Happy happy happy happy Mother’s Day! I hope you all are doing something fun to either celebrate yourselves or the maternal figures in your life, whether biological, emotional, or anything else.
Love all the high school pictures.
Yesterday, I packed up the car and headed back to my home in Los Angeles. Junior year of college is officially over! It was a long day and I knocked out hard, sleeping in a bit, before I got myself up to celebrate my wonderful mother.
My family and I started the day with some banana pancakes that I crafted up, and a few games of bowling. I got a personal best of 157! We are back home now, with dinner coming up shortly. On the grill: steak for my brother and dad and lamb for my mom and me. YES.
Just as the year comes to a close, you’d think I’d be winding down to. Alas, it seems quite the opposite is true. This past week, I’ve been on call for checking out all of my residents and grading papers for the Religious Studies course I am a Teaching Assistant for. Meanwhile, I was also packing up my own room to head on back home.
But I have to say, it does feel quite nice to be back in my childhood bed typing this up. I certainly don’t make the effort to see my family during the school year, so this summer wound up working quite nicely. I’ve secured a position to work for the season as a camp counselor, and I’ve reserved my weekends for going back and forth to see Ian.
The job doesn’t start for two weeks, which gives me just enough time to finish up these papers. Each essay is 5-6 pages in length, and I want to make sure I make my professor proud. He’s my mentor and the reason why I am a double major, so I know I have a lot to live up to. I’m having a grand time reading through these students’ thoughts. It’s a 100-level course, so the depth isn’t always there, but sometimes, I finding a shining moment with a student. I can feel the growth in their words. This process has reiterated my desire to become a teacher myself, which is more reassuring than I really can say. So often, college puts you into the grind without really getting the chance to step back, reflect, and ask yourself, “Wait, is this really what I want still?” Being a TA has given me the ability to answer yes to that.
Hmmm… let’s see, what else is going on. I feel like I haven’t been on here in a while, and yet, so much has changed!
Oh I know! We found a place to live!
Ian and I will move into an apartment with a friend I met my freshman year at SDSU. I absolutely adore her- seriously, she is an inspiration and role model for me. Also, she is a fellow bibliophile and theatre fanatic. I foresee a lot of time spent together chatting over those two very topics. It’s great location, great price, great company… it truly fell into our laps. It is perfect, and I could not be more grateful to have found such a suitable living arrangement. I’ll move in once the summer camp job ends, so be prepared to see different decoration questions throughout the summer.
In addition to my summer job, I will also be taking two courses. By taking these two courses over the summer, my senior year will be a five-course load each semester, which is the typical amount for a college student. I haven’t had that since freshman year! I’ll graduate in four years with a double major, so it’s totally worth it to take them over the summer. I’m excited. One is an introductory course to World Religions. I honestly believe I’d be able to take the final exam right now and pass because of the other religious studies courses I’ve taken, but it’s a mandated requisite, so I’m going to go through it. Thankfully, it shouldn’t take up too much of my time since I’m already familiar with the majority of the material, and I’m also excited to go back through and have this nice refresher! The other class is focused on Buddhism, which I’m equally, if not more stoked about.
As for my last post asking for suggestions on a summer project, I think I might have found one. I will go back to writing my novel, but I also want to take up cooking! Ian and I will finally have our own kitchen to work in. I no longer have a meal plan because I’m not a Resident Advisor anymore, so I want to take advantage of the summer to practice. I think cooking will also help me with my relationship to food as well. I’m not using this as a way to monitor my calories or anything like that, but I genuinely want to know how to create nutritious, fulfilling meals that taste good and make me feel good. I really want to learn how to do that now before I have children too. I strongly feel like my relationship with food needs to be rock solid before children come into the mix (which still, isn’t happening for years), but I’m always one to take a proactive approach to life.
Tomorrow is my first recipe trial. After flipping through some recipes on pinterest, I came across Beth’s blog Budget Bytes, and I fell in love. She is the college gal’s guide to affordable meals, and they all look incredible. The first one I’m trying out is the One-Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. In the spirit of spoiling my mother, my dad and I went to the grocery store for her. While there, I snagged the ingredients as well. We shall see how it turns out.
I think that’s all in terms of updates. Right now, this blog post is a manifestation of the procrastination I feel deeply right now as I look at the plethora of boxes crowding my room. I probably should get back to all of that.
All right my friends, my wonderful, beautiful friends. I wish you all a beautiful rest of your Sunday! Kiss your moms. Kiss your mom-like figures. Kiss your children. If you’re a mom, make sure your family is giving you some moments of relief. You’ve earned it!
- Any fun plans for Mother’s Day?
- Are you a mom? Tell me about your family!
- Do you have any go-to recipe websites? Do you have a go-to recipe?
- What are you looking forward to this summer?