- On Sunday, the 11th, I participated in Christmas programs on both the ward and the stake level. As I believe I've mentioned before, I am the ward choir director in my ward, and I was directly involved in much of the ward program. The ward choir sang two numbers, and both went beautifully! I always say that the performances are what make being the ward choir director totally worth it. There's just something so different---almost magical---about a performance, where everything just comes together liked you'd never expected or dreamed. It's just...beautiful. I was also able to accompany four wonderful girls singing "Away in a Manger." Their number went beautifully, and I was glad to be a part of it, as well as to be able to listen to the other numbers.
- The stake Christmas fireside was also wonderful! As the stake music co-chair, I had been jointly in charge of putting the whole thing together and trying to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. We had a few hitches and some other craziness that would take way too long to explain, but in the end, everything worked out, and my co-chair and I received many compliments on how everything had gone. My favorite part was conducting the Hallelujah chorus! For years, my family's stake has sung the Hallelujah chorus as the closing congregational number at their stake Christmas fireside, and I thought it might be fun to try it with my stake. So I did, and it actually went really well. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.
- From Monday to Wednesday, I spent most of my time immersed to my eyeballs in studying for finals. I just about died, but I made it through, and I already know (and am very happy with) the scores on three of my four finals. I'll have to wait quite a while for the fourth, but that's okay. I'm finally done! :) Only one more semester to go!
- From Wednesday afternoon to today, I've basically done nothing but have fun with my friends (especially my roommate Jill and my friend Toni) and enjoy the company of my family. It has been so wonderful on my frayed emotions and battered brain. I haven't had to think about school or callings or anything like that, and it's been incredible! And get this: I still have two weeks and two days left in my break! Ha! Absolute bliss!
So that's how things have been for me lately. For those of you who actually like reading my random prattling, I'll try to be more consistent from now on, especially over this break while I actually have time. :)