Heavenly inheritance.

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Hey all! I’d like to again apologize for the lack of posts lately; I’ve had a variety of different busy things going on that always keep me up too late to have me post at a reasonable hour. But here I am!

I suppose I’ll start with Saturday. I slept late (thank God for not having to set alarms!), waking up first at 11-something and later at 1:30 or so. I got dressed and ready to go for the basketball game, at which I got free food…that’s the best! The game was pretty intense; it was the game against UT, and, though it started out badly for us, it quickly became a very close game…it even went into overtime! Alas, we lost, but it was still lots of fun. From the game, I came back to the room, snacked, changed clothes, and then drove off to the theater for our last performance of the play! I got lots of “we missed you!”s from the cast, including a hug or two, and that made me feel awesome. I wish I had been available to be in Friday’s performance, but choir had been on the schedule since December. The Saturday performance went really well, though! We sold out for our third Saturday in a row, and my voice teacher came to see me! She really enjoyed it; she said she laughed the whole time! When everyone had cleared out, most of the cast went over to one of the cast member’s house for a sort of “party”, where there was wine (don’t worry, I didn’t even look at it, let alone drink any), a deli cracker platter, and pizza. We played a game or two, including Pass the Popcorn, a movie trivia game that I did pretty well with. It was a great night! I’m going to miss being around these people; I had lots of fun with this show, and I’m thankful that I was given the opportunity to be a part of it.

Since I had been out so late on Saturday night, I decided to sleep through church, not waking up until early afternoon again. Andrew and I went to Chipotle for lunch (with me getting my reduced-size meal), and then I hung out for a few hours, eagerly anticipating the Academy Awards! When they finally rolled around, I got my tweeting in gear and had lots of fun; I ended up guessing exactly half of the winners correctly, which is better than I think I did last year. Improvement! I was upset that Viola Davis didn’t win Best Actress, and I was also a little upset that neither Harry Potter nor Moneyball (nor Rise of the Planet of the Apes, for that matter) walked away with any form of recognition, but I won’t complain too much…this IS the Academy we’re talking about, after all. Billy Crystal hosting was a breath of fresh air after last year’s Anne Hathaway/James Franco co-hosting. You can’t go wrong with him! After the shows were over, I studied a bit for my first music history exam of the semester…better late than never, right?

Though I had trouble getting up Monday morning, I made it to all of my classes on time. I’m also fairly confident that I got at least a B on my music history exam, which I’m happy with…hopefully, the next one won’t be the morning after the ONLY awards show I watch (it won’t). My day went fine, with me even squeezing in an hour of practice on my horn that I normally don’t do, so that’s a step in the right direction! That night, I pulled out my Bible and read 1 Peter chapters 1 and 2, proceeding to write in my journal for several pages (with several distractions in-between, of course). By the time I had finished everything I wanted to do with my journal/Bible-reading (I didn’t even have any homework!), it was super late, and I still had to shower! Another late night for me, but it was worth it to be learning more about God. I’m really wanting to get into the habit of spending more time in my Bible, and not just reading…studying and learning, too, which is why I take notes in my journal.

Today was long, and there was a certain element of stress to it as well; my horn professor sent an email to the studio saying to be ready to play the (DIFFICULT) etudes we were to be working on in studio class today. I HAVE been working on them, but they are very hard…I don’t think anyone was quite prepared to play through them. Thankfully, when studio rolled around, he had changed his mind…we still have another three weeks of preparation before we have to perform them for a grade. Practice practice practice!

When I got back to the room after studio, it was about 6:30. I picked up dinner from Sam’s Place and talked to Mom on the phone for a few minutes before pulling out my Bible and reading the passage that we were going to discuss in Bible study tonight: Hebrews 5:11-6:12. I read it and took notes on some notebook paper so that I had stuff to say in the study. I made it over the Chasya’s house (one of my friends from high school), where the Bible study was being held, just after 8. There were about 17 of us there tonight, and we had a good time discussing God’s word for a couple of hours. I’m really liking this Bible study! Glad to not have any conflicts to keep me from going.

Except next week, of course! Next Tuesday evening is our next band concert, after which a few members of Court Jesters is climbing on a bus and departing for the NCAA basketball tournament in Kansas! I’m really looking forward to it! Of course, depending on how the teams do, we may not be returning to Lubbock until Saturday evening, which means that my time spent at home will be a little shorter, but, either way, I’ll still have at least a week in Mesquite for Spring Break.

Now, it’s time to write in my journal, transfer (and add to) my notes over tonight’s Bible-reading, and then get in bed…I don’t anticipate it taking too long.



