Hello my loves!

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I have a lot to share with you, but I will warn you it is not all food related. Actually most of it is not food related, but just some of the happenings around here.

As I mentioned my grandma had recently passed away.  As much as I did not want to, I took my mother’s offer of flying me out there for the funeral.  The reason I did not want to take her up on this, was again as briefly mentioned, me and my parents do not have the best of relationships, especially when it comes to money.  My mother does not let me forget when she gives me money or does something for me.  But I really wanted to say goodbye to my grandma properly and have that closure.  And even though it was the longest 2-day visit, I really do think it was worth it and I am so glad I got to say good bye to my grandma and see her one more time.

My flight was at 7am, meaning a 4:30am wake up call, so bright and early Matt and I headed to the airport. I always hate leaving him.

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Don’t ever want to let go!

And since my flight was so early, coffee is always a must at the airport.

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Double shot Americano thank you very much.

Oh funny story. The guy in front of me ordered an iced chai tea, they gave him a hot one instead.  So of course I asked if they were just going to throw it away, the barista actually offered me the whole coffee, which I declined, but not before I poured some into my Americano. Oh the perks of being so random and forward it kills me sometimes. But it made my Americano much better and much creamier!

When I arrived in Chicago, my friend Natalie picked me up from the airport. Since I haven’t seen her in awhile and as a little thank you for picking me up (and the fact I was really anxious/nervous about seeing my parents and grandma) we stopped for lunch and a drink.  I of course sent Matt a picture to make him jealous. (he was stuck at work and all)

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It was so great to catch up with her. And enjoy a good beer of course.

But I had to face reality and go to meet my parents at the funeral home. Well regardless of our past, I had a decent visit, had some good conversations with my parents in the short amount of time we had and the highlight of my trip, I got to see my niece!!

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Sometimes tragedy brings us together and I am so glad that I got to go back, say goodbye to my grandma, and spend some time with my family.

Overall a good visit. However I am completely exhausted and don’t know when, if ever, I will catch up on sleep.

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It definitely wasn’t the next day. Oh no. It was graduation day!

I contemplated not going to the ceremony because I was seriously a zombie walking that day.  I had a celebratory lunch with Matt’s parents and talked with them about possibly not going.  They talked sense into me and told me that I should go and I would more than likely regret it later if I didn’t.

Well let me tell you, they were right.  In looking at the program (as I was sitting waiting to get my diploma) I noticed something. I was valedictorian of my class!  I didn’t even know! I even got to go up on stage and receive a plaque from the school’s president. Kind of cool. On top of that I also made the school’s academic excellence list and was inducted into their honor society.  So needless to say, I am glad I went.  And it was good to see some of my classmates as well!

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Of course the ceremony was long, and we didn’t get home to late, but the next day being Saturday I would get to at least sleep in right?

Wrong.

I had to work at 7am. But it was at least an easy day and I got great news.

My externship was technically over on Tuesday and today they offered me a job!

So I am officially a paid employee now! I am so excited.

So instead of coming home, maybe taking a nap, this is how I spent the rest of my afternoon.

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Yup. Beer. And a side of Delilah. I like to day drink what can I say.

I then had a celebratory dinner.

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Roasted kabotcha with a side of valedictorian

Oh I’m sorry, did you think I was going to go out for dinner? I’m not getting paid yet. So no fancy dinners.

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Today I am actually planning to relax a little bit.

Maybe.

For a graduation gift Matt’s mom gave me some money to buy new scrubs so I think I am going to treat myself to a little shopping adventure today, but that’s pretty relaxing if you ask me!

So loves I hope you have a relaxing Sunday and have had a great weekend so far!

Next time I promise you some tasty eats.

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Would you ever consider skipping a graduation ceremony? I actually did not go to my first college ceremony BUT it was because I didn’t receive the notification.

How do you like to relax?