a week ago today i was on my way to GR! i had a few days off work because i was working floor set sunday through thursday and i had just gotten my federal tax return back, so i thought i’d splurge on a few days out west to see some of my favorite people.
while i was driving out there, this happened.
at first, i was like, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” but then the ocd part of me was really amused because there were three semis across three lanes.
also i feel like we should commemorate that picture because it’s the very first i have ever instagrammed in black and white. and i’ve had instagram for over a year and a half! the shame.
i don’t have pictures of the friends i saw or what we did. in fact, you may want to revoke my blogger card because my friend P took me to this adorable little cafe and i don’t have pictures of the place or the food. (& it was SO GOOD.)
i did find my new favorite drink at this cute little shop not far from where i used to live. it sells rustic home decor, but they have a little coffee shop inside of it. i got a pumpkin spice frappe and Y’ALL. this shop would be taking $4 on such a regular basis if i still lived in GR.
what i do have pictures of are the places. my college years are my favorite in terms of academics, but not my favorite in terms of my social life. i laid to rest a lot of bad memories when i moved off campus and especially when i moved back home. one of those was exit 89, which came full circle over the weekend, since i met the guy in question for coffee at the place i got the pumpkin spice frappe. i passed the exit sign on the way home and didn’t feel a thing.
and that to me is a sign of confirmation that opening doors you thought you’d shut for good two and a half years ago is probably not a bad idea after all, and that’s all i have to say about that.
back to the pictures of places.
after going to the cafe for lunch with P and meeting J for coffee, i drove out to my alma mater to get dinner with my friend colleen. she also put me up for the night, which i deeply appreciate!
i didn’t realize i had missed GV so much until i pulled up to campus. this arch will always feel like home.
now let’s talk about the library for a hot minute.
the library in my time (and actually to this day) the original library built on campus when the university was founded in 1960. my junior year of college, the university began building a brand-new library to open this fall.
when i left, this is what the new library looked like. these photos were all taken last winter (my senior year):
as i drove through campus this weekend, THIS is what the library looked like:
i was amazed! i had forgotten they were building it and it looks fantastic! i’m so excited for the students who’ll get to use this beauty starting next fall.
and jealous of course because every good thing that has ever come to any school i’ve attended has come AFTER I’VE LEFT.
not that i’m bitter or anything.
this was the street i lived on. on instagram i just captioned it “home sweet niemeyer” but really the building in front is murray. niemeyer is behind it and because they were built at the same time and in the same style they just look like one building.
colleen is an RA in niemeyer this year, so i got to stay in the building again. y’all. is it me or do college freshmen look younger and younger? i swear the ones on colleen’s floor looked like they were freshmen in high school.
or maybe i’m just a snob because i’m all graduated and stuff. that’s a valid assumption.
i also think it’s funny that i’ve had friends on housing staff at niemeyer/calder all four years since i started at GV. (this was particularly problematic my first year when i didn’t listen to them precisely because they were my friends. P & liz can testify. they were the ones i was never listening to!)
i couldn’t go to GR and not see my sister, so after waking up saturday morning and meandering through my morning routine, i met liz at panera on the southeast side of the city. it was so good to see her again! after lunch we went to the mall across the street and did a little shopping. i almost bought new sandals for summer and then i decided against it in favor of having money for more grown-up things, like gas.
let it be known that was the first and probably last time liz and i have ever made a responsible decision about shoes. so there’s that.
on the way home i decided spur of the moment to go see my brother in AAMI. we got subway for dinner and then he gamed and watched basketball while i caught up on twitter. it took me two hours to finally fight off inertia and decide it was time to drive home. it was a good weekend. i’m glad to have seen all my people and excited for the next installment of GR adventures, whenever that may be!