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Monday, January 14th, 2008
11:35 pm
2008 and new beginnings/my last entry here
Note: I am aware that I said I wasn't planning to do this. I was inspired.

The subject of pastor Phil's message on sunday was newness. There was a lot of reflection-worthy insight in the message, but one aspect caught my attention above all. This concept was the idea of 2008 being about new beginnings, as individuals and as a church. Unarguably, 2008 is bringing new beginnings for me. Apparently, in the realm of biblical numerology, 7 symbolizes something being completed; 8 symbolizes new beginnings. We were challenged to therefore close 2007's "book" and be prepared to open 2008's "book."

It turns out that I am an extremely literal person, but I loved this image so much that I decided to do just that. I have experienced many things since the creation of this journal and I learned from each experience. Still, this is the last entry I will write here. I need to open a new book. I need to document my new journey as the fresh beginning it is and be able to reflect upon my experiences without a record of the past attached. Remember, I said that I learned from my experiences. In many cases, part of what I learned is that I do not wish to relive them. To do so would be unhealthy spiritually and emotionally. It is time to start over.

God is the king of all, not the least of which is clean slates; by His grace, I know where I stand with Him. Starting over is something I am primarily doing for myself. I think it will help me to press on more and relive less.

Of course, I will continue to do and write stupid things; I'm human. I'll just be writing it elsewhere. If you are interested in continuing to read about my adventures, come hang out with me at:


I hope to see you all there. I'll write an update there tomorrow. I am so not in Kansas any more...

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: reflective
Thursday, January 10th, 2008
8:51 pm
Trying to keep up...
I have apparently elected to not eat, sleep or do anything else aside from school work this semester. These were not my words. This is what I was told yesterday and I'm starting to believe it. I don't even have spring break this semester because I will be spending those days in a classroom filling out observation forms.

Wednesday (yesterday)
My world civ class reminds me of the nutrition class I was taking a year ago. It begins at 9:00 and is completely lecture-based. Coffee would totally help with the attention thing and I may have to try it, but generally I don't drink coffee before I sing. It makes me extra twitchy.
I somehow always manage to forget that the first week or two of any development class is exactly the same. I'm sure I tune it out for a reason; it's immensely tedious. Is it nature or is it nurture? Is development continuous or discontinuous? What is a theory? This professor seems to have a lot to share though, so hopefully we move fairly quickly this time.
Atomic structure...enough said.
We sang in choir yesterday. I just found a recording of the Credo from Mozart's Missa Brevis in D Major. This will be our main presentation piece for the conference; I have to learn it very quickly. It was actually repertoire from last semester.

The DRC has print copies of all of my books. It was quite a process to get them. The person who generally reads and scribes for my tests went with me to fetch them. I am so very thankful for that.
I went to my t and l 300, introductory field experience class. It is literally the WSU version of the class I took at Central a year ago. Next week, we are learning about the WEST B's. It's only an 8-week class and I don't want it to come back and haunt me later or I'd try and get it waved. This is where I learned about my 5-day observation. It can technically be completed after the semester ends, but for grading reasons, that doesn't seem like a good idea to me. So, I will deal with the obnoxious mix of sentimentality, horror stories and teacher statistics until February 29. Seven more classes left, but who's counting?

Apparently, I "have blindness" What? Who says that? Trust me, you actually don't want to know who said it...

I'm trying to figure out where I can do my service learning hours. I'm investigating the possibility of hanging out with the music teacher at my church's school. It is not one of the options listed on the web site, but if I can make it work, I will.

This was really long. My dog wants to go outside which is lucky for you.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: lots of things
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
4:11 pm
after the first two days...
I'm chronically cold and I don't dig it...

Monday...AKA yesterday:
Let the records show that if I do not exist after this semester, it is a possibility that my world civ professor ate me. That class is going to be a test more of my patience than anything else. It is a "let's learn to research like a grown-up" class. I'm very tired of these...
I'm pretty excited for my middle childhood-adolescent development class. It sounds pretty interesting and applicable.
One of my science professors who taught science 102 isn't teaching this semester. It's weird. I have another stimulating field trip to look forward to.
I went to choir. I really like the director and am excited to be singing with this group. We didn't actually get to sing yesterday though.

