This week has been full of delicious eats out and all spent with family. I’m on a little exam break from school so I’ve been stress free and enjoying lots of wine and sleep. Wednesday night my dad didn’t feel like cooking so we headed out for Mexican where mom and I each got a grilled fish taco, extra tortillas with lots of guac, and a fresca marg for me( they just lay off the mix and use real lime juice and a little agave instead)!
Friday was spent in lecture. HIV and nutrition in MNT and the major minerals + Vitamin A in Advanced Nutrition. Advanced is so late on a Friday and my friends had Coachella on the mind so I held down the fort.
Saturday was spent at Bacari which is my favorite restaurant in Glendale right now! Tapas style portions and AMAZING flavors.
Pizza was something I hadn’t tried yet and I was such a fan!
Sunday was Easter and it was spent with my dad’s side of the family at my Oma’s house. It has been a rough couple of weeks in our family and all I wanted was to see everyone in person smiling just a little. Over the last month I have experienced 3 deaths and its taken a toll on me and my family. I am a very empathetic person which is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I always know when something is up, a curse because even if I’m doing ok as soon as my family member is sad/mad/frustrated/ I am too. I am just such a feeler and I’ve come to realize that’s ok.
After the death of my Otta over 4 years ago now (I was a freshman in college in a biology practical when I heard the news), I have experienced many stages of the grieving process. Counseling has helped me and I’ve become a stronger and more emotional person because of that loss and it’s something I never will forget.
I am so incredibly lucky to have such a close family but it makes the losses so hard on everyone.
We spent the afternoon looking through old photos where my aunts uncles/parents/grandparents had awesome 80’s hair styles, beer bellies, and zits + braces. We found some great ones of my sweet Uncle Roland and I choose to remember the smiles he had in the photos and from my experiences with him. That’s something I’ve learned to do. Think about the good!
Easter linner (that’s the Weissmuller word for all family meals begin at an odd afternoon hour and no one knows what to call it) was great! Ham, sarma, salad, fruit, and birthday cake for my dad! It was a sweet day and I was so happy to see everyone smiling because thats what my uncle and otta would have wanted us to be doing.
I just wanted to touch on life’s happenings a little. Death is weird and hard and everyone experiences and handles it differently. All I can tell you now is that it’s part of life and it affects your every day life in many ways but life moves on and those we love will always walk with us. So rest in the Lord’s arms Uncle Roland, Uncle Jim B (aka Buck), and Father Jack.
My otta and father jack! I couldn’t find a photo with Buck but he is my grandpa’s best friend and fraternity brother. Their relationship is something I hope to have with some of my friends by the time I get to be 80!