Hashtag but really.

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I guess I was pretty tired this morning because I had a little trouble getting out of bed. I still managed to force myself to get out of bed in time to get dressed, eat a Cutie, and relax for a bit before heading to the music building. I ate an apple when I got there and then started class. Since we’ve all been to these classes by now, there’s not much to mention outside of my woodwind methods class. Today, we put the clarinet together and played on it for the first time. We didn’t do anything aside from putting down three or four fingers or so, but it made me a bit giddy (the best word I can use to describe the feeling) to be playing a new instrument. Can’t wait to learn more!

I’ve decided on a basic weekday meal schedule. Fruit (Cutie and apple) for breakfast, a salad for lunch (from Chick-Fil-A), some sort of snack (today’s was a cheese sandwich on wheat bread), with a healthy choice meal from Sam’s Place for dinner. When I weighed myself this morning, I was about 10 pounds lighter than when I came to Lubbock for the start of the semester…the ONLY thing I’ve done is change my eating habits. I’ll be starting exercise soon, hopefully. I’ve got P90X on my computer, so I’ll use that, and I still want to run every day if I can manage it. I’ve just got to sit down and write out a schedule for myself.

OUR INTERNET CONNECTION MAKES ME WANT TO DIE

Sorry about that. I’m just frustrated.

When classes were over, I went back to the room and played Monopoly and looked over lines for a little bit before heading off to play rehearsal. I got there about 25 minutes early so that I could go over my lines in my car for a while. Tonight was my first night to go off-book, so I wanted to make sure my lines were down. I actually did a really good job; sure, I had my script backstage so that I could make sure that my cues were correct and such, but I only had to call “line” onstage once, which is more than can be said for the actors who have been with the show from the beginning. Hooray!

Throughout the entire rehearsal I was a bit on edge, constantly checking my phone backstage for an email update concerning You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Two and a half hours into the rehearsal, it finally came. Good news: Kate got the role she had really wanted. Congrats! Not as good news: I wasn’t cast. I’m not upset about it, though. In reality, it was definitely for the best; I’m a college student enrolled in 19 hours this semester, and none of those hours are theatre-related. Me not being cast ensures that I’ll have time to get done what needs to be done in relation to my schoolwork. Sure, it would have been a lot of fun, and I have the inevitable post-audition (light) disappointment that comes with the lack of a role, but, like I said, I really think it’s for the best. Here’s to free time!

Now, I’m back in the room watching TV and typing this out. I’m about to put away my computer and read a chapter from The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest before hitting the hay.

Goodnight!

Chad

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Time issues.

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Well, I woke up this morning exactly when I had wanted to. Well, actually, I woke up a little later than I had wanted to…I didn’t have time to take a shower. Oh well. Anyway, I made it to church by 10:30 so that I would be on time for Sunday school. When I arrived, I walked in and ran into my Sunday school teacher, who said that they “missed [me] this morning”. I was confused until I realized that SERVICE started at 10:30; Sunday school class had started an hour before. Oops. Again, oh well. At least I was there for service!

I drove back to the room right after church so that I could change clothes and maybe grab a quick lunch before a Goin’ Band leadership team meeting. Unfortunately, my lunch had other plans; I had a cup of soup that you’re supposed to microwave, and then you just sip the soup right out of the can. After it had gone through most of the time required to heat it in the microwave, it suddenly pretty much exploded. SOUP EVERYWHERE. I wiped up the mess and threw away the can, which had fallen over in the explosion. Bleh.

The leadership meeting today was just a photoshoot. We took section leader photos, visual instructor photos, officers, and group photos of everyone. My section leader picture with Rachel turned out very well! All of these pictures are viewable on my FB page.

I called Andrew and picked him up for lunch. We were eventually going to eat on-campus at The Market, but we got there only to discover that it had just closed. We decided to go eat at Chili’s instead; I’ve got to take a break from eating healthy every once in a while! We had a good meal before returning to Sneed, where Andrew got ready for church while I shaved and showered before my audition for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

This was my first audition for anything in 14 months, so I was a bit more nervous than usual, but everything turned out fine. I sang my song excerpt for the director without forgetting any lyrics, and, after I was finished, the piano player was smiling. Now, this could just be me over-analyzing things and it actually means nothing, but still. Maybe it was a good sign. Who knows? Anyway, the director acknowledged that I’m a part of another show right now, so most of my weekends in February are busy, and then he let me step outside while he finished up auditions. When everyone had finished, he called a few people back in to read bits from the show, and I was part of the first group. I read for Charlie Brown while two girls alternated reading as Lucy. When I was finished, the director told me and one of the girls that we were done. Here’s hoping that that’s a good sign! I should find out within the next couple of days, and I’ll be sure to let you know.

