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It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve posted, but I’ve been really busy with school and haven’t taken many pictures, so I felt like there wasn’t much to post about. But, I finally found the time to post an update.

To start with school, I took a weekend class for three weeks in September. It was a Transformative Mediation class for my minor, and even though it was really long (Fridays 5-8 pm, and Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm), I was happy to get the entire 3 credit class over with in 3 weeks. As far as all of my other classes, I’m able to manage it, but it is a lot harder than it’s been in the past. All of my fellow senior social work majors are feeling it too. With our classes getting harder, and then adding our 16 hour a week field placement to the mix, it’s been an exhausting last few weeks. However, I’m learning a lot by going to my field placement. I have a few clients that I am able to work with, and seeing the smiling faces of all of the children is really encouraging. 

Two weekends ago, I made plans with Erika and our friend, Rachel to grab some dinner. We met up with Jess and Kristina in Old City at an art show. Then on Saturday morning, I took the bus home to celebrate Ava’s 4th birthday! As you can see in the pictures, she had a Frozen themed party, and of course dressed like Elsa! She looked so cute in her outfit. While home, we got to visit with Ed and Allison, who were home from Jersey. We also got to have dinner with my parents and grandparents, which is was so great to see them. Tim and I also went shopping to get him new clothing, since he started his new job last week! He looks so handsome in his new dress clothes and really likes the new job.

The past two weeks I’ve been going to lots of Wellness Resource Center events. On Oct. 8 & 9, we held the Clothesline Project again. It went even better than last semester, as we had beautiful weather, and was joined by ROTC for the first time! It was great to have additional groups on campus get involved. Then this past week was National Coming Out Week. On Monday night we went to the Drag Show, which is always fun! I wasn’t able to make it to any of the other events as I was really busy with homework this week, but I heard they all went really well! I’m just glad we have such a welcoming campus that allows for open expression and lets people feel comfortable being themselves!

This weekend, Tim came to visit! On Friday night he got here late, and we ended up just watching TV. On Saturday, we went to IKEA and purchased a new dresser and nightstand! We picked out a new bed frame/headboard, but couldn’t fit it in the car. So, hopefully we can get it soon! Then Tim went over to hang out with Kevin, while I tried to rest (I think I caught a cold). That night, we met up with a bunch of Kevin and Michelle’s friends to celebrate their engagement. We went to Fuji Mountain on 20th and Chestnut and had a yummy meal. We headed down the street to Drinker’s Pub, and after dancing and hanging out for a few hours, Tim and I headed home. This morning, we had breakfast with Scott, who we always love to see! And then spent the rest of the afternoon being lazy and relaxing with the TV. When Tim left, I had to start doing homework, but at least I was able to find some time to be productive!

Next weekend is Jess’ birthday, and I’m looking forward to celebrating that! I will also be going to dinner with Tanner and some of his friends since he’ll  be home from China! Then in 2 weekends, I’ll be back in Lebanon because Ben and Ashlea are coming home! Can’t wait to see everyone in the next two weeks!

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I’ve had a fun and busy first two weeks back at school. My classes have all been relatively good (they might be a tad challenging, but I expect that at this point in my college career). And other than waiting for my clearances to come in so that I could start my field placement, I have had time to also have some fun with my friends.

Labor Day weekend was fun because Tim visited, and it was Erika’s birthday. On Friday night, I went with a group of friends to the Revolution House to have dinner to celebrate Erika’s 22nd birthday, which was so much fun. When I got back to the apartment, Tim had arrived and we went down the street to the new Master’s Bar & Restaurant for some snacks. Saturday was a blast because Tim, Jess, Kristina, David and I went to Yard’s Brewery, where we got to sample a lot of neat beer. It’s a really cool location as well and even though we missed out on the tour, we still had fun. We then walked to Spruce Street Harbor for dinner, where we relaxed for awhile before returning home for an early night. Then on Sunday morning, Tim and I had breakfast with Scott, which it is always wonderful to see him!

