Arrival @ Destination Uno

After an eleven hour drive (with one stop at a hotel in New Jersey to sleep) we finally arrived at our first destination- Our grandparents place in Maryland. The drive was very long and tiring, especially in the3 backseat where I get very carsick, but we did have some interesting moments. Such as...

While driving through Massachusetts, (After about three hours of driving) my dad heard a funny little noise. Suddenly a grasshopper jumps out of nowhere and onto the dashboard, staring my mother in the face......while she's driving 75mph on the highway. Naturally, we go crazy, but my dad finally catches in and throws the grasshopper out the window. And that was all the excitement we had.

And now, a couple movie reviews from XanFan, on the two movies that we watched during the drive:
YEAH GO ME!!!!!!!!!..........ok
Night at The Mueseum:
Good movie and it's good because I like it. OK, but seriously, it's pretty awesome because evrything in the New York Museum of Natural History comes 2 life and the dude almost gets fired twice and then these dudes try 2 stael the thing that makes the museum come 2 life.SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! watch it.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
so its different from the book in a lot of ways but its still cool. so Mr. fox buys a tree nd his wife says he has 2 stop stealing birds but then 2 years later he starts staeling them again and then its the same as the book pretty much so ya bye seeya IM AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Cornet Crazie back here. I appologize for all of the awful grammar in the above. Like I said, that's not me typing. Off to the pool later, and D.C. tomorrow!)


Packing, Packing.......Laundry.

So tomorrow we leave on our trip. And today, I've spent the day doing *drumroll* laundry! Fun, fun! You know it's really not THAT bad. I'd much rather be doing laundry than say, cleaning. (shudders) But there's still A LOT to do before we leave, especially for me because I'm packing for two weeks instead of just the one. Why? 'Cause week-after-next I'm at PL again! (This summer is flying by waaaaay to fast. September first is looming just around the corner) But never fear, you don't have to go without me for two whole weeks, only the second one, because my mom is bringing her laptop on the trip. (Phew!) Wow, this is random. The laundry must be getting to me ;)


Trek Through the Garden

This morning my mom and I went down to have coffee with a neighbor down the street. She's hysterical, so we had some long laughs, creamy coffee, and good conversation. They also hove a lovely garden, and I was glad that I brought my camera! I have ten photos to share with you from the garden- If you could please comment and tell me what you think and which ones are you favorites. Honestly, I keep loving my camera more and more. (And I'm getting better and better too!)

Some stunning lilies...

The soft beauty of violets...

Always cute black eyed susans!

Baby still-green tomatoes. :) 

In a few months, this flower will be a pumpkin!

Marigolds- a must-have to keep out unwanted pests!

And my personal favorite:

We're off for an evening at the beach! (More pics for tomorrow perhaps?)


A Contest Entry

Hello everyone! Not much to report- just another lazy summer day! My mom and I rode our bikes down to the beach for a little while but it was REALLY hot so we came back pretty quickly :) Anyway.....

Hannah @ My Nutty Life is having a photography contest with the theme of Summer Fun! The grand prize is a blog makeover by Olive Tree, and I'd just love it if I was able to win and have a fall look on the way for September. (Please vote on the new poll!) Here's my picture:

This picture really sums up summer fun for me. First of all, it's water and that IS where I seem to spend a whole lot of my time during the summer. What can I say? I love the beach, I love the sting of the salt, I love waves crashing on me and the sand, I love splashing my friends (even if it means getting splashed back), boogie boarding and bodysurfing. But this picture, while it isn't calm water, it doesn't show roaring waves either. It's simply a ripple splashing on the shore. To me this is playful and free- just like summer. A time where you can kick back, relax, and just have some time to be yourself. There's no school, there's nothing to worry about, you can just let go. 
Go on.
Have some fun and be free.

So that's it for that! Did I tell you that my family is going on a trip next week? It's not much (and I'll have the laptop- yay!) but we're going to Maryland to see family, D.C. to see family and sight-see, Delaware to see family, Philadelphia to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, and finishing up the week with some time down in Cape May! (to see family) We're going to leave after XanFan's camp gets out on Friday and the worst part of it will be the first drive from here to Maryland- 12 hours. (or thereabouts) Ouch....


a day at the park

A few days before I left for band camp, me, XanFan, and my mom met up my my aunt and two little cousins, Sammy and Millie. I took some pictures, and so I thought that I might share the best ones with you.

We were just playing in the grass and on the swings at first, and these two cuties were full of energy!

Millie pointed out a seagull to me, so I snapped a few pics of him.

After playing in the big field for a while, we walked down the short distance to the rocky beach.

