Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Feelings

I've noticed that every year since I moved to Arizona, I'm both the busiest and the most grateful in the Spring.

My schedule gets insane, our studio has recitals and guests like every other day, I usually have to prepare for my own recital or something, write papers, work, etc.

But I don't know, I look around at all the trees and cactuses blooming, the weather is perfect for these blissful three months, and I just can't help but feel so happy and thankful to be living here and going to school and work with so many amazing people, and living life with Dan.

I mean it can be so stressful and give me so much anxiety, but when I finally manage to take a step back I am so lucky, you know? I love what I do, even when I hate it, and I love the people in my life. And my puppy. I love my puppy.

Maybe I'm just in a good mood because Dan surprised me with breakfast yesterday morning, Dr. G surprised me with coffee, I got out of rehearsal hella early, the weather is amazing, and Dr. Bish was in town (!!!). Maybe it's because of all of those amazing things, and an amazing Monday. Or maybe I'm just really happy and I'm having a clear-minded week :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Antelope Canyon + Horseshoe Bend

On day three of our trip, we drove up to Page, AZ to take a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon and then drove five minutes down the road to Horseshoe Bend. UNREAL!
It was a fantastic and extremely memorable trip--from the fact that my sister could be at my recital to seeing so many natural wonders, I'm so glad to have these memories. See the Grand Canyon portion here.

The day that we drove home was Dan's 25th birthday! Dan, my better half, if you're reading this, thank you for coming on this trip with us and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Life with you is the absolute best.

Thus ends the Spring Break blog posts. I swear I'm hoping to post more, but alas, life gets in the way. Thanks for tuning in.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grand Canyon National Park

We took a trip to the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend over spring break (post-recital! woo!) with Rebecca and Kyle. This was the first time I met Kyle! He's from Michigan so our visits to Florida have yet to overlap, but I'll see them both in April for Bec's graduation!
Dan met the three of us after one day so he could play a gig, so on day one I was playing third wheel. We stopped at the Desert Watchtower and then hiked part of the South Kaibab trail (to "Ooh Aah Point"!)
It's indescribable. 
On day two, I made everyone stop for a picture at the National Park sign and lo and behold, it's blurry. Surprise.
When the full gang was assembled, we did the Bright Angel Trail down to the Indian Garden. 4.5 miles down, 4.5 miles up. The first (and last) 1.5 miles were icy. We may have fallen a couple times, except Dan who is a mountain goat apparently.
I am not athletic. I may have said "I'm dying" and "I can't do it" a few or more times on the way back up. I was in SO MUCH PAIN, no joke my hips were hurting terribly (and still are, tbh). I made Dan hold my hand and practically drag me up the mountain for short periods of time. I'm proud of myself for getting back up to the top but good lord I don't ever want to do it again. My face in the below photos is me pretending to be okay.
This will genuinely be a trip to the Grand Canyon that I will never forget. Next up: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend!


Hello, Internet, it's been a while. Surprise! I'm still using this blog. Shocking, I know. This academic year has been trying, to say the least, so photos and blog posts are on the back-back-back burner. But we went on a Spring Break trip and I'm happy to be able add it to my virtual scrapbook.

When Rebecca and Kyle came in for my recital, we spent the following Saturday at the Renaissance Fair! It was so much fun, and so hot already. Haha. Then we spent Monday-Thursday doing some national park stuff! I took a lot of photos so I'll be sharing a couple posts soon. Thanks for sticking with me here!

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Everything is insane and sometimes I feel like I'm drowning. My recital is this Thursday night. Rebecca is coming and then––vacation. Finally.

Relishing tiny moments of calm and sunlight. You can watch my recital HERE, if you'd like!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I may have gone full dog-mom.
But I got this new 35mm lens, so naturally I used my puppy as my first model.
Can you blame me?
We love him.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dan + Dan (and the girls) Do Hieroglyphics

January started with Dan's best friend Dan and his girlfriend Janine visiting us for a few days! They hiked, we hiked, we ate, they golfed, we went to the gardens. It was so much fun. Hoping they move out here soon ;) I bought a new camera lens and took it to the gardens when Janine and I went. I'll share the photos soon, and some I took of Cooper...it's so good, if I do say so myself.

These photos are just iPhone snaps from one of my favorite trails, Hieroglyphics Trail. (here, here, here!) We started the day with Waffle House, which my Dan and Janine had never tried. So good, it's been a long time since I had Waffle House. Would recommend as hiking food.
It was such a good weekend; the next day we had THE BEST brunch and then may have semi-drunkenly climbed "A" Mountain and then toured a new condo that had an open house...

Back to school and work, more photos to share soon!
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