So, to be completely honest, I thought this video would turn out to be extremely boring, but I guess I really can just talk a lot, even when I'm just at home.
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I realized that if I was going to show you guys what I eat, plenty of you guys would end up asking about why I eat the way I do. That's why my boyfriend Jon was messaging me so much near the beginning of the video... I was asking him if he'd be alright with me telling you guys about his skin. Jon has acute atopic dermatitis, and research is actually still being done to figure out what exactly it is and how to cure it. We are on a diet that takes out all inflammatory foods and puts in plenty of gut-healing foods and supplements. The theory is that Jon's gut is completely wrecked, which is being reflected on his skin.
Turns out, the diet is actually working for me too, since I have had poor digestion for my entire life. I have been noticing that Jon's skin is improving (he has large patches that are completely clear now!!), and he has been noticing that my face is slowly clearing and smoothing out too!
This is a slow journey, one with plenty of highs and lows, but Jon and I have made a promise to each other that we're in this together.
This was a completely out-the-blue "I have to film this" moment... that my boyfriend had. He had watched me play this stage once already, but he had actually watched me play the Toad version of this in Episode 1 of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and thought that was hilarious too.
So this particular stage I'm playing is the mine cart stage of Episode 2, where you play as Toadette. You chuck turnips at stuff around you while you're being transported through the stage in a mine cart.
If it hasn't already been made pretty clear, I love video games. There was about a 10-year portion of my life, though, when I missed out on the latest video games, but my boyfriend is now getting me caught up. You can imagine my excitement when I found out after I started dating him that he was a gamer.
Who knew throwing turnips was so fun?
As soon as I got well enough to speak continuously without coughing, we made this video. It just so happened that Mom was in town!
Though it might not be apparent, this video was actually filmed just before I filmed the intro and outro to the Seattle Flute Festival video. This was by far much more post-production-heavy and thus very painstaking to edit (Each "I Teach Mom How to Play the Flute" video takes about 15-20 hours to edit), as we always go into these videos with little to no preparation. :P
We ended up with 50 minutes of raw footage, which is typical for a completely improvised shoot. We ended up chatting a lot in this one, and I was so sorry to cut the footage that I decided to at least haphazardly throw all the chatty scenes together into a deleted scenes video that I have uploaded onto my casual vlog channel (JustAnotherVlaugist).
I cut awesome chatty footage like this because whether or not I like it, chatty footage tends to bog down the flow of a video. I had to keep in mind that this video is about teaching Mom how to play the flute, not about why we encourage students to go to classical concerts to learn how to carry themselves on stage. I am personally a behind-the-scenes junkie, so deleted scenes, bloopers, interviews, and documentaries are my favourite things to watch. Case in point, I have the behind-the-scenes of The Lord of the Rings memorized; in fact, I know the behind-the-scenes far better than both the extended movies and the books. So this deleted scenes video is my little gift to the behind-the-scenes junkies in my subscriber base. Hope you guys enjoy this one and glean a little insight into what is going on in our minds and how my mom and I relate to each other. :)
I know. FINALLY.
I've been sick for an entire month, from around the end of April to the end of May, and have only just regained my voice last week, so I immediately set to filming this and another video for you guys. Some other more personal things happened between the Seattle Flute Festival and when I first got sick, but I'll spare you guys those boring details.
So this flute festival was quite a different experience for me, as I've always been part of the crowd that peruses flutes and piccolos for fun and attends seminars and masterclasses at these events. This time, I was behind the booth, and man, it's fun!
If you like to talk. ;)
It's fun to talk with all the different flutists out there looking for flutes. Some people know exactly what they're looking for. Others want to learn about new flute technology. And still others are just so overwhelmed with flutes that they don't know where to start looking first.
That last set of people are my personal favourite to talk to. I didn't get to mention it in this video, since it would have made the video a little too long, but there was this young lady who meandered by our booth and looked a little lost. So I went up to her and asked her what she was looking for. She told me that she had just started playing the flute for 3 months, and her teacher just told her to "look around" at the Seattle Flute Festival.
I quickly became aware that EVERYTHING in the room was new to her.
So I walked her through what the differences between beginner, intermediate, and professional flutes were, what the piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute were, and helped her through trying the different flutes so she could feel the differences.
The most rewarding part was when her dad came by some time after she had left the booth to tell me that I had made his daughter's day. She had come in the room completely overwhelmed and extremely nervous, and apparently I helped her loosen up, enjoy the flutes, and go back to her dad with a huge smile on her face.
I often think about how I wished someone took the time to walk me through all the different kinds of flutes out there when I was younger. I always try to be that person to the younger flutists coming along this journey behind me.
Sometimes, all it takes is 10 minutes to make someone's day and inspire them to explore. :)