Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 8: Passion (Countdown Continues)

*Today is Day 8 of my 100 days of love and there are 8 days left until my recital, so I'm combining the blog for day 8.

I'm a music major. If you read my blog then this is like a DUH! Cuz by now, you know this. If this is the first time you're stumbling across it then this may be news to you. At any rate, I'm a music major.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Countdown Continues: 9 Days

So I had to cut one of my favorite songs out of the recital because I just couldn't get my band on a practice schedule that accommodated everyone.

20 ingredients- 1 meal

So I decided to challenge myself. I would chose 20 ingredients carefully, because I could only use these 20 ingredients and I had to use all 20 ingredients and come up with a meal. So I present to you...

The 20 Ingredient Challenge

Day 7: Friends, Fun, and Fish Eggs

Last night was Ladies Nite.

3 of my girlfriends and I went out to The Scene and had sushi nite. I had spicy tuna roll last week and my friend Katrina ordered spicy tuna roll minus the red tobiko, so that's what I ordered and it was good except I had to pick the avocado out because I don't like avocados. Well this time, I decided I'd try it with the red tobiko...

What is tobiko?

It's fish eggs. LOL. So I was being adventurous, cuz one of the most unappetizing things to me has always been the idea of fish egss. But I thought, well... I AM eating raw fish...

I must say, it was fun. They were tiny, and they really basically just add a bit of crunchy texture to your sushi. In fact, if you order the roll without red tobiko, they put sesame seeds on it, for a similar texture.

I had a great fun last nite with my friends and my fish eggs. I think I'll try something new again next weekend.

I love my Ladies!!!!
Mine with the red tobiko and if you look across you can see how it looks without

Katrina AKA Ms. Kitty

Mandy My Love
Sophia (my best friend) was also there but she refused to take pictures.


Day 6: Salvation

For by grace are you saved, through faith and that not of yourself. It is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.
Pretty much sums it up.

And I love it!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 5: innovation

Just another one of the million+ reasons I love panera. I hate feeling like I need to have an inhaler on stand by just to drink a smoothie. And the way most restaurants make the thick slushy with the thin straw to drink it makes me crazy. But panera is so innovative. Look how big the straw is compared to conventional straws!

I can drink my smoothie without too much effort.

And I love it!

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Day 4:

I missed day 4 do expect two today.

I walked across campus today! Seems so little, but since I got my car I rarely walk. That sweet burn in the back of my thighs reminded me of how much I used to love to exercise. The sun on my face, and the beautiful light breeze. Such a beautiful day.

Yup, spring is here...

And I love it!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Countdown Continues

As amped as I was yesterday about the recital coming up, is as anxious as I am today.

For those that are unfamiliar with what I'm talking about... I have a composition recital coming up in 13 days. Yesterday I began a two week countdown and I was EXCITED. Things were looking promising. But today, I was supposed to have a rehearsal for a choir piece and ONE person showed up on time. 2 came 30 minutes late and one came 45 minutes late... But it was only scheduled to be a 1 hour practice. Needless to say, that rehearsal didn't happen. So now I feel set back. Not to mention my band is not coming together at all for one of my other pieces. This thing HAS to happen and I'm getting concerned.
Day 13 Photo

Day 3: Graduation

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises."  Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.  ~Orrin Hatch
Today and yesterday have been consumed with paperwork. Preparation.

"For what?" you may ask...


Oh yeah baby. It's looking quite positive. My advisor gave me my application for graduation, and we went over my schedule for my last year in undergrad.  Everything is starting to line up quite nicely.

I see the light at the end of the tunnel that is only the beginning of my journey...

And I love it!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Countdown Begins

As a requirement for graduation, I have to do a 30 minute Junior Recital, and guess what.

Recital is in EXACTLY Two Weeks...

