Hey there! The last week has been one of change and transition. Hence the need for a life update. Also, my blog writing/other blog reading has been pretty minimal this past week, and I’m pumped to get that back into my regular routine. And of course, food pictures. You know me. Can’t do a life update without ’em. So here we go!
As you may know, I live in OR but I’m going to school in PA this semester. I’m here now, but this oatmeal was my last bowl of oatmeal at home for a little while. Cue crying emojis, because I already miss both home and my zucchini banana oatmeal + iced coffee.
I spent the morning/afternoon doing last minute packing (I almost left my laptop on the dining room table, eep) and running a few last errands. Like returning library books and PO box keys. (I forgot my box number because I NEVER checked it and only got it to be the address on my email list, and then I couldn’t remember my login info to figure out what my box number was, but thankfully, the guy there was able to look it up and didn’t call the police because I seemed suspicious for forgetting all the info.)
Before heading to Portland and the airport, we stopped by my grandparents’ house for dinner. I drank a smoothie in the car so I wouldn’t be hungry when we got there.
Dinner was tostadas with meat, beans, zucchini, cheese, cabbage slaw, and salsa + fruit salad.
I also ate a jar chocolate chia pudding (this recipe, halved because it was just for me) that I’d made for the car in case I was hungry before we got to the airport. Also because I made it the other day after forgetting how much I like chia pudding and was in the mood for more. Unpictured because I ate it in the dark car.
Our flight left at midnight. It was meh. I didn’t sleep. I had to go to the bathroom but didn’t want to wake anyone up. You know how it goes. But that’s okay! It meant a nice long nap in the hotel room later.
After we arrived in Pittsburgh, we went to do some shopping. I needed a pillow and some towels and a couple other things. Since it was 11:30ish EST, we decided to wait until we got where we were going to get lunch, so I definitely needed something to hold me over until then. Justin’s to the rescue.
After lunch and shopping, it was time for that hotel nap. Then dinner. I had a steak salad, which I didn’t take a picture of, but here’s a blurry picture of the bread pudding we split for dessert.
Whoa. Even blurrier than I thought.
Next day was move-in day. I don’t have a lot of pictures of my dorm room and I won’t take any right now because it’s dark out, buuuuuuut I do want to do a day in the life post soon, so you’ll see pictures then.
So now, here I am. Classes start on Monday (I’m writing this Saturday night). I may have mentioned this before, but I’m an ENFJ. Especially strong on the F and J front (feeling and judging for non-MBTI fanatics). And I’ll be honest with you, I’m not really feeling it here. I wasn’t expecting a sign or flashing lights in the sky when I arrived (I’d never visited), and I know sometimes we have to be in places that don’t feel like a great fit. Still, I’m not sure if this is the place I want to/am supposed to be. My initial gut feeling wasn’t one of “this is where I belong.” Which is okay. I know I need to wait it out for a while, give things a shot.
The thing is that it’s not that I feel like I can’t get used to being here. And I know things will feel more normal after some time. It’s that I feel like this might not be the next right thing. The next right thing might be walking away from this to the next right thing.
I recently read this book, and at the end, the author talks about unpacking your bags wherever you are. Living out of your suitcase, she made the point, is like you’re just waiting, marking time. Figuratively, of course; the point being to invest and give it your all. So I’m going to be patient. Be rational, but also figure out what I’m feeling about all this. And it’s not like it’s all been bad. A lot (most) of it has been good. I’m just unsure.
Anyways, thanks for bearing with me. Back to food.
Friday night, I went out to dinner with my parents before they flew out the next morning at the cutest little Italian place downtown. Cinnamon roll napkin! What’s not to love?
We ordered apps (blurry, I know. Totally my fault). Roasted figs with honey, feta, and almonds on the left, and fire roasted banana peppers on the right. Spicy? A little. I was crying, is all I’m saying.
Figs close-up. Yum. I thought I didn’t like figs until this day.
I ordered the antipasto salad.
And the most recent food pic on my phone: cashew butter on toast which I ate in my dorm room because I knew the protein-less breakfast I had after the sunrise service I went to wouldn’t hold me over till lunch. Yeah, that’s my finger in the picture because I apparently don’t know how to use the camera on my phone. For reals.
On the list for Sunday? Church (I already miss my church at home, but I’m excited to go to one nearby the school), a hall meeting, a connection group meeting (so many meetings), an ice cream social, and some other thing I can’t remember. In the middle of all that, I’m hoping to find some time go for a nice run, do a little journaling, planning, and maybe some blog work. Preferably outside.
Let me know what you’ve been up to! And what’s something delicious you’ve eaten recently? Have a lovely day!