Puns, books, and sleeps.

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I apologize for my long absence. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve been absent from my review site as well – though I’ve been keeping track of what I need to review when I get the chance.

So, life…it’s pretty good, but also pretty busy, though not for the reasons it should be. My music classes this semester – Form & Analysis, Brass Methods, Goin’ Band, Music for Children, Symphonic Band, and Conducting – are all pretty basic and easy to handle. It’s my one non-music class that has proved itself to be a little overwhelming. It’s an honors humanities seminar called Western Intellectual Traditions. I signed up thinking, “oh, Western philosophy, that could be pretty cool!” …but then I walked into the classroom on the first day and was handed a 12-book reading list. From the first class to the second class we read The Epic of Gilgamesh, and we have since then read Homer’s The Iliad, 64 chapters of the Old Testament, about the same number of chapters from the New Testament, Antigone and Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Plato’s Phaedo and a chapter from Plato’s Republic, Marcus Aurelius’ MeditationsThe Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius, Beowulf, Dante’s Inferno, and two chapters from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. We’re finishing up The Treasure of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan by Thursday, and then we only have one book left to read: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis. On top of all of that, we have a 10-page paper due on the last day of class. So yeah…very busy, and most of the reason why I haven’t posted here very often.

Aside from all of that nonsense, everything about this semester has been great. Goin’ Band has been a lot of fun; Rachel and I have worked together as section leaders really well and we’ve been lucky to have a great section this year. I’m also in my fifth semester of voice lessons, which are going well…I’m preparing for a just-for-fun recital that will take place sometime in the spring! In addition to that, I’m sort of in a class (meaning I’m participating without enrollment) called “Scenes,” in which we auditioned and were assigned to groups in which we will prepare and eventually perform a scene from a musical theatre/opera production. I’m a part of three of these scenes, which also contribute to my busy-ness, but I’m having lots of fun being a part of them.

Let’s see…what else has happened this semester? I got the iPhone 5, bought a new, fancy horn case, ordered my official Texas Tech ring (which I will have in less than two weeks!), and voted in my first presidential election. I also saw more movies than I should have – Looper, Finding Nemo 3D, Sinister, Wreck-It Ralph, Flight, and Skyfall…I think that’s it, though I saw a couple of those multiple times. And there are more to come! Lincoln comes out this weekend, Rise of the Guardians comes out the week after that, and in December we have The HobbitLes MiserablesDjango Unchained, and a couple others…it’s been a good year for movies.

There are only 13 days of class left of the semester…not that I’m keeping count or anything. Thanksgiving break is next week, so I’ll get to go home! That’ll be fun. In a month’s time, I will be sitting at home for Christmas break. I’m too excited!

I know that wasn’t too much of an update, but I’m still trying to finish up The Treasure of the City of Ladies…goody. I promise it won’t be three months before you hear from me next!

Stay fresh and God bless.


Saying goodbye.

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During the last full week of July, I went on a Disney cruise with my aunt, uncle, and two cousins, and I had a blast! The ports of call for the 7-day cruise were Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay, but we only got off in Grand Cayman to eat lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and in Castaway Cay to spend some time on the beach, both of which were very nice. The rest of the time, we stayed on the ship and enjoyed ourselves there. I spent most of my time with my Uncle Craig, attending various music/movie trivia events, watching several movies in the on-board movie theater, and going to all of the stage shows every night, though we were often joined at these shows by my Aunt Brenda and my cousin Summer. My other cousin, Carson, spent most of his time either a) in the kids club; b) eating ice cream; c) watching the on-demand TV in our stateroom. At dinner, we shared a table with a family of three who had a daughter who is about Summer’s age; our two families got along really well and enjoyed each others’ company.

This was my fourth cruise overall and my second with Disney, but the ship we were on, the Disney Fantasy, is the newest of the Disney fleet, so it was super nice. There were lots of interactive things around the ship, such as a sports simulator, a mini-golf course, a water slide that circles the top deck, and a detective game in which you interact with photos around the ship to solve one of three cases, each of which is different every single time you play again. So cool! Overall, it was an awesome vacation, and I was very fortunate to have them take me along. It’s a shame that, unless they visit Lubbock again sometime this semester, I won’t be seeing them until Christmas, since they live a few states away in Alabama.

