Reconsidering my Stance on Mornings

I’ve decided to start walking to school. My apartment is so close to campus that it seems silly not to – and the weather has been so mild and beautiful lately that I can hardly resist doing it! It’s a little less than a mile so it only takes me about twenty minutes with waiting to cross the busy streets.

I love my walks to school. Half of it is busy streets and the other half is nice and shaded and pretty. There’s a creek that runs right in front of the campus and my favorite view is standing on the bridge looking to downtown Kansas City.

I always feel so good after walking home from school. I hope me now walking about two miles a day compensates for the extra cookies I’ve been eating for lunch. :P

Mornings are usually so hectic and crazy for me. Normally I’m running late: I hit the snooze button too many times, I can’t figure out what to wear, I forgot something and had to turn back, I took too long eating breakfast. But so far this semester I’ve been really good at waking up on time and managing my time in the morning. I think it’s because I woke up every day over the summer at 6:00am so waking up at 7:30am is now normal. How bizarre.

If I have slept until about 10:00am now, I feel guilty. -_- I normally can’t sleep that late anymore because of my sleep schedule, but I feel like I’ve just wasted a good chunk of my day by not making the most of my morning.

I make my bed every morning now: seeing my sheets all mussed and my pillows strewn across the room drives me crazy! I used to not care a bit; my logic used to be that it was silly to make the bed up when I was only going to mess it up later at night when I went to bed. Now, however, a neat bed implies a neat morning and a neat day ahead of me!

How have  I missed the glory of mornings up until now?

September has been a very mellow and peaceful month for me. My classes are picking up and I’ve started working at the theater again, but overall it has been very relaxing. I have become very lazy! The closer fall becomes, the more that I just want to roll in a pile of leaves and eat caramel apples. Homework? Tests? Psh, what are these trivial things against the tide of the seasons. ;)

Welcome to The Studio

I am back in Kansas City once again and I am ready to struggle through rock out my junior year of college!

Since my roommate ditched me moved back home, I said goodbye to the crappy little two-bedroom apartment forever. It was good for the year we had it, but I really do not miss it or the noisy neighbors having sex all night long. Since I had trouble finding sane roommates, I decided to just go solo and find a place just for me. I didn’t think I would be able to afford living on my own, but my parents are wonderful people and are helping me through it. :love:

I moved, literally, right down the street from my old apartment into a cozy little studio. It was renovated just this summer so almost everything is new! It’s small, but it will work just fine for me this school year.

This is the view right when you walk into the studio to the left and then the view from the kitchen. (Sorry for bad quality – I had to use my Kindle because I left my camera back at home in St. Louis… D’oh!!)

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I haven’t done much decorating yet – I have a few artsy-fartsy ideas in mind but just don’t have the money right now to do it. I also accidentally left quite a few things back home in St. Louis, so it’s silly for me to go buy it when I already have it. It’s just four hours away. D’oh. So I probably won’t get into much decorating for a couple of months. :P Andrew and I are headed back for sure in the middle of October for engagement pictures, so it might just have to wait until then. :)

I also have these really cute chevron curtains that I am dying to hang up, but I don’t have a drill and there aren’t any curtain brackets already in the wall, so I either need to find a man (or woman!) who can do it for me or I’ll just make do without the curtains. (Unless anyone has some nifty ideas on how to hang curtains without the brackets! I tried the adhesive strip hangers, but those just fell right off. :( )

I love that it has a separate changing area from the main room that leads to the bathroom. I moved my dresser in there right across from the closet. It is almost like walk-in closet, which I’ve never had before! It’s also nice because I can just throw all my clothes in there that I haven’t picked up/thrown in the hamper/put away so my main room is nice and clutter-free. :)

My favorite part of the whole studio is the bathroom. I love the tile – it’s so clean and modern!  It’s not huge (which is why it was hard to get some good angles) but it’s actually a little bit bigger than I am used to, which is exciting! I’d like to get some kind of fabric to cover all my junk on the shelves eventually, but it’s fine for now.

Aaand this is my kitchen. Pretty small and not a lot of room to cook, but I am learning to make do. :)

It has been fun living on my own! It’s quite different from having a roommate like I’m used to, but I’ve been really enjoying it. This is the last year of my life that I will be living as a single woman! Come August of next year, I’ll be stuck with Andrew forever. ;P

I haven’t been as lonely as I thought I would be. Going back to school is always hard for me and I knew it would be especially since I was living by myself. But I have really just enjoyed it so far. Walking around in various stages of clothing, singing in the shower, sleeping in until eleven on the weekend and not being judged, raiding the fridge without wondering if I bought whatever I am now eating. It’s been nice. :)

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