XanFan loves skipping rocks- and is very good at it too!

These last two pictures are definitely my favorites! This first one is a wave crashing up onto some rocks.

We had such a fun couple of hours! (I love getting to play with my cousins)

Finally I took this final picture of a ripple splashing on the shore. I just love it!

PS: check out my new profile pic!

A very long tag

Olive Tree, Elrania, Bella and Izori all tagged me with this long and *interesting* tag, so here goes!

When was the last time you saw someone attractive?

Where's your phone right now?
I'm pretty sure that it's still in my duffle bag.

Do you have any plans for the weekend?
Well, THIS weekend is almost over and next weekend I'll be traveling. 

Has someone ever made you a promise and broke it?
Who HASN'T had this happen? 

Last movie/DVD watched?
Toy Story 3 in theaters. It was really cute. 

Does anything hurt on your body?
Umm.....yeah. My FACE.

How are you?
I'm doing good! You? 

Are you excited for next year?
I think so, yeah. Yes. 

Is your room clean?
Define 'clean'. 

How many pillows do you sleep with?

What are you doing?
Is this a trick question? I think it should be pretty obvious.

I bet you miss somebody right now?
Yeah, I guess I do. 

What are you planning on doing after this?
Reading a book.....or two.

Have you ever read an entire book in one day?
Are you kidding? During the summer I read 1 novel+ per day! 

Who did you push last?

Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with?
Deep conversation? IDK.

Do you own any band t-shirts?
Yes. Well, do my concert band, jazz band, marching band, and all my other music related shirts count?

What does your hair look like right now?
Wet and straight. 

Has anyone ever told you that you were their best friend?
Hehe, yes.

Did you get hurt today?
No, but I fell in the shower yesterday and now have a huge vivid purple bruise on my leg.

When was the last time you felt upset?
Saturday, when band camp was over.

What are you looking forward to?
Doing some arranging and composing this week. 

Do you currently want something?
I would like some breakfast actually.

What was the last thing you had to drink?
Water. I know, boring. :)

Where are you?
In the office sitting at the desktop PC. :P

Do you like to walk in the rain?
You betcha! 

Do you like looking up at the stars?
When there's no dumb 'ole LIGHT POLLUTION I do.

Do you think you are a nice person?
In general yes, but of course I have many faults. 

Do you like swimming?
As long as the water isn't too cold. :)

Have you ever swam in the ocean?
My favorite place to swim! It's always great when there are really big waves too. 

Do you go to school?
Why yes. I'm going to be a freshman in the fall. 

Do you want to go to college?
Yep! Currently I would like to have a master's in musical education.

What do you want to be?
A band director, hence the above answer. 

Do you want kids?
Eventually. In like, a loooooooong time.

Do you like going to the beach?

Who is the last person you went to the mall with?
I think it was with my dad to get a present for my mom.

Have you ever had any x-rays?'
Twice. Once for my arm and once for my toe.

Who is the last person you yelled at?
Most likely my brother.

Who was the last to cook you food?
My mom.
Are you in a complicated relationship?

What did you do 2 nights ago?
I chilled at home and massaged my poor face.

Who was the last person you were on the phone with?
My mom.

Does a hug make you feel better?
It depends on who's hugging me. (That's Elrània's answer, and I think it's a very good one.)

How long ago did you hug someone?
A couple days ago.

Anything good happening tomorrow?
Going to the beach I think.

Have you kissed more than ten people this year?
What? No.

Do you have unlimited texting?
No, but I never text.

Will you keep your last name when you get married?
I believe so yes, or have it hyphenated.
You have to get a piercing, what do you get?
My ears are already pierced, and so I'd probably get a second ear piercing.

Will you be in a relationship in the next couple months?
No clue.

Did you have any unread text messages when you woke up today?
I haven't looked at my phone.

Do you want to see somebody right now?
Not at the moment. I'd rather grab breakfast.

Do you think two people can last forever?

When was the last time you had a late night phone call?
If you could move somewhere else, would you?
I love where I live, but there are a million places I would like to visit for a couple months....
Would you be able to date someone who doesn't make you laugh?
Absolutely not.

Has anyone ever sang to you?
Yes. On my birthday!

When was the last time you bit someone?
Ummm.......maybe when I was five.....

Is there someone who you can spend every minute with and be happy?
Most likely.
Last person to make you smile?
I really don't know.

How was last night?
Not bad at all!
If you're being extremely quiet, what does it mean?
I'm thinking. Or just spacing out.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
Many times during eighth grade, even though I never had a problem with my grades. 
Do you have trust issues?
It really depends on the person.
Was this a good weekend?
It was pretty good.

