Friday, February 28, 2014

Dad's Birthday! + Happy Friday

Today is my Dad's birthday. 

My Dad is the best. He just wants my sister and I to be happy. He lets us do our own thing, as long as we're happy. Which I think is really cool, obvs, even though sometimes it must be hard.

My Dad is really easy to talk to. He's easy going, but he takes his things very seriously. He works hard and he's fun to be around. He will drop everything and be there ASAP if you need him to, and he has done so on several occasions.

I see people being shitty to others all the time, and nobody is perfect but I am grateful to have such a positive male role model in my life. I think even John feels this, and he's new to the family ;)

Dad, I am grateful for you and I love you. Also, this photo is two years old already and that is blowing my mind because wasn't it just yesterday that I had my wisdom teeth out and then we went to a baseball game? Anyway, I hope you have a relaxing and wonderful birthday. You deserve it. Can't wait to celebrate when I'm home next weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Snarky Puppy LIVE

So on Monday afternoon a small group of us drove to Tampa to see Snarky Puppy in Ybor City. It was the best concert I have ever seen, and I have seen A LOT of concerts. Those guys are such amazing musicians, it was mind-blowing.

I wanted to bring in my camera, but didn't want to carry it there just to be turned away, so I opted to just stick with my iPhone. I kinda regret that, but in the end it doesn't really matter. I also got sick in the middle of the show...I missed one tune, but stuck it out until the end of the show. Worth it.
It was an amazing experience. They just released a new album yesterday, and you should definitely look them up. (groundUP is my favorite album). I took a bunch of videos that I will look through and upload later this week.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Over the Weekend

For the first time in what feels like forever, we had a normal weekend at home. It was awesome. John's birthday t-shirt came in the mail, we ate an absurd amount of chocolate (with strawberries), and we played frisbee in the beautiful weather we had on Saturday.
Tonight, TONIGHT we go see Snarky Puppy and I'm so excited I could jump out of my skin.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Over the Weekend // Boulder, CO

Over the weekend I had my last grad school audition, at CU Boulder. It was stressful getting there, as per usual, but I did and it was fine, yada yada. I stayed with my Aunt, Uncle, and two cousins. It was really nice to see them! Since they live out west, we don't get to see them so often.

Boulder is easily one of my favorite places in the States, if not the world, I mean it is seriously so pleasant and beautiful. It's like a freakin' postcard! As you can see, below.
 These shots were literally taken ON CAMPUS. THAT'S THEIR VIEW.
I had an afternoon to myself, prior to having a lesson, so I strolled around, took myself out to lunch (it WAS Valentine's Day, after all), and went to the free Natural History Museum on campus. Cuuute museum. And they have a cafe/study area in the basement with free coffee, so I'm a fan.
The nice thing about Boulder is that the weather is generally pretty mild. The winters are cold, but it's usually sunny, so it's bearable. And the summers are literally amazing; growing up in Florida, I'm accustomed to be sweating March-October, but it's nice and cool in Boulder. Even in late May. It blows my mind. Also, it makes for amazing hair.

A highlight of this trip, one of many, truly, was watching my cousin Ben play with the Boulder Symphony. SO cool to see him playing a professional gig. They had a guest soloist, too: 13-year-old violin prodigy Phoenix Avalon. He was amazing, I almost cried, watch a video of him here (yes, that is the piece he played at this concert).
Oh, Boulder. You have my heart. Crossing my fingers about CU...

Guys, that wraps up my audition season/posts. I'M DONE! It feels great. But, the waiting game is rough. I can't wait to hear back and decide where to go. 

Other audition weekend posts: Tempe, Austin, Ann Arbor. Thanks for following along.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ode to the Birthday Boy

***WARNING: this will be very, very cheesy.***
Today, John, you turn 22. A seemingly insignificant age, but you've come a long way since we met when we were 18. In a lot of ways you're exactly the same, and in a lot of ways you're a completely different person. It's funny how that works, isn't it?

(At this point you're probably shaking your head. "Olivia, you're ridiculous, what are you even talking about." Bear with me.)

I think I loved you from the very beginning. We had a rocky beginning, and I wasn't myself around you at first, but in the almost 3 years we've been together you've helped me become the best version of myself. Sure I can be insanely emotional, but I've never been able to love myself or another as much as I do now. And I hope that I've helped you in that way, too.

Even though we often argue, get frustrated, what to punch something, and/or get annoyed with one another...I wouldn't have it any other way. You are one of the best parts of my life and you mean the world to me. I love you with all my heart, and I hope that you know that.

So happy birthday, my love, my best friend, my favorite person. I hope this year, and every year to come, is filled with wonderful things for you. You deserve it more than anyone I know.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For A Future Home, Part V

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

I like the idea of a "living room" being a welcoming place that can easily be used for anything from doing homework and editing, to watching tv and movies or entertaining friends. 

I think we can see a pattern here, for me...I gravitate towards bright, white spaces that allow a lot of room for mixing it up and creativity through statement pieces. I don't think I would ever go so far as to get a white couch, too much room for mess, but I can't deny that they are beautiful.

White walls and generally "bland" furnishings would allow me to decorate with prints, photos, post cards, cute pillows, blankets and rugs, interesting lamps, and side tables. But I have to say, the idea of having one or more pitch black walls is suuuper appealing to me (and John agrees!). It's just as neutral as white, but it POPS!

