Luckily, once I finished all of my official coursework on Monday I felt completely accomplished and satisfied, and I didn't even feel like I needed graduation...being done was enough. I wasn't devastated about not walking for graduation, but I still think it's completely ridiculous that there was no indoor venue in case the weather was inappropriate. Imagine how many dreams were crushed this weekend! Bah!
But for real guys, I'M DONE WITH COLLEGE! I HAVE A DEGREE! Jessie Poulsen, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Quite the nice ring to it : )
...and actually I don't have my official diploma because I have to go pick it up tomorrow. Minor detail.
My family came up and took us to Macaroni Grill, a Plumb gathering tradition. (Austin hates Mac Grill though.) Lunch was fun, and then we took pictures inside because it was so gloomy outside. We laughed at a typical Dad moment - he was carrying Natalie around the restaurant and stopped at a booth near us to tell the older couple sitting there that I had just graduated and to show off Natalie. Hahahaha.
|you can't tell, but the old man is behind my mom and the woman is behind|
my dad. he's looking my way because he was pointing me out to the couple.
+The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott - Kelly O'Connor McNees
+The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
+Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
+The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus - Sonya Sones
+The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
+a cute magnet
Choosing books, especially on someone else's dime, is so juicy! I was proud of my smart shopping too...six books for $50? Killer! I got the first Little House book because my mom read those books to us growing up, and I wanted to start my own collection so that when Natalie is old enough I can read them to her too (and eventually the other children.) I've been meaning to read Time Traveler's forever, Hunchback looks creative and funny, and Witch is going in our Newbery collection. I have always always been a sucker for anything Little Women, and the Louisa book was on sale so it was a clear choice!
"Lincoln Community Playhouse's transcendant performance of the mega-popular hit musical Les Miserables was, in a word, beautiful. Javert was everything we wanted him to be: cold and ruthless, but with staggering vocal abilities. Jean Valjean's performance was equally beautiful. Not a dry eye could be found as Valjean pulled at our heart strings with his now-famous rendition of 'Bring Him Home'.
However, neither Javert nor Valjean were the true heart of this performance. One unlikely candidate completely stole the show, and, in turn, our very hearts. Keyboard 2 was the obvious inspiration of everyone in this show. The actors, the orchestra, and the audience all drew strength from the fearless performance of this celestial keyboardist. It is a rare and beautiful occasion when the music itself rises up and becomes a character of its own in a musical theatre performance, but this Saturday night I witnessed perfection from the musician I will always lovingly remember as Keyboardist 2."
...can't really say anything after that, folks! Have a happy week!