So sorry

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I really really hate to do this again, but I’ve been writing in my journal all night; read through 1 Peter chapters 1 and 2 tonight and had lots to write about. Hopefully I’ll be back for a super-long post tomorrow night! I feel awful for not giving a real update these past few days. I’ll make it up to you all!



My 3rd Annual Academy Awards Live-Tweet

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Hey all! Sorry about not tweeting last night, and I won’t be giving you an “update” tonight either…I’ve got an exam to study for. I’ll be back on schedule tomorrow. But here’s my tweets from tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony!

1. Live-tweeting for the #Oscars begins now!
2. I’m watching Live From the Red Carpet (7920 others checked-in) bit.ly/yJQhzw @GetGlue #Eredcarpet
3. Regretting not having seen #TheArtist before now. Everyone knows it’s going to sweep. #Oscars
4. When both ABC and E! go on commercial break at the same time…it sucks.
5. There’s The Dictator! I just want to see Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury in the biopic already.
6. Dresses are fascinating and all (not), but can we get to the movies already? #Oscars
7. SHAGGY! #MatthewLillard #Oscars
8. The picture of Kim Jong Il on The Dictator’s urn looked like Ricky Gervais.
9. ABC seems to be in a perpetual state of commercials. Hooray for E! #Oscars
10. RT @papaG73 Never had to live through one of @Chadadada’s #Oscar tweet fests before tonight should be interesting.
11. @papaG73 did you not turn off my tweets being sent to your phone? This is only the beginning!
12. Emma Stone will be fantastic in The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m so excited! #Oscars
13. Oh, that’s Ryan Seacrest? I really had no idea! RT @Lord_Voldemort7 Ryan Seacrest basically just got glitter-bombed by The Dictator. #Oscars
14. Jennifer Lopez really is a beautiful person. #Oscars
15. Oh, boohoo, she wore her hair down! #moviesplease #Oscars
16. Rooney Mara sorta looks a little Oriental. #Oscars
17. Switching between my iPad for tweeting and my PC for looking people up…gotta remember that my PC isn’t a touch screen. #Oscars
18. Remember when Colin Firth was excellent in The King’s Speech? #Oscars
19. Man, this kid from Modern Family had the right idea. Seeing all the Best Picture noms in one day? What a winner! #Oscars
20. Are you really still arguing about her hair? #Oscars
21. This girl looks like she’s 16 and is critiquing fashion. Who is she? #Oscars
22. Ryan Seacrest got all of the dead guy off of him. That’s good. #Oscars
23. RT @cracked Did Sacha Baron Cohen show up in something funny? Were there zany antics? Oh man, that guy!
24. Halfway through my second box of Jujubes. #Oscars
25. Nick Nolte sorta looks like Jack Nicholson. Except more deaf. #Oscars
26. Zach Galifianakis is not dressed as Hobo Joe. How upsetting. #Oscars
27. RT @RottenTomatoes Nolte doesn’t need an Oscar. He has a crow!
28. Who’s wearing a cape? Edna would not approve. #nocapes #Oscars
29. @jasonsegel! It’s a shame he’s not singing with Walter tonight. That’s disappointing. #Muppets #Oscars
30. Oh, was Gwyneth Paltrow the one wearing the cape? #Oscars
31. RT @RottenTomatoes Paltrow looks like she’s about to give medals to Luke and Han for blowing up the Death Star.
32. What’s going on with the back of Glenn Close’s dress? #Oscars
33. Help! I’m being sucked in to the clothes talk! #Oscars
34. Hunger Games trailer. I need to read the books. #Oscars
35. OMGLOL RT @ebertchicago: Great relief to see Glenn Close’s cleavage again after “Albert Nobbs.”
36. Jay Leno. #CHIN #Oscars
37. Nothing is too trivial to tweet during the #Oscars. At least, that’s the philosophy I’m taking.
38. RT @AshleyNichols92 20 minutes! #Oscars
39. RT @AshleyNichols92 I am going to be tweeting a bunch tonight. Just to warn my followers. . . #Oscars
40. I haven’t seen #AmyAdams yet tonight. You can talk about her dress, her hair, her anything and I won’t mind. #Oscars
41. RT @MuppetsStudio Kermie and moi on the #Oscars Red Carpet. See what I mean about an adorable frog in a tux? Tres Chic! yfrog.com/hsy9pchj
42. #BucketList: attend an #Oscars ceremony. Does that mean I have to be famous first? Or learn to talk about dresses? #Oscars
43. Muppets singing Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie? This is awesome! #Oscars
44. “And the Best Actor Oscar goes to…Jeff Bridges, for his work in the Hyundai Commercials!” #Oscars
45. RT @RottenTomatoes There’s a nun in a habit on the red carpet. I really hope someone asked her who she’s wearing.
46. Remember the time Eddie Murphy was supposed to host the #Oscars? Thank God that changed.
47. I laughed like a madman when I read this. @RottenTomatoes: Tom Hanks wearing a goatee. Wait, it must be EVIL TOM HANKS! #Oscars
48. RT @LexFritter Let’s get this started.
50. “It’s your doody, isn’t it?” #Oscars
