It is a bit shocking how busy I have been this academic year so far. I feel as though I spend more hours a week in a library than in my apartment (including sleep), and I am always reading lecture online, catching up in online readings, or trying to get through readings in my course packet. Even though I am so. freaking. busy. I am loving every single portion of graduate school this year.
Last Friday, I wanted to meet up with my sisters in Oshkosh for dinner. I was going to be in Ripon anyway, and thought it would be nice to see them. As a last minute surprise, my cousins (and their two adorable children) came along with. I loved my delicious meal, full of great food and wine, but loved spending time with my family even more.
Me and the girlies! (L to R: me, Nikki, Ashley)
Sam making the girl stick their tongues out.
I took a weekend break to see Sam in Ripon for Derby Days. It’s Sigma Chi’s huge national philanthropy event that benefits Children’s Miracle Network. I got to see so many of my friends there, and I had a great time. Unfortunately, Sam was busy facilitating a Mission 365 event for Sigma Chi, but I still was able to see him momentarily this weekend.
The ADPis at Derby Days: (L to R, back row: me, Ali, Lauren, Flynn, Sarah-Marie. front row: Mara, Sarah, Courtney, Wally, Kim, Rachel)
It wouldn’t be the Derby without Matt.
Two of my all-time favorites, Sarah and Flynn.
Proof that Greeks can get along (L to R, back row: Sara, Courtney, Steve, Kasen, me, Christina, Mara, Ashley. front row: Sarah, Lauren)
This week hasn’t been the best. My toilet broke at my apartment (don’t ask me how it did, I still have no idea), I dropped my favorite perfume on the ground and it shattered (but my room smells really good now), and I just haven’t gotten the sleep that I need at night. Regardless of these situations, I have really been happy. I try to see the good in everything, and I know that all of this hard work right now is going to pay off.
I’m getting anxious for the next chapter in my life, but I am starting to take note of that and keep myself focused on what is occurring right now. Trying to stay sane and remind myself that I need to enjoy the now instead of focusing on the future.
Except the future involves apple picking, baking apple pie, pumpkin carving, and a corn maze. That’s worth focusing on.