Questionaire for the Fun of It

We all know those awkward car rides with people you don’t know very well or those times when everyone in a conversation runs out of things to say.  Well, I can help.  The following is a list of questions to fill in awkward space AND get to know your car-mates or whomever is around you better.  And, try asking some of your friends these questions, I dare you.  If you’re daring or want to play a game, try answering these questions FOR your friends and see if you’re right or not.  Enjoy.

Get-To-Know-You Random Questions:

1. What was your first roadkill? (For those who live in the city, have you ever hit anything moving?)

2. If you were a punctuation mark, what would you be and why?

3. If you could be friends with anybody in the Old Testament, who would it be and why?

4. How many times have you been in the ditch? (For those city-folk, have you ever been off-road by accident?)

5. Who is the person/people you have to tell when something exciting or newsworthy happens?

6. What is the farthest distance you’ve driven in one day?

7. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

8. What is your hobby?

9. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

10. How many times have you moved in your lifetime?

11. Have you ever gotten pulled over?  Why?

12. What is your favorite form of social media?

13. Who are the people (non-family) who know the most about you?

14. What is your biggest pet-peeve?

15. Chocolate, vanilla, or carmel?

Bonus question: Wrap, crinkle, or fold? (Extra-bonus if you understand this, too. A few of my friends from school and I have a weird sense of humor, EmilyMeganKyle.)


Another Random Blog I Can’t Think of a Title For…

I have all these thoughts running through my head.  A musical motif, that when I feel like I want to write it down and develop it, I know I shouldn’t, because I have too much other stuff to do.  An idea I could try and bounce off of to write my next story (that I’m kind of struggling to come up with a plot).  A letter to write.  A book to read.  A blog to post.  An instrument to practice.  Homework to do.  You start to see my dilemma.  So many things running through my head, so quickly because the stuff that I don’t have time to do keeps pushing out the stuff I should be doing…. Uff da!

But I have to smile because: I watched the Magic School Bus this morning with my friend Laura.  I got stuff DONE (homework-wise) with my friend Dani.  It snowed today.  I got to see the parentals. I LIKE playing/performing (a lot).  AND I love listening to the basses (voice, because I can’t hear the string basses well…I’m louder than them) and watching/comparing conductors and their styles.  Not that I’ll be writing a paper on it or anything…(I probably will).

Slowly, o h  s o   s l o w l y…, assignments are being dented.  I can almost see the light at the end of the assignment, but then another one comes up and interrupts me, blocking the end of the tunnel with more work that is more mandatory than that which I’m working on.  It’s getting back to my beginning dilemma.  So many things to do.

On the brighter side, the number of days, number of classes, is dwindling down.  I think I have the rest of the homework I’m gonna get, so now it is simply to do it.  It’s kinda scary when you think about it, but it makes me all happy and excited.  And the work load is broken up when I HAVE to play a band concert (next Thursday) and when I HAVE to be practicing for juries or playing tests.  (Music is my other happy place, you know.)

AND because it finally snowed, it is FINALLY starting to feel like Christmas.  Yes, I’ve been performing and practicing Christmas music, but now my head is in the words, not just the music.


This blog has been brought to you by my “avoiding homework, wanna write something instead” phase that happens too much.  (Writing is the third thing that relaxes me and calms me down, after Jesus and music.  Fyi.)

Anna =)^2

Birthday Blog 2011

So, this week was my birthday.  I have learned a great many things over the last 21 years.  I am, after all, an adult now (but that’s just a number—I’m not really sure I AM an adult yet.  I don’t wanna be)…. MOST RECENT I have learned:

I speak with my eyes.  The other day in class, one of my profs said that my eyes “just cussed at him.”  And when I am thinking about something, you can usually see it.  I suck at playing mofia, because I am scheming who I’m gonna kill next and my eyes are like a killer’s.  Or something like that.  And I’m a terrible liar, but that’s beside the point.  I’m also a good pretend liar, but that doesn’t help anything.  And I’ve been told that when I was talking about Jesus, I have almost a heavenly look in my eyes.

