Monday, December 23, 2013

My 21st Birthday

My twenty-first birthday was yesterday, and was a surprisingly quiet one. Honestly at home I only have one or two friends to celebrate with these days. I'll definitely be going out with some people at school when I get back and Deon arrives in four days so he and I will do something.

I slept in till ten and then went downstairs and read my birthday cards. Presents included birthday money from Grandparents, Chanel red lipstick from my Mom, (it's SO FANCY), a gift card to Anthropologie from my Dad, and I will be getting a new peacoat at Macys when they go on sale. I have some other gifts from Deon and some of my friends coming as well.

My Chanel Lipstick. I feel like a celebrity. 
Then I went and sat around in my pjs for a bit until my parents and I went to lunch for Indian buffet. I LOVE Indian food and there's a great little joint in Yardley that I go to anytime I can when I visit.

I then sat around some more and watched Love Actually until about 6:30 when Katie picked me up. She and my other childhood friend Ashley took me to the Green Parrot Pub for my first legal drink. I ordered an Irish honey which has whiskey in it. It was okay, but to be honest I loved the food sampler we got a lot more. Their spinach dip and wings were AMAZING. :P Leave it to me to love the food more! The Green Parrot is a super cute place and I love it, but there was an Eagles game going on and it was extremely loud, so the three of us ended up walking down the street to Isaac Newton's where I downed four shots, and a beer. The first shot I hated it tasted like Robitussin, but after that I had a Baby Guinness shot which was basically Baileys and Kahlua, and it was incredible. I wanted to keep downing the stuff but I forced myself to stop and end the evening with a beer. Ashley and Katie treated me like a queen and gave me a birthday sash and a shot necklace haha. They paid for everything and made it a really fun experience.

My sash and necklaces. 
Baby Guinness shot. 
My favorite shot of the night hahaha. 
After we left there, Katie and I stopped at Taco Bell because apparently drinking gives me an insatiable appetite. The guy who gave us our food gave us free brownies on account of it being my birthday and the Eagles winning! Yet another reason for me to love Taco Bell. :)

I ended the evening finishing Love Actually and drifting off to sleep. I woke up perfectly fine with no headaches. I wish Deon and a lot of my school friends had been able to be with me, but I am so glad Katie and Ashley took the time to take me out and celebrate with me. I love when my birthday is, but since it's so close to Christmas it can be hard to coordinate plans.

Katie and I. 
Christmas is in two days and I am looking forward to attending my first midnight Christmas Eve/Day service in Yardley with my Mom, and a quiet Christmas dinner with them. Then in two days Deon shows up!! It's going to be a great time and you will be hearing about all of those experiences soon. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Friday, December 13, 2013


After battling a stomach virus, having to postpone my jury until January, performing in six performances with Chorale, five finals, a piano exam, and one Christmas party, I am DONE with finals. To say it was hell is the understatement of the year being as sick as I was, but I passed my final piano exam so I no longer have to take any piano! I just tried to keep my chin up and so far my grades coming in are ok. I dominated my conducting final, history went well, and I passed my two psych classes which is all I cared about. So far I am waiting for my theory grade to see if I passed that. If I did that will be the best Christmas gift I could ask for. 

I'm still on campus because Chorale sings for winter commencement tomorrow, but then I will fly home Sunday for almost a whole month. Let the Christmas shopping and 21st birthday partying commence! 

Even with the five million things I had to do this semester, I got to have some fun. ;) 

I went to see my old choir Ladies of Lee perform at Rock City with Deon and Rachel (who also used to be in it and is in Chorale with me now). 

Dr. Songer and I.  I look up to this woman so much. 

2 of my favorite girls. Heather and Rachel. 

derp derp 

How cute are we? 

There's so many of them! They sounded great. 

Strolling through the Enchanted Lights Garden.

I wish I had more pictures from the Chorale White Elephant Party, but these two will have to suffice. 

Us in our ugly sweaters. I also have a jumper tucked in to look like a shirt on too haha. 

Deon got the best gift ever, but sadly it got stolen by someone else. :( 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!

Sing We Now to Sigma Alpha Iota.

Daughters of a great and singing nation,
Let your voices rise in dedication,
Music tells unspoken noble creeds;
Music beautifies the simplest deeds;
Sing we now to Sigma Alpha Iota.

Sing the greatness of the soul and spirit,
Sing the joy of peace and friendship's merit,
Music is a kind and truthful speech;
In a language out of mere word's reach,
Sing we now to Sigma Alpha Iota.

About two weeks ago, I got initiated as a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota - Lambda Eta, the women's musical fraternity at my college. It's called a fraternity instead of sorority because it's so old, that it was around before there were actually sororities! SAI is for any woman college student music major or not, who has a love of music and wants to further it's development particularly in music education and music therapy throughout America and the world. I'm so proud to be a part of such a great sisterhood!

Here are some pics of my initiation process. 
Bid Night when they came to sing to me.

Most of our chapter and the three new MITS in the front: Abbey, Lisa and myself. 

I love Lisa!

After getting initiated! Matching jerseys. :) 

My big sister Katie and I. 

Not only best friends, but sisters!

Sweet Abbey 

It took me forever to get our hand sign. 

Deon's pic of me in my jersey and new scarf. 
Our chapter wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!