Multiverses

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Today wasn’t too bad.

I woke up a little late this morning…I missed my 8am class, but it’s not a big deal. I made it to my theory class, and all of the other classes went fine. I came back to the room after choir and chilled out for a bit before changing into my CJs clothes and going to the last home Lady Raiders game of the season. We lost, but I had a good time!

After the game, I filled up my car’s gas tank since the fuel light had come on, and then I came back to the room, where Andrew and I proceeded to watch TV until this point in time.

Boring day. I started to read my Bible, but I couldn’t focus because I was feeling tired. I’ll make sure to read tomorrow! As far as tonight goes, I’m about to get in bed, so it’ll be nice to be going asleep just a little bit earlier than I have been these past few days.

With that, I bid you goodnight. Classes tomorrow and Paradigm (worship) in the evening!

Chad

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The way you do.

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Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

The only thing that happened that was even remotely interesting or out of the ordinary in my morning classes was that a kid fell asleep in our woodwind methods lecture, and the professor had a whole conversation with the class about him while he sat and slept. We were all laughing, but he still didn’t wake until the end of class. I have some playing assignments due in that class next Monday, so I may start working on them tomorrow if I can manage. We’ll see.

I had my usual salad for lunch, and then the rest of the day was exhausting. It really kind of stinks that my ensemble classes are in the afternoon because that’s when I’m most tired, and I can’t chew gum during ensembles to keep myself alert like I can in my normal lecture-based classes. Nothing exciting happened in any of these classes today, though. After my piano class, I came back to the room, got ready for my nap, talked to Mom on the phone for a few minutes, and then slept for a few hours…another great nap! When I woke, I played Batman: Arkham Asylum on my PS3 for the first time. It’s pretty awesome! I played for a few hours before starting on my homework; I know, it should have been the other way around, but it wasn’t much. The only reason I’m up later than normal is because I napped a bit longer than I had originally planned.

In between playing my video game and doing my homework, I talked with my Memaw on Skype for the first time! She called and asked me how to get it set up (I didn’t really have to help much), and then we talked for just a few minutes before saying goodnight to each other. She pointed out that I look like I’ve lost weight, which means that I’m doing well for myself! She knew that I’ve been working on losing some weight and eating healthier, but it was nice to hear that I actually look like I’ve lost it.

Andrew and I didn’t work out today, though; after yesterday’s workout, we were both aching like crazy today. I’ve been feeling the burn in my thighs and in my triceps (I think…I’m no muscle expert), to the point that it hurts to move and to stand up…it’s that bad. Hopefully, I’ll be feeling better tomorrow so that I can do another workout after the band concert or something like that.

Tomorrow is another busy day, though it’s not as class-filled as the first three days of the week. I have three classes, an hour-long horn lesson, and then I’m singing “When Words Fail” from Shrek the Musical at the Voice Area Recital tomorrow. I sang the same song for my final grade at the sort of mini-recital that the grad student voice teachers put on last semester, but this will be the firs time for the vocal department as a whole to hear me sing this. I’m excited! A couple of hours later, I have my first band concert of the semester! Excited to get on with that and move on to some new music.

Well, I’ve stayed up late enough. It’s time to get some shut-eye. Goodnight!

Chad

You Can’t Unsee It

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Okay. I feel like I may be cutting you all short of what you normally get from these posts, but today was just a chill day…not much went on.

I went to my science class at 9:30, where we had our typical Thursday discussion over reading materials. Nothing new there. When class had finished, I returned to the room and ate breakfast before switching on the XBox 360 and playing LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean for a while. Andrew got out of his first class at 12:30, at which point we walked to The Fresh Plate and ate lunch; I relaxed a bit and ate a couple of slices of pizza and some chicken alfredo pasta with some broccoli on the side. We then returned to the room, where I continued playing my game before it was time to leave for my voice lesson.

I stopped by the library before going to the music building, checking out a songbook with a few songs that I’ll be working in voice lessons this semester. The lesson itself went well; we reviewed stuff that I had worked on last semester, including the song from Shrek the Musical that I performed for my final grade. I’m going to try to sing it at next week’s voice area recital, so that’ll be lots of fun…hopefully I’ll get a good reception because there’s still a lot of people in the voice area who haven’t heard me sing before.

I came back to the room and played LEGO: POTC for a couple more hours (I just started At World’s End) before stopping to take a shower at 5:45. It had been raining earlier, and I had to walk through it after my lesson. I made it up to the theater for our first real performance of the show by 6:20 or so, chilling out for a bit before getting dressed in my costume for the show. The audience tonight was really responsive and we did really well! Can’t wait to see how the “real” performances go (tomorrow will be our first performance with a paying audience)!

Upon returning to the room, I ate a Cutie and a few handfuls of Fruit Loops as a small dinner, and Andrew and I watched both Family Guy and the Office. Speaking of The Office, we still haven’t finished all of what’s available on Netflix…we should remedy that.

Tomorrow, I’m eating lunch with a couple of friends at noon, but, aside from that, I have no plans until I have to get back with the cast of the show for our performance. Yay TMEA!