51. I’m watching The 84th Annual Academy Awards (26644 others checked-in) is.gd/hQy9PD @GetGlue #Oscars
52. James Earl Jones is in the audience? How wonderful. I have the same birthday as him. #Oscars
53. RT @sims I love Billy Crystal. He’s so classy and funny.
54. RT @LexFritter Billy Crystal should be offered the job every year.
55. This year’s hosting is already better than last year’s. #Oscars
56. And so it begins… #Oscars
57. Tom Hanks, you present too fast! I didn’t have time to make my guess! For the record, I don’t think I would have been right. #Oscars
58. Art Direction: My guess is The Artist. Not because they both say “Art”. #Oscars
59. Well, how ’bout that! I haven’t seen Hugo either. #Oscars
60. Meryl Streep still looks the same as she did in 1982. She has magic on her side. #Oscars
61. @LexFritter I missed too many films this year. Upsetting.
62. I mean, just LISTEN to Jeff Bridges talk about those cars?! He totally deserves Best Actor. #Oscars
63. @ShaunaDevine are you watching the #Oscars? Or are you sleeping?
64. RT @RottenTomatoes New Oscar rule suggestion: Oscars for 3D movies should be wearing little glasses.
65. The Kodak Theater jokes are hilarious. #Oscars
66. Oh look, a movie montage! Those are the best. Some great films in it, too. #Oscars
67. I’m offended that #BacktotheFuture wasn’t in there. #Oscars
68. Okay, next is Costume Design. The Artist is my default guess. #Oscars
69. It COULD go to Hugo though. Or any of those others. #Oscars
70. I’m fairly certain they’re playing music from War Horse during the Costume Design sequence…it’s not nominated… #Oscars
71. Yay, I got it right! Correct guess count so far: 1 of 3. I’m on a roll! #Oscars
72. Okay, guess for Makeup is another one I don’t know at all. I’d like to say #DHpt2…it’s the film’s best chance. #Oscars
73. Sigh. Doesn’t look like #HarryPotter will walk away with any awards tonight, although it certainly deserves them. #Oscars
74. RT @logaq It’s ok. Harry Potter has had and will have a profound impact on more lives than Hugo or The Iron Lady ever will.
75. RT @LexFritter Oh well, Harry will always live in our hearts and the hearts of generations to come.
76. Origin stories rock. I love knowing what motivated people. #Oscars
77. Glad to know that Sean Connery’s chest hair motivated Adam Sandler to become an actor. #Oscars
78. To be fair, Sean Connery’s hair motivates me too. It’s hard to see past THE beard. #Oscars
79. Okay, what’s next? Best Foreign Language Film? I’m going to make a wild guess: A Separation.
80. YES. I AM NOW 2 FOR 5. #rockin #Oscars
81. I picked A Separation as my guess because it was made in Iran. #nowyouknow #Oscars
82. I know that Octavia Spencer will win Best Supporting Actress. #duh #Oscars
83. What crazy clip from The Help will they show for Octavia? #Oscars
84. @AshleyNichols92 I think Jessica would stand more of a chance if she was nominated for that other film she was in.
85. And it goes to…Octavia! #duh #Oscars
86. I am now 3 for 6. 50% accuracy isn’t bad! #Oscars
87. Just realized that I now own 8 of last year’s Best Picture nominees, but I have yet to watch two of those 8. #Oscars
88. Hahahaha, this is awesome. #FocusGroups #Oscars
89. “I hope it has some monkeys in it!” #Oscars
90. I think that Best Film Editing will go to (wild guess) The Artist. #Oscars
91. RT @AshleyNichols92 Film Editing: The Artist is my guess. I would love it to be TGWTDT though.
92. This is a super pleasant surprise! Glad Dragon Tattoo walked away with something tonight. #Oscars
93. RT @RottenTomatoes The Iron Lady makeup guys say their film had no budget. It was “only” $14 million. Can we get a no budget like that? #Oscars
94. Sound Editing? Let’s just say War Horse for funsies. #Oscars
95. Bah, I changed my guess in the last few seconds before the announcement. The tweet is final, though. #Oscars
96. Hugo for Sound Mixing. #Oscars
97. Whew, Twitter app crashed just before it was announced. Barely got my guess in. #Oscars
98. What does that make me, 4 for 9? There went my 50%. #Oscars
99. #MUPPETS! #Oscars
100. RT @RottenTomatoes Kermit and Piggy! Huzzah! #Oscars
101. Glad the #Muppets were still involved in some way. #Oscars
102. I’ve never been flying at a movie theater before. I’m not impressed with their interpretation. #CirqueduSoleil #Oscars
103. #Butreally, this is pretty cool. #CirqueduSoleil #Oscars
104. RT @LexFritter This is not real.
105. Hey look! It’s Iron Man and Pepper Potts! #Oscars
106. Pepper lost her cape. #Oscars
107. Okay, back to the awards. My next (wild) guess is Undefeated for Best Documentary.
108. Yes! 5 for 10! #Oscars
109. What’s Chris Rock presenting? Best Animated Feature? I’m guessing that it’ll be Rango, but none of these stand out to me. #Oscars
110. Chris Rock actually just made me laugh. Doesn’t happen often. #Oscars
111. For the record, Kung Fu Panda 2 was fantastic, but I don’t think it’ll win… #Oscars
