So…it appears I kind of dropped the ball on this whole blogging thing.
I started taking 17 hours of prerequisite classes for grad school (including two science labs) in January, which proved to require a lot of time and attention, leaving little extra room for blogging (but plenty of time to watch 3 seasons of Happy Endings, 1 season of Madam Secretary, and 6 seasons of The Office, so judge my priorities as you please…). But classes are over (bless you, Oregon, and your tiny little college terms), and now I have THREE WHOLE MONTHS until grad school starts in July.
By the way, I got accepted to grad school!
I’ll start my one-year Masters of Science in Nutrition program (“MScN” if you’re fancy) in July. Please don’t tell them how much cake I’ve consumed in the past month.
So, let’s play catch-up. Apparently it’s been exactly one month since my last post. Since then:
- We celebrated Eric’s birthday with at least a week of eating everything wonderful (including an entire cake consumed by just the two of us…#masterofnutrition). Irving Street Kitchen, your brunch makes my heart sing.
- I’ve finished my one and only semester of community college (for those of you not forced to endure my snapchats and texts, making a poster was one of my final projects, and I will spare you a photo since the poster was about a skin disease).
- I flew to San Francisco the day after my finals to babysit my favorite kiddos for a week and a half. We colored. We ate. We playgrounded. I burned a million calories pushing a stroller up the hills of San Francisco.
- I chopped off ALL of my hair. (Eric would call this statement an exaggeration, but since it’s the shortest my hair has been since a home haircut mishap in the 4th grade, I’m sticking to my exaggerated guns.) I’m stuck between swimming in a pool of regret and feeling wonderful that my hair can no longer get stuck in things. Despite what my fabulous hair dresser said, my curls WERE NOT made for short hair. Hello, mushroom mom.
- The weather has turned heavenly, which has resulted in lots of long runs and walks around the neighborhood. Everything is blooming, which means Portland smells like a dream. I walked to a park the other day and just read a book on a blanket in the grass. Honestly, the weather has been so perfect that I have come very close to crying in public, just overwhelmed by how marvelously glorious and sunny it has been. So, if you see a smiling fool crying and smelling flowers on the sidewalks of Portland, please, don’t mind me. I’m just so thrilled.
Thanks to my incredibly understanding husband, who gets that I need some time to relax before starting a really intense year of school, I have the next 3 months free. And what a time this will be! I’m going to get back to cooking and baking. I’m afraid that dinners the past few months have become less of a meticulously planned affair, and more of a “what can we eat with eggs?” situation. In case you’re curious, you can, in fact, eat a lot of different things with eggs.
We’re also going to do a good bit of traveling, including a trip to SWITZERLAND! Eric is going for a work conference, but we’re turning it into a magical vacation in THE ALPS, with side trips to ITALY and FRANCE. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited for a vacation in my entire life. As soon as we found out we were going, we watched all of the Rick Steves episodes we could find (no one rocks the one-strap Jansport like Rick). But if any of you have been to the area and have trip suggestions, please share!
I’m also renewing my commitment to read 26 books in 2016, which kind of fell by the wayside as I spent 3 months reading Anatomy and Psychology textbooks. I’ve only knocked out 5 books so far this year (shame, shame), but my list is long and my library card is ready.
Hopefully there will also be plenty of time for hiking and camping and riding the ol’ bicycle again (which has been collecting dust in our apartment since I last rode it in the triathlon in August…).
Here’s to getting back to the blog, soaking up some vitamin D, and living it up for the next 3 months!