Back at UTM

Yes, it really did take me this long to get my camera, etc. hooked back up.

So we made it back from choir tour and have just finished the first week of our spring semester. In case anyone was wondering, the classes I’m taking are: Advance Conducting, Orchestration and Arranging, Portuguese for Spanish speakers, University Singers, Lyric Opera Theatre, Teacher’s Ed 302, and New Pacers.

And now for the daily photos from this week!

Matt and me

Matt and me

 

The wonderful water bottle I bought myself for Christmas.

The wonderful Kor water bottle I bought myself for Christmas.

 

Shiney shoes

Shiney shoes

 

 

My Portuguese book.

My Portuguese book.

 

 

 

 

By the way, I finished reading The Hobbit and have started The Lord of the Rings.

By the way, I finished reading The Hobbit and have started The Lord of the Rings. Still illustrated by Alan Lee, as you can see.

 

This otherworldly object is my new hand-held vacuum, Dirtdevil's The Kone.

This otherworldly object is my new hand-held vacuum, Dirtdevil's The Kone. And yes, it's glowing.

 

Banana tree...why not?

Banana tree...why not?

 

 

 Izze

East TN tour, day 5

We were expecting to wake up to an icy storm this morning, but there wasn’t so much as a snowflake…

Instead, I woke up to Dr. Simmons yelling “It’s 8:00! We leave at 9:45! Come eat breakfast! I hope my voice is annoying to you!” He was, in fact, very proud of the (third) batch of pancakes he had made, which had (for the first time) turned out perfectly. He let us in on the secret: turn the griddle down some.

After eating Dr. Simmons’ Perfect Pancakes, we went to UT Knoxville where we sang at a donor’s luncheon. When we got back this afternoon we just hung around the chalet for a while (during which time I learned how to play Spades). We all went out for supper, and Matt and I ate at the Olive Garden. If you’ve never had their tiramisu…you’re missing out. On the way back the rest of our van wanted to stop at the Marble Slab Creamery. While we were there a few more people about our age came in and we found out that it was one girl’s birthday. So, we proceeded to sing her happy birthday in three-part harmony. She was so impressed that she wanted us to take a picture with her and find us on facebook!

We’ve been at the chalet the rest of the night; some of us planned on getting in the hottub, only to find it set to 80° and half the water mysteriously gone. This is our last night here, and tomorrow afternoon we leave for Chattanooga.

 

I found new pajama pants at the American Eagle outlet!

I found new pajama pants at the American Eagle outlet!

East TN choir tour, day 4

It’s the 4th day of our choir tour, and we’re currently under a winter storm warning…

Around 12:30 today we left for our first concert at Carson Newman. I thought it was our best performance so far…it’s always fun to sing for music majors! As an added bonus, they recorded us. After we left Carson Newman, our next performance was at West Hills Baptist in Knoxville. We were told we had a pretty good crowd, since there was also a UTK game tonight. That’s really all there is to talk about for today, so I’ll close with the daily photo:

Tumbler

I got this very cute tumbler at Starbucks. It's very small; only 8oz. It even came with a complimentary drink (I chose espresso truffle...).