Lots of people spew their crap on Facebook. I have a lot I’m thinking and I don’t want to be that person.

Riding the bus bothers me so much now. I used to do it all the time without blinking an eye and now I dread it.

I should have started my summer reading earlier. I have less than a month to read a lot of pages. Thankfully it’s doable.

Student debt sucks. Really does.

Why do movies do things like contour breasts to make them look larger or make people wear fake eyelashes? It just further adds to pressure on appearance as well as an unrealistic expectation.

I wish that on the weekend I could go to Carmel with my mom and drink tea. I miss that.

Community used to be my favorite show and then it got popular and Troy left and now I don’t watch it.

Can there be a person that would let me gush about my boyfriend for like hours?  Because I am definitely capable of that.

On that same note, I wish I had more summer to do nothing but hang out with him. These last few days have been so good.

I called the plot-twists to the last 2 movies I watched and feel pretty good about that.

There’s probably 10+ people I don’t talk to enough and I feel really guilty.

I’m secretly a little snobby about the fact that I come from California. Not actually, but kind of.

It’d be cool if I actually had a recipe for this thing.

I would love to dye my hair pink or purple or something for like a day. After a day I’d be done.

Why am I on my phone all the time? Ugh.

Glad I got an A in Instrumental Conducting because I screwed up transposition (AGAIN) and had a B at midterms.

Going to go to bed before I have to pee because I watched Psycho and am slightly too scared to leave the room.




Let it be. . .some day of the week

Hey, friends. In classic Joy-the-Baker style I’m penning a ‘Let it be Sunday’ post. I really have no new recipes to post. Well, not today anyway ūüôā I am deep in the transition of packing up and moving all my things to storage so it has been a teeny (very) stressful these last few days. Thankfully I have a fantastic boyfriend who is willing to help me all day long. When I was trying to think of what day of the week it is I thought it was Tuesday. It’s not Tuesday.

The internet’s reaction to the dadbod.

How J.K. Rowling shut down a troll.

I promise this article will improve your baking!

LSO isn’t the only one with big changes coming.

Ay, caramba!

Wellllllllll  I should get to bed. More packing to do. Later, people.


In Reflection.

What a year this has been. This third year of school has gone by in the blink of an eye. There have been many wonderful moments (as well as some very low points, but I won’t go into those). Tomorrow I have my last final-instrumental conducting. I have a flute lesson later in the afternoon to pick out repertoire for my senior recital and then I get to pack up my things over the course of a few days. Saturday I’ll watch four out of my five roommates graduate and end their time at Warner. Some are leaving to¬†very far places while others are staying local (Yay, Luwam!). Either way, it’s still a loss for me. It’s been such a magnificent time in this house¬†with these ladies. I’m trying really hard not to just be like SOISNSNGSROHI ALL THE FEELS because I don’t want to get overly emotional but. . .you get the point.

Luwam’s birthday at Base Camp Brewery in August.

Crepes and awkward pictures. It was nice and nerve-wracking to be reunited after a long summer.

Leadership retreat where I did lots of uncomfortable, cool things like hanging out in 40 foot trees and rock climbing in Washington.

Oregon Symphony in the park and watching this beauty graduate!

So much fun all year in this incredible department.

These dudes and the continuation of our theory family. We’ve come a long way in the last few¬†years. DAVY’S GETTING MARRIED!!!!!

We did the Friendsgiving thing and it was so wonderful.

Thanksgiving ice cream with Will!

Went to Disney and it was YAY.


A recital or two was put on.

Quick trip to California was made where we stayed with a complete stranger (but sister in the Lord!).

A year of CAB which included my classmates competing in pie bakeoffs, spending the night in Egtvedt to keep safe from zombies, and the Moonlight Serenade banquet.

I hung out in caves, craters, and bird watched in the middle of nowhere and actually had fun.

Throw in a couple trips to Seattle, an amazing Valentines Day, and many wonderful concerts (Berlin Philharmonia!!!) and see that this is just a taste of my school year. So fun. It will be very sad to pack up and move out of Jefferson house in a few days. What must happen will happen.


It’s Dead Week and I’m Going Bananas.


My roommates are leaving me. Most of them, anyway. (Mel is staying, YAY!) I feel sad about that. I’m also stressed out because I have no stinking clue about how to do tables and figures for my biology class. In one short week, I will be DONE. But there is so much to do before that week.


To DESTRESS and BLESS I made my music histoy peeps this cake. I thought the rhyme was clever. I’ll be real, it’s late and I’m tired, so I’ll just cut to the chase.

Banana Upside Down Cake

adapted from Averie Cooks

Yields 1 9-inch round cake


1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

4 small bananas

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup yogurt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a springform pan with non-stick spray. Melt the butter in the microwave and then coat on the pan. Make sure to run the butter around the side of the pan to ensure it’s greased. Next, evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter. Slice the bananas horizontally and place them over the brown sugar such as in the picture.

In a large bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and granulated sugar. In a small bowl combine egg, buttermilk, yogurt, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and make sure there are no flour pockets but do not overmix.  Pour the batter into the springform pan and bake for 38-40 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown. Make sure to let cake rest for 1 hour before trying to invert.


The boys were like, “Why is there cake?” and I was thinking “Do we need an excuse?!” Then we watched Friday Arts, went to sushi, and played a long concert. Now I have a mountain of homework to conquer before Monday so peace, y’all.

Happy baking!