Life update

It kind of sucks when you post so infrequently that every post turns into a life update of sorts. Anyway, I am attempting to create some kind of regular posting schedule for myself that will fit into my school/work schedule. Right now I think I will be posting on Fridays and Sundays, starting next week. Obviously, I’d like to post more frequently if possible, but I don’t want to overcommit. Those are the days I anticipate having the most free time.

I start my last semester of my undergraduate career next Tuesday! I don’t think I’ve fully wrapped my head around that yet. I’m excited, but it would be a bit more exciting/scary if I was going right into the “real world” after graduating. I’m headed straight into grad school, though- which will likely be different in some ways, I imagine- and so I’ll still be in the cocoon of academia! For another 1.5 years.

School has already started in the city I work in, and the first day of our after-school program was yesterday. It honestly couldn’t have gone better! We have a few new kids- they’re all great, and fit right into our existing group. The afternoons feel so short compared to the long, hot days of working in the summer program. All in all, despite how much I complained about my job this summer, I definitely got a lot out of it. Mostly, I feel a lot more competent in dealing with challenging behaviors and defiance.

Not too much else is new since the last time I updated. Doug and I have been running a lot together, which is so much fun. We really push each other and challenge each other. He’s the only person I’ve ever enjoyed running with! We’re planning on running a 5K with some family & friends in November. I think it will be a lot easier for me to fall into a regular exercise routine once school starts. My earliest class this semester is at 9:10am! 

Life feels really balanced and healthy lately. Time with friends, time with family, time with Doug, time alone. I think the work/school balance will be perfect this semester, too, and I should have a bit more free time since I completed my internship last semester. I know two of my classes will be quite demanding, but I’m confident I can handle it! 

Well that’s about it for now, but you should be seeing more of me on this blog in the coming weeks! I hope you’re all having a great week so far, and happy Wednesday!

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Kindergarten graduation

Today I visited the kindergarten class I interned in for the last time. Tonight is their graduation. They will spend the summer at various camps, visiting family, and maybe even traveling to other countries. Then in the fall, they will all begin their next adventure: first grade. Small groups of 3 or 4 students might be at the same school or even in the same class, but for the most part, they will be apart, as they live in many different towns/neighborhoods.

I can’t attend the actual graduation ceremony because I have to work, so I chose the next best thing: the rehearsal. They filed in, sat down, sang a welcoming song, practiced receiving (student-created) awards, practiced receiving their diplomas, and sang their closing song. I almost cried during that last part. The closing song begins with the line, “See the sun setting in the sky. It’s time to end another day.”

While I was with them, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I probably will never see most of them again. How this special, unique group of children, with their various personalities, quirks, interests, and habits will never be together — all 18 of them — again. I thought about how short a school year really is, in the grand scheme of things. How difficult it is to say goodbye after just 190ish days. September always brings a new group of students, but no class is the same from year to year.

I will miss playing mancala and the secret word game with C. I will miss watching I draw her fashion designs. I will miss R’s enthusiasm for sharks. I will miss watching J and K try to run faster and faster during tag games. I will miss kicking a soccer ball around with M. I will miss just talking with E about her weekend. I will miss H and S’s insightful and creative contributions to storytelling. I will miss dancing with J. I will miss our morning meetings, our songs, freeze dance, the block area, the treehouse, field trips, and most of all, our stories. The stories we read and the stories the children told, sometimes independently, more often in a group.

This kindergarten class was, for me, the first experience I ever had in a classroom on a regular basis. I know beyond any doubt that I was an important part of their learning and kindergarten experiences. I wonder if they will ever know how much I learned from them, and how unforgettable they are.

Weekend recap: 06.06-06.08

Friday
We drove to the beach. For the entire 30 minute ride there, Doug and I asked each other, “Why don’t we do this more often?” There is no good reason, or excuse– but we’re going to try and get out there often this summer. We walked up and down the sandy beach and greeted every single dog we saw. I found a sand dollar, but unfortunately it broke today as I was transporting it from my car to my apartment. I also decided to ‘test’ the water. Verdict: freezing.

Then we ventured into the downtown area and found an Italian bakery. We bought two mini cannolis, although we didn’t eat them until the next day. Once we realized the parking meter was about to run out, we walked back to the car and headed to our next destination: Dairy Queen.

Eating ice cream after you haven’t had any for about 5 weeks is a weird experience. The weirdest part of it was actually not the taste/flavor/insane sweetness. It was the portion size. I ordered a small Blizzard and when I began eating it, I started laughing because I thought there was no possible way I’d finish it. It seemed like SO MUCH ice cream. However, I did finish it- and did not suffer a bit of stomach pain. Apparently I can’t eat a small container of yogurt with only 5 ingredients (one of which is milk from grass-fed cows), but I can scarf down a DQ s’mores Blizzard no problem. Okay, body.

Saturday
My second summer course ended after 8 grueling hours spent sitting near a floor-to-ceiling window on the nicest day in a long time. However, the Salem Witch Trials are super interesting, and I’m glad I chose to take the class. My favorite part was when we talked about the current tourist industry in Salem, modern day witches who live in Salem, and in general, the way the trials influence the town of Salem today.

After class ended, I went home, ate my cannoli and collapsed for about two hours. I was the crankiest I’d been in forever, probably because I’d woken up at 6:00am! I finally dragged myself off the couch, changed my clothes, and made myself presentable. We went out to one of our favorite local restaurants for our friend’s birthday. For some reason, Doug (my husband- you probably didn’t know that) decided we should order a fish bowl. Kind of a good decision, but maybe not worth $10.

After dinner, we all headed back to our place, sat on the deck, and talked about life (for real). Then we hit our favorite bars, did some karaoke, and finally called it a night around 1:00am. The best moment of the night, hands down, was our friend trying to “ding dong ditch” people on the walk back. Crazy times.

Sunday
We slept till 10:00am, which is SO late for us. Around 12:30, we went to my mother-in-law’s house to pick up our huge fan we stored there over the winter. It hit 86F here today! We hung out with her for a while, which was nice. She only lives 15 minutes away and unfortunately we don’t see her nearly as much as we should.

Then we did our typical Sunday stuff, a.k.a., grocery shopping. I prepped food for the week and cleaned the apartment when we came home,then read for a while. We went for a walk (also a typical Sunday thing). I made Doug’s favorite dinner: apple mustard pork sliders; we watched Game of Thrones, etc. And now I’m going to sleep! I feel really refreshed and ready for the week ahead. My cold is finally gone, and I am quite relaxed 🙂