Thanksgiving and broken car.

ok I’ve got a good thanksgiving story for you all :-p

Welll… let me just start by saying that my car is a 1986 Saab. That should explain a lot.

Anyways, towards the last few days that I was in Oswego, my car started getting louder and louder when one day, i turned the key, and this roar came from the engine that was completely new to me. I was running late for class, so i was like, “oh well, I sound like a race car for today.. no big deal”. I’m used to things happening to my car, and a loud engine did not seem very out of the ordinary, since my car is old enough to legally drink in any country.

Later that day, I called my dad and he said there was something wrong with the exhaust system most likely, probably the catalytic converter. he said, “just make it home to Buffalo, and ill fix it when you get here”.

When I got home and my dad had a chance to look at my car, he informed me that the entire catalytic converter was now missing from my car’s ensemble. Of course I had no idea when or where I lost it, which probably angered whoever was driving behind me at that point.. :-/ He told me that he would have to order a new one, and that wouldn’t come until around christmas time. So he decided he would just attach the two pipes underneath my car so that it wouldn’t be loud anymore, and I could go back to school and deal with it until christmas… sounded like a plan to me.

After a very filling and refreshing thanksgiving break, I began the journey back to Oswego. Everything was going great and I was on the Ontario parkway around Brockport. Low and behold my ever-so-exciting car decided to yell at me again, fist softly whining, and eventually crescendoed into the roar much like the one before. Except this time, when I took my foot off the gas I heard clunking and clanking underneath my car, which I concluded to be the pipes dragging on the pavement. To say the least, i was extremely frustrated and upset; mostly at my father, who claims the name “mister fix-it” and thinks he can repair anything. Lucky for me, I have an aunt in Rochester with an extra car who was gracious enough to let me switch it with the race car. At the moment, my poor little Saab is sitting in my aunts driveway, awaiting repair and my return for christmas break.

Of course also at this time it was beginning to snow/slush, and I was trying to make it back for practice at school at 5:00. to make a long story…still too long, i got stuck behind a bunch of grandmas and got to practice 30 minutes late.

So, whats the moral of this story? I’m not really sure except that you should probably give yourself lots of time to get back to Oswego in the winter time, and you probably shouldn’t own a 1986 Saab. Although I love my little race car, it throws a lot of curve balls at me, and every trip is an adventure. other than that, I had a great Thanksgiving! My exchange student from high school from Germany goes to school in the US now, so she flew in for a visit which was really nice, and naturally we both ate way more food than our swim coaches would like to know. :-p

Hope everyones Thanksgiving was as exciting as mine, I’ll get back to you soon!

<3 Leah

Christmas! (Or Whatever You Celebrate)

Who’s excited for the holidays? Can you believe that we have less than three weeks until we go home again? It’s really crazy, and it’s probably just me, but it seems like the second semester is going to be really short. We get back from break near the end of January, and then the school year is over in May.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Christmas seemed so far away to me, and now it seems so close. I can’t wait, because I love Christmas and not just because of the gifts, although, I’m not going to lie, that’s a part of it. I love the spirit. I love the music, the decorations, the lights and, most of all, the tree. Of course, I won’t be home to see it until the last week this year, so I am hoping that the campus provides that for us, but so far, I don’t see that as being a problem. The night before I left for Thanksgiving break, I ate at Lakeside, and they had lights and decorations up. I mean, I know not everyone on campus celebrates Christmas, and I’m not making that assumption, but I think lights and decorations basically put everyone in the mood for the holiday season in general.

The main reason I’m excited gift-wise is because I asked for the third and fourth installments of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read the first book and will soon be reading the second book, and I know that this is going to sound really nerdy, but there’s nothing better than spending break with a good read, especially two. I just really hope that the next few weeks go by quickly, especially since with all of the work I have yet to do and finals to study for, they’re going to be pretty stressful.

Going Home

I can’t wait to go home! I really am so excited. The last time I was home was the weekend before Halloween, but it feels like it’s been so much longer than that. I have never felt this excited to go home before, and this really goes back to an earlier blog I wrote about how my perspective on my hometown has changed so much since I got here. Being away from home makes me think of my hometown differently; it makes me appreciate it more. I can’t wait to see my friends and my family and to have my own bedroom with no roommate! That has to be the best part! Just kidding, but seriously, it is nice having your own room and therefore not having to worry about making sure that your habits match up to or at least don’t interfere with someone else’s.

I will be leaving on Wednesday, and that honestly feels too far away. There are butterflies in my stomach at the very thought of going home. Wednesday I will be seeing Twilight as far as I know, and I actually just got done reading the novel a few days ago, so I’m really looking forward to that. Perhaps later in the week I will write a blog entry about seeing that and what I liked about it and what I didn’t like, how it was different from the novel. I’ll just warn you ahead of time, though, as I also will when the time comes, that there will probably be spoilers, so don’t read it if you haven’t read the novel or seen the movie but are planning to.

It’s going to be so awesome, and this is what’s crazy. A few minutes ago, I had an epiphany. When we get back here, there will be less than three weeks until we go home again! In fact, on Sunday when most of us get back, we can say that two weeks from Saturday, we go home again. It’s pretty crazy, especially considering the fact that finals are coming up so soon! Returning from Thanksgiving break is going to mean buckling down and heavy studying!

I encourage fellow bloggers to maybe take a few minutes over break and talk about your home experiences, especially if it’s your first time being home since the semester started. That has to feel strange, not having been home in three months!

Sunday breaks!

I’ve been doing homework pretty much all day and figured I would take a break and write on here, since it has been forever.

