Thursday, September 29, 2011

success


I got a job (finally)! I'm the new office assistant in TWU's College of Arts & Sciences! I think it will work out great because it is only about 11 hours per week, the people are very nice, I can walk between work and class, and they even told me I could do homework if I wasn't answering phones, etc. Plus I'll still get weekends and holidays off... woohoo!


In other news, I saved a turtle today! Well, I suppose I'm not certain that he would've died without me, but he was crossing the huge, busy TWU parking lot. So I moved him into the grass that he may have been headed for... hope he didn't turn around and go right back to the pavement!


I've been learning some pretty awesome skills in my modern and improvisation classes. Usually by this time in a semester I'm needing a day off or something... but I am still loving going to my technique classes. Ok, so one or two of the theory classes can still be intimidating and overwhelming, but it's all (still) worth it!

This weekend Austin's mom, brother, and brother's girlfriend are all coming to visit! (Aust's birthday is October 5th.) I'm excited to have visitors, but wondering when I'll do all of my homework since I usually do it all on the weekend... maybe I should go do some now...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ruche

I'm loving the fashion company Ruche. I've never ordered anything from them before but I could definitely see this happening in the future...
The only bad part about being in grad school for dance is not getting to wear "normal" clothes very often.
Weekends and the occasional evening will have to suffice!

News from grad school:
I'm super excited for the upcoming TX Dance Improvisation Festival!
I've learned more in the past 4 1/2 weeks than I ever imagined I would!
I love my technique classes so much I'm probably going to take 2 modern classes or 2 ballet classes next semester... however the schedule works out!
The schedule is terrible. It will be worth it. These 3 years are going to fly by!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

inspiration...

oh how i love the screen shot function.
sign up for real simple's quote of the day here.

Friday, September 23, 2011

hello fall

the mornings have been lovely here in Texas, though it is still too warm in the afternoons to feel like fall. please cool down, weather! I am ready to put on sweaters, eat pumpkin pie, carve a pumpkin for halloween, and see the leaves change. and where is my october issue of martha stewart living!? I hope it comes today :)


Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm ready...

for winter!
Ok, so it is still in the 80s on average here in Texas, but I would be perfectly happy if it snowed tomorrow. November and December are probably my favorite months of the year. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas (and my birthday is Nov 1st!) and I love the general feeling of warmth and contentedness that comes with the season :) Bring it on!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

yum yum

Just FYI, this is delicious:
I bought it at a neat local grocery store, cupboard natural foods, in Denton!
They also sell this that I love so much:
Mmmmm!

Friday, September 16, 2011

belated

Back in the midst of a huge change (packing & moving to Texas) Austin and I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary. I can't believe it has already been 3 years, and at the same time, I feel like we've been together forever (over 7 years). In the 3 years of marriage we've done a lot and learned a lot. Can't wait to see what is in store for us...

Our wedding on August 8, 2008
Our honeymoon in Athens, Greece
Our honeymoon continued in Santorini, Greece
We adopted Ponce (de Leon) in December of 2008
Leslie graduated college in May 2009
Visiting Estes Park, Colorado for our 1st anniversary
Austin cooks, Leslie bakes
Our 2nd Christmas together (with a complete family) in 2009
We've enjoyed many snow days together
Our first home in Edmond, Oklahoma (I still miss it sometimes!)
We played ball with Ponce MANY times in this field
We celebrated many birthdays together
And many holidays together (including Thanksgiving!)
We have visited families many times (shoveling snow at my parent's at Christmas)
Traveled to Estes Park, Colorado (yes we love that place) with my family July 2010
Austin graduated college May 2011
Traveled to the Turks & Caicos with my family May 2011
Moved to Texas August 2011
Most recent picture of the both of us: Sept 11, 2011 at the botanical gardens with the Kings
It's going to be a good year #4
:)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

very interesting

I jointed Pinterest recently.
Love it. Very cool, fun, and easy-to-use.
Try it!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

overwhelmed

Wow.
Lately I have been absolutely overwhelmed. It may not seem like it from some of my blog posts, but I try to remain positive and upbeat when blogging :) It has been a difficult transition from being a full-time working adult making an acceptable amount of money and doing things I enjoy... to going back to school where homework (lots of it) and deadlines and exams exist. And where I currently have no income. I just have to keep in mind- this will bring me to a place in my life where I want to be MORE than where I was before I went to grad school! I do enjoy being in my classes and I have already learned a TON of stuff in 2 1/2 weeks... but sacrificing my 'free time' to homework is tough. Sometimes I don't want to read 5 different articles about finding and labeling a creative process. I'd much rather take Ponce on a walk, update my blog, and bake something. Does this mean I'm not supposed to be in grad school? I don't think so. It is just a change. A HUGE change. I'm still adjusting.

