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So, you've read about how fun my spring break was, and now it's back to the daily routine of classes and work, homework and meetings. I can't help but feel the slightest tingling of Senioritis leaking into my brain when I glance out the window during lab to see the sun shining. I am torn though; wanting the semester to be over means graduation, a step that I'm honestly not sure if I'm ready for just because, personally, I hate change. I also know that 10 days after I walk across that stage, I begin the graduate PA program here at LHU which both excites and scares me! Unfortunately, my professors have not gotten senioritis, and so my homework load has been the same as ever and is refusing to let me slack off!
This week is my week for dissection in the cadaver lab. Our assignment has been the posterior (back side of) the upper and lower arm. It's a little tricky and very involved, but I'll be honest- it's rather interesting. Yesterday, I dissected for about 3 hours and then returned to my usual spot in Starbucks, where I was asked by a friend if I had just been dissecting. I relied with a weary 'yes', and she continued to explain that she could tell because I smelled like her high school Bio lab. Oh, the joys of being a health science major. Needless to say, I returned home and took a shower.
In other news, this week I will be hosting the usual Thursday night dinner complete with theological bible study to follow. The menu for this Thursday is rather exciting however; last night I began preparations for the chicken breast stuffed with freshly shredded spinach in a mixture of ricotta and garlic Italian cheeses breaded and baked to perfection before being lightly covered in a sweet tomato sauce. This entree would of course not be complete without my famous garlic and basil potatoes, for which I will begin preparations tonight. I'm just saying, my friends are very lucky people.
The last bit of exciting news I have to share for this week is that Saturday, so long as the weather permits, a group of us NewLifers will be going up to Wellsboro, PA to hike the PA Grand Canyon on Saturday. There are several of us more experienced hikers as well as a few inexperienced hikers, so this shall prove to be an interesting day-trip. Then Sunday is April 1st, and I fully plan on retaliating for the balloon incident prior to spring break, so my roommates had better watch out!
So, today is the first day of spring, and in honor I broke out the shorts, flip flops, and bright colors! This morning has been a little rainy, but I'm not letting that keep me from shining! As with every year, the first day of spring brings free Rita's Italian ice, so when I get off work at 2pm, a group of us will be heading to Williamsport for some free Rita's.
Speaking of spring, yes, my spring break was pretty swell! Friday afternoon, my roommates and I left for Ocean City, MD. It was a very good 3 days. We went to the Salisbury zoo- I don't think I'd ever seen flamingos before. We went to the beach Sunday and Monday where we got to experience warm sun, warm sand, and not so warm water; but it was still worth it. We arrived back in Lock Haven late Monday night and noticed that it was rather warm even back here. Little did we know, we brought the spring break weather back with us. The rest of the week we saw temperatures in the 70s every day and constant sunshine, it was beautiful. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday at home visiting my family and came back Wednesday night. Thursday, I went with my roommate, Kate, up to visit a family from our church who live about 8 miles out of Lock Haven who have a farm. We played with baby goats, pigs, bunnies, and of course their grandson, baby Sam. It was such a good time and great weather that when I got back to Lock Haven, I decided to walk the length of the levy from my apartment up to campus and back. I also stopped to sit at the amphitheater on the levy to read.
The next day, a friend and I set out to visit her home in Pottstown, PA. I had my first experience at a Wawa, always having been a Sheetz fan, and I was pleasantly surprised! I got my full taste of as far into the city as I'd ever want to live. We visited the King of Prussia Mall, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, and a rather strange farmers market called Zerns. We had met up with another friend from the Pottstown area and dragged him through the KOP mall. Alright, I will admit, I am not a city girl- this place was enormous! I cannot even fathom how many stores are in the however many miles of mall strip we walked through, and that was only the first building!! My purchases from the KOP mall included a Mrs. Field's cookie and a Cold Stone Creamery sundae. Clearly, I'm not that big of a shopper, but I at least got the experience that is KOP; I think I'll stick to the Nittany mall in State College, and even that overwhelms me at times! Overall, I can say that I had a very eventful spring break; but they're never long enough, so here I am back into the routine refreshed, relaxed, and ready to go with the second half of this semester. With 4 exams coming at me within the next week, I need as much 'ready to go' as I can muster up! Wish me luck!