Were you happy when you woke up today?


and Melody.


Pain, Tornadoes, And Other (More Cheerful) Points of Interest

Hey everyone! I'm back! (Well, of course I am! I'm writing this post, aren't I?) I missed you guys so much over the past week and there were several moments when I really, really, wanted to post about something- but I didn't have a computer, :( , so I guess I just have to squeeze it all into one big post!

From the title, you may conclude that my week may not have been very good, but on the contrary, (aside from a few things) band camp was excellent! I'll start with the topic of the music.

I'd been working on my audition pieces for the concert band and jazz band since May, so even though I was nervous going into the audition, I was not a complete wreak or anything. Anyway, it went super well, and I ended up getting second chair in concert band and second chair in the top jazz band! (You might remember that it was my goal to get 1st or 2nd chair in both) I was soooo happy. That meant I would be playing the first part (in concert band) and if their were any solos/duets I would have a really good shot at them. There did end up being a duet in our second song in concert band that I got to play with another trumpeter from my school, and it went really well. All the songs were really fun to play in both jazz and concert band and it was awesome playing the top first parts in everything! (Although {and this is the pain part} everything was *super* high and so my face hurt SO bad!)

Now, that's the music summary, and here's a story:

It was Tuesday night and I could not sleep at all. Evidently, camp food was making me rather sick. I finally drifted off around 4am, but I missed all the rehearsals on Wednesday because I was still sick. (sadness) By the evening however, I was feeling reasonably OK, so I was able to accompany the rest of the camp to Funtown. (You probably remember this place from when my 8th grade band went) anyway, we got there at around 5:30 and started having fun! I couldn't eat anything or go on many rides, but I still was having a good time. It was a beautiful day! It was warm and there weren't many clouds; the only thing to make it better would have been if I was feeling better.

I was on the bumper cars with a bunch of other camp kids and the ride was about to start when the camp director whips out his iPhone, checks the Doppler radar and says "There's a tornado warning in {insert name that campus is in}."  (in my state, tornadoes are, like, terrible storms that never come near us.) Anyway, after hearing this news I'm a little edgy, and some of us go off for food. We're eating and drinking out sodas, and talking when the thunder begins. (As a side note- through this whole experience I am furiously texting my parents, because things are starting to get a little freaky...) At first it's just a little rumble here and there, a booming sound in the background. But after about twenty minutes or so, there's a little flash of lightning. Through texts, I've found out that there's a really big storm heading towards us; all red on the Doppler. Counselors are talking urgently on cell phones, while the rumbles and flashes become less random. Finally we all end up under a large tent covering one of the picnic areas. I'm looking out over the parking lot were the clouds are boiling in the sky- black and as ominous as death. I try to breathe deeply and relax but it's impossible with the given climate. There are several tornadoes that have touched down. One went really close to campus, so they had to close it down. And the scariest of all- There are tornadoes coming towards us. Everything is getting so intense and scary, I just want to be at home, or at least back in my dorm room, but we're not even on the buses yet! The mega storm is about to strike when a Funtown employee comes barreling around a conner screaming "CODE BLACK! CODE BLACK! EVACUATE FUNTOWN! THERE ARE TORNADOES; GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF HERE!!!!" It was pretty crazy. We ran like crazy to the buses and as soon as we got in it was upon us. The rain came down so hard it was like we were at the bottom of a lake. The thunder was constantly there, and the lightning continuous. I was so afraid that a tornado was going to come out of nowhere and run us all over. I prayed so hard, and somehow, amazingly, it narrowly missed us, and the storm passed over. We drove back and stayed in safe place until we could go up to our dorm rooms. We didn't have power, but that didn't matter. We were safe.

And that, my friends, was my extremely frightening Wednesday evening. 

Tomorrow I've got a long tag from Izori, Olive Tree, Elrania, and Bella and sometime this coming week I do have a post that I'd like to do on a couple cool reflections I had this past week. have a wonderful evening!


It's over and the winner is......

Wow!!! Before I announce the winners of this contest, I'd like to thank ALL 10 bloggers who entered. My family had SO much fun reading your stories and arguing over scores. Winners please remember, your stories will be featured on Anecdote within a few weeks- so if you were a winner but your story didn't have a title- PLEASE come up with one to make things easier. So, without further ado, the WINNERS of Treble Clef's 100 Follower Celebratory Writing Contest!

In third place, with 359 out of 400 points.....


and her story about the bear attack!

Congrats! You win this award:

In second place, with 367 out of 400 points...


With her take on the classic Snow White!

You receive this award and a makeover be Amanda. I'll post the link on your blog 'cause the only place I have it is on my other account and, well, I forgot to copy it. :)

And finally. In first place....