The past two weeks, I’ve resumed my post as the horn teacher at Poteet’s summer band camp, as well as helping out on the marching field with fundamentals and setting the drill for the marching show. It’s great being able to contribute to the band that was such a big part of my life for four years, and it’s definitely good experience for me in my future career. I’ve stuck with my tradition of only wearing sleeveless shirts to summer band camp, so I’ve built up a nice tan line at my shoulders, and I’m also sporting an awkward tan line on my feet in the shape of my flip flops. Oh well.

In my last post, I talked about how I had started using Tumblr as a medium to share my opinions on films and film scores. I still use that Tumblr page, but I’ve since upgraded to a new WordPress account where I review films, soundtracks, books, and graphic novels. It’s off to a great start, with nearly 650 views in the 6 weeks that I’ve had it; my posts have been shared by MovieByte.com, DallasMovieScreenings.com, and my favorite entertainment news website, Hypable.com. Cool! My website, ChadLikesMovies.com, can be found at this link. Check it out and let me know what you think!

I leave for Lubbock for the semester this coming Tuesday, which I have mixed feelings about. I wish I could spend more time with my family, but, at the same time, I’m really excited to see what being part of the leadership team for the Goin’ Band is like. I’m even a little bit excited for my classes; since I’m done with music theory, aural skills, piano, and music history, I’ve got an entirely different course load that will really start to focus on individual techniques that I’ll need for my future career, techniques such as conducting, form and analysis, and music for children…just in case. I’ll miss my family, but I’m excited for the new things to come.

Speaking of my family, I have a sort of announcement to make. For those of you who don’t know, I have a cat named Noel who has been a part of my family for more than 10 years. I received him as a Christmas present when I was 9 years old, and he’s been my best friend ever since. It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you all that he’s been struggling. Back in November of 2011, he got sick, so my mom took him to the vet to see what was wrong. He was having some problems with his kidneys, but the pet doctors were able to fix him up, so he came back home, seemingly fine until the week I was gone for the cruise. He started vomiting and having some diarrhea, so Mom took him back to the vet and learned that he was having problems with his kidneys again. They kept him in the hospital for a few days, giving him some fluids and trying to get him back to normal again, but, even after coming home, he wasn’t the same. He wasn’t eating much, he was laying around a lot, and, as a result of his lack of food, he was weak, giving him trouble with jumping up on the counters and stuff like that.

We took him back to the vet earlier this week and tried to figure out exactly what was going wrong; he still wasn’t eating, and, despite his love for ice water or water from the faucet, he wasn’t drinking anymore either. The vets took a couple of X-rays to see if they could identify the problem, and they think they found it. Noel has a couple of kidney stones in his kidneys. Normally, kidney stones aren’t issues in animals, but, in Noel’s case, they are causing kidney failure. The only solutions cost an insane amount of money that 1) we don’t have and 2) might not even work because, on top of all that, we learned that he has a small heart that likely wouldn’t be able to handle anesthesia. So, we’re in a difficult situation.

Noel isn’t feeling well, and he’s been struggling with these kidney problems for quite some time now. The long-term prognosis isn’t good; the vets don’t think he’ll ever get better. Our decision is this: he is at the pet hospital tonight, getting some fluids that will hopefully make him feel better for the weekend. Tomorrow, we’ll pick him up in the morning and bring him home, where he can lay beside me on my bed at night a couple more times. On Monday, we’ll take him back and get him put to sleep so that he doesn’t have to suffer anymore.

Noel has been part of my family for 10 long, wonderful years. Though we had two dogs before he came into my life, Noel was my first pet, and he was mine; for those who were wondering, I named him Noel because I got him for Christmas. I remember the first night after getting him when I insisted on sleeping in the same room with him, only to start bawling because he wanted to play rather than let me sleep! He’s about as spoiled as a cat can get. He’d follow us to the restroom, hop up on the counter, and beg us for a trickle of water from the faucet that he could drink from. He also loved iced water, sprinting to the kitchen every time he heard one of us filling a glass with ice. Whenever I was home, he’d sleep on my bed with me, curled up next to my chest. Yeah, he’s a special cat.