112. 6 for 11! For those of you without a calculator (or, in my case, Google), that’s 55%! #Oscars
113. Now, I need to see Rango. #todolist #Oscars
114. @Hypable says that Visual Effects is next. I’d love to see #DHpt2 win, but something’s wrong if it doesn’t go to Planet of the Apes. #Oscars
115. Hahaha, I love that she referenced Ben Stiller’s Avatar outfit. #Oscars
116. Testing…
117. It works! Let’s see for how long. #Oscars
118. For those who didn’t see @ahous91’s announcement, I reached the tweet limit…I’m back for now! #Oscars
119. Best Original Score? I’m thinking Artist, but I wish Williams would win. #Oscars
120. Oh, I got Plummer’s win for Supporting right. I’m currently 7 for 12, I think. #Oscars
121. Make that 8 for 13. 62%! #Oscars
122. RT @aacerr I still vote John Williams. #Oscars
123. Hey look! Hobo Joe! #Oscars
124. Best Original Song. MAN OR MUPPET! #Oscars
125. #MUPPETS! #Oscars
126. I just spazzed out in my chair. So excited! #Oscars
127. RT @LexFritter I was going to say… If “Man or Muppet” doesn’t win, I would give up.
128. Wait, I think my count got off. Gimme a minute to make sure. #Oscars
129. Okay, I’ve got it. I’m 9 for 15. 60%. #Oscars
130. Adapted Screenplay will probs go to Hugo. Let us not lie to ourselves. #Oscars
131. RT @Lord_Voldemort7 Hufflepuff sounds like it would be the name of a very unpopular muppet.
132. Oh wow! That’s a surprise. Really. #Oscars
133. My guess for Original Screenplay is The Artist, but, if it doesn’t win, I think it’ll go to Midnight in Paris. #Oscars
134. I suppose I COULD count that guess, but it wasn’t my primary, so I won’t. Oh well. #Oscars
135. Trying to keep down the tweeting just a little bit, at least during commercial breaks…don’t want to hit the limit again! #Oscars
136. Okay, we’re back! Wild guess for Live Action Short Film: The Shore. #Oscars
137. Awesome! That’s 10 for 18. #Oscars
138. RT @RottenTomatoes Wait, are we talking about penises? #Oscars
139. iPad app crashed right before I guessed, but it’s okay. I was wrong. #Oscars
140. You only “got” the Scorsese drinking game joke if you watched one of the other awards ceremonies…I forget which one… #Oscars
141. Animated Short guess? La Luna? Maybe? #Oscars
142. Drat. #Oscars
143. My correct guess percentage is back down at 50%. I’m fairly confident in my guesses for the last 4, though…we’ll see. #Oscars
144. Best Director? This one is admittedly tough to guess. I kinda want to say Scorsese. #Oscars
145. That was my other guess, but I can’t pick 2. I have 3 chances left! #Oscars
146. Here are my last 3 guesses…Dujardin for Actor, Davis for Actress, and Artist for Best Picture. #Oscars
147. RT @RottenTomatoes OK, so Artist will win Best Pic, but is there doubt in the Best Actor and Actress categories? We’re thinking Dujardin and Davis…
148. James Earl Jones: Darth Vader. Mufasa. That is all. #Oscars
149. RT @RottenTomatoes Still left in the show – Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture and everyone’s favorite – the death montage.
150. I always look forward to the memorial montage. I remember when James Taylor sang the Beatles’ “In My Life” a few years ago. #Oscars
151. They included Peter Falk’s “As you wish!” That’s exciting. Cool that they included Uncle Ben too. #Oscars
152. Great that Steve Jobs got a nod too. Without him there’d be no Pixar. #thanksSteve #Oscars
153. That montage did not warrant another commercial break. #Oscars
154. Apparently, Hollywood drinks Diet Coke. #Oscars
155. RT @ahous91 @Chadadada and purely Diet Coke, mind you.
156. Remember the time Edward Norton won’t be the Hulk in the Avengers? #Oscars
158. Wait, she’s presenting Best Actor. My bad. My money’s on that French guy. #Oscars
159. If Dujardin doesn’t win, Clooney will. #Oscars
160. Knew it! #Oscars
161. If I get one more right, I’ve got my 50%. If I get the last 2, then I have more. Yay! #Oscars
162. Wait, was that A. R. Rahman just then? The singing Indian guy? #Oscars
163. Okay, now? VIOLA PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE #Oscars
164. RT @cracked Colin Firth just won an Oscar for presenting this award.
165. Realizing that Moneyball will be walking away with nothing tonight is depressing. #Oscars
167. @AshleyNichols92 nobody was a fan of that movie. Meryl was apparently the only good part of it.
168. @ahous91 same here. When you say “movie about baseball statistics” it doesn’t sound near as entertaining as the movie actually was.
169. Oh well. I know who will win Best Picture. The Artist, o’ course! #Oscars
170. RT @ahous91 @Chadadada I think the academy is stupid.
171. @AshleyNichols92 I think that’s what frustrates me the most. It’s impressive on her part, but bad movies shouldn’t win awards. My opinion.
172. Okay. I guessed 50% correctly. I suppose I’m happy with that. #Oscars
173. And that concludes my 3rd Annual #Oscars Live-Tweet. I hope not all of it was completely annoying.

