Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful | 2017

While I recognize Thanksgiving as a purely colonization holiday meant to ignore the strife and struggles of the native American people, I appreciate the idea of giving thanks for the people I love and appreciate. Today I'm thankful to have so many people who love me in my life, including my family, friends and boyfriend. When life is difficult and I want to spend all day in bed, I know I always have someone I can call who will be there for me.

I have the most loving and supportive family with whom I genuinely adore spending time. We're always eating meals, watching tv shows, traveling and relaxing together and they constantly boost my self esteem because they laugh at everything I say (making fun of Megan and dad gets the most laughs). They always push me to do my best and love me even when I fail. I'm incredibly lucky to have a family like that.

My friends and I have been close for years (Kaiʻolu and I are at 11 years of friendship and counting!) and despite the distance and time apart, we always come back together as if no time as passed at all. Although we're all getting older and our priorities are shifting, we still make time for each other a few times each break. I'm lucky to have Mikayla who understands everything I say and provides me with understanding advice and selfie tips. Brandon causes me the most stress and laughter of the bunch. We have the best time eating and going to the beach together when we're not arguing about his bad life decisions. He always tells me the truth even when I don't want to hear it, but that's a type of friendship that everyone should have. Kaiʻolu has been my life partner for over 11 years and she's never left my side no matter what. Whether I need a shoulder to cry on, a lunch buddy or someone to drop everything and meet me if I'm having a difficult time, Kaiʻolu is there.

Jacob and I have been best friends for the past three years and the past four months as a couple have been some of the best days. Although doing long distance is the hardest experience I've ever gone through and we've got our fair share of problems, dating my best friend is worth it. He's given me the most love, laughter and cuddles and I can't imagine what life was like before him.

As millions of people around the world suffer in poverty, hunger, war and natural disasters, I'm the most thankful that my family and friends are safe and lucky enough to have everything we need. We have houses, food, clothing and education, which so many people would die to have. I will never understand why I can have so much and others have so little, but I try to mend the gap by providing for any homeless or impoverished person I see. We should all give a little thanks today, but never ignore the struggles of others in history and around the world.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jacob in Waco Day Three

Today we drove for what seemed like 10 hours to visit Jacob's aunty and cousins in San Antonio! We woke up early and ate Panera for brunch before hitting the road. I excitedly pointed out every Buc-ee's location, much to Jacob's confusion (he hasn't yet experienced the wonder of Buc-ee's). We arrived in San Antonio at around 2:30 and met his family at the Japanese Tea Garden, which was actually more Chinese if anything. The garden was beautiful and it made the perfect location to take cute pictures! We walked along the bridges and waterfall with his sweet family before driving to the Riverwalk. I had visited the Riverwalk with my family last year, but it was pouring so much we basically ran from umbrella to umbrella. This time, however, the weather was perfectly sunny and cool and we took our time looking around the area. We ate Mexican food at one of the cafe's on the Riverwalk and walked off our food at the Alamo. I still don't understand my classmates' laughter every time a teacher says 'remember the Alamo' but that's okay. We walked around the town area for a little while and headed back to their house to eat ice cream, watch Stranger Things and spend the night. We had such a great time with his family and I can't wait to go back to San Antonio again!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jacob in Waco Day Two

On Jacob's second day in Waco, we were lazy homebodies and spent most of the day sleeping and watching movies at my apartment. When we finally decided to drag ourselves out of the house for a breakfast/lunch/dinner combination, we went to Baris for Italian food. I ordered spaghetti and meatballs (obviously) and he got the sampler, which included lasagna, manicotti and another type of rolled pasta. We also ate all of the large breads that they provided as an appetizer. I wanted to show him around downtown so we parked near the Suspension Bridge and walked along it to watch the sunset. We saw a nearby park and played on the swings for a while before walking back to the car. Instead of waiting till Wednesday to shop for Thanksgiving foods, we went to HEB that night and bought all of the ingredients for mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and candied yams along with ice cream, crescent rolls, pumpkin pie and a chicken. We both were hungry again at that point so we made it through the Chick-fil-A drive thru right before it closed! Jacob had his first chicken sandwich and he loved it and I of course felt like I was going home when I entered the parking lot. Look for our San Antonio adventures tomorrow!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Jacob in Waco Day One

Jacob landed in Dallas last night to spend the next week with me! Upon his arrival, he ate his first ever Whataburger (he loved it), we stupidly went to Cici's Pizza (he hated it) and we've watched way too many episodes of "F is for Family". On our first full day, he made us breakfast and I took him to meet my bosses/friends at work. We went on a tour around Baylor and sat on a swing people/squirrel watching for a good hour. After turning in my 25-page research paper, we ate dinner at Cici's because we love cheap pizza, but it was so bad that we both got sick and wanted to go home. We ended up watching more "F is for Family" and the Seahawks-Falcons game before going to sleep. A couple of road trips to Dallas and San Antonio are on the itinerary for this week so stay tuned for more adventures that don't include gross food!
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