So today was my very first piano lesson. IT'S ABOUT TIME! I'm taking them from this gal who we go to church within exchange for watching her baby while she accompanies a few voice lessons at my school. What I will be practicing this week: The fingering for the C major scale as well as a hymn, "I Know My Father Lives." I'm going to be an amazing church organist one of these days, you just wait and see.

What I'm really excited about in all of this is the freedom to put my poetry to music. More than being a poet, I love the idea of combining both music and writing. First song cycle, here I come!

School is school. It's going. I really do enjoy my classes this semester. I have one or two that I fear may end up being duds, but when you're taking 20 hours, one or two duds isn't too big of a deal...only that I must endure them when I wish I was doing something else.

I've been checking out grad schools. Two of the three definitely have a fast track masters - I can get it done in a calendar year. That will be excellent. The Schools: The University of Rochester (NY), University of Michigan, and the University of Colorado @ Boulder. The latter of the two are the ones with the definite fast master's plan, that's uncovered anyway.

random blabber and a question that I need your help with

So you know that awkward time when you look up from your computer screen and it's gone from light to dark inside and you haven't even noticed...? I just turned on a light.

Some good news and some bad news: Phoenix ranks in the top 25 for fittest cities (according to an article on aol), however, Mesa ranks on the 25 worst. The Mesa part drives a stake through my heart, sort of. Oklahoma City was also on the worst side, and Tulsa made the best side...another weird rivalry between the two.

The semester is off to a good start even though I feel more connected to work than my classes. I really love my classes, but last semester they were all I had, so I was in them full force - this semester I'm enjoying the contrast.

Yesterday I went jean shopping and came out victorious! Express was having a sale and I got a pair for 19.99 that don't smash my bottom or cling to my thighs, YES!. I also tried on a pair at A&F...bad idea. I found a pair that looks beautiful on, but yeah, I totally don't want to pay as much as they cost...even though the fit would be totally worth it....they were the "Madison" kind.

So the big question (and you'd better not jump to any conclusions): Jake and I are going to name our first daughter Kora, however I can't decide if I like it better with a "C" or a "K." Anytime before now I would have been completely set on "K," but I've been thinking about it a little more and am not so firm in my ways...let me know...Kora or Cora...Thanks! Oh, and in its entirety, her name will be C/Kora Adeline Grace.

Tuna Casserole

So Jake and I were making some tortellini, cheese tortellini that is - basically a blank canvas. When I was contemplating what sauce I should use, I got a craving for, of all things, tuna casserole. I put in some Velveeta, some milk, tuna, and salt and pepper to taste. It was delightful! I was one of those kids who hated the very mention of tuna casserole, so to crave it now is one of those funny little ironies.

This has been a great week. We have two years of marriage under our belt, one less apartment to pay for, and a surprise amount of money. It turns out that my leftovers after my tuition is paid for at the end of each semester have been building up since Fall of '04. I still can't believe it! I had no idea - I thought I was barely breaking even. At any rate, it means that Jake and I are coming/going to Arizona for Spring Break. YAY for the two hikes I've been wanting to go on. If anyone in Arizona is interested in hiking with us, let me know. I haven't seen a lot of people for quite some time...and even if you don't want to hike, I'd like to see you sometime while I'm there.

Last night I read about the beheading of John the Baptist. It's weird how you know most of the bible stories, but reading through them reminds you of the little details that the overall memory leaves out. It made me sad. I think that betrayal has to be just about the worst thing ever. It's an extra stab through the heart when you've opened yourself up to, well, to anything really, to a person, a belief, an ideal, and you are betrayed by it.

School starts on Monday, bluh! We're the only university I know of that only has 3 weeks off for winter breaks. I can feel it wrapping up though, and with that firmly in mind I say, "Make it two weeks!" Yeah right, I like sleeping in. Oh well.


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