Happy ‘Friends’giving!

Late Fall into early Winter is such a fantastic time of year. Not only does it mean that snow is upon us, but it also means that great things are ahead. First of all, it brings in the semester’s production in the Campus Theatre. A lot of hard work goes into the production from a fantastic team of people. I’ll be posting about the production shortly, once I get the chance to sit down with the creative team and do our production debrief. On top of the campus production, this time of year also brings in Thanksgiving! Now as I usually do, I will be traveling home to spend the holiday with family, but I also tried something new this year. My friends and I decided this year that we should celebrate ‘Friends’giving this year before we head home for the short break.

From the episode “The One With All the Thanksgivings” of ‘Friends’

Fellow blogger Lauren, her roommate (and my good friend) Bridget and myself sat down a couple weeks ago and put together our guest list as well as what everyone would be bringing. I took on the task of cooking the turkey. I found myself calling my mom as well as the Butterball turkey hotline numerous times that morning, but at least I didn’t find myself in the same situation as our favorite group of Friends with the turkey somewhere other than the oven.

Not only did we decide to cook the entire meal ourselves, we took on the daunting task of doing so for 12 people. It took a bit of time, and spread the preparation to 3 Centennial Apartments, but it all came together. We had all the fixings, including some awesome gluten-free mac and cheese from fellow blogger, Priscilla Ly! We all came together along with the delicious food and had a great time sharing a fantastic meal with our friends. As usual with the group that came together for ‘friends’giving, many interesting conversations started and made the day that much better.

I find myself being truly thankful for all of my friends each and every day, and for all of the fantastic opportunities I’ve had over the year. I wish each and everyone a safe trip if you are traveling, and a happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

The Fruits of Our Labor

Hello There!

The Chalk Maverick strikes again! (credit: Priscilla Ly)

The Chalk Maverick strikes again! (credit: Priscilla Ly)

There’s been plenty of activity since my last post and my return to Albany and Saint Rose. Recently, I along with twenty women from the college (twenty undergraduates and one staff member–Hi Mary!) headed to a community garden to volunteer our time for Reach Out Saint Rose. Reach Out Saint Rose is a day where Saint Rose students, alums, staff, friends, and family give their time and efforts to volunteering at various locations in the community. This year marked the 17th consecutive year, with a whopping number of volunteers greater than 800!

This year, our group had the pleasure of working with Capital District Community Gardens (CDCG). CDCG started in 1975 as a community service project. Their vision is to connect people and communities in order to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on health by equipping people with the resources to do so. Capital District Community Gardens has their hands on various endeavors, which include: Community Gardens, The Veggie Mobile, The Produce Project, The Healthy Convenience Store Initiative, The Taste Good Series, Squash Hunger, and Urban Greening!

Reach Out Saint Rose allowed individuals at each site to not only learn about the organization they were working with, but to become more familiar with one another within the group. It was wonderful to see my residents (Hello Lima 3 Gals!) interact with each other as they pulled or raked vines, harvested winter squash, or shoveled compost. For me, it is not just the change(s) that can be made during that day of service–it’s the impressions and relationships that ultimately come about from the activities throughout the day.

Cheesin' it up (photo courtesy of Mary Grondahl)

Cheesin’ it up (photo courtesy of Mary Grondahl)

Goodbye, Hello

At the end of the road! (credit: Priscilla Ly)

At the end of the road! (credit: Priscilla Ly)

It has been really difficult for me to sum up my experience in Juneau and at the city museum, perhaps with the exception of the word ‘magical’. However, I find that I am not too reluctant to leave because I have this overwhelming feeling that I am only saying, “See you later”. What makes this transition is that I will be embarking on a new journey soon!

This fall, I will be entering my junior year, along with being a resident assistant for a group of freshmen girls in Lima Hall. On top of that, I will continue to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations on campus (Adventure! Club, Identity, and Philosophy Club, to just name a few).

While I was originally a bit devastated about my summer quickly coming to a close, I am excited to be heading back to see loved ones and jump right into new adventures!  So stick around, you’re not done hearing from me yet! (Hi Kayla, that was a public declaration of my agreement to blogging this year)

(credit: Priscilla Ly)