Dinner at dusk.

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Hey, everyone! Good day here. You?

I was up late last night studying for a test I had in my 8am class this morning (after finishing theory homework that took longer to complete than expected), but I woke up early enough to make it to class on time. The test itself was actually pretty easy; to study for this exam, all I really had to do was read through my notes once to get the material back in my head, and then I was set. The only issue I had was with the number of acronyms we had to know for this exam. In education, there’s a a lot of legislation that has been passed that has been shortened to various acronyms. It’s a pain to memorize, so I had a little difficulty answering questions with acronyms, but I still expect a high B at the very lowest on this exam.

Theory and history were both a-okay. No problems there. Afterward, I was free for two hours, during which time I picked up the transcripts that I had ordered, rode my bike to Subway across the street for lunch, talked to my mom on the phone, and just hanging out before band at 1. I’d once again like to emphasize how much better my life is without calculus intruding upon it. It’s beautiful.

Band was nothing special (tired of being taught by TAs instead of our band director; whatever), but choir was lots of fun. It warms my heart to know that our concert is still more than two weeks away, but we’re already doing runthroughs of the full program. I love that we’re so on top of things, and we sound awesome. Sure, it kinda sucks that our director cut one of my favorite songs that we were singing, but we’ve still got the best, so it’s no problem. I’m so excited for the concert; I’m really hoping my parents/grandparents/brother (heck, maybe even a friend or two!) can make it to Lubbock to check it out.

After choir, I called the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang theatre director, John, and asked if I could bring him a form for a recommendation letter for a scholarship I’m filling out. I went to his house, gave him the form, and caught up with him for a few minutes, since the last time I had seen him was closing night of CCBB. It was great to see him! I had horn sectionals at 4, and then I ran with Conner and another guy who tagged along with Conner at around 5:30. Since humans vs. zombies is going on this week and Conner was still alive (at the time; RIP, my friend; don’t eat my brains!), we went off campus to run today, going just down Flint to a couple of parks that had tracks. It was the first time we had gone running since the week before spring break, and it was rough, though for different reasons than anticipated. Instead of my endurance failing me, it was my back; for some reason, it started hurting a lot. Maybe it was because of my running posture, who knows, but it was fine as soon as I stopped running. Don’t worry about me; I’ll figure out what I’m doing that’s causing pain, and I’ll make sure I don’t do it.

I came back to the room after running, and Andrew and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Chili’s for tonight. I asked Andrew when he wanted to go eat, and he replied with “We will have dinner at dusk.” So we waited until right before sunset and then left for dinner, just for Andrew. It was great to eat a full non-fast food meal for the first time since spring break, especially after living on spicy chicken sandwiches, instant mac and cheese, and cereal.

After dinner, we ran by Walmart to get some more milk for our room, and I also grabbed some Reeses eggs and a couple of packs of gum for snacking purposes. All good decisions. When we got back to the room, we put on the Bourne Ultimatum (we didn’t finish the other day) and watched that. I love the Bourne movies. 🙂 I think that Andrew really enjoyed the trilogy as well. Once the movie was over, we watched only one episode of Fresh Prince before Andrew hit the hay. As for me, I’m typing this up, of course, and then I plan on taking a quick shower and reading for a while. Good times.

Yesterday, the new Back to the Future: The Game episode was released, Episode 3: Citizen Brown. I finished it last night at around 9ish, and I’ve gotta, say, it’s the best one yet. This one connected to me on a more emotional level than the previous two; I can’t say too much without giving away the plot. But it’s fantastic. Again, I’m super excited for the next one! I teased Mom and Granna about how they should buy me the new Jurassic Park game from the same company to help me pass the time while I wait for the next BTTF episode, and maybe even Portal 2 as well, since it’ll probably be out before the next BTTF episode. We’ll see. 🙂

Anyway, that’s all for tonight. Goodnight, everyone! Sleep well!

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “A Million Miles Away”. Undone.

Studying…

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…so no full post tonight. Sorry, but expect a full post tomorrow. Goodnight, everyone!