I wish I knew what I wanted to do with my life.  Some people grow up knowing what they want to be and where they want to go.  I am not one of those people.  When I was in Vermont, I met someone who told me that I think about the future too much and that I need to live in the present.  How can I not think about the future though?  I’m graduating in May and have to decide if I’m going to grad school and if not I have to worry about applying for jobs.  I’m very indecisive. It is hard for me to imagine myself not coming back to Oswego next fall. I did not believe people when they told me four years of college goes by so quickly.

I have a b-e-a-utiful Christmas tree in my room. My mom surprised me last week and came up for a visit and brought my tree up! I love it! I love this time of year. Yes, I could do without the cold weather but I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love having my brothers and sister around at the same time. Amy and Jeff are moved out and families of their own (Amy has 4 daughters, Jeff has a daughter and a son), Paul goes to school at UAlbany and Christi lives in Florida…in the nice weather! It’s fun to all hang out together! Going home feels like going on vacation. When I am there it is so easy to relax. Home is a really small town (I may have mentioned that already!) and a log cabin on a hill. It’s pretty perfect.

Okay, so before I go back to Sunday things, I just want to give a shout out to my fellow Pathfinder Dining expert Rebecca- told you I would!

Vet’s Day Open House

So it’s been a busy busy time over at the admissions office as we’re prepping for an Open House this upcoming Tuesday.

Open Houses, although busy busy days, are probably one of the best ways to get a look at the school since there are very few times when you have this many administrative & academic departments all in one space making it so much easier to find answers to all those questions that everyone has, or at least I know I had while I was looking at schools.

Oswego does a fantastic job coordinating the open houses to make as many things available as possible for anyone coming to look at the school.

There will be tours of the campus, residence halls and various campus facilities as well.

Want to see what a class at SUNY Oswego is like?  There are sign ups to sit in on classes going on throughout the day.

Have specific questions for different departments or want to find things to get involved in?  There’s a mix and mingling time for 2 hours with faculty & staff from over 50 student service and academic departments, plus representatives from a number of our completely student driven clubs & organizations.

But don’t take my word for it, there’s gonna be a lot going on this upcoming tuesday you should check it out for yourself

for more info, to see the detailed program and/or to register to come here’s the link!

Visiting Home

I went home this past weekend, and everyone who always told me that it would feel strange was right. After being in Oswego for nearly two months and not having visited home since, going home was very strange, because my hometown felt somewhat foreign. It’s not easy to explain. My hometown, which is Rome, has always felt like home to me, and just about everything else has seemed strange, and I could never imagine myself living somewhere else and feeling comfortable, with the exception of New Hartford, which I love and is actually where I was born. Anyway, coming home this weekend and entering Rome, looking at the shops and the diners and the streets, I realized that that concept of Rome being a safe haven for me has only ever been just that: a concept. Most towns aren’t really that different; it’s just that concept of your hometown being your home that creates that feeling. For example, if someone who lives in Fulton visits Rome, that person would have that same strange feeling of not being able to imagine living there as I used to have visiting other towns.

However, at the same time, going home also reminded me of the film Juno, because there is a scene in the film in which the main character, Juno, says, “I never realize how much I like being home unless I’ve been somewhere really different for a while.” I used to be easily bored by Rome. There is a Walmart, a cinemas, a bowling alley, and that’s about it if you’re looking for a central place to spend time with your friends. However, going home this past week, I also looked at Rome in a whole new light, because even though, as I said before, it felt a bit foreign due to me being away for so long, I was also reminded of how much I love Rome and its comfortable simplicity. There’s Spresso’s coffee on N. James St., which, in my humble opinion, is not even matched by Starbucks. There’s the Community Arts Center where there is a Halloween Haunted House show displayed every year, which is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s also my bedroom, which felt like a long-lost friend seeing it for the first time in almost two months. I couldn’t believe how much room I had in there not having a roommate!

Then, of course, there are the many friends that I haven’t seen in a while, some since June. It was so nice seeing them and catching up with the ones that I haven’t talked to since I left, mainly because of being so busy, and, of course, there is the question which continually presented itself: “how’s college?” It’s not an easy question to answer, because “it’s good” or “I like it” or even “it’s different” doesn’t seem to do the experience justice, and the experience is something that isn’t easy to explain, so I did my best by telling all that asked that it’s not high school.

In all, it was great going back home and seeing my family, doing a late-night Tim Burton movie party with my brother and a close friend and listening to my father as he tried to convince me to become a McCain supporter. I can’t wait to go back, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying the very few green days here at Oswego that we have left.


So this marks the beginning of the last week I will be in the U.S. for the next 4 1/2 months.  Right now I am down spending some quality time with my Dad in Allen, TX.  Allen is about 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas; however, because the area is part of the “metroplex” – population 5-6 million – I feel like I am in a major city rather than a town.   Today’s high was 104 F…perfect weather for a midday 3 mile run!   While I can’t picture myself living in Texas full-time, I have found that the Dallas area has a lot to offer…a zoo and 17 sheets of ice amongst all other things…so I have been staying busy. 

Sunday I visited the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealy Plaza and took a tour of the Texas School Book Depository – the building from which Lee Harvey Oswald “supposedly” shot President John F. Kennedy.  The museum was well worth the gas $ and ticket price!  Plus, there was an interesting and free side attraction…watching people dodge and delay midday downtown traffic in order to be photographed giving the thumbs up smile while standing on one of the two white X’s marking the exact location of each bullet’s contact with Kennedy .   Only in Texas…

I think I might try packing for Australia tomorrow, but it is me, so packing probably won’t commence until the day I leave…