Happy Monday everyone!
This past weekend was Parent and Alumni Weekend here at UVM; probably one of the busiest and most populated weekends to be on campus… which is why I ran away!
My parents, having already come up once for the scheduled UVM festivities, felt as though they might get more out of a visit sometime when there’s a little more breathing room up here, but since I hadn’t seen them since the end of August, I decided it was over-due!
Being an upperclassman definitely has it’s benefits, one of which is the privilege to have a car on campus! Although I have to admit that it doesn’t get much use right now; the Burlington and UVM communities are so walkable and feature some great bus systems, so I hardly feel the need to drive somewhere. But it certainly feels great to be able to drive home, which is only about 3.5 hours to a little town just north of Boston.
I had a great visit with my parents, stocked up on some essentials: local food from home (thanks for the chocolate mom!), some sage wisdom and a lot more of my winter clothing!
Since I don’t have school on Fridays, I decided to take off for home on Thursday, which allowed me to come back to school on Saturday! Upon arrival back here, I was given a treat that made my 4 hour drive in torrential rain worthwhile, my neighbor down the hall had an extra ticket to the UVM A Cappela concert featuring all 3 of our great groups; the Top Cats are all males, Cat’s Meow are all females, and the Hit Paws are co-ed.
The Cat’s Meow up on stage! (Sorry the terrible cell-phone picture is all I could get)
The concert was absolutely amazing, as usual! The Top Cats premiered (to the best of my knowledge) a cover of The Fray’s “You Found Me”. It was a thousand times better than the original, which is already pretty good.
To top off my already-busy weekend, yesterday was GreenHouse’s Annual Harvest Festival! Almost all of the residents of my RLC (see my first entry if you don’t know what this means!), loaded up in buses mid-day and took a ride over to the Monitor Barn in Richmond, a small town about 15 minutes down the highway. We had a day full of service projects, pumpkin carving, soup-making, contra dancing, and I even got to play some cribbage out in the field while we listened to live music! It was a very relaxing event, made even more enjoyable by the fact that we were surrounded by mountains in transition from green to some of the most beautiful foliage I’ve ever seen.
At the Harvest Festival, each GreenHouse Village (clusters of rooms from each floor) got to present a project that we’ve been working on since the beginning of the year; our Village Canvas!
In my village, each person chose a flower/bush/tree that they liked, and we designed a garden to showcase all of them!
It was quite the busy weekend, and so much fun! Now it’s time to do some last-minute cramming for my Community Development exam this afternoon… wish me luck!