Thankful

Thankful for my brother too, but look at that pizza!

I’ve finally woken from my post-Thanksgiving slumber, no doubt induced by copious amounts of stuffing and my fair share of my Mom’s cornbread. With time to relax and reflect on where I’m at as an almost second semester junior (that’s just as terrifying to write as it is to fully consider), I wanted to share with you a list of for what and for whom I am thankful:
**disclaimer- this list is definitely way less mushy than you may expect, but nonetheless it’s entirely valid**

1. Penne pizza slices– This may seem an odd way to start a list of thanks, but there really isn’t too much that makes me happier than a delicious, warm slice of penne pizza. How often do you get a real combination of two of your favorite things: pasta, and pizza that works so well? Steak and ice cream, definitely wouldn’t form such a great combo. (Not embarrassed to admit I’ve tried) This past week over break, I celebrated my brother’s 12th birthday, and the slice was just as warm and inviting as ever.

Thankful for my brother too, but look at that pizza!

Thankful for my brother too, but look at that pizza!

2. Cooking- This semester, my first without a meal plan, has meant a lot of cooking. While at the start I certainly saw myself as a younger, less platinum blonde Guy Fieri, I quickly learned the kitchen was just as dangerous as having to run a timed mile in high school in front of my friends. Over the course of the semester, with advice from my mom, and my girlfriend’s Pinterest recipes I’ve developed my skills, and am now able to do more than simply boil water (it’s not as easy as it looks). A skill I’ll definitely use in the future, I’m glad I’ve been able to learn to cook.

3. Johns Hopkins Philosophy Department- This too may seem an odd choice, but this year the Hopkins Philosophy department invited noted philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers to present a series of lectures here in October. Chalmers, a veritable rock star in the philosophy community, was outstanding. I went to his lectures with JHU_Hayley, and was just blown away by his sheer intelligence, and more so, the creativity and novelty of the ideas he presented.

4. Star Wars flip-flops- My good friend and housemate Gui recently just accepted an internship offer for the summer. I had helped with his application a bit, and he kindly brought me back the perfect gift, a pair of Star Wars Havaianas. If you know anything at all about me, you know that I’m a huge Star Wars fan ( I have my tickets already to three different showings of the Force Awakens) and sometimes it’s the small gestures like these that mean the world, especially in a stressful period like right before finals

Trendy, versatile, and fashionable.

Trendy, versatile, and fashionable.

5.Intersession- In a few short weeks, after the stress of finals is over, I’ll be back at school. While for some, that may be all too short a break, for Hopkins students it’s entirely by choice. Intersession has been among my favorite periods here at school during the past two years, a time to kick back, take fun classes and enjoy time with friends. This year I’ll; be back, and taking a class on chocolate. If there’s anything to be thankful for, it;s the opportunity to eat free food and get credit for it.