Sunday, April 29, 2012

Exam week

In honor of exam week, I will share two photos, both of which were taken yesterday (Saturday).  The first is what I wish exam week were like.  The second is what exam week is really like.

Idyllic bike rides around Auburn:

Not-so-idyllic studying for Separations:

On a different note, I just ripped the audio from this youtube video and listened to it on repeat TWELVE times.  (Signs of insanity?  maybe?)

Friday, April 27, 2012


I have been wanting to see Dave Barnes for a long time.  And as many concerts as I make a point to attend, you'd think I would have been able to make that happen.  Not so.  

Scenario 1:  Dave Barnes is coming to Workplay circa June 2010.  He needs merch help.  Charles and I volunteer.  Free tickets, free CD.  Sounds perfect, right?  Turns out, he came to Workplay to do a comedy routine.  Which is awesome: he's HILARIOUS.  And it was great (plus we "discovered" Steve Moakler that night -- who opened for the comedy show), but I still didn't get to hear Dave sing.

Senario 2:  Dave Barnes is coming to Workplay circa November 2011.  Yesssss.  Finally.  So I buy tickets.  BUT then Alabama decides to come to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater the same night.  And since a convenient Alabama concert is significantly harder to come by than good ole Dave, he got trumped.  

So this concert was a long time coming.

Pre-concert photographs:

Meet Andrew Ripp {aka Barney Stinson}.

Meet Dave Barnes.

A final thank you goes to Auburn University for not holding class this past Thursday and Friday.  It's safe to say I effectively utilized my dead days.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Something Beautiful

Tonight Auburn's UPC brought in Ben Rector, Young the Giant, and NEEDTOBREATHE for a concert at the Auburn Arena.  Yay free concerts!!   I still don't know a word that Young the Giant said, but Ben Rector and needtobreathe were UH-MAZING.  

I got to hang out with Macie (and a few other friends, too, who didn't make the picture) for a while.  We got to the concert early enough to go down on the floor/ be really close to the band.  But being the old ladies that we are, we opted for "real seats" where we could sit down far away from the pushing and shoving to get closer to the bands.  Clearly, we are aging prematurely.  And I'm okay with that.  

This is Ben.  Tonight was my 8th (yikes!) time to see Ben within 2 years.  And I still love every time.  You would think I would be extremely tired of him by now, which brought me to ponder exactly WHY I still want to see him (over and over and over again).  Clearly, I love music.  I have always loved music.  Singing and/or listening to music always makes me feel better.  Ben's music, as well as most other musicians of his type, is extremely accessible.  First of all, he writes it, plays it, and sings it.  And his performances are very much audience dependent -- he's constantly talking to the audience and asking for various feedback/ participation.  Tonight, he seemed pretty tickled that most of Auburn already knew the words to his songs.

(Skipping any feedback on Young the Giant due to my distaste for their trippy performance and inaudible lyrics.)

This is needtobreathe.  They're a pretty cool rock group with tasteful harmonies and a pretty intense light show that may or may not cause seizures.  Consider yourself warned.  During their encore, they did an acoustic version of "Slumber" that was really awesome.  Any by acoustic, I mean no microphones, amps, nothing (and keep in mind this is in the Auburn Arena).  Sweet.

Toward the end of the show, needtobreathe brought Ben back out (see pic above).  Such a beautiful combo.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Love is on the Line

Last night, Alex, Kevin, Charles, and I zipped right on over to Atlanta to see Steve Moakler and Nathan Angelo at Smith's Olde Bar.  We're old fans of Steve, and he was charming as always.  But this was my first time to see Nathan, and he was nothing short of impressive.  He's been on my "list of people to see" for quite some time, and it was good to check him off!

Here's a video of Nathan's opening song, "Love is on the Line."  Many thanks to Charles for the video.



the obligatory iPhone photo

Saturday, April 21, 2012

stories to tell.

Title: Dave Barnes's newest CD, Stories to Tell. Favorite songs: "White Flag" and "Mine to Love"

I can't believe Junior year is almost over. 
Seriously, where has the time gone?
 Here's a little glimpse at what I've been doing with my last few weeks of the school year…

I took a few quick pictures of this awesome family

I went to the Atlanta Zoo for AOII formal with some of my favorite people

and of course I worked Auburn's A-Day
(Only 132 days until football season)

Life isn't all glamorous though.
I also wrote 3 papers in less than 24 hours,
Took 4 tests in one week, 
and am starting to mentally prepare for finals.
This may be how I feel about final exams now…

Unfortunately,  this is how I'll feel not too long from now…

Very unfortunate, indeed. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Well we have exactly 8 more days of class left this semester.  Last time I went home, I decided to go ahead and take all of my decorations and non-necessities from my dorm home.   Just to get a head-start on moving.  But before I stripped my room down, I took a few pictures because I highly doubt I will ever live in any room this efficient again.  As in, I actually built my shelves under my lofted bed.  (And yes, taking them down will probably be a nightmare.)  So... here is my room.  A little cluttered but super organized.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Resurrection

Happy Easter!

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.