Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pray 4 Me

Not literally, calm down.

I'm so tired. Over the weekend I finally had my last solo performance of the semester (wut!?) and I'm spending this week strung out over work and the last week of classes and writing three papers (1.5 down, 1.5 to go).

I'm trying not to think about being halfway done with this degree.

I'm trying not to think about how some of my dearest friends are graduating and/or leaving Tempe.

I'm trying not to think about how much my back has been hurting for the past week (chiropractor-bound on Friday, don't fret).

Instead, I'm trying to focus on the fact that Rebecca Boo is coming to visit me in two weeks (!!!), and that I can almost, almost take a break, and that I'm going back to Belgium (and another location TBD) this summer (!!!)

I'm really focusing on these snugs from Joon, too.
I'm hanging in there.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Even when life is hard, life is good.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Slices of Life

Hello, friends. It's been a while since I posted, eh? I've been so busy/tired/stressed, it's amazing my head is still attached to my body. So I have for you photos from my iPhone from the past month or so. Starting with Mintsy's beautiful recital (and my favorite picture of the three of us!!). And that day Wen and I showed up to school matching unintentionally.
Other things of note: we had a clarinet choir concert at the Tempe Center of the Arts last week (I think it was last week?) That venue is so beautiful. I take photos of people there all the time, it's perfect. I want to have a recital there!

I also tried Korean food last week, so good. (and tried out a middle part, but that's neither here nor there)
The BIG thing from last week is that Dana and I snuck out of Tempe and drove to Tucson to see Newsies!!!! You may recall that I saw Newsies over the summer (it's true, I did). While it was fabulous on Broadway, I was not sooo enamored with it. However, Dana loves Newsies. And I love Dana, so I agreed to go with her. And BOY AM I GLAD I DID. It was fantastic.
The show was on campus at the University of Arizona. Their campus is beautiful! It reminds me a lot of a combination of the University of Florida and FSU. I kept saying how it looks like Florida.
Our seats were not amazing (we couldn't see facial features at all, it's fine), but we could clearly see all of the dancing and hear every word so it was perfect for us. BECAUSE THE DANCING! Oh, the dancing! Be still my heart.

And then. Then, we met the Newsies.
Most of them are super young and probably definitely gay, but they are all beautiful and muscular (because, dancing) and adorable. Turns out it's quite difficult to formulate coherent sentences when you're fangirling like crazy. I essentially forced Dana to take a picture with some of them (you're welcome, Dana). The first picture is the guy who plays Davey (who has a phenomenal voice).
In this one, the little kid is obviously Les (Davey's younger brother) and on the far right, (WITH HIS ARM AROUND ME?!?) is Jack Kelly. Yes, he is beautiful. No, I'm not sure why I'm standing like that.

Anyway, it's been a time, the past few weeks. Not always easy, sometimes really shitty, but extremely rewarding. I'm cynical, but I'm happy ;)

P.S. Rebecca is coming to Tempe in a few weeks!!!!!! More on that later.

Friday, April 10, 2015

My First Masters Recital

I'm really behind. My first recital of my Masters degree was last weekend! And I'm so busy that I haven't had time to post about it. Moving on, my Mom and my beautiful Rachels got me the most gorgeous flowers, all of my friends were there, so many people watched online. I have never felt so special. And I'm quite proud of that performance.
I am the luckiest. If you fancy, or you're bored, or something, you can watch/listen to my recital HERE!

*Edit: I didn't include the program! In order: Bohuslav Martinu "Sonatina", Donald Martino "A Set for Clarinet", Jean Francaix "Divertissment", and Antonio Romero "Fantasia on a Theme from Lucrecia Borgia" (or something like that, the last title is so long!).
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