Hello, all. We've taken enough of a break from writing that we feel it's time to do a life update. Like Lauryn, I'm not going to offer any excuses, because you probably won't care to read them. I do, however, have quite a bit to update everyone on. Since I've been traveling this summer, I've seen quite a few old friends and family, some of whom I haven't seen in upwards of two or three years. The polite thing to do when you see someone you haven't seen in a long while is to ask what the other person has been up to, how is school?; how is your mom?; how are things going? I would always make polite conversation, but honestly, I have some long-winded answers to the questions I'm often asked. So that's what I'll be sharing with all of you.
First, I finished out the year at the University of Kentucky with a 4.0 (3.9 cumulative), which is something I worked tirelessly for... plus it's my blog post, so I'm allowed to brag a little bit. I've found my rhythm at Kentucky with some great roommates, really great history/Italian friends, and enough travel to Ohio to see Ben that I was never too overwhelmed with the things going on at school. I love the nights when Noelle and Lauryn and I make some sort of dark-chocolate- or peanut-butter-based snack and settle in on the couch with our HUGE gray blanket to watch Bates Motel. I love our occasional group date nights where we go back and forth about where to eat and eventually land on eating at BJ's. I received a fellowship in the humanities. Please feel free to read about it. It's really cool, and I am very proud of myself because of it. It is comprised of 12 students going into their junior year. Kentucky has about a population of about 30,000 including graduate students, just for comparison. I'm telling you that because people often wonder when I mention it.
My mom is doing well, but I'm not sure how much she wants me to share online, so contact her for any Shelley related questions.
A lot of people have taken an interest in my physical health recently. I do talk about it enough that I'm not the least bit surprised that people have questions about it. Within the coming weeks I'm going to write a post about that and about how I've been paying closer attention to my body and what it needs/wants to be healthy. It'll be a longer post than you could probably imagine right now, but I have a long story and a lot to say on the matter. To give you an idea, I've lost a little over 20 pounds in the last year and a half by making small, lasting changes. In terms of my mental health, I'm working on it, and I'm not sure it's something that will ever be perfect, but that will also be discussed in the next blog post.
Ben and I are doing well, and we are celebrating our one year anniversary in a little under two weeks, which is super cool. He's played a large role in supporting me to get where I am today, and for that I am forever grateful.
Like always, I'm not permanent enough to pick up a summer job, though it would be nice to make a little extra cash. I have to many 'homes' to visit, and not enough time, so my schedule ends up being two weeks here, two weeks there. It's pretty hard to get hired for a two week period.
Right now, I'm in Phoenix visiting Ben for the weekend. We went to my Aunt Niki's wedding in the beginning of this month, and I was super excited to bring Ben home to the Maryland/Pennsylvania area. Yes, I showed him around Mercersburg, and yes, I almost cried when we got there. Ben came back to Phoenix to work after that weekend, and I stayed for two more weeks. I'm glad to be back in Phoenix. It's very hot. (Lauryn does have the humidity in Ohio, so I'll give her credit for that.) On Monday, I'll be headed to California to hang out with my dad for a little while.
That's all I have for now. Thanks for reading! Enjoy the gallery of all my recent photos below.