I enjoy how I learn so many new things everyday just being here. For example, after living in St. Louis for 5 years, I’m still in awe of how much snow we’ve had. It’s already March and still, the flurries are being spooned on us as if someone up there is pouring flour into this bowl we call earth. What is the name of that groundhog that sees his shadow? I think we need a new animal if we’re getting six weeks more of winter.
I also learn that no matter how rough of a day you’ve had, someone will always cheer you up. Following my heavy schedule today, I was determined to stay mad and grouchy at how little time I had to relax. Yet my companions at dinner made me laugh so much I can’t help but laugh my guilt away now. My friend Sean is a master imitator and performed several renditions of Disney songs in the style of Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Johnny Cash. This was followed by some wonderful trips down memory lane of old, obscure TV shows that only a few know about, such as Flight of the Conchords. Just revisiting all their songs with Willian, and letting Yuri and Yara listen and laugh with us, helped my mood immensely.
In fact, being at Fontbonne has that effect. No matter where you go, how terrible or dark you feel, or how lethargically your life passes, someone will always come by like a ray of light and shine. It’s very refreshing. And you keep learning that laughter will always be a grand medicine.
March has arrived, which is National Nutrition Month! Since we’re on the topic of food, you may think I have some awesome recipes to share. Well, that’s not really the case. I’m not exactly the best when it comes to cooking or coming up with flavor combinations. This is part of the reason why I just always eat in the DSAC Caf’ or Ryan Dining Hall. Being a resident, it’s so much more convenient for me to do so, and it tastes a lot better than what I could probably come up with. Typically, cafeteria food gets a bad reputation. However, I actually enjoy the food that is served here. Ryan Dining Hall changes their menu everyday, so they serve a variety of meals. I am always a fan of the fresh salad bar and the vegetarian entree option of the day.
On the rare occasion where I do just eat a meal in my room, it’s nothing exciting. It usually consists of me popping a box of instant rice in the microwave or pouring a bowl of cereal. As artsy as I am, I am not creative with my meals. A friend of mine proposed an idea for a TV show on the Food Network channel that I would definitely watch. It would be based on res hall recipes. The host would visit various college campus, find out the “it” place to eat in that town, and ways to create an awesome meal in a dorm with limited resources. Next year, my roommate and I plan on living off campus for the first time. That would mean we’ll have to cook almost every meal by ourselves. That means no more getting spoiled by the luxury of getting hot food by simply walking to the building next door. Can this Res Hall Recipe Food Network show start now? I’m ready for the advice.
Tuesday night as I was at the checkout counter at Whole Foods, the cashier asked me if I had any exciting plans for the rest of the evening. Naturally, I did:
“Meh, just a ton of homework,” I complained.
“Oh yeah, it’s getting to be about midterm-time, isn’t it?” said he.
Indeed. It. Is.
The past week has been one of those kinds of weeks. You know, the kind where you stay up late doing homework with friends and forget to set your alarm for the next morning and show up to track practice half an hour late (sorry, Coach). Or where you put off doing calculus homework until 10:00 the night before it’s due because you’ve been working on other stuff all day, only to sit there and weep a little and think, “I DON’T REMEMBER HOW TO DO THIS INTEGRAL AT ALL” (when really you do because you just learned it last semester in calc 2). Or where you realize that listening to your physics lab partner who told you last week in lab, “Oh, we can just make up numbers for that part of the lab and do the calculations at home” was a bad, bad idea.
If you’re in this position as well, hang in there! Spring break is right around the corner…I promise!
Have a lovely weekend, kids!