The rest of the day was spent working on homework, playing Monopoly, and watching TV. I watched the last bit of the Screen Actors Guild Awards…it was so great to see The Help get some well-deserved recognition, especially because it’s unlikely to do as well at the Academy Awards. I still have high hopes though! We also watched some Family Guy and Criminal Minds, so it was a good night.

And now, it’s sleepy-time. Ready for a new week! Goodnight!

Chad

Are we just dreaming?

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Today was a pretty uneventful day, so don’t expect anything long.

I woke up shortly before/after noon (I don’t remember which…) and ate an apple and a clementine for breakfast before getting dressed and heading to the basketball for my first time with Court Jesters since before Christmas break. The game was against UT, and we won! It was very exciting, and I had lots of fun. It was good to be back. After the game, I came back to the room and that’s where I’ve been since.

For a while, Andrew and I watched a show called Infested, which shows you various people’s homes and what they’ve been infested by; we saw homes infested by everything from possums to bed bugs to scorpions to bird mites…it really makes you a bit paranoid. If this can happen to these people, what’s gonna show up in MY house? After that, we watched a show called My Cat From Hell. It turns out that most people who have “evil” cats are just really bad cat owners. There were cats making sounds that I don’t think my cat had even THOUGHT of making! It was kind of scary, actually.

We eventually grabbed dinner from Sam’s Place. I bought a Healthy Choice Top Chef chicken and marinara pasta meal from the refrigerated section. I had tried another one of these Healthy Choice meals before, a Cajun-style chicken and shrimp meal, which was really good. This chicken marinara was really good too! Both were steamed meals that you cook in the microwave, and they each only had about 280 calories apiece. Not bad! (Also, today’s meal had broccoli in it…)

The rest of the night was spent watching Muppet Treasure Island and playing Monopoly together…we’re addicted. I’m about to go to bed, though, because I need to go to church in the morning, especially since I overslept last week! Also tomorrow are auditions for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown…I’m ready! I think it’ll be really fun if I’m cast, but I won’t be super upset if I’m not. We’ll just have to see what happens!

Anyway, Andrew and I are finishing up our game, so I’ll be in bed soon! Goodnight, everyone!

Chad

P.S. – Today is my younger brother Blake’s 17th birthday! Happy birthday to him!

Unwarranted exhaustion.

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Okay, maybe it IS warranted…a little bit.

I woke up about half an hour before class started this morning. I grabbed an apple and a Cutie for breakfast, eating the apple just before class and the Cutie just after. After theory, I did some last-minute work for music history before going to that class. For lunch, I got some of the baked ziti from Sbarro, thinking that it was probably healthier than the pizza itself, but, after looking at the nutritional facts online, it doesn’t appear that that’s the case. So, it looks like my baked ziti consumption, like my pizza consumption, will be reduced. I’ve started paying attention to the amount of calories in the food I eat. I know that a 2000-calorie diet is ideal, so I’ve been trying to try to stick pretty closely to that, and, of course, I’ve been trying to watch the amount of cholesterol I consume as well. I’m determined to lose weight! I’m hoping to get on some sort of workout plan soon; in the meantime, the bike ride from Sneed to the parking garage where I keep my car is about a mile, so I get a decent workout everyday.

We finally started learning some of our new music in choir today. One of the new pieces, a Latin piece titled “O Vos Omnes”, was one of our options for our concert last spring, but it was eventually cut. It’s a beautiful piece, so it was a shame to lose it, but hopefully we’ll be singing it this time around. We also read a soul piece and some other piece that was a bit tricky, but I think that this concert is going to be a good one. Can’t wait to dive into the music more fully!