Goodnight, everyone!


Gracious speech.

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Today was a good day. Since I stayed up so late last night writing about my experience at Paradigm and what I learned from the message, I had a little bit of trouble waking up, but I was on time for class so it was no big deal. Theory went normally, and I picked up a smoothie after class was out, sipping it and playing a game on my iPad in the free hour I had between theory and music history.

Nothing special happened in music history, but I’ve got a test on Monday that I need to study a bit for. I’ll get on that sometime this weekend; I’m not too stressed about it. I had my voice lesson today during my lunch break, and we worked on two songs: “Silent Noon” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Sunset Boulevard” from the Broadway musical of the same name. One piece is extremely beautiful, while the other is just lots of fun…I love them both and can’t wait to perform them, hopefully as soon as in a few weeks.

Band and choir went as expected, and both felt delightfully brief. Since I had no obligations after choir let out, Andrew and I grabbed food from the SUB (back to salad for me!) and waited at a table for Andrew’s Chi Ro friend Chelsea to join us. I sat back and played on my iPad while eating so that they could talk without my interruption. I know Chelsea, but we’re not much more than acquaintances. No biggie. They chatted for quite a while before we parted ways, the two of us walking back to Sneed together. We watched a couple of episodes of Jackie Chan Adventures on Netflix (such a great show!) before Andrew went out to eat with two other friends from Chi Ro. I stayed behind and read Total Money Makeover for a bit before I decided that it was time for a nap. It was actually a short nap this time, with me only sleeping from about 6:40 to 7:40 or so; we had a choir concert tonight (kinda).

The concert tonight was not Matador Singers-exclusive; in fact, this concert showcased almost all aspects of the School of Music, with a flute ensemble, a jazz ensemble, a world music ensemble, a viola ensemble, and us singing with the top band. It really was a pretty cool concert…each act flowed right into the next, meaning that the next group started performing almost immediately after the group before them played their final notes. The effect was very cool.

Anyway, we were done with that before 9 I think, at which point Andrew and I walked down the street to the parking garage so that I could grab my car and park it behind Sneed for the weekend. He changed clothes and went to hang out with friends, while Conner came over so that the two of us could continue our Back to the Future-watching; we watched Part II tonight. Watching BTTF with Conner is the best because he can quote the films almost as well as I can! Well, let’s be fair…I think he quoted the second one better than I did, but the second one is not my favorite of the 3. When the film had ended, Conner left, and I decided to pull up the Bible app on my iPad and read something random.

I ended up choosing Colossians 3 to begin with, but I liked it so much that I went back to Chapter 1 and read all four chapters in Colossians. LOTS of good stuff; after finishing reading, I wrote for a long time again in my journal, some of which I plan to post on Facebook in a note. I don’t want to post it to show people that I’ve been reading the Bible or anything like that, but rather because I want to share what I learned from the passage in the hope that others can learn from it as well, perhaps even taking away more than I did. So check that out!