And no room in my future home will be without a few plants, of course :)

Previous posts can all be found under the "future home" tab! You can also follow along on Pinterest.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Over the Weekend

Leah was here to audition! This picture makes me chuckle, haha. Unfortunately for her, I am insanely boring. But I think I managed to make her audition weekend as pleasant as possible. It was pleasant for me, at least. A lot of eating, worlds colliding, and grainy iPhone photos ;)

Dr. Kowalsky is in Tallahassee for a few days, and I got to see him and chat a little bit on Saturday while Leah was auditioning. Man, I have missed him. It was so nice to talk to him again and catch up. I'm feeling very grateful for him, and Leah, right about now.
Love you, Leah! Thanks for tolerating me for the weekend!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Roses and Thorns

^ New sandals ^

^ John finishing off his speech with some tambourine ^

^ Poor, derpy Djanga, being teased by Kev ^

^ My Mom mailed me some temporary tats, so, yeah ^

- Coffee
- Waffles with butter and grape jam (my favorite breakfast)
- Warm socks and blankets
- Morning cuddles (I am so cheesy, how can you all even stand me sometimes?)
- How happy John is when I come home from a weekend away
- Going to see Snarky Puppy LIVE! (ps, they just won a grammy)
- Leah auditioning/visiting in Tallahassee!!!
- Getting my favorite candy in the mail
- The ultimate skirt of confidence
- When John reads/shows me funny things from Reddit
- Having the weekend off from the stress of auditioning

- Missing my parents and sister, and Roxy of course
- Picking and learning recital repertoire
- How cold the first floor of our apartment is on cold nights (hint: freezing cold)
- Lack of photography gigs (aka: lack of money)
- Audition nerves
- Having to give a speech on Monday
- General boredom (I should probably enjoy it while it lasts)


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Everyone Needs Something Like This

I wrote this post when I was down in the dumps and not feeling well and not feeling very pretty. I had been thinking about how to see past how I was physically feeling, and I came up with the fact that ultimately positive body image is about feeling beautiful. Or feeling that you look beautiful.

It really clicked for me today though. You see, last week I got this beautiful, perfect, rose colored midi skirt in the mail, and I bought some new black sandals to replace the ones I got in my senior year of high school. And when I put them together today, I felt like a princess. The skirt floats in the breeze and I just felt so beautiful.

It made my day brighter. Everything felt lovely and springy and I was generally just happy. I felt good. I felt pretty.
Everyone needs something like that. Something to throw on to make a gloomy day a little less so. Something that makes you feel amazing. If you don't already have something like that -- be it a piece of jewelry, a favorite t shirt, or a flowy princess need one in your life :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Over the Weekend // Ann Arbor, MI

This weekend was a DOOZY. I've already preached about my insane 17 hour trip to the University of Michigan on Facebook, but I'm going to go into detail here. Building memories, y'all.

Chris and I were supposed to fly out to Detroit on Wednesday morning. But then it was all icy in Tallahassee and Atlanta (where our connection was), and nobody knew what to do and everything just shut down. Our flight was delayed until Wednesday night, but then cancelled completely. There were no flights at all on Thursday. So we were rebooked on a flight leaving at 7am on Friday. At 4:30am on Friday, I was woken up by an automated phone call from Delta stating that my 7am flight was now delayed until 10:20am. Not ideal, so at 8am I frantically called the University of Michigan to see if I could push my audition time back even further (my initial time was 1:00pm, I pushed it to 2:30pm, and then they told me to just get to the school as fast as I could). They were really nice about it, and all seemed well.

At the Tallahassee airport, our flight out was late. We didn't leave until 11am. We ran across the Atlanta airport as fast as we could, during which I spoke on the phone with one of the clarinet professors who was checking in to see how things were going, and made our connection thanks to my mom. Wooh, victory! LOLJK, because then we sat on the plane for an hour and a half. After about an hour of just sitting, I called UM again, and they told me I wouldn't get to audition because the faculty had to leave for prior engagements. I was so upset. I cried on the plane, it was pretty weird. Well eventually we made it to Detroit, and although I wasn't going to audition, I went with Chris anyway because my other option would have been to stay in the airport for god knows how long until I could get home. Not worth it.

So, we booked it to UM. And on the way there, the professor who I had talked to earlier in the day texted me and told me to call his colleague, who would be able to listen to my audition because he lives very close to the school, and record it for him. AMAZING NEWS! But also terrifying, because that meant I'd have to play and audition for grad school after that long, shitty afternoon.

But I did it, and so did Chris, and we both feel pretty good about it. It was a pretty damn good audition.

Guys. Friday was a terrible, terrible day. But I made it, and I got to audition, and throughout the day I kept getting such encouraging words from friends on Facebook, really I just felt so lucky as I went to bed that night. Thank you all. 

Also, SNOW. There is so much snow in Michigan. Wowowowow snow. As a Floridian, my mind was blown.
 ^ Best corned beef sandwich from my favorite deli in America, Zingerman's ^
 ^ When we left the hotel in the morning, there was a fresh coat of snow over everything! ^
^ It also started snowing again as we drove to the airport, and got even more serious by the time we got to our gates. But it was really beautiful. ^

Other auditions here and here. Follow along on Instagram too (I've been archiving my travel photos with #gradauditionadventures).
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