Last week was Spring Break….and it was wonderful. I spent the week in Sarasota/Siesta Key, Florida with 3 of my very best friends…and I loved it. We spent the week doing all kinds of things, so I thought I would share some of my favorite ones with you. Here we go…
I embraced Instagram. I feel so artsy and hip.
We became buddies with our hosts’ pets…. Tess (above) and Spike (below)…
We went to the beach…all day every day.
We watched the sun set….
We ate…. a lot.
We shopped… a lot.
Overall, it was a legit week with some people that I absolutely love. And I came back to Butler all rested and ready to go for the rest of the semester….you know…leaving out the fact that there are only 52 days left until graduation…and I feel a breakdown coming. It’s fine.
This week is my senior Spring Break…which is both exciting and sad (maybe just bittersweet). It’s the first time I’ve ever taken a real trip during Spring Break, as well as my last time to ever take a trip for Spring Break. It’s the first time I’ve been on a trip with my three best friends, but it hopefully won’t be our last (even though two of them are getting married in the next few months). But the best of all, I’ve been introduced to my new favorite vacation spot….Sarasota/Siesta Key.
Everyone always has a specific beach that they love because it’s a tradition or just because they had an awesome experience….but I never have had that. I’ve been on some beach vacations in the past, but my family never had a specific place where we would go every year. So I have been to Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Naples, Destin, Miami, and now Sarasota….and my favorite…by far…is Sarasota. It’s basically the perfect little vacation area with shopping, fun things to do, great restaurants and great beaches. It’s so great that we really could stay here for two weeks and never do the same thing twice….besides going to the beach of course. Since SB2K12 isn’t over yet, I’m not going to tell you all about it….but I can safely say that it has been successful simply because I have fallen in love…with a place that isn’t in the Midwest.
- How could you not love this???
This year I have quite a few firsts going into Spring Break…
- It is my first real Spring Break…in regards to traveling.
- It is the first time I haven’t been dying to go home for break.
- And…It’s the first time that I haven’t been dying to escape campus.
I’m usually the person who is completely content spending my one free week of spring semester laying on my couch at home…doing absolutely nothing. Last year I did a couple of quick trips during break, but at the end of the week I still had about 4 days to myself. But this time around…I’m going with 3 of my best friends, Meghan, Liz, and Lauren, to Sarasota. We’re leaving Butler tonight, staying at my house in southern Indiana tonight, and then driving all the way down tomorrow. I’m pretty darn excited to go, not only because it is my first (and last…) Spring Break…but for a couple other reasons too.
- My family doesn’t really vacation…so this going on vacation thing is new to me
- Liz and Meghan are getting married (to other people) in the next few months…and then they’re moving away to New York and Michigan, respectively.
- I’m excited to just spend a week with my best friends.
- And strangely…I can’t wait to drive.
I know the last one is weird…and I might be kicking myself for saying this when we are on hour 12 or 13 of a 15 hour drive…but I miss driving so much. I drove to the other side of campus the other day, and the couple of minutes I spent in my car were just therapeutic. We were planning on splitting up the driving, but right now I would be fine with doing it all myself. I kind of want the challenge of seeing really how long I can drive for…and how fast I can get us to Florida. So bring it on…15.5 hour drive…I’m totally going to conquer you.
The SB2K12 crew...
This Thanksgiving, I celebrated the holiday in a very different way than I usually do. Usually, I spend my morning being lazy and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then my family and I go to my cousin’s house for a HUGE family gathering. All of my Grandma’s brothers and sisters (she is the oldest of 9) and their families comes to Thanksgiving, so it is usually a pretty crowded get-together with tons of food. This year I was visiting my sister, Natalie, and her husband, John, in Albuquerque over Thanksgiving, so for the first time ever, I got to celebrate with less than 50 people.
This was totally new to me, mostly because for the first time, we had to cook everything. When you are in a big family, one person makes the turkey, one makes ham, one makes potatoes….and so on. We obviously didn’t want to sacrifice the quality of our Thanksgiving meal, or the variety of foods we would have, so we made everything that we wanted….which just took a little bit longer. Some didn’t think that we could pull it off…but we worked ahead (by making pies, rolls, and the turkey the night before) and on the day of we each took a different part of the meal, so it was all ready right on time.
I was really proud of our spread of food…so I took pictures…obviously. Check them out:
- The table setting for our Thanksgiving dinner.
- Our apple pie…
- My personal favorite – the cheesy potatoes
- Baked beans…
- The most delicious turkey…ever.
- Perfect rolls…
Somehow, we finished off the turkey, the baked beans, and the cheesy potatoes all before dinner…and of course it was all delicious. But the real accomplishment of the day was that we made all of this….and my sister and I didn’t hurt each other in any way. Impressive, huh?
I’m currently on Thanksgiving Break, and for the first time ever I am not following my usual break routine. This includes the following things…in this order:
- Drive home
- Eat some great food
- Lay on the couch
- Watch every one of my TV shows on Hulu
- Watch every movie that is decent on TV
- Go out to dinner with my parents
- Hang out with my friends
- Wash clothes
This time around…instead of recuperating from school with this routine…I flew to New Mexico. My sister, Natalie, and brother-in-law, John, moved here after they got married in July, so John’s brother and I flew out to spend Thanksgiving with them. We’ve been having a great time seeing their new home and exploring a new part of the country…but I’m not going to lie…I miss being lazy. I always use breaks to be as lazy as humanly possible and to watch move television than anyone in their right mind should. But, I keep reminding myself that I didn’t fly halfway across the country to sleep and sit inside…so I need to make the most of my time here. I’ll be posting more about all of our adventures, including hiking up a mountain and making our first Thanksgiving dinner on our own (help us, please!). So check back soon for updates!
The view of the mountains from Albuquerque...