I’m pleased to say that I survived my Chorus performances over the
weekend and was victorious in conquering my performance anxiety. It was
great having my parents at our Friday night performance and Brian &
Meghan at Saturday night’s. I honestly feel like my anxiety could have
been a spiritual attack and a test to see if I could persevere through
the tough times and come out stronger; strengthening my resolve that I
really do want to pursue music performance for my Master’s and
ultimately for my career.
Along that mindset, I found out
yesterday that I have been granted admission to SIUE! I’m still
awaiting news about the possibility of an assistantship; all I can do
now is keep waiting and praying.
Today is my birthday. I just love birthdays. I began my day by enjoying the pansies on my deck and meditating on Psalm 139:13, For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. As a knitter, I love the idea of God knitting/crafting me to be the way I am.
My first order of business for the day meant getting my drivers license
renewed. I’m now guarenteed to be a Missouri driver for another 6
years. I took the day off of work (well, as much as I could – more
about that later) and headed to St. Louis to first meet up with my
friend Lou for brunch at Kaldi’s
in Kirkwood. I then browsed through the vocal music section at The
Music Center of Kirkwood (where Lou works) and found a vocal anthology
by women composers (which Lou gave me a great discount on!). It’s my
goal to use one of these selections for my Chorus re-audition on May
29th. I progressed on to Hobby Lobby where I found some Sugar &
Cream cotton yarn, perfect for the dishcloths I make (of which I’ve now
made 3) and also took advantage of their 50% off sale on picture
frames. Later I visited The Natural Way, a health food store where I
bought some Thayer’s Slippery Elm lozenges
– a natural supplement to strengthen a tired voice. We’ll see how well
they work. My next stop was the Washington University campus to have a
late lunch with my friend Joe. We grabbed a bite to eat from the campus
food court and lounged outside enjoying a perfect afternoon of sunny
skies with pretty cumulus clouds peppering the sky. Joe gave me a few
really cool and special gifts, one of which were some Jesus pencil
toppers. Nothing says happy birthday like little plastic Jesus pencil
only thing I didn’t get accomplished during my day on the town was
having the time to do some shoe shopping. I have had to work this
evening…one of those summer dance groups renting the theater,
requiring my attendance, which I abhor. Maybe I wouldn’t mind working
so much if it weren’t my birthday and I didn’t get to go shoe shopping.
I earnestly want to find some summery, dressy, comfortable shoes –
that’s not too much to ask, is it? Hopefully I will have time to make a
return trip soon and dedicate it to shoe shopping (among a few other
stops as well).
All things considered, my transition from being
a quarter of a century old to a quarter of a century old plus one has
gone well. It’s been a day spending quality time with quality friends
and I look forward to all God has in store for this, my 26th year.