Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11, 2017

Today, on the last day of spring break, it snowed. There will probably be snow on the ground tomorrow morning. Tomorrow is also daylight savings, which is stupid for the record.


It was 90 in Phoenix today, and Arizona doesn't participate in daylight savings.

Maybe I'm just super tired from school and life, but I kind of really miss my friends and my old house and my piano and my youth groups and just my old life tonight. I understand that had we stayed in Phoenix or if I go back it wouldn't at all be the same, but it would be Phoenix.

(Surprisingly, this is the first time I've missed Phoenix HARD (and it was short-lived), but here we are.)

And there's my problem. I'm too wrapped up in place. I'm taking a geography class, and aside from the work, I love it! Geography and maps has always been something my dad, brother, and I have really enjoyed. I just love learning about different places even if I don't really like to travel. Weird, I know. I just enjoy the concept of place and the different stuff each city offers.

I also get really connected to places I've been too. Cities, stadiums, buildings, libraries, gyms. You name it, I probably have a memory with it.

I've recently realized that I've been struggling contentment this year, and I think I just understood why. I don't like the city I live in. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Nashville so, so much. But I don't live in Nashville.

I live in Springfield, north of Nashville, where we try not to go to the Walmart because there have been serious safety incidents. Springfield where it takes 10 minutes at least to get to anything you need. (That sounds near, but I used to live 3 minutes from like 2 shopping complexes...) Springfield where they have to take down a city sign because somehow they didn't get a permit from their own city (?!?!). Springfield with 1 high school and like 3 funeral homes. Springfield where roads are barely wide enough for 2 cars in some places near my house.

I'm not discontent about the cross-country move per se. I mean sure Southern culture is something I'm not sure I'll ever completely assimilate to, but I've made so many memories in TN and the surrounding states that I wouldn't have EVER been able to make if I were still in AZ. And Nashville is the perfect spot to be for a gospel pianist. And have I mentioned that the city is beautiful?

I'm just struggling with driving past the tobacco fields and cow farms for 20 minutes to an interstate to get to school.

I don't know about you, but that's usually what gets me. The small things. Yeah, I'm in one of the greatest states in a suburb of my second favorite city but I can't handle the lack of customer service. God has provided for my family a home and jobs in an amazing way, but I get bent out of shape over daylight savings time. God is miraculously providing for my education before my very eyes, and I get frustrated because I haven't seen an interstate for days. God has given me so many amazing friends but I can't handle that I don't know a lot of people in my own city yet.

I know this is petty, stupid stuff. Maybe some of it is a somewhat of a big deal, but not in the whole scheme of how blessed I've been. I DON'T want to be like this. I long to be content in Jesus WHEREVER He has me. And I thought I was.

I appreciated my big blessings. I took the initial big changes of church, school, and house in stride. I know just how blessed I am to have the friends and influences I have. I am so grateful for my job and my house.

But contentment doesn't have a size limit. And what kind of person am I if I can't see past my tiny problems to how awesomely my God has blessed me.

They say the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it, and I guess this post helped me do that.

Learning to be content is NOT the same as trying to stay where I am forever, but it is trying not to thwart God's plan. If He wants me to live here for forever, I know He's gonna give me the strength to do it. He's given me SO MANY other things. I just gotta wait and hope on Him.

Faithful is He that calleth you who also will do it.

(I hope I didn't come across too negative in this post. It's how I've been feeling lately, and tonight in typing this I realized the root issue of it all. Life has hard parts, but life is also crazy and fun and awesome. Sometimes, you gotta acknowledge the hard parts to move on to the fun. Like realizing that your hand smells like chlorine for some reason which means SUMMER!!!!!)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Grayness (Or Greyness for my Readers Across the Pond)

Cuz it's black and white
What is not black and white all over?

Life.

My friends, in the past year I have learned an important lesson. Life is not sharp, crisp black and white (or red for that matter). It's actually pretty fuzzy gray.

Now, before you shut your brain off completely and write me off as a humanistic heretic, hear me out.

Yes, there are black and white issues in life. Sin is sin and truth is truth. There ARE absolutes. But what about things that aren't morally right or wrong. What about politics? What about history? What about issues?

Now, I know the Bible is our guidebook for life, and I believe it is true with all my heart. However, there's a lot of issues the Bible doesn't specifically address. As long as the issue is not something the Bible tells people to do or not to do, you have to do what God tells you to do. As a friend of mine said, "You do God, and you do you!"

