Things are full of the crazy around here. Job stuff is especially odd. Class stuff is kicking my brain’s ass (nice image, right?). Foot stuff is a whole lot of not kicking, so as to not damage my foot.

I have just over two weeks left of the current class/quarter, and then three whole weeks of nothing! (Except, you know, work – and social stuff – and CHEESE MAKING!)

I am having a little trouble making & sticking to goals. I am also having a little trouble staying awake this afternoon, as I slept very poorly last night, and then had to get up very early this morning. (Read: before 9 AM, which has been the usual wake-up time over the four-day weekend.)

And speaking of the four-day weekend; although it was only one day longer than my typical weekends, it seemed extra long. The days just went on and on. So lovely.

Wednesday evening started off perfectly with my first post-surgery swim. I went 1,000 yards (yay!) in 30 minutes (eh – I’ll take it!) and had no pain, and very little discomfort. It was almost like I’d never had foot surgery at all! so awesome.

Thursday was Turkey Day – hosted by the lovely Ambitious Pi family. There were 12 of us for dinner, and it was good. So much wonderful food. My friends really know their way around the kitchen!

Friday was a day of lounging. I didn’t even get dressed once all day!

Saturday was a day of industriousness. I wrote a paper, hopped on the bike trainer (10:15 – a whole 15 seconds longer than last week), and then went to Laurelwood for my first Vinter Varmer of the year.

Sunday was another lazy-ish day. I lounged. Then, I got dressed so I could hang out & paint ornaments with some of my best girls.  We had so much fun painting & sharing a bottle of wine. I had WAAY more fun than I’d anticipated, and cannot wait to go back for my birthday & make everyone pitch in to buy me the $90 garden gnome. 🙂

Sunday evening was, again, lazy – just the way I like it.

I wish every weekend lasted four days! Alas! I will just have to do my best to enjoy my much-shortened 3-day weekends. 🙁

***non sequitur navel gazing***

I think a lot about who I am, and how each experience changes me, even if only a little. Time spent with my Portland family makes me a better person. I have learned so much from each person in my life, and every interaction, every new adventure, helps me become a little more me – and a little better me.  Thank you, friends.


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