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “When You Spoke My Name”. Undone.

Just another manic Monday.

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Today was a pretty good day. I didn’t have an 8am class this morning for the purpose of “individual study time” in preparation for our test on Wednesday morning, which was nice. I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep last night, lying in bed for an hour after I intended to sleep; it was really hot in our room, and I was sniffly/sneezy (my meds hadn’t kicked in yet). I fell asleep eventually and was able to sleep until about 8:40. Yay sleep!

I made it on time to my theory class at nine and to my music history class at 10, and at 11 I went back to the room and just hung out. I spent some time on the computer and ate some cereal and milk for breakfast, which was great. Band at 1, choir at 2, and then I was back at the room. I grabbed up my dirty clothes and went downstairs to do my laundry, which took a bit more than an hour and a half. During that time, I read some of the Shining and dozed a bit (sometimes both at the same time, which is difficult). When it was done, I came upstairs to find Andrew napping on his bed; I put away my clothes, cleared off my bed, and climbed in. Before I took a nap myself, I texted Andrew’s phone to wake me up whenever he woke up so that maybe we could go eat dinner together, and then I fell asleep. I next woke up at 8:30ish, looked over, and saw that Andrew wasn’t in his bed. Shrugging it off, I went back to sleep. When did I wake up? Midnight. IT’S ALL ANDREW’S FAULT (not really because I set alarms to wake myself up, but it’s just more fun to blame it on him)!

Andrew showed up right after I woke up, and we decided to watch a few episodes of Fresh Prince before going to bed. Good stuff.

That was pretty much my day; nothing else happened. A couple of people complimented me on my awesome Star Wars shirt (the two coolest shirts I own are Star Wars shirts; go figure). That was cool. OH, and the newest episode of Back to the Future: The Game was released today! It took me forever to download on Tech’s Internet, but it is now installed and ready to be played; guess what I’m doing tomorrow! 😉

Anyway, that’s all for tonight. Sleep well, everyone.

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “Homesick”. Undone. This song, along with I Can Only Imagine, was written about Bart’s father, who was lost to cancer (at least, I think that’s what I remember reading). It’s a beautiful song.

P.P.S. – I read my Bible again today. Gonna keep it up!

Out of breath.

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I woke up early this morning (in comparison to previous Sundays in Lubbock), at about 9:30, which gave me plenty of time to get ready for church at 10:30 without the feeling of being rushed, as well as time to make my bed and fix a mug of coffee. However, I also woke up with a headache, which was no bueno. I decided to go without any Excedrin at the time since I had coffee (Excedrin has lots of caffeine in it, so mixing that with a drink that has lots of caffeine was a bad idea). Church was nice. Worship was great; we actually sang a few of the older hymns (contemporary-style, of course, though it wasn’t “rock”), which is always fun, and the message wasn’t too bad either. I left the church at around 12 and resolved to eat lunch in the room so that I didn’t spend any money out of my pocket. Lunch consisted of instant Velveeta mac and cheese, which is always delicious, and I just sat around for a while before going to Quidditch practice at 2.

It was our first practice since the A&M tournament three weeks ago, but it wasn’t too rough on me. I played beater, of course, and while I wasn’t stiff or sore from lack of practice, I was definitely exhausted after playing a game of nonstop running back and forth; it was a busy beater day. I did really well, but the air is so dry and we play on a dead grass field with lots of dust, so I always have trouble breathing very deeply for an hour or two afterward, but it’s no big deal. Of course, I’ve been just a little bit sniffly since then also, but that’s also not a big deal. Gonna take some Zyrtec before heading to bed.

I left quidditch early, at around 3, so that I could take a shower before going to a fellow horn player’s junior recital at Hemmle at 4. I got clean, put on what I had worn to church, and went to the music building, picking up a bottle of smart water downstairs on my way (I have yet to feel much smarter; maybe it was defective?). The recital was very good, but I realized something: I much prefer playing solo horn music than listening to it. Don’t get me wrong, he did a fantastic job, but it’s not something that I’d want to sit and listen to for a long time. Of course, I LOVE listening to full band/symphony orchestras play, but solo horn with only piano as accompaniment is not as interesting.