Andrew and I walked back to the room together, and the first thing we did was take our dirty clothes to the laundry room. I had no clean jeans, which is basically all I’ve been wearing, so I really needed them to be cleaned. While I was waiting on all of my clothes to dry, I went back up to the music building and met with my voice teacher to work on my audition song for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown coming up this weekend. We worked on it for about an hour, and it’s sounding pretty good, if I may say so myself. I love this song and can’t wait to continue working on it as the semester goes on.

When my voice lesson was over, I went back to the room, grabbed my laundry, and put it away in my closet before Andrew and I left to pick up Jenny. The three of us grabbed dinner at Chipotle before heading back to her apartment and just talking for a couple of hours. Andrew and I also brought our dishes/silverware with us so that we could use her dishwasher and make it easier on ourselves. It’s about time we washed those dishes…I’m ashamed to admit that it had been a few months since we last touched those dishes. Shame on us! Maybe we’ll be able to keep up with our dish load better now that we’ve started over.

We got back to the room at about midnight; Andrew went to hang out with some other friends, while I finally responded to a message Mr. Coulson had sent me a while back in response to a message I had sent him. In one of my new classes, Intro to Music Teaching, our first assignment is to write a letter to the music teacher who had the most influence in our lives, which of course, for me, meant Mr. Coulson. I’ve told Mr. Coulson how much he means to me on a few separate occasions before, but this just gave me another opportunity to thank him even further…I wouldn’t be where I am today DOING what I am today without his guidance, for which I am eternally grateful. I’m thankful that the two of us have kept in contact despite my graduation and his retirement.

There’s a basketball game tomorrow (later today) at 2, with a free meal at 1 if I choose to indulge in that. I might just stick to my fruit, despite the fact that fruit isn’t filling at all, no matter how delicious it may be. What a shame. Other than the basketball game, I have no plans for tomorrow. We’ll see what the day brings!

Goodnight, all. Sweet dreams!

Chad

For the renown of Christ.

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Despite being up so late last night, I woke up with plenty of time to take a shower and have some free time before class. I bought a bottle of juice and a bottle of Coke Zero (I’m only allowing myself one real soda per day; otherwise, I’m sticking with Coke Zero and Dr Pepper 10) on my way to grabbing my bike to ride to class. My first class was my science class, and the first half of class or so was spent discussing what we had read as homework with small groups before discussing it with a class. Nobody in my group would initiate discussion, so I basically led us through talking about the questions we had answered about the text.

Nothing exciting happened in aural skills, so I’ll skip to lunch. I walked around the student union building from store to cafeteria to eatery, struggling to decide on what to eat. As you know, I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier this semester, which is hard. I almost got some fruit from The Fresh Plate, but I changed my mind and decided to get my third-ever salad from Chick-Fil-A. I’m almost getting to the point where I’m enjoying them a little bit. If I cut the chicken into small enough pieces to accompany every few bites of lettuce, it adds a lot of flavor and makes it tastier. My real problem with vegetables and salads and whatnot isn’t my dislike of how they taste, but rather how they crunch in my mouth. I know it sounds weird, but I guess I just have this sort of mindset that says there are certain things that should and should not crunch when chewed, and lettuce is one of those things that should not. Like I said, though, I’m getting better. I’m still really enjoying the broccoli, though; I actually picked out today’s salad from among the others based on the amount of broccoli it had, saving it for last.

We played more of Strange Humors in band today, which was understandably better than the first time we attempted to play it, especially since we listened to the recording at the start of class today. I was a bit disappointed when our director told us that the recording we were listening to was from a Baylor wind ensemble rather than the Poteet recording that is used as the demo recording of the song on John Mackey’s website. Oh well.

I was supposed to have my first horn lesson of the semester today an hour after band finished, but my teacher somehow got two flat tires on his car and had to cancel for today. I used that extra time to decide on an audition song for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, eventually picking the title song from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. I hadn’t heard of the song/musical before, but I fell in love with the song as soon as I heard it. In fact, I like it so much that I plan on working on it further than this audition in voice lessons. Tomorrow, I’ll meet with my voice teacher to make sure I’m prepared for the audition this weekend. Here’s the song, if you’d like a listen:

I read a couple of chapters of The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest while waiting around the School of Music (during which time I gave in to weakness and had a single spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A rather than my normal two) before attending the weekly voice area recital at 5, after which I drove to the theater for rehearsal early so that I could work on memorizing my lines a bit. We ran through the whole show for the first time tonight, and it actually wasn’t too bad. When we had finished, our director gave notes to everyone but me…I approached him afterward and told him that I wanted notes too, and he said I’d for sure have some on Monday. His reasoning was that I’m still on-book, so he’s waiting for me to be off-book so that I’m properly acting the character. Definitely makes sense, so it’s just a great reason for me to get my lines learned sooner rather than later.