I walked in to my learning and development class today and was quite surprised. The professor of this class is someone who took early childhood special education with me last semester. Hmmmm. His wife teaches in the music department, so I had talked with him quite a bit during our class time. Now he's my teacher.
I experienced the introductory convocation today; I was finally assigned a voice studio. I'm beginning to understand more about how things work in the music department, but I'm glad I have patient epople who explain things to me. Thankfully studio class starts next week (otherwise I wouldn't be writing this).

Other stuff
-It would be really interesting to keep track of how many papers I will write this semester. I even have to write papers for my voice class.
-I will be singing for the WMEA conference in Yakima in february for choir.
-I was all perplexed (and slightly relieved) when I found out that service learning hours were not part of my middle childhood-adolescent development class. No fear! They're required for my T and L learning and development class.
-Traveling across campus in the snow was too insane for me yesterday and I am now getting transportation asistance to some of my classes. We'll see how this works...

That's as much of an update as I can write now.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: a bit stressed
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
7:40 pm
Goodbye vacation time...hello God knows what
Okay, so, I ended up getting a cold. How do we know this? I admitted that I was sick and I took medicine willingly. Yeah, it was bad. I have a tendency to be a less than compliant patient. I woke up yesterday not believing that I had one more night in my bed before I left for school. I took all of the meds my mom suggested and I slept pretty much all day. I'm feeling quite a bit better today, but singing this week is an interesting idea... Taking cold medicine makes me want to operate large machinery.

So, what's on my plate this semester?
My classes:
Gened 110 World Civ I
Sci 102 the other half of the madness I endured last semester...the joys of being a transfer student...yes this one has a lab too
Hd 202 Middle childhood-adolescent development (the other half of the child development course I took last semester)
T and L 300 Introductory Field experience
T and L 301 Learning and development (aka educational psychology)
Private/studio voice lessons

Other experiences/things that need to be done:
Convocations: a weekly occurrence for music students that involves all students who are taking lessons
I must take necessary steps to achieve admission to the summer braille music institute
I'd like to complete the carpenter series at church (basic membership classes)
I would also like to maintain my level of involvement with CCF

I'm positive there will be a ton more stuff. These things are just what I know now.

Trivia question:
Where could you hear a Relient K song surrounded by songs performed by the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir and the Watoto Children's choir?
My playlists...they rock!

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: nervous/excited/amused
Friday, January 4th, 2008
10:35 am
I should probably be at school now coordinating things with everyone about everything next semester. As it stands, however, I opted to stay home, make phone calls and go to school sunday. I did this with the intention of spending a bit more time with my friends and family. So what happens? I am now desperately fighting getting a cold. Hopefully I am better tomorrow; I have plans, but then we all know about "plans".

I went to school yesterday for a day trip. My O and M instructor went with me to practice some of my needed routes for next semester. So far, the routes don't look as bad as I thought; however, I am worried about the 10 minute transition time. Snow is not nice either.

Anyway, I'm going away now to juggle the acts of sleeping (or "sleeping") and preparing to go back to school for one crazy semester.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: not especially jazzed
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
11:31 am
This may be long...
I am going to sit here, eat my muffin and write about my life. I'll try and be brief, and time is on your side, but no promises...

First off, I am trying to decide whether or not to replace my phone. There is a company that is offering mobile speak for a reduced price on one of its phones (that's partly inaccurate because they will tell you they have it on 5 of their phones, but 4 of them are not actually phones). Mobile speak is a screen reader comparable to the one I am using on my computer to write this. I am jazzed at the idea, but skeptical because fighting with technology makes me crazier than anything else I can currently think of that makes me kind of crazy. I would also have to switch phone companies for this whole thing to work and that's a bummer deal.

Sunday was pastor Matt's last service at Indian Trail Church. It was very sad; there were lots of tears. If I'm bad at making technology decisions, I am horrible at goodbyes, as in beyond words horrible.

Monday, I ran errands with a friend. Then I helped her paper clip fliers because I'm the super duper paper clipper (with a history no less). That night, we were joined by another friend and we watched the myth busters marathon along with other really...strange things. My friends left at 5:00 the next morning.

