Gratitude Wins, As Always

Random thought for your Monday morning: I really love the ice cubes in the dining halls.

They’re actually more like mini ice logs, but they’re kind of…light and airy? It’s so easy to chew them, and it kind feels like a snow cone texture when you do.

Hooray for really COOL [sorry] ice!

Now that I’ve celebrated that simple joy in life, let’s talk about how Friday morning sucked any kind of joy out of me.

Friday morning: Cloudy, damp, dreary, early. I walked approximately half an hour to my gynecology appointment with hopes of hearing results after the lab work from the previous Friday. That is, the lab work that I was supposed to have done two Fridays ago. The lab work that I (the worst “grownup” ever) didn’t actually complete because I didn’t realize that I had to go into a separate room after my appointment to get blood drawn.

Doc: “For some reason, the system has no indication of any lab work. Do you remember if you go that done?”

Me: “…Um, I don’t know. Actually, maybe I didn’t…”

Doc: “Did you get blood drawn?”

Me: “…No.”

Doc: “Oh okay, that was the lab work.”

Me: “Agh, I’m so sorry. She did say to go get lab work done after the appointment, but I guess I was just kinda confused and didn’t actually do that.”

What was actually going on in my brain: WTF, ALISON!?!?!?!?! 

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The super sweet gynecologist apologized for the inconvenience of me coming there for basically nothing. I apologized for being a dimwit, essentially. I then got my blood drawn like I was supposed to do the week before, and then I walked back home. The next earliest appointment they had for me is two months from now, so I must wait some more.

I was frustrated. Embarrassed. I felt so stupid. I cried.

I could have gotten answers by now. I could have gotten this out of the way sooner. I could have been smarter. I could have…

…wait, Alison.

I could be grateful. For quality healthcare. For being able to walk to my appointment. For such kind and compassionate gynecologists. For family and friends who are praying for me. For the new day of life that God granted to me.

Life ain’t so bad. This will all work itself out in due time.

Thank you to all of you who have supported and loved me through all of this. You know who you are.


The theme of gratitude only magnified as the weekend went on.

On Friday night, I had a long dinner with my friends, followed by a beautiful Mass in the North End with more friends.

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this was actually my lunch, but I’m grateful for corn bread

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Saturday morning came quickly with an early morning wake-up call for service! Some people from the Catholic Center spent the morning volunteering at the Red Cross Food Pantry, where there was nothing BUT gratitude. The people who work there are living saints, and the people whom we were serving are examples of grace and joy.

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Saturday night involved burritos— always a reason to be grateful.

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Oh, and the people who were eating the burritos with me—grateful for them too. Sophomore bonding night!

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Saturday night ended with girl talk with Rachel. Sunday morning started with breakfast also with Rachel. Ugh, it’s like we’re best friends or something. She’s everywhere!

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Lunch dessert was pretty bomb too.

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berry crisp a la mode

Lastly, Rachel and I have decided that we’re making this our BU bucket list: “50 Things to Eat in Boston Before You Die.”

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IT’S HAPPENING.

I’m grateful for a rejuvenating yet productive weekend. I’m grateful for YOU.

O Lord God: Thank you. Forgive me. Help me more.

Here we are at Monday! Hoping you find simple joys like really awesome ice cubes.

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOMMA! ♥ ♥ ♥ I love you lots.

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So tell me:

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever messed up on something that made you feel really dumb? 

Crushed or cubed ice? Crushed! Or mini logs!

Behind the Scenes #31: First Week at Boston University

HELLO!!!

I’m going to be so cliché that it hurts right now, but I’ve missed you all so much!!! I feel like there are a million things I want to say and even more photos to dump on your faces, but I’ll try to hold my horses and tell you about my week in an organized fashion. Thus, I’m going to do this in a list format since lists are easier to manage and read.

Here are some of things and thoughts from my first week at college!

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Mooooooving in!

