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Upon arrival to my new apartment I quickly realized, 1) I didn’t understand how to work the round thermostat and 2) I’m going have to get creative with my food choices over the next 36 hours. The first point needs no explanation, the second I will grant you the full story. Feel free to laugh out as you feel led; I am more amused than anything.

So, I am living in a campus apartment this summer, which I’m so excited about, don’t get me wrong, but is completely void of any kitchen implements. This, my flat-mate and I were warned about, which led us to split a list of items to schlep down here. She’s not getting here until Sunday sometime or possibly Monday though, and she is most notably bringing pans and mixing bowls. I brought a wine opener, wooden spoons (hm., I could eat with those), metal tongs, measuring spoons and cups, an oven mitt, a can opener, and a turner spatula. It’s kind of incredible how not useful those items are without the things that often accompany them…

Who’s bringing plates and silverware? Well, without having made (or perhaps retained) a list of what I put in storage two summers ago, I’m going on a fuzzy recollection that in those couple boxes are some Tupperware, plates, cups, silverware, a thin quilt, and who knows…But watching the taxi ticker getting closer and closer to $20 (I don’t actually know what it’s called), I opted not to hunt down security, sign out a key and search through cobwebs and humming light for my somewhat forgotten boxes. Plus, I didn’t need those items right away. Of course my thinking ability might have been slightly impaired by a full day of travel on two different planes.

So off my cab driver drove, and up the stairs I went, possessed suddenly by the need to rearrange my dorm furniture to my liking. Food, smood. I would go eat out for dinner. Problem solved. Or was it? Jess, what about breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sunday? What do you do without plates/bowls, silver or plastic-ware, no microwave and no baking pans?

I would just like to say that tonight, CVS is my hero. I had dinner at a local diner (I had the foresight to ask for a plastic knife and fork set to go with my left-overs (cough, which I will be reusing), and then went on to CVS. As I walked down the aisles I had to keep reminding myself of my constraints. Thankfully I was able to score some items that are food-like. Maybe they’re not super nutritious, but I’m just glad I won’t be subsisting on dry cereal, snickers bars and chips until Sunday night. Fine, I exaggerate, but you get the point. My spoils consisted of a box of pop tarts, peanut butter crackers, Annie’s ginger cookies, individual apple sauces, a pot-pie, and a soup which actually either needs a microwave/pot (whoops), so I’ll have to track down a microwave to use on campus. Needless to say I am eager for my flat-mate to get here!

Hm. So I thought this had been a more modest month for spending on clothing and accessories, but lo and behold, there isn’t one or two items, but 6. It might have been cut in half if I hadn’t had to go to TTV and ATLoft, because I don’t tend to be a big online shopper. Once I’m in a store that I like though, it’s much harder to walk away empty handed. Most people know this, but it feels better to just put it out there.

For starters, I spend between 4 and 8 hours a month at TTV. Even when I’m helping customers on the floor, ringing up their purchases or keeping the music going, I can’t help but notice all the wonderful things in the store. Enter more TTV purchases made in the last year than probably all previous years put together (which in all fairness hadn’t been that much). So this month I bought a pair of black horn earrings, and a laptop bag (which I did need- I didn’t own any type of case for it).

Then, as I had written in my January entry on purchases, I decided to return two of my tops, which meant, good people, that I had to go back into ATLoft’s store…And this time the sale % was even higher. That is how the cardigan and blazer were added to my wardrobe (I don’t regret buying them per-say, they have interesting details and they are interesting colors, good fits, and well priced).

Also mentioned in the January post was that I had a brown pair of flats that had went to meet their maker (well, in the case of shoes, not literally of course;). But then I was left without any sensible brown shoes. So a couple Fridays ago, while it was snowing profusely and so cold, I got dropped off at Marshalls. Afterwords, I realized it may not have been the best time to go shopping, as the bus I was going to take home no longer ran…

As for the watchband, well, sometime this month I decided, as fun as my Curious George watch was, it was just too darn hard to read, so I found my old watch and took it to the local jeweler’s. After he had replaced the battery and I went to put it on, I realized the old band would just not do. It was uncomfortable and cracked on the underside from countless unbuckling and re-buckling. And though, if I’d had the choice between alligator vs. non-alligator print I would not have chosen the chomper, I still like the look of the watch + watch band combo pretty well. And I love being able to read the time so much more easily.