Anyway, I’ll talk to you all in tomorrow’s post! Goodnight!

Chad

A Midwinter Day

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I got out of bed at about 8:45 or so this morning so that I had enough time to shower before my 9:30 science class. In that class, we had more questions to answer based on something we were supposed to read. Like last week, we first discussed these questions in small groups of three or four before opening to discussion up to the class as a whole. My group this time around was a lot more active than the group I was in last week, which was nice because it meant that I wasn’t doing all of the work. In fact, when the discussion was opened to the class, my group was the group that spoke out most of the time! Good for us.

In aural skills, we got back our dictation quiz from last class period. I ended up getting a 99 because the only thing I missed was an accidental, which I’m proud of. Not that this dictation was particularly difficult, though. The rest of class was spent looking over sight-singing stuff for next Tuesday. For lunch, I ate lunch with a friend from class; I got my salad from Chick-Fil-A and she got a rice bowl from Sam’s Place. When band rolled around, we both got our instruments and went to that, which was super long since it was our Thursday hour-and-a-half long rehearsal…bleh. I survived, though.

After band had finished, I put away my horn and grabbed my clarinet so that I could get my playing quizzes submitted online since I won’t be in town this weekend to do them before Monday. I searched around for at least 25 minutes to find a practice room, but they were all busy! It figures that all of the practice rooms would be full whenever I want to practice! There were about 10 of these short playing quizzes, and, though they were simple, they wore out my chops! The clarinet embouchure (the way you hold your mouth in order to produce a sound) is a lot different from my horn embouchure; it makes me firm up the corners of my mouth a bit more, which is hard after having done it for a while without being used to it. I suppose I’ll build up those chops over time, though…we didn’t really start playing it until this week, after all.

I finished about half of these playing quizzes before my horn lesson came around at 3, so I grabbed my horn from downstairs and went back up to the room where my lesson was to be held. My teacher, who I had as my lessons teacher in fall of 2010, is also in my woodwind methods class, so that’s a little bit weird, but it’s cool that I get to operate with him on both teacher-student and peer-peer levels. In my lesson, we started looking at options for possible jury pieces, and we also looked at some of the etudes that we were given to start preparing in studio earlier this week. Starting in a couple of weeks, each member of the horn studio will be starting to perform these etudes in front of everybody else for a grade…yippee? All the more incentive for me to practice more!

I finished my clarinet playing quizzes after my horn lesson before riding my bike back to the room, where I hung out until it was time to leave for play rehearsal at 6:40ish. Tonight, we ran Act III twice, which went well. My lines are officially, 100% learned! Plus, our director told me that I’ve been doing a really good job, so that was cool. I’ve enjoyed being a part of this show despite having to sacrifice my evenings for a few weeks. It has been worth it, though; I’ve made a few new friends and I’ve enjoyed getting back into the theatre world. Hopefully another opportunity will arise sometime next year, and HOPEFULLY I won’t be so busy by then. Maybe I’ll be able to work with my director friend John again! That would be great! (for the record, John, I’d LOVE to be Shrek sometime…haha)

Back in the room, Andrew ordered pizza. He had texted me while I was still at rehearsal, asking if pizza was alright with me for dinner. I said sure, but I asked him to order what he wanted and then allow me to take a slice or two. It was hard to turn down my own pizza, but the idea of pizza for dinner had occurred to me earlier today, so I had Google searched the nutrition facts of Papa John’s pizza…as it turns out, a single slice of pizza from a large Papa John’s pizza contains 320 calories, so my typical full pizza would have added approximately 2,560 calories to the only 440 calories I had already consumed today…no bueno. Me eating only two slices of pizza allowed me to have the pizza that I love so much without passing 1000 calories for today, which has become essential for me to lose weight right now. This is proving to be an ordeal not unlike my year-long break from soda; it’s testing my resistance of temptation, and so far I’ve done a pretty good job of doing just that. Please pray that I can keep it up so I can continue to get into better shape!

Homework tonight consisted of a quick music theory assignment and a music history reading quiz, neither of which took a lot of time. I worked on them while watching some Family Guy for a while before switching over to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which seems to have taken Whose Line is it Anyways?’s old spot on ABC Family at 11pm on weeknights. As much as I love Whose Line, Fresh Prince is still one of my absolute favorite shows, so you won’t be hearing any complaints from me!

Now I’m about to pack a couple of pairs of clothes for this weekend’s trip to El Paso with Andrew; we’ll be heading out of Lubbock tomorrow at about 3:30 or so, as soon as we get out of choir and get our stuff loaded into my car. Looking forward to a fun weekend!

That being said, I’ve got a long drive ahead of me tomorrow as well as a music history listening quiz to look forward to (don’t worry, I just finished studying for it, plus I’ll have an extra hour to look at it before class in the morning since woodwind methods doesn’t meet on Fridays), so it’s bedtime for me. Goodnight!

