Lately, I've been trying to pack all sorts of things into my schedule before leaving for college.
Go out to my favorite restaurant one last time (check!)
Make cookies for the newspaper staffers (soon to be completed!)
Meet up with old friends (check check check!)
Go bowling (I even made a strike without using bumpers!)
Attend an outdoor concert (double check!)
Go to the farmers market to buy fresh fruits and veggies (check!)
Write more letters to people who have influenced my past four years of school (check!)
My mom laughed at my last minute to-do list. "Kaytee, it's not like you're dying. This will all still be here."
Yes and no. Yes, everything will still be here when I come home for Christmas. But that seems so far away. I want to soak it all in right now. I want to make sure I remember and appreciate every little thing. Don't get me wrong: I can't wait for college to start. But I also know there will be a lot of things about home that I will miss.
The other day, my parents and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz to have breakfast on the water. We walked along the beach for a little bit and then played a game of Scrabble on the sand. What with working two jobs and being obsessed with frantic to-do list making, I always seem to be so busy. So many things I've planned all the time. But just for once, just that one morning, spending time with my family - it was enough.