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    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…

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    Day #58 and the Home Set-Up

    Upstairs loft: electric kit with speaker so that Bass and i can play together. I get super into the funky pre-set beats when I jam by myself and love the Simmons simplicity. I haven’t yet found the best way to fix the delay that happens between hit and sound through the speaker, but I do love that I can play this and warm-up at any hour. 12:15 AM and while it doesn’t provide me with the acoustic catharsis of my set or transfer actual skills, I do appreciate being able to sit and focus and move in familiar patterns. I also had my Oncology appointment today: about ten tubes of…

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    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…

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    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,…

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    Day #31 and Climbing

    Awaiting insurance authorization for my procedure; taking it easy until word comes from the doctor. Until then, step by step. I did make it in to the store to practice 4 songs, warm-up for about 10 minutes with single and double-stroke rolls, and attempted to create fills with triplets filling 16th notes. In my attempt to ease the pain with Advil, I accidentally dropped one and my puppy, before I could pick it back up, ate it! So, we took him into the vet and while everything is fine now, we do have to administer antibiotics every few hours through the night. The little baby. He’s a trooper, though, and it’s clear…

  • 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…