Williams-Mystic goes surfing!

Hey there, readers! It’s certainly been a while since I’ve let you all in on the happenings of Williams-Mystic, but that’s because we’ve all been so busy! While that should come as no surprise, I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that there are only EIGHT DAYS LEFT in the semester. How on Earth did that happen? It seems like only a week ago I was shoveling out from a late January snowstorm, and now I’m working on a flower and vegetable garden for the summer. Where has the time gone?

Last Saturday, a group of my classmates and I had the chance to go surfing in Narragansett, RI with our history professor. After waking up early and going on a much needed coffee run, my housemate Harley and I made our way down to meet with the rest of our surfin’ safari. Forty-five minutes later, we were at the Narragansett Surf & Skate Shop picking out boards and wetsuits. A crash course in surfing safety and technique, then we hit the waves! I was so happy to have a wetsuit – that water was freezing!  Surfing is also a lot more difficult than it looks, which I was expecting. It was still very satisfying to catch a wave at the end of our session and be able to “surf” on my knees. I’m certainly hoping for more opportunities to work on surfing this summer; there’s a real connection between the water and the board, and I want to develop an even deeper respect for it.

On Tuesday evening we had a Community Dinner, which gave everyone the opportunity to come together and have a night off from cooking. While it was nice to have a break from the worry of dinner, cooking has become something I’ve truly found I enjoy. There’s a line in the movie Julie & Julia, in which one of the characters says that no matter how horrible her day has been, she knows that she can put certain ingredients together and they’ll always do the exact same thing. After working most of my Sunday away on an essay for Literature of the Sea, I decided that the only way to recuperate was through cucumber salad and chicken marinated in limejuice, sweet basil, and garlic. So delicious!

I’m trying to find small gifts in each day, so that when the sun has settled below the horizon and the only light is coming from the glow of my laptop as I furiously type my way to a deadline, I can have something happy to think about when I need a break. I’m looking forward to a beautiful Saturday afternoon spent outside with some friends playing Frisbee and laying the groundwork for my garden for the summer. I anticipate one more blog entry to sum up the final moments of the semester and to reflect upon everything that’s happened.

Stay tuned, and Fair Winds!