Back to the school routine. It's been a bit of an adjustment after an eye-opening term abroad and then an awesome family trip back to the Caribbean full of laughs & shenanigans. But I'm glad God gave me a love for school and an interest in my classes so it doesn't seem like a drag.... just a weather and culture shock! At the end of Christmas break I moved the rest of my clothes into my Corvallis apartment that I'm sharing with another girl from church, Erika. We are very different people but are getting along fine and don't spend that much time in our (tiny) apartment anyway! Our room is perpetually messy and taken up mostly by our two twin beds that have maybe 3 feet of walking space between them. But the walls are cheerfully covered with pictures (her wall is on the left, mine on the right)-- mine with gorgeous sunsets and smiling South Caicos kids that I just want to be back with! We also have a kitchen/living area that houses our old green couch and loveseat set, a kitchen table (my homework spot), and a desk (Erika's homework spot).
Our schedules are pretty much opposite so my sleep in mornings are her early ones, and vice versa. I have deluxe classes that start late on Mondays and Wednesdays (2pm and noon) but 8 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And no class Friday! Definitely soaking up this college life while I can. I spend misty mornings walking to class in my boots and leggings and then listen to lectures on international business or how to motivate people at work. I am really enjoying my classes this term because the topics and professors are so interesting and applicable. Now that I'm in pro-school more of them are small classes too, rather than huge lecture halls. Then I eat my pb&j and apple in the library while reading the news or checking email before another class or two. At least a few days a week I have club meetings or advisor appointments in between or after classes so I get home around 6. Then fuzzy socks and sweats are the go-to as I try to stay warm and read my textbooks or write papers. About that: the cold doesn't bother my roommate so the temperature is set at 50 degrees (now that I'm here... that might change), PLUS, the front door doesn't seal so we have a lovely draft that flows right in. Kind of like bringing the arctic inside. So I am always cold and bundled up in sweatshirts and blankets and trying to keep my fingers from turning blue. Ok, it's getting better but still. Mom bought us some weather stripping to put in the door but I'm still trying to figure out how to attach it because the gap is right where the door opens. Duct tape might be the answer. Tacky but effective.
Other quirks of this place... the water is either an iceberg or ready to scald. Showers can be pretty dangerous because of this fact and I generally spend a lot of time hopping back and forth trying to adjust the temperature without incurring burns. Our little portions of tile floor are also imitating the arctic and so slippers are a must. Never walk sockfoot around here. Erika and I can both sleep like we're dead so our opposite schedules don't even bother us. Oh and the people above us are quite loud some nights. Like they enjoy rearranging their furniture a lot. And the washer and drier are against our kitchen wall so that is a nice soundtrack too. I really don't mind any of this because I just think it's fun to have my own place... and I get cozy night drives back home on the weekends. Feeling blessed and excited to where God has brought me for this chapter of my life!
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.