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So just a moment of honesty: I really wanted to entitle this post "I'm Back," but it seems that that has been all too common of a trend in my last like 5 posts.. Oops.  It sort of reminds me of when I was little and tried (unsucessfully) to keep a diary.  More often than not, my posts went like this:

Dear Diary,
Holy cow, it's been forever since I've written everything.  Here, let me try to fill you in on all the details.
*Insert list of major events in the last 12-14 months here*
Well, that's about everything.  I'm gonna try to write here more faithfully!

And then another year or two or three passed before I wrote again.

Consistency is something I really struggle with.

As is obvious by my excessively scattered posting habits.

But hey, that's neither here nor there.  The main thing is that... I'm back!

As a whole, the last few weeks have been relatively uneventful, which I suppose is pretty expected when I sit in the same two rooms all day every day (8 hours in class and the remaining 16 hours in my cozy room.  There were, however, several highlights.

1. i learned how to bake
Okay, so this may not sound like a huge accomplishment, but to me it is.  Why, you ask? Well...because I'm super stubborn and hate using recipes and refuse to go out and buy real ingredients for food.. And so I didn't.  My first try involved mixing sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and zucchini with the intent of making bread.  Admittedly, I failed miserably at making bread.  But, the result, which had the consistency of pumpkin pie, tasted pretty stellar and was loads of fun to make.  Success?  i say yes.  Two days later, I woke up and went to the kitchen to realize that I had two bananas in desperate need of use.  What better excuse to try my hand at baking again?  This time the goal was to make banana bars.  To my surprise, they actually turned out quite well (despite running out of cinnamon halfway through mixing up the batter), which even one of my housemates would attest to.  #win

2.  SCHMIDT'S
So, as an optometry student, virtually everything we do is centered around eye puns.  Like seriously.  We have the Eye Ball, the Eye House, Diplopia in the Dark, synchronEYES, and socialEYES to name a few.  It can be a little bit excessive.  I digress.  This past Friday, however, my socialEYES group (a group of 7 first years and a faculty advisor) had the opportunity to go out to dinner at Schmidt's.  It was amazing.  Not only was I surrounded by a fantastic group of fun-loving friends, but I also was able to enjoy delicious authentic German food for free.  (Thank you Ohio State University Optometry!!!!)  Moral of the story?  If you're ever in German Village, stop by Schmidt's.  You won't regret it!  (Although your waistline and billfold might...)

3.  EYEhousegiving
Ladies and Gentlemen, the holiday season is officially upon us.  With Thanksgiving being in 4 days, my housemates and I took the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner courtesy (is it still considered courtesy if you pay for it..?) of Bob Evans.  As expected, it was amazing, and provided a perfect opportunity for me to reminisce on all that I have to be thankful for.  Admittedly, there was quite a lot.  I have been blessed with the best housemates I could ask for.  The professors here are second to none.  I have met and am friends with some of the most beautifully amazing people that I have ever known.  I am blessed with an unbelievable support group that helps me get through the rough days that every grad student faces.  Most of all, I am loved by my creator, even on the days when I struggle.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

~Love~
KD

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