Month of Nature #7- “Bee”



Pictured here is another Xeric Demonstration Garden picture- of a bee hanging out on a flower. The fun part was, I was standing in the middle of a few rose bushes, surrounded by bees. It was a bit nerve wracking, but bees really aren’t vicious like some people think.


Month of Memories #4- “Squirrel Feeding”

5-3Last summer when I worked on grounds crew, I worked on flower crew for a few weeks. This is part of a patio behind the visitor’s center. Every day when we would go to water the flowers back there, I would place sunflower seeds here on the railing in an effort to train the squirrel in this tree to eat them.

It didn’t work.

Month of Memories #3- “Foundation Hall”


I will never forget the first time I walked into Foundation Hall-band camp, my freshman year of college. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to be sick, and as my dad and I approached this run-down building, I worried even more about band camp, and college. I walked in and as my eyes adjusted from the daylight to the indoor lights, I saw a building that clearly needed more university funding. What struck me more were the people. Self-assured older bandmembers checked in, nervous freshman stood with their parents, looking as nervous as me, friendly people with shirts emblazoned with KKΨ were pointing people like me in the right direction. I was approached by Jill, an acquaintance whom I had met through another friend. She showed me where to go, and since I would be staying at her house for the next few days, took my dad and I back to her house. I met her equally enthusiastic roommates. At the time, I never dreamed that I would someday spend more time in this building and Frasier combined than in my apartment, practicing and poring over old sheet music and Kappa Kappa Psi records. Weird what can happen in just a few years.

Month of Light #7- Snow on the Ground


While it is normal for Colorado to be 80 degrees one day and blizzarding the next, we are all still shocked by the amount of snow that we’re getting right now. Even as I type this, a steady, wet snow is covering Colorado once again. In this photo, I was trying to get a photo of the steam coming from the light as it melted the snow, but to no avail. I didn’t have my tripod on me to support my camera, and got so cold I could hardly walk back to my car (since I was sitting on the stone steps in front of Kepner Hall, the business school.)

Well….. It’s snowing now, so I may yet have another shot at it.


Broken Building #11

1-11Now… You’re probably like…. “Uh, Rachel, that is clearly an intact building.”


Well, right. This is Foundation Hall, formerly an old movie theatre, and any UNC music student can tell you about their love-hate relationship with this building. If it was a bit better maintained, maybe it might be better. I don’t know. I don’t decide what money goes where at this school. Either way, I’ll take you on a little tour of our building. You can also check out some posts I made about Foundation in my 365 Project.

Day 85- Foundation Hall- Haunted or Not?

Day 314- A Little Sparkle

Day 358- Janitor Keys

1-11-1The auditorium.

1-11-2The old organ.

1-11-3The wall under the organ….. Really beat up.

1-11-4Backstage! Fun fact about the red file cabinet: I’ve totally punched it before, in a ridiculous fit of rage. ….. Yeah, last semester was pretty rough. Moving on.

1-11-5Part of backstage- over the storage rooms and two small bathrooms, there is a little alcove up top. There are old set pieces, broken music stands, sousaphone cases and all sorts of weird things up here.

1-11-6Door going backstage

1-11-7I think there should be glass there.

1-11-8Stairs, WHAAAAAT?!!!!

1-11-9View of the stage from the top in the old projection room.

1-11-10Sunset from the roof of Foundation. Not many people have keys to get on the roof, yet I do. Lucky me, huh?












Day 358- “Janitor Keys”

358Well, they are and aren’t “janitor keys.” They’re my keys, which I was issued through being an officer in Kappa Kappa Psi, and allow me to get into various rooms around Frasier and Foundation Hall. And they all do their jobs nicely, except for the small key encased in black which I refer to as “the mystery key.” When I got my keys, I was told that they actually had no idea what the key went to, but that I might need it.



Day 345- “Sunrise From Frasier”

Yesterday, well, multiple yesterdays before, I had the genius idea of staying up to work on a paper. I ended up staying awake for thirty three hours straight with no rest. Oh. my. goodness. By the end I was so tired, that I was making all sorts of Star Wars references in my paper. The paper being an analysis of Schubert’s “Erlkönig” which is a very messed up lied (art song) about a father who is riding with his son through the woods while this “Erlkönig” tries to claim the child from the father. Spoiler alert: the child dies.

My Star Wars quotes:

“The main opening melody itself represents the Erlking and Death itself. It’s sort of like in Star Wars, how the theme of the music that represents Obi-Wan Kenobi also represents the Force.”

“At this point, the Erlking appears. To me, it is a literal representation of Death itself, appearing as a strange combination of the Grim Reaper, a dementor from Harry Potter, and Emperor  Palpatine from Star Wars.”

“Is the Erlking real? Is it the King of the Elves? Is it the Demon of all Demons? Is it actually the Emperor from Star Wars?”

So yeah. If you want to hear this beautiful but strange Schubert work, here’s a link:

Anyway! Back to my blog, after this night, I went to Frasier in the morning to practice for my piano class. I went up to the top floor and saw that the sun was going to rise soon. So I took a lovely photo of the sun rising. Quite beautiful, I must say.

Day 343- “Close Win”

Well, marching season is finally over. It’s pretty sad, really, because even though I’m excited to have more free time for studying and practicing, it’s the last time I’ll really see a lot of my graduating friends.

Anyway, our show was great for our last game- we had a Forrest Gump themed show at halftime, so everyone in the band dressed up as characters from the movie. The saxophones were “Running Forrest,” so we dressed up like Forrest from when he was running for four years (I think it was four years). I’m not going to lie though, my costume was the best because of my hair. Everyone else had fake beards on, so I decided to be awesome and use my own hair. I pulled some of my hair to the front of my face and pinned it there, creating a “real” beard.

I win.


Day 334- “Outstanding Upperclassmen”

Yesterday was the Pride of the Rockies marching band banquet. First of all, I received my third-year member watch, which was exciting. I was also very honored to be voted one of the Outstanding Female Upperclassmen.

You hear me always talking about my Kappa Kappa Psi Brothers and how much they mean to me. Its the same with the marching band. They are all wonderful people and I’m so lucky that I have the opportunity to be in a band with them.