3 Schools, 1 Year

Well, I’ve had a mind numbing day to say the least. I don’t even know where to begin, when I look back on the events of this last year it’s like I’m dreaming.

First, I got to Washington State University and returned to Montana 3 weeks later because of a stress fracture in my spine.

imagesThen, I ventured to University of Texas at Austin, something I never thought was a possibility, to complete a whirlwind semester that is almost coming to a close.

imagesutAnd now, in a turn of events I never could have predicted, I’ll be returning to my home state and attending school at the University of Montana.

um-logo-maroon-copy1I can’t really even describe how I’m feeling right now, mostly just numb. It isn’t easy being displaced so many times. So many goodbyes and hellos, having to reestablish myself at every place I come to, and adjusting to a brand new environment over and over takes its toll. It’s hard to really immerse yourself in the culture and activities of a place when you feel like you’ll be pulled away by situations beyond your control at any moment. I finally feel like I’m making close friends and finding my niche here, and in a few weeks I’ll be gone.

BUT. Hopefully this is my LAST school change until I graduate. The University of Montana has one of the best study abroad programs I’ve ever laid my eyes on and I can’t wait to make that dream come true. I’m excited to be in the same town as Halley and Phoebe and the rest of my family.

I’m not quite sure what God is trying to show me this year. Maybe just how tough I can be! I’m going to try my best to keep rolling with the punches, staying positive, and working hard wherever I am!

Food and Exercise

PicMonkey CollageBreakfast (Not Pictured): Whole wheat crackers topped with peanut butter and a banana. Lunch: pulled pork and spinach omelette. Snacks: half a sweet potato and a yogurt a few hours later. Dinner: split pea soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.

Before any of these crazy events transpired, I woke up at 5am and got in a Nike Training workout. Lately I’ve been doing the “intense” level workouts and they’re kicking my butt.

I’m going to do my best these next couple weeks to stay focused on my schoolwork here. It’s not easy when my mind is running a thousand miles an hour trying to wrap itself around this new information. AHH.

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Planning

Remember how the other day I told you I was going to register for my classes at University of Montana? They didn’t have one single class I needed open. Not a single one. The only class I am currently enrolled in is an acting class, which is very helpful for a Biology major. My college planning has just been going swimmingly this year…

0v7FaSo I’m not sure what I am going to do yet. I have a new plan in the works but my track record as far as planning goes is pretty awful so I am not going to say anything about it until it actually works out!

I keep thinking about a conversation I had with my AP English teacher my senior year. I told him that I was going to go to Washington State, graduate in three years, then spend one year applying to med school and it would be perfect. He said, “hear that laughter? That’s God…laughing at your plans.”

tumblr_meh2p8r2DB1ql5yr7o1_400I thought, “Oh heck no. Once I set my mind to something there is nothing that can change it.”

So I set out to Washington State to fulfill my plans, and shortly thereafter…

tumblr_mebcswT27v1r0fmk3I was back in Great Falls. Now this with Missoula…it doesn’t even bother me anymore. I’ve really learned to roll with the punches this year. Maybe that was the point of all this! Who knows.

 

Lucky Day

Yesterday was jam packed of three of my favorite things!

To start off the day I did a super intense Crossfit workout with tons of running and weights. HA! No I didn’t, my back is broken! I DID do 10 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike though. As well as tons of stretching and some abs. Felt so incredibly amazing to get a light workout in without pain!

Then my mom and I went to JoAnn fabrics because she needed just a little backing for a pillow she made. It was overflowing with crafters in there! The line wove throughout the store and almost everyone in it had shopping carts stuffed with bolts of fabric. I couldn’t believe my eyes. We left without waiting.

After our fabric store adventure we took crazy Alice on a 40 minute walk. I was very active yesterday! Go me. And I didn’t even hurt myself. Go me AGAIN.

At 2pm we headed back over to the Purpurras’ house (because we like to make them have us over) to watch the Apple Cup. That’s the rivalry game between Washington State and University of Washington and even though I am only an honorary Coug, I wanted to support those guys!

The facebook feed was so funny:

Before the game: “Win or lose Cougs we still love you!!” (the fans have great enthusiasm despite low expectations)

During the game: “Oh wow sorry we gave up on you keep going!!” (The Cougs got a little lead early in the game)

Later in the game: “Really Cougs? We thought you had this. This is depressing.” (They were behind 18 points in the third quarter)

Overtime: “GOOOOOOOOO COUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!” They managed to come back and tie the game and then win in overtime!! I’m not a huge football fan but we were all screaming at the TV. What an amazing game and I was so so happy for the team! Go. Cougs.

When the jubilation began to simmer down a bit we headed out to dinner at Mackenzie River Pizza with my grandpa and my aunt.

So, three favorite things: exercise, Washington State Football, and Mackenzie River Pizza. I’m loving this long streak of great days! Gotta keep it going 🙂

What did you do the day after Thanksgiving? 

Any shoppers out there? I’d rather pay the money and not have to wait in line for 8 years!