A few years ago, my cousin’s cat was found dead in a closet, and it was completely unexpected. From that point on, I would take Noel, look in his eyes, and tell him to “wait for me”. I wanted to be there to say goodbye when it was time for him to go. I’ve been saying it for a long time now, and, now that it’s about time for him to go, I’ll be there to say goodbye. During the cruise, Noel’s troubles at home unknown to me, I had a conversation with my uncle about how I hoped that he’d be around at least until I finished college. Sadly, he won’t be around that long, but I’m just glad that this didn’t happen while I was gone. I’m thankful for my time spent with him; he is the best first pet a kid could have, and he has been my companion and best friend for a long, long time. I’m very fortunate. I love you, Noel. Goodbye.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know what was going on. I won’t be posting again until I’m settled back in Lubbock, at which point I’ll do my best to get back to posting at least once a day. Please pray for my family and me as we struggle through the loss of Noel, and pray that his last weekend with us is a good one. Please also pray for safe travels back to Lubbock on Tuesday…I’d really appreciate it.

Thank you all so much. God bless.


Scratchy eyes.

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Hello, everyone. It’s been something like two weeks since my last post and for that, I’m sorry. I said in my last post that I would update you all before Christmas, but that obviously didn’t happen. However, as a result of my absence, you should get a nice long post today. Here we go!

I’ll start with my wisdom teeth removal: in the two weeks that have passed since getting my wisdom teeth yanked out, I have had minimal to no pain with absolutely no swelling…it’s a blessing. The only thing about this process that bothers me a little bit is the fact that there are still two holes in the back of my mouth, which act as magnets for bits of food and whatnot. Thankfully, I have a syringe that was provided to me by the oral surgeon that I use to keep that area clear of gunk, so no worries there.

As for Christmas, it was wonderful! God continues to show me how blessed I am through people like my family members who went out of their way to make sure I received (nearly) everything on my Christmas list. I received a Kindle Touch, a new pair of over-the-ear headphones that I had researched and picked out, a few PS3 games, a couple of XBox 360 games, several movie soundtracks (plus a couple other random CDs), and a grand total of 30 movies on Blu-Ray…that’s right, THIRTY! It’s an overwhelming number when we’re talking movies, but you have to realize that that number includes the three Lord of the Rings films (extended edition Blu-Ray boxed set!), all four Pirates of the Caribbean films (all packaged in a nifty treasure chest), and all six Star Wars films, but, still, that’s a lot! My cousins also decided to buy everyone gifts on their own, getting me a detailed encyclopedia/timeline of the Beatles’ career…they know me so well! Like I said, I am blessed to have a family as generous and loving as mine.

The first book I bought on my new Kindle Touch (I had an old, outdated Kindle that I rarely used) was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I bought it on a whim, not knowing what to expect, but wow! was it good! I bought it the day after Christmas (Monday) read sporadically over the next couple of days, but I read during the ENTIRE 10/11-hour car ride home from Alabama, unable to put it down despite the fact that I had put several of my new movies on my iPad for viewing in the car. It’s a crime novel, a genre that I was first introduced to as a child with the Hardy Boys series, but Lisbeth Salander (the girl of the title) and Mikael Blomkvist are no Frank and Joe! No, this novel is definitely for more mature readers as it contains sex, rape, and torture, but don’t let those subjects turn you away – they aren’t the focus of the book. I don’t want to give anything away, so you’ll have to check it out for yourself…I highly recommend it! I’ve already started reading the sequel, The Girl who Played with Fire, which hasn’t gotten super interesting yet (I’m not very far), but I have high hopes.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was SO good, in fact, that I had seen both the original Swedish film adaptation and the new American film adaptations within two days of finishing it. All three Swedish films (one for each book of the “Millennium Trilogy”) are available on Netflix Instant (with subtitles since it isn’t in English), and the first one is great. Careful, though…the sex and rape that I mentioned above aren’t really toned down at all, so the film is pretty graphic, but it’s still a great adaptation of a really good book. However, I thought that the new American version, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara and directed by David Fincher (of The Social Network fame), was much better…and I’m not just saying that because I could understand what was being said. The American version was a better adaptation of the book, staying truer to the source than the Swedish version did (which is odd considering that the book itself was originally published in Swedish). The music for the film was fantastic as well; the score was composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who also collaborated with Fincher for the musical score of The Social Network (which earned them an Academy Award for Best Original Score). The soundtrack consists of 39 tracks, totaling to a grand three hours long…by far the longest film soundtrack I’ve ever seen. It’s very good, and it’s only $11.99 on iTunes, so check it out!

