“It’s like listening to everything from underwater and seeing all the colors and all the life.”

So this is the first time that my mom had come with us. Cuz I've gone twice before and on the last time my brother came with me, but today it was all three of us. And there was a flute, a viola, and a harp trio. And it was really fun. Like, in these concerts, they usually play a mix of, um, classical music and modern music. Like, stuff by contemporary, alive composers. So the big piece, the piece that I really like, was called Submerged. Um, it was by this -- Let's see. I have the, I have the flyer here. So it's called Submerged by Miguel del Ag- -- Miguel del Aguila. I should know how to pronounce that. I don't know why --Anyway, so it starts off like this dance music. And then there's this chord change. And it's li- -- the way that the musicians introduced it is that it's like falling into a body of water. And then from there the harp takes on a solo, and so it's like listening to everything from underwater and seeing all the colors and all the life. And then the flute and the viola players walked off the stage. And I thought they were just leaving space for the harp player to do her solo, but later on, we hear the flute playing and it turns out that they walked in from the back, and so they're standing at the back playing, like, little chirps and trills. And so combined with the harp, it's like being underwater, but you can still hear the noise on the surface. And that was really interesting to me, and it made me think that this is one area -- one thing you can do with live music that you can't do with recorded music. That physical change. Where the musicians go, and how that affects the sounds that you hear. So I'm really happy that MSU has programs that teach people how to play music, and I'm glad that we have a symphony orchestra. And I'm really happy to be part of a community that has those things.

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“Just in case you were wondering what happens if you just, like, continue to boil eggs without water…”

We were living in an off campus apartment and it probably didn't have functional, uh, smoke detectors if I'm being honest. Um, but I was just doing something so simple. I was making hard boiled eggs. So I put the eggs on the stove, was waiting for the water to boil, and then I don't know what happened. I clearly got very distracted, but I fully like left the apartment, went shopping or something, like grocery shopping. I don't know. And it wasn't for what I was making. Like I had no memory of even putting the eggs on the stove. And I came home and I was actually living with that same person that burnt the meat and all of the water had evaporated from the eggs. And then, just in case you were wondering what happens if you just, like, continue to boil eggs without water, they exploded like bombs all over the ceiling. So there was like chunks of egg -- thankfully it was like -- they were -- they had been boiled obviously, so it wasn't, you know, like yolk that was caked on the walls. It was like chunks of egg that was easier to get off, but I came home to that roommate like picking egg off of the ceiling and, um, she was surprisingly good natured about it. Maybe she was remembering her mishap, but she wasn't really that upset which was a nice relief.

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“This week I went into, like, the cat room.” 

Um, and then this week I went into, like, the cat room inside the cat room. And basically, it was for cats who were probably like, mistreated and are like, really cautious of humans. And so it was nice being able to sit in there and just kinda like, you know, be on your phone while cats come up to you and like, you know, sniff around. Think this one cat was like, super skeptical of me. Bro was just like sitting there. But then this other cat came over. He was definitely more, um -- not like eager, but he was more, like, open to being, like, petted and stuff. So that was dope. I gave him a bunch of treats.

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“Now I have two phones and everyone thinks I’m a drug dealer.”

Okay, so you know those TracFones? So we saw one in Meijer and it was three dollars and I had my wallet on me. So obviously, like any normal human being, I thought that this was fake, but I needed to know. So I bought the TracFone, and now I have two phones and everyone thinks I'm a drug dealer. "What have you been doing with your new phone that you bought yourself?" Oh, I've been tormenting everyone. I joined all of my like -- all the social groups that I had on my phone phone, like my usual phone. So like, school Discord things and stuff, and gone under the name of either [fake name] or [fake name] and I'll just -- I, I just caused chaos with the presence of a new person nobody knows. You know, it's fun. "Have you told any of your friends what you're doing?" Um, no, but there is one girl who's kinda my friend at my current school who I told I have a TracFone, and she's the daughter of the principal and she was like, "Oh my gosh. Drug dealer." So yeah.

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“I was so angry. It was nothing like chocolate bread.” 

“Tell us about a time you thought you saw one thing, but it turned out to be something else.” Okay. Okay, it's food too for me. Okay, so I was at my Uncle's funeral. And at the church, like under- underneath it -- no, it wasn't underneath the church, must have been next to the church. So, there was the banquet hall basically like, where all the food was set up. And there was this bread that it -- I was like, "Holy s***! Chocolate bread? They make chocolate bread? I have never even dreamed about this before, like, this is amazing! Chocolate bread!" And so I got a few pieces, you know, and I sat down and I started eating this chocolate bread. I thought it was chocolate bread. I had never heard of anything called pumpernickel bread. It was so disgusting. I hated it. I was so angry. It was nothing like chocolate bread. I was just very upset. And ever since then, up until I, I was like in my 20s basically, I refused to eat pumpernickel bread because of it. Turns out, pumpernickel bread's pretty good, but because of that experience I was like, "I don't want it. Bad...feelings," you know what I mean?

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“It was the shortest wedding he had ever performed.”

You ask about if we'd ever been married. Yeah, I've been married for 47 years. And about our wedding day, that's always been a very interesting thing. My husband was in the military and Vietnam had just ended when we got married. And in order for me to go and visit him or be with him at all, I had to be -- we had to get married so I could be on to the military post and everything else. He had graduated from Michigan State's ROTC program. He was a newly minted second lieutenant. So he had like, no money and no power. But anyway. We were getting married and I was gonna teach junior high in southern Georgia, which I did do for three years while he was in the military. Our wedding was a lovely wedding in Northville, where I grew up, and, um, it was the hottest day of the summer, it was July 24th. And it was the hottest day of the summer and absolutely, positively miserable. The humidity was -- it was 93 degrees. And so was the humidity. It was so hot that our pastor told us later, many years later, that it was the shortest wedding he had ever performed. It took less than 20 minutes. He said to me that the entire sermon fit on a typed double-spaced page. Two -- or, page and a half of print. And he later, many years later, gave me a copy of the, of the sermon that he preached that day. But he said, "It's really not a sermon. It's more of a 'Here's what I have to say and let's get out of here ‘cause it's hot.'" He had fans running and the doors were all open because the church was not air-conditioned, but it was still a lovely wedding and it was, it was good.

