Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Day in the Life (11)


I'm back!!! Let the super long what-has-Elizabeth-been-doing-for-a-month post commence!

I actually didn't think I'd be able to start blogging until JULY because my computer broke, but luck is with me this week!  The past year has been very...anti-Elizabeth's bank account.  Have a car you completely own 100%?  HAHA JK NOW YOU DON'T.  Need a cell phone?  Better get a new one! (Admittedly that one was completely my fault.  There's only so many times you can drop a phone before it explodse haha).  Need a computer for all your papers?  Too bad!  Apparently I have water damage? But I am positive I didn't spill anything on it because of what happened to my last computer (...I'll do a post on that one day. It was pretty notable experience lol).  The only thing I can think of is that maybe my cat knocked something on it in the middle of the night?  In any case it didn't work and I need a new computer.  But it's working not? I'll be manically backing everything up just in case though!  So that's basically a long way of saying...I'm back yay! But if another computer tragedy hits, I might disappear for a while again.

I finished my comps (approximately 24 pages of research) right on time, and my recital was a few days after comps were due (which was stressful because you DO NOT take time off the week before your recital!!) But that ended up going fairly well, so it's all good. I meant to have a clip of my recital up for you guys, but I haven't been able to meet up with my friend who so kindly recorded it for me. (And I didn't want my first post back to be a TTT post, so I figured it was better to sacrifice the video).  I should have everything up for my next Sunday post though.  For now a picture of my recital dress will have to suffice!

My mom and brother came up for the performance, so the next day we went through all the touristy things.  I took them down to the beach, introduced my brother to the wonder of avocado bubble tea smoothies, and we went to the Nature Museum which has a butterfly haven which is SO AWESOME. I mean there's basically thousands of butterflies flying all around you (and also there's quail which are so adorable! They huddle together and then walk all over each other and gahhh so cute!)  I had a butterfly land on my back for the better half of our visit.  My family was super creeped out because it apparently thought I was a flower and kept licking me hahahahaha.  Then we went downtown and saw the bean and went up to the skydeck of the Willis/Sears Tower.  They went out on the Skydeck Ledge, which I refused to get on.  I had done this a couple months ago with my friend Sage, (I'm going to be her maid of honor in August!!!), and it about did me in.  Once is more than enough!  

After that, my mom left to go home, and my brother and I went out to this AWESOME bar I'd gone to last year with my boyfriend. (I sent him pictures which made him grumpy since he was supposed to see me this month and he'd been looking forward to going back all year haha) The bar itself is kind of like a chemistry lab - they do all these crazy things, and I'm sure some of them are more for impressive appearance than for tastes sake, but I don't care.  It's impressive either way.  We had drinks served basically like a three course meal.  We got a complimentary champagne/rum/lime/mint slushy to start with, and then for our first course we both chose the drink that had champagne and orange liquour and paprika (and some other stuff, but mostly...paprika!)  For the second course Thomas had some sort of fruity fizzy thing that was delicious.  His may have been delicious, but mine was delicious...and EPIC. 

This photo of The Aviary is courtesy of TripAdvisor

I mean with a name like Infernal Imagery, what could you expect?  It must have been pirate themed because it came in a small wooden treasure chest haha!  When they opened it up a ton of smoke came out.  And I'm not talking dry ice - I mean actual cedarwood smoke! No idea how they did it. I had picked it because when I asked the server to explain what was in it since I didn't recognize any of the words (I'm such a plebe) he said the words smoky rum which pretty much sold me haha.  For our desert drinks I got a Thai Iced Coffee which was by far my favourite drink of the night (Although all of them were amazing).  It had coffee liquor and maybe some condensed milk?  On top was some cotton candy dusted with cinnamon, anise, and cardamom which they melted into the drink with some coffee liquor (I think?).  Basically it was amazing.  And tasty.  And almost as epic to watch as my pirate one (but really, what's more epic than a smoking wooden chest? ...cue weird thoughts about hot Pinnochio...) Sadly no pictures turned out well on my brother's phone nor are there any online :( So here's a picture of his tasty fizzy drink!