So, I am officially 1.5 hours from the beginning of my spring break! As soon as I get off work at 2pm, I'll be heading back to the apartment to do a load of laundry before packing it all up and heading to Ocean City, MD! I'm hopeful that the weather will hold out, but regardless it'll be a good time.
So, Wednesday I got home from work and walked into my living room to find it had been exhaustively decorated with streamers. Proceeding throughout the house I realized this was the same for the dining room and kitchen as well. I then ascended the stair case to realize that all the bedroom doors were closed. I cautiously opened my bedroom door, not knowing what to expect. Mouth agape, I see my bedroom full, and I mean FULL, of brightly colored balloons. Where had my shoes, table, desk, purse, etc all gone? Under a sea of balloons- happy spring break to Brianna- Love, the roommates <3. They had also filled my roommate, Kate's, room with balloons as well. I was not really sure what to do or how to navigate my way through the balloon pit, but eventually I managed to adapt to my new living environment. There was really nothing I could see to do with all the balloons and decided to temporarily co-exist with them when I returned later that night after pedicures and dinner in State College with the girls. I had gotten back and walked my leftovers to my cousin who lives 2 blocks away. Somehow I ended up sitting and having a great theological discussion with him and his roommate for about an hour, so by the time I got home, I was so tired that I simply waded through the balloons and collapsed on my bed surrounded by the sea of colors. Yesterday, Kate and I transferred all the balloons from BOTH of our rooms to Kelsey's room which is smaller than both of ours, and created a balloon pit that came up to about chin level on poor Kelsey. Good times at the apartment!
I had the hardest time thinking of a title for this blog simple because there is so much going on right now. Monday I walked into Starbucks as usual during my lunch break where my friends spent about 40 minutes pestering me until they convinced me that we were taking a ridiculously spontaneous road trip to the restaurant Shady Maple down near Lancaster. I'm not quite certain how they got me to agree to the 7 hour round trip drive, other than I know they had me at "steak night". So at about 2:30pm we set out on our voyage to get delicious home cooked Amish buffet 3.5 hours away. I cannot even describe how much fun we had not only at dinner but also on the car ride there and back. So- just to give a jist of how spectacular this restaurant is I'll list just what I ate: NY strip steak, cheese fries, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, bbq pork, Salisbury steak, stuffing, chocolate éclair topped with ice cream hot fudge butterscotch and sliced almonds, a pumpkin whoopie pie, and some sort of delicious mystery pie. Oh and a virgin strawberry daiquiri! Needless to say, we all rolled out of that place in a food coma- gooooood times! Dinner wasn't even the best part of the whole trip- between the yellow car game, P-diddle, and name that road kill, there was seldom a quiet moment in my car. On the way back, we stopped at the home of one of my friends and drove through their hometown. We safely arrived back in LHU at approximately 12:30am. Who knew a Monday could be so exciting? This is the time of our lives where we can make insanely random road trips for dinner, so no regrets here!
Speaking of fun road trips: today the weather is particularly beautiful for March, I see a high of 65! So as soon as I get off work at 2pm, I'm headed out to spend an hour on the levy taking in the sun until a couple girls and I head to State College to get our pre-spring-break pedicures. This week is just so great. This weekend starts spring break and I'll be headed down to Ocean City, MD with my roommate to visit her sister. The forecast doesn't call for a super warm weekend, but who cares!? Being in sweaters on the beach is better than no beach at all! I'll be heading home to spend a few days back in Philipsburg, and then back up to LHU to pick up a friend and head to her home for the last weekend of spring break. This week and next are going to be so much fun; I cannot wait. C'mon 2pm!!