Chad

P.S. – It has been reported that Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, and Alan Silvestri, the writers and composer of the Back to the Future trilogy, respectively, are supposedly in the early stages of developing a Broadway musical adaptation of at least the first film. Despite what you may think, I actually think that this could be fun; Shrek the Musical taught me to never judge a musical before I’ve heard or seen it. This actually has the potential to be really good, ESPECIALLY if Zemeckis and Gale are involved, since the BTTF trilogy is their brainchild.

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

You Should Care

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After sleeping for so long yesterday (3something – 11, midnight to 8am), waking up for church was a breeze. I left early enough to stop by Sam’s Place West (which opens at 9am) for a quick breakfast-to-go before heading to church, which went well. I’m still really enjoying this church, so I plan on continuing to come every week.

When church was over, I decided to grab Chipotle for lunch since I still have money on my gift card. I called Mom and talked to her for a few minutes, telling her that I’d be stealing our Christmas movies after Thanksgiving to bring back to Tech, and I also negotiated with her to get more Christmas music for the Christmas season. Success! I came back to the campus and just hung around for a while before Court Jesters at 5, where we learned some new songs…I’m having a blast with the CJs. More fun playing my horn than I’ve had in a long time (don’t get me wrong, I still love Goin’ Band and playing my horn in general, but we play legitimately FUN music in CJs). At 7, there was a prospective leadership meeting for those who wanted to run/audition for band officers, visual instructors, drum majors, or section leaders. I had initially planned to just audition for section leader, but I think I’ve decided to go for visual instructor as well (you can do both). Auditions aren’t until December, so wish me luck in preparing!

Landry has been in town since Halloween weekend, so I decided to call him up and see if he wanted to hang out since I had no homework to get finished tonight. We came to my room and watched first the new episode of Family Guy, then the Phineas and Ferb movie (since he hadn’t seen it and he’s also a big P&F fan), and then we got out Back to the Future: The Game on my PS3 and let him play that. He finished Episode 1 and started on Episode 2, and he really seemed to enjoy it. Landry is also a big BTTF fan, though of course not as big as me (I’m not sure if anyone is…).

I had intended on doing laundry tonight, but I still have clean clothes for tomorrow so I figured it could wait a day or two. For now, it’s bedtime. Goodnight, everyone!

Chad

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(that’s what we yelled when this one UT volleyball girl served the ball…UT volleyball players serve super weird)

This morning in theory we listened to the Chopin prelude that Barry Manilow borrowed in his “Could It Be Magic?”, so, of course, I had it stuck in my head for a while. Piano was frustrating (for no reason, I didn’t start off in a good mood today, though it got better), but I survived, and music history was just a bunch of note-taking. We still haven’t gotten our grades from the test we took at the end of last week, which stinks, but hopefully we’ll have those within the next couple of days.

In band, we learned more of the show that we’re performing on Saturday; we’ll be wrapping up the rest of that during tomorrow’s band class. For lunch, I tried a bread bowl filled with chicken noodle soup at the Union Bistro…it was okay, but it would have been better if it had been some sort of cheese soup rather than just chicken noodle; the bread just tasted soggy rather than being enhanced in any way by the broth. Oh well. I actually really enjoyed today’s symphonic band class. We’re playing Leonard Bernstein’s Overture for Candide, which is lots of fun to both listen to and play.

My last “class” of the day today was voice lessons. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned on here how much I haven’t enjoyed voice lessons this semester, so here’s me telling you: I haven’t enjoyed voice lessons this semester. I disagree with a lot of what my teacher says (though I have no qualms with her as a person or as her own singer), and I dislike many of her teaching methods and how she treats me as if I was a beginner singer (when, in reality, I’ve been in some form of choir for 13-14 years straight, with 7 of those years being based on individual performance). I had considered talking to the man in charge of assigning lesson teachers to students about switching to a different teacher, preferably a male who understands my voice better, but I’m having second thoughts; my teacher will still be here next semester, and I’d really feel awful to still be a part of the vocal studio around her without her being my teacher. One option would be to drop out of lessons next semester, but I’d really rather not do that. All of that being said, I’ve decided (for now) to stick with her for next semester, suck up my pride, and go with the flow. If it gets worse next semester and I still don’t like it very much, I’ll definitely request a new teacher for my junior year. We’ll just see what next semester brings.

Tonight was the final volleyball game of the semester, and it was against UT, who is ranked #8…oh boy. This was the 4th Tech vball game I had been to…and the first that didn’t go to five sets. We were SLAUGHTERED; we lost three games in a row, which took less than an hour and a half of playtime. I’m not complaining a huge amount because I’m glad I was able to return to the room earlier, but it was still a bit disappointing to lose so badly to UT in yet another sporting event. Oh well.

I had homework in aural skills tonight, as well as stuff to get done for my COMS class (speaking of which, I got a 92 on my second speech in there, with the teacher writing “This is a real speech!” along the bottom of the grading sheet…awesome!), but, other than that, I watched an episode apiece of Big Bang Theory and Family Guy. Now? Time for bed!

Chad

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