Disclaimer #1 of many: When I refer in this post to people who believe differently than I do, I don't mean in salvation and major moral issues. I mean in stuff like creation theories, political affiliations, and denominations. I actually wasn't referring to Biblical "gray" areas when I started this, but I thought I should get this disclaimer out of the way.

Let's take a trip through life, shall we. (Specifically my life written in the 2nd person)

Growing up, the world is black and white. You disobey - you get punished. You don't disobey - you don't get punished. That's basically all you have to concern yourself with for a while.

Meanwhile, because you're (I) surrounded with people who believe pretty much the exact same things as you and everyone else around you, you tend to view people who believe differently than you as people you could never see yourself associating with in a million years. In fact, people who believe differently than you've been taught have to be humanist scientists or heretical preachers or people who just don't have a clue how the world works.

Disclaimer #2 of more: As a kid, because I had like 3 friends who were not in my church and Christian school, I kinda grew up in a bubble. This was not a bad thing at all. I think parents should be very discerning and involved in who their kids are friends with, and I think my parents made wise choices. Even as you get older being around people who believe the same as you is beneficial and I highly recommend finding at least a few friends that share most of your beliefs so you can hash out stuff together.

However, you start to grow up. You get tired of always hearing the same stuff so you try to look at issues from other people's point of view for a change. And guess, what, you get where they're coming from! You don't agree with a lot of their methods or thought processes, but you can see why they think that way, and you can agree to disagree, and you can have empathy, and the world is wonderful!  It's like a whole new world opens up, in color!

*Louis Armstrong impression: "I see trees of green, red roses too..."*


Then, through different life and growing up circumstances (including but not limited to changing churches, geographical locations, and hobbies), you meet new people who believe different stuff than you, but, surprise, they're some of the best people you've ever met! And guess what, they're saved, and they love Jesus and they're super cool!

Literally the past 52 weeks have been the most enlightening and stretching for me in this way. Through going to concerts and singings at different denominational churches, to becoming friends with people of opposite political views, to realizing that continually hearing what you've heard all your life and believe ain't gonna help you (I can put my the news through my own worldview without anyone else doing it for me, thank you very much!), I think I've grown a lot.

I know I still have a long way to go, and sometimes my opinions get swayed too much by my friends, but I'm trying to make sure that my beliefs are mine because I think they make sense, not because a friend believes it.

Now, I should probably say that I still don't necessarily agree with most of these people's choices and opinions, and I most certainly am not talking about accepting or condoning sinful choices, but there's a lot of choices in life that aren't sin or not sin.

Being a meat eater does not make you better than vegetarians (or vice versa). Not having a credit card does not mean you're automatically more financially responsible than someone else. Being a Republican or Democrat does not make you any better of a Christian. Going to church on Sunday night or not going to church on Sunday night does not make you more spiritual. Being a Baptist or whatever you want to be, does not make you saved or holy. It's what JESUS did for you. Guys, all of our life choices should be based on JESUS!!!!

And that's what I've been learning the past year :)

Final disclaimer: My parents are wonderful and are the reason that I've grown up with strong absolute values. They are also the reason I've learned to branch out and meet new people and look at new ideas. They are legit the best parents I know.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wind

The desert wind is warm and friendly, like a hug. 

It is also a warning: cover your eyes! "Times!" 4th graders on the playground holler as they pause their game of tag to turn their back to the wind and cover their eyes. Teachers hold their skirts down and feel the pricks of the grains of sands on the back of their legs. The gust stops within a few seconds with nothing the worse for wear. 

Sometimes weaker gusts come to pick up the dust in an empty lot and give it a spin in one of nature's most amazing phenomena, the dust devil.

Inside, if windows have screens, the wind is loud and annoying. It shrieks in the screens for hours at night, only letting up if the window is cracked open.

Sometimes, the wind brings rain. It throws the rain down in waves that bounce down the road, not deterring kids running through the neighborhood. It sticks the combination of rain and dust in the screens, leaving a peculiar smell that can only be described as monsoon aftermath. The desert wind and rain are rarely chilly, inviting you to go out and take a walk and revel in their friendship.

Here and now, the wind is cold and bitter. It makes bare ankles sticking out from leggings start to freeze. It drives people inside to their warm houses and cars. It makes noses and cheeks red.

But the wind is still special to me.

It's like a meaner cousin of the big, friendly, warm desert wind. There's not usually much wind here, at least not on the grand "haboob" scale. Days like today are cool because I can hear the wind running through the neighborhood, just like in the desert. It's nice to feel it try to push me over, no matter how cold it is.