I started my field placement on Friday at Youth Service Inc. in their Baring House Crisis Nursery. It was a wonderful first day, full of great coworkers/supervisors, and the other intern, Amanda, and I get along really well and have great ideas for the future! Then Friday night, Erika and I went to the Lorde concert at the Mann Center. It is the most amazing venue I’ve ever been to, and the music sounded beautifully (it was designed for an orchestra, so it has to be great!). The rest of the weekend I caught up on doing some homework, assignments, and reading for the upcoming week.

I start my weekend class this Friday (5-8 pm) and Saturday (9am-5pm), which lasts for the next three weekends. So basically, the next three weeks will only consist of going to class and my internship. I’m already ready for October!

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I haven’t posted since I left school, and a lot of things have happened since then. So… I think it only makes sense to make a list of the top 10 things that made my summer really awesome.

1. Europe
I was fortunate enough to be able to travel abroad this summer with my roommates (who happen to be two of my best friends). And in the process, I was able to visit my cousins, Duane and Shannon, who were amazing hosts by letting us stay with them for a week and taking us to really cool places. We started our trip in Belgium, where Duane and Shannon live, and for that first week we traveled to Aachen, Germany; Maastrict, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Brugge, Belgium; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Luxembourg; and local places where they live. It was so great to see them (and the doggies!) Brugge has become my new favorite city and I would absolutely love to travel back there again!
We then joined a tour group, EF College Break, and with our tour guide, Darren, and about 35 other people, we traveled from London, England to Paris, France to Barcelona, Spain. It was awesome getting to see some of the worlds most amazing cities. I was a big fan of Paris, and while there we climbed the Eiffel Tower and put locks on the Love Lock Bridge (among other things). I would love to go back to both Paris and Barcelona.

2. Spending time with friends and family
I have so many wonderful people in my life that I don’t get to see often enough. This summer, I was able to see everyone I love and care about at least once! Right before leaving for my trip I was able to see Erika, my best friend, before she set off to be a camp counselor for the summer. Then, I also went wine tasting with Krissy, Megan Y, and Alexis at a local vineyard. I even got to see Tanner, who was home from working in China! I had lunch with Malene last week (who for the last few summers I saw every day of my life!). And very frequently, Megan C, Emily and I would meet up for lunch or dinner, and it’s always awesome to see them. Also, now that we have a backyard at Tim’s, we were also able to have some friends over to play games (Scott, Karyn, Mike, Strauss, Jeff).
It was also nice to be able to frequently see my parents, sister, and grandparents. I wish I could see everyone on this list more often, and hopefully when I’m finished with school (which will be soon!) I can make that a reality.

3. Interning with Planned Parenthood Keystone
I interned with PPKey at their York and Lancaster branches as an education intern. My boss (and now amazing friend) Kelly, is a sex educator for PPKey and travels all over central PA educating others on a variety of topics. She also leads a LGBTQ youth group called The CURVE, which meets on Thursday evenings at the York office. I was in attendance of all of the CURVE meetings (and met some wonderful people there as well). I helped Kelly set up and facilitate the meetings, and one week I was able to present a stress and time management program that I usually teach at school. Also, one of the CURVE members invited me to present about sexual assault at a safe zone training for the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition. Kelly and I also went to Lancaster and Harrisburg Pride, as well as York’s first Equality Fest. We tabled there, which means handing out safe sex supplies and educational materials. I was also able to observe Kelly teach in a variety of settings. I learned so much from working with her, and I now know that I would love to someday be a sex educator (I thought I already knew that, but this confirmed it even more!)

4. Presenting at the Adolescent Sexual Health Conference
Earlier in the school year, I had approached my boss. Dr. Kimberly Chestnut, at the Wellness Resource Center on campus if she would like to present at Temple Harrisburg’s Adolescent Sexual Health Conference. She was such a wonderful person to help with my first conference presentation, and I don’t think I could have done it without her! (Thanks Kimmy!) We presented on “hooking up,” and the three motivations behind it; we also wanted to give the educators a new model to talk about sex and hooking up with their students, which we did by presenting them with Al Vernacchio’s pizza metaphor. I met some awesome people at this conference, and would love to present again next year!