1) FYSOP was incredibleI mentioned in another post that I was not actually in classes last week (classes start tomorrow!), but I was participating in a First-Year Student Outreach Program (FYSOP). I was in the “Hunger” issue area, so we harvested fruits and veggies at a farm, helped sort and label things at a food bank, and prepared food at a soup kitchen. Throughout all the on-site volunteer work, lectures, and educational sessions, I’ve learned so much more about the Hunger issue than I could have imagined.

The best part of all was making great friends within my group. We were the “Morgan Free…Range Chickens.” Nothing short of amazing, I think.

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{Photo creds to Patrick}

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{Photo creds to Cassandra}

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{Photo creds to Grace}

2) The food is quite delicious here.

It’s very easy to find healthy options in the dining halls, and I love that Boston University is serious about sustainability and knowing where the food comes from. Come back on Wednesday to check out some of my eats at college! 🙂

P.S. I finally found the big bowl of both regular AND natural peanut butter in the dining hall today. My culinary life in college is complete.

3) After three days last week, I figured out the shower situation.

Showering in the dorms was making me a little anxious before I arrived, but I think I have a system of sorts that allows me to shower efficiently and travel in the hallways without flashing anyone (so far).

4) Homesickness is subsiding. 

The transition was definitely weird during the first few days of being in college alone, but after such a fantastic week with FYSOP, I’ve adjusted well. Mom and Dad have also been here for the past couple of days for Labor Day weekend, which surely helps too!

Now for when I need sanity and a shoulder to cry on during exam weeks….

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My dorm!

5) A spoonful of peanut butter is my best friend.

Not literally. I made friends, I swear! But when it comes to that midnight snack monster right before I hit the hay, I turn to my trustee peanut butter jar in the mini fridge to tame the beast.

{What the heck with that dramatic sentence?^^^}

6) The FitRec center is awesome!

Last Thursday, I stepped into the fitness and recreation center for the first time a little after we finished dinner, and I decided to just work out while I was already there and gross after being out all day. I don’t really give a darn about dudes at the gym, so I just went for the weight room.

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It was the first time I lifted weights in a longggggg time, and it was SO FUN. I did 5 minutes on the stair master and Jessie’s full body weights workout, which made me decently sore the next day and even more sore two days later. DOMS! I’m pumped to be able to go to such a great fitness center.

Other moves: 

  • WALKING EVERYWHERE.
  • Saturday: 3 min. on cross trainer (I was already pretty warm from walking a mile from my dorm to the FitRec!) + 10 shoulder tap pushups + 20 single arm DB swings + 8 min ab tabata + 3 rounds of 500m row and 10 burpees
  • Sunday: 2.8 mile run around the Charles River!

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I’m taking yoga as a credit class this semester, so I’m looking forward to that too!

7) The weather has been beautiful lately.

Boston, you’re gorgeous. Please be merciful this winter.

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8) I realize how much I value my alone time.

The first few days of FYSOP involved meeting tons of new people, socializing, chanting together, playing games, etc. All I wanted to do after long days of doing just that was sit in my room by myself, read blogs, and eat oatmeal. I skipped a Student Activities night last week in favor of organizing my room and listening to Tori Kelly in my dorm.

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Don’t get me wrong, I loveeee meeting new people and hanging out with my friends; I had a ridiculously fun time with them. However, my introversion calls me to just chill by myself sometimes. No open door, no texting, just me time. Like, “leave me alone, dangit” time.

9) I miss reading blogs!

Gahh! I want to read so many blog posts, but there just isn’t any time! I read a lot on my phone when I could last week, but I also wanted to make sure I was in the moment and talking to my friends. I just truly miss commenting and taking my time reading all the great posts out there.

10) I’m ready for classes.

I hope, at least. I am so excited and thankful to be learning about the world in such an amazing city. Not only will I be learning in the classroom, but I will be (and have already been) learning through the different experiences and people I encounter every day. So blessed!

Okay, I’m done, I’m done. But FYI, that was only about a quarter of what I want to tell you all. So many adventures, so little time!

Have a blessed Labor/Labour Day, all you who are celebrating!

So tell me:

What are some things going on in YOUR life?

Did you have trouble transitioning when you first went to college?

How have you been movin’ and groovin’?