Looooooooooong awaited update.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I feel like I start every blog post thinking that. I guess because it has been. It’s been a busy semester but I couldn’t be happier to be in graduate school! My professors are wonderful as well as the other students. I’ve managed to get home about once a month for various reasons so I don’t totally feel stuck in East Texas. And even if I didn’t get that opportunity, it’s beautiful here with the pine trees and all the living creatures that live in or with them.

I can’t believe this semester is almost over. I have a final on Monday evening and I’m done with my first semester of graduate school. 3 more to go for my Masters! Next spring is going to be really crazy busy as well with the Jazz Ensemble performing at TMEA and the Wind Ensemble at CBDNA. Organizing these trips have been a HUGE part of the adventure this semester as well. Who’d have thought that these “simple” trips could be such a complicating endeavor? Gotta love the trickle-down effect of everything that’s been so topsy-turvy in education recently. Combine that with a change in procedures (mostly a change because there are obviously different procedures from RRISD) and it creates for a unique adventure in trip planning. 🙂 Luckily, everyone I’ve worked with so far have been magnificently supportive and understanding of all the hitches along the way. We will get on the road this spring, by golly!!

What else is coming up? I’m conducting the Symphonic Band in February. I’m not sure of the concert date off the top of my head and the paper that date is written on is in the other room. I’ll be conducting the Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite. I’m also going to continue working with the Jazz Lab Band and at some point later in the Spring, I’ll have a singing debut with one of the jazz ensembles. Fun, huh? Maybe I’ll take a page from my friend Mandy Lauderdale when I sing. No, not the red hair. That’s totally her thing and I couldn’t think to borrow that.

I can’t wait to spend a few weeks in Austin with my friends and family! Hopefully, anything I do I can remember to keep it on the cheap since I’m still a college student living on a college student budget (in other words, there’s little money to budget…there is a very positive spin I can put on this) when I’m hanging out with my friends. Christmas Brunch will again be at the Four Seasons with my family, one of my favorite outings of the year!

Clipford & I are very lucky to have the lives we have. I couldn’t ask for much more. Okay, back to the books. There’s a paper due and a final tomorrow!

Love you, mean it!

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