Okay, back to Christmas. Spending the holiday with my family at my aunt/uncles’ house in Alabama was great. I don’t get to see the two of them or my cousins very often, so I always appreciate the time that I have to spend with them. All 10 of us (aunt/uncle, 2 cousins, brother, mom/dad, grandparents) went to see Sherlock Holmes 2 in theaters before Christmas, which I think I liked more than the original (though the music playing during the end credits sounded like it was from the Pirates of the Caribbean films; thanks, Mr. Zimmer). A couple of days after Christmas, Blake and I went bowling with our two cousins, which was also lots of fun. It was nice for it to be just us kids for a while; there aren’t many moments when that’s the case.

No matter how much fun I had in Alabama, I was ready to come home when we did. Blake and I had been sleeping on air mattresses, and, though they weren’t terribly uncomfortable, sleeping in my bed for the first time in nearly a week was oh-so-nice. After returning home, it was only two days before we got super busy again. On the Friday after we came home, we had our annual Christmas get-together with some old family friends, people who my mom/grandparents/uncle used to be neighbors with. The next day was New Year’s Eve, which meant it was time for our annual family/friends NYE party! Started a few years ago, Blake and I invite our friends down to Poppa and Granna’s house for food, games, and good times every NYE. This year, Andrew, Seth, and Johnny were in attendance for the festivities, as were Andrew’s parents, brother (and his brother’s girlfriend), and a couple of Blake’s friends. Of course, Granna and Poppa and my mom and dad were there as well. We all spent the night and continued the good times into the next day, when Connor joined us! It was Connor’s first time to visit Poppa and Granna’s house despite having invited him every year, so it was great being able to introduce him to the tradition. Before New Year’s dinner, we all played football outside for a while, which I enjoyed although I’m not a football fan. Connor and Andrew’s family showed up right before dinner, and then the guys and I, plus my dad and Scottie (Andrew’s brother), all played more football. This may not have been the best of ideas since we were all stuffed with food, but we still had a grand ol’ time.

Andrew and Connor left that night, but Johnny and Seth were still there, and that night we watched Insidious on my grandparents’ large-screen TV. Seth and I had both seen it before, but it was still a different sort of experience to be watching it in a dark living room in the semi-country. I’m still not a huge fan of the part of the film right before the very end, but the rest of it is good enough to balance everything out a bit. The next day, we all packed up and came back to Mesquite, where I’ve been since.

I’ve mostly been watching TV with my parents and playing a couple of my new video games in my room. I beat Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception the other day, which was another great game in a fantastic series. The Uncharted games are very cinematic, which is part of the reason why I love them so much; it feels like you’re playing a character in a movie rather than in a video game. The cut scenes were filmed with motion capture, the story is fantastic, and the score is worthy of adorning a film itself. All-in-all, you can’t get much better than Uncharted. I’m currently working through playing LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 on my XBox 360, which is also loads of fun. The LEGO video games are some of the best out there just because they’re so darned fun! It’s always entertaining to see how the books/films have been translated into “LEGO speak”, something I’ve come to love about them. I finished playing through Order of the Phoenix earlier today, and I’m about halfway finished or so with Half-Blood Prince. I’m not sure what I’ll play when I play through all of this game; either LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean or inFAMOUS 2. We’ll see!

Today, I went to the dentist’s office for my routine teeth-cleaning. I was sorta dreading it because I feared that I had gotten my first real cavity; I had found what appeared to be a small black hole in the groove of one of my bottom teeth. However, they told me that it was just a stain and it scraped right off! Do you know what that means? Twenty straight years of being cavity-free! Hooray! I’m very proud of that.

When lunchtime came around, I was at a loss. You see, my cholesterol is a little high, so I’m trying to watch what I eat a little better and exercise more. I looked up “healthy fast food” on my phone and found a salad at Chick-Fil-A that had char-broiled chicken, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, and some purple stuff that wasn’t onions. I decided to give it a try, and, though it took me about an hour to eat it all, I did it! I also ate a large cup of fruit. This is a huge step for me: I’ve never eaten a salad in my life, and I’m not a huge fan of vegetables. Hopefully now I can get into the habit of substituting a salad for some of my less healthy food choices.

I helped Mom cook dinner tonight (meaning that I took the pre-made pasta out of the box, pre-heated the oven, and then stuck the pasta in on a baking sheet when the oven was ready). After we had eaten, Blake and I helped Dad take down Christmas decorations in the front yard, leaving only the lights that line the roof of the house; we’re leaving those for this weekend. Then I came back inside, ordered a case for my new Kindle Touch, and then continued playing LEGO Harry Potter. And now, here we are!