So anyway, I wanted to share a cool, completely irrelevant to anything painting I used for a recent assignment in my research methods class.
(My research professor would frown upon our measly blogger citations!)

Artwork by Angela Leopold.

I just finished one assignment that is due tomorrow.
You can check out what I was investigating here.
I've decided to get up early to do my other assignment for tomorrow... I'm too tired to write anything profound or read without falling asleep.

Good night!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

listen to this


Beautiful music, and it is simply her recording herself improvising and layering it over and over and over again. Amazing! I wish I played cello... but I do want to go pick up my violin now...

Side note: Happy birthday to my brother, Aaron, today!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

labor day weekend

My parents came to visit me, Austin, Ponce, Dan & Zoe!

Our weekend consisted of
dinner and show at Medieval Times
a game of canasta (girls won)
dog-walking new areas of the neighborhood
tv antenna installation (we weren't getting any channels... now we get 30)
putting together of the backyard swing mom & dad got us
visit to sprouts farmer's market (favorite yogurt was on sale, I stocked up)
delicious fall dessert making (recipe below) from this awesome cookbook:
And this weekend we said goodbye to the heat and hello 70s and 80s!!!
Let's hope it stays this way into fall.

While I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday I picked up this:
Full of fun ideas! Too bad I might have class until 8pm on Halloween :(

With my mom and dad before they had to head home to Oklahoma.
Thanks for visiting!
Now, you may want to try this yummy fall dessert from the cookbook above (which also has the chock-full chocolate chip cookie recipe).

pumpkin chocolate chip cake with cream cheese frosting
Sift together:
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
In separate bowl, with an electric mixer, blend:
1 C canned pumpkin
1 C sugar
1/2 C canola or corn oil
2 large eggs (one at a time)
Add flour mixture to this.
Add 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Pour into a 9x9 baking pan with buttered parchment paper.
Bake for about 40 minutes at 325 degrees.
Frosting:
Using an electric mixer blend:
1 stick unsalted butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 C powdered sugar
Let cake cool completely on a serving plate before adding frosting.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

amalgamation

Scare you?! That's my Zoe, yawning :)

Well I have nearly completed my first week of grad school. It's going great!
Tomorrow I have modern for the third time this week and a meeting about performance/choreography. I enjoy every class, and I'm not lying!
My class schedule consists of:
modern technique
ballet technique
performance class
artistic process
research methods for dance
workshop: improvisation
All of my professors are great and I can see there are going to be many opportunities each semester for learning, performing, and dance making! I also love the facility:
4 large studios, 2 small studios
soma fitness center
mac computer lab
video editing lab
lounge room/locker rooms
Plus the university has a nice library, performance space, and brand new fitness center. Ya... it is awesome! My only problem so far is that I have been too darn introverted. I always tell myself I'm going to be outgoing to make tons of friends and connections, but I guess it is just my personality to be reserved at first. I'm going to try to change that though!

Other than that... happy September! Can't believe it... still feels too hot to be September :) The pets all adapted quickly to the new house. Ponce is tearing around the house as I type. Austin has been working his butt off at work, yard work, and car maintenance. I (in addition to school) have been swimming twice, got the house in order, scoped out all the local grocery stores, and made some delicious super chocolate chip cookies today!
And some fun September facts:
classical music month - go put on some wieniawski
self improvement month - go eat some spinach and get on the treadmill
sept 6th read a book day - I suggest "the creative habit"
sept 9th teddy bear day - I'll probably get a new one for Ponce
sept 10th - my brother's birthday!
sept 11th - take a moment to remember 10 years ago
sept 11th grandparent's day - give them a call or some candy!
sept 21st national peace day - is it me or does this seem hard to celebrate with the way our world is right now?
sept 22nd elephant appreciation day - my hubby will love this
sept 23rd FALL EQUINOX - yep, it will probably be 90 degrees here

Enjoy your labor day weekend- my parents are coming to visit!

recipe for chock-full chocolate chip cookies:
Sift together:
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
In separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 C packed light brown sugar
6 tbsp granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
On low speed add flour mixture.
Mix in 24 ounces (I only used 12) semi sweet chocolate chips.
Drop large spoonfuls onto baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
Bake one sheet at a time at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes each.
Cool completely before eating (they will flatten slightly).
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