Andrew showed back up not long after Conner left, and he read his book for a bit before he passed out; I’m about to do the same. There is a basketball game that I will be attending with Court Jesters tomorrow afternoon, and the final performance of You Can’t Take It With You is tomorrow night as well; I wish I could have performed tonight, but I dedicated myself to choir before I dedicated myself to this play, so that’s just the way things worked out. Hopefully some of my friends will be able to make it out to see the performance tomorrow. I know that my voice teacher is planning on attending, and hopefully at least Andrew will come as well. The other section leader, Rachel, mentioned coming with one of the other horn players in the section, but she also told me that she had lots of homework to do…I told her that my feelings wouldn’t be hurt if she wasn’t able to come.

It’s bedtime…goodnight!


P.S. – The Academy Awards are almost here!

God’s will be done.

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Today ended really well. I’ll start with the beginning, though.

I didn’t wake up early enough to eat my fruit for breakfast this morning, but it’s okay. We had a regular lecture in science class today instead of our usual Thursday discussion, but I prefer lecture to discussion anyway. In one of the slides of the Powerpoint presentation was a picture from Singin’ in the Rain. My professor asked the class to identify the musical, so I did. He then said that it’s usually the women who answer that question…rude! Ha, no big deal though. I’ve never actually seen Singin’ in the Rain; I just thought that the picture was fairly obvious.

Don't you think so?

Anyway, we finished a little early, so I made it to the music building with plenty of time to grab a smoothie before having to go to class to do my first aural skills sightsinging midterm. I did well, but my professor (who is an AWFUL teacher) interrupted me halfway through my practice time to correct a mistake. Listen: I’ve been sightsinging for eight years now, and I know what I’m doing. Generally, I will fix any mistakes I make after going back and reviewing it. This was my PRACTICE time, not my performance. He should have waited until after I was finished, told me what I missed, and THEN given me another chance. I might specify that to him for our second midterm, politely, of course.

I decided to forego a salad for a spicy chicken sandwich this time around…I wanted something different today. I ate my sandwich and practiced the song I’m working on in voice lessons right now for a little bit before heading to band class, which was long; gotta love Tuesday/Thursday extended band rehearsals. Afterward, I took my horn to an upstairs practice room and practiced for about half an hour before my lesson. Unfortunately, I practiced a bit too hard and had worn-out chops for my lesson. However, my lesson teacher wasn’t feeling too good and I had a lesson with the guest horn player earlier this week, so we agreed on a short lesson today so that he could get home and so that I didn’t mess up my chops even further today. Win-win!

I went back to Sneed and grabbed a pan pizza for a snack…as you can tell, I slacked on my diet today, and it gets worse, but I’ll be back on track tomorrow! I chilled out for a while and finished the chapter of Total Money Makeover before walking back to the music building for voice recital at 5. I didn’t sing this week after having successfully sung the song from Shrek last week, and this week’s recital was pretty short. The most impressive singer today was the last person, a tenor. He sang something in French that had a lot of energy, and he was fantastic! Made me wish a bit that I was tenor as well.

I came back to the room and decided that I nap would be good for me, so I slept from about 5:30 to 7:40 or so, waking up in time to walk down Broadway to First Baptist Church, where a worship service called Paradigm is held every Thursday for college students. I had been twice before, both last semester, and Rachel (the other section leader) was the one who first invited me. She couldn’t make it tonight because of a test, but I still decided to go. I was sitting by myself before, but a friend who was on the horn line in Goin’ Band last year saw me and called me over, so I sat with her. The service was awesome! We sang some powerful worship songs, and the guest speaker was really good as well; I later described him to Andrew as a sort of evangelical Gabriel Iglesias (yes, the “fluffy” comedian). He talked first about holding our brothers and sisters in Christ accountable for their sins, and he also talked about sexual immorality and how waiting for a spouse is important. Most of the message was spent talking about how we as a church of believers should act and go through our lives. It was a wonderful message.

Andrew and I met up after I had finished and the two of us walked through the chilly winds to Chipotle, but it had just closed by the time we arrived. We decided that Chili’s was the next best thing…told you it got worse! We had chips and queso, and then I had my Cajun shrimp pasta again…it’s just too good! I don’t eat out all that often anymore, though, so I won’t beat myself up too hard about it. When we got back to the room, Andrew got busy with something, and I pulled out the journal that I’ve started keeping. I wrote for more than an hour, mostly about stuff from Paradigm tonight; getting your thoughts organized on paper is a wonderful thing.

Anyway, I’ve done my homework, I’ve written in my journal, and now I’ve posted on my blog; it’s been a full night. Time for bed! Goodnight.


Stale popcorn.