I was back in the room by 4:40, just catching Andrew as he left for church at 5. At this time, I did my music history and theory reading assignments/quizzes, and I just spent some time looking around on the computer. I initially planned on doing laundry tonight, but I decided to hold off until tomorrow; the laundry room will probably be less busy tomorrow night anyway (at least I hope so!). Instead, I just chilled in the room, snacking on some cereal and Poptarts to satiate my hunger until Andrew returned, which he did at about 9:30. We ordered pizza from Papa John’s (his treat, since I bought lots of those instant macaronis for the two of us; came out even for both of us) and ate while watching the Bourne Supremacy on Blu-Ray. I had shown him the Identity a few days ago, so I figured that I’d show him the rest of the trilogy. We started the second one, but he fell asleep pretty early into it, so I stopped it and did my theory workbook assignment. I’m about to pull out my Bible and read a bit from it; I’m really wanting to get back into the habit of reading It everyday. I’ve got a plan that will take me once through the Old Testament, twice through the Psalms, and twice through the New Testament in a year. Awesome. I want to work on having more Scripture memorized by heart, so, as I read along, I plan on writing down the ones that I feel would be best to memorize. Please pray that I stick with this.

After reading the Bible, I think I’ll read a bit of the Shining before hitting the hay; my 8am class in the morning has been canceled, so I get to sleep in a bit. Yay!

Anyway, that’s all for now. Goodnight, world.

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “Unaware”. Undone.

In Brief

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I don’t plan on this being a long post, though I’ll try to keep it from being pathetically short.

I woke up this morning at 11 or so, but I continued to lie in bed until 12:30ish. I had decided last night before going to sleep that Chipotle would be a good lunch option, so, once I woke up, I got dressed, got in my car, and went to Chipotle. Delicious. I then proceeded to drive around town, stopping at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and then a different Target, just looking around. It’s funny; with Best Buy being my favorite store, you’d think I’d know how to get there by now, but I still have to resort to using Google Maps on my iPhone. Go figure.

I came back to the room at around 4 or so (I don’t remember for sure) and continued to read Stephen King’s The Shining. I’m 110 pages/13 chapters into it so far, about to start on part 3. It’s a fascinating read; it’s very much like the book in some respects, but in others they are completely different. For example, King describes Wendy Torrance as being blonde and pretty, whereas in the movie she looks like this:

What a shame.


All in all, I’m loving it, and I’ll be finished with it by the end of this week if I continue at the same pace. It’s quite a bit longer than the Accidental Billionaires is, so it’s taking more than three days.

At around 7:50, I left the room to go to a friend’s birthday party, stopping at Subway to eat a quick dinner first. I got to the party at 8:45ish (fashionably late, of course), and was immediately uncomfortable. There was lots of alcohol around, with a game of beer pong in progress. I held fast to my morals and refused to drink any of it (I used my own #soberstrong hashtag on Twitter), but I resolved to stick around for a while so as not to be rude. Though I was uncomfortable with the alcohol, I was glad to see that nobody was necessarily getting drunk; everyone seemed pretty well composed, which was definitely a relief. Other than the couple of games of beer pong and the one time everyone took a shot, everyone just stood around and talked. I ended up leaving after sticking around for a little more than an hour, and to reward my good behavior, I picked up a large vanilla milkshake from Dairy Queen in lieu of a beer. Yay Chad!

I came back to the room and opened my computer for the first time all day, just wasting time away until the time came when I would pick up the Shining again. However, Conner texted me and asked if I was game to do our long overdue Wall-E movie night, and, wanting some company (Andrew’s been gone doing Chi Ro stuff this weekend), I told him to come on over. I cleaned up our pigsty of a room before he came over, and then we watched Wall-E once he had arrived. It was a great time. After the movie was over, he messed around with my iPad a bit while I pulled out Portal on my XBox (I had resolved to introduce him to it a while back), playing through for the second day in a row. I didn’t time it this time, though. Conner seemed to really enjoy it, staying until about 2:15 when I finished it, despite the fact that I told him he didn’t have to stay and watch.

