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home again

I’m home!!!

…which means…

I have internet again!!!

 

I’m sorry I went m.i.a. …again… but for the last week the internet has been about as reliable as the british weather channel (just always expect rain, no matter what they tell you) but now I’m home and the internet is up and running!

 

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. It seems that most of you (myself included) prefer the rebellious scoundrel Solo to our archeologist friend Jones. I’m just a Harrison Ford fan in general and I love both sets of movies.

 

My first meal at home was grown almost entirely in my own garden. If you’ve ever lived on a farm or had a garden of your own you’ll know how satisfying that is:

 

 

Pasta with a fresh garlic, basil and onion pesto. Cooked with fresh tomatoes, red and green peppers and green squash. The only thing here we didn’t grow was the pasta, and the little bit of olive oil. It tasted amazing, I think the combination of tomato and basil has to be one of the best tastes in the world.

 

 

So what does a girl do when she basically only has two weeks to be home all summer?

 

    • Continue studying for the GRE *headdesk*
    • Sort through everything going to the apartment
    • Practice Tae Kwon Do

 

Did I mention that there’s a good possibility I’m testing for my next black belt degree in two weeks? My instructor will tell me within this next week if he’s going to test me. The promotion test is intense, including:

 

    • ~18 general forms
    • 106 hand techniques (with counting in Korean)
    • ~10 staff forms
    • ~ 6 nun chuck forms
    • sparing proficiency
    • vocabulary / verbal exam
    • as many sit up, push ups, kicks as they feel like making you do
    • a 2? or 3? part breaking combination

 

This is all stuff I should know like the back of my hand, but on testing day the nerves are high that once you make one tiny mistake there’s the possibility that you’ll be thrown off and mess everything else up. Can’t let the nerves get to you.

 

I’m also spending some time with my brother (outside of the dojo) Yesterday I took him out for chinese food:

 

 

Is it telling me to date someone at work? Cause that’s generally a really bad idea… let’s go with the translation: “date a physicist.” I can deal with that.

 

 

 

 

Today we decided to venture into the “city”. I grew up going to a small Montessori School in Lancaster City from when I was 2 until I was 13. I went to a public High School much closer to my home, and it became a trek to get to the city, but that didn’t stop me from spending as much time there as I could. Some of my favorite stops include:

 

Chestnut Hill Cafe

Source.

I spent almost every weekend coming here towards the end of high school. Great coffee, fun people. I still stop in at least once every time I come home.

 

Radiance

Source.

An herb shop  in downtown Lancaster. This is such a peaceful place, I just have to stop in every time I walk by. The women who run the shop are wonderful, you should check out Sarah’s blog

 

Lancaster Central Market

I love, love, love the market. When I was in middle school we used to take a “field trip” every Tuesday to walk to market where we would buy and eat our lunch. Today we were only there for fresh, local milk, but I couldn’t resist a smoothie from my favorite smoothie stand ever.

 
 
 

Pineapple, strawberry, banana, mango with fresh squeezed orange juice and yogurt. I have them add fresh wheatgrass to mine. Yum.

 
 
 
Now it’s time to catch up on the 200+ posts Google Reader tells me I’ve missed. At least it’s something to do when I can’t take any more GRE madness for a little while.
 
~Abi

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