Then I went to the mall yesterday and had more fun than I have had at the mall in quite a while. I'm amused by the fact that the comments surrounding Ziggie's shoes are starting to annoy the people who go places with me. Welcome to my life. Yesterday, I even heard a "there's THE dog with the shoes." Is my dog legend? We had fun anyway. We watched Amazing Grace last night. It's a good enough movie, but I honestly found it very difficult to follow. We watched Evan Almighty after that though and I loved that movie.

I am going to spend some quality time with my sister Jami this afternoon. That's jazzy business.

See? That wasn't as many words as I thought I would write, but I have to leave very soon. Maybe I'll be back later. Muahahahaha!

Have a stellar day friends!

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: out o' here
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
5:00 am
Before I forget...
Happy new year friends!

Maybe I should sleep soon...

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: is it late or early?
Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
11:45 pm
An actual update from ...me!
I've been a bit music video happy lately and I haven't written about Christmas here yet.

Basically, there are many people and dogs here now. Dudley is scared of my sister's teacup yorkie. It's sad; Dudley, a 150-pound golden retriever stayed outside for most of the day, cold, because he is scared of that tiny dog. I don't understand, but at least we got him to come in for the night. He was very cold and for the record, we tried many times to get him to come in and he wouldn't. Ziggie has been amazing. Cubbie is a zippy little fellow that flies around fetching and hopping on furniture all the time. Ziggie just lays nicely by my feet, keeping the Golden Retriever name intact. I am so glad that I have my own room when I come home though because Ziggie views it as his retreat which he needs after being so good for so long.

I got a keybord/piano for Christmas. It's very pretty. It doesn't really do the instrument justice to call it a keyboard because it looks more like a piano, so what do you do? It sounds amazing and I got these nifty CD's that are teaching me to play. I saw it at Costco over thanksgiving, but I never thought I'd actually be able to have it. It's sweet! I haven't been reading as much as usual during break and this new acquisition definitely won't help. It's totally worth it.

Enough for now.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
3:00 pm
Merry Christmas!
More Relient K goodness...

I celebrate the day that you were born to die so one day I could pray for you to save my life...
(AKA I celebrate the day)...

Merry Christmas, heres to many more...
(It's not your imagination; this is half of a song. It was still worth it though because I have bonded with the lyrics)

Merry Christmas friends and God bless.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: satisfied
Monday, December 24th, 2007
11:29 pm
Christmas Eve Goodness
I must write quickly so that this does get posted on Christmas Eve. I know I missed Christmas Eve in other time zones by a longshot, but I'll at least try and make it in this time zone.

I spent the majority of today wrapping presents and solving a crisis when my Relient K CD flew away. It was tragic, but I found it and will therefore sleep eventually tonight. I went to church and then spent the evening with family. It has been a good busy day.

Ok, now for the real reason I posted, two today and two tomorrow...

I'm gettin Nothin for Christmas...

Santa Claus is Thumbing to town...

Very goofy, very fun and only as Relient K can do it. I chose two very different songs for tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: amused, funny haha!
Sunday, December 23rd, 2007
10:25 pm
Stupid me...
I got cold and flopped on my bed because it is potentially the warmest place in my room. I fell asleep and am now awake; I'd much rather be sleeping. Sure, I should find something productive to do, but I am out of productivity juice. I should especially consider the idea of wrapping presents. Yet, I'm still sitting here.

Today was an interesting, trying, exhausting, busy day. Oh, it was definitely a long day too. Being human is quite an experience. That's all I'm saying about that subject lest I end up saying too much.

I want a big bathtub full of very warm water and bubbles. Yeah, that was random. It's what happens when I sit here for too long. I want an apple. Ziggie is an amazing doglet. He did so well today.

Ok that's all for now.

Niente Senza Gioia!
5:42 am
Hmmm...this is fun
My cell phone rang about 20 minutes ago; my friend called after work and was trying to leave a message on my phone. My phone is mildly obnoxious however and it kind of yells at me when people call me. I don't mind though because I haven't talked to this friend since break started. I get to go to church this morning. So, what is the probability that I would wake up in an hour to get ready for church? Hahahahah. Joke!

I don't really have anything interesting to say. Ziggie is confused though. Poor doglet.

Have a great day all!

