A Crazy Week: Traveling, Charity, and Getting Mugged

Hi friends, and welcome back to my blog! I disappeared for a few days, and for good reason: I was on a trip to Lake Arrowhead. My review: windy, cozy, and the perfect road trip destination. I was too busy enjoying the moment to blog about it, but there were some highlights.

On the way there, we stopped at a park for a picnic. I picked the park because it was on the way. “3 stars,” I thought. “That’s strange, but a park is a park.” Upon our arrival, I understood the rating. This park was large, but it had a few sketchy characters. We were the only ones who were not homeless. I sat, feeling like my fancy skirt didn’t match the setting, but being too excited about the trip ahead to care.

This was taken at the park. Happiness level: 100/10

We enjoyed our food and hurried back to the car. As we were walking back, we saw a homeless man with a puppy that was trailing after him. My boyfriend gave him some water bottles (we didn’t have cash on us) and the guy was elated.

He looked towards the sky and said “thank God”. Clearly, he wasn’t doing well, and it seemed like even water made a difference for him. It made me emotional that he was grateful for a few water bottles and for the chance to feed his dog. The rest of the locations that we picked were picturesque and beautiful, but even though that park was less than perfect, I was happy that we got to be in the right place at the right time.

A collage of some of my favorite memories over the past few days

I brought work with me and spent half the drive stressing about how much there was to do. Between practicum applications for next year and the daily report quota that I gave myself, as well as planning my next semester of my doctoral program, my hands were full. More than that, I felt like it wouldn’t be a fruitful trip if I didn’t work hard during it. We discussed the matter, and my boyfriend asked if the next few days could just be for exploring and vacationing. I decided not to do work during the trip after all. Instead, I spent the trip soaking up all the good memories. I realize that hearing about other people’s vacations is only fun for the people who actually went on them, so I’ll keep this section brief, but this road trip was one of my favorite parts of the year.

Today, I got back to my house in the morning and was warmly greeted by both the cat and the dog (yes, my house is a zoo). Something about returning home after time away renews your desire to freshen up your environment. So, it’s 11:40 am, and I’m about to do just that. At the moment, I don’t miss Lake Arrowhead too much, on account of my room being the same temperature as the windy mountains. Update: I deep cleaned my desk today! It’s not perfect, but it’s getting there. I bought lights to motivate myself to clean it, and it worked.

A clean desk (the pile of papers is paperwork that I’ll bring soon)

I also sorted some work paperwork, deposited checks, and then my stepdad was attacked and almost mugged outside our house, so all thoughts of work were long forgotten. I know that sounds like quite the plot twist, and it was terrifying. There were four men driving by, and one of them attacked him from behind. They had guns, but either the guns were fake or their aim was poor, because my stepdad emerged unscathed. My brother, mom, and our scary looking (but actually harmless) dog ran out once we heard screaming. We reported it to the police. We are lucky that nothing bad happened afterwards. I hope everyone is safe out there.

Published by adventuresofagradgirl.wordpress.com

Hi, I'm Vera. I'm starting grad school for neuropsychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

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