5. Building a patio
Tim and I took on a massive project this summer, which was to remodel both the front and back yard. We started with the front of the yard, which the grass was on a really steep angle. So that Tim wouldn’t hurt himself trying to mow the yard, we dug it out (with the help of Mike) and made a tiered flower bed. It looks really great, we just still need to plant flowers.
Secondly, we wanted to fix the parking spot off the back of the alley behind the house. In order to do that, we needed someone to come jackhammer some concrete and fill in a pit with more concrete and stones. My dad’s friends company, M. Webster Construction was an amazing help to do this! We can now successfully park there (instead of on the street). 
Thirdly, we wanted to build a patio. So, while the construction team was there, we asked them to help dig out the ground where we would build it. We had stone and sand delivered, and after attempting to make it level, Tim and I began laying the brick pavers. It has taken quite a while to get to the point where we are (who knew it would be so difficult!?). We are almost finished, but I think it’s looking pretty awesome! I cannot wait for next summer when we can relax and enjoy our backyard!

6. Visiting the Jane Addams Hull House
While in Chicago, the main thing on my list was to visit Jane Addams Hull House. For those that don’t know what this is, it is where the start of social work happened. Jane Addams was an amazing woman who started the idea of settlement social work, and paved the way for many other social workers. I was overwhelmed with feeling when we walked in to the original Hull House. I could feel all of the energy of the wonderful things that had been accomplished in this space. It was so perfect to go there right before starting my senior year of school because it gave me that push to remember to fight for what you believe in and to never give up (no matter how cheesy that sounds). It really is important to advocate for others, and that is exactly what Jane did. Fun fact, in 1919, the US government deemed her one of “the most dangerous women in America.” 

7. Chicago
Chicago is one of my favorite cities, and after we had gone last year to visit Tim’s brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Ashlea, we of course wanted to visit again! It is such a beautiful city, and I love how there is a combination of architecture and water all in the same place. This year we went to a really cool Mexican restaurant and had some great food and margaritas. We also went and checked out Navy Pier during the Air and Water show (we didn’t see much, and it got canceled the second day when we were planning on going). Overall, it was nice to take a trip right before school started to one of my favorite places, while also getting to visit Ben and Ashlea (who we don’t get to see very often!). Thanks for being great hosts!

8. Learning how to use the grill
Since Tim now has a grill, we used it a lot this summer. One night I wanted to surprise Tim with dinner, so I attempted to use the grill myself (Tim had taught me how prior to this). I originally gave up because the flames and heat scared me, but after giving myself a little pep talk, I went back outside, and made some amazing chicken with peach jalapeno glaze! With white rice, and grilled peaches, it made for the perfect meal! 

9. Beer
Now that I am 21, and have had some time to see what kinds of drinks I may like, I have discovered that I actually really like beer. And when I say beer, I don’t mean the typical kind you can find at any bar. But real, awesome, craft beer. The whole thing started in Belgium (land of the best beer) when we tried some authentic dark Belgium beer. And since then, I’ve been hooked. I don’t want anyone to think I’ve turned into an alcoholic, but I now have an appreciation for quality beer, and it’s been fun sampling them occasionally.

10. Relaxing
This is the first summer in while where I haven’t worked two jobs. In the past, I had been so busy that there was never any time for me to relax or to see friends and family. So, this year I only worked at the Quentin Tavern (mainly on weekends) and between that and my internship, I had just the right amount of time for me. I’ll admit, I spent a lot of time lounging on the couch watching TV, but when I think about it, that was the last summer that I will ever be able to do that. It also gave me time to actually see Tim as well, since I usually work nights (and he works normal days), we were able to actually spend some time together during the week. 

