In this case, it also stands for Emily, my sister, who is 16 years old today.
When did she get so grown up? It's a little crazy to think about. We had our battles as kids, but never anything big - the important things in our relationship survived all of that. And now that we're both old enough to appreciate it, I'm enjoying being a sister more than I ever have before. I'm proud to be the sister of such a smart, talented, expressive, gorgeous, and strong young woman.
Sparrow is my camp name. I have been thinking about camp - daydreaming more like - as an escape from studying for midterms. Everyone here is ready for spring break. For some reason, the school calendar moved it to the first week of April instead of the last week of March. I think it has something to do with the lateness of Easter this year? Whatevs. All I know is that the whole school is about to go crazy, if they haven't already... Yay for escapism!
Today is Hannah's birthday - she lives next door to Steph and I and she is one of the best neighbors around! :) She says that this is the best birthday she has had in a very long time and that makes all of us super happy. Because she makes us super happy!
We celebrated with dinner - which I was not able to attend :( - and a movie, Rango! 'Twas a fun night indeed!
Our first performance of Bach's Mass in B-minor was tonight! It went well.
However, as a result, in the battle between responsibilities and relaxation, relaxation has definitely won out this evening. About to watch "Return to Me" - one of my favorite movies! Then sleeping in! Woot! It's been a long week, especially considering the fact that I actually had a mild episode of disorientation yesterday afternoon... it was weird. I think I've earned a break!
Choir is singing Bach's B-minor Mass. We are also doing a group presentation on it in Music History 1. This is our project title... we wish. Tired of Bach? Never! haha. At least we have a sense of humor about it. :)
I made up a new word today... "monsooning". That is the only appropriate way to describe the torrential downpours that occurred this afternoon. See Steph's jeans for evidence... I was, luckily, inside at the desk. :P
Today was stormy, long, and kind of tired (thank you, daylight savings time...) but it ended with an beautiful double rainbow - all the way across the sky! haha. It also ended with a fairly successful Bach B-minor mass choir rehearsal. The most exciting part was that we are not having regular rehearsals for two days this week... not that I want to miss choir, but with half of everybody sick, we need sleep!
I've been bad about not taking my pictures until after 11pm for the past week or so, but this time I'm glad I waited!
Due to the tragically large earthquake in Japan earlier this evening (8.8), WA coastal communities have been placed on Tsunami watch... a first in my life and kind of scary. We already had high winds today here at school and were apparently put on StormWatch in the afternoon. On top of that, I had a dream involving a giant tornado... dangerous goings-on afoot!
1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different?
2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address that habit over the next 40 days?
3. Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness or pursue reconciliation?
4. What practical steps can I take to carve out time for daily contemplation?
5. What spiritual discipline do I need to improve upon or want to try?
6. What are some things in my life that I tell myself I need but I don’t?
7. Why am I giving this particular thing up? How does giving it up draw me closer to God and prepare me for Easter?
8. What am I going to tell myself when self-denial gets hard?
9. Is it necessary/helpful for me to share the nature my fast with others or should I keep it private?
10. What do the ashes mean to me this year?
This year, for Lent, I plan to give up all beverages except for water. I also plan to actually stick to my dietary restriction and avoid all forms of plain dairy (milk, cream, yogurt, and cheese - most especially cheese). Both of these are to help with my bodily health - to keep my temple clean. :) I want my friends to keep me to this firmly!!!
I also plan to make a point to pray daily and, in prayer, to reflect particularly on what about the day I can praise the Lord for.
Sang in a NATS competiton at the collegiate level today - it went really well! HM in musical theatre and 2nd in Classical. :)
The best part of the day, besides seeing my parents, was eating a late lunch at the cutest cafe I've ever been to with other fabulous ladies from my voice studio. It was a great hour and a half of discussion about music, singing, and life.
This was a day full of music. Listened to great high school choirs at the PLU Choral Festival, voice lesson to rehearse for my singing competition this Saturday, sang in a cabaret recital, HERmonic rehearsal for our concert(s) tomorrow night, and practiced piano for my lesson tomorrow!
Woot the life of a music student!
*This is the Chiluly glass in the lobby of our music building. I figured it was an appropriate location for today's picture.*
As music majors, we often acknowledge the power and importance of music. But in allowing ourselves to get so caught up in learning about and practicing and getting it perfect, how often do we end up taking our art for granted? How often do we really feel what we are playing or singing?
Yesterday, I experienced feeling music in a way I haven't in quite a while. The most amazing part was the fact that there were about 100 people all feeling the same thing - all expressing the same thing. There are not many opportunities in our world for us to have a moment like that.
I experienced the same sort of thing again this evening, although this time it was just by myself. I just got to sing. I practiced my vocal music in the choir room (one of the best for solo singing in the whole music building) and simply got to express myself with my voice and enjoy the sound of the room. When I stopped worrying, I was able to feel.