Let me just say that I have heard directly from a very nice British lady: they love to talk about the weather here. They get together and what is the topic: weather.
On that note, it is getting COLD. Today it is a balmy 5 C (but feel like 2 C). This means it feels something around 36-ish degrees. There is also a strong wind blowing (I can see the trees whipping about outside my window). At least there is some sunlight.
On another note, we have still not had a single day of complete rain rain rain. It rains for a few hours in the morning (about 2 hours), then for maybe 40 minutes in the afternoon and then POW, sunlight and finally sunset. It’s amazing. I feel like I’m back in Boston. Only those of us whose schedules cause us to have need to be outdoors at just the right moment get poured on.
This happened to me on Monday. It was raining when I got up, I ate breakfast and by 9:30 there was no more rain. It got to be about 3:40 and there was a torrential downpour. My pants were soaked, my jacket stopped repelling water and turned into a sponge. This was only in 5ish minutes of being outdoors. And yet my mood wasn’t lessened. I was still quite elated to be outdoors finally get rained on. I just wasn’t looking forward to having to dress up and walk over to the Civic Center for a 5:30 event in the rain. But by about. . . 4 something the rain had stopped. Just perfect. Grant never got wet. . . I was drenched. All a matter of timing.
Yesterday, Grant and I went up to the Sports Center to see what all the fuss was about and explore the offerings they had for us. I’m not much for jogging so this is a nice idea. Perhaps I’ll take to jogging to the fitness center. We’ll see how that goes. Anyways, there was a huge club fair going on in one of the rooms, so we meandered in. In about five seconds the rowers spotted Grant and asked him if he wanted to join on their team. I was blatantly ignored. I just sort of invited myself over to the table and when they asked if I had rowed, I informed them that yes, I’ve been rowing for the past 7 years. This got a look. I want on people, you aren’t keeping me off unless I honestly just can’t handle your regime. I did it in college, I can do it again now! Anyways, they seem nice enough, and reminiscent of BUs crew team, so I think it would be fun to see how they do. I just hope they have lightweight stuff. If not, then yes, I’ll go do something else. *sigh*
Anyways, there were tons of other groups to look at. We were approached by the Parachuting Club (*blink blink*), Swing Dance Club (very nice people, and only 2 GBP per dance!), Rock Climbing Club (they saw my Mountain Hardware Jacket), Fellwalking (that was actually on Monday for me), Ultimate Frisbee Club (the girl was VERY excited) and I also joined up with the Biology Club and Conservation Club. Grant signed up on the Rugby list. bwahahahaha
Yesterday I also sat down with Google Calendar and planned out each week for this term. I looked at my course modules and set them all up. I just hope I don’t have very much to change. They say “beware, times and locations do change.” I spent 2 hours fixing this thing up, I just hope it will be easy to manage.
Back to weather:
It’s only been 1 week, but I swear the leaves have gone from green to almost all yellow. They’ve started falling and everything. I love this feel in the air of cool weather and layers. I will like it even more when I know my layers are already here in Newcastle with me and not sitting at home in the living room still waiting to be sent off. *mutter mutter mutter* But I won’t go into that.
I’m wonderfully not homesick right now, mostly because I’m pissed as hell at not having my stuff and this just makes me want to deal with home less and less. I’m also not homesick because my puppy dog is doing quite well (all things considered) and Spidge is well. . . just being herself. I do miss my bed. My back does not thank me for lying down on this hideous mattress every night. I want a nice comfy bed!! I understand this is a dorm, and you get craptastic stuff in dorms, but my body yearns for a decent nights sleep!!!!
I am thrilled about Friday. I have my field trip to the Northumberland countryside. Whee!
Also, every Wednesday (except 2) this term I am out on a field trip from 9-5 either out in Northumbria looking at who-knows-what, or working at a farm, or doing whatever it is we’re going to do. I’m THRILLED!!! I am also only taking 3 modules this term. Next term will be a bit more hellacious at 8. Yeah. . .not so good right? I have no idea how I shall do all of that, and I need to ask my Degree Programme Director if that’s just shooting myself in the foot. My mom thinks that just sounds like overload. “Eight” is a big number, but some of the modules next term don’t start right away. At least they don’t really kick off until the bitter cold slackens a bit.
Today Grant and I are going to IKEA to look at mattress pads so we can finally sleep somewhat comfortably. This country baffles me. The dorms offer Twin Extra Long mattresses, but no store sells sheets that FIT them. *shakes fist* Thankfully Mom will send me my old sheets from my dorm days so I will have sheets that DO fit, including a mattress pad (something this accommodation has never heard of apparently) so I stop sweating all night long due to a plastic mattress and a very thin fitted sheet. *sigh*
Now if only that package would arrive. . . .