Sprained Backs & Sabbaticals

I recently sprained my back.

“How?!” is the first thing that immediately pops out of people’s mouths when they hear that. And “…how old are you??” (Some people only think this in their heads; some people say it out loud.) I’m 24 going on 85, thank you very much. And I have no clue how I did it. No. Clue.

What started off as my back being a bit sore as I was at the grocery store quickly turned into me clutching my back in my kitchen, confusedly telling my roommates I had no idea what was going on. Fast forward a week and a half – including a morning text to my boss of “currently can’t move or get dressed, TBD if I can make it in today”, traveling around with my heated blanket that I was using as a makeshift heating pad, a fun 4 day road trip (OUCH), and more Tiger’s Balm than I knew was possible to put on one body – I was sitting in the doctor’s office hearing the strange diagnosis. “Well, you definitely sprained it.” Add that to my list of fun health problems. Read More

Taking Off My Super Hero Cape

July has been crazy.

IMG_4794I’m not sure if the recent-college-grad in me is still used to the idea of summer being relaxing and carefree (RIP 3 month breaks of all responsibility). Or maybe it’s the season of life I’m in: weddings, weddings, and more weddings. Or the universe just has a sick sense of humor and decided to have a little fun – shaking around my social calendar, shuffling everything around, and having everything land, jumbled, right on top of each other. Friends who have asked to hang out with me get the same, generic response: “I’d love to! I’m crazy busy. Can we plan something in, say, 3 weeks?”
I’ve had 3 weddings, 2 bachelorette parties, 1 week spent up at camp with Flood Youth, 4 days in LA, 2 friends moving, 3 friends visiting from other countries… and I’ve lot track of the amount of friends visiting simply from out of town. All within 31 days. Like I said, crazy.  Read More