The final weekend before school begins. I’m ready and I’m not ready, I guess. I really tried to make friend time a priority this weekend while also emphasizing low-key, solitary times to get my head in the game for school. I had an epic brunch full of delicious home-grown and homemade food with Lisa, a crafternoon with Jessika and Kernan, baking time, a fatty picnic with lovely folks, reading for pleasure, and time chatting with a few out-of-town dear ones.
eggs benny with hollandaise, collards, and tomato on challah, fried purple potatoes, arugula salad with apple, fennel, asiago, and a basil vinaigrette and homemade chai. (most of it came from our respective gardens!)
my first apple pie! apples are from the tree in my front yard!
pear and granola muffins. These are so good! We had some pears going bad and I whipped these up super quick to make use of them. I will definitely make them again.
Now it’s off to bed early in preparation for my 14 hour day tomorrow!
Also, how is it that there are less than 100 days left in this year? Seriously, how did that happen?
I haven’t written here in weeks.I even missed the half way point milestone (day 183) that I swore I’d post about. I started my summer term and it has felt like my life has gotten away from me a bit. I have been basically living in a world of homework and deadlines and so much reading for the past three weeks. It’s kind of unreal. Plus the lack of reliable internet has made things extra difficult. But the internet sitch has been fixed, my term is done in a week (and then I start another a few days later, but only one class instead of two), and I feel like I can start getting back to updating more regularly.
All that said, I have been practicing self-care on the regular. Especially with summer finally here, I have been treating myself really well and prioritizing certain activities to help me get through the term at school and make the most of the limited “me” time I have right now. Also, since school is a major priority and going to grad school has been such an act of self-love for me, I feel like pouring myself into it and giving it my all is some of the best self-care I can do. But trips to the river, playing in the park, and epic days of berry picking and jam making certainly don’t hurt either.
strawberries and lavender picked on Sauvie Island
lavender farm on Sauvie Island
strawberry lavender jam
little dog in a big park
Today I called out of work due to getting back home super late Sunday night/this morning. There was no way I was going to be able to be present and function, and I had some serious conference drop I needed to take care of.
I also started my new quarter of school today. Holy shit. It’s going to be hard. I’m going to spend the next few days formulating a plan to get through it while staying sane and still prioritizing self-care. March felt so much like just getting by day-by-day and I want to be more proactive going into this more difficult quarter. I have some ideas, I just need to flesh it out a bit.