1. A friend of mine from Illinois is coming to visit me! I’m so excited to see him. I’ve started planning a few hikes and fun stuff for us to do around town. I might even have a get together on the weekend so a bunch of my new friends and him can chill together. His impending visit (THURSDAY) has weirdly motivated me to get up and do things. I even folded laundry yesterday morning before work, and today I organized my desk.

    What is it about visitors to my personal space that makes me so energetic and productive? Is it the extrovert in me that likes to make a good impression? Or am I a secret neat freak? It’s amazing how much stress relief can come from having a clean home.

    Back to work now! Much love.

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  5. So apparently the whole store team might be going bowling together soon. We are such frikkin nerds. I’m actually really excited about it and I think I’m making a friend in one of the new girls. She’s super chill.

    My friend from college and Illinois is coming to visit in less than a week and I so need to clean my room. It’s pretty disgusting right now. I actually did a ton of cleaning up this morning before I left for work (aka at six am) but there’s even more to do after I get home today.

    Okay so my break is almost over a and I have to go but next time I might spout off my feelings about Shameless season 3 and how much Mickey and Ian are DESTROYING me.

    Much love.

  6. I just made the most delicious drink. A passion tea lemonade with only half lemonade and 2 pumps of classic. Now, don’t go ordering it at your local Starbucks during the morning rush, but if it isn’t busy, I recommend it.
    Working a 9 to 5 today, which is definitely new to me. It was great to wake up at four am thinking I needed to get going ASAP and then realize I could sleep another four hours. Nothing is more amazing. And all together I got about eleven hours of sleep! These are the exciting parts of my life that I have to write about. I am starting to get a little annoyed with our newest partner who is doing stupid shit like leaving a twenty on the counter when she goes on her break, and in general just not learning as quickly as she needs to. I know she’ll catch up at some point, but right now she’s just making the morning rushes more hectic.
    I’m pretty sure that I learned faster than her, but I’m giving her time before I judge too hard. My frustration is slowly diffused by constructive criticism. At least she’s not talking smack about her coworkers. That had happened a few too many times already since I started working here. I’m so not down with the drama. Anyways, my ten is up, so this rant is done.
    Much love.

  7. I think I’m going to try again. It’s been a long while since I last posted. Since then I finished up the amazing experience that was YCA, went to Comic Con, moved to Seattle, and then got a job at Starbucks.
    I’m on my break now, and with the wifi, whenever I have time to kill, I think I’ll try to write a little. So, Grande Passion Tea with 1 pump Raspberry and 2 pumps Classic in hand, here we go again.
    Slainte, and Much Love.

  8. I guess no one reads this. That’s okay though. I think I’m at a place now where I don’t care that this is just being sent out into the void. Obviously Notes and something to stroke my ego are nice, but I don’t need it to survive and keep writing. I know that sometimes I write shit, and sometimes I write art.

    On to my life. The fest is going well! We’re about halfway through and while the kiddos and the rest of us adults are flagging, we’re going to push through and continue to have fun and support each other. Wow that sounded super inspirational and contrived. I promise it wasn’t. It is completely true. We had to deal with a minor crisis today and despite the fact that it was something mostly I had to deal with, I could feel the rest of the team’s outstanding support. Good people are good. 

    Also I got duolingo and am refreshing my French!

    Beaucoup d’amour.

  9. I have been going a million miles an hour since my last post, and any moment of free time I have, I use it to sleep. I don’t think I’ve ever been part of such and expansive and intense program as I am right now. We’re currently between activities, having a pit stop at the dorm before heading to our next rehearsal at three.

    My girls have been amazing so far, listening to what I have to say and helping each other follow the rules. One of them has an issue with one of the instructors and her philosophy of teaching which means that this one student won’t enjoy an integral part of YCA. I’m not sure how to deal with it so I’m going to share the info with my fellow ADs and hope they know what to do.

    We’ve been puttering along, with a very normal vanilla schedule, and we’re all super happy to be working together. There haven’t been any real problem kids, and we work so well as a team, it’s hard not to love the work. This morning I got to do more bodysinging, and participated in the vocal warm up. Since we (the ADs) get to sing in the Bach and the Verdi Requiem, we have to rehearse with them, but yesterday and the day before when I didn’t warm up properly, the Bach was killer and by the end of the day my voice was so tired I didn’t even want to talk. Getting up in the morning with the kids and doing their whole morning routine really helped with that.

    As well as being warmed up today, my mom is in town! She’s coming to rehearsal this afternoon and then having dinner with us. I haven’t gotten her a birthday present yet (it was on the 1st) but I’ll be sure to take care of that before the end of the festival. Momma, if you’re reading this, you’ll get something soon. Well, eventually. I promise :D

    For now I must be off to supervise the children and make beautiful music.

    Much love.

  10. Now that the kids have arrived everything is crazy. Even the few who arrived yesterday after our magnificent communications training were tiring. I was passed out by 11:15. I don’t think I remembered how intense and wonderful this experience is until everyone arrived this morning. Those that are returning are clearly ecstatic about it all, while others just aren’t sure.
    That especially applies to bodysinging. We firmly believe at the YCA that singing is about the entire body cooperating. So every morning the kids move and sing and work on their breath and bodies. It’s magical. Sitting here watching and listening is fascinating, and by the end of the the Academy I know they’re going to be ridiculously in sync. They’re going to fall into the routine of every day’s action-packed schedule.
    For now I’m yawning my way through what will probably be the only see soon of bodysinging I can manage to wake up and participate in. Already I’m worried about some of the returners trying to take leadership positions that aren’t appropriate, but like my brother said, I just need to wait and see.
    Much love.

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