It's all winding down...I'm halfway through my last week of actual classes, we had Sr Chapels last week...I was hardly nervous when I gave my speech!...shocking, I know...me queen of nervousness :P If I could change one thing about myself it would prolly be that...my nerves ruin everything :P oh well....so yes, I also sang alto in Sr Chapel...so weird...I mean I can sing it, but have never had to here! I've done it a couple times at home...but so random...oh yay I'm going to go pick up my grad announcements! They're here...I'll be back....
I'm back!! I def ran to the front office...got my packed and then proceeded to skip gleefully down the hallway and couldn't wipe the stupid grin off my face...I'M GRADUATING!!!! Only a week and a half left!!!! AHHHHH!!! I can't wait!!! in case you couldn't tell...I'm a little excited about this :)
Anyhoo, so yesterday I led worship in Chapel and am so glad that it is over with and that I will never have to do that again. It was rather intimidating...and waaayyyy out of my comfort zone because I'm used to leading from the piano and I wouldn't let myself, so I made myself stand out there on the platform and lead, to just increase the nerve factor....why do I do these things to myself?...because I'm a Nazi...even when it comes to me...and I make myself do things that I know are good for me and that will challenge me and help me overcome my fears...I should be nicer to myself ;) In other news, there's only a month and a half until I leave for France!!! WHOO HOO!!! The money is slowly but surely coming in and I know Jesus is gonna provide for me! He opened the doors for this trip and everything has fallen perfectly into place so I know it's His will, so if He wants me to go then He'll make a way for me to get there! I just can't wait to be there.
This weather needs to make up it's mind...it was so amazingly beautiful out Monday so I went to the canals with Kristen and we walked the whole way around and then went to target and go Izze and I got fruit snacks too :) And then last night it stormed like crazy all night long (which was absolutely wonderful!) and then today it's cloudy and cold :P I want it to be warm and sunny!!!!! Anyhoo, I'm off to buy Toby a bday present cuz he turns 22 on Fri! yay!!! Happy birthday to my bestie!! (who just happens to be the best bestie ever and who got me an amazing Polar Express set...it has the book, a cd, a tape and a bell!!! It made my day to say the least) Au Revoir!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I saw one of the most amazing and moving things ever yesterday. I was driving to America's apartment, which is approximately an hr's drive away, and about 15 minutes into my drive on 465 E I see a cop car with it's lights on in front of a mass of motorcycles, clearing the way for them...for the next 45 minutes I drove past nothing but motorcycles, a solid line of them coming towards me on the opposite side of the highway....they were still coming when I got off my exit. Almost every motorcycle had an American flag, big or little, flying off the back of it. Every on-ramp to 465 W was blocked off so that no traffic could interrupt this flow of motorcycles. Obviously I was rather confused at first. Especially when I saw that on every single overpass that I drove under there were at least 2 emergency vehicles parked on it (fire trucks and ambulances) with other cars lined up along it as well and a solid wall of people standing along the overpass waving at the motorcyclists and each overpass had at least one American flag draped down the middle of it. Every farm that I passed had the family in their truck in the field up against their fence watching and waving as the motorcycles drove past, there were cars pulled over on the sides of the road doing the same...and many of these people had the mini American flags and were waving them as well. I realized about 15 minutes into this procession what was happening....half way through this mass of motorcycles there was one motorcycle with a box-type thing attached to the back of it with glass sides and an American flag draped over it...and inside was a casket....all of these thousands of people (and there were literally thousands...imagine driving for 45 minutes past nothing but motorcycles and most of them having 2 people per bike...and they weren't driving slow) had turned out for the homecoming of a fallen soldier. Obviously he must have been a biker....but the amount of people on every overpass and on the sides of the road and in the farm fields was amazing...It honestly almost made me cry...I can't even begin to describe how powerful and amazing of a display of love and respect this was....it made me truly proud to be an American. The fact that an entire interstate had to be shut down for a couple hours and that thousands upon thousands of people would get on their bikes and spend an entire Friday afternoon/evening honoring a fallen soldier is pretty amazing. I honor and respect each and every one of our service men and woman and can't thank them enough for everything that they do for our country. God bless America!
Friday, April 8, 2011
My Sr Recital is tonight...do I feel prepared? Not really... am I nervous? Not yet... Will I be? Oh dear Lord, YES! And this is why I bought a bunch of bananas a couple of days ago....Bananas naturally calm you down, therefore I will eat the whole stinking bunch before my recital and hopefully will be in a coma-like state and not be nervous...which I know is all just wishful thinking, but it would be nice if it would actually happen! I can't wait for tonight to be over! I plan to thoroughly enjoy myself tomorrow and have a little bit of fun to reward myself for all of the torture that Sr Recitals put you through. I can't believe I'm graduating in less than a month. There's 2 weeks of classes left, a half week of finals, our senior trip to Chicago, packing, grad banquet and then graduation. And then the drive home! Which will be ended by driving straight to Hyland's cd release party/concert if I have my way :) I must support my friends!!! I think my parents might actually go for this plan too...they're pretty cool parents if I do say so myself ;) So much to do, and sooooo little time...makes me want to have a panic attack, or just curl up in the fetal position in the corner and not move until graduation...but if I did that then I wouldn't be graduating and would therefore defeat the whole purpose. I want to go shopping for France. I want to be care and worry free and just enjoy life for a little bit....instead of worrying about homework and grades. I can't wait until I'm back at the University of MN where I don't care if I make a 4.0 GPA because it's virtually impossible to do there. And then I'll be living at home and taking French everyday, and working at the PetSmart that I actually like working at, and eating good food, and playing with my doggie every day...and yes I did write a thank you to my dog in my Sr Recital program :) She's important too!!! What I really want right now is for this stupid dislocated rib to go back into place. It is annoying...and painful. :P Can we talk about all of the anger and bitterness I now hold towards Nick Swisher for sliding into and breaking my poor little Nishioka's leg!? He's just a tiny little guy from Japan trying to learn how to play 2nd base since he was always a shortstop and you're gonna do that to him!? After he was doing so good and making his wonderful little MN Twins debut!? You ruin everything Nick Swisher and if it was ok to hate, then I would prolly hate you. .... but we'll just have to settle for strongly disliking you instead since Jesus said I shouldn't hate. I should never allow myself to go on the Twins website and look at all of the new shirts and jerseys...it makes me want to spend a LOT of money!!!! cuz apparently I don't think there's such a thing as having too many Twins shirts, jerseys, or hats :) I just love them so much! And I hate that I'm going to miss most of the season when I'm in France....but I'll be in France...sooooo I'm not really that bitter....I'll just have to buy MLB TV for my laptop! Yay!