Grad school is awesome. The town of Macomb is horrendously stupid and I would never live here on purpose if not for school. My grad school profs have been nothing but supportive and awesome, and I'm learning a ridiculous amount of everything. Clarinet studies are going better than they were at the start of the semester. I've finally gotten better at managing my time in terms of making sure I practice every day. Amazing how much better you get when you actually dedicate time to your craft. Also, I've added another major in musicology because 1) I'm okay at clarinet, but by no means good enough to make it a career of any sort and 2) I guess I'm actually pretty good at writing academically about music. My research class has been awesome, basically we read scholarly articles and write responses to them, while learning about methods of research. I've really enjoyed it, and done reasonably well in it, so my advisor wanted me to think about doing musicology, but it didn't take much convincing. I'll be able to finish both degrees with just an extra summer. Deciding to pursue both oddly reduced my stress level significantly; instead of worrying about how on earth I could ever have a reasonable job teaching/playing clarinet, it opened up a whole new of road of both teaching and playing, but also teaching music history, doing research, and writing. Perfect for the university level. So now I'll get to/have to do both a recital and a thesis, which is amazing and terrifying all at the same time. As far as clarinet things go, I finally have a student, who's making awesome progress. He's in high school, but has only played clarinet a few years, so it's a challenge to find things that are playable, but not lame. Learning to teach is an interesting process, but it's finally becoming rewarding. Performance-wise, it's really nice to have a few other grad students here, who are better than me, and who I can learn from.
Otherwise, life goes on. We're figuring out the whole wedding planning and how to pay for it thing, slowly but surely. I'm more enthused than I was before. We'll beat the commercial culture of weddings yet.
We might take in the neighborhood cat that practically lives on our doorstep now. We've given him a blanket and a box to hide in, now that it's bitterly cold and winter's approaching. I think the cat actually likes us. We'll see. We're calling him Fritz.
Gearing up for the big move- 800 miles to Macomb, IL, and leaving in less than 3 weeks. Ecstatic and terrified at the same time. Mostly, I'll feel better once we get there and get the parents sent home so we can settle in. I'm unbelievably excited for Steve and I to finally get away. I know it'll be an adjustment, but it'll be worth it, obviously.
Wedding planning is still well underway. I still despise how materialistic it is, but some of the stuff coming together is pretty cool. Our engagement pictures were great, so much fun to take, and they look amazing.
I'm working at Knoebels again for the moment, it's not too bad at all, especially compared to working in Lancaster last summer. It's good to be back in familiar surroundings with people I like. My last day is the 19th, though, since we move on the 22nd.
So now I'm finally getting a little packing done, and listening to Led Zeppelin II on vinyl. Well, Fleetwood Mac- Rumors, now. I love the aesthetic experience of records. I won't deny the fact that I don't know what I'd do without portable digital music, but putting on a record and hearing the music in its original form is awesome.
Pretty excited for DCI in Chambersburg on Sunday, even though I'm going down right after work and probably coming back after the show. I need my drum corps fix.
Wow, haven't posted on here in over a month. What all's new...
Audition for, and was accepted at, 2 grad schools. I guess you could say this means I'm "going pro", because if I didn't get into grad school, I was going to divert from the path of studying music in favor of something moderately more conventional. So now I wait to hear from the University of Nebraska and Western Illinois University, to see which one will give me the most money. It looks like WIU is going to be the most financially feasible. And if I go there, I can still do UNL for my doctorate. Feels pretty good to have somewhat of a future.
What else. Changing the potential wedding date to next year, as opposed to 2014. At least I hope. Checked dates on the church and now waiting to hear from the ideal reception venue. Still feels so weird to say all that, but I'm really really excited.
Life in Lancaster goes on. I have anywhere from 2 to 5 part time jobs, I guess you could say, each of varying degrees of awful. The same old hotel job, which isn't that bad these days, a new job working for a company which does inventory in stores (which SUCKS), church gig is paying a little here and there, some for the personal assistant gig.