Several really awesome things happened this weekend.
On Friday I spent 7 hours in Goodbye Blue Monday (a local coffee shop where this incredibly covetable lamp is from) and interviewed people for my final journalism project. I won’t go into details here because I’ll save them for when the final product is done, but the project centered around talking to strangers and listening to their stories. It was awesome and reminded me how important it is to listen to people, because they will often surprise you with their kindness and incredible histories.
I left around 8pm and then I may have done laundry and spent a few hours in bed watching TV before passing out early. In my book, quite a successful Friday.
Saturday I woke up early and made vegan-gluten-free pancakes with Daria (they were tasty, but kind of goofy. The applesauce replacement for an egg made them really thick). They fueled us up for the 5k for Hope, a race in the Carleton arboretum that supported The Hope Center which is a nearby organization that tries to prevent, educate about, and support victims of sexual and domestic violence.
In the course of 3.1 miles it somehow managed to be cloudy, blindingly bright, warm, lung-crushingly windy and cold, and…it hailed. One lost cloud appeared out of nowhere around mile 2 and starting pelting us with tiny beads of ice for a few minutes. Silly cloud, clearly he didn’t know that its mid-May and thus supposed to be sunny and beautiful all the time.
The wind and hills threw me off, so my race time was a lot slower than I wanted it to be. But that’s ok. I wasn’t going to let that get me down when I just got to run in the arb with some beautiful people to support a beautiful cause.
Cara, one of those beautiful people (who is also my twin), brought me some surprises later that evening after we had a really long discussion about veganism (more to come later this week).
Ta-da! Vegan butter and chocolate chips. Now I can do even more delicious vegan baking (part of this is out of principle, part is out of health, and part is because vegan baked goods taste so delicious…but again, more of my musings on diets later).
Saturday evening was spent dancing (and drinking and eating) the night away at a local establishment for Battle of the Bands. The band that won (and consequently gets to play at Spring Concert) has several of my very close friends in it, so that was fun.
Sunday morning I woke up early, did some studying, and called my amazing mother. Mom (whenever you read this), you are the best mother I could have ever asked for. You are truly my biggest role-model as I try every day to emulate your kindness, patience, compassion, curiosity, sincerity, and worldliness. And you are my best-friend. Your unconditional love and support always lift my spirits and I hope to one day be half the mother you are (my kids will still like you more because you are so darn cute and will spoil them). Sorry your mother’s day gift is running late, but it will get to you in the next few days. Hope you like it. I love you.
After we talked for a while I went to the store, bought a bunch of meat, and had a giant cook-out with some friends. A few posts ago I wrote about how much I love grilling, but words couldn’t express how excited I was for this. All I’ve wanted for the longest time was to get a whole bunch of people, fire up the grill, and sit outside talking and listening to country music.
I think it’s officially a sign of warm weather when the supermarket starts selling flowers.
The rest of the day was not nearly as exciting. A few hours in the sun made me feel a little sun-burnt so I stayed inside for the rest of the day and studied a little. I also whipped up another popcorn recipe! I’m on track again for week 6. This one was incredibly easy, incredibly tasty, and I got to use one of the vegan presents I got.
I popped 1/4 cup of popcorn and drizzled on 1tbsp Earth Balance mixed with 1 tbsp honey and sprinkled on a little sea salt. I didn’t really have dinner (because lunch lasted so long) so I ate this whole batch by myself…whoops! It was really tasty. And yes, that is my 2013 mug, because I will soon be a college-graduate. Spooky stuff.
Overall this weekend was a really good balance between spending time with awesome people (both friends and strangers) and getting some much needed alone time. Let’s see what adventures the week brings.