The wind is still a gift.

And how blessed I am that I have the big, comforting wind to remember when the chilly, bitter wind freezes my ankles on days like today.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

How Nice of 2017 to Show Up

I actually saw ZERO fireworks on New Years this year so that's a first
Well, 2017 is here. First of all, let me say I'm extremely glad it's an odd-numbered year because I love odd numbers, and I will be turning an odd number this year.

Anywho, I just need to talk through what I want to accomplish in 2017, and why not do it here?

I've realized that I don't have BIG goals for 2017. Because I'm a freshman in college, everyday is trying to reach the big goals I have for my life through studying, networking, and practicing. I understand I'm in a preparation stage for the next few years, and I'm pretty okay with that (most days).

I do need to work on making my tiny goals measurable however. For example, I want to be better at piano, but that's not really a specific, measurable goal. However, making sure I have a piano schedule throughout the week and becoming better at one thing today than I was yesterday is a measurable goal.

So here's what I want to do better or more of this year and how I'm going to attempt to accomplish these goals.
Goals also I love this movie

Need: More rest. My sleep schedule is messed up anyway because it's Christmas break so I'm sleeping in and staying up late, but that needs to get under control realll fast.

Goal: I'm going to try to get a bedtime routine down. Turn off the phone by 10, read/journal until 10:30, get a bedtime playlist/podcast on a timer, and hopefully fall asleep by 11, giving me 8 hours of sleep every night except Tuesday nights cuz I have to get up at like 5:30 Wednesdays. I struggle falling asleep cuz I just lay there and my mind races and I want to DO something.


Need: More piano skillss. Have you ever been at that point where people are telling you they're impressed with your talent or art but you know it could be so much better and you just feel mediocre? That's me right now. I could be sooooo much better at soooo many things. I had an epic almost 3 hour piano schedule the first half of 2016, but I'm not sure I can get back to that much time. At least until the summer. However, I do need to get so much better to be prepared for what God's got for me!!!

Goal: To start, I'm going to make a piano practice schedule for every week because my days are kind non-consistent so if I have a weekly schedule I'll just make sure it gets done, even if I have to play all day Saturday. Also, as mentioned above, I just want to get better at something from day to day or week to week. Also, I want to do 2 new arrangements a month.

Or money. The college student's motto
Need: Better time management. Okay, I get a lot done in a day, but I know I could get more done.

Goal: Make a weekly list of goals because like I said up there somewhere, every day is different. If I learned anything in 2016 it's that God loves to come shake up the schedule (in a good way!), and I want to be prepared for that while still getting stuff done.

Love. This. Gif
Need: Read more.

Goal: I've already started doing this actually. I check 5 books out from the library at a time. I have some sort of ratio of like 1 non-fiction, 2 series books, 1 younger kids book, and 1 fiction book, but that's pretty loose. Going to the library and checking out 5 books from my Goodreads list for the month is a totally doable goal.

If you wanna laugh, watch the 1966 Batman movie
Need: Run more.

Goal: Once I get the whole time-management thing worked out, I'll start by running 1 mile 2 days a week (the days I wash my hair lol), and increasing my mileage as I strengthen my stamina. Let's just say I want to easily run a 10k (little over 6 miles) by next year. (I could probably run it now because I'm stubborn and my body will literally run itself to death if I make it, but it wouldn't be easy.)

In conclusion, I know that New Year's goals are a big cliche and that New Years is just an arbitrary date that people use to change themselves, but I think it's good to take a periodic stock of how you're doing developing your talents and relationships. Why not do this on New Years?

Anywho, that's what I want to do this year. I may morph my end of the month posts to how I'm doing on this stuff.  January looks to be a busy month getting ready for a Fine Arts competition and hopefully attending some singing conventions (blog post coming soon). Here's to 2017 and all the awesomeness it's gonna bring!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 In Review

In which I intersperse these questions with my favorite pic I took from each month. Or my favorite meme. Haven't decided yet.

January: Ik this isn't a great pic, but it captures my AZ skies <3 td="">

What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Oh gosh a lot! I drove by myself, helped run a music merchandise booth, went to a 2 week music camp, went to a singing convention, went to NQC, went to Las Vegas, stayed in a hotel room by myself, visited parts of Texas I had never been to when we drove to AZ, started college, and played for a gospel group WHAT

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make one this year?