With a whopping 390 out of 400,


With her riveting short story: If Tomorrow Never Came.

Izori, you have won a custom makeover by Awel Prince! Just click HERE and tell her that you won the contest and she'll figure out your *new* blog look. You also get this award:

Thanks again to EVERYONE who entered. It ended up being a very close contest- and I'm sure glad that I had three other judges to help make a decision, because I would have had a hard time doing it by myself!

Anyway, I'm off to band camp tomorrow for this next week and so I'll see y'all next Saturday!


It is midnight......This contest is officially ENDED. Thanks for all the participation- it's going to be very very close! Results will be posted on Sunday morning.


Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!

OK, everyone. This is going to be a short post, I'm just letting you know that:

There are less than 24 hours left before the end of the contest, tonight at midnight.

Swirly Girl

You have expressed interest in this contest- but I have no entries! This is a final reminder to get them in before tonight's deadline.


Band Camp- One Week Of Heaven

With the posts these next few days centered around the end of the contest and winners, I realized that I probably wouldn't be able to do a post about band camp before I left! So, well, this is it. Band camp starts on Sunday and this also means that I'll be saying goodbye to you all for another week. (*sob*) Other than that, band camp is like one week of heaven- for the most obsessive band geeks. Why is it heaven? Just look at the daily schedule for Monday-Friday!

                        7:00-7:40                       Breakfast
                        7:50-8:00                       SMJMA meeting (band room)
                        8:00-9:20                       Concert Band
                        9:30-10:25                     Sectionals 
                        10:40-11:40                   Jazz Bands/Small Ensembles
                        11:40-12:30                   Lunch break 
                        12:30-1:15                     Non-musical activity (A-H) 
                        12:30-1:25                     Chorus (I-Z)  
                        1:35-2:20                       Non-musical activity (I-Z)
                        1:35-2:30                       Chorus (A-H) 
                        2:40-3:55                       Concert Band 
                        4:00-5:00                       Jazz Fundamentals/Small Ensembles
                        5:00-5:50                       Dinner Break
                        6:00-6:50                       Jazz Band winds/percussion small ensemble
                                                            Choral ensembles/other special ensembles
                        7:15-8:30                       Evening concert or activity
            9:00                              On the floor
                        9:15                              In the room
                        9:30                              Lights out!

Just awesome. On Sunday of course, we do less since check-in is between 12 and 2 and we have to do auditions and get music and all that jazz but still. The above schedule for 5 whole days??? Awesome. I've been working on my audition pieces for soooo long and they sound really good; I want to make first trumpet in bother concert and jazz band so that's why I've been working so hard :) Anyway, that's where I'll be next week.



Handwritten (a tag)

Well THIS is certainly a fun tag! (and the best part is that it's handwritten!) Thanks for tagging me Eldarwen!!!

Write down the following, snap a picture (or scan the document), post it, and tag others.
Name/Blog Name
Right handed, left handed or both
Favorite letters to write
Least favorite letters to write
Write: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Favorite song lyrics
Tag 7 people
Any special note or drawing 

Here goes!

I hope you enjoyed that! I quite like my handwriting actually :) Feel free to do the tag if you wish!

(As a random side note, my lawn is orange. Yes, orange. It dried up really badly during the heat wave, and now the rain is saturating it, turning what was once a lush green lawn into a bunch of orange grass. Gross.)


Entry for Inspiration

Hello everybody! I have finally taken my photos for the Inspiration contest over at (of) Horsefeathers!

But first, did I mention that XanFan got a Nerf gun for his birthday? No? Well, he did, and now the whole house looks like this:

Now for the contest photos:

Music is my first inspiration. There are so many types, a song for every mood, that I can never stop from being inspired by it. This picture shows the music for me with my trumpet, mutes, scattered sheet music, and baton. I like the way that the music is spread out, it makes this orderly picture seem just a tad disorganized.

And my second entry: The simple things in life. The simplest things can have the biggest impact. A colored pencil, a silver ring, blue marbles and a bandanna may seem very ordinary, but in all their simplicity, they are beautiful. 


Contest Notes

Happy Monday! Mondays are much more pleasant during the summer- or so I find :) Anyway, just so y'all don't forget that you've entered, or wanted to enter or anything like that, here's just a quick update on the contest:

I have actual stories from:
Elizabeth Rose

I have follows, buttons and posts from:
Swirly Girl
Elizabeth Rose

I have wishes to enter but nothing else from: 
Dog Trainer In Training

If you are under the second or third category, please remember that you have until Friday at midnight to get your entries in! :)