And here we are now. I’m about to get ready for bed and lie down for a while, maybe read a couple more chapters of the Shining before officially going to sleep. I’ve got church in the morning, but I got plenty of sleep yesterday and this morning, so I’m not worried about waking up on time and staying awake during the service. No worries. Anyway, I’m off to bed. Goodnight, everyone. Sleep well.

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “In the Blink of an Eye”. Undone. Another of one their great songs.

P.P.S. – If you feel the need to comment on this, please do so on WordPress, not on the FB post. I don’t want the people at the party to feel like I’m ratting them out because that’s not my intention. I’d really appreciate it.

MMMMMMCHEESE

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/I love Doritos

Today was night. I managed to wake up in time to go to my first class at 8, though I was about 2 minutes late; nothing awful, especially since I had been up so late. My motor skills were failing in my first few classes, which wasn’t terrible since we didn’t really do anything in any of them. When 11am came, instead of going to calculus, I grabbed an early lunch of spicy chicken sandwiches, headed back to the room, and set about 8 or 9 alarms for a nap; I had to make sure that I didn’t sleep through band or choir. I woke up with plenty of time to make it to band, which was boring. I wonder: was our band director on lazy pills all week? I haven’t seen him since Tuesday or Wednesday. The TAs did all the work. Oh well.

After choir had finished, I came back to the room, called the bank to sort something out (it’s getting settled, so no worries), and got back in bed, with the intention of sleeping until I woke up (i.e., no alarms). In all honesty, I wasn’t that tired anymore by this point, but I figured that, since it’s the weekend, why not so I can stay up a little late when it’s quieter in the dorms? So that’s what I did. I didn’t actually lay down until around 5; I woke first at 7ish, went back to sleep, woke up at some other time, and finally actually got up at ten. It was nice. Started at about 11:30 or so, I started playing Portal on my PC, one of the top 5 games I’ve ever played. I had been looking at videos previewing some new features in the sequel coming out next month earlier today, so I was definitely in the Portal mood. Now, I’ve played through Portal multiple times in the past, probably beating it about 12 or 13 times, and it generally takes me two hours per run; however, I don’t normally time myself, so there’s no way to actually tell, but I DID time myself today: an hour and six minutes. Whether I remember my older times or not, I’m pretty sure that this is my personal best. I ❤ Portal.

I realized today how great a year it is for video games. You've got the Back to the Future: The Game episodes still pouring out from Telltale Games, with a new 5-episode Jurassic Park game from the same company being released next month as well. Portal 2 comes out next month, Batman: Arkham City (sequel to Arkham Asylum, which was absolutely fantastic; another top 5 for me) in October, and Uncharted 3 (the first two are also in my top 5) on the PS3 in November, I believe. I'm so excited for ALL of these!

Now that I'm gonna be awake for a couple more hours at least (don't worry, no later than five, and I'll only sleep until noon or so, probably; five is what I call the "point of no return" because, if 5 comes and I'm not in bed, it's an all-nighter), I'm about to put up my computer and really start digging into Stephen King's the Shining, since I finished Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires yesterday.

Speaking of The Accidental Billionaires, I LOVED it. It was incredible. You don't understand how HUGE Facebook is until you know how it came to be what it is today. It's absolutely mind-boggling to know how much Facebook has revolutionized not only the Internet, but our social lives as well. It's an excellent read, offering much more Facebook backstory than the film that was based on it, the Social Network (though I loved the movie too). I recommend it to all of you, and I'll let you know what I think of The Shining as I work through it.

And that's all for now. Goodnight, Interwebs!

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day – "Here With Me". Undone. God is ALWAYS with us. ❤

P.P.S. – Enjoy my two favorite commercials right now (not including Old Spice) –
Doritos (title reference):

GEICO – Do Dogs Chase Cats?:

Busy Night

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I had a paper to write. It’s late now, so no full post tonight. Sorry, folks!

