This past weekend was my last weekend at school before break, and it was a great one – as usual! I went to see The Pillowman with my friends Mimi, Summer, and Natalie. The Pillowman was a play put on by The Scranton Players, student actors affiliated with the theater program. The show was absolutely incredible. It truly was the best play I have ever seen. I was so impressed by the actors’ talent and their commitment to the characters they portrayed. I wish I could have seen it again, but unfortunately I had to study! Otherwise, I would have gone again, without a doubt.
I came home for Thanksgiving break on Monday night, and it is great to be back! Coming home for breaks is always fun because I get to see my dog (!!!), my parents, my sisters, and my friends from home.
On Wednesday afternoon, I went to lunch with my friend Rachel from high school at Panera bread. I am glad I got to see Rachel while I was home because that night she got on a flight and went to Ohio to visit her sister at veterinary school.
I finally got to see my best friend, Monica, for the first time since she started college this year. Monica, Matt (my neighbor, a senior in high school), and I went to dinner on Wednesday night to catch up and then went to Monica’s house to hang out and see her dog and her mom 🙂
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because I get to see so much of my family (I have a huge family – my mom is one of ten, my dad one of nine, and I have 47 first cousins). Thanksgiving is always a crowded, loud, exciting affair and I would not have it any other way. And, of course, all the food doesn’t hurt…everything is so delicious! Since becoming vegan, Thanksgiving has been a little different for me but I am lucky to have an AMAZING mom who makes me special potatoes, bread, and vegetables. 😀 I do have to admit, I do not usually find myself missing non-vegan foods but Thanksgiving is a big exception to that. My aunt makes a delicious casserole called pineapple bread pudding, and my mom makes delicious sweet potatoes with nuts and brown sugar – these two side dishes always ended up constituting about two thirds of my plate every year. So, I definitely miss those, but I am lucky that I still got my fill since my mom is so wonderful 🙂
Today, I went to lunch with my friend Hannah who is a senior in college this year. This was the first time I have seen Hannah since the summer, so it was great to catch up with her! Hannah’s family goes to my church so I have known their family for a while. They are all so wonderful and sweet and I am so thankful I was able to talk to her and hear about school and her life in general. I hope that I am able to see the rest of her family either sometime this weekend or once I come home for intersession.
I have had such a great break so far. Tomorrow is my cousin’s annual memorial bullroast, where I will see some of my dad’s side of the family (my mom’s side comes for Thanksgiving). Then I’ll go back to campus on Sunday and start preparing for final exams… eek! Wish me luck!