chicken tikka korma with a side of extra spice

that's what my life has been filled with this week.
chicken tikka this and chicken tikka that.

for numerous reasons, mostly being gone this summer, teaching at the studio has kind of slowed down for me. and if i'm being honest, i'm ok with that. at first i was upset but God works in a number of different ways and i'm pretty sure He knew that i needed a little break from teaching. 

in order to make up for my lack of income, i picked up a job at a local restaurant called The Oven.
when i applied for the job i really wasn't expecting to get it. my whole resume is filled with all violin related activities and never before have i served food. the owner took a leap of faith in hiring me and i'm really hoping i don't let him down.

 week one of training at the restaurant is now complete and i'm feeling much better about it than i did at the beginning of the week... i still don't really quite understand the difference between a masala sauce and a makhani sauce, but i'm sure i'll have it down by the end of week two. ;) 


real life.

it's good to be home but reality is starting to sink in. my suitcase is still sitting in my room filled with clothes. bills are waiting to be paid. the dogs need to be fed. these are things i can't escape from. it's back to doing my own laundry, back to teaching, back to being responsible...*sigh* and to boot, meredith is moving all the way across the country on friday. 

this is real life, folks. 

don't get me wrong, i don't think it's all bad. laundry can be fun. bills teaching will be great. and now i have a reason to visit new york every few months! i have a dinner date tonight with ma bestie to commemorate our time these past 10 years together. i'm expecting lots of tears...from me. the change is good though. meredith will have so many more opportunities in new york than she'll ever have here and i'm so excited for that city to show her some serious love. 

a change closer to my home is jake! he's moving two minutes away...literally. we timed it. TWO MINUTES. he and his roommates are spending some time fixing it up before moving in at the end of this week. two moves all in one week. one love is moving across the country and the other practically next door. life is crazy sometimes. i kinda like it that way though, keeps me on my toes.


the end of greenwood.

it's hard to believe that the five weeks at greenwood have come to an end. i'm already missing my "sun" room, appropriately named, not only for color, but for the temperature as well; the view from the wall; desserts after lunch AND dinner; glen's pancakes; announcements after meals; the cool mornings and equally cool nights; the gorgeous skies; and really the list could go on. i'm especially missing my babies... or kids as they liked to be called... that i spent so much time with this summer. since most of them live in nebraska, i've already made plans to hang out with them.
i can't say enough how thankful i am for the opportunity to go there, if not to study with my teacher, julie yoon, then for experiencing the wonderful sense of community that greenwood offers. such talented musicians pass through greenwood every summer and i'm glad i was able to meet the campers of "b.c. '12", the counselors, and some of the amazing staff. they create such an incredible legacy for future young musicians to partake in and to carry on in whatever future endeavors they may undertake. it's never goodbye in the music world... i'm sure i'll see all of you again. :)