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Speeding cars and the jitters

Well, I’m back in KC guys.

I wish I was more excited about that fact, but I’m not and here we are. My sister, my mom, and I all left Thursday morning at about 9:00 AM. We had borrowed a friends truck and packed my furniture into it. Everything else we fit in my tiny little car and then I drove the four hours to Kansas City. The drive was uneventful – which I am thankful for. I drove behind my mom most of the way and I just kept imagining all my furniture flying out of the back of the truck. But it didn’t. :)

When we were about ten minutes out from my new apartment, I checked my phone and had two missed calls from my roommate and one from my landlord.


I listened to the voice mail my roommate left and my stomach began to sink. She said, the apartment was a mess; the doors didn’t even have doorknobs on them; it was filthy, and she didn’t feel comfortable signing the lease. My landlord called me right when I was done listening and she explained that they had “overlooked” our apartment with all the other move-ins. She apologized and said they were having a cleaning crew come out to get it fixed up. So we went to a local diner to eat with my roommate and her mom until it was all ready.

But of course, it started to rain. We didn’t have a cover for out truck, so if it was out in the rain much longer, all of my furniture and my mattress would be ruined. We found a parking garage and just waited until the apartment could be ready. It took three hours after I got there, so five hours after our original move in time of 11 to be able to move in.

The apartment is really a fairly nice size except for the kitchen which is really small. Everything is just the right size for the two of us. It was still really dirty after the cleaning guy left (turned out to be the landlord’s husband), so on Friday we just scrubbed the whole place down. I mean walls, floors, everything. I was really overwhelmed on Friday. I had numerous little crying sessions where I went into my room and cried (I seem to be having a lot of those lately…) and then took a deep breath and kept moving on.

Plus, my mom kept telling me to suck it up.

We’re still having some issues with the apartment, but they are slowly getting fixed. Our hot water has not been working and the Maintenance Man has come by several times to try and fix it, but he doesn’t know what’s wrong so we’re hopefully getting a new one put in tomorrow. It’s the little things like hot water that you take for granted. Also, screened windows. None of our windows (except our bathroom window) have screens – and I don’t do bugs. The Maintenance Man is supposed to bring some tomorrow as well. There are issues, but they are slowly getting fixed.

We found some chevron curtains from Target that are adorable. :love: Our apartment is really cute now that we have the couches and everything set up. It’s starting to become my home away from home. And things are starting to get a little cluttered as well, just like home, which is why I don’t have a picture of my room yet. ;) But I’ll share later when I’m finished decorating! For now, here is our living room!

Living Room

Living Room 2

Today was my third day of classes. I really hate the first week – even though it’s mainly going over syllabi and whatnot, it gives me the jitters. So far, all of my professors seem really good. I just hope it stays like that. I don’t have too rough of a load and my schedule is really nice. I only have one class Monday/Wednesday/Friday and then I have three back-to-back on Tuesday/Thursday. I’m taking:

  • (Financial) Accounting 210
  • Microeconomics 202
  • Political Science 210
  • MIS 202 (a computer class)
  • Physics 140 (online course)

I’m a little worried about my Poli-Sci class. Our exams are all online and he gives us three days to take them – because we will need 36 hours to complete them. A bit intimidating, but I’ll pull through.

I had a job interview today at a local movie theater. I received a call relatively late last night from the manager and I was extremely surprised. It was an application I turned in basically on a whim and I wasn’t really expecting a call back. I was actually planning to call back in a few days to ask about it. So I went in today for the interview (after worrying all morning and through lunch about it) and went over some of the policies they gave me. The manager that interviewed me was really nice. He was very laid-back and didn’t seem too much older than me which made me more comfortable.

He asked a lot of questions about scenarios and how I felt about certain problems, how I would handle situations. I tried to incorporate previous job experience as much as I could (from working at a hotel) and I think he really liked that. I tried to be friendly and honest – I wanted to make sure that not only I was a good fit for the company, but they were a good fit for me. He had me give a sales pitch on one of the programs and I thought I did really well.

At the end of the interview he said, “You just aced this interview.”

I had thought I did well, but having him confirm that was so encouraging. He didn’t outright say that I got the job, but he did imply it. He said he had about twenty other people to interview over the next few days and he would give me a call back tomorrow or the day after. Even if I don’t get the job, at least I have the experience and it was a positive experience as well. Plus he was really nice, haha.

But I could really use the job. Textbooks this semester cost me $750. D: Also, I really love free movies, haha.

Hello Bradley Cooper

My teacher for my Statistics class was sick today so we had a substitute instead, which one was a little odd because I didn’t even know there were substitutes in college, and two I was hoping he would have just cancelled class. However, like the good student I am (and the fear that there would be a pop quiz – which there was) and was very pleasantly surprised. Our substitute was a better looking Bradley Cooper, and my oh my, I may not have learned a whole lot today in class because I was… er… distracted, but class was much more enjoyable than usual.

Last weekend I went out with some girls from school and we had a girls’ night. Everyone got dressed up and we went to Union Station and took pictures. Afterwards we went to Buca di Beppo’s, a local Italian restaurant that serves family style meals. It was really fun and good to get to know more of the girls in Impact without the boys. Plus, it’s always fun to be able to wear some of my nicer dresses. :) I even straightened my hair – which is something I haven’t done in probably a year!

The apartment search is still going. We visited two houses on Saturday, a basement apartment, and then the main floor of a house. The basement apartment we were drawn to because of the price. It was only $700 a month with utilities paid for, but when we saw it, it was pretty crappy. It was obvious that you got what you paid for. The next house was really gorgeous – it had a lot of space and I fell in love with it’s stone fireplace. It just had a lot of character and was overall really nice. It was a bit more pricey, but I think we’re going to pass because the area it’s in is pretty shady. Bahh, can’t get everything eh? So over spring break, my potential roomies will have time to look at houses/apartments and hopefully we can find something soon!

This week has been really good, busy but good, which is definitely an answered prayer. Last week was rough for really no reason, and while it’s only Tuesday, I’ve just felt so much better, been in a better mood, and haven’t been letting the little things bother me. Though I have been a lot more tired than usual. Sunday night, me and Andrew went to one of the dorm’s study rooms and just talked from before midnight to 2:30 in the morning. We’re both so busy with out studies, jobs, and extra-curricular activities that we don’t really ever have a lot of time to just hang out with each other and talk. Definitely worth the fatigue I’m facing. :love:

Short post, but I just really wanted to share that I had a Bradley Cooper look-a-like substitute and it made me really happy. Bahaha :P