The next day my brother had to leave, so I took him out for a Chicago dog (I owed him $5 anyway for betting there wasn't really a huge trend of putting butter in your coffee.  God I should have known. The things LA people come up with are the weirdest. Also if you don't know what's on a Chicago dog look it up now and GO GET ONE.) and sent him on his way.  And since then other than a few rehearsals for some gigs this weekend, I've mostly been watching tv and staring forlornly at my (not) broken computer (anymore). 

Hardison and Parker - hardison-and-parker PhotoI finally finished Leverage, which I'm feeling pretty indifferent towards, except for this -->

Aren't they adorable?!?!  Parker/Hardison are my new favourite characters ever.  And their relationship is so adorable and sweet!!

I even managed to convince myself to watch an episode of Merlin.  Only one though, I have a great aversion to finishing this series.  I keep getting more and more tense because I know I'm getting closer and closer to lots of angsty episodes and....and...THE END.  I think it's also tough because the series as a whole is pretty humorous, and I'm pretty sure there's not much in the funny department this season.  I CAN'T HANDLE IT. Have also tried the first few episodes of Vampire Diaries...and I'm unconvinced? Should I remain so or keep trying?

And to wrap it up, here's my music obsessions of the month!

Most of you have probably heard this song ages ago, but it was in a...Dior perfume commercial? And I can't stop listening to it.  The chorus is especially catchy!

This is one of my favourite pieces of music of all time.  I heard the Baltimore Symphony play this life and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life (and this was by far their best concert I've heard).  It's possible some of you may recognize this theme - it's actually his Fanfare for the Common Man which the whole symphony is based on.

And that's it for my past week month.  Next week we'll have my recital stuff up and in the meantime catch me up on everything I've missed in the pass month!


  1. Yay! Welcome back Elizabeth! Sounds like an eventful month - glad you lived through it lol!

  2. Seriously... and I mean SERIOUSLY that dress is amazing. I want a close up on it! A lot is going on in your life. So fun. I love Merlin! I did try Vampire Diaries but honestly I didn't like it. I just could never get into it. Glad you are back.

  3. YOU. ARE. BACK!! HOORAY!! Glad you survived comps and recitals - can't wait to hear you play! Love Copland. Fanfare for the Common Man makes me wait a pair of cymals...badly. :D

  4. Life has been so very relaxing now that I've made it through haha! Maybe I can finally start catching up so I can finish reading your X-Files posts!

  5. Thank you! I actually snagged it at a consignment store. And funnily enough, it's the same designer as my last prom dress, so clearly I have a thing for that designer haha! Yeah, I'm thinking I'm going to ditch Vampire Diaries. I have too many other things I need to finish watching (*cough* MerlinTorchwoodHouseofCardsAliasXFilesSupernaturalArrowTwinPeaks)

  6. I'm a bit curious to hear how I played myself actually haha! Going through recordings is torture though - it's a bit like hearing yourself speaking on a recording, but worse because you are judging every single moment haha. And the cymbals are so epic in that piece! Although I've always been partial to the timpani.

  7. Well, timpani goes without saying. ;) We'll need some Also Sprach Zarathustra as well.

  8. Damn - I was trying to find the video I have of my brass class playing Also Sprach, but I can't find it. It's HILARIOUS! Just imagine 20 people who've only been playing brass instruments for a few weeks and imagine what it sounds like haha

  9. Found it! There's a high probability you won't be able to see it though, I'm not sure what privacy settings she has it on, and I can't download it. But it's worth a shot?

  10. Darn. Privacy setting beat down. :/

    What are you reading now? I don't know if you saw my reply, but I think you should read a Prisoner of Night and Fog soon. I think you will really like it!

  11. I've just added it to my TBR for reals list, so hopefully I'll find some time this summer to get to it!

  12. Oh lord - I would make sure you have LOTS of time to burn before jumping into the X Files hole! It's a glorious hole but a long one!

  13. Hahahaha, I can only imagine!!


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