I have had an amazing summer, but now it is time to get back to school. As I sit here in my apartment in Philly, I am looking forward to this last year of my undergraduate education. But at the same time, I am really ready to graduate and start working (I know I will have a year of grad school immediately after this). But because time seems to go so fast these days, I am going to make sure that I appreciate all of the time I have left in this awesome city with some really wonderful friends.

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It’s been quite a while since my last entry. And exciting things have happened!

I’ve finished my third year of college, turned 21, and became President of Alpha Delta Mu, Beta Rho Chapter, our national social work honors society on campus. I’ve had lots of fun hanging out with my friends and family, helped successfully pull off our Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania Prom fundraiser event, and got my Lifesaver Training Certificate and saw my friends at Lavender Graduation (to sum it all up). 

Two weeks ago, Jess and I met our neighbors, Jake and Connor at the Rittenhouse Square festival where we got some free food, got to hang out in the park, and enjoy the nice weather. That Monday, the last day of the semester, the four of us hung out and played games. They are great neighbors, and we love their cat, Me-Mow, but unfortunately they are moving out next year, so we’ll have to travel across campus to see them.

Last week, during the last week of the semester, I went to lots of events on campus through work. First, on Tuesday, we had our Alpha Delta Mu, Beta Rho induction ceremony. At the event, I was inducted as the next president of the national social work honors society. It should be a fun new role to take on! Then, on Wednesday, we had our Lifesaver Training Certification ceremony where I received my certificate in how to deal with high risk students and the use of brief motivational interviewing to intervene. Later that day, we went to Lavender Graduation, where students that are graduating are recognized for their efforts in the LGBT community. Many of my friends from work were nominated, and it was great to be there for them.

Then last Thursday, it was my 21st birthday! I was so thankful to have awesome friends who went out to dinner with me: Jess, Kristina, Erika, Nicole, and Danielle. My first drink was a French Martini, which was different than I thought it was going to be. We went back to the apartment for cupcakes, and then I went to the local bar on campus, the Draught Horse, to meet up with some friends for some drinks. Thanks to everyone who celebrated with me!

The next day was PPSP’s Prom fundraiser event… PPSP Goes Gatsby! It turned out to be a very successful night and we raised over $1000! There was dancing, food, and a photo booth! It was really fun and our months of planning really paid off!

Then on Saturday, after Tim and I packed up everything to bring back to Lebanon, we went to Lindsey and Jay’s house for a mini birthday celebration with our families. It was a lot of fun and I loved seeing my cousins and aunt and uncle, as well as my parents before they left on their vacation!

This week so far I’ve been busy at work and unpacking everything and doing laundry. I need to start getting ready for my trip to Europe (I leave on 5/25)! We are going to Brussels, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, England, France, and Spain! Can’t wait!

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Such a great weekend. Friday, I spent the entire day in the apartment alone working on a video for a class project, which turned out really great. Then, I made some dinner for myself and had a relaxing night in watching some movies. 

On Saturday, it was time for my big 5k that I’d been training for (since I was SO not a runner prior to last semester). It was the Run or Dye race, and was held at Citizens Bank Park. I took the subway there with some friends, and after waiting in some longer lines, we finally were able to run! My goal was to run the entire thing in 40 minutes or less (I usually run a 12-13 minute mile) but I ended up finishing in 32 minutes — I was really excited about this! And we were completely full of colored dye powder when it was all said and done, but it was still really fun (despite the powder making me cough the rest of the day)! I came home and cleaned up before taking a train to Lancaster. Kristen picked me up, and then we visited with Lindsey, Jay and Jordan, before having dinner with the family and Tim. Then Tim and I went to the prayer vigil at church to see everyone! It was great talking with Kathy (shoutout for reading my blog every week!) and Erika, as well as seeing the Vogels. And there was a 5 week old kitten there, who looked like Ruby did as a kitten, and he was so cute I almost cried!

