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Pumpkins + Ice Cream + Sisterly Love

17 Oct

My lazy weekend was short-lived. I was back on the road again on Sunday, and for a very good reason.

Jordan and I took a little road trip to visit my sister (who recently started a very cute blog- check it out 🙂) at college!

We were super hungry when we arrived and didn’t waste any time finding somewhere to eat. Our first stop was Boiler Market, a local cafe/bar.

I had the soup and sandwich combo, with a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup and half a buffalo chicken wrap. I’d say it was pretty good- considering I ate every bit of it and still had room to spare (you’ll see what I mean in a sec 😉).

After lunch, we took a little tour around campus. My sis, Molly, goes to Purdue, the same school I went to my freshman year. I’d be lying if I said it’s not a little strange walking around there (five years later)! So much has changed, but so much has stayed the same. Jordan hadn’t been there since he toured the campus in high school (He almost went to Purdue…I wonder if we would have met there?), so Molly and I filled him in on all of the hot spots.

And after the tour, it was time for a trip to…

The pumpkin patch! Using Jordan’s handy GPS, we found one pretty close to campus. It was a very windy day, so we all chose our pumpkins pretty quickly.

And then, it was time for one last stop. (The one I was looking forward to a little too much)

I think someone wanted my ice cream…

Told you I saved room ;).

Our final stop was at Silver Dipper, a cute little ice cream shop that I must visit every time I go to Purdue. It’s hand-dipped, full-fat ice cream, and you better believe I enjoyed all two scoops and that white chocolate dipped cone!

Molly had some study plans shortly after we finished our ice cream, so Jordan and I said our goodbyes and rolled ourselves out of there started the drive home.

Despite being away from home, it really was a perfect Sunday, full of relaxation.

Gotta love sister bonding time :).

How did you spend your Sunday?

How often do you spend time with your siblings?

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Traveling for a Shower

22 Aug

After traveling to Michigan over the weekend, I arrived back in Indiana last night. Although it was a quick trip, it was really nice to see all of my family. We’ve been going to Michigan a lot this summer, some times were for more somber reasons, and then there were happier occasions, as well. This weekend was a happy occasion- my cousin’s bridal shower!

My mom and I left early Saturday afternoon, and arrived at our destination (my grandma’s house :)) around 5:30. After dropping off our bags, we were off to meet my grandpa (on the other side of the family) for dinner. Until recently, I never realized how fortunate I am that both of my parent’s parents get along. It was not unusual for us to have combined holidays and dinners when we were growing up, and Saturday night was no different. We spent almost two hours catching up.

On Sunday morning, my mom and I went to church with my grandma, and we ended up meeting up with my aunt, uncle, and two of their kids (my cousins, of course) while we were there. It was really nice to catch up with them. My cousins were leaving for school right afterward, and I must admit it made me a little sad to only have boring old work 😉 to talk about rather than new books and classes (just kidding, I do like my job).

I do not miss that big purple backpack

After church, my mom and I packed up again, and we were off to the shower. I meant to take more pictures. I even told my cousin I would take pictures for her. And then we started playing games, and at the end of opening presents I turned to the maid of honor sitting next to me and said that I completely forgot- oops. Oh well, the memories are good ones. Everything was beautifully decorated in pink and green (my favorite colors, so I definitely approved 🙂). There was a salad bar for lunch, and then, my favorite, an ice cream sundae bar for dessert. My cousin and I did manage to sneak in one picture before I left to go home.

I’m really not a giant…she’s tiny 🙂

She’s going to make a beautiful bride. I keep telling her that I can’t believe she’s getting married, and I guess it’s because part of me still feels like a kid. We are only eight days apart in age, so we spent a lot of time together when we were younger. Out of the two of us, I’ve always been the one more likely to reminisce (out loud, at least), so it should be no surprise that I keep saying, “Where did the time go?” It went too fast.

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Alright, well now I am just waiting for my mom to come downstairs so we can watch ‘Bachelor Pad’. I’m also eating a monster size bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares for dinner. There wasn’t enough in the box to have another bowl tomorrow, so I had to finish it up. Darn ;).

Alright, well it looks my mom is ready to start the DVR, so I must go. Enjoy your evening!