Anyway, goodnight, everyone. Sleep well.

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “Everything Impossible”. Undone. Always been one of my favorites…my favorite lyrics have gotta be “finding freedom by surrendering”. It’s so clever, and definitely true once you think about it. This song really talks about having faith in God and in what He can do, no matter how impossible it may seem. “I know it all seems so illogical, but that’s okay…”

P.P.S. – NO CALCULUS FOR ME TOMORROW.

Bittersweet Relief

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This morning went normally for the most part, with me waking up in time to make coffee once again, as well as make my bed, before heading to class. I always love waking up early enough to get those couple of things done. Today’s coffee was particularly good: hazelnut, if I remember correctly. Anyway, remember that last time in my education class we had worked in groups at preparing a sort of mini-lesson, which we presented to the class today. It was pretty easy; the teacher had typed up the notes we had taken in preparation and turned them into a handout for us, which was really handy and made our job easier. You know, I’m not the biggest fan of her or ESPECIALLY that class, but she definitely knows how to make sure we know the material so that we succeed in the class. Kudos to her for that.

Theory and music history went as normal, so there’s nothing to tell there, which brings us to calculus. This morning in theory class, Prof. Berry had brought up the fact that today was the last day that we could drop a class without it affecting our GPAs, which just got the wheels in my head turning a bit. As you all know, I’ve been struggling with this calculus class all semester, so I had considered dropping it a few weeks ago, but I decided to try and tough it out and bring my grade up to passing, which I have no doubt in my mind that I could have done. However, even if I HAD brought it up, the fact that I’ve only passed three assignments all semester long would have left my grade in the 60s or 70s, as opposed to the As and high Bs I have in all of the classes that I actually need for my degree. So, after talking to my mom and making sure she was okay with it, I dropped it to save my GPA – I got a 3.95 GPA last semester, landing me a spot on the dean’s honor list, and dropping calculus gives me the chance to possibly do the same thing this semester – here’s hoping. It was a tough decision to make, since dropping is essentially giving up, but, like I said, I’m confident I could have brought my grade up to passing with enough work, so I see it more as saving my GPA than giving up on passing. Anyway, moving on.

I made it back to the room in time to fix a quick lunch of instant velveeta mac and cheese (unbelievably good) before heading back up to the music building for band class. The brass were done after half an hour, and then I had choir. I’m really looking forward to our first concert! All of the songs we are singing are fantastic, and we sound great. It’s nice to be part of a men’s choir with a bunch of people who have singing experience, rather than with a bunch of high school guys who are in the choir either because they have to or because they want to go on the end of the year trip (don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Poteet choir). First concert April 15th! Be there or be square, and, no matter what Huey Lewis says, in this situation it is NOT “Hip to be Square”!

That was pretty much my day – I had sectionals at 4, which went by very quickly, and then I went back to the room, where I hung out until around 8, when I decided to take a short nap before staying up a bit late to read some more of the Accidental Billionaires. Depending on how much I get done before bed, there’s a strong possibility of me finishing tomorrow! Once I finish, The Shining by Stephen King is up next; I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I first saw the movie last semester.

That’s all, folks. Time to read for a bit before hitting the hay. Goodnight, everyone.

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “Where You Lead Me” from the group’s third studio album, Undone. That’s right, we’ve moved on! There’s lots of fantastic songs on this album, so I actually have something to say about a few of them. The chorus for this song talks about giving up everything for the will of God. It’s a great message.

Lesson learned.

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Today was a good day.

I woke up this morning pretty early, giving myself time to make my bed and fix a mug of coffee before leaving ten minutes early for my class. I was proud of myself. Aural skills was a breeze; all we did was go over some easy rhythms in triple duple meter. Simple. During my hour-long break between aural skills and piano, I read some more of the Accidental Billionaires, and I’m officially addicted. I read several chapters in that sitting…true, the chapters are pretty short, but still. I love it.