Sunday morning we went to church, and then had dinner at my parent’s house around 1 pm. The food was SO good, and I ate all of the things that I shouldn’t have, like mac-n-cheese! And then after visiting there, we went over to the Klahr’s house for a second dinner around 3:30 pm. Then we hid Easter eggs for Ava to find, which was so cute watching her not be able to find them! We helped, and she was so excited when she finally found them! Then, Erika and I drove back to Philly, and after getting stuck in a little bit of traffic, we were finally back at school.

It’s crazy that we only have 2 (kind of 3) weeks of school left! It’s that time where everything is crazy busy, but I still want to make sure to enjoy the nice weather!

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So… last weekend (April 5&6) was fun. On Saturday, I went shopping in Center City with Erika. We found some really great deals on stuff, and it was great to see each other (it had been about two weeks) and then we finished the day by having dinner at iSushi — it was really delicious! Then Sunday was spring cleaning — the apartment, new sheets, and I reorganized all my drawers! 

This past week, on Wednesday and Thursday, we held the Clothesline Project through the Wellness Resource Center. One of my best friends, Casey, organized everything and it turned out to be a really great success. If you want more information about the Clothesline Project, you can visit this link

Then on Thursday night, we were able to see Bill Clinton speak for free! Thanks Temple Law! He was really inspirational, and even though he only spoke for a short amount of time (and mainly about lawyer stuff), it was a cool experience. 

Friday I spent most of the day at Planned Parenthood volunteering and trying to get solicitations for our prom night fundraiser that we’re having on May 9! If you want more information about it or to make a donation, let me know! 

On Saturday, Jess and I met Casey and her roommate Amanda at the Cherry On Experience. This was an event sponsored by Temple in replacement of Spring Fling. We got free t-shirts, water ice, and a lot of cool activities. We also got to tie-dye our own shirts! Jess and I raced through a bouncy house, and she beat me! Then, Nicole, Jeff, Cody, Taylor and John showed up and we played girls against boys laser tag! It was so much more fun than I thought (and hard) considering it was outside during the daylight! Then after going back to the apartment, I had to do some grocery shopping and laundry, which after the entire day I was exhausted. I spent the night in by myself eating chocolate covered strawberries and watching a movie.

Today, Kristina and David picked Jess and I up and we went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Fairmount Park. Unfortunately, the cherry blossom trees were not fully bloomed (I guess due to the weather being so cold for so long) but there were a few that were really pretty. There were a lot of vendors, people dressed up in Asian-style clothing, and expensive food. But it was a beautiful day and really nice to be outside and together.

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Tim and I spent the weekend celebrating our six year anniversary in Gettysburg! I came home on the bus Thursday night and Tim and I went and got some yummy dinner at a Chinese buffet before returning home for a night on the couch. Friday after Tim got home from work and we ate some leftovers, we drove to Gettysburg. The weather wasn’t great when we got there, and we really just wanted to relax, so we stayed in the hotel and watched ‘American Pickers’ on the history channel, our new favorite show. We got hungry again, and went to the grocery store and got some chicken, rice, and bologna (yum).

Saturday morning we woke up to it raining outside, but after eating breakfast at Perkins next door, we drove downtown. We decided to go to the Hall of President’s and First Ladies museum. They had figurines that were 1/3 the size of real life for the First Ladies, who were dressed in their inaugural gowns. A little creepy, but neat. Then we had a private tour of the President’s section. They had wax figures of all of the President’s (even Obama!) and they had them speak about their presidency. We traveled through five rooms to get to all of them. It was really interesting and I actually learned some neat stuff! Plus, they looked super realistic, which is impressive. We tried to go to the actual wax museum, but it was closed for renovations. So, we tried to go to the actual battlefields, but because of the rain we mainly drove around until we figured out where the visitor’s center was. We had lunch there and then bought tickets for their film, cyclorama and museum. The short film was really great and informative. The cyclorama was so fascinating, and as you can see in the panorama Tim took, it’s massive and very well painted. The museum was boring, but I generally think most museums are boring, so we got out of there kind of early.

