Life Stuff

MT-SK-1

This Christmas, I was really lucky and received the MT-SK-1 from Boone. You may ask “what’s that?” because it has not yet been released to the public. But it’s the Music Therapy Survival Kit-1. Everything a growing music therapist needs to survive the rigors of internship.

In this kit is a brand new pair of tennis shoes since I’ll be on my feet all day long walking around the hospital. My kit also came with Hershey’s chocolate for those days that chocolate is a necessity. Which, who are we kidding, is every day. Ibuprofen for headaches and backaches. And Kleenex that fit into my scrub pockets for happy or sad tears.

You’ll also see that it came with playing cards. These playing cards have a dual purpose. First, playing cards for self-care. Each card is also worth a special favor from Boone. I can turn in a card and receive whatever the card says. For example, if I give him a “6”, I get sushi! Or if I hand in the “Queen of Chocolate” Boone has to find me wherever I am and give me chocolate–that’s my favorite card.

I think I’m a pretty lucky gal. And definitely ready to start internship! One week from tomorrow!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays and that you got everything you wanted and deserved!

Until next time, fellow BFs.

Life Stuff

Life Updates: Why I’m Still a Student

I love the Timehop app. It takes me back. Today, my Timehop reminded me that two years ago, Boone and I said goodbye to Knoxville and hello to Iowa! Sometimes I think “Wow! Has it really been two years?!” and then other times I think “Wow, it’s only been two years?!” Moving away from everything we knew was difficult. But let’s face it, people do it every single day, so we knew we would make it. And we did! We made it and, dare I say, enjoy it? Iowa has become our home over the past two years. We made a life here, we settled into a routine here, we made friends, gained new family members we never knew we had. It’s been great! And when we moved from Knoxville we thought “Okay, it’s only for two years…” Well, obviously that two years has come and gone and you all know we’re not moving back quite yet. Let me tell you why.

Technically, my program is a 2-year program with an additional 6-month internship tacked on after for a total of 2.5 years. (You’re welcome, people who aren’t good at math.) Two years have come and gone and I have completed most of my master’s degree. Now, hang on to your hats because it’s about to get confusing. Because I didn’t have an undergraduate degree in music therapy, I had some additional courses that I had to take (which all students without an undergraduate degree in music therapy have to take when getting their master’s). Unfortunately, those additional courses didn’t line up well with my professor’s schedule which caused me to miss a seminar course in the fall semester of my first year that only she teaches. Then, in the spring, she went on sabbatical and didn’t teach the seminar, obviously, because she was on sabbatical. Well, for my degree, I need to take three of those seminar courses. If you’re still doing math (good for you), you’ll see that I only had two semesters left to take three seminar courses and that doesn’t add up. The (incredibly) long story short is, I still have one seminar class to take this coming fall semester. At first, I was really upset when I found out because, believe it or not, I’m ready to not be a student. But as time went on, it made me realize that I would have more time to work on my Capstone project (the big finale project that is similar to a thesis or recital) and more time to study for comprehensive exams so I think it all worked out in the end. I’ll finish up my coursework this semester and in January of 2016, I’ll start my 6-month internship at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. A year from now, I’ll be completely finished with my degree (knock on wood) and will be a real life adult who goes to work and doesn’t have to study for anymore tests (knock on wood) except maybe the Board Certification Exam if I haven’t already taken that.

Now…ask me if I’m ready to go back to school and see my eyes roll back into my head.

Until next time, fellow BFs!

Life Stuff

I am a Master

I mean, technically. How weird is that? Remember that one time that I posted how worried I was about passing the entrance exams? And then I passed them all? Remember that one time that I went to my first day of graduate school? Remember that other time that I wrote about how surprised I was that grad school was going by so quickly?

Well, guess what? I’m freakin’ DONE. With my first master’s degree that is…I’m prolonging the inevitable again and am continuing my education. That can’t be a bad thing, right? So in the meantime, Boone and I have been doing something we never get to do…

RELAXING.

Dictionary definition: re·lax

v. re·laxed, re·lax·ing, re·lax·es
v.tr.

1. To make lax or loose: relax one’s grip.
2. To make less severe or strict: relax a curfew.
3. To reduce in intensity; slacken: relax one’s efforts.
4. To relieve from tension or strain: The warm bath relaxed me.
v.intr.

1. To take one’s ease; rest.
2. To become lax or loose.
3. To become less severe or strict.
4. To become less restrained or tense.
Solstice definition:
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She’s still trying to get the hang of this whole “relaxing” thing…

It’s crazy to think that in one month, we will be leaving Knoxville and starting a new chapter of our life! Our lease ends on June 11th so we have to be out of our apartment by then for sure. And then what? There’s no telling! But I can tell you one thing…you’ll know about it! Cause you are my favoritetest BFs ever. In the meantime, I prefer that you refer to me as Master Guthe.

jk…jk…don’t do that.

Until next time, fellow BFs.