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“At that moment man, I felt like the smallest person in the world.”

Tell us about a time where you've had your heart broken. Get ready. I've had it broken quite a bit, so. Um, hmm, the most memorable story I can think of -- I was just telling this to my friends today, ironically --  uh, was fourth grade. I think it was fourth or fifth grade. So at this time, I liked a guy, uh, we're gonna call him X, right? So he was -- he didn't even have that many qualities that I liked. I'm pretty sure I just liked him because he was like the class clown or whatever and I thought that was cool. Or maybe it's because he was athletic or something. I don't know. Back in elementary, if you were athletic you got all the girls. There's, there's no refuting that honestly, So basically he was the new kid of that year, or something like that. And he was Asian, he had pretty hair. And that's all it took apparently. I know it sounds very superficial. But then again, elementary school, it’s the place to be superficial, man. It's like the last place you can be superficial before your choices actually have consequences. So yeah. I liked him and I liked him for like, what, four months? Five months? For, for a bit of time. And then one day I tell one of my friends, right? And the problem is this is elementary, so we don't know what we're doing. That friend goes and tells him. Oof, that was not fun ‘cause I would say "Don't do it!" They do it. They, they do it. And so I was like, oh so embarrassed. And then next thing I know, dude comes up to my locker and he's like, "So I heard that you like me." And I'm like, "Oh dear me. Oh no. No, no, no, no, no." Like what, what can you do? What, what can you do other than say the truth? Because they've already heard the truth. They're literally just like confirming it one last time. What can you do? So I'm like, "Yeah, yeah." And so they just like look at me weird and then go away. And so, you know, I'm still wallowing in humiliation and all that stuff. And then we're at the -- I'm at -- I'm getting in line to walk to lunch, right? 'Cause in elementary you…

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“She ripped it in half the day before it was due.”

“Has your pet ever eaten your homework or ruined something that you've worked hard on?” Oh gosh, yes.  Okay, so my freshman year there was this huge group poster project about mental health. So my group was making this giant poster that was cut out in the shape of a face with tons of information about OCD and it was all handwritten and it looked really pretty. And my puppy, Lady Madonna -- I love her but, oh gosh, she ripped it in half the day before it was due and then I had to redo the entire project for the group. Luckily, I had pictures of it, but it was not fun.

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“How is this supposed to help me get practice for playing goalie?”

I am going to be talking about what has happened today, um, during my soccer practice. So in a different diary, I have said some things about my soccer team. And today, something kind of silly happened. So, um, we were doing a scrimmage -- and if you don't know what that is, it means like a non-real game. It's just where your team gets split up into two. And I was playing goalie for my side. And what happened was the, the, um -- well, my teammates were keeping up the ball -- the ball up the field, I mean, so much that the ball only came to me once. Like literally only once, like it never came up to me. And I’m like, "Uh, the ball's not coming to me." In my mind I was thinking, "How is this supposed to help me get practice for playing goalie?" And then we were -- and then we had like a real-ish scrimmage, I guess, against the girls' team that play in the field right next to us. Well, it's, it's technically the same field but in a different soccer box, I guess, since there are the sidelines in -- behind the goalie b- box. So it's kind of like a rectangle. Let's say the other rectangle. And they play there and sometimes we scrimmage them. And the thing is me -- I, I think most people on my team were like dying to play some soccer because, um, last week one of our practices was canceled and we only have two practices every week. Plus our game was canceled, so I didn't get to play as goalie last week, but now I think I am. Um, and it was pretty funny. But in the girls’ scrimmage the ball did come to me a bit more. One time, my friend, who is on my team, was playing defense -- or when I was playing goalie, they were playing defense. And someone was running up on the other team with the ball. This wasn't the -- our scrimmage, it was the game against the girls. It was only like 20 minutes long. And they were right at the goal. But -- and they were on the left side and I didn't know where my left defender was. So I tried to -- so I grabbed the ball, but then I didn't…

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“It really doesn’t fit me very much, but that’s why it’s Wacky Tacky Day.”

Oh, yeah, today is Wacky Tacky Day. And it's fun! I'll describe what I'm wearing. So, in my hair, I'm not really [doing] anything crazy, but I have half my hair pulled up into a bun and the rest is down. And then I'm wearing the bright, um, orange shirt -- like, a neon orange shirt, and under that, I'm wearing a gold academy shirt? This gold academy shirt, I actually won it during a challenge thing. So the challenge was -- um, I was at this camp, and it was a girls and boys camp, and one of the days -- every day, they would pick someone to shoot a free throw, and if they made it, they'd win like a jersey or, like, something like that. And the day -- that day's thing was a jersey, and they picked me to shoot the free throw, and I made the free throw. And then they gave me the jersey, but since it's a men's and women's camp, first grade through tenth grade, it's a men's large. So it really doesn't fit me very much, but that's why it's Wacky Tacky Day. Um, and then under that, I'm wearing my bear pajama pants and they're really comfy. I didn't wear them to bed, though. I wore other pajama pants to bed because I didn't want them to be dirty, cuz that's kinda gross. And then I'm wearing one dog sock and one snowman sock -- fluffy socks -- and Crocs.

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