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: awake, amused
Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
10:59 pm
Some stuff written by me (hahaha)
Ok, next year, I'm going to go out in july and do all of my Christmas shopping. It's probably extremely stupid to write that here because it won't happen, but it's a good thought. Whether I order gifts online or brave the masses to select them by hand, it appears that July would still be the month of choice. Crazy people+confused people+annoying people+ignorant people+fresh snowfall+crowded chaotic mall = authentic madness.

I managed to finally find Relient K's Christmas CD in the course of my travels. This is very good because I was able to return my friend's copy without going through the grieving process. Yeah, I'm a little obsessive. Relient K's music is so lyric-driven. I love it. I discovered that they also wrote a book, which I plan to obtain after the "no buy zone." This book has me extremely fascinated. Hint: it's called "The Complex Infrastructure of the Female Mind." No joke. I shall scan and read eventually.

I'm starting to finally feel Christmas-ish. I had some holiday spirit before Thanksgiving. School pretty much killed it and I've been awaiting its return. I was sad because I was convinced that I was getting old and cranky, but I really just needed an atitude adjustment. I'm working on it. Tomorrow will probably help. The Christmas party for all of the blind/visually impaired children, their families and their teachers is tomorrow. I was put in charge of the craft project and, yes, the event in which I get to make people sing. It will be fun and glittery.

I just saw a commercial for "the rhythm of the '90's" I thought it was funny. It's the pop music of my childhood; maybe I am old...

Ziggie was such a good boy today. He made me proud. He's sleeping and he's having vocal dreams; I'm sure it's nightmares about Christmas shopping at the mall.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: kind of amused
12:07 am
My day in the midst of humanity
This morning, I went to breakfast with my sister Jamilyn; pancakes are good. As we were leaving, this guy started talking to me and he was convinced that all Seeing Eye dogs were girls. He was so convinced, in fact, that when I told him that Ziggie is indeed a male dog, he asked if I was sure. This man said his relative of some sort is/was the founder of a local blindness-related agency, but apparently he hasn't spent too much time there. Does anyone have ideas of where this strange preconception came from?

Then we went shopping. I think I am done with all of my family shopping which is great news. This includes the people who will be at my house on Christmas or Christmas number 2 (the day after Christmas). My tolerance for dog shoe comments is rapidly decreasing.

I came home for a bit and then left to go to a Christmas party with my friend. There were many, many people at this party. It was pretty intense. The people were all very nice, it was just a bit overwhelming. I haven't eaten lasagna in a long time; it was awesome. I am also the proud owner of a banana slicer. I got it in the gift exchange game. I was very excited; I have one for apples, so why not bananas?

Tomorrow I'm going shopping with a friend wherein I will again venture out in to the masses of crazy humans. Sunday is the Christmas party (yes, another one). Then all of the official Christmasing begins. I can hardly believe it.

I want sleep. Many many years of sleep.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: tired, craving a hole
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
10:25 pm
That was an awesome concert! Singing children = magic.

I'm watching the Kenedy story on the learning channel. I've seen this many many times and I haven't gotten over my urge to reach in the TV and hug this tiny child. She's 3 years old and the size of an infant. She is not expected to grow over 30 inches due to primordial dwarfism (spelling?). She's soooo cute. The other part of this show that I enjoy is the overall outlook of Kenedy's parents. They seem like awesome people too.

My grades are finally posted and they are very pretty. I am quite satisfied.

Oh, and I love Relient K's Christmas CD. It has a bit of everything on it and it generally makes me happy.

And I like coffee. I do. It's a happy substance.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: coffeed
3:37 pm
The Kiddos I get to see tonight
In approximately 3 hours and 24 minutes (according to my watch and at the beginning of the composition of this entry) I will be attending a concert presented by the African Children's Choir. Yeyeyeyeyeyeyeye!

The choristers in this group range from 6 to 12 years old and have all been victems of extreme poverty; many have lost parents to AIDS. The African Children's Choir brings children from villages in Uganda and surrounding countries. The choir provides children with education, shelter, family figures and hope. Children are placed in touring choirs and as my clips show, they get to sing everywhere and with everyone. Their concerts raise awareness about the serious issues facing Africa. Their performances also teach of the hope each of these children has found in Christ. It's truly amazing stuff. Enjoy these videos!

