Winter Wonderland….or not.

I woke up on Thursday to a courtyard that looked like this:

Looks pretty right? Wrong. The British still swear that they NEVER get snow so they don’t know how to deal with it when it arrives. Heathrow Airport has been shut down for the past two days and all of my Kenyon friends are stuck in London attempting to reschedule their flights. Needless to say, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with snow right now!

Right now I am avoiding my two massive papers–due January 13 so I have plenty of time–and packing for my trip to Italy with my mom and dad. While we are there Mom will attempt to blog (If you know her, you know what a stretch this will be. She still can’t work the DVD player we’ve had for three years–I love you Mom!). I will be helping her out with this so hopefully we’ll be able to figure it out. She is blogging over at : so check out the details of our trip over there. I’ll try to get some posts done as well but……shopping papers come first!


In the mean time please be praying for all those stuck at Heathrow.

Happy Holidays,


Back to School: August and September Ken-Exer Style

If you’re anything like me by the end of August you’re yearning for a little bit of consistency! Usually school provides the structure that I crave but this year I have a much longer summer than ever before and have been looking for ways to fill up my time. I’ve done a lot of research into the Exeter semester and I’ve developed a list of things for all of my fellow Ken-Exers to do in their spare time:

  1. Go look at the Welcome Week Schedule. Sure we all just went through freshamn orientation two years ago, but remember how much fun it was? Well we all get the unique experience of going through all of it again: the inability to find anything, the rush of moving to a new place.It looks like the week will be filled with many opportunities to tour both the campus and the library, to visit the beach and to get a peek at club activities. One of the things I’m most excited about is trying a ballet class with the ballet club! It’s been years since I’ve had the opportunity to take a class and this sounds like a great way to get back into it!

  2. Look into the bedding options offered by the University. One of my biggest dilemmas in planning for my trip abroad has been trying to decide how to get all of my towels and bedding over! A self-confessed clothes lover I haven’t been able to bear the thought of giving up precious suitcase space for housewares. All of my worrying has been solved since I emailed the accommodation office at Exeter. They were able to give me the website of this company with bedding, towels and housewares for sale. Now that isn’t too impressive, lots of places sell these things BUT their place has a contract with the Uni and will deliver everything to your flat before you arrive—it’s an international student’s dream!

  3. Browse the intros for Welcome Week Staff. One of the worst parts of going to a new place is not knowing anyone there. Now all Ken-Exers have the luxury of knowing eachother, but wouldn’t it be nice to at least recognize someone working at the Uni? Exeter has very generously provided videos of those working welcome week so that new students can familiarize themselves with the staff—-how thoughtful!

More updates on what to do later!


I just did something crazy…

Hey all!

Today I decided to join Six Items or Less to help me adjust to living with fewer clothes before I head off to England. Here’s the description of the project from their website:

The idea: people from around the globe pledge to choose only six items of clothes (or less if you’re hardcore) and wear only those clothes from June 21st to July 21st 2010. The six items do NOT include: socks, shoes, accessories, workout wear or undergarments. We don’t know what this will do to people or how they’ll react; we’re curious.

For the next month, I’ll be attempting to live with wearing only 6 items of clothing. I doubt that I’ll stick to it fully, I love creating outfits too much! However, I’m going to try really really hard to stick within the rules.

I’ll be blogging over at Six Items or Less under the name “alexandrampatterson6items”!

Overwhelmed already,