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A Dream

Okay, I just remembered the dream I had last night...

So I was in church setting up the soundboard for rehearsal when someone came up to me and told me that rehearsal had been cancelled because there was going to be a concert instead. And then I found out that it was going a Peter Gabriel concert. Next thing I knew the church was packed and Peter Gabriel and his band were starting to play. The only problem was his sound guy didnt show up. So they asked me to do it instead. I had no clue how to handle all of their equipment but I tried my best. Things didnt sound great, but everyone figured I was better than no one, so they let me continue. Then came an intermission (which I realize rock concerts dont have). And during the intermission someone told Peter Gabriel that I played piano, so he came up to me and was like "hey why dont you play during the intermission." To which I immediately responded "oh I dont have any of my books and I dont have anything memorized b…

Grad School Anticipation

I'm really excited about going back to school. I am probably without a doubt one of those people who would be a professional student (if such a profession existed). I mean, I absolutely loved college. Yes, at times things were stressful, and it's not like I enjoyed every moment, but over all, I really miss it. I was so happy when I was a student. Actually the main thing I disliked about school (and this may seem odd especially since i was a music major), were my piano lessons.

Pre-college piano lessons were one of the highlights of my week. I absorbed as much as possible and always came away from them feeling awesome, almost like a natural high. Now I'm not the greatest piano player, I had to practice very hard no matter what I was playing (which is still true today). But i also think that's what makes me such an effective teacher... when I was learning piano, it was tough for me, most of the time people want you to just keep repeating passages until by some mi…

Eight Below versus Rent

My husband and I watched 2 movies this weekend. On Friday night we headed to the old, small theater a couple blocks away and saw Eight Below, and then on Sunday we curled up on the couch and watched Rent while each working on our own projects (him- computer stuff, me- photo album). Here are my thoughts on each movie...

(SPOILER WARNING: I may reveal information in this entry that could possibly spoil some of these movies if you havent seen them... in the case of Rent, I'm probably doing you a favor)

Eight Below. This was the first time seeing a movie in the theater since... since... hmm... I cant even remember when. I mean it wasnt that long ago, we just dont bother to see movies in the theater anymore. So it takes something special to actually make us go see it in the theater. And what's so special about Eight Below (especially for a couple of non-seven year olds)? Well it's about huskies, and we have a husky. That's what's special. Overall I thought it was…

TV

List of favorite shows (even though some of them are old, and only on in syndication).

1- Friends. Probably my all time favorite show. Matt and I have all the DVDs, so I know I've seen every episode at least once. We have incorporated a lot of "Friends" into our normal lives. For instance... my sister's birthday happened to fall on the day of the series finale, so we had a whole Friends themed birthday party for her. Complete with Pheobe style cups and ice, a Lusts of the Flesh sign, and other nerdy fan-type things. Also when I got married, it was excepted that I woke up and said "I'm getting married today" and then trip and practically break a rib a-la Monica. And Matt's birthday this year wasnt complete without watching the episode which showed all of the Friend's birthdays. Anyway, it's a good fun show... and somewhat addicting.

2- 24. yay yay yay! I love this show. As much as I hate the fact that it's only on once a week and has all th…

Valentines

Happy One Day Past Valentine's Day to everyone.

Actually matt and I dont really do anything to celebrate valentines day. He doesnt like the obligation associated with the day, and I really dont care too much about it either. But since it happened to fall on a Tuesday, and we go out to dinner every Tuesday, we went out. Every Tuesdsay we go to this little Chinese place in Leesburg when I finish teaching. Partly because I work the latest on Tuesday, and when I'm done the last thing I want to do is make dinner, partly because Tuesday also happens to include my most stress-producing students so it lets me unwind, and partly because it lets matt and I spend some nice time alone together. And usually by the time we get to the restaurant, it's empty. All the staff pretty much know us by now and do a good job of make us feel very welcome every week. So yesterday we just kept up our weekly "date night" tradition. With one exception.

Matt recently started working wit…

Free Night

So yesterday all of my piano students cancelled. I kinda expected one of them to cancel because Loudoun county Schools were closed because of Saturday's snow. (even though the roads were beyond fine). But actually they were cancelled because they all had the flu. This is something that has drastically affected my income for the past 2 months. I think nearly all of my students have had the flu at some point. However, I've managed not to get it... yet.

But this left me with a free evening. So matt and I went down to the Apple store in Tysons because his iPod has been broken. We signed up for the genius bar, and found out we had about an hour and a half wait before someone could help us. Somehow we managed to spend the entire time in the Apple store. Mostly because they had a "Getting Started" class that we sat through for an hour. It was actually pretty awesome to see some of the basic things Macs can do (Windows doesnt even compare). Anyway, the coolest thi…

Snowy Weekend

Yay!! It finally snowed!! Of course it would happen the one weekend we were out of town. We went down to Harrisonburg for a parish retreat on Friday. It started off a little rough; especially when matt found out there were no TVs in the room, and there ended up being a big youth meeting in the room immediately below us that night (tons of kids screaming and running around all night long). But I think we got some good stuff out of it... we had some good converstaions with people we hadnt talked with before, and with people we hadnt been able to talk with in a while. And we got to talk to each other a lot about our future plans.

Saturday it started to snow! Yay. We had been waiting for a good snowstorm for a long time. The majority of the day was spent listening to talks. Then we had some free time in the afternoon. I took a little while to try to learn how to crochet. I decided about a week ago that I wanted a new hobby, that would be pretty easy to learn, but that would ac…

Kings Cake Mishap

This is funny...

Recently matt tried some King Cake at his work (for some lunch thing). Anyway, he thought it was really good, so we looked it up online so I could see how you make it. Here's the site we found:
http://www.holidays.net/mardigras/cake.htm

So we read about the cake:

The Mardi Gras season begins on January 6 and continues until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. During this time of year, one of the most beloved traditions in New Orleans is that of the King Cake.
On the Christian calendar, the twelfth day after Christmas is known as "Epiphany", "Twelfth Night", or "Kings Day." It is the day the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus, and is celebrated with its own unique rituals.
The New Orleans tradition, begun in the 1870s, borrows heavily from European customs. As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings - the King Cake. The shape of a King Cake symbolizes the unity of…

Zaaza

If you are looking for a good place for lunch, dinner, drinks definitely check this place out... it's awesome, both for food and atmosphere.
Zaaza

A friend of mine owns it, and I've eaten there a few times (it just recently opened) and everything is great. They have sandwiches, crepes, pizza, all that good stuff. Anyway, it's worth trying.

I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Grad school, here I come

Memories

I just spent the last hour or so cleaning out my closet (non clothes items), mostly my jewelry (what little I have) and a few shoe boxes of old memories. I love going through all my old memories. Mainly I save things like letters (back when people wrote letters) and other small things like tickets to places I've been, postcards, and a few other very small trinkets.

Anyway, i definitely took a trip down memory lane today. It actually felt pretty good. My favorite box contained pretty much all my letters and notes from middle school and high school. I only re-read a few, otherwise I would have been there for hours, but it was enough to make me smile and bring back things I had forgotten. Anyway, it was just nice for once to look back to my high school days with joy instead of anger. I moved to va in 10th grade, and it was definitely not a good move for me. Jumping into the middle of high school didnt make it easy to connect with people. Not to mention the fact that it was t…