Oh, hey, everyone. It’s been awhile. It’s my three-year blog-iversary. Just mentioning the fact. My stuff has been all over since I started, and it’s pretty much still that way. I have grown and maybe even matured a bunch since I started. But I’m still me, so I still think about things like I always do. Today, no poetry (but I have a bunch of others you could check out while you’re here if you haven’t). I’ve been learning how to shamelessly plug and advertise so that someday, people like you might pick up this book and recognize the author “Anna E. Olson” and at least read the back of the cover. Not that I’ve even sent in my book proposal yet, but the book is pretty much done. But I haven’t had time for it lately anyway. You may be wondering how life is going, as I am student teaching general music to a bunch of heart-melting kiddos and still involved in a lot of things and dating this awesome guy who had a great med school interview today and will be hearing from two different schools this week. If you pray, stop right now and just say a little prayer for the med schools, that he’ll be accepted and they’ll think it went as well as he did (and, of course, that God will be there, leading throughout). Okay, thanks. Wherever he goes to school next year, I’ll teach. There is so much else that will have to happen, but knowing a PLACE is the first step. Also, pray for this teaching thing. I’ve been getting pretty wiped lately, and I can’t use my fingers as well as I used to. I don’t think I’ll ever play like I did last semester, but I’m okay with that. God’s got better plans than me just being a musician (trust me, I have, like, options A, B, C, and D in my head. I’m hoping that God will combine a bunch of those). Updates:
Student teaching. Exhausting, and I’m realizing more and more how quickly one has to move, and therefore how much STUFF a teacher has to have planned. There’s a ton. I get to teach RHYTHM next week, which is one of my favorite things and makes my top-14 list. Probably. Unfortunately, there’s not really other people or students that are as fascinated with rhythm as I am. And the first graders haven’t even SEEN rhythm before, so I’ll introduce that to them, as well (kind of freaking out, kind of excited). It’s fun, being with those kids! I’ve got two more weeks before I move to the middle school band. And I’ll be qualified for everything in South Dakota, so I could potentially do everything or anything in a town located in, for example, Indianapolis or Kentucky. Just saying. And that’s exciting.
Dr. Wile E. Coyote. Because you are all wondering (probably, like three of you: my aunt, my grandma, and somebody who is about to go and creep on my Facebook page because they missed something…”who?” Yeah, go and check out our pictures, we’re adorable). So, the distance thing is challenging, especially when he works second shift and I don’t get home from school until after he’s gone for the night. But we’re making it work. Have any of you done distance relationships? How have you made it work? We will get to see each other a weekend in October, and I know people who have to be apart and/or Skype alone for a lot longer than we’ve had to do. (Katrina and Seth, I give you guys internet high-fives right now.)
Other stuff. So, I’m section leader of the percussion at the College/Community Band. There are five of us, which is way more fun than ten, because we all get to always play! And I’m in percussion ensemble for the semester (because I love it), and a lifegroup with the church I go to here in Sioux Falls, I’m discipling two girls (a sophomore and a junior at Augie), and I just signed up to be on the visitation outreach team through church, as well. I’m looking forward to it. And, of course, I’m lesson planning and trying to get to bed early because I get up early, and talk with the pre-doc. Smiley face.
Faith thoughts. I’ve been feeling like God gives me themes each week. Whatever the sermon is on seems to be what I read in the word, too. Maybe. This week it’s been about serving others. Or if I read about something in the morning, a lot of things will relate back to that. AND Dr. WEC and I talk about what God’s been teaching us all the time, so that’s really encouraging, too. I watched the Avengers last night with one of my roommates and made a list of some spiritual analogies so that I could include them maybe in my book proposal. It just astounds me sometimes. I LOVE the storyline of the movie, because all of the other avengers movies are tied in. I also LOVE the storyline of God’s story. The authors of both really think things through and tie things in together and make some things come back and have perfect timing, and just…EVERYTHING! It makes me excited. Because I’m an author, too, although not a good one, yet. I respect things well-written. Which is why I’m drawn to BBC television and cast aside the American stuff. Off-topic, just thoughts.
Anyhoo, I hope you all are doing well. I like reading blogs of friends because I like to keep up on you, too! And a lot of my stuff lately has been updatey. More stuff to come. It won’t be so long in between this time, I hope. Have a blessed day!