Tuesday night, I went to bed thinking it was going to be the slowest week of my life.
Then Wednesday, just after noon, my brother and his family showed up. And didn’t leave until Sunday afternoon…
I love them and the rest of my family. And because of that, I honestly didn’t even try to complete my goal last week. I’m not going to give up on French, or my New Year’s Resolution, but I had way more fun and feel so much happier for having spent my time with my family the past five days. So, I’ll keep using Duolingo when I feel like it and see if I can get to a higher proficiency level by the end of the summer like I want. But there are definitely going to be more important moments that pop up and I plan on taking advantage of those.
In the meantime, I also learned a lot from the past week. In just a few weeks, my brother and his family are coming back – and this time they’re staying much longer. They’ll be moving in with my parents and me for a while, so there stay felt kind of like a test-run for the rest of my summer away from school.
It’s going to be interesting, to say the least, not being the youngest in the house. My niece is three years old and frickin’ adorable, which boots me off the throne of “baby-of-the-family.” That being said, my niece also quite social and fun -loving, as most toddlers are – so we now know we have to set aside a space for just her and her mom to do toddler stuff. Y’know, like preschool lessons and playtime without the distractions of a whole family moving around her when all she wants to do is see what Oma is cooking and Gwen is working on in her room.
So, I’m now socially, emotionally, and kind of physically drained. And it actually feels kind of good, because it was mostly because of hanging out with my family. I know I’ll be spending a lot more time out of the house so I can have alone-time this summer, but it’s going to be so cool to be a part of a big as crap family this summer!
On a slightly different note, I want to share some things I’m thankful for from this interesting first week of summer:
Obviously, I got to spend a lot of time with my family, which was not at all expected. Even my sister, her husband, and their dog joined in on the fun! It’s super great having them all home again after so many years of us being slightly scattered.
On Friday, I finally got a real grown-up desk! Shout-out to Ikea for making bomb furniture and other awesome junk I probably don’t really need but I will (mostly) use. I found the perfect tiny desk that fits perfectly in my room and that I can (finally) take to school with me. I haven’t had a desk since freshman year because I decided the past couple of years to sacrifice space in order to save money. It was really difficult not having a desk this last year, though. I have more roommates than I’ve ever had which makes it challenging to focus at the dining room table. So, I’m shoving a desk in the little space left I can claim in my room at school. I’m so excited to have my own working space again that I don’t also sleep in!
A bunch of people are taking me up on my offer to do free communications work for them this summer! I’m stoked to be able to get some practice with different types of media in order to build my portfolio and working relationships. I know it will be a real challenge for me sometimes, but that’s what I need in order to grow.
I’m home! I know that seems like a silly thing to be thankful for since a lot of college students spend their summers home from school, but I’m seriously just so happy to be home. I can spend hours in the parks and on the trails surrounding the Flint River, reading and listening to the critters and the water. I can hear the trains that run past the farmers’ fields and scoot around downtown Flushing late at night when everything is quiet. I can take a quick drive to downtown Flint and hang out at the Farmers’ Market and watch all the amazing, hardworking people do their thing. I can spend time with my family without having to make plans too far in advance that it loses its fun. I’m just so freaking happy!
If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:
Last week: Spend 20 minutes learning French each day.
This week: Write a thank you note to a new person each day. And probably mail it? They might want to read the nice things you have to say.
Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary. Try a different source for news each day – be an informed citizen!