DAY 14

I could pee my pants. I feel like everything is in shambles. One of the woks, particularly, is like a jigsaw puzzle. I have all the pieces and I see them all, but I'm not quite seeing them all put together right now. I can't coordinate my musicians, and my work schedule messes with the times we can practice. I'm just praying this all goes off without a hitch.

I'm also playing piano, and I have the tendency to freeze up with nerves when I get on stage. I need that spirit to leave NOW, cuz I can't afford that. Well, let's see how this all works out.
Day 14 Photo.

Jump on Board with me!!

Day 2: Development

I am a composer!

It feels good to be able to say that. Not, I write music, but I AM A COMPOSER!!

I started my college career at the tender age of 18, which is when most people start college. I decided to major in music, but only because I love music, and I couldn't think of anything else to major in so music was actually just a bit of a fall back. I was a vocal major and I thoroughly enjoyed singing, but even though my teachers all said I had incredible potential, something just wasn't connecting between me and classical singing. Apparently, something wasn't connecting between me and school either, because I dropped out of school after one year.

Now here I am... 8 years later, 1 year away from my B.M in Composition and Recording Arts feeling quite confident that I am exactly where I need to be.

Today I presented my orchestral piece to my Composition instructor and gritted my teeth thinking he would tell me, "Okay. It's okay". But to my shock and amazement, he said nothing of the sort.
"You're a professional!"
My heart welled with satisfaction. This man is hard to impress. And if you'd every heard his credentials, or any of his work you'd understand why. He proceeded to tell me how great my music is and asked me how I "jumped into the world of professionals". He was impressed. And I was encouraged. I took a brief stroll into my musical past this week. I listened to my old compositions and I could see how my music had progressed. I'm so happy to be coming into my own.

I was made for this!!!

I'm developing my craft!

And I love it!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 1: Starting Now

A person can only give what they already have. As a bitter, jaded, love-lacking woman, all that I could put into the atmosphere was negativity. I could try my best to go a day and not say anything negative, but to no avail. 

But I don't have to be who I was; I can change. So today, I'm in love with new beginnings. Shedding the old and the ugly in exchange for Love. I can't take back anything I've been or anything I've done. I can only proceed forth and grow into who I am to be. I spent a lot of time internet venting via my twitter updates. I decided to create a new twitter profile that will never be used as such a tool. This is only a part of an outer reflection of an inner change.

Of course, change doesn't happen over night. But today and onward, I choose positivity.

And I love it!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

100 Days of Love

So on Feb 19, I started a blogging project entitled 100 days of love. It was supposed to be a blog a day of small tidbits of things I love, things that make me smile, and generally positive things for 100 days.


The hectic pace of my life got the best of me and I didn't continue it. But the project kept me searching for a ray of sunshine amidst my cloudy moments, so I want to pursue it. So here are the links for the past posts and I'm restarting it as of today, March 13. Keep me accountable! Follow me for 100 days on my journey of love. Post your thoughts, comments, etc.

Day 1 Day 2 Days 3, 4, and 5 Day 6 Day 7


Sexy Back

On Being Sick and Losing Weight

For some unknown reason, I have been beset with a pesky little cold, or flu, or some sickness for like 3 months now. It slinks a way for a while and then at the most inopportune moment it forces it's way back through the door of my sinuses.

Like this weekend

Full fledged fever, headache, coughing, sore throat... THE WORKS!!! So, I decided that I'm going to put myself on a fluid and fruit diet to "flush my system".

Incidentally, my junior recital is coming up and I bought a beautiful dress that fits perfectly... Except, I feel like if I gain 1 lb, I'm gana bust out of it. So I thought... Why not kill two birds with one stone... This sick bird and that weight bird... I figure, I could lose a little bit of weight on a liquid fast, so I won't bust out of my dress...

But as I sit here, having eaten an orange, a can of chicken noodle soup, a half a bag of baby carrots, and having drank about 1 liter of Simply Orange orange juice...


eff this... I'm finna order some chinese!!