Tomorrow, Andrew, Connor, Johnny, and I are driving out to Dallas Baptist University to visit Seth. He’s on-campus over the break because of work and winter classes, which means that he can only come home on the weekends, so we decided to drive out to visit him and hang out for a while.

It’s nice to imagine that all of the non-college level schoolkids are returning to school tomorrow while I’m free to do as I wish for another two weeks. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have work to do: it’s time to kick it in gear and start practicing my horn every day in preparation for auditions, and I also need to start working out and maybe doing some running. I may start all of that tomorrow if I can motivate myself. Here’s hoping!

Anyway, I’ll try not to be gone for so long this time. Hopefully, you’ll have a new post to read within two or three days at max; posting every day during the break wouldn’t be an entertaining read, so I’ve got to space it out at least a little bit. I hope you’ve enjoyed this long update! Happy, 2012, everybody, and goodnight!



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Hello everyone! Sorry for the long delay since my last post; Christmas break, in some ways, has proven to be busier than school was.

I’ve really enjoyed being home with my family. I’ve spent pretty much all of my time at home hanging out in the living room with Mom and Dad (Blake only plays video games online in his room), and my cat has been hanging out with me as well. When I first got home, I was a bit jealous because Noel (my cat) seemed to be more attached to my mom than to me, but he’s warmed up to me since I’ve been back, so that’s good.

Last Friday, Dad, Blake, and I drove to the big little town (though mostly just little) of Sentinel, Oklahoma, where my grandparents (on my dad’s side) live during the winter since it’s so cold and snowy at their other home in Idaho during this time of year. My aunt (my dad’s sister) lives next door to my grandparents’ home in Oklahoma, so it was a cool little reunion for all of us, especially since the last time I had seen any of them (unless my memory has slipped) was when my Memaw attended my graduation in May of 2010; it had been even longer since I saw my Pawpaw or Aunt Shannon. At their house, I actually had my first home-cooked meal since returning home from school for the break, which was nice. Memaw fixed us a breakfast consisting of eggs and ham that morning, and we had pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and butter/bread, all of which were great (though I admittedly didn’t eat any carrots). Overall, it was just awesome getting to spend time with them after not having seen them in such a long time.

The three of us left for home Sunday afternoon. That night and the next day were particularly uneventful, but Tuesday was super exciting because I got my wisdom teeth removed! Yaaaaa- just kidding. It wasn’t that exciting. However, it wasn’t painful either, for which I’m grateful. Dad took me to the oral surgeon’s office that morning at 10; as soon as I got in the operating room, they put an IV in my arm and I was out for the count, though it seemed like I was awake in the next instant. I haven’t had any pain so far, which is awesome, but having to keep up with the meds I have to take and the task of keeping my mouth consistently clean is a bit tiring. An advantage is that I haven’t really done anything but sit around watching TV the past two days, and lots of that time was spent with my cat napping in my lap, which warms my heart. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it on here before now, but December 26th will mark 10 years since I first got Noel, so I’m glad that he’s warmed up to me so much.

As a result of my diet being mostly limited to soft foods, I’ve now had my mom’s spaghetti for dinner three nights in a row…awesome! It’s my very favorite food. Hooray!

Earlier tonight, a Back to the Future marathon came on TV. I didn’t catch it until halfway through Part II, but I watched the rest of it and then the third one, all with my parents. At the end of Part II, I had to pause the TV for a minute or two to clarify the timeline of the trilogy for Mom; she was confused as to how these characters got where and when, but I think she (mostly) understands now. I’m such a good son!

The other day, I discovered that one of my favorite childhood Saturday morning cartoons is available for viewing on Netflix Instant: Jackie Chan Adventures! Very exciting news. I’ve been watching several episodes during the past couple of days, and the more I watch, the more I’m convinced that it’s not just the nostalgia speaking: this TV show really is quality stuff. If you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend it. It’s lots of fun, and it doesn’t dumb things down for kids. It’s action-packed and light-hearted, though it has some light moments as well. Very good!

Anyway, that’s pretty much it for now. I’ve been getting in bed a lot earlier this break, believe it or not. I’ve been going to bed not too long after midnight, though I’ll be honest: I’ll often lie in bed for an hour or so watching a TV show or listening to music before finally falling asleep, but that’s still a pretty decent bedtime as far as I’m concerned.

