Month: April 2013

Easter fun

Since I had just been home for Spring Break the week before, I chose not to go home for Easter.  Just couldn’t justify the gas money to myself.  So rather than driving to one city for the weekend, I elected to go to three, instead.  I seem to be good at cramming crazy amount of stuff in a very small amount of time, lol.

I started the weekend by going up to Ellijay, to see my dear friend Rachel and her family.  She and her husband were in town over her Spring Break.  We went for a walk in the mountains, which was lovely.  The views were absolutely incredible.  I do so love being in the mountains!

Rachel’s father, Mr. Jim, also sent us on an Easter egg hunt on Easter morning.  It was hilarious – 4 fully grown young adults running around the house, playfully vying for the most foil-wrapped chocolate eggs in their little basket.  I have no idea who decided that chocolate eggs and fluffy bunnies and bright yellow sugary peeps are an appropriate way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ…but the hunt was still fun!

Upon returning from Ellijay, I headed straight to Easter dinner with some of my relatives who live in town.  It’s always a joy to see them, and this time was no exception – especially since I was sorely missing my own family down in Albany.

That evening, I went to a play with Rachel, Ryan, and my friend David.  It was called The Whipping Man, and followed the story of a Jewish family – a white confederate soldier and 2 of his (former) black slaves – right after the end of the Civil War.  They actually had a Passover on stage, which was particularly moving, considering that I had just had a seder celebration with my family the week before.  Covering heavy topics such as racism, slavery, equality, and judaism, it was definitely not a feel-good play, but it was excellently done and poignantly executed.

I also went to a little park and science museum with Rachel and Ryan before taking them to the airport the next day.  Rachel found a few more plastic eggs that had been missed by the kids in the daycare center next door, which really excited her.  We also had particular fun at the science museum trying to make two pennies roll down the giant funnel at the same speed, and taking pictures inside the giant kaleidoscope.  We’re so mature.  Hahaha.  But hey, when you’re in grad school you gotta do what you gotta do to de-stress!

Spring Break 2013

Much has happened in the nearly two months that Sinbad has been silent.  Two of my roommates moved out, leaving only 3 of us left in the house.  I’ve ramped up my dancing, visited friends and relatives, gone to a few plays and performances, gone to a wedding, and many other things, as well.  However, in the interest of keeping a somewhat logical progression to my thoughts, I’m going to stick to Spring Break for this entry…subsequent events will hopefully follow shortly!

Lina Maria, my sweet roommate from Columbia!  Both she and Amanda moved out to do mission work in the Amazon Rainforest 

I had all sorts of grandiose plans for Spring Break this year – I was going to go to the beach, going to go visit friends in either Texas or Oregon, going to go to Costa Rica….but then, I ended up scrapping all of them and going home to study for a week.  Being in grad school is no joke, man…I spent at least 6 hours every day studying, and still had tons to do when I returned.

But that’s not to say that I didn’t have any fun.  The highlight of the week was definitely Passover.  Every year, my family celebrates the feast of Passover, the festival that God commanded the Israelites to celebrate, in remembrance of His delivering them from their Egyptian captors.  It’s one of my favorite days of the entire year, and it was made doubly special this year because I had missed it last year when I was in Korea.

There were a few things this year that made it especially wonderful.  One of our guests brought her harp and played for us during the meal.  I had never seen – nor heard – a harp in person before, and it was absolutely mesmerizing.  My good friend Rachel’s father, Mr. Jim, was also in town, and he was able to join us for most of the ceremony.  It was great to see one of my many adopted fathers :).  The last special thing was that my sweet friend Elizabeth was able to come down with me.  She spent the weekend with us, and then drove back up to Atlanta, while I stayed longer and took a bus back the next weekend.  It was so special to see her interacting with my family – she fit right in, and we really had a blast.  The only bad thing about the weekend was that it went by way too quickly.

Cooking up a storm!

Elizabeth fit right in!! 🙂

A stolen moment between Hope and Elizabeth 🙂
Passover!!

I also got to “babysit” Matt and Hope (which, at their ages, really just means hang out with them), while Josh went to his first Spring Formal!  Hard to believe he’ll be starting high school in the fall!!  Mom and Dad went too, as chaperones – the three of them got all dressed up and went dancing, and we had pizza and a movie, and I think that everyone enjoyed themselves.

We also spent a lot of time in the kitchen over Spring break – mostly cooking with mom and baking with Hope and Elizabeth.  Matt, Hope and I also took a shot at making pysanky, traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs.  They were sooooo time consuming, but looked pretty darn cool at the end!

Best pineapple-upside down cake we’ve ever made!!

Making pysanky!

It’s a very complicated endeavor…

But the results are incredible!

Josh tried to fix the stove.  Somehow he ended up behind it.

Oh, and also, my mother is famous!!  She has a regular spot on the local TV station, and I got to go and watch her in action. It was so much fun!  So, even though I was mostly working that week, I did get to do some fun stuff too, and the investment in school was worth it for the easier schedule that I had once I returned to Atlanta.  Spring semester 2013 catching up part 2 coming shortly!