What I’m Thankful For

1. Clothes on my back and a roof over my head.

2. My mom and my dad. 

3. A sister, with a serious funny bone, but enough will-power to be quiet and agreeable the majority of the time.

4. A brother, with a serious funny bone, who does NOT have enough will-power to be quiet and agreeable the majority of the time time.

5. Two wonderful old friends and two wonderful new friends. Shoutout to Brenda and Tiia (est. as little kids) and Kayla and Zee (est. this summer in Zanzibar). Don’t know what I’d do without you guys! 

6. A loving boyfriend who appreciates the same kind of music as me, who recognizes how ridiculous I get when I’m stressed but still holds my hand through it, and who will eat 3 cartons of Ben & Jerry’s with me in a night. 

7. My seven part-time jobs for giving me the ability to do three things: 1) physically have a job in this economy, 2) save up the funds to travel, and 3) have enough job experience to boast an excellent resume and have fun doing it!

8. My cat, Theo for laying next to me during thunderstorms and for faithfully rubbing your butt on my face when I’ve slept in a little too late. Love ya buddy.

9. My health.

10. Last but not least, all the opportunities I have gotten to travel because it has truly opened my eyes to the world and are experiences I will never forget.

11. I lied, one more. For all those great teachers out there. You know who you are and seriously I wouldn’t be where I am today without all my wonderful teachers over the years.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

The best day in the dining hall

This is an obvious choice…. Thanksgiving day dinner of course! I got to the dining hall at 4:30pm just to get ready for this extravagant event. The dining hall goes all out for this dinner. From Charlie Brown thanksgiving videos playing on televisions to a giant inflated turkey to food galore.

On the menu is typical thanksgiving day food - stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, everything else you could ever imagine. And then you get to dessert….. Pies on pies on pies. Some people even try to steal a whole pie because they’re concerned they’ll be all gone before they’re done eating their meal.

This dinner is so anticipated you can be sure the lines will stretch further than any other day of the year. It’s just a thing. And you deal with it because who doesn’t want thanksgiving dinner.

My typical thanksgiving dinner schedule (at the dhall):

4:29-4:30 walk to the dining hall, yes my dorm building is THAT close.

4:30 walk up with friends so that we can be sure to get a big table sitting together. On such a busy day there’s no guarantee you’ll find a big enough table where you want to sit unless you get there early enough

4:40 get food. Even this early the lines are still crazy long. I recommend grabbing a slice of corn bread and nomming on it while you stand in line.

5:00 sit down and go to town. Just eat your heart out!

5:30 attempt to find dessert. This is a struggle, but I got lucky this year. I got a slice of pumpkin AND apple pie. Call me greedy, but it’s worth it.

6:00 leave the lines in the dust. Retreat to room before riot breaks out over the last slice of pumpkin pie (not really but kinda).

6:15 sleep… Like for a long long time. They really should just cancel classes for the following day.