Not Just Shakes & Bakes

In the last post I talked about how I like spend weekends on the sofa watching tv shows, but this time I’m going to talk about how I like to spend time with my friends.

We used to meet during weekends because is when most of us are free from practice or family stuff, but right now Emma F., Cat I., and Sydney F. are doing some volleyball club or water polo and they have tournaments, so we moved the shakes and bakes during weekdays.

Anyhow, those are not just shakes and bakes but something I cannot named.

Each one of us is different from one another, and somehow we have this incredible bond where we cannot stay far from each other.

Sydney is the oldest of the group and she brings positivity, responsibility and honesty to the group. She’s the kind of friend you can always count on.

Emma is the youngest, she’s the crazy person of the group, she brings joy and happiness with her. She’s the kind of friend you meet in the hallways and she will make your day better. 

Cat is the shy and smart pants of the group. You can always count on her jokes, smile, support and wise advices because somehow she knows what you are going through and she just makes you feel better. 

Shaking & baking round 1

When we are all four together laughs, jokes, music, food and energy are always around. If we spent 4 hours together, for almost of the entire time we talk, dance and laugh because friendship where you can be yourself are always the best. 

I’m really glad that I met them because otherwise my exchange year would have been much more boring.

  • Do you have any people that makes your day full of happiness? How?

Simple Weekend

One of the things I most adore is spending time with my host-family, especially on the weekend after a really intense week of school and sports.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings I like play some board games with my host-sister or watch some cartoon movies and spend some time with her, even though we always end up tickling each other or play with pillows or playing tag.

In the morning, Jeremy (host-dad) usually when he gets back from his run, makes some delicious American-vegetarian type of breakfast. He usually makes hash browns, veggie-bacon or veggie-sausages, toasts and sunny-side -up eggs or a breakfast burrito.

I usually don’t eat heavy for breakfast, so when I discovered this breakfast burrito I was literally in love with it. I think I might have eaten two and half the first time Jeremy cooked it, not counting the hash browns. I was stuffed like a turkey on Thanksgiving. 

After that is movies, tv shows or reading time all together or by ourselves.

The highlight of the day for me is dinner time, where I can help Jeremy cooking or cleaning the kitchen. I like cooking and if I can learn more veggie-recipes I’m on board with it.

On Saturday we usually eat dinner in the living room so we can watch some stand-ups show and our favorite comedian is Jim Gaffigan, he is a really hilarious man and we usually end up watching all of his shows on Netflix (I suggest that you readers check them on Netflix) and by that time the only awake are me and Libby (host-sister) and we spend time watching more movies and we end up staying up till midnight, and since we don’t want to disturb anybody we sleep together.

On Sunday instead, after dinner we don’t stay together for a long time because I usually do my Monday’s homework so I go upstairs with Nora while Marti and Jeremy and Libby go to bed early.

Volleyball

img_0222Right after I came here in Okemos the volleyball tryouts started. The most intense and tiring days I’ve ever had for two reasons: I wasn’t expecting that the fundamentals of the sport were called in a different way and it was totally different than I expected to be.

First of all there were about 20 or more athletes for all the levels: Varsity, Juniors Varsity and Freshmen and everybody was looking at me because of course I didn’t know what I was supposed to do.

The first two hours were miserable, and as a very proud person I was expecting to excel in almost everything but that wasn’t the case. I made a mistake in almost everything I did, so I went home and cry for frustration. What made me going to the other two hours of training was my host dad text, without it I think I would have probably quit. 

I went to the rest of the tryouts and Coach I told me I passed them and that made my day. And a really good start of my exchange year.

Practice was every day, with weight room on Wednesday, from 3 to 5pm. Games on Tuesday and some tournament during the weekend.

Playing with this team made me realize that my team back home isn’t tight as this one and maybe that’s why we lose important games or we have just nice practice instead of good practice. In this team I think I have found the people that I will miss the most when I go back home.