The trip to North Carolina was much easier than I thought, but I overestimated the ease of my recovery. It was just delayed. I still ended up flat-out miserable and stuck in bed for about a day and a half. So still no plans to visit Austin 🙁
Counting the days until college move-in day for John. This is the latest in his stack of supplies:
Pretty cool, right? I was planning on just the clear ones, but it’s the only decor he’s seemed excited about, so I’ll let him take it up with his roommate.
There have been way too many out-of-pocket expenses for a student who supposedly had a “full ride” scholarship. And way too many things that John should be taking care of that Michael or I have been doing at the last minute to meet deadlines. Procrastination makes me a nervous wreck, so he’d better pull it together since we won’t be getting email updates like in high school.
Michael started Nerium‘s new Youth Factor superfood and antioxident boost powder. I eat a healthy diet, but Michael’s never met a veggie he liked. Within FORTY-EIGHT HOURS he felt a difference, which is an incredible result for my favorite pessimist. He’ll be on this long-term, because with no signs of excess vitamins or minerals coloring his urine he’s absorbing all of this!
I know I’m way behind the times, but I’m addicted to having Pandora playing while I’m doing mindless activity (sorting email, checking FB, etc). I’ve been on a Stevie Nicks kick lately, and it’s been very calming.
John teases me that “Back to School is my crack” and he’s like 99% right. Especially for college. Here’s John’s first aid kit.
I made a similar one for Aaron his Freshman year and as far as I know it lasted until graduation.
I do understand that part of my love of assembling Back to School supplies is that I’m a #boymom and pretty much as long as nothing is pink, teal, fluffy, sparkly, or has kittens on it they don’t care.
Today we moved Aaron into his Sophomore dorm. He’d selected a dorm with rooms that house four students in a suite with a private bath and a sitting room, and I was concerned. It’s hard enough to find one person you can live closely with, let alone three, and we all know what happens when teenage boys are given the responsibility of cleaning their own bathrooms. EWWW. And the model they’d shown us on orientation day was tiny. Aaron was the first of his roommates to move in because he’s there a week early for marching band and he has an OCD mother who forces him to be early for everything. Here’s the exterior view of his dorm:
He’s on the second floor (SCORE!), which is awesome because dorm elevators are notoriously slow. And he has a corner unit, which I figure will be quieter and perhaps even a bit bigger. Here’s the floor plan:
You’ll notice the open-air lanai from which they access the dorm. I’m sure that’s not what anyone else on campus calls it, but that’s what I’m calling it. When I first used the term “lanai” my husband rolled his eyes and said, “Angie, the rooms have an exterior entrance like a cheap motel.” But here’s the view from the lanai:
You first enter the sitting room, which has nice study areas for all the boys. The pile of pressed wood and cushions will be assembled into a loveseat by Aaron and his roomies later. It’s a cast-off we originally bought from Home Reserve, and it’s easy to disassemble, move, and reassemble. All the cloth portions are removable and washable, and there’s tons of storage below both cushions for gaming equipment, movies, etc. Other guys are reportedly bringing a fridge, microwave, and TV.
Here’s the actual bedroom. I suspect they will end up bunking at least two of the beds, but it’s functional enough even this way.
I love the dressing area with the sink and closets – plenty of room.
The bathroom was spotless, and there’s actually room for some cheap shelving if they decide they need it.
Parking is convenient, and the entire campus is beautiful.
There is a lake within easy walking distance of his dorm, and hiking trails surround it. They’ve just finished the new fitness center, and Aaron can’t wait to try out the new pool and equipment. He’s excited about all his classes, particularly the one relating to his new Gaming major, and he’s already promised to come home for Labor Day weekend. It’s going to be a wonderful year!
I’ll be linking this up later this week to Capture the Everyday at Adventuroo for the “landscape shot” prompt. It makes me feel good to think about Aaron seeing that view on his way to band camp or class every day 🙂
This charming, scruffly creature will be moving back to college in less than a week. This will be his Sophomore year, so I’m not having the total melt-down I was having at this point last year. I did a guest post over at The Kennedy Adventures on How to Stay Sane While Sending a Kid Off to College, and if you’re doing this for the first time I suggest you give it a peek immediately. But if you’ve done this before or are simply more well-adjusted emotionally than me (that’s setting the bar kind of low) this list of ten things to make sure you send along with them may be just the double-check you need.
1.) Money. I know, this one seems obvious, but I mean money in addition to what’s in their account for buying books and school supplies, the tuition payments you’ve already sent, and the money on their meal card. Have a way you can get money to them fast if they need it. Make sure they either have a credit card (with a reasonable limit) or a bank card or Paypal card (my personal preference) that you can transfer money to immediately. Aaron needed a car battery last year mid-semester on a Sunday afternoon. I was out running errands and was able to transfer the money to his Paypal student card immediately with my iPhone.
2.) Extra socks and underwear. This is especially true if you have a boy, but it can be an issue with girls, too. My first roommate Freshman year had a personal maid her entire life up until college. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up. When her clothes got dirty she threw them in the bottom of the closet and bought more. That’s an extreme case, but I can tell you for sure that college kids aren’t going to do laundry as often as it gets done for them at home. For your own peace of mind make sure they have clean socks and underwear.
3.) First aid kit. Ibuprofen, tylenol, pepto-bismol, Nyquil, neosporin ointment, bandaids, special blister bandaids, a heating pad, an ice pack, your favorite over-the-counter allergy med, your favorite cold remedy (I like Zicam and Airborn), chloraseptic spray, aloe gel, benadryl, calamine or benadryl lotion, and some sort of anti-fungal powder or spray for athlete’s foot. Oh, and an ace bandage.
4.) Make copies of the fronts and backs of all their credit, debit, and ID cards before they leave and keep them in a safe place at home. And copy serial numbers from computers, calculators, bikes, anything that could get stolen on campus and put those in the same place. That way if there is a theft someone has the numbers to call to cancel the cards and give the police a better chance of retrieving the stolen merchandise.
5.) A laptop in tip-top shape and plenty of backup storage. Remind them to tune up their computer before they leave and make sure their anti-virus software is current. Thumb drives and external hard drives are wonderful, but an extra backup like dropbox.com (free!) is great for peace of mind just in case everything gets lost, stolen or damaged at once. These things happen.
6.) The sturdiest laundry basket you can find. Again, they aren’t going to do laundry often, so those cute net things are going to break after the first use. Think heavy-duty.
7.) A great mattress pad and pillow. I found both at Target last year, and I saw the same ones there this year. High thread count sheets for those long twin beds are harder to find, but you can get them online.
8.) A couple of sweatshirts. Of course you expect them to come home before the weather changes, but just in case there’s a sudden cold snap this will keep them from spending $75 for a hoodie in the school bookstore (maybe).
9.) Healthy snacks. A box or two of granola bars or protein bars, some dried fruit, some trail mix – if it’s there in the dorm room it’s more convenient than the candy bar in the machine in the lobby.
10.) An excellent charger for their electronic devices. I learned this one the hard way after too many nights worrying about Aaron when his phone was dead. I bought him an iGo charger for Christmas and his phone hasn’t died since. Neither have his laptop or mp3, but I wasn’t as worried about those.
I’m linking this post up to Top Ten Tuesdays, The Mommy Club, and Works for Me Wednesdays – I hope someone finds it helpful! And since it’s my favorite post of the week I’m also linking it to Mama Made It Look Easy for “Share Your Awesome”!