Recently: June & July

Aloha Joyflakes!

The last few months have FLOWN by and I can't believe that summer is almost already over. It feels like just yesterday I was quitting my job and heading back to school full time. Now, I've finished two semesters worth of french and I'm only 8 classes away from finally graduating. Tomorrow I'm heading to Louisville, KY to visit my parents but for now, here's an update on what I've been doing recently.

Reading: More Outlander! I know you're shocked. I finished up books 5 and 6 during June and July and am about a 1/4 of the way through book 7. I know I've said it before but I absolutely LOVE these books. They're incredibly well written and I love the attention to detail that Diana Gabaldon uses. Plus, the books are set during one of my favorite periods of history so you really can't beat 'em.

Writing: I haven't been on the blog nearly as much as I wanted to be this summer, but I have been journaling again. Currently, I'm trying to journal a few times a week so that when I look back on this year (which may be my last year in Iowa City) I'll have a record to look back at. Who knows, maybe it will become the outline for that book I've been wanting to write but haven't ever gotten more than a paragraph into.

Moving & Shaking: It's been a busy couple of months! As I said above, I've been back in school full time so a lot of my life has revolved around my french classes. One year worth of french classes boiled down into twelve weeks was INTENSE! But, I'm also working and trying to have a social life so things have been jam packed. Misha and I took a few trips to Chicago and we've spent our weekends camping or up at my families cabin. Tomorrow I'm off to Louisville and then next week we're heading up north to the cabin again for some final relaxation before classes pickup again, so we're making the most of our summer and loving every minute of it. I can honestly say this has been one of the happiest summers of my life.

Sounded like: Ahh, the sweet sounds of silence. But seriously, I've been living without a soundtrack these past couple of months and I'm loving it! At the beginning of June I lost my headphones. One second they were in my backpack and the next second they were gone. Rather than running out to pick up a new set, I put it off and I've been loving it. I'm not sure if I'll ever get a new pair. Not having music playing in my earbuds has also carried over to my car. I rarely turn the radio on and when Misha and I have been taking weekend trips, we've left the radio off as well. It makes you have real conversations with the people around and you allows you to actually take note of your own thoughts and feelings. I know it sounds kind of hippy-dippy, but my accidental, totally Kae, act of losing my headphones has helped me to become more mindful in my everyday life.

So there you have it! The last two months have been great and I'm looking forward to a whirlwind year of school, work, and preparing to leave my home town for real. I can already tell it's going to be a good year. What have you been up to recently?