Monday, April 28, 2008

Sweet Summertime...

So inevitably I finally did finish packing and start moving things around to their new summer homes. I had to put a lot of my stuff away in Elizabeth's garage because the apartment I'm living in has three bedrooms... all occupied, plus two of us sleeping on couches in the living room (i.e. not a lot of space for all my stuff!). But nevertheless I brought over a couple suitcases and a laundry basket full of clothes, and two duffel bags of stuff. Enough to get me through until I'm able to move into one of the bedrooms. The thought that didn't REALLY cross my mind until someone pointed it out to me is that I'm living with FOUR guys for a month, haha. Should be very interesting. I have this entire week off; no school, no restaurant shifts, no internship. Everything will get going again this weekend and then I'll start up work in the law firm on Monday and my Intercultural Communication class online. I still haven't bought my books!!

This is Slinky the Cat. He's lazy. I'm kidding, he just happens to have not been very entertaining company this morning and I have been bored out of my mind. Although I will say that waking up to him meowing outside my window because we accidentally locked him outside and it started to rain this morning is MUCH less obnoxious than getting woken up to either screaming girls or a vacuum cleaner being repeatedly slammed into my door by the cleaning lady back at the dorm. Kudos to you Slinky for being a cool cat.

Now THIS is my absolute favorite part of the apartment and I have already commended the boys for having their most genius idea ever...

I definitely foresee spending a lot of time reading out there this summer. In fact, I already finished my latest (kind of) book out there. I've been reading A Million Little Pieces for about a year because I picked it up at the end of last summer and plowed through most of it. When school started though I put it down and kind of forgot about it until a few days ago and of course I finished the rest of it in two sittings. Too bad it's supposed to rain all week!!

We all went on our Second Annual Camping Trip on Friday night. It's how we celebrate the end of yet another year of college by burning all of our papers and projects in the bonfire, grilling hot dogs and burgers, pitching the tent, and having a case race.

Fine... it was a little sloppy... but it was celebratory darn-it-all!

Friday, April 25, 2008

It's senior time!

So here I am at the end of yet another year of college. I am FINALLY a SENIOR! It’s such a gratifying and terrifying feeling all at once. I mean on one hand I can look back and see the three years I’ve spent pouring over books, typing endless papers, and counting down the seconds until class ends and I can go get lunch in the oh-so-lovely dining hall. On the other hand I look forward and see my future. One that consists of a real job, new faces and places, and *gasp* law school. So while I can’t wait to step out from under the wings of Champlain College, it’s a long hard fall down unless I learn to fly pretty quickly.

I tried to start packing my room today to absolutely no avail. I even set goals of merely taking out the trash and recycling and calling it quits until tomorrow. So what did I end up doing? Taking a two hour nap of course! I’ve never been one to hesitate to close a chapter in my life but I just can’t bring myself to pack it all up again for some reason. Maybe it’s because this is the first time I’ve ever lived by myself and I feel some sort of connection to this room – like it’s MINE. I mean I know it becomes someone else’s room every year, but I didn’t have to share this one. Before I came to college I had to pack up the bedroom I’d lived in for three years knowing that I was never coming back to it since my family was in the process of moving across the country. And although I’m only moving a block down the street, I know that I’m never coming back to my room. Call it crazy if you want to, but in college sometimes it’s just the little things in your life that start to gather so much significance.

Here’s to tomorrow!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Well Hello Again

Song of the Day: “Love Song” – Sarah Bareilles

So I realized I haven’t written in here in a while, and let me tell you, a lot of life has happened since the last entry! Before we left school for Christmas break there was a gingerbread house making event which my Harrington Terrace girls and I went to – very exciting of course! We created some masterpieces.

Well… Elizabeth had an accident with her gingerbread house and created Candy Mountain instead. I think it turned out beautifully anyway. If you don’t know what Candy Mountain is… you should probably go watch this video:

Anyway, I got hired at the Ground Round as a waitress in January and I’ve been working there ever since. I decided shortly thereafter that I wanted to go on a road trip for spring break and started saving up some cash! My friend Meli and I drove all the down to Atlanta to look at some law schools on the East Coast. We stopped in DC for a few nights and I fell in love with George Washington (the school that is). In Atlanta we stayed with Andrea, but I didn’t get to see the family that much. We spent a lot of time in the city looking at schools and whatnot. On our first full day there Andrea took us out to lunch at this little local home-cooking style restaurant. One of my favorite things about the south – the food!! I had fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, fried okra, some sweet rolls and sweet tea. It was absolutely amazing. That afternoon Meli and I went into Atlanta and visited the Wonderful World of Coca-Cola where we got a grand tour and I bought a sweet retro Mr. Pibb hat. For dinner we went to the Sun Dial Restaurant which was super classy and 73 stories above the city!

The semester is ending soon. These next couple of weeks are going to be ridiculously intense though as far as homework and projects are concerned. I just finished up a couple of big projects, but I’m still working on a “Whodunnit” case in Forensic Science. The one that’s really kicking my butt is my 12 page research paper on Kurdistan for World Civ. II.

I’ve got about half of it done – but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to bury myself in those books again. I decided that my homework was making me crazy and I needed to let loose and have a little fun in my life…

Haha, actually that’s a picture from about 4:00 in the morning. I was reenacting the scene from the Notebook, except then I realized that when they did it, cars were a new thing and didn’t go nearly as fast as they do today. So I was in the road for about .2 seconds while Elizabeth snapped the picture and then we frolicked away.

And this, my friends is what I will leave you with – Plans for Summer 2008:
I was hired as an intern by a law firm here in Burlington, so I will be staying here and living with some of my guy friends. Should be a wild and crazy season so I will be sure to keep you updated!