Subtle Successes

It’s sad to say that Spring Break 2014- the highly anticipated week off of school-has come to a close. The good news is we’ve survived the first week back. A week of perpetual Mondays rivaled only by the week after winter break. That’s ok, though. At least for me. My break was incredibly satisfactory and I don’t feel like I wasted a moment of it.

Here’s why this past week may have been my most satisfying spring break to date, despite the weather:

Started watching House of Cards. Really, though, this show is awesome. One of my residents has been talking about this show forever, and my boyfriend and I have been looking for a show to watch together. It really holds our interest, and since it’s a Netflix Original, you can watch episode after episode after episode. Whether or not that is a good thing is to be determined. If you’re looking for a show to get in to (and if you have Netflix), check it out.

Cooked dinner. A lot. I love cooking and baking, and this break provided me with a great opportunity to do some of that. Since I don’t get a chance to cook while away at school, it was nice to use my kitchen at home and cook so much.

Played with my puppy. My dog has an unbelievable amount of energy, which can be pretty scary at times. He’s always so happy and  playful, and when I am at school, I don’t get to see him growing up. It was really nice to be at home for over a week with him and get to play, practice going on walks, take naps, and do whatever puppies do.

Got new sunglasses. This is pretty exciting for me; new sunglasses are always great. It’s a pretty effective technique for trying to beat the winter blues, since spring never seems to actually be coming. My sunglasses have me hopeful, though.

Completely redid my room. This was definitely the highlight of spring break. Not only did I throw away old things that I didn’t need anymore- I also got rid of furniture that wasn’t even being used. My room has so much more space and is completely clutter-free. It makes me even more excited for summer and being back in my room for a few months.

Won a gift card to the bookstore. I completed the survey that the UIC Student Centers emailed out since I feel like I am always using one of the offices or in the cafeteria. I was randomly selected to win a $20 gift card to the bookstore! I’m so excited for this! Can’t wait to pick out some new UIC gear.

Went out to eat at Red Lobster. I haven’t been here in probably 10+ years. We sort of went on a whim, which was a great choice. I couldn’t even believe how good the food was, and we were just about the only people in the restaurant-pretty awesome. If you haven’t had the cheddar biscuits there, that is something that needs to happen.

Went running. Although it wasn’t incredibly often, my boyfriend and I went running. The first time we went running around the neighborhood, and then the next, we went to our town’s pavilion and ran on the track. It was actually really nice to get up at 7am and do this, but we had to stop. I really need better running shoes. That is happening as soon as possible so we can get back to it.

Didn’t do my homework. Don’t get me wrong-my plan was to get my homework done early in the week so I wouldn’t have to stress out about it. As usual, I wound up not doing it until much much later in the week. This was probably the best decision ever. I had a lot of time off of obligations and got to relax and enjoy the break. I didn’t even worry very much about my homework at that time. Instead, I took my time working on it later in the week when nothing was going on.

Drank a ton of coffee. My parents’ Keurig is pretty dangerous. I can’t stop using it! My mom buys really really good coffee flavors, so I’ve had at least a cup every day.  I’ve found myself becoming pretty dependent on the cup of coffee a day now and definitely miss the ease of that machine.

Didn’t stress out. This pretty much also falls into the homework part. I really put off most things until later in the week, which didn’t bother me. I didn’t think about things that give me anxiety or get me upset. Instead, I focused on doing things I’ve been neglecting (like cleaning my room) and thought a lot less about the other things. The break was much needed.

Visited my old internship. I stopped by the office I spent my summer at to see everybody. It was so nice to visit and catch up. I learned so much during my time there and made some great connections. Always great to see them.

Figured out my classes. My second to last time I am picking classes is this week! How exciting. It’s scary because I have to make sure I’m taking all of the exact right classes because there is no room to mess that up. I’m excited for a new semester and for starting my senior year of college (can’t believe it’s almost here…)

Spent time with my family. Always great. Got to spend a lot of time, which was great, since I’m always missing them when I’m at school.

Reevaluated things. Actually took my advice to consider if I am happy with where I’m at and if I am heading towards my eventual goals. This is still a work in progress, but time will certainly help to figure things out.

How did you enjoy your spring break? Let me know in the comments!

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