Archive for April, 2010

lock of the century

So.  Pretty significant life changes occurred this past week:

1) Passed my MT-BC exam (see below).

2) Accepted a job in Houston!!  I’ll be working with The Music Therapy Center of Houston doing individual and group music therapy sessions.  Very excited and ready to start 🙂 but still need to figure out details… AKA living arrangements, etc.  You know, little things like that. 🙂

3) Arguably, most significantly… I GOT ENGAGED!!!!

I wrote the story of our engagement up for our wedding memory book (trying to be on the ball about this!), so I’m just going to be lazy and copy/paste it:

For most of the day of the proposal, I had a feeling that Paul was going to propose that day.  I went out to lunch with Natalie and my nails done with Mari, while Paul, who I thought was going to lunch with Blake, went to talk to my parents and ask their blessing.  By the time that we left for dinner, I had all but convinced myself that Paul would not be proposing that day.  On the way to the Salt Lick, Paul informed me that there were two “surprise” people waiting at the Salt Lick – and I was so happy to see my friend John and his wife Tory had come down from Fort Worth!  Dinner at the Salt Lick was delicious as usual and made even better by the company of wonderful friends.  At the end of dinner, Blake left early, saying that he needed to return to campus to deliver some documents for work.  Little did I know that what Blake was doing was checking to make sure the South Mall was clear for what was happening next…

On the way from Salt Lick to the Draught House, Paul received a phone call from Blake saying that he had run out of gas on campus, and we headed over to campus to “rescue” Blake.  While waiting for Blake to finish working (or so I thought), Paul suggested that we go for a walk around campus like we did one night before we started dating.  We took pictures of each other in front of the Tower, then walked up to the top of the steps.  Paul told me that he missed being on campus because it was where we met and fell in love.  He then said “It’s also the place where I realized I was going to do this”, told me that he loved me, and got down on one knee.  My head started spinning… I remember covering my face with my hands and saying “Oh my god, oh my god” over and over.   He asked me to marry him and I said yes!!  It was after I said yes that I learned that Erin had been watching the whole thing from across the South Mall.  We also met a couple who was celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary that day and had seen Paul propose.  It was truly, truly a magical moment 🙂

So there you go!  It was incredible.  Absolutely incredible.  Here’s a “historical re-enactment” of the proposal (not the actual moment, which we don’t have a picture of):

Cuteness.  I am the luckiest girl on earth. 🙂  By the way, the title of this blog refers to something my friend told Paul when he couldn’t be there on Saturday at the Draught House to celebrate with us – “don’t worry, dude, this is the lock of the century”.  It was.  I’ve never felt so surrounded in the love of others.  I’m sure you’ll hear much about the wedding process as we continue on this journey, but for now I’m just getting over the shock and staring at that ring.  A lot.  I’m like a frickin’ raccoon 🙂  Okay, I’m out!


April 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm 1 comment


Well, sorry about this, guys and gals.  It’s been fully six weeks(at least… it’s early and my brain is fuzzy) since my last entry.  There’s been a lot of reasons for my lack of post-age, mainly that I was finishing up my internship (DONE YA’LL!! feels good!!).  Also, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to figure out my life direction (jobs, where I’ll be living, etc.)  and can’t really talk about a lot of that in this medium.  But here I am now, and soon I’ll have some answers for myself and the reading world.  Until then, let me share with you my most recent development…

I PASSED MY BOARD CERTIFICATION EXAM!!  (MT-BC = “Music Therapist-Board Certified”)

What an experience that was.  I took two practice tests in preparation for this exam, and neither of them were anywhere near as difficult as the real thing.  (that’s a warning to music therapy students out there…)   Three hours is, for someone who moves around frequently as part of their work, an incredibly long time to sit and focus on one thing, particularly if that thing requires your undivided concentration.  That being said, I actually performed better on the real thing than I did on the practice tests, so I guess even though my brain was mush at the end, it worked out okay.  And man, let me tell you… staring at that piece of paper with my results on it was one of the coolest intrapersonal moments I’ve had in a while.  It was a culmination of everything I’ve done in the five-ish years since I decided this was the career path I wanted.  All the hours I spent on assignments, the hours I spent planning sessions in practicum and internship so they would go well, the two wonderful years in Denton and the six fabulous months I spent in Cali… all leading up to this moment.

This is truly a dream realized for me.  It’s lame and cheesy I know, but it’s true.  Looking at that paper that says “Congratulations, you passed the board certification exam” on it, I realized that after all this time, I’m here.  I’ve arrived.  And like any good bright-eyed, bushy-tailed beginning MT, I’m sooo ready to take over the world. 🙂

April 21, 2010 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

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