Hello everyone! I just wanted to check in with you all! I hope you are all doing wonderful. Overall, I'm doing pretty good, though to be perfectly honest, I am stressing out about school already. The first bit is always so rough because you don't know what to expect from tests and other assignments, how the teachers grade, etc. I really want to believe that everything will be okay not let it get to me, but that is so hard for me to do, and I'm kind of failing at it. I think I'm doing a fairly descent job with squeezing some fun things in there though! Take for example labor day weekend. Instead of spending the entire time studying, I actually had some fun with my friends! I felt a little guilty about not studying, but I was trying my best to embrace the extra day off, and you know what? It all worked out - I had fun and I got all of my studying done, with time to spare. It can be done.
So what exactly did I do? I think a little weekend recap is in order! Saturday began with a bit of homework, but after a couple hours, I forwent that in favor of paying my horse a visit. As I was heading bach, my friend texted me asking if I wanted to go to the coast. Even though I wanted to say yes right away, it did take some time for me to realize that I could go and not do homework the rest of the day. Luckily my parents helped me see that I could, and in the end, I just couldn't turn down the thought of such a great time! So I had a quick lunch, and my three friends and I were off! We hit terrible traffic on the way, but we eventually caught some awesome views:
Even though it was gorgeously sunny at our school, the coast had a mind of its own with all that fog! There were several sightseeing areas that we wanted to stop at, but it was so foggy that we couldn't even see the water. In all of the areas but one...
I thought this bridge looked like it was out of some fantasy movie!
We also found this adorable little souvenir shop!
We drove along the coast for a ways, stopped at a Fred Meyer because a couple of my friends desperately needed a few things, and then we turned to the most important topic: dinner. We all decided that we wanted pizza so we turned to our phones because what else was there to do? ;-) We found one that sounded good, but it was on the way back to school so we hopped in the car and headed out, our mouths watering in anticipation of the pizza we were now craving. I tracked the path on the GPS on my phone, and as we neared, we began to get excited. Then we were met with: CLOSED. What?!? All of that excitement for nothing??? Our hearts sank. We were too set on pizza to take defeat though. So back to the phones it was. Of course, there were more pizza places, so I routed us to another one. But our eyes mate the same tragic sight as we neared. Darn-it, we wanted our pizza!!!
Not sure what to do, we just kept driving trying to decide if we should head back to school and find something there. Obviously we weren't meant to have pizza. But then, like magic, it appeared: a pizza shack that was open! "Look!" I shouted as I pointed to the magnificent site. We veered to the left and were soon in the parking lot. It was quite cold inside as the doors were kept open, and we had to clear our own table to get one (that place was packed), but it was all worth it. I mean, just look at that gorgeous pie!! (Mine was obviously the veggie side.)
With happy tummies, we headed back to school, and our adventure came to an end. And the best part about the day? I didn't feel anxious like I have in the past when I pass up studying for something fun. I was able to just relax and enjoy the time spent with my friends!
The majority of Sunday was devoted to studying, but I took a bit of time off on Monday to hang out with my brother for a bit and also satisfy my intense froyo craving.
Peach/tart swirl, strawberry, peanut butter cup, and toasted coconut topped with blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chunks, chocolate sprinkles, and a few mini peanut butter cups!
I went with my roommate, and since I just met her this year (I was going to room with a friend from last year, but through the whole room change thing, we weren't able to stay in the same room) so it was great to chat and get to know her better! And guess what? She's a chocolate lover too! (Obviously we were discussing the important things in life.) I think we're going to get along juuuuust fine. ;-)
I wish I had three day weekends every week so that I could just repeat above every week! At least it happened once and hopefully will happen again!
What did you do for Labor Day weekend?
Any tips on handling stress?
Well, I'm off to go conquer a ten mile run! See you all next time!!!