School and Such

by - 9/04/2013

I tell you what, the iPhone 5 camera is spectabulous.
School has been in session for over a week now, and for the first time in my life... I'm not stressed one bit. I'm only taking 3 classes, two of which are cake. The third will definitely be a challenge, but it's a subject I adore so that makes it more than worth it.

I'm lucky to not be stressed about school, but I do have a rather large piece of stress on my plate, and that's my senior recital. I'm so close to being ready, yet there's still so much to do you'd think I'd only been working on my pieces for a week. That's how it feels sometimes, anyway. Who knew this was going to take so much effort? Not I. But the fact that I'm having to work so hard for it will make it feel like much more of an accomplishment when it's all over. I'm aiming for it to be all finished before Thanksgiving. 

I feel so blessed to have the most wonderful roommates this year. When I found out my dear Cami Jo was leaving me for Arizona, I felt a little stuck and a lot sad. Over our four years of living together we became best friends and it was hard to imagine living with anyone else. Luckily, Nichelle (my roommate is a famous blogger with over 2000 followers, it's fine) and Heather, my friends from LDV, were looking for a roommate and they are the absolute sweetest girls in the world! I love them so much and we've already spent several nights staying up late being silly and talking. The three of us just click and it could not be more perfect. Our basement apartment is the most ghetto thing you've ever seen (wood paneling, no AC, no dishwasher, exposed pipes hanging from the ceiling) but I LOVE it. Plus, Heather has a piano! It's 100 years old and the most honky-tonk, out-of-tune thing there ever was, but my excitement at having one where I live is still through the roof, let's be honest.
I can play it anytime I want! Happiness.
For me, a semester fails to feel complete until I begin LDV, and thank goodness today is finally the day! I feel like it has taken years for this day to arrive. I have been itching to be back in that choir with beautiful, wonderful, inspiring people and filling my life with uplifting music. I'm continuing as accompanist this year, and I spent the better part of last week at the piano, accompanying for auditions. Three 12-hour days doing the same thing nonstop can really do a number on you, and to say we got a little "punchy" might be an understatement. But I'd also be lying if I said I didn't have an absolute blast. I love the presidency this year, and I already knew all of them so I truly enjoyed every minute of auditions this time around. There were pretend magic carpet rides, ear-wiggling contests, stupid jokes, lots of hilarious quotes, and way too much laughter.
my friend Amber's not-iPhone 5 camera is not-so-spectabulous... but we love her anyway. :) And this picture pretty much sums up the way we were feeling on our last day of auditions with about 1 hour left.
Selecting a choir of 90 from the over 400 people that auditioned was a tough process and it took us quite a while, but at the same time, it was amazing to see the Lord's hand in it. After we thought we had everyone picked, it for some reason just didn't feel quite right. We went back and looked through everyone again and decided to add a few more people, and the peace that spread over the whole room was incredible. I'm so grateful to know that the Lord is mindful of each and every one of us and knows which experiences we need in our lives. I cannot wait to step into that choir room and see all 90 of those beautiful faces that I just know are supposed to be there this year! It's going to be so good, I can feel it.

I could keep writing for a long while, but I'll finish out this post with a list of other things of note that have happened in the last couple weeks:

» Carmelized French Toast on Sourdough bread with lemon butter and powdered sugar. Yeah, it was heaven.
» My brother texting me this on Sunday: "Why aren't you here? I'm coming to get you." And my mom saying "Do you miss your sister, or do you just want to drive?" His answer: "Yes." So really, he had half-selfish motives, but I wasn't complaining about getting a home-cooked meal with my fam.
» Shellac manicure. Best invention known to man. 2 whole weeks and not a single chip? That's true happiness.
» Late-night conversations with my Jo. Miss her.
» Truck rides, wedding receptions, book reading, stargazing, real game watching. Delightful.
» Playing with Disney Princess dolls at 1AM. Yeah, I'm 22. It's fine.
» Finding a love for Phineas and Ferb... did I mention I'm 22 and it's fine?
» This picture of my uncle Daken and I. He is crazy and I fear for the man I marry because he's the biggest teaser there ever was and he hasn't held back with any guy I've brought home... but he's also one of the funniest people I've ever met, and I love him anyway. :)
My dad caught me mid-laugh, and Daken mid-wave. Maybe you just had to be there, but I think this picture is hilarious. :)
Happy Wednesday!!!

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2 comment{s}

  1. Ok, I LOVE that picture. And I'm so glad that your semester is off to such a delightful start. Enjoy senior year, right?

  2. i'm obsessed with sourdough bread. toast it, but butter on it, then add honey. it's perfection. also, the best french toast meals always use sourdough bread.


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