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A fall Friday afternoon

Let me take y’all back to last Friday.

It was the day before the LSAT and I had been telling myself all week that I was going to take at least one full-length practice test before Saturday. And surprise, surprise, I hadn’t done it yet. I told myself I was going to do it that afternoon. No excuses.

But something came up. An immediate pressing issue. An urgent situation. That I had to give my full attention to.

Some friends invited me to go to a pumpkin patch.

How could I say no? It was a beautiful fall afternoon and y’all know me… I’m all about ditching my responsibilities to have fun.

It’s a problem.

So I went and I had a blast and I didn’t regret not studying for even a second.

Meet my lovely friends.

Meet our pumpkins.

The albino one is mine. I loved it right when I saw it. I’d never seen an albino pumpkin before. I figured “albino pumpkin” probably wasn’t the technical term so I Googled it when I got home and I actually couldn’t find a scientific name for it. There are other nicknames out there like ghost pumpkins and snowballs. But no real name. Sad day. You let me down, Google.

Look at us being all matchy, matchy.

I was happy in the pumpkin patch. Can ya tell?

I can’t even tell you. That place was good for my soul. It was way out in the boonies of Arkansas at the end of a dirt road. The guy who owned the place had the sweetest southern drawl. The patch covered five acres of wide open land. There was dirt.

Yeah. That’s right. There was dirt.

I think that was the most exciting part for me.

It wasn’t good, rich Kansas dirt, but it was the closest thing to Kansas dirt I’ve seen in over two months.

All in all, it was such a great day. I loved spending time outdoors in God’s beautiful creation with some of my favorite people.

Pumpkins and a list

First off let me apologize for my week-long hiatus from this site.

I know this goes without saying, but life is crazy.

And that is definitely no exception in this college student’s life.

In the past week I have…

–Played more basketball than I have in all my high school years combined

–Toilet papered my university’s brand new sports arena to celebrate the beginning of basketball season

–Skipped class three times

–Skipped chapel twice

–Felt guilty about the above two lines only once

–Went to Kansas City

–Went to a rodeo

–Went to a concert

–Ate deliciously authentic German and Honduran food

–Pulled all of my hair out during the Chiefs vs. Bills game (just kidding… almost)

–Bombed a test

–And… (this is the best thing yet) won second place in a pumpkin carving contest with some of my best friends!

That’s all of us and our award-winning pumpkin!

We walked into the cafeteria one evening last week and were greeted with tons of huge orange pumpkins available for anyone to decorate. My friend Hannah and I picked out one of the biggest and smoothest pumpkins (because everybody knows it’s no fun painting a bumpy pumpkin, duh) and signed our group up for the campus-wide contest.

As we ate our dinner, we contemplated what we should paint on our pumpkin.

Our group consisted of a biology major, two education majors and two engineers, plus myself: the journalism and photography major. Consequently, that earned me the position of creative director of the group, despite my persistent refusals.

I tried to explain that there is a big difference between being creative with a camera and being creative with a paintbrush; the latter of which, I am most definitely not.

They didn’t get it.

In the end, we collaborated on the idea and decided to paint a seasonal pumpkin. Mainly because my friend Bethany is good at drawing trees and the rest of us figured it wouldn’t be too hard to paint little colored dots on the branches for leaves.

The finished product was above and beyond what any of us had imagined.

See for yourself.

Hannah and Morgan and their beautifully blossoming spring tree.

Kathryn and Lindy and their cheerful summer tree.

Lindy and myself and our vibrant autumn tree.

Bethany and her frosty winter tree.

Voting commenced over the next several days and the winner was announced on Monday. The winner of first place was an illustration major (go figure) and painted the most detailed design on her pumpkin I had ever seen. I’m sure it must have taken her ten years. She definitely deserved to win.

And we were all thrilled at our second place victory. In reward of our artistic efforts, we received a $25 gift card to Walmart.

Next weekend we are going to use the card to go buy real food (a true delicacy in college life) and make a real dinner.

You know you’re a college student when the highlight of your week revolves around fresh, homemade, healthy, non-cafeteria, non mass-produced food. I can’t wait.

Now excuse me while I go make some Ramen noodles.

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