I Made It!

I’m in my new apartment in Arlington! I’m so happy, but so very tired. The drive wasn’t too bad. I stopped a few times, including once to fill up on gasoline, but basically did the drive in about 9 hours. I’m pretty proud of myself, obviously.

Tomorrow’s plan is to unpack, go grocery shopping, and get an idea of the neighborhood. When I get settled into this apartment, I’ll take some pictures! 

That’s basically it, I’ll write more tomorrow. ZZzzzzz…..


Not Sinking In

I’m kind of in denial that I’m going to DC on Saturday. And then that’s it. Boom. Intern time!

Tomorrow I have to organize my clothes and decide what’s actually work appropriate. That will definitely help the whole fit-your-life-in-a-toyota-corolla situation.

In other Catherine news, I have costochondritis! What is that, you may ask? It’s when cartilage in the ribs becomes inflamed. It really isn’t that scary, it just makes it less fun to breath. Apparently I did this while packing up my Lexington apartment on Sunday. So I have to go easier on myself this time around, which is easier said than done.

The past few days, I’ve been lucky enough to see some old friends from my hometown, and I’m going to do a little more of that tomorrow – AFTER I sort through my clothes.

Oh well, time to get some zzz. Good night world!

I Want To Go To There (D.C. Edition)

I’ve been watching a lot of 30 Rock, and Liz’s trademark phrase, other than “Blurgh!”, is “I Want To Go To There.” For some reason, this cracks me up. Every time. And on the subject of going places, here are the places I want to visit when I’m in D.C. for the summer.

Kennedy Center


I’ve never been there! It’s at the top of my list, because as a musician and future arts administrator, this is a pretty important place. I don’t even care what I see there, it could be anything and I would be so happy.

DC Cupcakes


This cupcake shop has a TV show on TLC, it’s got to be good, right?

Eastern Market


I love love love going to outdoor/indoor markets. The variety of food and people is so interesting, and I love trying new things.

Holocaust Museum


I’ve also never been here, even though it’s a staple of every American family vacation and school field trip. I don’t care how long I have to wait in line. It’s worth it.

Library of Congress


BOOKS. Nuff said.

WWII Memorial


I haven’t been to DC since this was built, so I’d really like to check it out.

And finally…

Wolf Trap, the National Park for the Performing Arts


: )

Finals Week

In true Finals Week fashion, I haven’t had time to update this blog! I’m sorry! 

Things I have to do this week:

  • Pack
  • Study and take my Econ final
  • See all my friends once last time
  • Pack
  • Get rid of old clothes
  • Get an oil change
  • Pack
  • Pack
  • Pack

Yep. In other news, I’ve signed my apartment lease! I’ll be living in Arlington, VA. I’m close to GWU and the metro. I’m super excited to live in a major metropolitan city this summer. Slowly but surely, I will be an adult.

Speaking of adulthood, I applied for my degree. I’m supposed to graduate in a year, and my academic advisor told me to go ahead and apply. It’s kind of scary to think about graduation, but I’m really glad I don’t need a fifth year of college. I think that would drive me crazy.

Okay. Back to the grind. And by “grind”, I mean watching re-runs of Wife Swap.

17 days

Until I move to DC for three months. I can make it 17 more days.

I just finished editing this group paper that’s due tomorrow at 5:00pm. I don’t claim to be any kind of amazing writer, but oh goodness. There is some terrible writing in the world, isn’t there? Once this paper is turned in, I’m done with this class. One less thing on my checklist. Speaking of, let’s run down what I have to do:

Tomorrow: Turn in this paper, play a jazz gig.

This weekend: Formal (oof), submit some very important documents for my sorority, finish  my grant proposal (due Monday), rehearse with my quintet on Sunday.

Next week: Turn in grant proposal, meeting with my chapter president, probably more sorority paperwork to do, macroeconomics final, pack, friend’s recital, derby, cinco de drinko, and move home.

It sounds a lot worse when I write it out. Huh.

Good news! My lease for my apartment came in today! I have a home in Arlington, VA! It’s pretty spiffy and I can’t wait to see it. I’m turning into a city slicker, I tell ya. Oh, and I ate Indian food today. That was pretty cool.

Checking off the checklist

I got an A on my trombone jury! Ahh!! I actually got an A from each professor, so that’s a first for me. Maybe I’m finally figuring out trombone. Hah. Only took literally half my life. I’ve been playing trombone for 11 years, and I’m 21 years old. Do the math. Anyway, my trombone professor is the greatest, and he’s definitely one of the best influences of undergrad. He’s one of my big role models, and I owe him a lot.

Today was also my interview for section leader. That interview was…interesting. I’d like to think I’m pretty good at interviews, (ahem, awesome internship in 20 days). But man, just some awkward moments. My piece de resistance was, “I can’t out play them, but I can outsmart them.” That was in reference to the d-bags who have incredible skills on the trombone that I have to boss around.

In true Spring 2012 fashion, I’m avoiding macroeconomics homework. But it’s extra credit, so I’ll do it. This class is my only final exam, and it’s Friday afternoon next week. What a sick joke.

On to internship news! All my contract stuff has fallen into place, which means yes I will be an intern so yes I can graduate next year. Four years, like a boss. Also, my application for an apartment has gone in, so I get my lease on Friday. SO I’M NOT HOMELESS IN DC. Double yippee.

Fine, I’ll do my homework.

Post-Jury happy

Finished my sixth trombone jury of my undergrad career! It went really well, if I do say so myself. For the music nerds, I played the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd movements of Marcello’s Sonata in F Major.

Tonight is my final Tau Beta Sigma meeting for the year! It’s the new officer installation ceremony, and as the incoming Secretary, I’m pumped. About two weeks ago, I was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer for our district, so I’m still on a TBS high. Hopefully it lasts for the next year.

Tomorrow is my interview for Section Leader for next year’s marching band. I had this gig last year, and I’d really like to do it again next year. It was a lot of fun, and I learned from both my failures and my successes.

Well, time to get ready for Installation! Peace out, cub scouts!