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Will flute lessons be the death of me?

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Urgh.  Today is Kiki’s first flute lesson.  The problem?  I forgot to buy her lesson book.  I have this really bad issue lately of not being able to plan ahead at all.  I am barely capable of taking one day at a time.  Now, “one day at a time” might be a good mantra for dealing with the emotional stress of life, but it doesn’t work very well for getting things done

The dang flute has already cost me the better part of an entire month’s pay.  Granted, I work 10 hours a week, so I don’t exactly rake in the big bucks, but still, it’s all I have for any extras.  As you can imagine, “extras” this month have been slim to none.  I am already going to have to ask my mom if she’ll pay the whole lesson fee this month because I can’t afford my agreed-upon half.  Then the teacher emailed me the name of the lesson book Kiki will need.  Crap.  Of course she’ll need a book; I would’ve known that if I’d thought about it… but I didn’t.  Think.  Well, the teacher said they carry them at the same place we had the flute repaired, so since I waited to the last minute I made this great plan – swing by the music store on the way to lessons, no big deal.  And it is almost “on the way”.  The wrench in this “well thought out” plan?   The music store is open Tuesday thru Saturday.  This is Monday.  Crap.  So I’m looking in the phone book for any other near-by music store, and I find one that is as close to “on the way” as the other – yay!  Except when I call, they don’t have the book I need.  Crap. I make other calls, and I finally find the book – all the way across town.  Well, all the way across the next town over…  and Alan has given me strict instructions not to drive any extra miles for the next week and a half because we are broke broke broke.  And my car is a gas hog. Crap.

She has to have the book.  I am going to have to drive across town to get it.  Across two towns.  If I was lucky – and clearly, I am not  – Scott would be at work and he’d be none the wiser.  But no.  Of course this is his day off.  I hope he doesn’t ask too many questions… I am not going to offer up any more explanations than he directly asks for!

Ah, dang…. did I blow it again?

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Yeah.  So, I did this fabulous thing.  I’ve really been wanting Kiki to learn to play an instrument.  One of the downsides to homeschooling is that you don’t have the stuff that public schools offer, like band, and choir, and drama… anything you want your kid to learn or be involved in you have to – A) find it & B) pay for it.  We did piano lessons for about 6 months, but her teacher was a college student and moved back to Colorado when school was out, so that was the end of that.  Besides, we were using a ‘borrowed’ piano and had to give it back when we moved.

Recently Kiki decided she’d like to try the flute.  Which I thought was a great idea because “YAY” we could get a free flute!  See, Alan’s brother played the flute in high school, and his mom still has his old flute, which is supposedly a good one – a “step up” from a student flute, all sterling silver, etc.  It came in the mail today, and we were soooo excited!  I have already contacted a teacher, asked my mom if she’d pay half the lesson costs, etc.  Awesome, right?  Well, maybe not so much. 

Here’s the problem. This flute is like, what, 35 years old?  So, it’s going to need some refurbishing, 0r whatever it is they do to flutes.  I have no clue – in fact, when I called the music shop (recommended by the teacher) to ask about getting it ‘up to snuff’ I couldn’t even answer his questions because I don’t know jack-diddly-squat about flutes.  Or music.  Or doing smart stuff.  Apparently. 

 I did a little research on the internet (after the fact, of course!) and found out that it can cost between $200.00 and $600.00 to get a flute all… I dunno,“whatever-ed”.  Not such a “free” flute.  Of course, the flute itself is supposedly worth more that that… but, I am poor which was the whole “yay” part of that free-flute-deal.

Sigh.  I am taking it in to let the repair guys see it tomorrow.  I’ll let you know if flute lessons are really going to happen or if I’m gonna have to get a second job first!