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I slept so wonderfully last night…it was beautiful. But then it had to be ruined by my only 8am class this semester. I woke up easily, though, and was able to eat a Cutie and an apple for breakfast before heading to class, which was pretty cool. We had a 7-year-old cellist play for our class today! She was super cute (and is actually the daughter of one of my past theory professors), and she was very good for only having played for two years so far. I was impressed!

The rest of my classes went as expected, and my day as a whole was really long. After piano class was over at 4, I went back to the room and got my voice lesson music and took a short power nap in my desk chair before heading back up to the music building for our first voice studio class of the semester. Supposedly, there were six people who were supposed to sing, but the only ones who DID were this other guy and myself…the only guys in the studio. I sang the Italian song that I learned last semester since I’m not familiar enough with any of the ones I’ve been working on this semester so far.

From voice studio, I drove to CATS Playhouse to walk through the show with my replacement for Friday (recall that I have a choir concert on Friday). He’ll do fine, and the way he was playing the character gave me a couple of small new ideas to add to the character for my final performance on Saturday. I’m super excited! Saturday’s performance is the only one that my friends (aside from John) may be able to come to, so hopefully I’ll finally see some familiar faces after the show.

I came back to the room after we had walked through everything, eating a pizza Lunchable for dinner. Andrew and I are about to watch the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; I’ve seen it, but Andrew hasn’t. I’m hoping he likes it!

Speaking of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the American version comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 20, the same day as The Muppets. Now, I’ve been really good with my spending habits this semester, but I’ll admit to you now: I will be purchasing both of those movies on the day they are released. I enjoyed both far too much to wait for the next major holiday to own them.

On a related spending note, I pre-ordered MercyMe’s newest CD, The Hurt & the Healer, the other night, and I paid the little bit extra to get a t-shirt, downloadable single, and MercyMe watch along with the CD. Aside from that and from my planned purchases of Dragon Tattoo and Muppets, I promise to be good with my spending habits!

Anyway, that’s pretty much it. I’ll probably watch the movie from bed so I can go to sleep whenever I feel like it. I get to sleep in just a little bit tomorrow, in comparison to the past two days, I mean.



Mostly dead.

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It’s been a VERY long day, folks.

I’ll start with a brief visit to yesterday. Nothing extravagant happened in my classes, BUT my theory professor stopped me in the hallway at one point during the day and mentioned how good I am at music theory…made me feel good! Of course, I don’t know how much of my theory prowess is attributed to skill and how much is attributed to guessing, but still. It was a good feeling. The rest of the day went pretty smoothly. After classes were over, I napped for a bit but woke up with plenty of time to get homework done and spend an hour or two on the computer. Andrew and I also watched Tangled last night, so it was a pretty good night…until we tried to go to bed. I don’t know if it was because of my nap or if I was uncomfortable or WHAT, but I just couldn’t for the life of me fall asleep last night. I was awake past 4:30am.

The horn studio had a guest horn player visit yesterday and today who gave each of us in the studio 30-minute lessons. Mine was scheduled for this morning at 9 before my first class at 9:30, which meant that I had to be awake at 7:30 in order to get to the music building, warmup/practice, and be early for my lesson, resulting in me only getting 3 hours of sleep total. From then on, I was going nonstop, no matter how much I wanted to slow down.

My lesson with the visiting professor went well, despite the fact that I had to sightread some the piece I had chosen to play for him. I had only worked on the first of the two pages, and my lesson teacher told me that we probably wouldn’t get past half of the first page in this lesson with the guest, but we ended up going all the way through. I sightread pretty well, though, and he was impressed with my playing. It’s funny; the horn professor at Tech introduced me to the guest as both a horn player AND singer, so the guest related everything he was telling me to singing. That makes me unique, I suppose. In any case, it was a nice lesson. I really enjoyed it.

The rest was all just ongoing, unwanted class. I had a science lecture from 9:30-10:50, an aural skills sightsinging test (which I aced) from 11-11:50, a half-hour lunch break, band from 12:30-1:50, and science lab from 2-3:30, which means that we got out early. This left me about an hour and a half of free time before I had to go to horn studio (where the guest was doing a recital for us) at 5, followed immediately by a basketball game with Court Jesters. I then made my overdue errand to Walmart for my Cuties and apples, meaning I didn’t get back to the room and officially settle down until just after 10 or so. Yeesh.

Anyway, that’s my day in a nutshell. Now, I have an announcement.

Today was “Fat” Tuesday. I’m not entirely sure why it’s called that (it’s nothing that a quick Wikipedia search couldn’t remedy), but it’s not of my concern anyway. The reason I point it out is because on “Fat” Tuesday I am officially 20 lbs. lighter than I was at this point a month ago. How awesome is that?! This is the lightest I’ve been in quite a while, though I couldn’t give a specific date. Ideally, I’d like to lose AT LEAST another 20 lbs…that’s my goal, and, heck, if I can lose just a bit more than that, that would be fantastic.

