Change of Scenery

I’m all moved in to my new apartment! It’s beyond glorious. All new furniture. Well, the bed is my mom’s old one, but it’s still new to me, but the desk and bookcase are brand-new from IKEA. The bookcase is the one that I won right after my Solstice 10K race! I love it and it’s huge. All of my stuff didn’t even fill it up so I have room to spare to fill with things that I will accumulate throughout the year.

And look at that closet space! I goes from wall-to-wall. Incredible.

I still have to find things to put on the walls, but once I do I think that this will be my new favorite place in the world.

And, yes, I did make myself a little running “shrine” on my wall. Can’t wait to add more bibs and medals to it throughout the year! Also, I don’t have a window, instead I have a wall dedicated to being a sliding glass door for our patio. Equals tons of natural lighting. Score!

One kind of weird thing about the apartment is that we don’t really have doors. Instead, our rooms are separated from the common area by an accordion-style wall.

It’s really not as awkward as it looks and does quite well to block out light. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well the apartment blocks sound. You practically have to yell to communicate between rooms and I can’t hear any of the other apartments unless they’re hammering into the wall.

And my new place is only a few steps away from my new gym! Literally. They are right next door to each other. I haven’t spent much time there yet, but I went in on Saturday for a long “run” (read: try and run but have to stop so decide to go on the bike instead). Apparently, if you go when they open at 8:00am you get to be with all the preggers ladies and old guys, which I’m perfectly fine with. People my own age didn’t seem to start showing up until 9 at the earliest. Anyways, they have free weights and lots of machines, so this should be good for when I (hopefully) start lifting more seriously next month.

Oh, and first meal cooked at the apartment? Sunday morning pancakes!

Strawberry Shortcake pancakes.

I’ve pretty much just been running all over town trying to get things for the apartment and get myself ready for classes to begin on WEDNESDAY. Luckily I only have work and 1 class, but still, it’s so crazy to think that this is the beginning of my third year already.

But, I’ll ponder that some more a little later, today I want to try out some early-morning yoga at my studio, then I have to go in to work for a few hours, and I want to hit up the gym a bit too and test out my leg. I’m continuing to heal, or at least not getting any worse, but I’m definitely not at a point where I can be running like I used to again… Then it’s time to party! Hey, I am a college student after all.


Where did you live in college? – Freshman year I was in the dorms, then I lived in an apartment with 3 other girls last year, and now I’m here with 1 other roomie. Next year, I don’t know yet, but I have to start figuring it out soon because leasing starts in October!

What is your favorite kind of pancake? – I can’t believe I’ve never asked this before! I would have to say that those Walnut Brownie pancakes I had a while ago were my most recent favorite, but I’m trying new combinations all the time! I’d love to see your flavor recommendations.


6 thoughts on “Change of Scenery

  1. Well I am still waiting to hear where I will be living, I have kind of been pretty independent and not sure that I really fancy living in shared halls so hoping its a small studio. I recently tried some savory ones which were like french crepes and had goats cheese, rocket, and sundried tomatoes it was so nice

  2. Wow, October! I can’t imagine having to plan housing that far in advance.
    I go to school in my own town so I’ve always lived in apartments/ houses around the city.

  3. Nice looking place you got there! The sliding wall thing would make me feel a bit uncomfortable… but I guess I’d get used to it.

    Freshman/Sophomore year I lived in the dorms (because I had to) and this year I’m doing suite style living with 3 other guys. No snoring roommates to share a room with and a kitchen that doesn’t involve walking down 80 stairs? Don’t mind if I do!

    Hmm, I like good pumpkin pancakes, but I had some vanilla cornmeal pancakes with pine nuts from a NY Times recipe and they were pretty awesome. Quinoa flour (fresh ground or store bought) gives pancakes quite an interesting texture too, I’d recommend giving it a shot!

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