 am and ending at 4:15 pm.

 Every year, the entire vocal department puts together a huge show called Opera Scenes. It's a compilation of scenes from different operas, and most people are in the chorus parts of the numbers, but some lucky people (who can't be freshman) get to be in octets, duets, trios, etc. The show is huge and I'm actually attending school on some Professional Development days for rehearsal. I don't mind because I love the school and I love what I do. There are quite a few scenes, so I can't remember all of them, but I'm slowly adjusting to the fast-paced learning at the school.

There is also a chorus, but instead of only vocalists singing, it's the entire music department. No matter what you play, you will get a vocal placement (bass, alto, soprano, tenor) and be required to sing in the chorus. We are currently working on Haydn's music. The music has many key changes, and I can never hear my part when I'm sitting in the middle of the alto section (I'm a mezzo-soprano/alto) because there are so many sopranos singing... on the other side of the room. The rhythms can be complicated too.
Even though it's terribly hard work, I still enjoy it because I love music more than anything. I don't even consider it work. I think of it as effort. 
I'll have more stuff up about school and other topics ASAP!
Have a great day!
-xox Fiona

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mornings on the Porch

Hello! This morning I decided it was a good idea to finally leave the house and sit on the porch with my camera, and I chilled out and took pictures.
My dad loves hanging plants... a lot.

Here is some plantography. I can safely say that I have an obsession with taking pictures of plants.

My little brother, Liam, spilled wax on the sidewalk. 

As I was sitting on the porch, my dad left to take Gus for a walk.

I was wearing a very comfy shirt. I wouldn't wear it out because it's cropped, but it's great for bedtime! 
Have a great day!
-xox Fiona

Throwback Sunday?

Hey! You're probably used to hearing the term "throwback thursday." This post has been in my drafts for a while, and I really want to show these pictures, so I present: Throwback Sunday! These pictures don't have caption, but they are at least a year old. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Coffee Breaks 2

Hello, everyone! I am back... finally. I got very lazy again, so I ended up not blogging, but I really missed it. I'm starting school this Monday, and I may not be blogging everyday, but I plan to make a schedule so I can post consistently. If you didn't know, I'm attending Baltimore School for the Arts (I'm a freshman) as a singer. School starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:15 PM. Once I get home I'll take an hour to wind down, but then I do my homework (parents of other students say about 3 hours), and after that I practice my music for a very long time. It will be very, very time consuming, but I think it will be worth the effort in the end. I'm also really excited to finally switch schools! I started at Roland Park in kindergarten and went there until 8th grade. They don't have a high school section, so I have to switch. Luckily I got accepted to my top choice. I've already made friends with a girl one year ahead of me, and many of my friends from Roland Park and TWIGS are going to the school.
I honestly am super duper excited and I can't wait!
-xox Fiona

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

This post is very quick & I didn't bother with the formatting for this because that is the least important thing about this post. I just wanted to say RIP to Robin Williams. He was a great man full of talent. He was a legend. The world had lost great talent. He will be missed greatly. He brought smiles to so many people and we will remember him for all of the happiness he brought to the world.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Organization/Time Management Tips

Hi! I'm very bad at organizing and managing my time. I've tried to fix it and I've gotten advice from many people. It's good advice, but for some reason I never take it. Since it's back to school time, I figured I could give some of those tips.
The first tip that I always hear is to have a certain spot for everything. It's good for people who always forget where they put things. I always try to put stuff back in it's special spot, but I get lazy & I don't do it. That is something I definitely need to work on. This also would work for sections in a notebook. If you put all of your math work in the first section & all of you science work in the second section, you won't have to look through your math section for missing science papers.

The second tip I have is to have somewhere where you write down everything you have to do. It could be on your phone or on paper. As long as you keep track of what you have to do, this should work. It also helps if your cross off what you've finished because 1. It will help you feel accomplished and 2. It will prevent you from doing something twice. I like to use a weekly planner to see what I have to do. Writing something down as well as having it in my mind. I also enjoy carrying around pretty looking planners.
As for time management, always check your schedule before you plan something & give yourself a little bit of extra time for each thing you plan so that you don't feel too rushed. Also, don't overbook yourself... even if you have plenty of extra time. Everyone needs down time.
If you have any organization tips, feel free to comment them below!
Have a great day!
-xox Fiona

Weekly Updates

This is me currently. I'm not wearing makeup because I got an eye infection and used my eye makeup before I realized I had the infection, so my eye makeup might have the bacteria on it. I'm gonna throw it all out and replace it. I won't be wearing eye makeup or posting makeup tutorials for a while.
I also made a second instagram account specifically for my photography. I edit all of the photos on that account using the app Afterlight. It's definitely one of my favorite photo editing apps.
I've been using tumblr & instagram a lot lately. I don't know why I'm suddenly obsessed with those two apps. Last Summer, I taught myself tumblr CSS, so I've been working on a couple of tumblr themes. I'll be working on the CSS a lot today, and I'm really excited.
Have a great day! 
-xox Fiona