“Oh no! One of the googly eyes on my sock fell off! I can feel it wiggling around in my boot”—
My blog has been a little sparse the past few days mostly because in San Deigo I was having TMFTB - too much fun to blog. I got to reunite with my friend Hannah, watch UConn win a great game (in enemy territory no less), eat delicious mexican food and spend lots of time outside. We walked, I biked and drove with the windows down.
But, there’s no place like home in CT and I’m happy to be back. Just in time to watch UConn make a run to the final four (ihopeihopeihopeihopeiHOPE!)
and i’m in north carolina! This trip kind of snuck up on me with things in the office being so busy but now that I’m here, I’m really happy. It’s beautiful here - there are trees all over with beautiful purple flower buds, it’s 60 degrees, even the airport was lovely. AND both Duke and UNC won their basketball games to advance to the sweet sixteen (duke by the skin of their teeth) so everyone will be in a good mood. Excited to explore the research triangle a little today and tomorrow.
In other good news, I won $100 at the casino last night playing blackjack! By my own admission I’m an awful blackjack player (read: counts with my fingers, abysmal at mental math) but with Alex’s help and some tips from our tablemates I ended up bringing home some cash!
I want to use it to treat myself to something springy. Any suggestions?
It’s the first really beautiful day of spring, I just went for my first run IN A YEAR, I had a really great phone convo with my mom this morning, I get to see Alex tonight, It’s MARCH MADNESS and the Huskies owned last night, I’m going to NC and San Diego next week for work, I get to see my friends Hannah and Caroline in SD who I haven’t seen in a year, and I just feel so happy.
today has been a serious emotional roller coaster, in a good way.
the morning started out well. even though the weather was cold and rainy I had a great time at the college fair I worked and got to talk to lots of students. But, after driving in the rain back to the office and an hour or so of slogging through more applications my brain was getting the mushies. you know - the can’t think, don’t want to think, whyyyy isn’t it time to go home yet kind of mushies. I was ready for a nap and ready to never read another college application again.
And then I picked up one of the best apps I’ve read all year.
It was from this girl who moved to the US her senior year of high school after living in Ecuador with her grandparents her entire life. She moved in with her mom who she barely knew, she didn’t speak english and she was seven and a half months pregnant at the time. And she was AMAZING. She had a fantastic GPA, she was clearly smart and worked hard in school and despite everything stacked against her, she was succeeding. She was raising her daughter, working two jobs and still managed to be a phenomenal high school student. And she was ready to go to college.
After her application I read an essay about a boy who was in the top 8% of his class and halfway through high school had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital for depression. He wanted to give up but he realized he had to keep on going. So he did.
And then I read a brilliant essay about why this one boy doesn’t squish bugs. And another one about the value of listening. And another one about how sometimes inexplicable, cosmic things happen and they remind us why we’re human and why our purpose matters, and how even though we’re told we live in a world where there’s no uncharted frontier that it doesn’t mean we can’t create new ones.
And these students reaffirmed for me exactly why I love my job, and why it’s important. These students deserve a top notch education. They deserve to have the tools and opportunities to become the sort of adults who make the world good. And I’m so lucky that I get to come in contact with them, even if it’s just through their paper applications.
very interesting to see all the sports marketing and sociology majors that populate the ranks of the elite 64 teams in the country. A few schools don’t provide the info (my alma mater included), but spoiler alert: there’s at least one women’s studies major.
I just had the best night hanging out with my girlfriends. after seeing my post about pi day my foodie friend yoomi suggested we make a pie. uh…YES. I said I would make dinner and we roped our friends rachael and kayla into the plan. We had pasta with swiss chard, shallots, white beans and bacon and a delicious coconut pecan pie. We ended up spending the entire night around my kitchen table eating and talking and laughing until we realized how late it had gotten, and it was just so fun. We talked about everything from goat farming to air bud and many things in between.
at the end of the year all of us are shooting off in different directions - rachael is moving to london for grad school, yooms got a job in new york, i’m moving to DC and kayla is interviewing this week for a job in philly. and tonight made me really glad to have them all in the same place for a few more months, and made me even more excited to see where each of our lives are going.
Sorry that my blog this week has basically been “a log of food or drink I am about to consume”. I’ve been traveling through Portsmouth, NH and Boston, MA for work and honestly we’ve been having a little too much fun. But, I’m home now knee deep in the Big East Tournament and getting geared up for St. Patty’s Day celebrations in Hartford this weekend.
Some highlights from my trip -
Having Cam, my kind of boss, make us watch Granite State of Mind, over and over again to really get a feel for her home state. And then continually saying “it’s like old Hampshire but new”
Going to Applebees, the only thing open after 10pm in NH, with my co-workers and bosses. One of my friends sampling the Coors light, simply because she hadn’t tried in before.
Blueberry Beer at Boston Beer Works right next to Fenway Park. Planning a return trip to try their Watermelon Beer this summer.
Driving for a late night Burger King run in MA while listening to a radio station that only plays Lady Gaga.
I really am so lucky to work with a group of amazing people. Even though we have a lot of fun on these trips, the events we hosted were incredibly successful, in no small part because we enjoy what we do and we feed off each others’ energy. I have a few more trips coming up these next two months and I couldn’t be more excited.