I don’t really have enough thoughts to write a post on one particular thing, so here goes a random sloshing of thoughts.
1. It is kind of weird that I have this blog and like to write on it because I always hated having a diary. I tried to have a diary a million times growing up but I would always get frustrated and stop. My first problem was that I would skip a day or a week or a month and then I would think to myself, “ok I can’t keep a diary of failure where I never write so I guess I need to start over.” Hence I have about 10 of them lying around my parents’ house somewhere. And every time I would start a new one my first page would be something completely pathetic like: Hi Diary! I am going to name you Paco! (I always had to have a name) I am really bad at writing diaries but I promise I am going to be very good this time and write every day! It is going to be great Paco! Ok, bye for now! My second problem was that I actually hate to read my own writing. I always felt so boring and self involved when I was writing about the stupid things that went on in my day. I really like to write, but I need a medium to do it that is not all blah blah blah let me tell you about my day in 5th grade and how much I am in love with this boy and I am going to do something stupid like get glamour shots so he likes me. I do much better when I am writing a (mostly) themed blog, a poem, a short story, something along those lines. I really credit my writing teacher in high school for bringing back my love of writing. We would always write short vignettes about our lives for him and I loved that format. I could be funny or not. I could write in present or past tense. I could play around with it and share my life without feeling like I was a self-centered complainer. Not that I’m not.
2. The boy cooked me dinner last night and it was lovely. I love boys who cook and it was so sweet of him to do that while I manically cleaned my apartment…more on that in a minute. He made us garlic cheese bread, steak, and I helped him out with some mashed potatoes. Speaking of such, I believe that my mother has taught me to make the worlds best mashed potatoes and now I shall share with you how I make them.
Cindy’s Mashed Potatoes
4 large Yukon Gold potatoes
1 stick of butter
1 container of sour cream
Salt and Pepper
Peel your potatoes and cut them into quarters. Put them in a large pot of boiling water and cook for about 30-40 minutes. You will be able to tell they are done when you can break them up with a fork, but they aren’t falling apart. Drain the water. Use a fork to smash them up so they are somewhat broken down. Add your stick of butter (if it’s cold cut it up a bit), and your sour cream. Use a hand mixer to beat the potatoes until they are creamy smooth and there are no chunks of potato left. If you need, add some milk to get them even creamier, but be careful not to add too much or you will have potato soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Perfect potatoes I promise.
3. I have always been pretty OCD. I don’t have weird obsessions or compulsions like checking the lights a million times or tapping 24 times on the door before I enter somewhere, but I am really pretty particular about having things in my life and my apartment a certain way. The older I get, I seem to get more intense about it. Yesterday I decided I needed to clean the crap out of my apartment because I had been so busy the last few weeks that I just haven’t had time. It has been a struggle getting up for work every day and seeing what a mess it was and not having time to do anything about it. Now to the naked eye, it probably wouldn’t be that bad. I am never a messy person, I won’t ever have anything on my floor or lying around. But if you looked closely you would see hair on my bathroom floor, litter on the carpet by the cats’ boxes, and food dried in my sink. And that is gross y’all. So the boy was nice enough to make dinner while I deep cleaned the whole place. He even offered to help with the cleaning, but like I said, I really am picky about how I do things in my apartment, and I just don’t trust him to do it the right way. Yes maybe that is insane, but let me just tell you he doesn’t mind one bit that I tell him not to help me clean.
4. I am getting very excited to start social work school this fall. Deciding to do the joint JD/MSW program was the best thing I could have ever done. Not only am I so excited to get the exact degrees I want and to be able to take classes that satisfy both my logical side and my human side, I have gotten nothing but positive responses from everyone I tell about it. Working at the Public Defender’s office this summer, and considering doing that as a career, everyone is so impressed and encouraging about my dual degrees. On PD even told me that everyone should be required to have that second degree because you essentially become a social worker/counselor for your client. I also love the flexibility I feel I will get in my life because of my two degrees. Although my current plan is to work as a lawyer who just happens to have a social work degree that I feel will make me an even better lawyer, I always have the option to completely switch over to something in the social work field. I love that. My boss even told me that she has a friend that works at the Federal Public Defender and has both degrees, and she started as a lawyer but now works as a social worker in their mitigation field. How lucky am I? I cannot wait to share with you all the trials and tribulations of social work school in the fall
5. I am excited to announce that I have joined REACH, the young professional’s board for Covenant House in MO. I have tutored at Covenant House since this spring and every time I am there, I am more obsessed by their mission and every thing they do. I recently went to my first REACH meeting and between hearing some stories by current CH residents (one of whom I tutor), and watching their mission video about everything they do for kids in need, I couldn’t be more behind this program. I truly hope I can contribute to more of an awareness of teenage homelessness and the amazing program that Covenant House runs. We are looking to have a fundraiser happy hour in September and a candlelight vigil for homelessness in November (which is homelessness awareness month by the way) so if you are in St. Louis please look for more information and come join me! Finally, here is their website if you want more information about the wonderful mission of Covenant House: http://www.covenanthousemo.org
I hope you all are having a great Saturday! Enjoy this beautiful picture of St. Louis!