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I tend to spend very much time in my own thoughts. I've often received such labels as introvert, thinker, geek, quiet guy, etc, and for the most part those are very true. I tend to think much more than I talk.

Anyway, a couple days ago, I had fallen into my typical thinking mood. And in this particular case, I was thinking about Facebook, what it was like when I started using it years ago, and what it's morphed into now. I started remembering all of those chain notes that went around, often quizzes and such and if you got tagged in the note, you were supposed to take the same quiz for yourself and tag other people in it. I always found those particularly fascinating… They had a way of drumming up some interesting information about people, and being the kind of person I am, I like interesting information about people. There was one in particular that I remember, called '25 random things about me'. I enjoyed doing that one so much, that I've decided to do it again. Only this time, I'm only going to do 10 things, since you probably wouldn't care to read much more than that.

  1. I love collecting old things. Specifically coins and books. I started collecting coins when I was nine years old, and it's become quite extensive. It includes ancient, foreign, and U.S. coins. I have coins from mid-4th century Rome, a coin from England with King George III on it (the king in power during the American Revolution), coins from the German Empire before Hitler was in power, and coins from five out of the six populated and civilized continents. I have a very high fascination with old things.
  2. I'm red-green color blind. My girlfriend likes to tease me because of this. I can usually see the colors separately, but when you put them right next to each other, sometimes I can't even see a little bit of color. And yes, I can tell when traffic lights are red and green, so don't worry.
  3. I've always been very fascinated with Russia. Especially its culture, history, language, and music.
  4. I have a very firm opinion of Taylor Swift and One Direction and am occasionally much more outspoken and harsh about it than I should be.
  5. If I could meet any person from history who's now dead and gone, it would be Sergei Rachmaninoff hands down. I don't choose Jesus simply because I know without a doubt that I'll see him when I die.
  6. When it comes to food, I'm a texture guy. If the texture isn't right in a food, it can make my stomach turn even if the taste and smell is really good. In the same way, some of my favorite foods are just because the texture is amazing even if I don't find the taste particularly good.
  7. I'm not a squeamish person, except when it comes to hand injuries. I don't know if it's something that comes from my piano playing, but it makes my stomach turn when I see even just a dislocated finger.
  8. I have a strange compulsion to tear, crumple, and crease paper. If there is a piece of paper in my hand that I don't need, it will be destroyed. It's the same thing with those wooden coffee stirrers that some cafes have. I simply must tear them to pieces.
  9. Trumpet is one of my favorite instruments to play, but only if I'm in shape for it.
  10. Longboarding is one of my favorite pastimes. That's how I impart my natural manly need for the thrill of danger and risk. Flying down a hill faster than 35mph on a chunk of wood is perfect for that.

So there's my ten random facts. For all you fellow bloggers out there, give this a go and then post the link to it in the comments here so I can see your random facts.

 

Rach on!

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I’m feeling very thoughtful and short on words at the moment. A good recipe for blogging as apparently the younger generations don’t like to read, but they do like deep things. Here are some of my thoughts for today.
  • Putting others before yourself is highly rewarding
  • Spending at the very least a short amount of time every day to be alone, unwind, and talk to God in whatever way you do best is crucial to living well, and maintaining a low stress level
  • Laziness leads to frustration and eventually self-contempt
  • Shallow conversations lead to shallow relationships

As I have no more words to say, I leave you with a short message from my dear friend Yoda.

Rach on!

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My freshman year of college is finished! What a relief… Things were getting pretty crazy by the end. Nevertheless, I made it, and I am confident in being able to say that I finished strongly. I mean hey, I did ace my last final!

I can’t fully put into words how amazing this past school year was. Especially this last semester. I repeat, especially this last semester. I’m glad the academic side of it is over, but I miss my friends all so much already.

I am quite excited that my summer is finally underway. Inspired by my good friend, Rebz (see her post here), I decided to make a list of goals for the summer… End-of-school resolutions, if you will. So here they are:

  • Devotions – I’ve long struggled with making personal time with God a daily routine. One of my goals this summer is to change that.
  • Reading – This used to be my biggest hobby by far, and I’ve really missed being able to read whatever books I want just for fun. I plan on finishing Les Misérables and then reading a Dostoevsky novel, some Shakespeare, and whatever else happens to pique my interest.
  • Piano – My pianistic endeavors will by no means come to a halt this summer. Rachmaninov’s Suite no. 2, Prokofiev’s Sonota no. 3, Chopin’s Nocturne in Cmin Op. 48 no. 1, and a number of movements from one of Bach’s French Suites are all pieces that I am determined to tackle before the next semester begins. I am also hoping to pick up the loose ends as far as my technique goes… There are some scales and arpeggios that still need a lot of work.
  • Fitness – My last goal for this summer is to get in shape. It’s been much too long since I’ve been in any sort of shape, and I want to change that. I want to be able to play a game of frisbee with friends without feeling like I’m going to die the whole time, and it would be nice to be able to enjoy going out on a run for longer than just the first thirty seconds.

Those are my goals for this summer… I’ve actually started each of them already, I’m just hoping I can keep it up. Feel free to keep me accountable by asking me how things are going and encouraging me.

What are *your* goals this summer?

Rach on!

