Thursday, February 24, 2005
Meet my dad!!
Isn’t he great? ...Modeling a fajita classico burrito (with steak) at Qdoba on Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
(happy Chinese Lantern Festival day!)
Does anyone know what we’re supposed to do to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival? I don’t know. My calendar just said that it’s today, and so I’d love to do something for it, I just don’t know what. Maybe I’ll dig out my tea light candles and have ramen for dinner. I’ll use my chopsticks. That’s probably the closest I’ll get to festive on short notice. Rats. I don’t even have a lantern. (Growing up we had a great picture book about a big lantern. I have no idea what it was about. Was the main character’s name Tuppy?? Has anyone else heard of this?? Wow. Unexpected blast from the past.)
This weekend flew by, as did the first part of the week… can’t believe we’re at Wednesday already. Spring semester always feels like sledding downhill… it just picks up, you go faster and faster, and then you’re done!! I leave in two weeks for spring break. Unreal.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Book Study and Phone Surveys… (happy happy Friday)
WE MADE IT TO FRIDAY!! I wasn’t in any doubt, really, but after years and years of being pumped for Friday, I can’t help it. I just have to be excited!! Woo woo!! This wasn’t even a stressful week… life is good. Still, I can handle a weekend…
So, what’s been going on? Wednesday night was the second meeting of a book study I recently joined. We’re reading and discussing Every Young Woman’s Battle. Pretty awesome. This is a group of about ten ladies from the Knollcrest East apartments, and we’re meeting once a week to talk about the book.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Finger-Stretching, Resocialization, and Maximus
Monday, at my organ lesson, I discovered that I have a small hand. No kidding. My younger sister has the longest, most beautiful fingers, and mine have always seemed a little stubby in comparison. But after fifteen years of piano lessons, I thought that they worked for me. I can hit the notes, I can hold a pen—no problem. Sadly, organ demands a little more. A broader reach. More flexibility. And so, I began work on a page of finger stretches. An innocent enough name…
Monday, February 14, 2005
Triumph!! (Woman versus computer)
I was going to put this in the previous entry where it belongs, but I’m so proud of myself for figuring out the computer that this picture gets its own entry.
These are the ladies from the Valentine’s Party last night… L to R: Jen, Sarah, Maria, and Laura.
It all comes down to where you sit. (Happy Valentines Day!)
This weekend was a blur. Saturday I did my homework and then went over to the showing of “Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring.” Good movie. But, with my impeccable judgment of place, I sat directly behind a tall guy with a decently large head. Rats. Didn’t realize this until the lights went down and I couldn’t see enough to trade places. So part of the screen was obliterated by his silhouette. My own fault. Anyway, the two-thirds of the screen that I could see featured a beautiful movie. Excellent cinematography. [That’s my big film word. I like using it.]
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Richard III and Company
Last night, my friends Jen and Maria and I headed over to Calvin’s lab theater for Richard III. I got hooked on Shakespeare last spring, when I took my first real course in Shakespeare. (To be completely honest, I never liked the guy before that. Sheesh, I didn’t like opera, didn’t like Shakespeare… crazy.) Anyway, after reading Macbeth, I was sold. Hamlet was good. Othello. Twelfth Night. Much Ado about Nothing. But I hadn’t read Richard III or seen it.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
I’m learning how to post a photo!
This is me!
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Mob-less Organ and Dreams of Italy…
The semester is starting to pick up… I had my first organ lesson yesterday, and it really is a completely different world from the piano. My teacher is sweet and friendly; we’ll get along well. Today I spent an hour and a half in a practice room making a lot of noise. Organs are so LOUD. I kept checking behind me to see if I had an angry mob outside my practice room. The mob never showed, so I kept pulling stop after stop. Playing with my feet is the best ever, especially the lowest notes. This is going to be awesome.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Laidback Friday Nights…
Last night, my friend Maria and I went to a concert in the Fine Arts Center. I was so excited—the artist was Lizz Wright, a jazz singer, and I love jazz! It was a simple, intimate evening: just the singer, pianist, guitarist, and percussionist in front of a black curtain. The audience was fairly small and sat close to the stage, so it felt more relaxed. And Lizz Wright has a deep, strong voice and poetic lyrics. It was great. Maria and I got coffee afterwards from the Fish House and went back to her apartment to talk. It was one of those perfect, laidback Friday nights.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
The first week of class, and it’s almost over! I wasn’t expecting this week to go so well. Usually during the first week in a semester, I go through what some friends have fondly named “syllabus shock,” meaning I’m holding four or five syllabuses (syllabi??) and thinking about papers and quizzes, and it seems like everything in the world is due TOMORROW and no way on this planet will it ever happen… Then by the second week, I’m back to normal, and everything works out. I do this every semester, and so by now I thought “Here it comes—I’ll just plan on this week to be crazy.”