Back on Campus and Summer Reflections
Hello there! I'm back! First off, I know it has been awhile since I've posted anything, and for that I am sorry. I meant to blog over the summer, but I was waiting for something blog-worthy to happen and...it didn't. The last month was exciting, but other than that I had a peaceful summer, to say the least. I got to know my cat really well. I will give you a brief overview: May: Got home. It's cold, have to pull out winter clothes. Looked at boxes. Not unpacking (too sad). Look for jobs; not qualified. Apply anyways. June: The job search continues. Number of applications sent: 8. Number of replies: 0. Still haven't unpacked. Rediscover Legend of Summer, Ocarina of Time on my computer. Can 't get past the Fire Temple because I don't have a real controller and fall while trying to get the hammer. Reflect on my lameness. Learn how to make Onigiri (recipe here--> http://www.justhungry.com/2007/01/onigiri_omusubi_revisited_an_e.html ). Go to Sakura Festival in Denver. Discover Ice cream "Mochi." Rip out carpet in upstairs. July: Get hired at Fund for the Public Interest as a canvasser. Try to get retirees to care about river pollution. They don't. "Let Go" (fired) after 2 days. relieved because I am not suited for canvassing. My friend from Oxy visits!!! Highlight of my summer. We go horseback riding and hiking in Colorado, where I live. It's great. My friend leaves. Return to being bored. Paint the floors white (all our carpet is still gone). IKEA opens. Glory ensues. August: Visit family in Boston for 4 days. Make some more Onigiri. Read a book. Start packing day before drive out to California. There's a power outage all across the front range. Attempt to pack by candlelight, then accept that trip is postponed. Finally leave with Mom for LA, driving through 5 states in 18 hours total. Walk 5 miles for Italian food. Go biking on Venice Beach. Arrive at Oxy. Summer: Complete. Boredom: Annihilated. State of Being: Happy (to the nth degree). And that was my summer.. I'm telling you, not worth writing about. Life at Oxy is so much better, and I can't tell you how glad I am to be back! Now, I'll move on to more interesting things, like being back at school. I was lucky that I got to drive out here again, because it meant I could bring things that I "maybe" wanted to keep, but didn't know if I had room for. Something that I didn't think about last year when I was moving in was storage over the summer. Even if it fits in your room, that doesn't mean it'll fit in three boxes at the end of the year. I realized when I unpacked my boxes from May that I am horrible at packing. Some of the things I kept, I just had to wonder what was going through my head. Also, all of my things smelled like oatmeal. That one's still a mystery. Anywho, this year I am in a triple in Haines (which is incredible). The only thing is that there is a lot less space this year. We all get 2/3 of a closet and 3 dresser drawers (try saying that 10 times fast. I dare you. It's quite a mouthful). Some of you may be thinking/wondering, "Wait a minute, why are you already back at school? Move in isn't until the 29th!" And if you are thinking that, I applaud your calendar skills. (I had to look up the date just now.) The reason I got to move in early was for Green Bean training. That's right, I am now a Barista at the Green Bean! I had my first shift today during Freshman move-in, and let me tell you that it was crazy (but fun)! Hopefully I didn't mess up too many drinks. If you drink coffee anytime between 7 and 11 on Monday and Wednesday mornings, I will be there. You know what they say, work before pleasure, but nothing before coffee. Anywho, it's so good to be back and be reunited with my Oxy pals. I've really missed this place A LOT. My only complaint right now is the heat. Haines has no AC, so I will probably be spending some time in the library until this heat wave passes (I've even slept there before. I highly recommend it). This is such an incredible place; things aren't always easy or perfect, but that's true everywhere you go. What makes the difference is who you are with when you go through difficult times, and the people here are the best of the best. All I can say is this: it's good to be home!
that's right, snow in JULY.