Before heading back to campus, I drove by Walmart after rehearsal and bought some gala apples (they’re super good) and a bag of Cuties clementines for snack in the room. In the room, Andrew and I played Monopoly on my iPad while I did my homework…also, Cats Don’t Dance, one of our favorites, was playing on the TV. Talk about multi-tasking!

Now, it’s time for sleep. Only four classes tomorrow with no rehearsal afterward, so I get some relaxation/chill time with friends! Can’t wait!

Goodnight, everyone.

Chad

The Homecoming.

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Title chosen because I am currently listening to a track from John Williams’ War Horse soundtrack bearing the same name.

It’s late, so this might be a bit short, but I don’t want to skip a night. So here we go.

Today was my super long day. I started at 8am with the first meeting of my Introduction to Music Teaching class, which is geared mostly toward freshmen. I’m a little behind in taking it, but, in turn, I’m ahead in the sense that I’ve already taken a required junior-level class, so it all balances out. This class only meets once a week; attendance is half of our grade. We’ll have several guest speakers from the music education field come to visit us and talk to us about their jobs and experiences, so that should be lots of fun. Following Intro was music theory, woodwind methods, and music history. I got my clarinet in woodwind methods today, and we made our first sound on the mouthpiece/reed, so that was cool. I don’t anticipate having a lot of problems with learning to play it.

Remember the topic that I wanted to be the focus of my research paper for music history? The Beatles? Well, it’s not allowed; apparently, our topic has to deal in some way with classical music. Now, if I can find a few Beatles songs that have their roots in classical music, then hot dog! I’ve got a topic. I ate lunch with a couple of friends who graduated Poteet ahead of me, Erin and Ryan, before going to my last three classes of the day: band, choir, and piano. In choir, we got the folders containing all of the music that we’ll be singing this semester, so that was exciting, but we didn’t actually sing any of it today. Hopefully we’ll get to that on Friday.

When I was done with my classes, I returned to the room and napped for a couple of hours. Andrew was already asleep; he actually worked the breakfast shift this morning, starting at 7:30, so he was pretty tired as well. The nap was wonderful! I got up at 6:15, grabbed dinner to go from Sam’s Place, and headed to play rehearsal. We ran Act III today, so now I’ve gone through the whole show. Still working on lines, but I’m not worried about them. We finished early tonight since Act III is shorter than the first two, so I was back in the room by 9:15, at which point Andrew was finishing up a meeting at his church. When he was done, the two of us went to Jenny’s apartment and watched Source Code, which I hadn’t seen before. It was so good! I really didn’t know entirely what it was about beforehand, so it was a nice surprise to truly experience it for the first time. I recommend it!

Andrew and I were back in the room not too long after midnight. I still had homework to do, which consisted of reading and answering some questions from my science book. It took a while, but it was actually pretty interesting, so I didn’t mind. I think I’m going to like this class in the long run.

Bad news: my ingrown toenail has come back. No worries; I soaked it in water and hydrogen peroxide the way the doctor instructed me to when I first visited him about it at the beginning of the school year, and I’ll continue to do it until it shows improvement. It worked last time! If I still have problems, I’ll go back to the doctor to see what my options are.

And now it’s bed time. I need to wake up early enough in the morning to take a shower before my first class, and I also need to find time to do laundry sometime tomorrow. Goodnight, everyone!

Chad

The Internetz.