Do you have cousins close in age?

Have you been to a bridal shower?

Featured Fitblogger

12 Aug

Thank you guys for making me feel better about my quirkiness at work. I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one who keeps at blanket at her desk! It’s good to know that we’re all listening to our bodies. No need to be freezing for 8 hours when we can just put a blanket on :).

Okay…can I tell you how excited I am that it is Friday? Even though I have another out of town weekend planned, it’ll be nice to have two days off from my long commute. And…my sisters and dad are meeting me for lunch today! Usually I don’t even take a lunch break away from my desk, so I’m kind of looking forward to a break in my day!

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Back to the subject of the out of town weekend. It’s actually not a whole weekend away, it’s just a day trip. Because…my youngest sister is moving into college!  On Saturday, I will be helping to move her in, along with the rest of my family. I’m excited for her, but I’m kind of sad too. She’s the baby of the family, and I’m the oldest. I guess that protective older sister thing is kicking in (even though it annoys her). Plus, it’s kind of weird that I’m living back at home and she’s moving away. Funny how things go full circle :).

Summer after my first year of college

Well,  I better start getting ready so I can get to work. Before I go, I must mention that I am today’s featured Fitblogger! Head over to Fitblogger to check out my post!

What are your weekend plans?

A letter to my 17-year-old self

31 May

Dear Emily,

I know that you have been feeling overwhelmed, scared, and a little emotional lately. Don’t try to push those feelings away. Graduating high school is a big deal. The more you deny those feelings, the harder it will be when you leave for Purdue in the fall.

As you prepare for college, don’t stress too much about finding a summer job. Yes, it’s a good idea to keep yourself busy so that you aren’t lost in your thoughts day in and day out, but enjoy the time that you have off, too. And when your friend offers to help you get a job at Steak & Shake, don’t complain about smelling like greasy, fried food or not being offered enough hours. The people you work with will teach you something. You will realize why you are going to college.

And Emily, that boy that’s causing you to mope around? He’s playing with your feelings. In fact, in four years he will be married and it will not be to you. You won’t be ready for marriage in four years anyway. You’re young. Enjoy being single for the next few years- you will learn more about yourself than you ever could with a boyfriend. You will meet the person you are supposed to be with when you least expect it, and he wouldn’t even think of hurting your feelings. You will fall in love- just give it time.

As far as college goes, don’t be afraid to try new things. Talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to. Join clubs and organizations. Get to know your roommate, even if you don’t always get along. Try to appreciate the new experience, even if you are homesick. And if Purdue doesn’t work out, that’s okay. You don’t have to be on a straight and narrow path- in fact, your journey will be anything but that. Be prepared for changes, changes that will be for the better. And don’t feel like a failure if you want to take a semester off to figure things out. Don’t listen to what other people say- you will go back and finish. You will graduate college, even if it takes a little longer than four years. Don’t let confusion and changes upset you- other people go through it too. It is all a part of learning experience.

Finally, Emily, stop and look in the mirror. Look in the mirror right now. You are beautiful. You are thin. You are fit. Stop telling yourself otherwise. There is no need to workout seven days a week when you get to Purdue. Just because the gym is a three minute walk from your dorm room does not mean that you need to go every second you get a chance. Nor do you need to carefully watch everything you eat. While it’s okay to make healthy choices, it’s not okay to deprive yourself from sweets during the week, so that you end up eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a bag of M&Ms on Friday night while your “friends” go out drinking. About drinking- if you don’t want to do it, don’t. And don’t apologize for making that choice. You will hear too many stories of girls who messed up their relationships, their friendships, their bodies and their minds, because of alcohol. Trust your instincts, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for your decisions.

Enjoy this summer, Emily. It may in an in-between stage, not a high schooler, not yet a college student, but it’s a time for you to reflect. Enjoy time with family. Enjoy time with friends- although you may think so now, they will not be your friends forever- enjoy their company while you have it. The next five years of your life will fly by. Soon your youngest sister will be the one in your place, and you will wonder where the time went. You will be in a similar place that you are right now, only a college graduate, looking for a job, figuring out life. Don’t rush to get to that point. Life goes by too fast. Just embrace it. Just enjoy it.

