Monday, April 29, 2013

A Review on Chili's.

   Before Deon's mom left for home she gave us 3 25 dollar gift cards to three different restaurants! It was so thoughtful of her. The 3 places she gave us were Outback (since we'd never been), Chili's (we'd never tried the one in Cleveland), and Texas Roadhouse (our favorite place)!

   The other night in the midst of finals week we went to Chili's. Now I don't mind Chili's. I haven't been very often it's just not one of my first choices, but man after what I had the other night it might become a new favorite place!

I decided to order the Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers with mashed potatoes and queso macaroni. Now I normally don't like Honey flavored anything, but I decided to go for it and I am so glad I did! It was fantastic! The honey flavor wasn't too overwhelming and there was a nice blend of sweet and spice.

Here they are!

The mashed potatoes were extremely good as well with some seasoning on top. The queso macaroni wasn't too shabby either. I brought it home for my roommate to eat. The crispers were fairly substantial on their own and I had enough to bring home to finish off for breakfast the next morning while studying!

And the best thing of all is, they are on the 2 for 20 menu! So you and a friend or date can each get a pretty well sized meal for a good deal. The service was quick, efficient and friendly and it was nice and clean with a cheery family atmosphere. If you're in Cleveland it's a good place to grab a great dinner.

Let me know what you think!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fun Visits

Ugh it's the middle of finals week. I have one Monday morning, and 3 OF MY HARDEST ONES ON TUESDAY. And all of my grades are horrible right now in every class but one so I am so discouraged and upset. I tried my hardest this semester, but apparently it wasn't meant to be.

However on a brighter note, Deon's mother Julie came to visit this past week! She was able to hear us sing the Mozart Requiem with Choral Union, and she was able to hear Deon sing with Chorale in their concert. In between all that we ate out A LOT, walked all over Chattanooga, went up to Lookout Mountain, and went shopping! I am so thankful to have such a great relationship with Julie. I text her pictures of Deon performing all the time, we exchange gift ideas, and we are able to talk and shop without Deon around like we were the best of friends! She is an incredibly loving and generous woman and she gives good advice. Here's some pics from our weekend out.

Us after performing the Mozart Requiem. 

Deon and his mom Julie!! Don't they look so much alike? :) 

He's so handsome. <3

Julie had to take this pic. It's pretty corny!

The Water Steps in Chattanooga. One of my fave places!

The view from Lookout Mtn. 

I don't love this pic that much but it was Deon's fave of me so I had to put it in. :p 

And my personal favorite us at Lookout Mtn!

And now I get back to studying...ugh. Pray for me guys. I need it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ladies of Lee Tea Party

Our Ladies gang sign. The blonde next to me is Anna who will be on my roommates next year!

So this past week has been bittersweet for me. On Wed I am auditioning for the Lee University Chorale which is an SATB choir I've wanted to be in since freshman year, and so that means I am leaving Ladies. We had an end of the semester tea party last week and I figured I'd share some pics. :)

I got my floppy hat at Target and my dress from Forever 21!
Victoria and I. One of my best friends in Ladies. 
Rachel, Millie and I. Two of my dearest girls!

These girls will always have my heart no matter what choir I'm in. 

Being silly. Cynthia on the end is my other new roomate next year!

L O L 

Alyssa, Me, Rachel, Rachel Vestal, Victoria, and Jay. 

Jessie and I! She's been an amazing blessing in my life this year. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mozart, tears, springtime, and change.

It's the week before finals begin and I'm in tears.

This semester has been an incredibly hard one. I thought last semester was bad, academically this one was way worse. I have always struggled with math and the one simple math class I was required to take for my major I am failing right now. I've retaken tests, seen the teacher multiple times, had my dear friend Nick tutor me...and yet I'm still failing.

I am not a crier normally, but this past year I've cried more than I probably ever have before.

I've met with my theory professor, study groups, and a tutor numerous times also in my Theory 3 class which (besides music history) is the bane of every music majors existence here at Lee. Taking it with Dr. Patty is no joke. This week I got back an exam that I got a 46 on after I studied my butt off for and met with him in his office the week before to make sure I studied it right. I can't retake it. I have two more chances to redeem myself but I am very upset.

Besides that I have my UDAE jury this semester which is a pass fail. I either continue to be a music major or I don't. Vocally I have been doing great this semester so I'm not that worried about it but it's still daunting. Plus my piano specific skills exam (now that IS TERRIFYING). I haven't had time to study for it because I've been too busy performing or doing theory/math homework.

Oh and let's not forget rehearsals for the Mozart Requiem coming to you this Saturday! Kill me.

Do you know how much I've done this semester already?

I have

  • Sang at the inauguration of Barack Obama 
  • Competed at NATS
  • Sung at TMEA
  • Performed numerous times with Choral Union
  • Performed numerous times and had a concert with Ladies
  • Learned trumpet, clarinet and guitar
  • Sang in a quartet for my studio recital 
  • Sung in performance seminar
  • Sung in voice lab
  • Plus numerous homework, exams, projects
  • Served at a therapeutic riding center for service hours for a class

Coldplay's opening lyrics to Fix You are a good description of my life right now "When you try your best, but you don't succeed." It's hard not to be angry all the time at myself, my professors, at God when I'm begging for and seeking their help and getting what seems to be silence and I just keep failing over and over again. It feels like I'm drowning.

Thankfully I am dating a man that is willing to tell me what I don't want to hear sometimes. I am stressed and with good reason, but he pointed out that lately I have been nothing but angry, moody, whiny, and taking it out on everyone around me...and how is that going to do anything? And he's right. I'm trying really hard to adjust my attitude. What's done is done and all I can do now is move ahead and keep trying. With that said I have only two more weeks to go and then I move into a dorm apartment for a month and do only two summer classes that hopefully won't go badly. Deon goes home to work and I'll miss him terribly, but it will be good for me to do this and then go home and just work for a summer. And in the fall I won't have ANY MORE THEORY, SIGHT SINGING, OR PIANO EVER AGAIN!!!! I will venture into the world of music history, psychology, recent american history, and hopefully join a new choir. All of those subjects I have a natural tendency to do well in so I am optimistic about my grades. My GPA may barely (if even) be a 3.0 this semester which kills the perfectionist in me...the girl that can never fail and has panic attacks when she does, but maybe this semester was given to me to teach me that I am not my GPA. That I do not have to be perfect. That it's okay to have tough long as you handle them well.

That all said...if anyone does read this blog I need prayers. Desperately. Good luck to anyone who has finals in the next few weeks may God be with you.