February was legit.
January was a downer but February set in motion some big changes and steps in a good direction. I joined the worship band at my church. I sang back up on my first Sunday with them and my sister secretly caught this shot.
My coworkers were promoting an event we would be live streaming from New Orleans. I think I will keep them–they’re pretty wonderful.
The day after I applied for my apartment, I played synth for the first time at my church. Can you spot me? Appropriately next to the mac computer. Singing the previous week was mostly just nerve wracking for me, but playing is entirely different. Which is weird because I have much more confidence in my voice than in my playing.
If you have never played with a band, then I’m not sure I could describe it for you well. Everyone on the worship band plays phenomenally.
Also, I’m really very very terrible at doing things by myself. The fact that I reached out, interviewed, and auditioned when I knew absolutely no one is so far out of my comfort zone. I’m proud of myself, excited, and motivated to learn and grow in God and in music.
Sometimes there isn’t enough room on the couch for everyone, but this pup is incapable of sitting on the floor.
That week my coworker showed up to work with her new pig. She is super adorable! I think her nose is the cutest, and her little squeaks when she is nervous are to die for.
Remember how much I talk about how wonderful my coworkers are? One of my loves treated me to sushi for a friend date. The restaurant is right across from the office and everyone loves it. There is one girl in the office who would go there every day if she could. Sushi is seriously such a cure for the soul. I love sushi.
Toward the end of February we had a tornado scare. We were under tornado warning pretty much all day. The weather rolled in and out, in and out. On my commute home, some big wind and intense rain hit and scared the life out of me. The street flooded immediately and I didn’t realize how deep it was for several minutes. I’m lucky my car survived driving through it. When I finally got home, we watched out the windows and within minutes, Jon and Kasey yelled for us to get in the bathtub and I saw the fence begin to thrash wildly and then split before I ran. I tried to save the cat, sustaining life threatening injuries in the process, and then jumped in my sister’s tub with her. We yelled at Jon to get in the tub and I nervously thought about the animals while being distracted by my wet butt, and then it was over. This was the only section of the fence that came down. There were also quite a few limbs from trees, but thankfully it was only a funnel cloud and nothing else was damaged.
I am NOT okay with tornadoes.
There is a pie company in town and one of my coworkers was the absolute sweetest to bring me back a lunch. What a clever (and very delicious) idea! I’m a big fan of their creme brûlée, but an even bigger fan of my lovely and generous Amethyst.
My last Saturday morning snuggle with Coco while living with Kasey and Jon. This is, of course, before I discovered that Coco had chewed many of the apartment supplies I had bought from Walmart the night before, plus my only pair of tennis shoes. But look how cute and innocent she is!
The pup with social anxiety was very bored by my packing while her mom and dad were gone all day. I then took a couple hours to get ready for my work’s event that night.
A is for Awards Night! In typical girl fashion I took several hours to get ready and then took a lot of selfies and sent them to my mom.
Since the following day was the Oscars, and I had never had the opportunity to wear this dress before, I wanted to go a little for the glamorous old Hollywood look.
The turn out was awesome. It was fun to see everyone so dressed up to celebrate each other’s successes in 2015. Way to go social committee! This was a definite win.
Whoever came up with having photo booths at parties was a genius. It was so much fun and all of my ladies looked fabulous!
People here don’t really care about the Oscars, but I literally wait for it all year long. Jon described it to his students as our Super Bowl. We fill out ballots ahead of time and compete with each other to see who gets the most right. All night we were cheering for Mad Max, Leonardo DiCaprio and Daisy Ridley (who wasn’t nominated for anything but was fabulous regardless).
February was packed and eventful. Thank goodness that 2016 has turned around. I’m excited for all of the new things I get to experience this year.
Until next time,