Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dorm Life

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So. As you all probably know, I am no longer at home. I am now living at Hannibal-LaGrange University, which is proved time and time again everyday to be exactly where God wants me.

It's different. I have never been away from home like this before. The most I've been away is a week for church camp or ten days while touring Europe. But I'm living here. I have to take my own trash out and keep track of my own laundry. My mum isn't here to run to if I have a problem (which I've already had, to no surprise!). I have no Deacon to love on me and tell me everything is okay. I have no sister to hang out with when I can't sleep at night.

I have met a ton of people this past week, though. More than I think I have ever met in such a short amount of time. And they all are lovely, wonderful people. They truly are. I am so blessed to be able to be here and spend this time with them in such a Godly place. My suite mate Carly is especially awesome--I'm so relieved that we seem to get along and she's not some crazy mortician or something.

There have been some obstacles. For one, I'm pretty sickly, I mentioned in the last post. It came upon me a week ago, the day before I left, and has not backed down since. I'm pretty sure it's bronchitis and might try to see a doctor within the next week if it doesn't get better soon. Also, I discovered the morning of my departure that I had a brake light out. Luckily I was able to get that fixed today and it wasn't too expensive, so hopefully I'll be able to come home for the weekend. Hopefully.

I'm doing my best not to let my homework pile up. I really have no excuse if it does since I don't have a job at the moment and have plenty of free time. I really want to do well in my classes. I want to be a Hermione Granger. =)

So, here are some more pictures of my dorm. As you can see, I still need to decorate quite a bit.
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--Emily

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Knock Knock!

Who's there?
Surely not Emily, right?
She's left us forever, right?

Well...I am here to say wrong! It is I, the great and magnificent Emily, here to proclaim to you all what these past few weeks have held for me.

I mostly haven't posted in eons because: 1) I was preparing to leave for college. 2) I was spending any excess time with my friends and family. 3) New Student Orientation (NSO) is actually a lot like church camp here, and they pretty much have every minute of the day accounted for.

But the school days have now started as of today, which you would think means I have LESS free time when it actually means, at least for now, that I have MORE. Yay!

But I am not here to discuss college and dorm rooms and new friends and all of that. In fact, I will reserve all of that for another post later today or so. THIS post is to give you snippets and catch-ups on things that I didn't get to talk about while they happened. And such.

It's pretty much a catch-all random post. But aren't they all, if I'm being honest?

1. Many of the kitties have new homes--in fact, I'm not 100% which ones right now--and I miss them!
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2. Deacon and I took a trip to Elephant Rocks awhile back. (I actually drove. Yay!) There are many more pictures of this to come at a later date.
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3. I got my hair cut!
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4. Deacon and I celebrated our one year anniversary!
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Also, I seem to have contracted some sort of sickness like bronchitis, which is really unfortunate when you first move to a new place. So pray for me, pretty please. First impressions and everything, haha.

Love you all.
--Emily

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Weathering

I used to be able to
talk to you,
but now I run dry.
My voice catches, shy
and stubborn. And frozen.
I was never before,
but then I misplaced you--
a friendship forsaken--
and this or that happened,
all spread out, see,
I walked left a pace or two,
you galloped away, or maybe flew,
or maybe stood still--I could never tell,
either way, a crack in the pavement
grew and grew and captured you.
Now I see only an outline of you,
a shadow distorted and gone askew,
perhaps the same person that I once knew,
but weathered by events separately,
desperately standing on shaken soil,
and I, too--have weathered a bit.
Now, I used to be able to
talk to you,
but now the words leak into the air
and evaporate before creeping to you.
This is what friends fall through, come to,
before I no longer recognize you.

--Emily

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Travel Plans

I found a way--and what is that?
Life or death? A trip back home?
I rode a horse once down a yard,
I regret to say it's not for me.
Nor is walking--a mile or ten--
as well as running, jogging, striding,
or anything that is a threshold to perspiration.

Flying--that's the ticket, sir.
Towards the open expanse above
that so few--a bird or bug--
have access to. But now, I do.

I repeat: I'll fly to you.

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--Emily

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Kittens & such.

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Well, I leave for college in less than two weeks and this past week has been quite literally a roller-coaster ride. I find lists assist me best in situations like these, so here we go:

  • I rode all of the major roller coasters, including the Superman for the first time, at Six Flags last Saturday.
  • I drove to Elephant Rocks for the first time, took amazing pictures with Deacon (coming soon!), and discovered that I own a very expensive pair of sunglasses.
  • I am in love with the movie Pride and Prejudice. How has it not been in my life until now?
  • I got my hair cut! Pretty sure it's the shortest I've ever had it. More pictures on that soon, too. =)
  • I drove to St. Louis for the first time. And did fairly well. I even rewarded myself by buying Perks of Being a Wallflower and Eldest from the used bookstore. And $20 Aeropostal jeans.
  • Deacon and I hiked eleven miles today. Five straight hours of walking. Don't ask me why.
  • Of the six kittens, we still have three left--the girls (Cleo, Honey, and Shy--kitten #6. The latter has yet to be photographed). The boys (Junior, Sev, and Mambo--all of which are now renamed) now have a home, but I just finished up the pictures I took of them a few weeks ago. So here's your bundle of cuteness for the time being:
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Cleo--kitten #1
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Honey--kitten #3
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Karlee and Junior--Kitten #2
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Mambo--kitten #5
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Sev--kitten #4
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All except for Mambo. And #6, who is called Shy for a reason.

Which kitten is your favorite?

--Emily

Friday, August 3, 2012

Finally, Summer


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Romeo has learned how to look out of my bedroom window, and it is by far the cutest thing in the world. The. World.
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My last day at LC was Tuesday, and I have three more weeks before I leave for college. It feels like this is the only summer I get this year, since I had to take summer classes from June to mid-July. But, I am officially a junior in college now. I have my Associates Degree.

In all reality, I feel pretty much exactly like I did when I was fourteen. Where does the time go?
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Also, I've been reading The Hobbit. Well, I've been reading it forever now. But believe me, I'm really trying to get through it. It's just...eh. I like it. I just should have read it back in grade school. I would have been all about it then. But for some reason I always thought it was at a much higher reading level than I was capable of. It's not. I just kind of doubted my ability, I guess.

Don't I always?
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I'm trying my best not to freak out over this whole moving away thing, but it's really starting to creep up on me. I've never lived away from home before. And I know I'll be okay, that I'll probably come to enjoy it, but it's the transition period. And I've always hated transitions.

And I absolutely despise the fact that I'll be away from Deacon for so long. I keep telling myself it will be okay, but it's still ... complicated.
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But, I still have the next three weeks. We're going to Six Flags with our youth group tomorrow, which I'm extremely excited for. It's like a tradition.

Some other important information:

  • I got baptized last Sunday.
  • We had to give away three of our rabbits. It ended up being the girls: Sky, Button, and Cocoa. This was extremely hard on me and I really don't want to talk about it.
  • We also found Lottie a home. This was also hard, but I knew it was coming because my dad has cat allergies. They seem like nice people though, and I know he'll be loved.

Also, we have six stray kittens that have made our front porch their home. More on that later.
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That's all for now, but more to come soon.

--Emily