Coming from the big city of Los Angeles, it was hard to feel that I really was a part of the community. With Bloomington, both the university and the city felt like just one community, and I really felt a need to give back while I was a graduate student even if this time in grad school was just me passing through for a short time. Fortunately, it was really easy here in this particular city. Many do not know that Bloomington, Indiana, was the first city after New York City to have a municipal department dedicated to community service called the Volunteer Network.
The 67 degree weather today reminds me of how much I dislike the cold, and how ready I am for Spring and Summer to get here. One of the things that I tried for the very first time last spring and summer was to have a garden, and actually it was mostly successful. Considering that I’ve never done this before, I was really expecting not so great results. But I actually got lots of tomatoes (pictured below). Last year I rented a community garden plot (for more info, visit this link), but this year I will try to start my own in my yard. I know it’s still 2 months away, but I am already thinking about what I will plant this year!