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Introducing Andrew to Pennsylvania

Friday was the start of my spring break and my parents and I made plans to spend a long weekend in Pennsylvania. I haven’t seen my grandma in at least a year and Andrew has never met her. It’s a twelve hour drive there, so I packed my headphones and coloring books and we were off Saturday morning at 530 AM.

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I love being in Pennsylvania, or at least the area my grandma lives because everything is very simple. The nearest Walmart or even grocery store is about a 20 or 30 minute drive and – we hadn’t noticed this before – the town she lives in is called a village.

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I don’t think I could live out so far away from “civilization” but I love going to visit. It’s nice to get away and to just be with my dad’s side of the family. I don’t get to see them nearly enough and Andrew has only met most of them once at my brother’s wedding so it was nice for him to meet them again before the wedding in August.

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We took a lot of walks, my mom and I showing Andrew the area. We took the bridge across the river and to the railroad tracks and then back to my grandma’s house.

I forgot how much I missed my grandpa when we went back up. My grandma loves to talk about him and everything just feels off without him there. I wish Andrew could have met him. It’s hard to believe it has almost been four years since his death. We wanted to stop by and see his grave but we just didn’t have time.

We found an old globe in the room upstairs that I had fun looking at. Russia was still the Soviet Union and Myanmar was still Burma. We also found an old album of all my aunts and uncles and their weddings. So much fun looking at all the crazy hair and big glasses. :)

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All the little things that make my grandma’s feel like home. I meant to capture a few more but I was feeling a bit too lazy, haha. All in all, a wonderful relaxing weekend with the family. ❤️

Magical Fluffy Unicorns Make Me Happy

This past week I’ve been feeling a bit down. I restricted my availability for my first job to make room for my second job, but I didn’t get put on the schedule yet, so I’ve had the last four days off, which has left me entirely too much time to think. And when I think too much I usually get a bit depressed. I hadn’t really done anything productive with my time – I didn’t have much homework and didn’t particularly feel like doing much of anything.

This morning I woke up and remembered I was having a good friend – my old roommate – over for lunch and my apartment was a mess. So, I pushed my sleeves up and got to work.

I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to audiobooks on my Kindle. I like to get them online from the library and I can have them for up to three weeks, so it gives me plenty of time to listen to them. So with The Necromancer by Michael Scott playing in the background (the series has been a bit mediocre, honestly), I started to clean.

Normally I would say that I really dislike cleaning, but there are certain days where I really enjoy it. I like scrubbing the dirt away, having everything put away, everything right where it belongs. I took out the trash and did the dishes. I cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen, and then I vacuumed. I threw out a bunch of junk I just had lying around and I cleaned out the fridge.

Since I’m a bit short on money with not working as much as I usually do, I’m trying a bit of an experiment by trying to eat as much of what I have on hand before going to the grocery store. So far, I haven’t had to get very creative yet. I’ve just been eating unusually healthy because I have so many darn frozen vegetables in my freezer! I also have a bunch of random Hamburger Helper boxes that I bought but am now scared to try. I tried the orange chicken and so far I am 0-1. I should know better than to buy boxed Chinese food.

I then remembered I needed to pay rent and put together a scholarship application for my church that is due soon, so I took care of that and some other paperwork stuff I’ve been putting off, when I remembered I was supposed to meet my friend an hour ago. For some reason, most likely ’cause I’m lazy, I just assumed that we were meeting at my apartment. But naturally as I went through my text messages, we were supposed to meet up at school for lunch. And I had already eaten.

I called her and apologized – I can be such a flake when it comes to meeting people and I genuinely feel bad. She was on her way by so she stopped by and we just chatted. I made some coffee and we giggled over boys and wedding plans, just like we used to do when we lived together the last couple of years. I miss seeing her as much.

Me and Andrew have been planning for probably the last month to watch the movie Castaway and every time our plans change, usually because of his roommate. Not that we mind, it’s just a bit of a running joke. So Andrew invited me over saying, “Let’s watch Castaway. And by that I mean let’s plan to watch Castaway and not watch it.”

And like always, that’s what happened. His roommate and friend were going to Dave & Buster’s, which is basically an arcade for grown-ups. We had dinner there and then went around playing all of the games. Andrew and his roommate were really good while me and the other girl just pretty much sucked. :P But it was a lot of fun, and Andrew won me the fluffy unicorn from Despicable Me so I was pretty happy. :)

It really is SO FLUFFY.

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