This weekend has been a time of transitons. In June, I went to Turkey on a whim for three days because my grandma was in the ICU and my whole family as flying in to be with her. We expected her pass away within a few days, but she made an astonishing recovery and was even able to go home after a couple of weeks.
This was at dinner with my brother, dad, two cousins, and my uncle. It was great to see my family. I left knowing that I would probably not seeing my grandma again, which was hard. But we thought she was getting better. Then, yesterday, my mom called to tell me that she had passed away unexpectedly over night. She was 90 years old and had a great life. She died without much pain and surrounded by family, which is a great comfort to all. But we will all miss her and cherish her memory forever.
This is her as a young girl. She had four kids, five grandkids, and as of now, has five great-grand kids. She loved her beach house in Datca, swimming in the Mediterranean, and eating watermelon and feta together, like a real Turk.
This weekend also marks the beginning of a new chapter in my professional life. Tomorrow, I start a new job as Marketing Strategy Specialist at Penn State Outreach. I am beyond excited to be working in higher-ed and non-profit, to cut my commute from 60 minutes down to 15, and to become part of an amazing group of people. My responsibilities will be coordinating between clients and units within the division to create detailed marketing plans for all kinds of initiatives to benefit the local community and beyond. In particular, I’ll be working on taking successful offline programs, like continuing education classes, conferences, and business development events, online.
After the craziness of traveling and navigating my move between jobs, it has been hard to stay on track with my usual cooking ambitions and exercise. But I’m slowly getting back to planning, a routine, and feeling in control.
I made this vegan kale salad yesterday, which I highly recommend.
Dave and I have embarked on a great house-cleaning adventure this weekend, the frige is full of healthy ingredients, we have a schedule for early-morning German lessons and exercise, and I’m excited to have an extra 1.5 hours a day which I will not spend driving.
Last night, we had some friends over to play Settlers of Catan, so it’s not all serious prepping around here.
In other news, my co-worker gave me a Belgian cherry beer for my last day and recommended I mix it with Guinness. I am hooked!