Going to college just over 30 minutes from home has its perks. For example, when it takes 3 strategically-packed car loads to bring all of your belongings home for the summer (where did all of those things come from?), it’s really nice to live nearby. Despite that, this past semester was pretty busy and I didn’t spend much time at home. I’m still working on finalizing my internship plans for the rest of the summer, but I’ll be living at home for at least the next couple of weeks, which is a-okay with me.
My first big project was sorting and organizing everything I brought home from school, which temporarily took over our living room.
Once I finished that monstrous task, I’ve loved doing things that I typically don’t have time to do or can’t do at school, like reading a good book while taking a bubble bath, walking my dog, and even going to bed early some nights so I can get up early the next morning to run and beat the summer heat. Some of the other things I’ve been up to are…
It’s always a treat to come home where I don’t have to make all of my own meals, but I’ve done a little bit of cooking and so far have made a few different things including baked ziti, banana bread, and lots of roasted veggies.
My mom and I also made our family’s favorite homemade spaghetti sauce recipe together.
I’ve been really enjoying lots of big salads, too, since I don’t make them often at school because of the prep time involved. They’re so good, though!
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This past semester, I started working with one of my favorite political science professors to conduct research on food deserts and I get to continue working on that throughout the summer. I’ve been spending lots of time on it lately to play catch-up after getting a little behind during final exams, so most of the tabs open on my computer right now are different pages on the US Census Bureau website and Excel spreadsheets, strangely enough for the first week of summer. The best part is that I can do it anywhere, like from my bed…
…or outside on the back porch (with some roasted cauliflower!).
When I’m at school, I never take fitness classes since the campus gym only offers a few each day that never seem to fit well with my schedule. (Read: I always run instead since it’s quicker and doesn’t require planning ahead). But I really love kickboxing classes, so I’ve been taking advantage of my family’s gym membership to go to classes while I’m home. My mom joined me for kickboxing on Saturday morning!
I had a long, distracting school to-do list the last few times I saw my family, so it’s been great to spend some carefree time with them this past week. I had a single room as an RA this year and loved the freedom and independence that comes with living alone, but I also forgot how nice it can be to live with either a roommate or family. Things like having a spontaneous movie night with my sister and mom or just crashing in my brother’s room while he does homework have been fun to do again.
Being home also meant that I got to go to a family friend’s wedding on Saturday and I always love going to weddings.
I also got to go to my brother, Caleb’s, baccalaureate service on Sunday afternoon. I can’t believe he’s graduating from high school in a couple of weeks!
There’s nothing like walking in the door and being greeted by a wiggly dog who acts like your arrival home is the greatest moment of her life, even if you only went to the grocery store. Speaking of the grocery store, does anyone else’s dog do this when they come home from the store? Gracie always stands on her back legs to check out the loot. I think it’s kind of hilarious, but I’ll admit I’m probably a little biased.
Something that’s less hilarious? Giving her two baths in one day after she rolled around in a muddy flower bed twice in a row.
What’s on the agenda for this week? Probably lots more of the same (although hopefully no more dog baths!), plus catching up with some friends who live in the area, routine doctors’ appointments, and finally finally finalizing my final summer plans. I’ll be sure to share them once they’re set!
So tell me…
Are there any particular things you love doing when you go to your parent’s/family’s house? (I realize this question could be different depending on how old you are!)
What types of fitness classes do you like taking?
Do your pets have any funny quirks?