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Ireland

I feel like it would be remiss of me if I were to not post about my recent excursion to the beautiful country of Ireland.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher was just one of the many spectacular places we visited

The trip was actually a chorale tour with Lancaster Bible College. We had the opportunity to do four concerts in a span of eight days.

I’m not even sure where to begin describing what happened on this trip… It was incredible, to say the very least. Many people have asked me over the past several days what my favorite part or parts were. I guess I can try to muster an answer here.

1. The concerts

The concerts were a huge highlight of the trip. All of the music we sung was from either North or South America. We sang spirituals, Argentinian cowboy music, Brazilian tribal, folk, and much more. Not every song we sang was a Christian song, per say, but the ones that were, we really focused on as our presentation of the gospel message. Especially our ending piece of every concert, In Christ Alone. Our performances all went exceptionally well, but what I loved most about our concerts were the people who came to see us. I loved all the opportunities to talk to the audience members we got after every concert. It was such a blessing to have that chance to invest in the people of Ireland in that way.

2. The friends

Through the trip, so many friendships were made and so many others were strengthened. We experienced so much together and so many things happened that really brought us all together. There was lots of fun, lots of jokes, lots of challenges, lots of praying for each other… I couldn’t have asked for a better group to travel with.

3. The places

Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise

As much as I wish I could, I can’t tell you everything about all the places we visited. We toured castles, cathedrals, ancient monastic settlements, 19th century mansions, an abbey… The list goes on. My favorite place was probably Clonmacnoise, the aforesaid ancient monastic settlement. The whole time we were there it was foggy and raining lightly. It was so serene. I couldn’t stop thinking of the 1,000+ years of people worshiping the same God I do in that one place, and that in turn prompted me to praise Him for His steadfastness.

Well there you have it. Those were my favorite things from Ireland. I would highly recommend you make a trip over there some time. It is well worth it.

Rach on!

P.S. For a more detailed account of our experiences in Ireland, check out the blog that was kept during the trip… lbcireland.blogspot.com.

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King Arthur: [about the inscription on the rock] What does it say, Brother Maynard? Brother Maynard: It reads, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Aramathia. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of Aaauuuggghhh... " King Arthur: What? Brother Maynard: "The Castle of Aaaauuuggghhhh" Sir Bedevere: What is that? Brother Maynard: He must have died while carving it. King Arthur: Oh come on! Brother Maynard: Well, that's what it says. King Arthur: Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaauuuggghhhh'. He'd just say it. Sir Galahad: Maybe he was dictating it. King Arthur: Oh shut up! Sir Robin: Well does it say anything else? Brother Maynard: No, just "Aaaaauuuugggghhh". [knights making groaning sounds] Sir Bedevere: Do you think he could have mean, 'Camaaaauuuuggghhhh'? Sir Galahad: Where's that? Sir Bedevere: France, I think. Sir Lancelot: Isn't there a Saint "Aaaaavvvveeeesss" in Cornwall? King Arthur: No that's Saint "Ives". Sir Lancelot: Oh, yes. "Iiiiiivvvveeessss"! [All knights saying, "Iiiiiivvvveeessss"] Sir Bedevere: Whooooouuuuaaa! Sir Lancelot: No no no, it's "Aaaaauuuugggghhhh" from the back of the throat. Sir Bedevere: No I mean, "Whoooouuuuaaa!" as in surprise and alarm. Sir Lancelot: Oh, you mean like, "AAAHH!" Sir Bedevere: Yes, that's it. "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

"Aaaagh!"

I’m not sure I fully realized just how much of a weirdo I was until tonight (Er…. Morning). I was reading Morte Darther (The Death of King Arthur) by Sir Thomas Malory, a 15th century English classic in its original form. Even worse, I was enjoying it.

I think I’m going to be deeply enjoying my English Lit class this semester.

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Finals week. ‘Nuff said?

 

 

 

‘Nuff said.

 

 

 

Rach on!

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I had quite the humbling experience today, and was finally removed from my naive pedestal of wholehearted confidence in portable, digital memory storage devices. In fact, for a good part of today, I was very close to denouncing it altogether, but shortly thereafter, I realized that indeed I was the one at fault rather than the flash drive.

You are probably curious as to what exactly happened, but I do confess I am inclined not to tell you.

Just kidding!

It was a dark and stormy morning. After sleeping in about forty minutes longer than I intended to, I got up and began to get ready for school. Eventually I hopped on the computer (metaphorically speaking, of course), and plugged in my USB flash drive so I could load a couple of files on there to bring to school with me. I was promptly greeted by a pop-up asking me to format my flash drive. In layman’s terms, that means it wants me to allow it to erase all data from the drive in order to make the drive usable. I unplugged the drive and tried it in a different port, only to get the same response. I shrugged and figured it must be the computer, so I went on getting ready for school and brought the flash drive with me. Once I got so school, I tried plugging the drive into one of the computers in the computer lab (very aptly named, I might add), but again received the same response. Finally it sank in. The files for my Music Theory IV final project that I’d conveniently saved on the drive a couple of days after I’d backed the drive up… They were gone.

So now, amidst all the other projects I have right now, I must start over on a project that I was already a bit behind on. Moral of the story: never keep important files in one place.

On the bright side, today I found a baggy of three-week-old, rotten clementine peels in my backpack. I’m fairly sure my hands will perpetually smell like rotten clementine peels.

Well, now that I’ve vented all that to the world, I should get back to studying.

Rach on!

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