Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My People = Best People

Frankly I haven't done much lately worth blogging about, because it's mostly school and work, but I wanted to say thank you to everyone who messaged me or commented with recommendations for dealing with stress and just general words of encouragement. Time and time again I worry about posting such personal things on here, and I am always rewarded. I mean how lucky am I to have such beautiful people in my life, who respond to my narcissism with such kindness?! ;)

Anyway, I'm good. Honestly! I complain a lot because it's fun to complain, but I'm doing well so I should just shut up. In other news, I'm going home to Florida in March, and then ALLISON IS COMING TO PHOENIX and I dunno, I am just really really looking forward to it all.
And, this, because Mintsy showed up in class last Friday wearing a navy blue blazer IDENTICAL to mine and immediately was like "I just had a FEELING you'd be wearing this today!!" and was so proud/excited that we were matching and this is why I love her.

I have the best people in my life.

Also another friend is visiting this weekend to audition, wee!!! Keep it real, guys.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

On Beginning a Semester from Hell

If I listed the amount of commitments I made for this semester, the amount of music I'm playing, of hours I spend at school and work, of assignments I have to do, you would probably cringe. You would ask, "why? why are you doing that to yourself? why don't you drop something? why don't you just say no?"

I don't have an answer for you. I just kept saying yes. Yes, I'll play on that recital. Yes, I want to submit recordings for these competitions. Yes, I want to take this time-consuming class. Yes, I want to work ten hours or more a week. Yes, I want to play this stupidly difficult music. Yes, I want to go crazy, ok.

I mean, I'm totally excited. How lucky am I to have so many opportunities to play great music with great people? (very lucky)

But I'm also very tired. Already. I don't know how I am going to do it all, but I AM going to do it all, so I guess I'll let you know after the fact.

Probably most of you who are reading this are also music students, so, how do you manage the stress??? Since this is my first year in graduate school, I've never really had such an intense workload (there were some heavy semesters in my undergrad, but not like this), and I'm still figuring out how to handle it...gimme yer advice please.

I do know one thing though: cats are pretty therapeutic.

P.S. this polaroid photo is an actual legit polaroid taken by and belonging to my sister from this day.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Slices of Life

Oh, hi. Have you forgotten about me? I won't blame you if you have. We started spring classes this week and the funny thing is that I was so busy and stressed, but it's only going to get busier and more stressful as the semester progresses, so. Great. I'm playing a ton of really tough music, which is very exciting and very terrifying. I'm also watching a lot of "Friends", because it's on Netflix and sometimes I make good life choices.

This weekend, Spencer was here auditioning at ASU. Man it was fun having him here. I selfishly want him to get in and decide to come here...(I told him this already, it's okay).

So cheers to a long weekend and slow start to the week, to getting back into teaching, and being really stressed all the time ;)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Adventures in Cooking // Lemon Cake Cookies

I tried this recipe out of my little cake mix cookbook and it was a hit! I think I may use more whipped topping next time but they turned out deliciously.
What you'll need:
1 lemon cake mix
2 cups of whipped topping
2 eggs
Powdered sugar
Mix together the cake mix, whipped topping, and eggs. 
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly grease a cookie pan.
Roll small balls of cookie dough in powdered sugar, then space evenly on the cookie sheet.
Bake 6-8 minutes.
This batch made so many that I took them into work for the ladies and they seemed to love them, so I'd say they were a success :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happy Friday + Slices of Life

I hung some new things in my bedroom (including my poor lonely little ukulele), the bug has been the literal cutest thing ever since I've come home, and I found a way to ingest vegetables without making myself sick (that tastes good, too, even if it does make me a stereotype :p).

And that's basically been it. My besties are back in town and more people are coming home (which is great) even though Messy came home and promptly got sick!

Oh, also...Messy and I saw Aziz Ansari tonight!!!! SO hilarious. Fantastic.

Anyway, happy Friday!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

In Pursuit of Exercise

I'm attempting to make life changes and start exercising. But the thing is that I hate exercising. So it's been a slow process.
Fortunately, I now live in a state that has--you guessed it--mountains! For climbing and being beautiful and such. So I've been trying to hike more (and run, but that's another story ugh). This time we went up to the Superstition Mountains on the Hieroglyphics Trail and YES there were in fact real hieroglyphics which is bad ass.
It was a relatively easy hike, and it was so beautiful; I'll definitely be going back. Thanks for the invite (and some pics), Kristi!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Years in Boston

I don't know but after New York, Boston was so pleasant and so not-crowded.

Josh walked me all over the city while Rachel had to work (booooo), and also this is the park from Good Will Hunting.
It was colder in Boston than it had been the previous week in New York, so although it didn't snow until after I left, the ice skating felt appropriate.
The Jewish girls in front of the Christmas trees. Casual.
Josh works at a comedy club and we went to their holiday party and a show! So fun. And Rachel took me to the coolest and most hilarious hat shop (I wanted to buy all the hats, even the ridiculous ones). 

We had a very fun New Years Eve in a few hip little bars, and then went home to eat leftover Thai food, so yeah, it was great.
Uggghhhh I wish I was still there with them! Rachel and Josh, thanks for letting me invade your house for a few days. I had a great time.

Now I am back in Tempe, with my cat, preparing my mind for work and school and busy-ness. *sigh* But my friends are beginning to return from break, and I'm way excited.

Have a great week!
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