Those Lazy Hazy Summer Days

Soooooo.

I kinda slacked off last week. 

And by kinda I mean that I waited until Friday night and then ran out of paper to print all the recipes I wanted to organize so I didn’t finish. But now that I have most of them printed, I’m that much closer to having a recipe binder. 

So basically, I still count this as a win. Because I can. And also because I’ve been having a lot of fun just relaxing and hanging out with my family. I’m still trying to get used to having my brother, his wife, and my niece living with us, so I haven’t been the most productive on all accounts. 

But that’s okay. We’ll all figure out our routines and crap eventually. 

This week’s goal is a lot more chill. I’m just gonna finish reading a book I’ve had for over a year, so I’ll do so every night before bed and relax. 

I hope you all are having a great summer or end of the school year so far! See you next week.

 

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 15 minutes each day for five days pulling together the recipes you’ve found, print and three-hole-punch them on the sixth day, and organize them into a binder on the seventh day (<< that all sounded vaguely Biblical). Go forth and meal prep!

This week: Read a chapter from Thrive each day. Feel like the strong independent Godly woman you are – or are striving to be. 

Next week: Color for 30 minutes each day either in silence or with music – no tv necessary.

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*Insert Dramatic Toddler Groan Here*

~So first, I wrote this a day late. I know, you all (three of you) are so disappointed. I can’t promise it won’t happen again. But I literally forgot to write it/decided to watch Doctor Who before I had to help my brother’s family move in yesterday. So I guess what I’m saying is deal with it.~

Guys, I know I’m a grown up, but I don’t like the news. 

It’s easy enough to catch the headlines. Buzzfeed’s Daily News email (which kind of sucks at getting out at a consistent time or at all) was fine for catching a few of the major things that happened last week, but not really for details that didn’t seem fairly biased.

~~Sidenote: I didn’t disagree with Buzzfeed on everything, but one thing I’ve learned from my liberal education is to evaluate information you receive for bias, even if it includes your own.~~

If I wanted an actual news article, I had to go to a completely different source. This is fine. 

It is also tedious. Which is why I feel like a toddler for writing this, but it makes me not want to do it. It’s hard work and time-consuming to stay updated on the news. I’d honestly rather do other stuff. Like keep watching Doctor Who. Or watch a WWI documentary with my dad. Or even go to work. 

I’m not giving up, though! I really want to stay more informed. So I’ll keep trying more and more news sources. I haven’t tried any apps yet, so I have a feeling there’ll be some new downloads on my phone by tomorrow. 

On a different note, I haven’t actually started my goal for this week, which is also fine. Sunday turned into me basically babysitting small children or a dog at three different points unexpectedly. Monday went from just working to working, babysitting, and unpacking my brother’s family’s life back into our house. And I picked up a shift today. 

So I’ll begin tomorrow. And I’m honestly super excited because one of my favorite past times is daydreaming about when I’ll make the awesome recipe I found.

With that, have a lovely week everyone!

 

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: 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!

This week: Spend 15 minutes each day for five days pulling together the recipes you’ve found, print and three-hole-punch them on the sixth day, and organize them into a binder on the seventh day (<< that all sounded vaguely Biblical). Go forth and meal prep!

Next week: Read a chapter from Thrive each day. Feel like the strong independent Godly woman you are – or are striving to be. 

Thank You

So. Wow. Emotions. 

I didn’t cry or anything, but I sure did have a lot of memories come flying back the past few days. I ended up writing six letters to six teachers. I chose not to write a seventh because another teacher didn’t come as easy to mind at the moment. 

That’s not to say I don’t have a lot of people to thank for a whole lotta things. I could easily come up with an endless list of people to write letters to in thanks, but at the the moment, I chose teachers. It’s probably because I just finished another school year, so a weight has been lifted and I can genuinely thank them without griping about schoolwork. 

So who knows? Maybe some other time I’ll write six or seven letters to friends, or family, or other random people who had an impact on me. 

For now, though, six letters is plenty. I cannot stress enough how many memories have come flooding back into my mind from reflecting on how these teachers affected me. I can honestly say I miss the people and the moments. 

Switching gears! Next week I have a different goal. I decided to change one of my 52 goals and now I will be trying a different news source each day. I generally try to understand what is going on around me, but lately I’ve been feeling uninformed as crap. So I’ll try everything from Buzzfeed’s daily news email to my limited free access to articles on the New York Times website, and especially Mlive and other local news television sites. I’m hoping that by trying these I’ll be able to find a few reliable news sources that don’t sugar coat the news, but still give me a well-rounded understanding of the world flying by me. 

 

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: 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. 

This week: 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!

Next week: Spend 15 minutes each day for five days pulling together the recipes you’ve found, print and three-hole-punch them on the sixth day, and organize them into a binder on the seventh day (<< that all sounded vaguely Biblical). Go forth and meal prep!

Ma Famille ou le Français?

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. 

Next week: 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!