Back to Life

Back to Life

back to reality.

Okay, I’m in reality. But I don’t really like today’s reality. Today’s reality is I’ve just started studying for an exam that is in 22 hours and I need more like a full week to study and I am terrified I’m not going to pass and graduate.

But when that’s over, I can get back to the life I want! At least, sort of. I’m still going to be in school and be extremely busy with three jobs, but here’s what I’m excited for:

  • Being on my own schedule, one that starts and ends and isn’t an infinite hole of studying doom.
  • Having energy to work out.
  • Cooking.
  • Cleaning my house.
  • Laying out.
  • Reading.
  • Learning about things other than organic chemistry.

I’m hosting the study tables at work tonight and I think I just saw the ghost. It’s still daylight out ghostie, go home.


Busy body

Busy body

So, I just wanted to give a small update since its been almost a month since I really posted. In that month I started a workout plan and got too busy after two weeks so that was a bust, and I’ve been winding down my last semester. This is what I’ve been busy with.

Indeed, I have already made myself busier than I should this summer. I knew I would.
1. I still need to finish my sister’s lab work so that’s a thing.
2. I’m close to full swing in my internship.
3. I have locked down summer staff and have been approved some office hours to grab extra projects.
4. I am going to help out service maintenance 15 hours a week.
5. I need to email a lady about volunteering with ecology research a bit.
6. My two classes are scheduled but I have a third seminar that I still don’t know when it will be.
7. Apply for jobs for fall, or spring if I don’t get one. And if my fall one is short I gotta get another lined up anyway.

Am I spreading myself too thin? It’s entirely possible. Some weeks I’m going to be working 50 hours and then school and I still haven’t factored in my social goals.
1. Lakes with Steph
2. 3 weddings
3. Camping
4. Boat trip, maybe two
5. Four separate groups of friends to say bye to, all of which contain some of my very best friends in the world.

Summer is my time. This is my time. Gotta make the most of all these opportunities. I want to do my best in all my endeavors this summer, while also preparing for the future. I’m worried about spreading myself too thin and only doing the minimum, but I’m also probably forgetting about some very large chunks of time.

I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t get a job right away in September, because I am going to need a vacation. I’ve been going nonstop for three years with what feels like only one real vacation (Costa Rica, which was actually a class), and I need a break. Summer is always a good time for me to feel good about myself and my busy-ness though. I’m excited.


We do know this…

We do know this: everything we do to spread compassion, understanding, acceptance, and peace matters. It is literally a matter of life and death. – Reverend Peter Morales

What a ridiculous week it has been. In light of the events in Boston on Monday, and again tonight, I want to share this with you. Hate is an evil, corrosive thing. It doesn’t always stay inside as a personal emotion, but can instead explode in violence. In times like these, reaching out to others and spreading love is more important than ever. However, we need to maintain this sense of community and acceptance even in times of relative peace, because hate is always festering somewhere, and the only way to stop it is to practice love and compassion in all aspects of your life.

Spread love. Spread it to those you don’t understand. Find a way to let your pain be transformed into acts of love and healing.


Buying In Bulk ……..good for environment!

Buying In Bulk ……..good for environment!

I only get a few things in bulk because I always end up spending more money up front when I do. I should really make an effort to replace some of my packaged goods with bulk as I go!

Reduce, Recycle Reuse me

Guys get with your friends, family or neighbors and BUY IN BULK!

Buying in bulk carries loads of environmental benefits, from ditching food packaging to directly controlling portion size. Heading to the bulk section also dramatically shrinks the carbon footprint of your meals, as bulk goods require less overall transportation before arriving at the grocery store.

To help shoppers recognize the many benefits of bulk-buying, the Bulk is Green Council is calling on consumers to take the pledge to purchase foods from the bulk aisle once a week during Earth Month.

Bet You’ll Love: Everything You Need to Know About Buying in Bulk

If every American took the pledge and opted for bulk, we’d save more than 26 million pounds of packaging waste from landfills in the month of April alone, according to research conducted by the Bulk is Green Council in partnership with Portland State University.

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Action-packed April

Action-packed April

It’s no joke, this month is going to be crazy. It’s only day 1 of April and I’m already feeling a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Obviously it’s the end of the semester and I’m going into crunch time – starting/finishing final projects, realizing I was a terrible lab assistant and needing to finish all that up before my sister goes on her field season, making sure I pass chemistry, work craziness, scheduling summer classes, saying goodbye to friends =(, graduating and the like. And, two of our friends are getting married! (to each other) That’s all normal, expected stuff.

What was not quite so expected was that I would also be starting my summer internship a month early. I mean, I did expect it, but right now I’m a bit overwhelmed. I’m excited, but I sure have a lot on my plate, and of course I’m my most ambitious in the summer, so I’m only thinking of more things to add.

So far this summer I’m taking two classes to finish a minor, I have an internship that I’ll be working an average of 20 hours/week + spending extra time helping out other interns, doing my last summer at the Auditorium, and maybe finishing up more lab work for my sister. I have two weddings to go to and a fall job/internship to find. PLUS, I want to volunteer with one of my former professors owl banding (hopefully she’ll take me) and possibly with a Wildlife Biologist at Lake Monroe.

That’s at least five big responsibilities to manage in three months. This is what I do to myself every summer, and it’s really kind of lonely, but I do love Bloomington in the summer when I feel like I own it because I’m not only the only person around, but I’m so active. Let’s see how else I’ve overwhelmed myself in the summers…

  • sophomore summer I took two classes, had a job and a 20hr/week internship. I was actually the only person underage in town, so I was incredibly lonely. At least I had a pool at my apartment.
  • last summer my friends were all still in town thank goodness, but I also took a (terrible) class, had two jobs, and was still volunteering at my old internship. Totes overwhelmed. Still better with friends in town though!
  • this summer: job, internship, two classes, three potential ways to volunteer. I’m not really sure why I do this to myself.

Luckily though, this summer I don’t have to go back to school right after I’m done with all that, because …. I’LL HAVE GRADUATED!!!! I’ll hopefully take a week or two break and then hopefully have an internship lined up to go to. Probably out west in the wilderness, which won’t be good for finally having time with Steven, but will be necessary for my job prospects. Words cannot describe how excited I am to be done with classes. I’ll definitely miss college and Bloomington, but I honestly hate doing homework. I’m ready for real, hands on learning.

So many exciting things to come this year…