Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Adventures in Cooking

For some reason, I just really liked the idea of making John and I french toast this week. It's finals week, we don't have a lot of finals, we do have a lot of free time...it seemed like a nice, fun thing to do. And in my opinion, challah french toast is THE best kind of french toast. 
What you'll need:
Challah, aka egg bread (we used Publix brand, which is delicious, but I imagine homemade is probably even better) (or you could just as easily use any other type of bread)
Toppings (syrup, jam, powdered sugar, etc.)

Wisk eggs and milk together with a fork.
Dip both sides of the bread in the eggs.
Cook in a skillet or some sort of flat pan until golden brown.
Flip the bread so both sides cook.

We ended up with a lot of french toast, as you can see here, but we're enjoying the leftovers immensely. :)
AND! Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are going on a DATE. This never happens, so it goes without saying that I am making a big deal about it for no reason at all. Stay tuned.

Thoughts on Becoming a Senior in College

As of Wednesday, I will be done with my last final of my junior year at Florida State. On Saturday, the class of 2013 graduates. And then I'll be a senior in college.

What the what? How did that happen?!

The years have simply flown by. Relationships have come and gone, but the ones that have survived are, I feel, so strong. The friends I have now are some really great friends. I met a lot of people this year and I made a lot of new friends, somehow, despite my naturally pessimistic and sarcastic disposition. But these friends don't seem to mind, and I like that.

And if there's anything I learned this year, it's that sometimes you just have to ignore what people are saying, or what they're not saying, or what you think they're saying, and just do what you do as best as you can do. Because your best is good enough. And people will say what they will, whether you like it or not, whether you expect them to or not, and there's nothing you can about it. Everybody has opinions, and everybody wants their opinions to be heard (and to be agreed with).

And doing the best I can in the moment is the most important thing to me.

I think I did a lot of that this year, my junior year. I played a solo recital. I maintained an above average gpa. I kept up with friendships, I overcame my hindrance of an illness. It was a process and I did it and I guess I'm proud, but mostly I'm looking towards the future. Towards traveling, towards new opportunities, towards auditioning for grad school. As the semester is winding down, that's what's on my mind. The future.

Here's to the future. Cheers, and happy end of the semester! Goodbye Junior year!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Slices of Life + Happy Friday

Last Symphonic Band concert (hopefully ever, for me) with Sophie, the sweetest girl I know, 
aaaaaand the big exciting news: one of my roommates for next year got a puppy! He named her Djanga, the female version of Django, as in "Django Unchained." She's a heartbreaker, I'll tell ya that. Her lil face just makes me melt. The closest I've ever come to living with a dog is when we pup sat over the summer, but that was only for a weekend and now I'll be living with a dog, come August! What is happening, life?! So sorry (not sorry, actually, not sorry at all) for the puppy spam, today and in the future.
Hope you all have a peaceful weekend.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Things, That Are Happening, Right Now

Photo sources: 1 & 2

Guys. Guuuuuys. I got the best news today. Actually let's just call it the icing on the sweetest cake in the world. So. I am going to Europe this summer!!!! I'll be in Ostend, Belgium for a week as part of the Belgian Clarinet Academy. Nothing fancy, except that it's in freaking BELGIUM and that I'll be studying with my teacher's (Dr. Bish's) teacher (Dr. Robert Spring). Kind of a big deal because, from what I hear, he's awesome. And it must be at least a little bit true because Dr. Bish is amazing. And then I will have studied with both of her collegiate teachers! (the other being Dr. Kowalsky)
Anyway. The icing on the cake is this: after spending a week playing clarinet in Belgium, I am going to Paris for three days!!!! We're still ironing out the kinks on that one, but it's happening. Most likely I'll be staying with a family member and doing touristy things for the three days I'm there. 
Is this not terribly exciting?! 
I'll answer my own question:
I feel like the absolute luckiest person on the planet to have these opportunities.

