(Almost) Complete Vocal Rest

That seems to be the best suggestion to healing my voice right now. Well, that and possibly to see an otolaryngologist
(ENT).

My throat started to hurt early last week. I thought to myself, “Sure, whatever… I’m getting sick and that sucks because I need to sing a high C for the graduation ceremonies my a cappella group will be singing at.” But, nothing happened. It just kept hurting and I didn’t get sick. Then, a few days later, it felt like the sore throat was going away. I was ecstatic! Now, this whole time I had still been singing. Not as much as I normally do, but enough to satisfy my love for it. Friday came along and I met someone new. Talking was crucial at this point! My throat felt fine and I could talk easily. Later that night, I went swing dancing like I usually do on Friday nights. I guess I was way too happy or something since I hadn’t been able to go swing dancing (because of various performances and finals week…which also means lack of sleep). I had been on a two-week hiatus from dancing. It was torture. So, I danced the night away and laughed and sang along and possibly screamed in joy… Well, around midnight, it hit that my voice was slowly disappearing. You know what EVERYONE does when they hear they are going hoarse, right? You scream and keep talking because it’s hilarious!!! Well, I did just that. I went home and, around 2 AM, my voice was completely gone. I found it funny but scary at the same time because I had to sing the next day at my friend’s graduation. I guess that wasn’t happening… Saturday came along and so did the graduation ceremony. My voice was indeed hoarse and I was unable to sing. I stood up on stage and mouthed the words while everyone else sang. Oh well. The day continued and I went to my best friend’s grad lunch, hung out with her and her family, and then her grad dinner…and then my other friend’s grad dinner and hang out. There was hoarse talking and hoarse laughing, but it didn’t hurt or seem to be getting worse. At the time of my second friend’s grad dinner, my voice was actually getting better…like it just needed to be warmed up. For the “hang out,” we went to a lounge in Irvine and drank. I hardly had some of my own drink at dinner, but I didn’t have anything at the lounge because I didn’t want to. The music was blasting and my friends and I decided to get up and show those people how to dance. We danced and danced and danced! There was no stopping us! Of course, I decided to sing at the top of my lungs…and whatever would come out would come out because no one could hear me anyway. Bad life choice. My a cappella group also had to sing at one of Sunday’s graduation ceremonies…four of us were at the lounge last night. I could hear it in their voices that everyone was tired from the night before…but I was the only one with no voice whatsoever. =(

I’ll deal. At least I have summer break now and, although I’m going back home and I’m going to be reunited with friends there, I’ll try to continue this vocal rest. Let me tell you that it’s been a difficult…nine hours…and I’ve managed to only say about 10 words! Well, if it’s proven to help me recover…I’ll do anything!

I found an article with a pretty interesting list of things that may happen while on vocal rest… Click here to read it. It made me silently chuckle.

Also, this was quite interesting.

So was this.

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What is your problem?!

I’m so tired of people dissing my a cappella group.

You don’t think before you speak to me, do you? You don’t realize that I am IN THAT A CAPPELLA GROUP, do you?

I don’t want you to lie…but there are other ways of telling the truth. If you’re my “friend,” then you would find those other ways. Seriously. I don’t want to hear your sh** if you’re just going to talk bad about everything we do.

We’re all girls…so what?! We smile more than you. We have more fun. We are sweeter than you. We have strong female soloists. What do you have? Basses?

We may not have amazing basses…but we work with what we’ve got. We make good music WITHOUT MEN. Yeah, I just said that.

We don’t need your approval. We don’t need you to tell us what we can and cannot do. Oh, we know…but we honestly don’t care.

We’re not competitive. How many times do I need to say this?!

We may not be the best…we’re not trying to be better than you…we just want to make music.

So what the hell is your problem?!

Currently listening to “Impossible” by Shontelle.

…and, suddenly, I’m so over you.

Tonight was such a breath of fresh air.

…GIRL TALK.

It seems that is all I needed.

And now here is a list of quotes for female empowerment:

“Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month I can be myself.” ~Roseanne [Where I can be a true b**** and my other girl friends will completely understand where I am coming from.]

“A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ~ Nancy Reagan [How a woman reacts in tough situations is the true woman inside of her. We all deal with things differently, but, in reality, we know exactly what to do.]

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally of dealing with men.” ~ Joseph Conrad [Men are just…difficult. Period.]

“A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.” ~ Arnold Haultain [We can use our words, but we really don’t need them… Body language says more anyway.]

“Women really do rule the world. They just haven’t figured it out yet. When they do, and they will, we’re all in big big trouble.” ~ Doctor Leon [Men rule the society. Women rule the men. And everything works out perfectly.]

“I have an idea that the phrase “weaker sex” was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm.” ~ Ogden Nash […’cause she knew she could catch him off guard…and, at the right moment, she would dominate.]

Why the hell was I so torn up?

I know that I CAN do so much better…and nothing is stopping me now! ;D

Favorite old quotes!

ZOMG I found a bunch of old quotes that I used to have up in my room freshman year of college… Here are three:

“We dance for laughter,
we dance for tears,
we dance for madness,
we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes,
we dance for screams…
We are the dancers…
We create the dreams.”

“We are all of us stars…and we deserve to twinkle!”
~ Marilyn Monroe

“Take time to laugh…it is the music of the soul.”

Currently listening to Sara Bareilles’s “Kaleidoscope Heart”

Here’s a quote from Tumblr that I wanted to re-blog, but there were typos and it bothered me to much.

“She thinks about you non-stop, and you’re all she talks about. When she talks to you, she always has that bright smile and truly looks happy. With one hug, you make her melt and always leave her with butterflies…and, at the same time, when she’s upset, you’re usually the reason. But she refuses to see any flaws in you. And no matter how many people try to tell her different, she believes you’re perfect for her and worth every second of the wait. And she’s too scared to tell you any of this because she doesn’t want to mess anything up…and doesn’t want to end up hurt, once more.”

Currently listening to Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”