48 hours from now, I’ll have been at my aunt and uncle’s house in Alabama for several hours, eagerly anticipating Christmas on Sunday morning. It’s only been a few weeks since I last saw them (Thanksgiving), but I’m excited to see them as well; I usually see them maybe three or four times a year, max, so it’s always a treat to spend time with them as well.

And now it’s time for bed. That’s today’s update! I’ll update you all at least once more before Christmas…I promise! Goodnight, everyone!


P.S. – The final grades are in! Of my 11 classes this semester (I know, it’s a lot – welcome to the life of a music major!), I received 9 As and 2 Bs, bringing both my semester and combined GPAs to a bit higher than a 3.7 (though not high enough to round up a tenth). I’m very happy with these grades…this is my first semester to get an A in my music history class! Definitely an improvement.

Romping around.

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Well, I’m home! It’s a great feeling.

I know I haven’t posted in a few days, so I’ll briefly review the past few days.

On Monday, I didn’t really do anything all day aside from going over to Lexi and Bekka’s house for a little movie-watching party. Neither of them had seen The Polar Express, so I brought it over, they ordered pizza, and the three of us sat and watched. They loved it! It’s always a good feeling to share a movie with someone and to have them really enjoy it. After that was over, I went back to the room and finished packing for my month-long break (woohoo!) before hitting the books…I had one last final exam to study for. I was up a bit later than I had hoped to be, but it was worth it because the exam was a bit tricky.

This last exam was at 7:30am on Tuesday morning, and it was in my COMS class. I think I passed it for sure, but it may not have been my best grade. I’m not worried about it, though; I received high grades on all of my speeches/presentations in that class, so my grade should weigh more in favor of those than to the not-as-great exam grade. I finished at about 9am, at which point I walked to my car, drove to Sneed, loaded up the remainder of my things and said goodbye to Andrew, and then finally left Lubbock! The drive was a bit dreary because it seemed that all of Texas is under a fog, but the Christmas music made it all the better. I also took another break to listen through the soundtrack to The Muppets yet again, which was fun. Such a great soundtrack!

I got home at about 3:30, which was earlier than Mom expected me; I called her an hour after I left Lubbock to tell her that I was just now leaving, ensuring that I’d be there before she was expecting me so that I could surprise her. I bought Sonic drinks for the both of us before visiting her at Beasley. She was definitely surprised! Later that night was the choir concert, which was lots of fun. Variety sang before the concert, and, though I was upset with the Variety Girls for cutting “All I Want for Christmas is You” this year, it was good to see Blake and others having so much fun. The concert itself wasn’t bad either, and it was made better at the end when the alumni joined the choir onstage for my favorite Christmas song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and for “Carol of the Bells”. It had been two years since I had sung either of them, but I remembered both very well; it was great to be back on that stage. Definitely home!

Yesterday, I slept until about 11:30 before eating lunch with Mom at Beasley. After we had eaten, Andrew and Johnny came over to the house, where we watched The Office and Andrew played some inFAMOUS on my PS3 (we set up a small TV so that both activities could go on at the same time in the same room). In the evening was a spaghetti dinner up at Poteet as a fundraiser for the baseball team (I think…). When we had eaten our fill, we went back home and watched bad Lifetime Christmas movies before hitting the hay.

Today, I woke up before noon again (I’m trying to avoid sleeping the day away), but with consciousness came an awful headache, so I stayed in bed for a couple of hours before Mom came home from work to take me to an appointment with an oral surgeon about my wisdom teeth…I’m getting them removed next Tuesday. Oh goody? Hopefully it won’t be too bad. We originally scheduled it to take place after the start of the new year, but we decided that it would be best if we got it over with now so that it doesn’t interfere with practicing for band auditions. It shouldn’t affect my eating habits on Christmas, at least, that’s what the dentist guy said. Here’s hoping!

After the appointment, Mom dropped me off at home before going to her work Christmas party, leaving Blake and me at home for a while before Dad got home from work to take us out to eat – Cici’s! We got home not too long after 8, at which point Mom and Blake left to deliver fundraiser items that people had purchased from him, and I left to go see The Muppets again with Andrew, Connor (who just got back in town), and Johnny…thank goodness for Johnny getting us in for free since he works there! It was nice to see the movie again with people who hadn’t seen it before (neither Johnny nor Connor had seen it before tonight) as gave Andrew and I opportunity to enjoy their reactions as we enjoyed it for the second time.

And now I’m home, ready to go to bed. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we’ll see! Goodnight, all.