Welp, that’s all. It’s just past midnight and tomorrow is my “official” long day, but I won’t have the opportunity to nap tomorrow like I normally do on Wednesdays. So it’s bedtime for me.



P.S. – The Academy Awards are on Sunday! I’m so excited!

Thanks to laundry

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Due to laundry and various other things, I’m up much later than I would like to be, so, I’m sorry, but I’m going to update you on today in tomorrow’s post. I’ve got stuff in the morning that I HAVE to be at on time, so I need to get to bed ASAP. Goodnight!


Dine and dash.

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Okay, I’ll start with yesterday. Wanna know why nothing interesting happened yesterday? I didn’t wake up until 3:30 in the afternoon! I guess that’s what I get for not going to bed until four and not setting an alarm. Oh well. After I had woken up, I ordered Chipotle on my phone from my bed, deciding to nix the double everything that I normally get. My usual meal at Chipotle has been a burrito bowl with double chicken and extra cheese, rice, and salsa. This time, I only doubled the salsa; this decreased the total calorie count of the meal by about half. I figured that, as often as I eat Chipotle, it would be a good idea to pull back a bit. Once I had eaten, I drove across town to Supercuts and got my hair cut to my usual short length; there’s a line in the play about how my character has started to lose hair, which didn’t make any sense at all with my hair being at the length it was before the cut.

From the haircut I went back to the room and showered before heading back out to the theater, where we the show was sold out for the second Saturday in a row! Good stuff. Most of the cast went out to eat at Applebee’s after the performance; I had the cajun shrimp pasta, which, as always, was really good. We all left at about 12:30 or so, at which point I went back to the room and continued playing Arkham City for a few hours. I was in bed a bit earlier last night, though: 3 (I think…)! In any case, I went to bed early enough so that I didn’t have to fight too hard with myself to get up for church. This was the first time that I had made it to Sunday school here in Lubbock since the start of the semester. Not that we did anything productive in Sunday school to begin with, but still. At the church, I resisted the urge to shove donuts down my throat, settling for the blueberry yogurt, chocolate milk, and Coke Zero that I had bought myself on campus before driving to church. Service was good today, too, and I identified with it; the pastor was talking about having discipline, about setting goals and being firm in our beliefs and paying attention to details in our lives that could lead us into giving it to temptation. The reason I related is because he used the example of him cutting back on his sodas; in case you don’t remember, I was completely soda-free for an entire year, so I knew exactly what he was going through when he talked about the constant pangs you have that you have to ignore.

I left the church at about 12:15 or so, and Lexi and I went to Chicken Express. We needed something fast because I had my first Goin’ Band leadership meeting at 1. We didn’t really get to stay and eat, but it was nice to have the few minutes that we had to catch up; we hadn’t seen each other in a few weeks. I made it to the music building just in time for the leadership meeting, which only lasted about an hour. It was basically just an introduction into what we’re going to be focusing on as a group in these leadership meetings that will be taking place throughout the semester. When it had finished, I called Granna, who had called me while I was in the meeting. Her and Poppa are on a cruise ship with a couple of friends for the next week, so please pray for safe travels!

I went straight back to the room, where I took all of our trash to the trash room before Conner showed up. You see, the two of us have been planning on watching Back to the Future together for at least a year now, and we finally got around to doing it! We didn’t have time to watch all three in the trilogy, but we made it through the first one with me providing anecdotes the whole way through. I’m telling you: watching BTTF with me is quite an experience. You’ll learn lots of stuff concerning behind-the-scenes information and the like. It’s awesome!

When Conner had left to eat dinner with his family, I whipped out Arkham City again, eventually finishing the story mode! Wow…it was SO good! Even better than the first one, and I didn’t think that was possible! I highly recommend both games to everyone.

That’s pretty much it. Andrew got back from his Raider Awakening retreat a few hours ago and crashed on his bed…he’s been there ever since, not waking even for a minute or two. We’ll see if he sleeps through the night or not, though I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he did. As for me, I just did my music history reading quiz, which was the only homework I had this weekend. Huzzah! Now, I’m about to get ready for bed and maybe read a chapter of Total Money Makeover before going to sleep; back to a world withOUT Batman tomorrow…that’s no fun!

Anyway, goodnight everyone!


Running through temples.

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There’s literally, 100% not enough material for me to give what I would call a “full” post tonight. I will tack on what little there is to say about today onto tomorrow’s post.

See you then, and goodnight!


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