I just thought I'd come to Livejournal to complain about the fact that my stepdaughter has taken up the trumpet, an instrument for which she demonstrates no natural affinity. She refuses to practice without someone listening to her, and constantly asks for reassurance that she sounds better (she does not). I'm sure she will get better, with practice, as people do, although she has already given up on 2 other instruments (guitar and flute) because they are "too hard." The band teacher has informed us that she will be kicked out of the band unless she documents 30 minutes of practice a day. My brain is on fire.
Also, I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to whatever it is that she puts on the trumpet, something that smells evil and oily and alcoholy, a smell that lingers after she puts the instrument away.