This past Monday I made the 9+ hour trek back to school. The trip should only take about 7 hours but it always ends up taking longer because we usually have a hard time finding a gas station to fill up at in the middle of no-where-ville Appalachia. Sorry excuse but it's the only one we have.
Anyway, Adam and I got up here and moved into our respective apartments and I've been cleaning for the past 3 days. Well....part of the time...part of that time has been spent catching up with my friend Candice and meeting her sister. The rest of the time has been cleaning, unpacking and shopping for little things I needed for the apartment. I think the 3 days to get cleaning done at my leisure has been good. I don't think I've been this well set up ever. Last year I hardly unpacked anything at the beginning of the fall semester because I knew in just a couple of weeks I would be heading to China and when I came back completely jet-lagged I just left my room a disaster that I never quite conquered during the following semester. So hopefully this will be the beginning of a new chapter in my life...one titled "Organized." It may not last, but I'm hopeful. :)
Bed linens washed, bed made and floor vacuumed, and although it is hard to tell the night stand is clean. I do have some buckets and bins full of clay stuff that need to go to the studio when I'm allowed to bring stuff back, but until then it will have to stay here.
Re-organized desk and cleaned out dresser!
Clean, organized bathroom...
Most of these pictures make no sense to anyone but me because I didn't take before photos. If you could have seen those you would be so proud of me! I literally couldn't walk into my bedroom when I got here on Monday. That is because my brother stored his stuff in there for the summer, but I left a lot of junk in there too. Plus my bathroom hadn't been cleaned in the 3 months that I'd been gone and so that was the first job I tackled when I got here. It feels much better and it's nice to finally have a place for everything and have everything in its place.
One of the surprising things that happened when I first got here was I realized that at some point over the summer our landlord changed our living room furniture. We used to have this old tweed-y looking couch and armchair but they replaced it with this black leather set. And my roommates who were here over the summer decorated the place with photos and flowers and candles...it was a pretty surprise to come back to. Thanks roommates!
Speaking of roommates, none of them are here right now so I've had the apartment to myself. One is coming back sometime today and that is exciting since I haven't seen her in 3 months. I am both anxious and excited for this new semester. I have butterflies over it...is that silly? I'll be relieved when my classes start!