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I woke up bright and early this morning, at around 7:40ish, despite the fact that my first class wasn’t until 9:30. This is largely due to the fact that the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony were announced this morning at 7:30, so I stayed awake to see those play out. I must admit, the nominations surprised me this year in more than one way. No, I’m not one of the people who’s crying about Harry Potter getting “snubbed” (I KNEW it wouldn’t get any major nominations, but I still had hoped I was wrong). However, I feel the need to point out just a couple of things:
-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has gotten relatively poor critic reviews but still ended up with a nomination for Best Picture
-The Adventures of Tintin, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, was not nominated in the same category for the Academy Awards.
-While I’m happy that “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets received a nomination for Best Original Song, there’s something wrong when there’s only two songs up for nomination.
Those are my biggest complaints…I haven’t seen enough of the nominated films to give my opinion on some of the other categories. My prediction about Deathly Hallows Part 2 wasn’t entirely accurate, but I wasn’t entirely far-off either; I guess two nominations for Best Visual Effects (which I got right) and Best Sound Editing (which I got wrong), but it ended up with three for VE, Best Makeup, and Best Art Direction. Unfortunately, it probably won’t win any of those; VE will go to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (or, rather, it SHOULD), makeup will probably go to Albert Nobbs, and I’m just guessing that Art Direction will go to The Artist. We’ll see how those turn out…my main prediction for the Oscars is that Viola Davis will win the Academy Award for Best Actress; I said that as soon as I walked out of the theater having seen it for the first time, and I’m sticking with it.

Classes were classes. In my science class we had our first lecture but still finished 20 minutes early, so I had time to eat a quick yogurt and granola breakfast before aural skills at 11. We had our first dictation quiz today, which was incredibly easy; I had the whole thing nearly completed after only one hearing out of eight. I ate a steak sandwich sort of thing from the SUB for lunch and then went to band, where we played the pieces that we didn’t get to in class yesterday. Right after band, I rushed over to the English/Philosophy building for the lab portion of my science class. I wasn’t looking forward to this because it takes out a 3-hour chunk of my life every Tuesday, but it actually wasn’t too bad (and not just because we left after the first hour and a half). Our professor basically just introduced us to what we were going to be tackling in the lab. The main focus after spring break will be a scientific investigation of our choosing, and he gave us a few examples. I’ve already come up with an idea, but I don’t want to share it; my idea largely depends on the test subjects being uninformed as to what they’ll be tested on…I’ll explain eventually, I promise, but the bottom line is that I’m excited about it.

I had a bit of a break before horn studio at 5, which lasted for less than 10 minutes. The main focus of the meeting was to decide on a fundraising option for the Tech Horn Society, but a side-focus was to decide on officers for the organization. After everyone had joked around for a minute or two and avoided volunteering themselves or anyone else, I was nominated for VP. I didn’t particularly care to have the position, but everyone else seemed like they wanted me to do it, so I decided to go ahead. Honestly, though, it’s not really a big deal; our president, Chelsea, told us that we don’t really do all that much. We just have to have officers to put on our official student organization papers. So that’s cool, I suppose.

In play rehearsal, we ran through act II a couple of times. It was my first time to familiarize myself with it, but none of my lines are overly complicated. In fact, I anticipate having my lines memorized by the first rehearsal next week at the very latest. Here’s hoping! I’m enjoying myself, though.

I talked to Kate on Twitter for a bit just a while ago; she asked me what show I was in, and, after I told her, she asked if I was going to audition for a musical that has auditions this coming weekend, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. We had actually talked about this show and possibly auditioning sometime last academic year, but I hadn’t put much thought or consideration into it until she mentioned it tonight. Now, I’m leaning toward auditioning for it. There are only 6 roles in the show, with no chorus, so I’d either have a lead role or I wouldn’t be in it, which I’d be okay with. This sounds a bit snobbish, but I wouldn’t want to sacrifice my time in an already busy schedule for a chorus part. CCBB was different: I wasn’t taking 19 hours last spring, so it wasn’t an issue. So I’m thinking about auditioning for Charlie Brown. We’ll see.

Tomorrow is going to be a terribly long day. I have 4 classes from 8 to noon, an hour for lunch, and then three more classes from 1 to 4. Then I have 3 hours off before play rehearsal from 7-10. Oh goody. Better get to sleep so I don’t make myself more exhausted than I already will be!

Goodnight, all.

Chad

P.S. – Forgot to mention something important: I WILL be having my 3rd Annual Academy Awards Live-tweet this year! I’m already excited about it!

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