• dailypractice,  drumgoals,  drummergirl,  drummergirldays,  endometriosis,  herstory,  Lessons

    Hiatus Over: My Lessons with Gary Chaffee, Anika Nilles, and More

    I achieved my first #100daypracticechallenge and immediately lapsed into endomeotriosis overdrive. Dealing with an illness while attempting to work, drum, be in relationship, sell a house, and move to a new city can make anyone a bit crazy. I took the time I needed to recover, am finally living in Seattle, and working on a new book (female archetypes in film; details soon). I am also resolved not to let the very misinformed press influence my book; I created a new website for Sabina Spielrein and will be updating it soon in hopes of reclaiming her (any my own) narrative. An amazingly insightful review was given in the Oxford University…

  • 100daypracticechallenge,  dailypractice,  drummergirl,  endometriosis,  practicepad

    Day #57 and The Secret History

    So, I was able to get some issues out on the practice pad and that’s about it. I’m waiting for my pre-op appointment to determine which route we’re going: laparoscopic surgery to explore what the heck is going on inside. Possible partial hysterectomy (2 week recovery; keeping the ovaries). BUT, when all else fails, #drum. I hit the practice pad, set atop my snare and focused on the metronome, nothing else. 80bpm, really concentrating on breathing and left hand exercises. Nothing too fast, nothing too involved. Just meditative flow and repetition. I’m working on being precise even when slow (especially when slow) and really learning how to switch back and forth…

  • 100daypracticechallenge,  dailypractice,  drummergirl,  endometriosis

    Day #51 and Pushing through Pain

    Sometimes your body just needs a rest. Sometimes, being down for the count is just that: your body needing time to heal and recuperate. Sometimes, “pushing through” is not to be commended or encouraged; but listening and paying attention and resting when you need it is what we should appreciate and applaud. Today, my body is in pain and it’s time to rest. Living with a chronic issue like endometriosis requires patience and the courage to say, “Toughing it out is not heroic. Resting is not cowardly.” Especially in women, it feels as though we are taught from such a young age to smile through our pain, to keep on keepin’ on,…

  • 100daypracticechallenge,  dailypractice,  drummergirl,  endometriosis

    Day #30, Matt Sorum, and Endo Woes

    Painful day today, making it difficult to sit or stand in any comfort. We did make it to a late night jam practice at the store, and I will probably have figured out the pain situation with a mix of Advil and Iced Chai enough to drag myself up the stairs to my Simmons electric kit later tonight to get the practice in. For now, I’ve put rubber tips of a thicker pair of Matt Sorum Signature sticks to run through a few rudiments. I’m interested in the difference between practicing with thicker sticks and performing with thin 5A’s. To that end, I also picked up a pair of one-pound…

  • 100daypracticechallenge,  buffy,  dailypractice,  drummergirl,  endometriosis,  Open Mic

    Day #28 and Open Mic!

    Today is our store’s Open Mic and we have been late-night practicing all week to be able to perform for our first week back after summer vacation. I was able to get a bit of paradiddle practice in on my knee while other performers used up their 15 minutes. Hey, #itcounts In other news, we’re now on Season 2 of Buffy and the BF is liking it! Spike’s introduction is one of my all-time favorite moments of the series; he’s a great addition and energy shake-up opposite Angel. Dru is as creepy as ever and I’m glad to see the little kid gone. This season builds to an incredible head and I’m…