In the wise, scruffy, Dwarfish words of Thorin Oakenshield, “‘If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
I agree with Thorin. Food and cheer are both very important. To have these things, though, you need to know how to cook. Which I cannot do. But I’m learning! Here’s what I’ve found so far.
I can eat eggs all day and they are fun and easy.
Tacos and spaghetti are also EZ PZ. Other EZ ideas: rotisserie chicken, bagel/sandwiches with meat/tomatoes/lettuce, mac n cheese.
It’s kind of nice to not have a meal plan. I like snacking wherever. Whenever. It’s (we’re) meant to be (together). (Sorry, that was a stretch.)
Grocery shopping is fun.
Our supermarket! I was so excited to lose my roommate in the isles of this place instead of losing my mom at Meijer. #CountryDifferences
Re being unathletic. I think I’ve been tragically scarred from constantly coming in last place in eighth grade cross country. But really, once you get over your fear of athleticism and realize no one cares if you come last, you realize it’s fine.
Re introversion and not having time to myself.
You can say no to plans and will feel better for it. I skipped two plans this week and left one early. It was fine. No FOMO, just quiet time.
Meditation! It works. Look up some videos on YouTube.
Plan a few nights where you can recharge then meet up with the group later. It helps a ton.
Re getting sick or things going wrong. It happens, and it happened. I got a terrible cold and my suitcase broke, plus other small things. My friends’ washer and drier starting leaking and their room piping broke. Another person lost their favorite water bottle. But it’s inevitable, and you just have to work around it. One you accept that, everything is a little better.
Food and drink! Cheer! Reminds me that it’s time to make some burritos! I’ll talk to you guys later.