P.S. – Of the grades I know, I have 8 As and 1 B+…still waiting on my music history and COMS grades.

I am blessed.

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I was in bed until 3 this afternoon. What a great sleep it was!

When I finally got up, Andrew and I started watching The Office…and that’s all we did ALL day until about 7:00, when we left to see A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, a play directed my friend John, who directed CCBB earlier this year. It was a great show; the venue was smaller than I imagined, but it wasn’t a bad thing…it was nice to sorta be up close and personal with the story. I ended up knowing tons of people in the cast. One is Sarah, who I met last fall through Kate, and all of the others were in CCBB with me, which was cool because I hadn’t seen any of them since CCBB. Go figure. I’m glad John invited me (and provided free tickets for Andrew and me)!

We stopped by McDonald’s before coming back to the campus. In the room, Andrew wrote a short essay for his English class, and then we watched more of The Office. We’re almost all the way through season 6 now, which means we only have one more season to go before we’re caught up with all of the episodes available on Netflix! Kinda pathetic, but we don’t care.

Earlier, Mom called and we talked a bit about my Christmas list. Every year we get a “big gift” from Mom and Dad; past examples include a bike, an XBox 360, a TV, and a PS3…all of which I’ve brought to Tech and use on a regular basis. This year, I couldn’t think of anything “big” that I wanted, so I put the newest version of the Kindle (the touch-screen one, not the Fire) as my “big gift”. Mom asked me to see if I could think of anything bigger, and I’ve tried, but I honestly couldn’t think of anything bigger that I want that I don’t already have; I truly am incredibly blessed. If any of you have any ideas as to what I should ask for, let me know.

Anyway, it’s later than I anticipated it being, so it’s time for bed. I don’t want to sleep through church tomorrow! Goodnight.


Snows and stuffs.

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Everything paled in comparison to the snow on the ground. I’ll never get used to walking to class through the snow. Ever. But it’s awesome.

Classes were boring. Nothing new. Aside from class, Andrew and I have been watching lots of the Office again…we just started season 5. Woohoo! I had a band concert at 8 that went well, so that was cool.

That’s pretty much it, though. Classes have been delayed tomorrow, so I won’t actually have anything until 11 in the morning…yay for sleeping late! Also, section leader auditions in the afternoon. Wish me luck! Prayers please!

I compiled together all of my finals: I have four on Friday and then one on Tuesday morning. How awful is that? At least I’ll be done before noon on Tuesday, so I’ll make it home before the Poteet choir concert that night! I didn’t make it last year, so it’ll be nice to be there this year.

Anyway, it’s bed time. Goodnight!


Frozen Water

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It’s snowing in Lubbock, America!

Today was nice. I went to church, eating lunch afterward with my friend Lexi and her sister, Bekka, at Chili’s. When we had finished there, I went back to campus and met with someone to start/complete a short project that is due in theory tomorrow; it only took us about an hour, so it was really pretty simple. At 5, I had my visual instructor audition. One of the people in my group dropped out of the running for the position, so there were only three of us auditioning at once. It was a little awkward because we were only teaching two people…weird. My audition went well though, at least better than the other two, who mostly talked or stuttered their way through their audition. I’m optimistic.

I didn’t have anything between my audition and band rehearsal at 7, so I laid down on one of the couches in the SUB, turned on my Christmas playlist, set a couple of alarms, and napped for an hour. It was nice. Band rolled around soon enough. The rehearsal was long, but, thankfully, it seemed to go by pretty quickly for the most part. After rehearsal ended, I got out my marching horn, made sure my chops weren’t worn out, and did my playing audition for section leader with Prof. Hill. I could’ve played a bit better, but most of it was pretty good I thought. There wasn’t any sightreading like the audition packet had said, so I guess that’s a good thing, but I wasn’t too worried about it to begin with…sightreading is a strong point of mine.

Since returning to the room, I have been playing around on my computer (as has Andrew), and we’ve been continuing our Office marathon…Jim and Pam are finally together! We just started season 4. The episodes are about 20 minutes longer now, so we won’t be working through as fast as we had been. Oh well.

Anyway, it’s been snowing fairly consistently since about 11pm, so here’s hoping for delayed morning classes at the very least! Now, it’s time for bed. Goodnight, everyone.


Just love her!

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I’m in season 3 of The Office and Jim and Pam aren’t yet together. It’s frustrating.

