The end of the summer has come and gone, and life updates are all the rage right now.
Over the last three months, I've been pretty busy. Although my life hasn't been an emotional rollercoaster lately (like Lauryn's... read her latest blog post here,) a lot of stuff has happened this summer!
On mine and Lauryn's birthday in May, I drove up the east coast from Kentucky to Pennsylvania all by myself. What a way to spend a birthday, right? I know. I had the privilege of staying with a very close family friend that I consider a grandma in the truest sense. I was in Pennsylvania for a little over a month and now everyone in Mercersburg is now handsomely decorated with UK apparel. My doing, of course. It was weird being back to a place I called home for so long and feeling like I'd never left. Sending Zach off to his prom felt second nature, walking in wet grass to avoid people with Sarah during Mercersburg's graduation felt nothing out of the ordinary. I felt at home again, which I hadn't for a long time. Being in Pennsylvania gave me a lot of time to think. As a lot of you know, I was considering transferring schools for my junior year. The thought came at a time of bad days, worse nights, and a lot of crying. Once I got home, I had this feeling that not only did I have a home in Mercersburg always, but I had a home in Kentucky always, too. The people to whom I'd grown close made it so I never wanted to leave, and spending time away from them made me realize what a sturdy foundation I'd built and how terrible it would be to lose that. So, after many conversations with family members, countless hours looking through other schools' websites, and many, many hours contemplating what I wanted, I decided to stick it out at Kentucky. I couldn't be happier with my decision.
Once I left Pennsylvania, I headed out to Phoenix to see my dad for a few weeks. A massive heatwave hit, putting the days up at a toasty 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the nights at a cool 95. My dad decided we needed to escape the heat, so I flew from Baltimore to Phoenix and then drove from Phoenix to Mexico, which, believe it or not, is about 30 degrees cooler. We spent four days in a town, the name of which I can't remember, and promptly decided that it wasn't for us. After returning in Phoenix, I had my wisdom teeth taken out. Sometime in the chipmunk-cheeks, can-only-eat-soft-foods-phase, I decided it would be a good idea to go on a date, something I hadn't done in four or five months and wasn't really planning on doing for a while.
Ben (if you're really bad at context clues: Ben is the boy who took me on the date,) had been asking me on dates for about a week, most of them based around food. After telling him over and over again that I still couldn't eat (due to the aforementioned chipmunk cheeks and mouth wounds,) he asked me out to frozen yogurt. I could do that, right? It ended up being the best first date I've ever been on. To make a long story short, Ben and I are still dating. He goes to school in Ohio, which is right up the road from me, and I don't mind making the trip to see him.
In July, I headed to Colorado where I spent nearly two month with my mother. I started running and changing my diet pretty drastically. (I also stopped drinking Coke Zero, for those of you who were concerned.) In the last three months, I've successfully lost seven pounds, which makes for twelve pounds this year. I'm feeling better than I have in a long time, with the exception of the cold I've had for the past week.
I felt good coming back to school. I live in a four person suite this year with Lauryn and two girls that are cool as heck. You'll probably read more about them throughout the year. I'm challenging myself with my classes, but I don't feel too overwhelmed, which was a big contributor to wanting to transfer last year. I'm still running pretty regularly, again with the exception of the duration of the cold. You know, shortness of breath and stuff. I picked up a beat at our school newspaper and have written four or five stories for them so far since we've been back. I'm still writing for the Odyssey, and I've changed my major to history, which is something I love a lot.
That's really all that's been going on in my life in the last few months. Overall, I can't complain. I love my major, I'm living with one of my best friends, I have a great boyfriend, and my Instagram explore page is littered with puppies. (Get it? Littered! Like a litter of puppies!)
Thanks for reading, and get ready for some new weekly content coming up soon!