Let's see, my New Year's goals for last year probably went horribly. I didn't have great blog posts, I didn't record all my arrangements, I didn't meet my Goodreads goal, BUT I did stay connected to most of my long-distance friends. Also, I made it a goal to play for a gospel group, but kinda "gave up" on that goal cuz I knew I couldn't put it together myself but then God was like BAM here ya go!

I'll probably make a Goodreads goal. I've found a consistent library schedule, at least for winter break... And I want to get back to journaling. I'm not promising anything on the blog. There are also several music goals I want to tackle, but those kind of have to stay on hold until I learn the songs for this Fine Arts Competition I'm accompanying for...


Did anyone close to you give birth?

Kinda. A girl who was in my dad's youth group when my dad was a youth pastor many moons ago and now goes to our church had the cutest little girl who my mom watches sometimes.

Did anyone close to you die?

Unfortunately, yes. She was a new friend I had met less than a month ago, and she was such an encouragement to me for the short time I knew her. That was a hard week.
February: I got to meet my fave pianist!
What countries/states did you visit?
Okay, y'all ready for this? Let's go west to east: California, Nevada, Arizona (duh), New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee (duh again). I ALMOST got to Alabama, and Lord willing, when this publishes, I'll be in Georgia!!!

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

A financial aid scholarship... I could always use more patience. Possibly a full-time gig playing for a group but idk if that will happen.

What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory?

July 10 - The day I met some of my best friends

Did you move anywhere?

Yes, from Phoenix to Nashville, and I do not recommend any moves, but particularly cross-country ones. Bad for the emotions, constitution, digestion, and any other -tion in your body XD
March: The Pat Tillman Bridge between Nevada and Arizona
What was the best month?
April was fun because I got to hang out with my school friends a lot, graduated high school (!!), and got to go to California to hang out around southern gospel music!! And July was fun because half of it was at music camp, and I wish I could stay there forever.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting paid to play the piano for my regular job and for a gospel group. Also, I've managed to drive to another state by myself so there's that.

What was your biggest failure?

Probably wasting time and not sleeping like I'm doing right now

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not really amazingly. Everyone else in my family got sick but I literally had no time to get sick and I told my body we couldn't do that so I didn't really get sick!

April was so fun! The Lemon Hills in California

What was the best thing you bought?

Well, the tuition for my music camp probably. But I also bought tickets to NQC and a ferris wheel that was way too expensive but way too fun.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Eh the nation's. The world's. Christians at times, mostly including myself.

Where did most of your money go?

hahahahahahah Vol State, textbook dealers, and gas

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Um music camp, NQC, Great Western Fan Festival, New Year's Eve!!!
May: Not gonna lie, May was horrid
BUT I did go to the zoo, see friends, and drink lots of slushies

What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?

Oh gosh, this is hard because living in Nashville lets me go to so many XD Probably NQC because there were so many good artists and I got to hang with friends, but maybe the Great Western Fan Festival because I got to work behind the scenes and learned sooo much!

What song/album will always remind you of 2016?

There's this group called Cana's Voice that put out an album that I listened to sooo much this summer. Also, my friend Trevor released his piano album, and the group I played for released their album so lots of good 2016 music vibes.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. happier or sadder?  Happier!
2. thinner or fatter?  Um maybe thinner because I don't have time to eat lol
3. richer or poorer?  Richer, I think...

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Sleep, read, play the piano, sleep

June: Nashville is such a beautiful city with awesome public spaces!

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Freaking out, stressing out like I did literally 3 hours ago

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Like I said up there somewhere, Cana's Voice is so great to listen to. I also discovered Harry Connick Jr this year, and he's pretty great! Also, my piano teacher, another great musical discovery, has a group, and I love that album so much!

How did you spend Christmas?

My Grandma came over on Monday before Christmas, and then we went to my other grandparents' house Wednesday-Saturday, and got a trip to Dollywood in! (and season passes so my joy cannot be contained!!!!). We spent a quiet day at home and church Christmas Day. Opened presents, ate entirely too much, and just enjoyed each others' company.

How are you spending New Year’s?

Like I said, Lord willing when you read this, I'll be in Georgia at a singing convention till MIDNIGHT, and then I'm driving back to a friend's house so she can play piano at her church the next morning, and then I'll probably drive home and crash. rip my sleep schedule. Not that it was alive anyway...
July: There are natural bodies of water in TN with grass near them
I don't understand how this is possible
Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
I hate talking on the phone, so this would again be my college... But I love texting and Snapchat saves my relationships

What was the best book you read?

