Thursday, June 25, 2009

A simply wonderful simple day...

Yesterday Lukas and I decided to go to the Newark reservoir to go jogging/walking around sundown. It is such a beautiful peaceful place to go for a walk, especially as the sun is setting. As much as I love Glasgow park, not having the noise of the cars on the road makes such a difference! It will be especially nice when Lukas and I move right next to the reservoir and can go walking/jogging there everyday, especially when we get an energetic dog that is going to need the exercise! :) It was nice to get a 6.2 mile work out in... but even better that for around 4 of those miles I got to walk and talk with Lukas and just enjoy the fresh air and peaceful setting with him. That to me is good quality time... just being able to unwind together, enjoy nature, and chat about our days.

Before we went on our walk I tried my hand at a 5 ingredient recipe I had borrowed in a magazine from my mom. Im pretty skeptical about cooking because I hate wasting ingredients and having things not turn out in the end but I figured I could spare 5 ingredients and give it a try. Suprisingly it turned out super yummy! It was a chicken and tortelli dish with peas and a yummy cream cheese with onion sauce. Sounds pretty impressive to me, since I cant cook at all, but it was super easy. The best part is I could leave the peas and chicken out of half of it, add mushrooms for myself, and both of us had a great meal we liked!

After my cooking experiment and our lovely walk, we watched Pink Panther 2 together. It was pretty funny... not as good as the first one but good for a sequel none-the-less. Such a wonderful and relaxing evening at home with my hubby... definitely a needed respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Ok my daily life is pretty easy and boring... but with school/work/life in general it seems like Lukas and I just dont have enough quality time together other than dinner and random tv watching before bed so I was excited for our "home date" :) Its the little things that make this life sweet and yesterday definitely did that and more.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cold lonely summer....

Ok apparently summer doesn't officially start until Father's Day but it had better warm up then on Sunday because Im so sick of being cold! Im free from classes and I still just stay inside and read all day because 1. Everyone moved away so I have no one to play with, and 2. Its so darn cold and rainy here there is no chance to play outside. Bah...

I guess that is what Im SUPPOSED to be doing this summer anyway, reading a ton of books and preparing for my comprehensive exams, but some entertainment or escape from my apartment atleast would be nice. ~sigh~

Im starting to realize just how much I miss having close friends around. I have several new "friends" from church and other places who are great to spend time with once in a while, but even they are mostly moving away or are busy with their own families and kids. Its hard to get to know people, especially when you either are married and they are not, or you are not part of the "mommy club" and they are. Now that Im not only busy with graduate school but also kind of in between both groups of people Im around, it is really hard to form stronger bonds with them and that makes me sad.
Life was much easier as an undergrad... more time to play and more people to play with.
And those people who I do have such strong bonds with I only get to see once a year, if Im even lucky enough to see them that often.

I was however fortunate in the past week or so to be able to spend a lot of time with my friend Judith before she moved to NYC since we were both free from grad school stress and that was fantastic. We went to Newark night, which was.... interesting to say the least. Had a few dinner and game nights, went to the gym, mostly random stuff but it was nice getting to know her a lot better. I really wish I would have had more time to spend with her during the school year because she is an awesome girl and a great friend and Im really going to miss her. Fortunately she is only 2.5 hours away right now and I will go visit her next month before she moves back to Germany :)

So yea, as Im obviously very blue and lonely right now, Im looking forward even more to our trip to Indiana over the 4th of July weekend. We are going to stop on the way in Ohio for a day to visit one of my best friends, Carla, and that is going to be so awesome. Wish I had more time with her but I will take what I can get! Then I get to see my friend of 10+ years, Becky, in Plymouth and my family so that is going to be great as well. I never thought I would be so excited to go back to the Midwest but I guess seeing the people I love there makes it a very exciting place to visit.

Other than my complaints, things are pretty calm (read: BORING) but good around here. Lukas just finished his second MBA class and now has a break for the summer for which Im sure he is VERY grateful. School isnt his favorite thing and Im really proud of him for going back and getting his MBA and doing such a good job at it. Its hard enough for me to focus completely on school, not sure I could do that AND work full-time. Definitely grateful for his sacrifice and effort, but so glad the poor kid gets a break to play during the summer too!

Now that Im done rambling/complaining, I suppose I should get back to reading. There is a nice stack of German books waiting to be read and studied and unfortunately they won't read themselves.

Here's hoping for sunnier days and looking forward to visiting friends soon and friends coming back to visit Delaware too!