How time flies! In 2004, my sister (Codename: Gamer Psychologist) moved in with me after she finished undergrad and got accepted into graduate school here in Chicago. Fast forward seven years, and Gamer Psychologist has finished all her graduate classes and is now taking the final step of her program: a year-long practicum at an out-of-state facility. Where did she get accepted for her out-of-state practicum? Her first choice, the University of Hawaii! I guess this means her new codename is now Surfer Psychologist!
For the past few weeks, all I’ve heard from Surfer Psychologist is “Ugh. I have to pack. I hate packing!” Last Thursday, she finally made some progress towards the packing goal by purchasing new luggage. On Saturday, she managed to wash all her clothes but kept whining, “Ugh. I have to pack. I hate packing!” FYI, when your little sister keeps saying, “Ugh. I have to pack. I hate packing!” over and over, it really means “I’m not going to pack. I’m just waiting on you to pack for me.” Which is what happened. I ended up folding and packing all the clothes and shoes Surfer Psychologist needed after making her decide “Yes” or “No” when I’d hold up an article of clothing in front of her. I also organized her TSA-mandated plastic baggie of travel-sized toiletries. Yes, I’m that sister.
On Sunday, my mother drove into Chicago to see Surfer Psychologist off at the airport Monday morning. My mother headed back home just this morning (Wednesday), and after a long day at work, I find myself alone in my apartment for the first time in seven years, knowing that no one else is expected home. It’s a strange quiet feeling.
But, not to worry! My mother left some strawberries she brought up from the South, and I had some coconut milk leftover from last week’s ffwD recipe. What was I to do? Make coconut milk-based strawberry ice cream, of course!
It’s a fun and tasty combination that reminds me of my mom and Surfer Psychologist. Plus, it’s about all I could muster energy-wise because I’m just so darn exhausted. I’ll be back on the blogging and commenting saddle soon!