Thursday, August 30, 2007


It's BTFO time here at YDS, or Before the Fall Orientation (thank about that theologically, eh?). I'd been told that it was the most awesome orientation ever, but it's really been like every other orientation I've ever been to. It's basically lots and lots of panels discussing things. So I've just basically stopped attending those sessions, and just go to the free meals :). Other than that...I'm hoping to sell the truck soon. I have a Subaru Legacy just waiting for me to drive it. His name is Beethoven. More to come later, but I'm going to watch some Family Guy now. Just wanted to say I'm here in New Haven now waiting for classes to start. Woop woop.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tool-less Furniture

So. I've been moving in slowly to my apartment in New Haven, and in case you didn't know setting yourself up in a new place is friggin' expensive. Boo. Anywho, I've been on the hunt for a desk. My desk from Cambridge worked ok, but I really needed to upgrade to something bigger as I have a tendency to spread out when I study. Then I thought I'd found a table to use, but it was already spoken for. Thus I have been on the hunt for a good wooden table/desk for 50 dollars or less. The other day I found one for 49.99 at office depot, so I thought hey why not. I bought the desk, and yesterday I moved it into my apartment.

My new friend Julie and I discovered the joy (pysch) of tool free furniture. I have to tell you, as someone who loves putting things together (I spent hours with Legos, Capsella, and K'Nex as a kid) I found this to be the most ridiculous process EVER. You basically just push stuff together and hope it doesn't break. I put together the tv cart today (which required one No. 2 Phillips Screwdriver) and it was much easier and less physically painful than the desk. Seriously, folks. WTF? Julie and I decided that the furniture folks must think if you can only afford a 50 dollar desk, you must not be able to afford tools. It's apparently just one step above not being able to afford food. So anywho we got it together and it was still in one piece when I went to move some stuff in today. Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't collapse under the immense weight of my homework.

Other than that escapade, I've just been moving things in (and having to buy immense amounts of stuff). I got a new bed, which is SUPER EXCITING! And I got an amazing's a 1000 dollar mattress and I got it for 300. Hell yeah. The apartment is nice. I haven't spent the night yet (I'm moving officially on Saturday) but it's coming along. The best features are the ginormous windows and the one wall that is floor to ceiling shelving. All of my books in one place! Well, all of my school books, at least. The rest I'm putting on my bookshelves. That's about all that's going on for now. I hope the beginning of everyone's school years are going well!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sorry for the Delay

Hello everyone! I realize that it's been a month and a half since I last wrote anything. Sorry about that! This summer has been very busy, so I haven't really gotten a chance to write anything. Today is really the beginning of my summer break, as my CPE program ended last Friday. For those who don't know what that is, CPE stands for Clinical Pastoral Education. You work in a hospital and go visit patients and meet with your peers (I was in a group of 6), where you basically discuss your ministry and figure out how you bring yourself, assumptions, prejudices, histories, etc., to what you're doing. It was a really really good experience. I had heard horror stories about it, but I had a really great supervisor and my group was great too. (There was only one person who drove me nuts, but for the sake of confidentiality, etc., I won't say anymore here). But CPE was a 40 hour a week job, for which I didn't get paid, so I haven't had time to sit down and write. I've also been working on my reading list for Yale. Luckily I'm on the last book, although admittedly it is a little boring. I'm trying to keep my motivation for reading it up. Almost done!
I'm heading to KY tomorrow to visit with the fam for a week. That will be really good, and definitely a nice way to end up the summer. When I get back I'll be moving into my apartment in New Haven and then just hanging out between Worcester and there until August 28th, which marks the start of orientation. I've been trying to figure out which classes I'm going to take. One of the classes I had planned on was cancelled, so now I'm not really sure. And another class that could be interesting (and is an elective, albeit one that is in the religion and literature field) conflicts with another class that I have to take at some point. So who knows. I'll let you know what I've got it figured out, which probably won't be until the first week of classes.
Anywho, I've got to get moving. Time to do laundry, run some errands, and get packing for tomorrow!