Between my internal medicine shelf exam last week and then a fun weekend away, I haven’t checked in here in a while. The internal medicine exam was really hard, mostly because I didn’t have as much time as I had wished. Each question required a lot of critical thinking, and I am not quick enough yet I guess! I gratefully was able to put it out of my head right away since I left almost immediately with my family to head to Notre Dame!
We ran into the worst traffic my dad had ever seen going up (and he goes up a lot) and it took everything in me not to lose my mind. Luckily we were able to quickly change a few plans to avoid driving farther into bumper-to-bumper Chicago, and arrived in South Bend for a late dinner. My older brother and his crew were able to snag a table at a crowded local bar, and we had a few beers and burgers while we caught up. And of course my mom brought cheesy birthday crowns.
Back at our condo, I was serenaded with a beautiful (that’s code for horrendous – a Brady family tradition) rendition of Happy Birthday over a delicious Italian wedding cake. It was a day early, but we knew we wouldn’t have time the next day since we’d be at the tailgates and football game.
Saturday morning my boyfriend and I jogged around campus so I could show him my old stomping grounds. We had the most beautiful weather – and you never know with South Bend! It could have been snowing already! I showed him the quads, my dorm (Cavanaugh!), the dome, basilica, grotto, lakes, and the bookstore. I just love that place so much. It’s so special.
Since it was a night game, we were able to leisurely get ready at the house instead of rushing off to tailgates like usual. My little brother and some of his friends arrived around noon so we hung out, laughing hysterically and drinking Jameson, before making our way over to the parking lots.
Unfortunately sone of my college roommates were able to make it up for the game, but it was really fun to get to spend time with my whole family and lots of my brothers’ friends that I rarely get to see. They are SO funny. I wish I was remotely that funny. They got all the funny genes. I just got the sass:)
One of the best parts of the weekend was that my boyfriend got to spend more time with my family and share in one our favorite things – ND football games. It meant so much that he was able to celebrate with me! I’m a lucky girl.
The huge Notre Dame win over USC was the best birthday gift! I definitely wasn’t expecting it, and I love having a great team to follow after so many college years of watching terrible ND football. The stadium was electric. Go Irish!!
Sunday morning we cleaned up the condo and then made the drive home. I took a nap, did some living room yoga, and then got ready for a little celebration with my friends from med school. My roommate was sweet enough to plan a get together at Mission Taco and almost 20 friends came out. I didn’t know I had 20 friends! I felt so loved:)
On Being 30
My 30th was absolutely wonderful. I shared a bit on Instagram, but I’ll say again here that I have become really excited about being 30. If my twenties were about struggling to find myself and my place, I think my 30s will be about really owning that and making big strides toward creating my best life. The things I used to worry about just don’t matter as much to me anymore. What matters is being happy, surrounded by people I love and trust, and leading a healthy and fulfilling life.
I joke about being “old” a whole lot, especially with my classmates who are mostly younger than me, but I am actually really content right now. Thank you all for following along with me and being my little online family. You are part of what makes me so grateful every single day! <3