The African Children's Choir...
Singing "Walking in the Light" (don't worry, that guy doesn't talk through the whole thing. He stops after about 30 seconds.)

Singing with Michael W Smith

Singing with Josh Groban (You can't lose with this one)

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: so so excited
Monday, December 17th, 2007
10:42 pm
This is what it's like to be home...
Today was busy. It has been fun. I would not be surprised if Ziggie rebels against me when it's time to go somewhere tomorrow.

I actually started my day at the high school I attended. Yes, that's a "thrilling" experience; I can enter those doors now with only minor twitching. The plan was that I'd meet my former O and M instructor there so that I could go to a Christmas party this afternoon. I was almost forgotten; a trip around the block became necessary to retrieve me. While I was waiting, I was talking with a former teacher (now principal or some such thing). In the course of the conversation she said "I see you haven't changed much." I'm amused, kind of... I'm not sure if that was a complement or not, but apparently I haven't changed much.

The party was held at a special ed teacher's house. It involved eating pizza and making cookies. Many awesome children were present and I met some cool teachers and staff members.

I was home for about an hour before I left again. I went galivanting with two of the people on this planet with whom I can still relate (the total number is decreasing rapidly). I met both of these people in middle school, we have each been through a ton of stuff since then and the majority of the past 2.5 years has been spent in rather inconvenient geographic locations. Still, we keep in touch relatively well and hanging out during vacations is awesome. How on earth did I end up with friends like that? Fantastic individuals they are.

In other news:
1. Christmas eve is going to be utter chaos here. MY HOUSE IS NOT THAT BIG!
2. I've had serious speeching difficulties today.
3. Ziggie is quite a trooper.
4. Ziggie got floured today.
5. I'm not sure why it's so difficult for people to believe that my dog is indeed wearing shoes; they're looking right at him.
6. I like human contact. It is very good for me.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: reflective
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
11:58 pm
Sooooo cool!
I just discovered that youtube works much better on my home computer than it does on the one I have at school. I enjoy youtube because many a choir concert has been posted by proud choristers, parents and so on. Anyway, I have decided that it would be fun to introduce you all to some "friends" of mine, choirs that I think are stellar.

Today, I chose the Indianapolis Children's choir and Youth Chorale. These are two affiliated groups. The indianapolis children's choir is enormous. I wanted to include numbers, but their website is ...not as amazing as they are. Suffice it to say that there are, I believe, 22 choirs within the organization itself and they serve primarily school-aged children (k-12). It's incredible and I should stop rambling so you can hear the children sing.

The indianapolis Children's choir:


(please note: this song is not in english and it is therefore no fair to complain to me about not understanding the words.)

And, here's the Indianapolis Youth Chorale (Mixed voices) singing Oh Holy Night as I can almost garantee you've never heard it before. Give it a chance and enjoy. It's way cool.


Admit it. That was awesome.

I'll post more as I am inspired.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: diggin it
11:47 am
I'm home and such
I've been home for a bit over 36 hours. It occurred to me to post earlier, but I was really hoping I'd have something interesting to report. Not so much. I'm just feeling very lazy, I want my grades and I really need coffee.

Oh, does anyone have any book suggestions for my reading over break? I'm bookshare-dependent because my scanner is at school. Please let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: floppy
Friday, December 7th, 2007
11:10 pm
It has definitely been a week...
This week is over. It has finally ended. The conclusion of this particular week has occurred. How many ways can I say this? Oh my...I'm just so glad.

I'm not going to yammer about all of the gory details. Just assume that if it needed to be done, I did it. If it was making me crazy, it isn't any more. This week has been a roller coaster both in activity level and in emotional stability. I have three finals ahead of me and I need to finish my medical matrix, but the end is near.

I went to CCF tonight. It was amazing. My church did a drive-through nativity scene. No joke. People drive their cars (otherwise referred to as cammels) through the whole story. Characters from the story interact with people and it's just great fun. Caesar salad...that's high comedy. CCF itself involved hearing the christmas story and singing carols. I could not have asked for a better end to my week.

I had planned to write more, but I won't now. I'd rather end in a happy place.

Niente Senza Gioia!

Current Mood: content
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