Thursday, November 28, 2013

30 Days of Thanksgiving, Days 15-28: Two Weeks of Things

Day 15, Nov 15: The feeling of Fridays. Even though weekends are just as busy (if not busier) than weekdays at Shepherd, there is a feeling of freedom on Friday afternoons- an atmosphere I truly miss when I'm gone.

Day 16, Nov. 16: Stage managing. Ever since spring of my freshman year (2010), I've been sitting backstage at different recitals. Today was the Chamber Music Marathon, with concerts at 10 am, 12 pm, 2, 4, 6, and 8- and I stage managed the 4 and 6 pm concerts. One of the things I enjoy about stage managing is getting to be the "calm" one backstage.

Day 17, Nov 17: Mercury. I have had the privilege of playing with this wonderful orchestra for their recent Neighborhood Series- and today was the last concert of these. Over the past month, we've played at a modern art gallery, a children's concert at a Methodist church, an exhibit in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, a tobacco barn-turned-bar in the Woodlands, a Presbyterian Church- and today- a Buddhist temple. This is a pic from the Woodlands bar.

Day 18, Nov 18: A gym membership. I finally got to the gym today after 3 weeks of being "too busy". It felt AWESOME to go back- even if it was hard- and I am grateful that I invested in the membership at the beginning of the semester.

Day 19, Nov 19: Penny. Penny is a lady from church who has an amazingly huge heart- all because of Jesus. She is wonderful! After rep class today, I went over to her house, where she had surprised me by buying a red velvet cupcake. We drank tea and chatted with her daughter for a while- the perfect end to a busy day.

Day 20, Nov 20: This picture. The three year old actually makes a pretty good (loud) sound on his brother's trumpet...

Day 21, Nov 21: Mental health nights.
After yesterday, my friends Kelly and Amanda and I needed to have a mental health night. We had tea, hung out and chatted. I love Thursday nights because something like this always seems to happen. It's a great way to wind down after a long week.

Day 22, Nov 22: Settlers of Catan.
Even though we (half) joke that this game makes enemies, not friends- and it takes 2-3 hours minimum, it's a great game to play. I love the atmosphere around playing this game- the jokes, snide comments, insults- why? Because I know we don't really mean it :) There were six of us playing- one that had never played with us before- hopefully we didn't scare him off.

Day 23, Nov 23: Sleepovers. 
After Settlers, I slept at my friends' because they live closer to school- and I was recording someone early this morning. I'm always grateful for their hospitality and for a comfy couch to sleep on!

Day 24, Nov 24: Community.
After church today we had a baptism celebration with copious amounts of food afterwards. I'm so grateful to be a part of a church family that is so unconditionally loving and welcoming- one that constantly seeks to build each other up.

Day 25, Nov. 25: Surprises.
Today's surprise was seeing a friend give a master class (it was AWESOME!) at school. She was finishing her coursework when I was a freshman. A pic from that time...

Day 26, Nov 26: Food. 
Specifically the way food brings everyone together. A few of us got to play for someone's recital, and afterwards we sat eating our "thank-you chocolate" while waiting for our next class. Then after rep class, a few violists got together for some hot pot which was awesome!

Day 27, Nov 27: Friends.
One of the hardest things about writing about one thing I'm thankful for each day this month is knowing when to write about the givens- like friends and family. I am so grateful for all of my friends. Almost every day that I just wrote about- I could have easily written about friends because they've been such an integral part of my life here. These past two weeks (and three months) there's been lots of laughter, talking, joking, encouraging each other, and just spending time together. Truly, every good gift comes from above, and friends are no exception. 

Day 28, Nov 28: Family.
Today I'm thankful for family. I'm thankful for my parents who I am about to go see and eat with and I'm thankful for my extended family who I get to see in about a month! I'm so grateful to call all those wonderful people "family" and for their love and support! I would not be the person I am today without their guidance and discipline and encouragement. The words "thank you" are truly not enough to express how I feel about my family- and everything else I'm thankful for this month.

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