Sunday, July 20, 2014

Homemade Raspberry Pie // Hopes and Dreams

I'll be graduating next spring so I've been thinking a lot about my future. The main careers that I've tossed up are teaching and being a children's librarian. The latter intrigues me most.

As a teacher, I'd have to create lesson plans, correct homework, and figure out how to deal with problem kids outside of teaching hours. I've also heard that most primary school teachers hate their job for the first three years. My overall hope is to eventually be a stay-at-home mom, so I'm not really looking for a life-long career.

However, as a librarian I could possibly have more flexibility. I would still be with kids, which I love, but I wouldn't be managing a classroom. I could help with story-readings and puppet shows and other activities. In addition, I am passionate about literature, and I'd love to encourage kids to read more well-written classics. I'd also like to continue my other hobbies: sewing, photography, and especially acting. 

My current plan is to take a gap year after I graduate, get some experience and a better idea of what I want to do, and then continue on into college after that. I won't be able to audition for a summer show next year, but I'm hoping to go to a theater camp so I can get some real training. During my time off, I can shadow teachers and librarians, get work experience, and maybe even do some stuff I've always wanted to do! Who knows?

I know my dreams are a bit idyllic, but hey, why not hope for the very best as long as I realize they probably won't happen the way I plan?

Don't judge, pie and dreams always go together.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof

Well, rehearsals are finally over and we're now off on our performances as of Wednesday night! Opening Night went quite well, and I expect tonight's to be just as good, if not better. I took some photos backstage and my mom took photos at the last dress rehearsal.

I'm having so much fun with it, and I've made some friends, too!

The adorable little girls in our cast: Lexine plays Bielke and Isabel plays the young fiddler.

Pretty Morgan is Shprintze!

Me and Lexi as women of Anatevka.

Megan is a woman of Anatevka, Victoria is the fiddler, and Grayson is a boy of Anatevka.

Victoria is the same age as me, so we hang out together during shows and rehearsals, and Grayson is her brother. They were both part of Sound of Music last summer, so I already kind of knew them!

Here are some photos from the show itself: 

 "Tradition!" (I'm always in red)

Sabbath Prayer

The Dream (definitely one of my favorites!)

Me saying my one line! 

The wedding! I'm holding Tzeitel. ;)

I'm not in many other scenes, but I don't care, it's so much fun just to be a part of this show! The actors are all so good and it's so cool to watch them! 

Well, hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse into my life! Until next time. :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Plans...

Well, well, well, looky here, another month has passed...
O well, what canya' do!
A lake that we hiked to a few weeks ago
Sooo, my summer began about three weeks ago, but I've made some plan/resolution-ish things that I thought I'd share. ;)

read the Bible every day
work out at least three times a week
finish Les Miserables
take the Sociology CLEP test
make the doll outfit that I designed
get comfortable with talking to older young people

Okay, I realize that I must explain the last one. I'm currently part of the women's ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof (which is totally awesome!!!) and the majority of the cast is college students from about 19-24 or so. I have no problem talking to people younger than me, that's simple, but I never know what to say to those slightly older than myself. To make matters worse, they all know each other (pretty much) and are in two other shows together at the same time (the company puts on three during the summer).

 Anyway, this is all to say that I generally spend my time at rehearsals with the children (there is one girl my age, but she's not always there) or standing around awkwardly while everyone else chats. Therefore, I have decided to just start talking to people. It can be quite difficult 'cause they all have stuff in common that I do not, so I really can't say much. However, I started yesterday by just sitting near them and joining in when I could. Yes, it was a little weird, but it was fun too! 

I've started on all the others as well, excepting finishing Les Mis, because my brother got me hooked on the Little Britches series so I'm currently reading those. 

This goat came up and watched us for a while on our way up!
I think most of these are going pretty well:

I read the Bible three days in a row last week, but stuff happened and I got off of it. Hopefully I can get back into it!
I worked out two times last week and once the week before, so that's good.
I've only studied three times for the test, which isn't so good. Tsk tsk.
I started on the prototype for the doll outfit (yay!).
And, as I said above, I started talking to the older young people!

So, all in all, my summer is going very well! I've also sewn a ton for my shop, taken lots of doll pictures, and have spent lots of time with my family!! 

There's nothing better than a sandwich after a long hike!
Hope your summer's going super well!