Summer '09 in progress...

Hey all,

Just thought I'd do a quick inventory on my life, since it's changed a lot since summer began. I guess the first and biggest change so far is that I've started playing percussion with The Post Script, a great band in Indy that combines jam band, 90's acoustic pop, and blues influences for a sound that's just a joy to be a part of. Most of my nights are taken up now by playing music, and I love it. I never thought playing congas, shakers, and tambourines could be so much fun, but what I'm finding is that, regardless of the instrument you're playing, good music is fun to play.

Also this week, I visited IUPUI twice; once to walk around and check out the school for myself earlier in the week, and again today for orientation. I think I'm in for spending a lot of time being completely lost. The campus is HUGE. Going from a school with 4,000 kids and a campus that only spans a couple of city blocks to a school of over 30,000 that takes up acres of land is quite the change for me. I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually, but it seems crazy right now.

The other big change going to IUPUI is that I have to start taking classes that involve "real" work. My schedule will include English, Math, Economics, Psychology, and more. It's weird when you spend two years taking classes like Harmony, Ear Training, and Arranging to go to taking classes that delve into broader topics. I'm looking forward to it though.

Also, I just got a job at Old Navy today. It's not what I'd consider my 100% ideal job, but at the same time, it's absolutely something I'm extremely grateful for, because I really need the money, not to mention awesome discounts at Gap and Banana Republic. It seems like the people I'll be working with are really cool, and I'm really happy to have the opportunity. In case you weren't in the know, I had a job at a butcher shop lined up for the summer, but it turned out I actually wasn't needed in the position, so I was stuck at the beginning of summer fully believing that the only income I'd be getting would be $20 occasionally whenever the lawn needed to be mowed; this is taking a big weight off my shoulders.

I have to be honest, I haven't been sticking with the P90x routine I was all psyched about. I've been having a lot of difficulty finding time to really devote to it. I'm still trying to decide whether I need to reevaluate my efforts and step up my game, or if I need to look for a different routine to be doing that takes up less of my time. Either way, I'm still committed to staying in shape. I don't have genes that are helping me out in this area, so I still need to make a very conscious effort to stay healthy and fit.

So for the most part, my life is going very , very well. I'm starting to feel settled, like I can turn on cruise control in a couple weeks, and things will be going smoothly. I can't wait to see how IUPUI treats me, and I'm ready for anything.

That's all for now,