So, I’ve been thinking that I ought to start the practice of a Christmas news letter, not only to thank people, but to give them a head’s up on my life as well. With any luck, I can keep it up on a yearly basis. Lately, my life can be grouped into two “categories”: Summer and School Year, so I will just start this summary at the beginning of Summer. I will also apologize ahead of time if I write of things that are uninteresting, repetitions of things you already have heard, or leave aspects out. You are always welcome to email me to catch up further and I will do my best to respond.
Anyhoo, this past summer was spent mostly working and dancing. For the past few years, dance has become increasingly important in my life, taking up a great deal of my time and resources. Definitely worth it! So, when summer started, I promptly began my stay-true job working at a fashion store called CHICOS. It’s generally geared towards women older than myself, so it was a great way to save money! This year though, it became taxing on my nerves as I began to become aware of the not so ethical practices that some managers and co-workers were doing. Ah well, one must find out about the real world somehow.
In the earlier part of summer, I also got to attend prom! That dance where you get all schnazzied up and everything! Obviously, it might have been deemed a tad odd if a soon to be senior in college went to a Junior/Senior highschool dance. My date was a teacher/dancer friend of mine from
The summer also marked my first whole year of being a blues dancer. In case you’re interested in learning more about blues dancing, here are a few videos:
Side note: All people in the videos (girls included) are people I have danced with.
The very first dance exchange I went to last year rolled around again this year, and it was a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. For those who don’t know about dance exchanges, here’s a little trivia: In general, a dance exchange consists of two parts: workshops and dances. The afternoon will be filled with 6+ hours of classes, and then the evening will have an early night dance and a late night dance often creating 6+ hours of straight up dancing. I generally only attend both the dance portions of the nights, and sleep during the class schedule. As expected, the experience was exciting and wonderful and worth every bit of sleep I missed out on.
I’m also working on getting rid of my TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) and have been doing some minor physical therapy as well as getting a splint for my mouth. It’s a painfully frustrating job to speak, and as far as I can tell, the only good that has come of it is the fact that it is having me grind into the plastic rather than my own teeth.
As per usual, the end of the Summer for me also marked the week in
School has been a year of surprises as it nears the end. My suitemate got removed from the school due to bad grades, and so I was left in a suite by myself and more room than I knew what to do with. While the quiet was nice, and the amount of space was also very enjoyable, it did get a little bit lonely. I am now living with a sophomore Jenni, who had to leave the house she was living in due to the combination of allergies/asthma and mold. We get along great, and it looks like the house will not be fixed before the end of the year, so we’re staying together. She’s a cross country runner and a painter, and we both share a penchant for cooking.
I also rejoined the top choir at our school, the Adelphian Concert Choir. I had originally done it my freshman year, but did not get along with the director and so refrained from joining for the past two years. Last year, Dr. Yonkman was unable to secure tenure, so a new teacher was instated: Dr. Zopfi. I actually popped my head into his office to see if he could use a spare dress when he asked why I had not auditioned. So, I came in later that day during the men’s callbacks and sang for him. It turned out that it was good I had held onto my gown, as I am now singing Second Alto in the choir. Already, we sound so much better than we ever did under Yonkman’s direction, despite half the choir never having sung together (a
School itself is going well. I am mostly finished up with both of my majors: Theatre Arts and Communication Studies. I already did my Senior thesis in Comm last term, and it leaves me open to devote more energy to Theatre. We put on four shows in a four week period, each show getting a week and each person being heavily involved in one of the four productions. The show that I am involved in is a modern “family drama,” a comedy by the title of “The Gene Pool.” I play the part of Claire, the “man” in a lesbian relationship. All in all, I am looking forward to the production.
The other bits of theatre that I have done include directing two musical theatre pieces from Disney for the club UPSstageM of which I am Publicity for. I directed a version of the “Siamese Cat Song” (from “Lady and the Tramp”) where I had to re-write some of the music to add harmony and make it longer for my actors, as well as “Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Hercules. I am completely enamored of that particular song.
The only other real thing to note is I am currently working on applying to law schools. I am hoping to do an internship this summer and preferably for an entire year, but that depends on who I end up working for. It would be great to have that year to determine if what I am doing really is what I ought to be doing. The schools I am applying to are all in the bay area, and I am eagerly awaiting my LSAT scores.
Halloween brought excitement. Random pictures of it that I’ve accumulated are as follows:
I think they’re awful cute! And it did set some people into a state of shock (mom is not discluded from those people).
Although the blonde is terribly adorable, I don’t think I could ever give up my hair to that extent. Besides, photographers love it too much.
That brings me to another point. I’ve also been doing a number of modeling shoots for the last couple years; I even have another in two weeks or so. If you want pictures (and if I happen to like any of the results) feel free to ask and I’ll forward the ones that I receive.
This year has also had a lot of dancing tossed in with the school work. My prom date organized the big exchange this year in San Francisco: San Francisco Lindy Exchange (SFLX), and when he heard I wouldn’t be able to justify spending the money to come down, he made a deal that if the exchange managed to get itself out of the red, he would pay for my attendance and flight. The exchange sold out…COMPLETELY! So, I was plopped onto a plane and got to spend a lot of good time with a lot of good dancers.
The other big exchange this year that I budgeted in was the Emerald City Blues Festival up in
And I suppose that brings me to the holidays. Decorated cookies with Ian, and then later when Sunny and Justin arrived, I made some with Sunny! The house has not really been devoid of our sugar cookies for most of the break. But in our household with the artsy background mom provides, it is a several hour endeavor to create that type of yumminess. I’ve also been asked to sub in for teaching at a 4 day live in blues workshop/camp thing if one of the teacher’s hip doesn’t heal quickly enough! It was quite flattering to be asked since it’s being done with some of the top dancers in various states.
But, the drive back is probably the epitome of excitement though. Mom drove north to pick me up from school so I could take home a significant portion of my room. My goal is to only have one car-full of stuff for the end of the year so we’re not paying ridiculous shipping fees or something. Luckily, I was completely packed and the filling of the car only took 10 minutes or so. By the time we set off, the snow was falling hard and traffic on I-5 was a tad iffy. But we kept driving, and driving, and driving. It took awhile into
Anyway, I hope all of your holidays went well, and that this letter reaches you in good health!