WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN [Excuses]

Oops, sorry readers. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to write a post about what’s going on, but I have good reasoning. And I’ve got a million and seven ideas for blog posts, I just haven’t had time to write them down. Either that, or my creativity feels like it’s dwindling down from all of the other things I’ve been doing – no matter how I should try to spin it, what it really boils down to is excuses.

So I’m just going to give you a post about what I’ve actually been up to the past two weeks – trust me, it’s actually pretty cool. I went on a ten-day vacation, essentially. I’ve dubbed it as my ‘ten day midwestern tour’, because I kind of accidentally went everywhere in just a few days.

The tour started in the cities – as most of my adventures seem to this summer – with a Minnesota Brass rehearsal on a Wednesday evening. (Oh yeah, did I tell you I’m marching this summer?) I felt like the rehearsal was mostly frustrating for me, but the full run was much better for myself, and I reaffirmed some things that I had been a bit shaky on. I left the practice late that night with plans to work on the show Thursday, which I did with another member for a few hours, and then again by myself while waiting for my bus. The other interesting thing that Thursday was my run in Eagan, MN. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’ve been taken in with this running craze that is apparently sweeping the nation. My next half marathon is in less than a month from now, so of course, I spent the afternoon training for it. That meant a seven-ish mile run in hot, dry, suburbia. Not exactly ideal.

Around 10pm, it was finally time to start the real journey, the trip to Holland, MI via Chicago. The bus for Chicago left around midnight on Thursday, and I got into the city early on Friday morning. I grabbed breakfast at Target, changed into more ‘real people’ clothes, and got straight to work in the Radio Department at 9am. Reader, I can’t even begin to tell you how great it felt to be back at school. If I was excited to move back before, the desire to return to the city became unbearable after this weekend. I got to chat with people I hope to work with all school year on special projects, be back in the chairs I’ve accomplished things I never thought of before, and in the environment that’s already shaped me into the person I am today. That, coupled with spending the entire weekend with two of my best friends/roommates has made the wait almost impossible. Walking around the city on Monday afternoon with them just made the struggle that much more real; I was back in the area I live with two of the people I live with. How could I not have found myself wishing for September first to just be here already? After we parted our separate ways, I spent some more time with my friends in the Radio Department, then boarded the bus back to Minnesota at 9:45pm. It was an early morning wake, a drive back north that included lots of coffee, and frantically getting home, starting laundry, running, and packing for the next adventure: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with three of my best friends from high school.

I’ve been the the BWCAW plenty of times growing up, but this time, it was completely different. I wasn’t going by what my parents did or relying on them for entertainment or a meal or even hanging the food pack in the tree. It was all up to us four teenagers. We were responsible for everything that happened in the woods over that week, and it was probably one of the highlights of my summer (wow, I’ve had a lot of highlights.) Not only did I get to spend it with three great people, but I got to leave everything that goes on in the real world behind for four days. It was different than leaving the real world for drum corps world, because in drum corps world, you still have the internet and answering emails and calls and texts and questions. In the BWCAW, there’s no electricity. There’s no cell service. The only thing you really have to worry about is where you’re going, the weather, and making sure you keep the critters and bears out of your campsite. And it’s fantastic.

Another trip home, and a quick turn around – this time, to get back to the cities for a show/rehearsal weekend with Minnesota Brass. Another highlight – I got to perform in my first show in what seems like forever on that Saturday night. I forgot how much adrenaline you get after a good show, but I’ve never experienced one after only going to four rehearsals. It was so satisfying to be able to keep up with most of the drill and work as everyone else, and although I still have a lot to fix and get better at, I know I’m at a good place to keep pushing through. After the show, around 10pm, I started the final trek home, and this one proved to be the longest. I finally pulled in to my driveway around 3:30am, and was asleep within an hour.

So, yeah. It’s been a bit busy. Between the “10-Day-Tour”, I’ve also been working with Greenway High School’s color guard this week, finishing up my internship, and continuing to make the Grand Rapids High School color guard better and better for their upcoming competition season – and it’s shaping up nicely. Teaching color guard is a joy all on its own, and I’ll definitely talk more about it later, but for now… I need to get to sleep. (And by sleep I mean keep binge watching really old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.) Until next time, readers. Stay with us.

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Author: erikabunk

Raised in Northern Minnesota, Interdisciplinary major in Radio and Business & Entrepreneurship at Columbia College Chicago. Enjoys long runs on the lakefront path at dawn, public radio, and lefse covered in butter w/ cinnamon sugar. Spends too much time on Spotify, in search of the best record store in the world, and dreams of returning to Reykjavík.

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