All Play and Some Work

As my final year of college is dwindling and “real life” is quickly approaching, reality is setting in.

It was bound to happen, I understand. I am becoming an adult whether or not I’m ready.

So, for my final winter break of college I knew I needed to make some money, but it was oh-so-nice to not have research papers looming over my head. I could take a nap without guilt. I could eat cookies in the morning (although that’s not as seasonally specific as you might have guessed). And I could work 40 hour weeks. 

I did work often, but throughout the five weeks of break I had plenty of vacation time. Not only did I fly to the Sooner state, but I also had the opportunity to experience the Caribbean sun. I thawed off frImageom this below zero weather pretty easily if I might say so. Returning to the frozen tundra of the Midwest was not fantastic, but it’s a fabulous feeling to walk around campus with an all-natural tan in the world of my pale friends.

Even as I am in sun-withdraw on this windy morning, today represents something greater: the beginning of the end.

It’s the start of my very last semester in college. I have waited for this day for years and now that it’s here, I’m shocked to say it’s saddening. The days of all-nighters, poptarts, and campus events are soon to be over. With five short months until commencement, I hope it feels a little longer.

Coming at you spring semester!

 

When Your Skin Smells like the Sun

You know that smell, when you’ve been outside all day long on a hot summer day.

On the beach. Playing catch. Barbequing with family.

And at the end of the day you go inside, and recognize you have the true scent of summer.

It’s as if nothing is more perfect than those carefree days.

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Zadar, Croatia resembles those sweet days, with their precious aroma. It’s a place where sitting at the outdoor cafe is like a job. Where watching the sunset is the day’s main event. And gelato is an essential part of any meal.

Where the water is crystal clear, ready for a beach bum’s splash.

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A place Alfred Hitchcock declared has “The world’s best sunset.”

The perfect setting for a true spring break. To finish off my two weeks of vaca, I chose to spend it with a lovely companion in the lovely town of Zadar. Easily the most relaxing trip I have yet to experience. Sleeping in, reading next to the water, cold beer in hand, overlooking the excitement of nearby islands and ferries crossing.

And when all was said and done – it was as if my skin smelled like the sun.  Image