We went back to the hotel to rest, and then went to dinner at General Picket’s Buffet. It was disgusting, and since we were already there, we ended up eating a bunch of dessert for dinner — which was obviously fine with me (I took a peppermint pill so everything was fair game). Can you say carrot cake? So delicious. Then we went back downtown to check out some of the shops that were still open. In the third shop we were in, we got a really cool history lesson about flags from an employee of the store. We learned more there in the hour that we chatted with him than we did all weekend. He knew so much and was really passionate about educating others (just my kind of person). It doubled as a jewelry store, so I got a new chain for a necklace that was broken (he even had really great input on that!) Tim and I agreed that speaking to him was our favorite part of the trip! We went back to the hotel for some snacks and ended up watching ‘Flipping Vegas,’ a design show until we fell asleep.

Sunday, we ate the continental breakfast at the hotel and drove back to Harrisburg. We had a few hours before I had to get on the megabus (which was 45 minutes late because of the weather) we snuggled on the couch with the cats — the perfect way to end the lazy weekend we had. Although it wasn’t exactly what I expected out of the weekend, it was still fun spending time together, which is really what matters.

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I have a lot of catching up to cover since my last post. Let’s see…

Two weekends ago (March 14), that Friday night Tim drove to Philly to pick me up, and we went to go visit our friends Ed and Allison at their place in New Jersey. We ended up watching a movie Friday night, and going to bed early. Saturday morning, after breakfast, the four of us went to a Pitch-n-Putt golf course near their house. I ended up coming in second out of the four of us. I had some pretty nice shots every now and then. It’s actually a lot of fun and I want to do it more so I can get good at my short game. Then that afternoon we all kind of fell asleep watching TV, and after we woke up we had dinner. That night we went to a bar and restaurant somewhere in PA for a Saint Patrick’s Day festival. You didn’t have to be 21 to go in, so I was able to be there. There were a ton of people there, all wearing green, as you’d expect. Outside they had a heated tent with a band playing, Slamm, and they were amazing. They played continuously for about an hour, took a short break, and started up again. They were all cover songs, which made it fun to sing and dance along with. 

Sunday morning Tim drove me back to my apartment, where I got to see Neha, my roommate from freshman year. She was visiting with us and we hadn’t seen her in a few months, so it was a great visit. We spent most of Sunday afternoon talking, and then we watched the last Harry Potter movie, at Jess’ request (we finally finished watching all of them!). 

This past week, I was really busy at work because we had our annual event, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. It is an event where men a mile around campus in high heel shoes and show their support against sexual assault and violence. This year we had around 180 men walk, lots of female volunteers, and great speeches! I am so proud of everyone, especially my boss (and friend) Ashley for organizing the event. I was so happy to help out (my main job is organizing our 240 pairs of shoes we own!) and am even more thrilled about how successful the event was! Our peers at the Wellness Resource Center are the best and it was definitely a team effort!

Then, this Friday, after I volunteered at Planned Parenthood and ran 2 miles at the gym (I’m running my first 5k on April 19, so I’m in training mode!) we went to celebrate our friend Nicole’s 21st birthday! It was such a fun night and I am so happy that I got to share in the fun with everyone! We were picked up on campus in a party bus (it was awesome) and taken to her parent’s house (which is near the airport). There was food and fun there before we were taken to two different bars. Once again, these were bars where you didn’t have be 21 to go in, so the 5 of us that weren’t 21 still got to hang out. The first bar had Karaoke on Friday nights, and of course we had to sing. Nicole wanted to sing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and we did! It was a lot of fun. After that, we were taken to another place where there was a DJ. There were a lot of locals there, and they seemed confused when we all walked in, but eventually everyone was dancing together, having a great time. We were then taken back to Temple where we hung out at Jeff’s apartment for a little bit, before going home to sleep. Once again, it was so much fun! Happy birthday Nicole!

