Sunday, April 12, 2009
We had Good Friday off of school, so this weekend has been extra long. In celebration, I was able to take Thursday afternoon to cook a big pot of soup for my housemates, bake some cookies, and clean up around the house a bit. The whole weekend I’ve been able to spend lots more time with friends, even while still getting all of my homework done, including a few non-school projects (e.g., my taxes). The addition of just one extra day to the weekend opened up so much time! I’ve laid in the sunshine, gone for long walks, baked three pies (!), eaten a meal with my family, attended a Tenebrae service on Friday and an Easter service today, made good food to have for leftover meals during the coming week, and cherished some friendships long taken for granted as I focused on school. And I’ve still managed to finish all my homework! What a blessing. I’m hoping that this has been a foretaste of what the next year and a half of my life could be like: productive, useful work to keep me from being bored, but plenty of time to keep a neat house, cook healthy and delicious meals, and enjoy life with friends.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Waiting for a Ride
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I make a point of leaving my car at home and riding to school with one of my housemates. It saves me gas and gives me a chance to catch up with one or more of the ladies I live with. We all lead such busy lives that sometimes riding to school with someone is the only chance I get to see her all week! We do have supper together on Sunday nights, and some weeks without that intentional gathering I would never see some of my housemates. It’s sad, but I know that we’re all investing in good things - research, relationships, school, job searches, etc. I do wish sometimes that we could live together for a week or two without the pressures and demands of school. We have such fun together, but are often too busy to enjoy each other.
This past weekend we were able to enjoy one another’s company a bit though. On Saturday, instead of all going to libraries or coffee shops to do homework, most of us just stayed at home. Granted, very little homework was accomplished, but we reveled in the sunshine, (relatively) warm weather, and friendship. We baked muffins, talked, ate lunch outside on the deck, talked, cleaned the house together, talked, celebrated Moriah’s birthday, and talked. It was excellent. I have been so blessed to find such genuine and pleasurable friendships, and I will miss them next year when we’re scattered all over the country, Laura in Chicago, Patience in Boston, Jill in Minnesota, Liz in the southwest, me and Mo here in Grand Rapids, and the rest in places yet to be determined. I think reunions will definitely be in order.