Okay, the list.


~Black horn earrings -TTV $26

~Purple obi belt- Church attic (During the epic cleaning on Saturday, it was going to get tossed!)

~Sky blue alligator-print leather watch band- Virag Jewelers $20


~Olive green Wool cardigan with zipper and ruffle detailing -ATLoft $20

~Greenish teal velvet blazer- ATLoft $20


B.O.C Peggy Leather clogs -Marshalls $40

Top pick: clogs- I have worn them to work a number of times already, as well as on the weekends. And they are simple enough to work with most of my outfits but not boring.

“Could have lived without it” pick: Maybe the wool cardigan. I just can’t quite make up my mind about it.

By writing down the list floating around in my head, will I get more or less anxious? Let’s see…

–Read John (the book)

–Call Enterprise to see how much it would cost to rent a car while away this summer

–send my letter of contest along with the ticket I received (I paid the meter, but neglected to put the stupid stub on the dashboard. Grr.)

–Decide how much money I need for this summer and accept loans accordingly

–Plot out how much time I have for each book if I want to get through all of them before classes begin…this probably means I need to finish Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by the end of the week

–Order last two books for class

–Contact people about Honey Toast’s b-day

–Finish dishes (as often as this could be on my list, I should have it put on a pillow)

–Participate in one more open mic with a  friend before she leaves (on the docket: Dont’ be Shy (Cat Stevens), Annabelle (Gillian Welch), and possibly Falling Slowly (Swell Season)

–My room (I had to resist the urge to write this in all caps, in bold, with italics)

Okay, I think I’m doing okay. Some of these tasks will be fun. I think I will officially make one of my nights a -tune out evening, which will help me get more reading done. Probably Tuesday.

In other news, the Magnolia tree outside my work that I have diligently been watching since mid-March has partially bloomed. I’m not even that disappointed that it did so over the weekend because it’s so pretty.

Drink it in!

The kitchen- it’s a disaster bit messy (it get’s clean for about a day and then we start the cycle over again, and it’s embarrassing having people see it)

Dance group– I feel like I’m sending mixed messages to the other women b/c I’m getting them too, where’s the empowerment in that? Is this what I have to look forward to?

The apartment- My room, the floors, bathroom, and -kitchen-, laundry…how is this break I’ve been looking forward to–actually going to be a break?

Cat sitting- Why did I agree to this? Again I ask, where does my break come in?

Grad school application- I should be working on my portfolio and application. Sigh.

I am glad to report that since these exasperated notes were made, much has changed. Yes, the kitchen gets messy, it always will, and yes, the dance group will continue to require work and a lot of communicative efforts, and yes, I STILL need to get my room to a place where I am satisfied with it (this means no loose papers anywhere), it has been months since I’ve pet sat (I am pleased to say), and I GOT IN TO GRAD SCHOOL (true, I already wrote about this). I took huge satisfaction in using the strikethrough function, working through the list. Let’s see what two more seasons bring! Actual current ‘on my mind right now’ list to come.

Clank.Clank. (gumball sized hail is sitting in my freezer from last night’s storm! Good think I wasn’t trying to go to sleep at 10:30PM)

Comfort Comes

Down folds blanket still dreamy curves,

while my echo-y womb whispers to her whiskers and furry roundness;

she claims this dormant paisley patterned Ute,

acting as a pulsing paperweight.

I let this sit in my drafts folder untouched for months, almost a year, and today I just decided, perhaps this is all there is. Maybe there isn’t another stanza floating out there, maybe there is. But for now, this is all that there is. Well, okay, I tweeked it a little, hopefully you don’t mind. Slumber well. Zzzzzzz.

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