Which would you rather eat for the rest of your life? Spaghetti or Mac and Cheese. Both. Why? Because I really like spaghetti, because number one, it tastes really good and sometimes I just like the shape. What shapes do like best? Maybe the twisty ones and the bowties. Those are probably my favorites. You said it tastes good but some people think that spaghetti doesn't taste of anything. What does it taste like? Well, it tastes good, but it doesn’t taste too much of anything, but with butter you can really taste its taste. That's what I like about it. Yeah, we have pretty salty butter, don't we? I think it’s nice. Yeah, wait what were you going to say? Well, is there anything else that you like to put on Spaghetti, besides butter? Also parmesan cheese and that’s really it. Okay, what about mac and cheese? What do you like about that? I like, so, my favorite mac and cheese shapes are shells and farm animals. Do you like the, you like the orange sauce, right? Not the white sauce? Yeah. Do they taste different? Each pack, well each time? Yeah, they sort of do in their own way. All right. Well, let's imagine you really had to pick. You could only eat one of them for the rest of your life. You had to give up the other one. Which one would you give up? Hmm. Imagine, you're fifty and you're still eating one of them, but only one of them. I would, well I just can't answer that question. Maybe I would go with shells, but I just don't know what to say for that question okay.
So the question I think is, what’s something difficult that's helped you gain gratitude? So, a couple years ago, I tore my ACL and meniscus when I was playing volleyball. So, that was something really difficult for me. It was about a nine month recovery, nine, ten months. I missed two volleyball seasons. So, that was really hard for me because I mean I love playing, it's my favorite thing to do and it was hard to I guess see everybody, see all my friends playing when I couldn't but -- and the difficulty of just learning how to walk and run again, when it was stuff I could do like months before. It felt like impossible and I felt like I would never get there. But I think that whole experience helped me gain gratitude for like everything that your body can do for you. Like not only walk and run, but or I didn't -- not even just missing playing volleyball, but just missing being able to like walk or stand up by myself. I think it made me and it also made me more grateful for those I had, just like how amazing the people in my life were and how much I guess it's like you say, you don't know how much you have till it's gone. So, that experience is really difficult for me but it was also one that helped me become more grateful for the people in my life, for the sport, and just for like the basic things that you think you'll always be able to do until you can't.t know how much you have till it's gone. So, that experience is really difficult for me but it was also one that helped me become more grateful for the people in my life, for the sport, and just for like the basic things that you think you'll always be able to do until you can't.t know how much you have till it's gone. So, that experience is really difficult for me but it was also one that helped me become more grateful for the people in my life, for the sport, and just for like the basic things that you think you'll always be able to do until you can't.
Anything I regret not doing？Not necessarily in college, but in high school, I sort of do wish I'd been more involved. I really -- didn't -- I didn't do anything, and it was just because I was stubborn and still kind of felt like an outcast from being the kid that moved every year. And so I just kind of got into this habit of thinking like, well, won't matter in a few years. So I'm just gonna, you know, not just do what I want to do, rather than join some club and be on somebody else's time. But I do, I have joined a lot of stuff in college now, as an adult in college. So now I'm like the representative for my cohort for the American OT Association, which isn't really that big of a responsibility but, I'm in a research project, and all this other stuff, basically, I'm doing a lot of stuff and it's kind of rewarding, and I feel like I've become the popular person that I never was in grade school. And now that I'm in my grad school. Yeah, you know, we did like the superlatives kind of thing, like the yearbook Awards. Somebody made like a document, and we all nominated each other for certain ones. And I mean, I was nominated for half of them, and I was like kind of amazed. People put me as Most Organized, which they just don't know, whoever nominated me for that, which doesn't know me. I think. I am not organized at all. But what else do we have? I mean, I was -- somebody said Silent Hero, or your driftwood, which is a reference to something we did in one of our courses, but basically it's nominating somebody as your person that you go to whenever you just need some support from a friend and that was pretty, a pretty big honor. I also got nominated for Most Extra, and then Best Dress I also got nominated for, which I mean those are all huge honors to me. I'm pretty excited about all those. I thought they were pretty cool. So yeah. I would say there's a lot of like fear that goes along with being a younger kid. At least it was for me and like going into grade school, or high school, or college, or anywhere where it's almost like…
But what I want to talk about this week is how a face mask brought me close to a complete stranger. And right now, being that I'm in Minnesota, I wear my Michigan State face mask almost all the time when I'm out in public. And most people don't comment or notice, but I had to go for a diagnostic procedure this week, and the nurse that came out to get me in the lobby and was going to help me get set up, as soon as she saw me she said, "oh, Michigan State, go green!" And I'm like "oh wow! Are you a Spartan fan?" And she said "yes, I am!" And then we proceeded to talk about how she became a Spartan fan. Her father went to Michigan State and I said, “oh, you know, my husband and I went to Michigan State and met there” and she said, “yeah, my dad went there too,” and how much he loved it and they had been to visit in East Lansing a few times and had been to a football game and how they always try to go see Michigan State play Minnesota when they're here in town. And I said, "I was there during the magic years." She goes "Oh, so is my dad!" And so that magical season of 1979-80 and I said, yeah, it made me and my kids lifelong, we're lifelong Spartan fans, including my kids who have no association with Michigan state except that their father and I are both loyal fans and love MSU. She said "so are we!" The kids of her you know, her father went there but the family is all loyal MSU fans. So, that was fun.