Today was a nice start to my busy weekend. Andrew and I woke up at about the same time this morning, around 10am. We immediately switched on The Office and continued our marathon…we’re hooked. After watching for a few hours, I got dressed and went to CJs for the Lady Raiders basketball game against Penn State…whoever said that women’s basketball wasn’t exciting hasn’t been around our team. With four seconds left of the game, we were in the lead 67-66 and had possession of the ball. Penn State knocked it out with one second left on the play clock (still four seconds on the official clock). We passed it in to someone and immediately made a three-pointer in the last second of the play clock! It was awesome.

When the game had finished, I went back to the music building and met with another section leader candidate (the girl who I convinced to audition) to give her pointers on teaching/auditioning per her request. I’m so excited! Auditions start tomorrow…as I said, I’m not worried, but prayers are appreciated!

Carol of Lights was tonight! It was very cool. Andrew and I mixed hot chocolate with coffee and took it with us to the ceremony, which I loved. This is totally my favorite Tech tradition! Seeing Memorial Circle all lit up with the Christmas lights.

Guess what Andrew and I did after CoL? If you guessed “watch more of The Office”, you were correct. And our marathon is still going strong! We’ll probably be in bed soon, though, so that I wake up in time for church in the morning. Goodnight, everyone!


Scooby dooby doo.

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Thursday night was the best night I’ve had in a while. 

Jenny and Megan had the idea for all of us to have dinner together at Jenny’s apartment sometime before the end of the semester, “us” meaning the two of them, Tessa, Andrew, and I. They prepared chicken, potatoes, bread, and cheesecake for the five of us; it was delicious! After we had eaten, we played “The Game of Things” for a couple of hours, laughing and listening to my Christmas music playlist all the while. It was a blast! Andrew and I hadn’t seen Tessa in ages (we’ve been able to hang with Jenny and Megan fairly regularly), so this get-together was a sort of mini-reunion for us all. 

We didn’t leave Jenny’s apartment until midnight. Andrew and I returned to the room, where we proceeded to have an Office marathon via Netflix while I worked on all of the homework I had due today: music theory and 3 different assignments for music history. I was up super late getting everything finished, but it was definitely worth the good time I had with my friends. 

Despite my three hours of sleep, I managed to wake up on time for my first class. The rest of the day went pretty well. We got our research paper grades back today; I got a 73, but, after showing my professor what the teaching assistant who had graded my paper said, we decided that he was confused and that a rewording of my thesis (we get a rewrite) would raise my grade dramatically. So no worries there!

When music history was over, I grabbed both my concert and marching horns and practiced for a while: my jury piece (and a brief bit of next semester’s audition music) on my concert horn and my section leader audition music on my marching horn. My section leader playing audition will take place some time Sunday evening, and the teaching audition will be during GB on Tuesday; I’m not worried about either. However, prayers will still be appreciated!

When all of my classes were over today, there was a visual instructor leadership meeting to optionally attend as practice for that audition (which will take place Sunday as well). When it was my turn to teach the group that I was with, everything went well. Heck, even the guy who has already been a visual instructor told me that my pace was perfect. Yay! Visual instructor isn’t my focus, though: section leader is. It would just be cool to do both. 

I finally got back to the room at about 6:15, where I took a short nap on the ground (Andrew was lying on my bed watching TV!) before the two of us ate a short meal at McDonald’s. We then had a roomie “browling” session at the bowling alley, which was lots of fun. We played three games; he beat me the first two, but I was (admittedly marginally) ahead in the third. I was continuing to work on my spin, which isn’t yet completely consistent. I almost got a turkey though (three strikes in a row)!

We came back to the room, put laundry in the washing machines, and then resumed our watch-through of The Office. We’re in season 2 after only three or four days of watching; it’s SO funny! I never really watched The Office before, only seeing an episode or two here and there, but I’m so glad that we’re watching through from the beginning. Thank you, Netflix!

Anyway, I have a busy weekend ahead of me: starting at 1 tomorrow, I have CJs and Carol of Lights (SO EXCITED!) tomorrow, and then Sunday I have church, a project to complete for theory, visual instructor and section leader auditions, and a symphonic band audition. Bring it on!

So now it’s time for bed…I’m going to sleep SO well! Goodnight, everyone!


P.S. – TODAY (12/2) IS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THIS BLOG! Woohoo! Thank you all for sticking with me and reading my (what I’m sure are boring) posts!

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