November 2017 Books

Children of the Fleet, by Orson Scott Card: It’s been quite a while since OSC really impressed me with a book, and this is yet another disappointment. It’s basically Ender’s Game, only not remotely close to the brilliance of that novel. It’s set at Fleet School, which is what Battle School has morphed into after the 3rd and final Formic War. The story features a completely unlikeable main character, Dabeet, and I had to really push myself to keep reading. Sad after the greatness of the original quartet, and even the first couple Shadow novels were quite enjoyable.  Continue reading “November 2017 Books”

Wrapping up Tour

Tour, Day 12
We left Schaumburg and headed to Ottawa, IL for an afternoon concert. The band was playing in a gymnasium, which was actually a lot of fun. There’s definitely a different vibe for gym concerts. The gym was hung with championship banners, the majority of which featured the high school’s band program rather than its athletic department. Domingos was conducting, and our friends Karl and Angie were able to attend as well as their daughter and Karl’s parents and grandmother.  Continue reading “Wrapping up Tour”

Schaumburg, IL: Sculpture in the Cold

Tour, Day 11
Lexi and I met up for a fun girls-only lunch on Saturday. We decided to go to Weber Grill since the wait at Egg Harbor Cafe was ridiculously long. I was able to get a fairly healthy chicken dish and subbed out the included mashed potatoes for a second vegetable side of green beans. It was tasty and I was happy to eat a lot of vegetables after a fairly unhealthy diet so far on tour!

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North Olmsted, OH: Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon

Tour, Day 4 (Continued)
I left Youngstown ahead of the band because I wanted to detour a bit to visit a Trader Joe’s. I took my time and also went in a Target, so I arrived at the North Olmsted (a Cleveland suburb) hotel just after the band got there. By the way, here’s a random storefront in Youngstown that made me laugh:

It’s not exactly a name that makes me want to go buy my bras there.  Continue reading “North Olmsted, OH: Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon”

Youngstown, OH: Food and a Local Distillery

Tour, Day 3
Not much happened on day 3 of tour. We worked out, we packed up, we hit the road, we quickly realized that if Domingos was coming with me he absolutely couldn’t be driving because of the flood of work emails and calls and texts (cue a super-fast Chinese fire-drill right before the toll plaza). We checked in to our hotel in Youngstown, Ohio, I practiced, and we left for the concert. Super exciting!

Venue #3

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