I can overcome; “kicking this MS in the butt,” as I sometimes like to refer to it.  For my birthday, I got a lefty guitar, so my fingers that don’t work so well in my left hand are the strummers instead.  Ha!  Last year I got a brace, so my foot that doesn’t like to lift up is stimulated (which has prevented countless falls).  Ha, ha!  And, to top it all off, I have my lifeline—JESUS!  And he gives me strength when I have none to go on.  Ha, ha, ha!

Also thinking back on my life, because it’s what you do when you get old, I realize how many people have touched my life.  And I guess I have been recently realizing how many lives I myself have touched.  It’s pretty cool, when you think about it.  There’s God, who is in control of the little humans, and to give everybody the best that he wants for them, he puts different people in our paths.  Maybe we don’t always have the most ideal interactions to his standards, but even they can affect awesomely.  Yeah, cool.

This was my first birthday when I wasn’t at home.  But I was home the day before (Thanksgiving break…this would have been the 4th time ever I’ve had school on my birthday), so I guess that counts.  And technically, I had a two-day birthday celebration!  Which is pretty awesome.

Oh, and other thoughts, I guess.  On the same topic.  There are so many things I am just now getting.  From things like FINALLY being able to play a mallet piece without backing up to fix a missed note, to understanding how important it is to take care of myself (you’da thunk I have that down already, but no, not really).  Lessons that have been taught over and over for a really long time.  So, I like where I’m at.

Oh, and the Applebee’s I went to for my birthday only gives ice cream for birthdays if the birthday person is 12 or under.  And they don’t let age inversions count, either.  Just in case you were wondering.

So, this was a somewhat random blog, but I enjoy writing down my thoughts.  You’re so lucky you get to read them.  I love you all, my readers!

Smiles Squared, Anna =)^2

A Random, Chatty Blog (named after written)

“Busy”: actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime; not at leisure, otherwise engaged; full of or characterized by activity; now.

“Limit”: the final, utmost, or furthest boundary or point as to extent, amount, continuance, procedure, etc.


I am sure you all are busy.  This semester, I overloaded my schedule and was involved in a ton of extra stuff (Varieties and Kansas, same week = 8 performances and no life).  I mean, I LOVE performing, but it was about midterm week (week after the excitement) when I discovered my limits.  Since then, I have been trying to catch up. I dropped a class so I am no longer overloading (I was taking band, orchestra, and percussion ensemble for no credit so I wouldn’t have to pay for it).  I have almost finished up everything (everything being relative, so not everything) that was supposed to be done a couple weeks ago.  I am learning how to measure the weakness or tiredness in my body.  AND, I have been trying to learn the art of saying “no.”  Indeed, it is more difficult than it looks.

I feel like I’m keeping everybody outta the loop cuz I’m not consistent or very keep-uppy on my blog here.  Sometimes I even keep myself outta the loop—this is why I own a planner, but I must admit this semester is the least I’ve used it since high school, sadly.  I have discovered why I need it so much.

What would I do if I had a little more time on my hands?  Blog more, write for fun more, write letters more (which I have started doing more—letters are fun!  If you want a letter from me sometime you could either send me one and I’ll reply or just let me know).  I think I’d like to spend more time with Jesus, as well.  More time on my hands.  That’s a good one.  As some of you know, I was off Facebook for a month or two.  That gave me more time on my hands, but it didn’t do anything motivation-wise.

Oh yeah!  Solution: stop procrastinating.  ‘Cuz we all procrastinate in some way or another.  I also procrastinate to avoid work.  Sometimes I write cuz I’m avoiding or procrastinating.  Actually, always.  Pretty much.  Now I have fallen off into a tangent and I don’t even remember where I was going with this blog in the first place.  Actually, this was probably a chatty blog.  I get off on tangents when I’m chatting.  Oh boy, I’m not making sense anymore.  And I wonder why I don’t have many readers or subscribers?  Anna, you’re supposed to be talking to your actual readers/subscribers here.  Reason for blog.  Oh, right.  Probably.

