So, it was a light month on news after the new year, though busy nonetheless. Before I left for Switzerland on Feb. 4th (that will be the next post!) the month was packed with teaching, singing and the beginning of rehearsals for Western Boone High School's production of Into the Woods, which I am music directing! It was also one of those months where everything falls apart around the house: crack in the roof, crack in the chimney, broken back door handle (thanks Bob for fixing that!), mouse bait needing to be refilled (see a recent archived post for why this is important, if you dare), phone line down for five days, maintenance light comes on in the car...you get the idea. All of this while trying to get ready to leave for 11 days. Whew!
So, I survived all that and had some fun in the process, as you will see below. And don't worry. I've been bugging Brad to write about some of his funny Swiss experiences since his original post. That may be popping up soon, too.
Right after the new year I flew to Spokane, WA for an opera compeition. A symphony in that area invited 14 finalists to come and sing in person. Though I didn't win, I did feel like it was a really good audition. I even tried out a new aria successfully, which is always great to have under your belt.
This picture was from a breakfast at a Dutch pancake house while in Spokane. I couldn't believe I ordered the sampler of all their pancakes! And ate every last bite. FIgures that I have no pictures of Spokane (which is nice - reminds me of Indy downtown), but pictures of food.
Gracie and I are continuing our volunteering at FIshers Elementary's reading program. Here's Gracie in our little room waiting for her fist visitor, looking very puppy-ish. She LOVES going there and adores the three little boys who come to read to her. It's just way too cute.
Gracie loves her Christmas present
Okay, it was really, really cold in January. Freezing. Like, 6 degrees. And Luke has short hair. Can you blame me?
Let's get this out. I can't think about the Super Bowl (I'll talk more about that in the February post) without getting somewhat ill, but I did have a FABULOUS time at both playoff games! I went by myself and it was really, really, really fun. That stadium was CRAZY. And I love how veryone is your best friend as you cheer. (Sorry the picture quality is awful. The lighting wasn't great for my phone.)
After the win against Baltimore
After the win against the Jets. Going to the Super Bowl!
The crowd around me as the clock ticks down.
Dad sent me some fabulous old pictures that he scanned:
Jenny and me singing, I think, in Vienna when I was 18.
I come by gardening honestly! This is at our first house when I was just over a year old. I definitely have improved with age, though I do love those shades.
Playing on the organ at our friend, Philip Moore's, in York, England. I couldn't believe he had a real organ in his house!
Definitely a highlight of the month was my birthday celebration with the girls (a.k.a. Miriam, Jen, Ellen and Monique)! They completely shocked me by turning a girls' night out into my birthday celebration at our favorite Italian spot, Matteo's. Monique is close friends with Matteo and Emily, the owners. After dinner we closed down the restaurant and had a singalong for hours at our table. As Ellen said, it was such a "moment".
I didn't capture a picture, but I also had a great birthday dinner at Pizzology with Miriam, Bob and Bonnie. Thanks for celebrating with me guys! 32 is going to be a great year. I can feel it.
I meant to put this up with our Christmas post. Just a cute moment when the dogs first saw Brad after his first six weeks in Switzerland. They definitely miss him.