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After a long two weeks of teaching young kids music at camp, I’m left both heart-broken and relieved. Heart broken because of the connection you make with everyone, the music you rehearse, the time you spend with the other workers, the games you play…It’s hard to believe it was two weeks long because it felt like less than two days. There’s nothing to do other than smile and sigh and wait for next year :). Yet I’m relieved I will have time to lay down for a bit. It’s strange where these kids get all their energy from… Well, currently I’ve been listening to a lot of Regina Spektor. Her beautiful voice, and wonderful lyrics have been stuck in my head for days. One that I currently can’t stop singing at the top of my lungs is Samson. My favorite part — “And the history books forgot about us, and the bible didn’t mention us, the bible didn’t mention us..not even once … Oh I cut his hair myself one night, a pair of dull scissors in the yellow light, he told me that I had done alright and kissed me till the morning light!”

You are my sweetest downfall,

—joy

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Besides pulling out my toothbrush, argon oil, and leave-in conditioner, I have done absolutely no unpacking. Usually, I’m surprisingly good at opening up my suitcase the second I get home and putting my things back in their rightful place, but this time around I’ve been a bit busy catching up with family and friends. Today has been a bit lazy. We have guests over (they are currently downstairs) and I spent my morning making summer food (barbeque, eggplant salad, and roasted mint potatoes) and hiding in my room blasting one of my favorite iPod playlists. One artist that I’ve been listening to a lot more recently is Regina Spektor. I wasn’t really a fan beforehand, but after giving some of her songs a thorough listen, I changed my mind. The lyrics are as genuine as it gets.

Always one foot on the ground,

—joy

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The past few days have been a lot more relaxing than usual with school not completely over yet, but I haevn’t been complaining. The city of Chicago is a bit crazier due to NATO, but it’s not as crazy as people put it out to be. To help with the relaxing, I’ve been spending a lot of nights listening to some soothing music. Lily Allen’s Who’d Have Known is currently on the top of my list. Her unique lyrics, English accent, and calm beet are enough to keep me mesmerized each time I hit the replay button (let’s just say, I wanna lay in bed all day).

I no longer feel alone,

—joy

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Last Saturday, on the 12th, I attended The Party with Marino Formenti and Ensemble dal Niente. The theme of the conert was that it wasn’t a party with music, it was a party for the music, and that’s exactly how it felt. We were able to sit, lay, and lounge wherever we liked as we enjoyed some of the most interesting contemporary music by both world renowned composers and rising Chicago stars. Unlike most concerts, guests were able to talk, drink, eat, and sit together during breaks between the pieces of music making the atmosphere a lot less “concert formal” and a lot more “mingle-worthy”. Never had I been to a concert were I was able to speak and eat with the composers, musicians, and other guests during the event. The Party lasted a bit over 6 hours, but did not drag. Instead of drearily sitting for what usually feels live forever, the average piece lasted about 10 minutes, and there was a break following in which attendees could eat artistic, delectable food inspired by the music and created by Nick Jirasek (the sweet espresso was my personal favorite). And seeing as I’ve acquainted and befriended many guests attending (all people I thought I would never get the chance to shake hands with), I’m glad I was able to attend this experience.

—joy

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As you may already know, I lot of my time is spent listening to music–either an individual song on replay, one of my favorite playlists, or discovering new things on Pandora. During the past few days I’ve made a small album of different versions of the song “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” The classic by Elvis Presley is sure to melt any heart because the words and feel is unbelievable. . Though every version is impeccable (haven’t found one I don’t love yet) my favorites would have to be the original and the covers by Ingrid Michaelson, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, and Buble. Oh, and yes, I’ve already acknowledged that I couldn’t help falling in love with anyone who sings me this song.

Some things are meant to be,

—joy

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{First signs of florals near my home}

It’s so nice that it’s finally Friday. This week felt as if it has dragged on and on for a lot more than just 5  days. In just a few hours I’ll be at home, my feet on the table, playing Mass Effect 3 and not a care in the world. Hopefully the week I have off feels just as long as this one has. I’ve got plans for a few lunches and brunches here and there, a bit of shopping on Michigan Ave, a stroll on the beach, and a few concerts to attend. This holiday is just what I need to prepare for the stress of April-May. I thought I’ve captured a few things that bring me joy and share them with you. Happy weekend!

—joy

{Enjoying one of my favorite books, hot coco, and music at Panera}

{A pair of leather gloves I’m rather fond of: Ralph Lauren}

{Homemade, bite-sized fruit tarts}

{Current etude in progress: Anderson Op15 #3}

{One of the most incredible, thoughtful Christmas presents I’ve ever received}

{Dog and his long hours of bird watching}

{An adorable tea set}

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{A rather worn-out fence near my house}

Though my morning didn’t start out as well as it could have, the rest of the day is slowly getting better. I had time for sweet breakfast, practiced a lot of flute, and had lunch with a few close friends. Hopefully a good night’s sleep, long hot shower, and fresh cookies changes my feeling of being both trapped and fenced off from the things I love. How do you combat worries?

—joy

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