Happy August! I hope everyone is doing well. Today is one of those rare days where I don’t really have any plans which is making me pretty antsy but I figured this would be a good time to get a good blog post in…plus I have some potential plans I am thinking of putting together depending on how long this takes. There are definitely some highlights from the summer that I’ve missed writing about in here so I want to make sure I include them. It’s funny that I thought this summer I would be so much less busy than last semester. It’s definitely been very different but I haven’t had nearly as much free time as I anticipated, which I like a lot.
I’ll start off by talking about last weekend. I decided last minute that I wanted to do the Big 10 10k that was happening in Chicago. This has been going on for a few years now and I had heard it was a ton of fun. It’s a 10k put on by all the universities in the big 10 conference so along with Purdue, schools like University of Michigan, Indiana University, Penn State, University of Illinois…basically it’s a time to show off school pride along with a bunch of Midwestern pride. I convinced my friend Marc to run it with me and my friend Corey to come in watch so it was pretty funny that I showed up to the race with a guy that had just graduated from Notre Dame and a guy that goes to Lafayette College (neither of which are part of the big 10). The race started at 7 meaning we had to wake up at 4:30 which now seems to be a pretty reoccurring weekend thing unfortunately. The race started right by Soldier Field, right by the lake and it was crazy how many runners came out for it. It was so cool to see people with so much school pride and there were a ton of reunions going on. It was also really cool to see people running together from different schools written across their shirts. Everyone was really friendly and just enjoying each other’s company. The course was pretty similar to my half marathon’s course the week before, staying right by the lake. Since I ran the race with Marc, it took it a lot easier than last week’s race which was perfectly fine with me. Although after the race had finished and we had gotten all our free stuff, I still had some pent of energy so I convinced Marc and Corey to rent bikes and ride them while I ran some more along the lake front. Luckily they’ve been dealing with me all summer so they weren’t surprised at all.
After I got another little run in we went over to Jeff’s apartment. Jeff is a fulltime at Exxon in my group, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 and he’s originally from Philly and had a few friends in town so he was hosting a post-race brunch. Having Jeff in my group has really helped a lot because he remembers what it’s like starting out and he’s been really helpful with suggesting places to go and things to do. It was really cool being able to see his apartment (which was beautiful) and meet his girlfriend and other friends. Another fulltime Bobby was there too. It’s weird calling his a fulltime because he just started 2 weeks ago and had just been an intern the year before, he actually sat at the desk I’m at now. So we were there for a bit and then Bobby joined us at North Avenue Beach. I’ve been there once before and I forget if I’ve described it but it’s really a huge beach in Chicago full of young people. We mainly went because we really needed some kind of way to shower so that ended up being Lake Michigan. It was a perfect beach day though, super hot but it made the icy cold water tolerable to we had a really nice afternoon hanging out at the beach. I would lay out until I was super sweaty and then hop into the lake where I’d get numb from cold and it was perfect. Overall the day was pretty exhausting but very satisfying.
So I’m going to skip back a few weeks to one really fun intern event that I didn’t get a chance to talk about and that was whirlyball. I still remember hearing about it when I got my offer from Exxon way back last September and I’m going to try my best to describe it. It’s a little like lacrosse, the sticks and balls are similar but it’s in bumper cars on a basketball court with basketball type hoops. It’s just so ridiculous looking and even more ridiculous to play but we had a blast. You start getting the hang of how to throw and catch the balls and how to try and drive a bumper car at the same time. I made the painful mistake a few times of being so focused on trying to catch the ball that I just slammed into a wall. It was definitely a unique way to spend the afternoon. Afterwards we got taken out to dinner to a tapas style restaurant where we got all kinds of small dishes to share and we had our own private room which was pretty neat.
Even during the week, I usually have something going on after work, so it’s pretty typical for me to leave the apartment at 6 in the morning and not get home until 9:30 or 10. It really helps having absolutely nothing in my apartment so there’s really nothing to do there. These past couple of weeks, intern volleyball games have been taking up a lot of our weeknights. We have this sand volleyball court at the refinery, well technically just outside of it, and we’ve had some really fun games there. Me and the interns are part of a refinery volleyball league so we have a few games a week. It’s supposed to be all the interns but a lot of them aren’t really into volleyball so it usually end up being me and 3 other interns, Corey, Sean and Vishesh but we have a really good time and we’ve improved a lot. Besides volleyball, I usually end up planning something whether it’s a movie night, a dinner out or random events like farmer’s markets. The other day, a few of us went out to the movies and it made me realize how badly I missed being able to watch TV on a couch instead from a laptop from our dining room table or on my air mattress. This movie theater was amazing, the seats so big and comfy and they reclined so you could put your feet up! I was so happy I couldn’t stop talking about it the next day, it wouldn’t have mattered if the movie was good or not but it just so happened that it was really good.
Okay well I’ll have to write about this past weekend another time because I have my huge final presentation tomorrow and I have to find someone who has an iron because my good pants are a wrinkly mess. I hope everyone is doing well and I miss you all!