by Lauren Suhi
This Thanksgiving break started like every other Thanksgiving in the past: stopping homework around Tuesday before break even starts with the claim to “do it over break.” When the longest week (yet) of the semester finally ends, its then time to pack up the car with all the dirty laundry I haven’t done in three(-ish) weeks and head home to the land of home cooked meals, free food and family love. While I didn’t get as much homework done as I would’ve hoped (I knew I wasn’t going to get it done) here’s a few highlights from my week in my hometown over Thanksgiving break.
First, I did some homework for my class. I had to tour a brewery for my Hospitality and Management Class called Beer, Wine and Spirits. I got a great chance to learn more about the chemistry behind brewing beer at a local brewery in my hometown, as well as sample some stuff while spending quality time with my dad!
But, the fun part of break didn’t last too long, because like most college students, my mom had every type of doctor’s appointment squeezed into this short week. Lucky me, I got to spend a lot of time reading magazines in waiting rooms with beige paint and medical ads. Plus, it’s always fun answering questions about “where do you go to school?” and “what are you going to do with that?” while laying down in the dentist chair with sharp metal tools in your mouth.
The greatest part of break is getting to hang out with your parents, who became a lot more fun to hang out with now that you’re no longer in high school. One day, me and my mom got to go shopping, and I tricked her into getting some ice cream even though it was 30 degrees out.
Another favorite activity of mine over break is going grocery shopping with my parents. My parents are truly amazing people because they let me “pick anything you need.” This is especially great because when I’m living in my apartment I am eating ramen noodles and stale crackers before I pick up more food. Plus, you always get to play the game, “how many people will we see that we know?” game in each aisle. My favorite run-ins are elementary school teachers, which usually get you double points in the game.
What’s a Thanksgiving break if you don’t go to Black Friday shopping at Home Depot with your dad at 8 am to pick up some cool tools? Also, home is where the good coffee is! Along with my little grocery shopping, I also am skimpy on buying creamer and sugar for my coffee, so when I come home I refuel my coffee addiction.
All Chicagoland college students can relate: the Portillo’s run is always a must. It’s particularly great to go on the first or last day of break to your local ‘tillos because it’s almost like a mini high school reunion with everyone getting their favorite food. Until winter break, Italian beef and cheese fries. Only three weeks left, right?