by Nicholas Laughlin

The past few days have been very great. The weather has been cooler, which is awesome. I am getting really tired of this heat and I love the cold. It was Family Weekend, so my parents and brother headed down to San Marcos to see the Texas State v. Navy game and spend time with me, DUH. My parents wanted to give me tour of all the little cities that are around San Marcos. We spend part of Saturday in Gruene. There are so many little restaurants, shops and things to do there. We ate at the Gristmill, which is AMAZING! If you find yourself in Gruene, I would definitely recommend it. Instead of me showing them all of the things around campus, it was nice they got to show me all of the things that I could do. There are so many little towns, festivals, rivers and trails to explore around here.

The football game didn’t go the way we wanted but it was a fun game. The stadium was packed, which was such a great sight, and everyone was really into the game. After the game, my family wanted to go eat at Palmer’s, where my mom used to work, and it was so good. I haven’t had an actual home-cooked meal in so long but that was pretty close. I am so fortunate that my parents got to come in town and spend the weekend with me. It won’t be too much longer until I see them for Thanksgiving break!

Sunday was legitimately lazy. I did my laundry and cleaned my dorm and just lounged around all day. It was so great. It was still a bit cold outside and gloomy, which made it a great day to not do anything.  One thing I do miss is all of my friends from back home. I still talk to most of them, but it’s different when you go from seeing your closest friends every day to not seeing them at all. Sunday I got to talk for a long time to one of my best friends since the 4th grade. I have seen her only once since I’ve been here, and I really haven’t had a whole conversation with her in a while. We had many things to catch up on!

On a completely different subject, my productivity level is starting to decline sharply. I was hoping I would come to college and be on top of my work and not procrastinate, but that is not the case. There is always something else to do, or sleep to catch up on instead. It seems like of a sudden my classes have started slamming me with work and I just don’t want to do it. It will take some adjusting to, but I still don’t feel like school has started.


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