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Hello, Madison!

It has been a long time since I have updated, but that doesn’t mean my life hasn’t been full of crazy, exciting changes! I am excited to announce that this Fall I will be attending the University of Wisconsin’s Law School.

I had a peaceful, wonderful summer working in Idaho and hopefully that will be the topic of my next blog post (once I have consistent internet.)

Until then, I will happily fangirl about this new opportunity. I am so EXCITED to go to law school! Becoming a lawyer has been my goal and dream for 18 years. The longer I am here, the more it dawns on me that this is really happening. I am finally here. Orientation hasn’t even started yet and I think I might burst from happiness. Imagine when it does! That is why I am getting this post out now, in case I combust from enthusiasm.

I am excited. I am excited for textbooks and assigned readings and class discussions. I am excited to meet my professors and talk with other academic minds. I am excited for structured learning. This is going to be fun!

This buoyancy inside my soul heartens me. I wasn’t really feeling it until I got here. I could logically list all the reasons for going, but my emotions weren’t behind it yet. As an emotionally driven person (ENFP, y’all), that worried me. However, I should have realized it would come once I got here. I love school. I love books. And you know, I might even come to love Madison.

When my parents were dropping me off for my undergrad in Tennessee, a beat up pickup truck flying a Confederate flag passed us on the road and the driver promptly spat out a wad of tobacco in our direction. I remember that moment quite vividly because I was certain my parents were about to turn around and take me straight home.

Thankfully, my parents are made of sterner stuff…which is a good thing because Madison decided to take it up a notch for Interesting Beginnings. Greeting us upon our arrival this past weekend was a parade of topless women! (And some men. But they weren’t really the point of the parade.) They carried signs about objectifying women’s bodies. To be honest, I feel like there are better ways of making a point, but I guess they did have shock value going for them. Hello, Madison!

I am sure topless women are only just the beginning. I will be sure to keep you all updated on my adventures on this new journey of mine!

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Summer Reads

I was going to take a “beginning the adventure selfie” but all my attempts have failed and I feel extremely Basic White Girl so instead please enjoy this snapshot of the books I packed for the summer!

I tried to pick things I could really chew on and re-read since I will have limited/no access to books. I am looking forward to these!


The Downside of Leaving

One of the downsides of moving to the middle of nowhere Idaho to work at camp is that I will have limited access to the internet. My blogging streak which has now lasted almost a year and two months will come to an end after Wednesday.  The upside of this is that when I do have internet, I’ll be uploading amazing pictures of mountains and nature. Stay tuned for that! The downside is, well, no more daily posts from me. 

This really is the end of a season. I’ve grown attached to these daily posts. It has kept me consistent in a way journaling never could. Thank you, readers, for being part of my life. I hope you’ll stick around for the next adventure! 

(And don’t worry, you’ll still have me on the weekends.)

P.S. The other downside to camp is that I won’t have time and/or access to books like I do now so I probably won’t make my goal of 170 this year. *sob*


Farewell, but not goodbye…

Today was my last day of work at Americans For Prosperity. After several months of agonizing, I have finally decided to start a new adventure. I’ll be headed to Idaho for the summer to be a camp counselor and hopefully will follow that with law school in the fall. The past few months have been full of ups and downs as I’ve applied and waited…and waited…and waited…

Still waiting on those law schools, actually. However, I decided to take the leap and here I am! I leave for camp this coming Wednesday.

This has been a pretty emotional week for me. I am incredibly grateful for the last three years with AFP. I have gotten a chance to do what I love, work with amazing people, and truly make a difference here in Wisconsin. AFP has given me many, incredible opportunities, but the best one has always been the chance to wake up in the morning and say, “I can’t believe I’m getting PAID to do this!”

This is farewell to an amazing organization, but not goodbye. Though I am leaving, AFP will always be a part of who I am and what I do in the future. I’m confident in my decision yet this parting is incredibly bittersweet. 

My bosses gave me some lovely flowers!

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Rental Cars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Indian food

Guess who just returned her rental car? This girl! No dents, dings, or damage…or fee for before under 25 which I am still very excited about.

I was a little too paranoid about getting to the airport on time. I do not even have a gate yet. I did have a lovely morning, however. I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2! It definetely exceeded my admittedly limited expectations. I loved the first one and the second movie does a great job continuing to develop the characters without making it feel like they are backtracking. This isn’t a rehash of the first movie…it really feels like an original, reasonable adventure that the Guardians would have. Thank goodness for the break in origin stories! (And new heroes.) By the end, I might have even shed tears. Maybe. You can’t prove anything.

Last night after blogging I went out for Indian food which was fun DESPITE the judgemental looks I got from my waitress for needing more water to eat my mild masala. It was so good, though!

My adventures are now coming to an end. This was a fun, worthwhile trip. Now to find a corner to nap in before my flight takes off…


Car Rentals and Other Fun Stuff 

Today I did something new and extremely intimidating. I rented a car. I have had a rental car for work before but have never rented one for private use. I was so nervous of something happening I drove like a Grandma for the three hour trip from the airport to Lexington, VA.

No seriously, I added 30 minutes to my trip driving here.

Getting the rental car took way longer than I expected but they didn’t charge me for being under 25…so that is a perk. 

I am at an Air BnB right now which is so far a pleasant experience. My host has been very kind. I will provide more thoughts once this trip is over. Tomorrow I am touring Washington and Lee’s Law School!


Shenanigans

Korean…giant guitars…throwback pottery, I have been up to a lot this weekend! However, I am on the road again so you can have the whole story tomorrow (or, part of it at least)