Ok, I could have read more this year. I really could have. I just kind of took a hiatus when we moved and then school started. But now that I've got my own library card and have discovered that my library actually has a lot of books, I plan to read a lot more next year. 

That being said, I read a lot of good books this year, but most of them I read over 6 months ago so here goes my faves from what I remember and Goodreads. 

Fiction: North and South 
Nonfiction: either God's Smuggler or Home by Julie Andrews

What was your favorite TV show?

The Flash! My name is Barry Allen, and I am the fastest man alive!

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, but there's probably people I don't like as much.

August: idk fam so here's a pic of my grandma's dog by her cool barn

What did you want and get?

A new laptop, a record player!

What did you want and not get?

Financial aid for college but I can't complain cuz God provided, and I'm so blessed!

What were your favorite films of this year?

Chariots of Fire is a great movie I rediscovered. I've only seen it 2x cuz it's sooo long, and I have the attention span of a 10 year old when it comes to movies. Also, Rogue One was spectacular. Also, tonight a friend introduced me to the 1966 Batman and that is the most hilarious movie ever. It's like a parody of Batman, and it's awesome!

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 18, regretted it for like a week, hung out with cool 18yo peeps, and resigned myself to adulthood. I actually graduated the day before my birthday, and I got to go to California to help with a concert so that was fun!!! Also, I ate really good burritos.

September: I went to my first singing convention
and played backup piano lol
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
If I like it, nobody else does. Also, I hate boots because they make my feet feel clunky and loud, but I can't just wear flats without socks or anything because apparently that's not what one does in this part of the country in the winter and I resent that greatly. Sorry, but had to get that out there.

What kept you sane?

Basically just God. Also Snapchat streaks.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ya know y'all, a lot of celebrities died in 2016, but I didn't really know any of them until Carrie Fisher AKA Princess Leia died today, and that kinda punched me in the gut. Like I can't really believe it? Anyway, Daisy Ridley and Julie Andrews are still my faves.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Idk. This sounds like a complaining question, because 2016 had its very rough patches, but you can't really fix those without rewriting my life and God's plan so idk

October: October was great!!
Here's the view from the aforementioned ferris wheel
What political issue stirred you the most?
The election that I legit only discuss with like 3 people because all sides make me mad.

Who did you miss?

Like everyone

Who was the best new person you met?

I met so many awesome new people, and I got immersed in a totally new culture of singing schools and singing conventions. I can't really say. I met my piano teachers, and they're pretty great. I have my music camp squad that Skypes like every week, and I'm part of a new community of people who have all had the same theory teacher at different schools. So I've met so many awesome people! (I feel like I answered that question like Donald Trump, but one person, seriously??? I ain't in a relationship!)

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.

Learn to pack fast because God can open amazing opportunities out of nowhere, and you gotta be ready to go!
November: So basic. Building leaf piles

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I had one like 3 months ago, but I forgot it. So here's one:

Life is good cuz God is.

Life is good cuz I'm His.

Cuz as long as you have God, life is good


Five personally significant events of 2016:
*do not put getting a 200 day Snapstreak*
Graduating high school
Helping at the Great Western Fan Festival
Attending Stamps-Baxter School of Music
Playing for a gospel group
Starting college

Five things I want to do in 2017:
I'm actually planning to write a whole post on this, but here's some stuff off the top of my head
Attend more singing conventions and schools, including the national convention
Explore downtown Nashville more
Make more friends near my town
Play piano more for a group (this is a total God-thing tho)
Manage my time better

Five people I’d like to know better in 2016:
My music camp friends
Singing convention friends/acquaintances
Anyone I can learn anything from
College friends
YOU reading this!
December: Jesus gave me blue skies for Christmas!!!!
2016 seems to be the beginning of so many things for me: new friendships, new music opportunities, new educational endeavors, and a new city. Sure, maybe 2016 was a hard year for the world in general, and I wouldn't live through May again for a thousand bucks, but, man alive, God really grew me through 2016 and blessed me with so much, and I'll always look back on parts of it as the best times of my life. Maybe in 2017, I'll stop writing run-on sentences on this blog... Thanks for sticking with me through this year pals!

Here watch this:

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!

Fave Christmas Song

First off, Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family/friends have fun celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus, one of the craziest, most wonderful events in the history of the world! Every time I think hard about the Christmas story, it gets so much more amazing!

This year, I've been thinking a lot about how Jesus was 100% man AND 100% all-powerful, all-knowing God AT THE SAME TIME. Like how??? He had to go through the awkwardness of whatever the Jewish equivalent of Jr High is, and he we know he cried, and was lonely and scared. The Bible says He grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man, but as God He had all the wisdom in the world, had all the stature (power) and didn't need favor with God and man! Yet He came to earth to grow in those things!

