The Mighty Zorvig

… a little fish in a big pond.


February 2016

The Wounded Gazelle

I’ve enjoyed this video quite a bit over the years. The guy seems quite stressed over this song. While I agree that the cello part is quite… boring… I feel I haven’t played this song enough to have it follow me around.

My favorite line from this is…

“… I started on a cello. Yeah, cello is a wonderful, beautiful instrument… it’s cool to be an adult that plays the cello… playing the cello as a kid sucked. Cause there’s no way to be cool when your instrument is larger than you. When you walk to school with a cello, you are like a wounded gazelle on the Serengeti…”

The other day, an old friend asked what lead me to the cello.

One of the first times I saw/ heard the cello, that I remember, was in 4th or 5th grade. The high school had come to play for us. The orchestra members slowly went through the different instruments… violin… viola… CELLO… bass… trying to teach us the differences. When they got to cello, the conductor invited one of the students up to learn a song. It was Jaws. It’s an easy song to play on cello… a fun song.

The next time I really remember encountering a cello was when I attended a band meeting at the end of 5th grade… to sign up to play flute in 6th grade. After the meeting, I walked by the orchestra classroom and heard the conductor (same one from the story above) showing off a cello to a student. I walked in… saw this wooden instrument (full size cello) that was probably too big for me to carry at the time and my eyes being bigger than my… body… I was like “I want that one.”

So there I was… a “wounded gazelle” with a 1/2 size cello that was still much bigger than my body. I was COOL. SO COOL. Now I see 1/2 size cellos and all I can think is “awww! It is so little!”

I remember our first concert in 6th grade. We were at the high school for this concert… the high schoolers were helping tune instruments. This being the first concert I’d been a part of, I didn’t know where to go or what to do. So, when some high school violin players offered to tune my little cello, I happily agreed. My A string ended up snapping and with my cello being so much smaller than the ones at the high school, there were no replacement strings. Oops. My conductor ended up tying my string back together and pretty much telling me to air bow on it. Now I can’t help but laugh… it happens but at the time, what a disaster. THE WORST. Haha.

As I went on with the cello, it became a part of me. I’m Zoë and I play the cello. I use to play the cello. I haven’t played the cello in a while. I miss it.

I should try to get back into it… over the summer. Until then, I need to look into getting a new bridge.

Not sure who made the piece of art in the first picture… but I thought it looked pretty cool.



Sailing the Ship

I saw this GIF the other day and just sat there staring at it for a while. I’m a junior in college, at least with credit hours. In my major (Mechatronics Engineering) I’m still a sophomore.  Either way, I’ve been here two and a half years already. I’m not completely sure about the “junior” and “senior” parts of this GIF but the first two parts have been so true. Freshman year was very much like sailing in the breeze… new experiences, new people… freedom. Then, all of sudden, your boat starts taking in water. You have this moment of “oh no, what have I done?” There  are more responsibilities, more homework, more deadlines, and changes in relationships. Sometimes, it feels like you are constantly trying to prevent your boat from sinking. You are just trying to stay afloat. Hopefully the next two years aren’t too much like the GIF… Haha.

This video also made me laugh the other day. I may have just been sleep deprived… or remember back to when I was learning a new program language but I couldn’t stop. I especially love the following part:

“Let’s try it, I’m good at coding. What, are you kidding me, what could be wrong?”

“You forgot a colon.”

This has happened way to many times to me while working on my programs. It always seemed to be a silly mistake too… like forgetting a colon.

I feel your pain…

I also thought this kid was way too cute. Good luck figuring out life in general, little friend. Have a great Valentine’s Day weekend, everyone. Sending much love your way!

Surprise Me, Sunset

I realized the other day… I hadn’t seen a sunset in a while. I’m usually hiding away in some classroom trying to finish up the day so I can maybe get to sleep at a decent time.

The other day, Wednesday I think, I happened to be walking to the campus cafeteria around dinner time and I look over to spot the sky on fire.

Or well… the colors of fire.

The above picture does it no justice and I’m not sure who the dude walking through is… but such is life.

I realized I need to start paying more attention to… well… everything. My family… my friends… school work… the random beauty around me.


The sunset was a nice, colorful surprise at the end of a long day…

I’m glad I happened to actually pay attention to my surroundings.

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a good weekend!



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