Hope your weeks are off to a pleasant start!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My Weekend

This weekend involved birthday celebrations, hanging out with friends, my lil buds growing even bigger (and you can see the poppies beginning to sprout!), an amazing USO concert, and an amazing junior recital by my friend Robert (featuring one of my bff's, Joey, who also sounded fantastic).
I'm beginning to realize how lucky I am to have such talented and beautiful friends.
Happy Monday.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Slices of Life + Happy Friday

The last concert Dr. Kowalsky will perform in as a faculty member at FSU,
new music, walks to and from school,
Kevin's awesome recital,
and lacy shirts keeping me cool.

John's at home this weekend playing in a musical (again!), so I'm on my own. Lots of 90s-early 2000s movies, swimming, hanging, and recitals in store for me. On Saturday night, the USO is playing my favorite orchestral piece, Scheherazade. It's amazing. If you're interested, and you SHOULD be, listen here.

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New York City Spring Break, Part IV

 The next day:My Grandma, the Diva.On our last day in the city, after spending the day the the MoMa, we hiked back to 30 Rock for the NBC studio tour, stopping by Bouchon Bakery for some macarons. (SO GOOD!) We're HUGE fans of SNL, so we were really excited for this part. The tour is pretty short though and kind of unimpressive. The coolest part was seeing Studio 8H, where they film SNL. And it was interesting hearing how, really, the best view of SNL is the one from your couch at home because the show is really made for the TV, not for live audiences. Made us feel a little better about missing Justin Timberlake hosting the Saturday before ;)

The next day, we just hung out and ate (a ton of food) with our Grandma. The best pizza in the world, the best Chinese food (Kosher, too!)...New York is heaven on Earth to me, sitting here in Tallahassee. Everyday I wish I was living there. Maybe someday...

Welp, that wraps up my Spring Break photos! Finally! See the other parts here: 1, 2, & 3
Thanks for sticking with me in sharing my photos (now & on a regular basis), I appreciate it.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Baby Buds

In this post, you can see I bought some simple flower growing kits. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my first lil buds! There are at least four, are they not just precious? The poppies haven't quite sprouted yet, but man, those sunflowers are eager beavers. And I couldn't be happier about it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Our Weekend

As usual, the weekend was too short. I played in a concert on Friday night (orchestra, so sad it's over!!!!), John played in a concert on Sunday afternoon (percussion ensemble, it was so good!), and in between we went to recitals and he finished up playing in Fame. I woke up crazy early on Sunday to take recital photos for some people in the College of Music. It was fun, but I still haven't caught up on sleep from...well, from last week. I'm exhausted. Hoping it won't affect school...I just need a nap!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

When We Went to See Harry & The Potters for the 2nd (or 3rd) Time

Rachel & I...we are probably some of the biggest Harry Potter fans you'll ever meet. She calls me an "in the closet Harry Potter obsessor" because you wouldn't know unless it came up in conversation with me. She's really vocal about it though (as she should be, I mean let's be real, Harry Potter = childhood). Two summers ago, my first outing after having kind of major surgery was to a public library in Clearwater with Rachel to see Harry and the Potters play. Surrounded by children. But it was awesome, one of the best memories I've made since starting college. On Thursday night, Harry and the Potters were in Tallahasseee! So, naturally, we went. And it was pretty terrible. The tiny room they called a venue was sweaty and smelly and super hot (not in a good way). And loud, ohmygosh, so loud. But, that being said, it was a lot of fun. I'm glad we went. We'll never miss them playing in our area, if we can.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Our Weekend

 THE cutest puppy(s) in the world. Some kind of lab mix. She was as small as a kitten and so cuddly. I died.
Target goodies: little flower growing kits and sparkly sandals. Making me happy over here.

This weekend was fun. Recitals and hanging out and girl talk and just fun. No swimming, but damn, we should have and we will soon. We had some seriously perfect weather, and today too! Hoping it won't get too hot soon...and knowing that's a ridiculous hope. Ha. It is Florida after all...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Adventures in Cooking: Passover

In honor of Passover now being OVER...
This year, I decided to make my own matzah ball soup. From a box, of course, let's get real, I'm no chef. I also made a dinner, since I didn't go to or have my own seder. I invited friends. We watched "Law and Order: SVU" and ate and it was fun.
 I followed the directions on the box and produced these delicious beauties.
...and then these beauties ate them.

I hate Passover.
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