I’ve always loved non-fiction books, especially those told as stories as opposed to those that simply list facts. Back in elementary school, there were these books in the library that I called the “blue biography books”, covering people from John F. Kennedy to Benjamin Franklin to Harry Houdini, and I read nearly all of them. Those were some of my favorites back then, and since then I’ve enjoyed non-fiction books such as Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, books about the Titanic, and Michael J. Fox’s Lucky Man (I haven’t finished his The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist yet). I dunno. It’s just something about reading something true that I find a lot of pleasure in.

Moving on. Piano was a bore since we just reviewed material from last semester, but it wasn’t awful. It was nice to be sitting behind the keys again. We even played a bit of John Lennon’s Imagine at the end. Can’t wait to get that one down…great song. I ate some Chick-Fil-A after class, and then I grabbed my horn to warm up and practice a little before band class started. Band wasn’t anything special either (I know I say that a lot, but it’s always true; lots of these classes AREN’T special, but they’re not necessarily bad).

Story time. After band, I had a lesson at 2. We finished band class at around 1:45, so I took my backpack and my horn (in its case) downstairs to where Prof. Smith’s office is, put them against the wall, and walked into the restroom right around the corner. I came back less than two minutes later, but something was missing…my horn. I knocked on Smith’s office and asked if someone had brought it to him, but he said no and told me to look around upstairs, so I did. After 10-15 minutes of fruitless searching, I went back to Smith’s office. He totally had my horn the whole time. By some weird coincidence, he had walked by that area outside his office in that two-minute span, saw my horn, and decided to hide it in his office to teach me a lesson. Apparently, there have been recent thefts in the School of Music, so he wanted to make sure I knew not to leave my horn unattended, even for less than two minutes. So lesson learned: I will now carry my horn with me to the restroom.

I had a bit of a break before horn studio after my lesson had finished, so I read a bit more of the Accidental Billionaires, making it back to the music building by 5 for studio. We didn’t (technically) play at all today, so it was pretty relaxing; we listened to a few play some individual solo stuff, but I wasn’t part of that. Cool (non-sarcastic). From studio, I went back to the room, getting my homework done and then watching Fresh Prince. That was my day.

So now, goodnight. Sleep well, people.

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day – “I Can Only Imagine (Acoustic)”. Spoken For. An acoustic version of the song we all know and love from their first album, Almost There.

Naked Velcro Midgets

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/Fresh Prince of Bel-Air quote

Back to school.

Woke up this morning and made it to my education class, where we jumped right back into where we left off with preparation of a lesson for next class. After that, theory wasn’t anything special; our teacher wasn’t there for some reason, so our TA, who happens to teach my aural skills class, taught instead. We just went over more SATB part writing and such. Music history was a bit different in that we talked for more than half an hour about our concerns and issues with the class rather than being taught a lecture. We finally got to the notes with about 12 minutes left in class, so we didn’t get very far at all. Calculus wasn’t too bad today. Of course, we jumped right into a quiz, which I think I did alright on, and then proceeded to go on with another lecture. (I hate the term “lecture”. It carries with it such a negative connotation. Don’t you think so? I prefer “lesson” or simply “notes”.)

Calculus. The bane of my existence. I will defeat you, giving it all I got. That is all.

After calculus class, I brought out my headphones and told my phone to start playing MercyMe’s Generous Mr. Lovewell album; I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to MercyMe’s “This Life” every time I’ve left calculus for the past 4 or 5 class sessions. It’s just such a great song, and it’s so much fun to blast through my headphones while riding down the street on my bike. I ❤ MercyMe. Speaking of them, their lead singer, Bart (who, in case you didn't remember, knows me!), celebrated the birth of another child today with his wife Shannon. Miles Franklin Millard is the couple's fifth or sixth child, I believe…I'm not entirely certain. But congrats to them! 🙂

Back to my life. Haha. Instead of going to the room directly after calculus, I met one of the horn student teachers to get my new horn case from him (he had been borrowing it for something over spring break since I had no need for it yet). It's awesome; I've already got my upgraded horn housed in the new case, and I love it. There's something about the case that just makes the fact that I own my own horn now even better. It really brings it home, I suppose.