But why? Why would someone love me so much to come from the most perfect place in all of time to come to a place where He was lonely and scared and ridiculed and sad and died a horrible, horrible death? And He obviously knew his purpose on earth from the story of him in the temple, but did he always have a realization of it? Was it always in his mind that He was God incarnate? Was he aware as a toddler? It's weird to think of Jesus as a cute little boy just barely walking around and coming out with one-liners that all toddlers do, but He was a little boy!!!! It just blows my mind and brings me to two realizations:

1) God loves me so very very much. Idk why, and I sure don't deserve it, but He does, even though I could never in a million years give Him back that same love. There's a song that says Jesus was born to die, and he was, but I think that more importantly he was born born to love us, through his death AND his life. Think about it, if Jesus hadn't loved people in an extraordinary way through his life, would his death really have been that extraordinary?

And

2) Jesus "was tempted like as we are." He knows what humans go through. He literally grew up on this earth. And while specific situations vary from generation to generation, the basic human emotions and feelings are consistent. He's been on this earth. He knows just how horrible it is. I mean, He would have always known that because He's God, but He EXPERIENCED it! Sure, I know a lot about the London Blitz but I wasn't there wondering if my house was gonna get bombed or if my little siblings were okay in the country. Jesus experienced our emotions!!! But HE NEVER SINNED. Idk how guys. Hopefully, I'll learn in Heaven. Right now, I just have to accept it if I ever wanna sleep at night!

Anyway, that's what I've been thinking about this Christmas. I'm overwhelmed by just how much God loves me!! I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas surrounded by the unfathomable love of Jesus!


Saturday, December 3, 2016

November 2016: Thxgiving and Cold (which I'm not thankful for)

Well, last week I had plenty of opportunities to write this post, but did I? Obviously not. So it's 9:50 and I have to get ready for tomorrow and get ready for bed, but I'm gonna write this post.

Plain ol' life happened this month. I turned in my honors project (finally), registered for next semester's classes (guess who gets to drive 45 min 2x a week *insert upside down smiley face cuz even with this emoji thing they don't have that...*), and finals are next week. (Actually, at the finishing of this post, I'm done with all my homework for this semester and only have finals next week!!!!)

I'm currently listening to the Carpenters' Christmas Portrait on repeat because it was on sale for $8 and Carpenters ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I could listen to Richard Carpenter play Christmas music all day. My other fave Christmas artists are Pentatonix, Beegie Adair, Harry Connick Jr., and all the classics like Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. I'm SO happy for Christmas music!!!!!!!!



It got cold (like the 60s/40s (FAHRENHEIT)), and I hate it but at least I have an ice remedy: a concoction of 2 parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part water in my car, and it really makes the ice disappear. But your car also smells like rubbing alcohol...


I got to go to a singing in the next county over. It was tiny, but a lot of fun. I also got to play first piano (not that there was a second one there...), which has been a goal of mine. I didn't do great, but it worked ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The election happened. I voted. We don't need to talk about it...

There will be no shortage of GIFs/memes over the next 4 years tho

I actually got to make/jump in a leaf pile with some kids I was babysitting!!
This was the height of a small child, not a tree just FYI
It's really hard to get a pic of a leaf pile when the ground is covered in leaves
I discovered this video. The dude's not actually talking in Russian. He's vocalizing like when you forget the words to a song so you're like "I really can't stay, but baby, it's cold outside. Doo bee bee wee doo, but baby it's cold outside."


Thanksgiving came and went and you can read about that here.

Ok, is this dressing or stuffing where you live??
This is a really short post, I know, but my life just wasn't that interesting this month. Next month, it will be a whole lot more interesting what with Christmas concerts, and Christmas, and possible New Years shenanigans. I'm looking forward to making my year-end wrap-up post, and also reading a lot more now that school's out. I got my library card yesterday, but you can only check out one thing the first time :( I picked a book I've read in 24 hrs before (The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie), and I'm about to go pick up some other books in a little bit.

Looking forward:
School's out: 12/8
STAR WARS: 12/16
Christmas: 12/25 (duh)
2017 BECAUSE ODD-NUMBERED YEARS
(Y'all we compared 2016 to 1968 in Literature the other day because apparently 1968 was one of the worst years in American history  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Hope you had a very thankful November even if you don't celebrate American Thanksgiving!