This upcoming weekend I will be going home for Tim and I to celebrate our six year anniversary! We are going to Gettysburg for the weekend, which I’ve never been, so I’m very excited! 

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Last week was Spring Break, and it turned out to be a really great, relaxing time. But prior to leaving for break, that Friday night I went with some of the girls from HEART to go see Drexel University’s version of The Vagina Monologues. It was fun to go see another production and be able to compare it to ours. Then on Saturday, Grandma, Mary and Kristen came down to Philly so we could go to the Philadelphia Flower Show. It wasn’t as interesting as some of the previous years, but it was beautifully simple. We all got pretty worn out there, so we were happy to go back to Lebanon then. That night, Kristen decided she wanted to get a tattoo, so Mom and I went with. It ended up looking really good, but it sure did look painful.

For the rest of the week, I split my time between staying at my parent’s house, and staying at Tim’s house. Sunday night Tim and I watched the Oscars, which were disappointing (obviously because Leo didn’t win). On Tuesday I visited with Ma. On Wednesday I worked from home, visited with Grandma and Papa, and then went to Lindsey, Jay and Jordan’s to have dinner and watch Frozen. Then Thursday I went back up to Tim’s house. Friday I decided to finish painting the bathroom, make cookies, and a curtain, and then we had dinner with our friends Karyn and Tyler. We finished the night by watching a movie, ‘Kinsey,’ that I had to watch for class, but it was actually really great. Then Saturday, we finished painting and putting the bathroom together, and then had dinner and went bowling with some friends. On Sunday, Erika and I drove back to Philly, and I finally got around to doing my homework. 

This week will be busy, but I’m excited for Friday because Neha is coming and so is Tim. Then Tim and I were going to visit our friends Ed and Allison in New Jersey. Can’t wait for that!

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I forgot to post last week, so this one is a little late. On Tuesday of last week (2/11) I spent most of my day at work organizing a bunch of shoes that came in for our annual event, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. I’m really looking forward to it, and we’ve got less than a month until the event now. Then later that day, a few of us from the Wellness Resource Center got to have an informal chat with Mike Dormitz, a speaker of the Date Safe Project. He travels the world speaking about consent and healthy relationships through the event, “Can I Kiss You?” Casey and I were lucky enough to be invited to have dinner with him and our bosses, which was a really great time. Then he presented his event, and we were given a signed copy of his book — which I look forward to reading sometime soon.

Then on Friday (2/14) I took the train home to visit Tim. We had dinner at a small Vietnamese restaurant near his house in Harrisburg, which was delicious. We went home and watched a documentary, “Unhung Hero,” which I would highly recommend! Saturday morning we cleaned up the house and finally got all of the boxes unpacked and put away (yay!). Then Tanner and Strauss came over, which it was so good to see them, especially Tanner because he’s been in China since Thanksgiving. We had dinner and played some games. On Sunday, Tim and I went to Lebanon to visit his parents, and then have dinner with my parents. Mary drove me back to Philly on Monday.

This week has gone by pretty fast, and I’ve been busy with volunteering at Planned Parenthood and at work. Yesterday I volunteered in the morning, and then substituted two classes where I presented “Test Your Stress Smarts,” a program held by the Wellness Resource Center. It’s always really fun, but teaching the same thing twice in a row can be a bit much — I now know how teachers feel! Then later that night, Danielle picked Jess, Kristina and I up and we had dinner at Cantina, one of the best Mexican restaurants. 

Because it was so nice today, Jess and I decided to venture out of the house for a little bit. We walked down the street to get frozen yogurt, and after sitting outside for only a few minutes, it was too windy that we had to retreat back inside. Too bad it’s going to snow again this week… I just can’t wait for spring!

Next weekend Grandma, Mary and Kristen are coming to Philly on Saturday for the Flower Show and then taking me back to Lebanon because it will be my spring break for a week — can’t wait!