all things considered,

things are going quite well this year. my schedule is great. i only have a few commitments each week so i've had plenty of time to practice. i've also been hiding out up on the 3rd floor where it's quieter and i'm much less distracted.

i feel like i'm in a really good practicing groove where i'm getting lots of things done and stretching my brain to do more problem-solving than i have been doing in the past. also, i've been doing much more focused playing than i used to.

i'm extra motivated right now because i have decided on some firm goals which will be coming up soon. i'm going to do art dip. auditions at schools mainly in new york. i want to move by matt. i've never been to new york but my sister said that i'll love it. and, i do love vancouver, toronto, chicago... so, i'll probably love new york, too, right? i'm going to visit matt in 13 days so i'll find out soon enough! EEE!!! :)

in other, not so jolly, news- i randomly stumbled upon a photo of me and my boyfriend on someone's blog with not very nice comments attached to it. rage. some people are just bitter and jealous. and... just not very nice. as much as i'd like to hate people like this, i kind of feel sad for them.


reality bites.

i've been away from reality for the last bit of time because matt came up to ontario to visit me! we got to see eachother for 8 days!!!!! this was the first time that we've gotten to spend extensive, intense, quality time together... ever. i was honestly a bit nervous about it, but having him around was so amazing. i was extremely sad that he had to leave. he brought me a photo compilation poster of target pictures he'd taken for me during his road trip! :)

we did lots of fun things like make food,

practice lots,

take sangria for a walk to the park,

have my belated birthday party,

organize my new room and put things away,

go to wonder sushi for lunch,

hang out with friends,

and, most importantly, spend some much needed time together.

*sigh* back to reality... i.e. skype calls that cut out all the time, sleeping in my big bed by myself, and having to stand on a chair to retrieve things on the top of the kitchen cabinets...


full moon.

the last few days have been so so so so so strange...

1. went to toronto to get some furniture and things for my apartment. we are all ready to leave and as i'm backing up the suv to load it, i notice that the driver's side back tire is almost flat. so, chri and i drove to the closest gas station to fill it. we try my tire gauge... and, broken. the tire gauge on the air pump... and, also broken. the nicest guy in the greater toronto area lets us use his tire gauge and then preceeds to check and fill the remaining tires.

2. we load up the car and tie the mattress on top of the suv. the moment we get on the 401, the mattress is flying pretty high so we get off the interstate, go into a gas station, and ask the attendant if they sell bungee cords. "...what's a bungee?"

next gas station. bungees? yes. we secured the mattress and drove home very very very slowly.

3. we unload everything and start assembling things. i decide to order pizza. "delivery in 45 minutes." great!

45 minutes later...1 hour later...1 hour and 15 minutes later...AND...calling.

"we came to your house and noone was there." "oh... can you come back?"

i later realize when the pizza delivery van drives PAST my house and parks at the end of the block that he never even came to my house in the first place. i pay and go inside and complain that he went to the wrong house.

AND--- knock knock knock!!

girl who was in her car outside, "just so you know, after that delivery guy left, he stood in front of your house and just stared in your front window. he stopped because he remembered that me and my boyfriend were sitting in our car."


4. jenny and carmen are putting up our front curtains to ward off any pizza delivery peepers and all of the sudden:

jenny: "did that guy just hit our car? is he driving away?"

so we all run outside. yes. he did hit the car. yes. he does want to flee the scene. "i'm in hurry but don't call the cops. i'll do the work myself. just don't call the cops. i have to go."

chris: "you can't leave. we need to get your information."

...and he leaves.

cops were called. he's going to get in trouble.

5. jenny violin day the next day means another trip to toronto. almost halfway there...

jenny: "the battery light just turned on."

we get off the interstate and go to canadian tire. alternator issue. 1 hour later, fixed and we're on our way. only an hour and a bit off schedule. the upside is that the ca tire we went to was by a mall so jenny and i got to shop for a bit.

6. we decide to get a coffee and sandwich from tim hortons. the lady takes my order...

me: "i'd like an medium iced latte."

stupid lady: "oh... i don't know how to make that. ok..."

she preceeds to try making the iced latte and asks several people how to do it. i'm watching her and turn my head away for just a moment. i look back and see her DRINKING OUT OF MY CUP TO TASTE IT!

she comes back.

me: "i just saw you drink out of my cup. i'd like a new one."

stupid lady: "i didn't do that. you're wrong."

other lady comes over: "what's going on?"

me: "this lady drank out of my cup to taste it."

other lady: "no. i know her and she wouldn't do that. you don't know what you're talking about."


i complained to the manager and will be calling corporate tomorrow...


7. drive back to london after the 2nd furniture trip. construction on the 401. we sat in gridlock traffic for an amazingly long time. in an hour and half we moved about 1 kilometer. no. good.

8. i've been battling with the insurance people at school for the last month or so. they want me to pay for summer insurance now, but they wouldn't give me insurance over summer. ridiculous. after talking to wendi perez (insurance lady), and matt, i decided to pay the $252 and deal with it. i was pissed because i paid the fee and assumed that the hold on my record would be taken away. NO! there's a $44 fee to remove the hold. i don't know why i was so surprised...

9. i accidentally overdrew my US checking account because i haven't used it in over a year and didn't remember how much was in it. so i got an overdraft fee. i had enough money put into it to cover the negative balance AND THEN i got charged a fee for having a negative balance which made it, once again, negative...

the. end.


best. birthday. ever. ever.

this was the first year that my twin sister and i weren't together for our birthday. when i realized this, i got really really sad. so... i made a jenna on a stick.

my mom and i (and jenna) went to breakfast at a cute cafe, the gingerbread house. the food was really good--- heavy and very filling.

matt got to my house in the afternoon so we spent some much needed time sitting around together.

and then... off to lake park bistro, a really nice, beautiful restaurant in milwaukee that my sister used to work at. we walked in and the hostess looked at me and said, "you must be jenna's sister." funny. :)

since everyone loves jenna at the bistro, matt and i got v.i.p. treatment, sat at the table with the best view of the lake, and took home lots of desserts. and of course, jenna on a stick came along to dinner, too! and the surprise ending was that jenna took care of our meal. :)

and then... home for more dessert (birthday funfetti cake) with my mom... lots of food... too much food...

matt stayed over and we had breakfast with my mom before i drove back to canada. :)

this birthday was really great, jam-packed with everything that i wanted to do.

i'm 25. ...this year is going to be wonderful.