As I read over this blog again, I’m not gonna fix it.  These are just some of the circles my mind goes in all of the time.  I’m just gonna stop now. Or add some more random stuff.  Let’s do it.

I like this version, and since I heard it, these are the lyrics that are in my head when I hear this song.  These guys do a lot of other remakes of songs.  I recommend checking it out.

See? Random.  Ugh.

Thank you for reading all the way through if you did!  I LOVE to hear from my readers, so comment somewhere and check out some of my other, more point-driven blogs!


Anna =)^2

Focus, Or Lack There Of

Focus: noun, 1. a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity 2. that which is absent in the person of Anna.  Anna is unable to focus. 


Staring off into the distance.

Unable to do what is priority.

Feeling…frustrated, for instance:

French Horn.

My “alert” times are between 7am-4pm.

Unfortunately, I’m in class until then.

Most days, that’s when I nap.

But some days I don’t have time,

And I notice it’s lack. ing.  ness.

What is with this rhyme?

Sometimes when I’m not focused,

I forget what I’m doing.

And get distracted way too easy.

And then I change the subject.

A lot.

And then I just give up my rhyme scheme.

Go team!

Or not.


How did Anna spend her Friday night?  Writing.  In third person sometimes.  In rhyme at others.  Extremely randomly mostly.  S^2

A Random Blog Update About Not Much

I felt it was time for an update.  How am I, you ask?  Busy.  Very busy.  So busy that it has had me freaking and panicking and not being able to do anything because there is so much.  I admit, I was kind of in a funk, a spiritual funk, more specifically, before Fall Getaway (which was last weekend).  I had a bad attitude about it all around.  But you can’t ignore God or push him aside at a God-centered conference.  I learned a lot, but God really picked me up and put me back where I was supposed to be.  He affirmed my career choice, which I was very grateful for, and I realized that even if I have a ton to do, if I don’t consciously MAKE time for him, my day won’t go well and I’ll find myself in another funk.


So, I’ve been trying to take charge (with God’s help, of course) of my ever-busy schedule. I surrendered my schedule to God, because I was just making a mess of myself.  As many of you know, I LOGGED OFF Facebook for an unknown amount of time.  And the other morning, instead of going on Facebook before class like I always do, I PRACTICED for my lesson that was that day and I finished up some homework.  I’m re-disciplining myself to not be on the computer so much in a procrastinating-type-fashion.  Facebook will come back when I finish figuring that out.


I’m really excited for a number of reasons.  Here comes a list:

1) Tomorrow (Saturday), I get to sleep in.  And that hasn’t happened for a little too long.  (Yeah, I have a ton of homework, too, but I have nothing else to do all day!  Woo-hoo!)

B) Next week is homecoming week at Augie!  Don’t ask me who the football team is playing because I don’t care enough to find out, typically, but Viking Varieties is featuring the Percussion Ensemble as an awesome act, and I’m supper excited that we’re participating this year!  Fyi…if you’re here, or within a six-hour radius, you should consider coming. Performances for the public are Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 9:15pm (student night at 11pm), Saturday at 7 & 9:15 pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

Choo-Choo Train) The Augie Orchestra (of which I am timpanist for this year) is performing with Kansas on Friday night at the Paviliion at 7pm!  It’ll be pretty awesome, but I’m sorry that there are basically no tickets left.  The Orchestra is also performing on Sunday at the homecoming service at the Elmen (NOT the Kansas music…sorry).

Net) I can actually PLAY the cornet and the horn!  My prof noticed improvement from my cornet playing test to my horn playing test.  Trombones next week…(!?)

Funf) God is just so awesome.  I’ve been seeking him a lot this week, and I haven’t fallen into freak-out or panick-mode all week!  Well, not for long periods of time, anyway.  I rate this past week as status = awesome.  I’ve been SEEING him work and it is just SO COOL to witness it!


I hope you all are doing well!  Sorry for nothing really interesting.  I just wanted to write and this is what popped into my head.  More later.  Something different.  I know not many people read my blog, but I’m grateful for those of you who do!  (Even if it’s just sympathy or an “I’m bored” read through…).  I love you all!


Ever smiling, Anna =)^2