Band and choir were fine; nothing out of the ordinary there. I went back to the room once they were done, spending some time checking my online social stuff before starting readin Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires. I haven't read all that much yet, but I'll be sure to let you know what I think once I've gotten a bit farther. Funny story (not really): I had tweeted about how I was about to start reading this a couple of days ago after finishing Artemis Fowl, and it turns out that the author tweeted me back about it. I said that I was "hoping that it's a good read", and he tweeted back saying "it is! I swear!" I dunno, something about me just attracts the celebrities. 😉

My 2-year Twitterversary (a word not yet defined on UrbanDictionary.com, which means that I claim coinage; YOU ALL ARE MY WITNESSES!) is coming up in just over a month, on April 29th. Before you say anything, no, it's not something I set in my memory when I signed up to remember forever, but, rather, it's something that my Twitter app tells me at the bottom of my profile on my iPhone. "Joined on Apr. 29, 2009". Also on Twitter, not that it matters much to me, but I am nearing my 200th follower – only three more people.

Yesterday, a Twitter account called "@Star4Day" tweeted me saying that I was their star for that day…lemme explain. This account is followed by nearly 6,000 people, and whoever runs this account chooses one random Twitter user a day to be their "star". They retweet everything the star tweets all day long to their 6,000 followers, helping to boost the star's follower count and to sorta imitate celebrity status. I only gained maybe 6 followers from it, but it was pretty cool to have my tweets read by a larger audience for a day.

While I'm on the subject of Twitter, I would like to emphasize how much I love it. In my opinion, it is SO much better than Facebook. It's more personal, it's more news-savvy (I follow CNN Breaking News, President Obama, my favorite BTTF and Harry Potter news sources, and other miscellaneous info-based accounts), and following isn't mutual like it is on FB…you don't have to follow people who follow you, which I love. I don't WANT to read some people's posts all the time like FB makes you do. It's great. If you haven't tried out Twitter before, check it out and see what you think. If you don't understand it, let me know and I'll walk you through it. And if you make one, make sure to follow me (but NEVER get my tweets forwarded to your phone…I tweet WAY too much for that); my page is linked below.
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I took a nap at around 4 to catch up after a long day of church, driving, and studying yesterday, and now I’m getting ready for bed again. Easy day tomorrow, with calculus studying going on when I get the chance between classes…I only have three tomorrow (not counting lessons or studio), so I’ll have plenty of time to do that and to read my book a bit.

I found out tonight that the next Back to the Future: The Game update (Episode 3: Citizen Brown) is to be released next week, and I’m super excited! This game is fantastic, and I find myself getting more and more impatient as I wait for each new episode to be released…haha. In addition to that bit of news, I found out in the same email that the Jurassic Park computer game that’s being made by the same company, TellTale, is to be released sometime next month. I’ll have to get that. Like the BTTF game, it’s not a video game version of the film, but rather a sequel to the already existing material. That’s what’s so great about them! Here’s the trailer for Jurassic Park; it looks awesome:

I went to Wal-Mart tonight and stocked up on milk, instant mac & cheese (Kraft Velveeta…the good stuff!), and a couple of boxes of cereal. Yum. Hopefully, the food will hold Andrew and I off for quite a while; I want to spend as little money as possible during this last part of the semester. The milk, however, probably won’t last more than a week – Andrew and I have become quite the milk drinkers this semester.

For some reason, lately I’ve constantly been trying to combine the words “every” and “time” into one word, like sometime or everything, but, unfortunately, “everytime” isn’t a word. Gotta refrain from that.

Anyway, that was a pretty lengthy post, and I’m proud of it. I owed it to you all. Maybe I’ll get back into the habit of posting images again. We’ll see. For now, bedtime. Goodnight, everyone.

Chad

P.S. – MercyMe song of the day: “All Because of This”. Spoken For.

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