Life on the Prairie

4 Aug

Well, as quickly as it began, my internship is over tomorrow, and I’ll be back in Minnesota on Saturday.  I can’t believe that my two months in D.C. are already over.  It’s hard to imagine that I won’t be waking up early, taking the metro, and sitting in this office every day.  When you get in a rut, you sure get in a rut.  But the routine aside, I loved this opportunity.  Getting a chance to see the behind-the-scenes workings of an environmental advocacy organization has been so interesting, and I’ve learned a lot.  First and foremost, I’ve learned that this is definitely what I want to be doing.  Whether I go on to grad school or get a job in the field right out of undergrad is still up in the air — but for now, I’m just relieved to know what kind of work I want to do.

However, the end of this internship means the beginning of a short summer stint in Minnesota, which I badly need.  I have been craving a Minnesota summer and the cabin for a long time now.  I can’t wait to see friends and family, [finally] go to Target Field, and get up north and relax!  Oh, and the hot and humid D.C. days will not be missed.  At all.  Finally, after working all summer on clean water protections, I’ll actually get to be out on the lake and enjoy that water.

Recently, it seems like Minnesota has come rushing back to me in full force.  Last weekend, I ran into a friend from high school randomly in a Starbucks at George Washington, had dinner with my cousin, spent Friday night with a group of Minnesotans [one of which is good friends with a high school friend], and heard multiple tidbits of gossip/news from Eden Prairie.  These throwbacks to MN have led to catching up on the News From Lake Wobegon, listening on repeat to Whitefish favorites like Jimmy Buffett, watching Sweet Land, and looking up when the Northern Lights will be visible up north [even signed up for Twitter Aurora Alerts].  Needless to say, I am ready to head back to the Prairie.

Mom’s rhubarb pie.  Corn on the cob.  Waterskiing, tubing, the sand bar.  DQ by boat.  Zorbaz.  Sailing.  Loons.  Deer.  Bonfires.  The hammock.  Kids drinks — actually, make that a margarita this year.  Scrabble, hearts, bridge, puzzles, the Name Game.  Family.  Dog [shout-out to Rusty].

I may go so far as to say I miss the mosquitoes.  Maybe.  I can’t help it.

Favorite place to be.

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