Love,

Emily

 

 

A little uninspired

14 May

Hi, friends :). I feel like it’s been ages since I have written (even though it’s only been three days). I thought I would have more time to blog once school was over, but this week has gone by surprisingly fast, and has been very busy. And truthfully, I haven’t felt very inspired to write. Hopefully once I have some sort of routine back in my life, my thoughts will flow more easily :).

Here’s what I was up to while I was away from the computer this week:

Celebrating my mom’s birthday– My mom’s birthday was on Wednesday. I made her a cake, but somehow lost all of the pictures I took while making it. You’ll just have to take my word for it when I say, everybody seemed to like it :)!

Finishing up my internship– I guess I lied when I said I didn’t have much of a routine this week, because I was still working- one of the reasons why this week felt busy. My last day was on Thursday. Although I was a little sad to be leaving, with gas prices currently at $4.19 a gallon, I will not miss the 40 minute commute.

Busy at work (while eating an orange :))

Getting a haircut– I finally got the much needed haircut that I have been talking about for months weeks! With 3 1/2 inches off, my head feels a few pounds lighter. Photo soon to come.

Preparing for graduation– I went to campus to pick up my gap and gown, sold back my books, and picked out my graduation day outfit. Since the ceremony is tomorrow, and I still need to shoes to go with my dress, it looks like today calls for a little shopping trip :).

Okay, well I am off to get ready for the day. I am going to a Pampered Chef party with my friend this morning, and even though I know they’ll probably have lots of food samples (yum!), I want to eat a good breakfast before I go.

Have a great Saturday!

Do you ever feel like an uninspired blogger?

What are you up to this weekend?

Change is a funny thing

11 May

Some changes, we ache for.

For a red light to change,

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for a season to change,

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 for a grade to change.

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With others, we’re more reluctant:

A big move,

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a new haircut,

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a career change.

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The thing is, if we spend so much time waiting for change, worrying about the next transition in life, are we really living?

While chatting with my family and neighbors today, my neighbor congratulated me on my new “graduate” status, and joked that she’s glad that she won’t have to read my “I can’t wait until I’m done with school” Facebook statuses anymore. Before I could reply, my mom chimed in with, “Well, now she misses school and is upset about not having a job yet” (I may or may not have had a slight emotional breakdown in the middle of dinner). My neighbor just nodded in understanding, saying, “I guess we’re never happy with where we are in life.”

That last sentence really makes me think. Are we ever really truly, 100% happy with what we have, or are we always thinking about what is going to happen next? We want things to change, but when they finally begin to change, we don’t want it anymore. And when I say “we”, I mean me (or, being grammatically correct, I).

For me, graduating from college is more difficult than graduating from high school. My future is wide open. I am no longer a child, but not quite a “grown up.” I am over-emotional; I am confused; I am nostalgic.

I don’t know exactly what it is that I am afraid of. Perhaps what I am most afraid of is the unknown.  Although I can dream and think and plan as much as I want, I know that my future is not likely to turn out the way I think it will.

Because, if I was able to predict my future correctly, I would currently be on summer break from Purdue, getting ready to enter my last year of pharmacy school, and dating my high school boyfriend.

Although I can resist it as much as I want, it’s inevitable. Things change.

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And it must be for the better. Right?

How do you deal with change?

Do you enjoy transitions in life?

By the numbers

7 May

 9 semesters of undergraduate classes- $60,000 +

Books, notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils- $4,000

Cell phone plan, to call home when homesick$20 a month

Gym membership, to use for stress relief- $20 a month

Gap & gown (that must be returned before leaving the building)- $55

Honor cords- $9

Knowing that I worked my butt off  hard for four and a half years, so I could receive a piece of paper my degree and have a successful career- Priceless

I did it….I am officially done with college!

Next Sunday, that will be me!

But I must tell you, yesterday, before taking my last final exam, an alumni office contacted me asking for money.

Just a small donation,” they said, “to commemorate the end of your college career.”

Seriously, people? Let me at least walk across the stage first.

Today, I will be commemorating the end of my college career with a night out on the town (aka: dinner and fro-yo). Sorry, alumni foundation, food comes first :).

Have you ever had people/places annoyingly ask you for money?

What are your weekend plans?