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Time Flies

The last time I posted was almost 3 months ago. So many things happened over the summer.

I took a hiatus from technology, deleting a few social media apps from my phone (keeping facebook to stay in contact with my family), and only checking my phone maybe twice a day.

I house sat and babysat a lot. Along with the summer band I did in June, I was away from home a lot, which helped me from getting into fights with my family. It helped me stay away from my dogs and helped my allergies. It also helped me not get tired of home in like 2 days and hate summer.

On July 5th, I turned 20. Some of my family came in from out of state for vacation and we celebrated (I had no clue they were going to have a birthday cake for me). That same day, the US women won the world cup of soccer (USUSUSUSUS)

On July 16th, the Lord saved my soul. I joined the church on July 18th, and was baptized on July 19th. Part of this blog was about me trying to find out where I fit in with religion. After attending BCM for two years and learning what being a Christian means, I was able to accept the Lord as my savior.

On July 19th, I was also offered a job as a woodwind instructor for my alma mater.

I started that job on July 27th. That week gave me the opportunity to learn how to teach high school students in a small group setting.

On August 13th, I started back to college with leadership training before my band camp started. As section leader, I had those two extra days and had a lot more responsibility for band camp week.

I auditioned for symphonic band and got 11th chair. 5 better than last semester’s auditon. 10 more people to beat.

I’ve had a week of classes now. It’s all going well, but it will be a lot of hard work throughout the semester.

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212% Music

My lessons professor wanted me to learn two pieces this summer.

8 movements.

I also promised a friend this semester that we would perform a duet together.

+4 movements.

I’m also working on another (extremely hard) duet with another friend.

+4 movements.

I’m also working on another piece that is a possible jury piece for next semester.

+4 movements.

Plus marching band audition music.

Plus symphonic band audition music.

This summer is made up of 212% music, and I’m okay with that. I sometimes loathe getting to my room to practice. Then I start… and I never ever want to stop. My practice sessions are an hour at the minimum because I love playing. All I want to do is get better and I can only do that by researching and practicing and being my own lesson’s professor this semester.

I’m currently sectioning off the Saint-Saëns Clarinet Sonata over pizza rolls and Netflix. I want to come back after the summer and audition and make my professors stop and go “What the hell happened to her over the summer?”

I want to be the best, but there will always be someone better than me. Being the best starts at my university, where I have to be better than my best friend. I have 15 people to beat right now. I will do it.

Five.

Five weeks until summer.

The California trip was amazing to say the least. I felt like it was a dream until the girls lost the game at the last second. Here’s a few pictures from the trip!

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The flight there!

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Golden Gate

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More Golden Gate

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Obligatory Red Towel picture

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TOPS

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Other side of Golden Gate park thingy

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The BEACH

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PACIFIC OCEAN

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The Full House house

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Flight there

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Alcatraz! (And shoes)

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First day Red Towel picture from far away

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Sunset and Golden Gate and bay picture

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TOPS!

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Big Red Pep Band at the Golden Gate!!

Every week since then has consisted of me trying to catch up since our schedule is so whacky with all of our snow days.

I have 3 concerts, a football game performance, two papers, a presentation, two discussion days, finals, and a jury left.

Holy. Cow. Please. Send. Help.

California Girl

This is going to be a quick post (it’s 1 am and I have to wake up in 5 hours).

Last night I received word that I was selected to go on a trip to California (leaving at 10 am… 9 hours) to play in the pep band for the NCAA tournament. This includes a free flight, admission to the game, and payment. I am ecstatic.

Today has been hectic. I’ve been doing homework for the rest of the week, emailing professors to let them know (and some sent a “congrats, safe travels” back!), and packing (going home to grab summer clothes because winter hasn’t fully left KY yet). I haven’t flown in 7 years and so I’ve spent the better part of the day freaking out about TSA and forgetting to pack something. I think I have it done now. All of my electronics are charging currently and I am fixing to head to bed for a few hours before I embark on an once in a lifetime opportunity that my college has offered me.

I’ll post pictures when I’m back, y’all.

With Spring Break.

With spring break comes relaxing and getting away from a lot of stress.

With spring break comes getting away from current problems.

With spring break comes finally being able to think clearly and not wanting to know the results.

With spring break comes catching up on all of my tv shows.

With spring break comes heartbreak while watching my Tops fall at the last second in the tournament.

With spring break comes a scholarship gala and my parents’ fake enthusiasm and fake pride when they’re only there for the free dinner.

With spring break comes wanting to go back to my real home.

With spring break comes catching up on all of my homework.

With spring break comes observations and getting that warm feeling in my heart when working with young music students.

With spring break comes missing people.

With spring break comes feeling pretty one day and

With spring break comes feeling like a fat lard the next.

With spring break comes a push for the final 8 weeks before finals week.

With spring break comes my parents pushing summer job applications on me when all I want is to work a band camp.

With spring break comes hope, regret, promise, let downs, motivation, the feeling of wanting to quit it all, and the realization that I’m not going to be good enough at what I do.

With spring break comes questions.

With spring break comes me.

Two Months

Since my last post, I kinda forgot that I had a blog. So much has happened since Midwest!

On January 16th, my dad and I drove up to Louisville and we returned with one piece of heaven, my brand spanking new R13. I’ve finally came up with a name for it, Enoch Amour (dedication, love, and passion), to remind me that I worked so hard to get it and to keep working. I’m going to spend the rest of the year broke while I pay my parents off, but it is well worth it.

I moved back to campus the Wednesday before classes started and helped with our university’s high school honor band. Watching the guest conductor for my band work with the high school students and get them concert ready in one and a half days of rehearsal time was such a gift. I took so many good things from it that I plan on using when I finally get to teach my own class (including 15 of my 200 required observation hours!).

I decided to stress myself out this semester and take 19 hours including 5 ensembles, but I am calling this my diversity semester. I am taking Islam and Rock & Roll, and am in Choral Society, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and a clarinet quartet. My music life has expanded so much and I’ve found a love for so many different music styles than I had last semester.

I’m also playing with the orchestra at a church a few streets down from campus, and that makes me so happy. I am getting my name out there and getting gigs and that is how I will be able to survive. I am so excited to play with them Sunday!

One last thing, I actually have a somewhat budding romance going on, and that is just the icing on the top of two months worth of delicious life cake. He is so sweet and kind and is the absolute best.

I promise to write more often (somehow)