Surviving The Plague, Being Basic In October, & More Ramblings On Life

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve done anything with this blog, and yeah, I feel guilty. But on the other hand, I don’t feel bad about it at all. Though I do love writing on here, I think it was beneficial to take a step back for awhile. Blogging, though a favorite pastime of mine, isn’t always one of my priorities. When you’re college, it’s so hard to balance out everything – doing readings, collaborating on group projects, studying for exams, attending class, spending time with friends, staying in touch with my family, and then doing stuff for me, whether that’s reading a book, exercising at the fitness center, or talking a walk outside. Life gets hectic. Everyone can attest to that.

So what’s been up with me lately? Well, a lot has gone down in the last month or so since I last wrote up a blog post (that was also about my life lately) (I’m self-absorbed apparently), so I’m just going to organize my ramblings into the most important/interesting/dominating things that have been happening lately –

1. I Got The Plague

Okay, not the literal plague, but it sure feels like it. I’m actually still a bit sick right now, but I think it’s safe to say that the worst is behind me. I’ve been sick for about two weeks now, and my mom agrees that this is the worst of been sick in like my entire life. I have never been so sick for so long. And being in college and away from home made it really difficult. The first week of my illness, I literally somehow mustered enough strength to half-ass my way through my classes before returning to the dorm room aka the sick cave, where I would just lie in the dark on my bed, because that’s all I had the energy to do. I was also in an awful mood all the time and was pretty irritated by everything, which made me a great person to be around. Week #2 wasn’t that extreme, but my cough is still killing me and I have long forgotten what my real voice sounds like without being all sickly sounding. It’s been fun.

2. October Is The Month Of Being Basic – And I Love It

I really want to do a full October recap post at the end of the month so I’ll have to restrain myself a bit at the moment (blogging is so difficult), but I LOVE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR SO MUCH. The temperature has dropped and the trees are becoming blazing canvases of red, orange, and yellow.

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I have been walking around campus and photographing as many changing trees as I can. Almost everything is pumpkin spice. I’m getting hot coffee rather than iced coffee. I can finally wear sweatshirts and boots without being a sweaty mess. I’m convinced I want to live in either a pumpkin patch or a corn maze. I wish it could be October all year.

I also went to the farmers market in the city that my college is located for the first time with my roommate this weekend, and it was such a blast. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the farmers market this late in the season (I usually go to the ones around where I live throughout the summer) and I loved it. There were baskets of pumpkins, multiple tents selling bouquets of gorgeous flowers, and tents filled with cozy mittens, hats, and scarves.

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And, of course, there was the amazing food that’s always present at farmers market. I got this massive crepe (wrapped up like a burrito!!) filled with banana, nutella, and whipped cream.

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I think from just that description you can guess how good it was.

3. I’ve Given Two Speeches And Didn’t Die

As a requirement for my communication minor, I have to take Fundamentals of Public Address – aka speech class. I already had to take a speech class in high school, and it was a pretty traumatic experience for me. Also I’m one of those people who have an intense fear of public speaking – I dread it days in advance, and in the moments leading up to it, my heart is pounding through my chest and my stomach churns. Yeah. It’s delightful. But luckily one of my close friends is in the class with me, and the class itself is relatively small with 30 or so people. Somehow – by some sort of miracle – I have managed to give two speeches already in that class. And I didn’t die?? It’s crazy. I still have a lot of anxiety around public speaking, but (I guess) the fact that I haven’t epically screwed up yet has made me feel a bit better about the whole thing.

4. I Miss My Family

I’ve found myself missing my family a lot more this year in comparison with freshman year. I think it’s maybe because I was so eager to be independent last year that the separation didn’t faze me as much? I’m not sure. But wow, do I miss my family, especially my mom. It’s hard. It feels like phone calls and texting just aren’t enough, and I find myself missing being at home quite intensely from time to time. It’s not like nothing is going wrong here at college. I’m comfortable here in my on-campus apartment, and get along well with my two roommates. Other than being sick, my mood/attitude about everything has been just fine. My classes can get a bit overwhelming at times, but my course schedule this semester is admittedly tame. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll always miss my family like this no matter how old I get. That seems pretty possible to me.

My parents visited briefly yesterday (only about 2 hours), and I was so happy to see them. We went to the coffeehouse on campus for some hot beverages (hot cocoa for dad, apple cider for mom, and a cookie dough mocha for me), and then I took them on a little tour of campus, since it’s been awhile since my dad has been here to get a good look around. We did a stint on the trails surrounding campus and ended up coming across the infamous haunted chapel, which is hidden in the forest.

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It was my first time getting to that spot this school year and the very first time ever for my parents, so that was a cool thing to stumble across.

5. I Have A Succulent Named William

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I got him from Home Depot and it’s three succulents already in its own little pot. I’m gazing at him with adoration as I type this. One of the plants is already dried up and I have no idea how often to water it and with what amount of water, but I don’t care. I have a plant friend, and that is everything to me.

6. And There’s More!

What else… I have several overdue library books from the public library in my hometown and it’s stressing me out. I finished reading the much-loved A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I’m about a third into the sequel A Court of Mist and Fury (one of those overdue library books!). I’m planning on making just giant post where I review both of the books and give my thoughts on the characters and plot. I have a lot of thoughts about it.

I have been bitten by the craft bug. I crocheted during the Packer game last night because I’m one of the coolest kids I know. I desperately want to go shopping for more yarn. I want to make a tie pillow and probably another tie blanket. When my parents came up yesterday, I had my mom bring up the coloring books and excess of colored pencils I’ve left behind. I can’t do college… I need to craft. Priorities.

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