Monday, October 1

Happy October!

It’s the first day of October; time for jeans, sweatshirts, falling leaves, hot cider, smores and bonfires! Time to bring on the flavors of fall! 
This past weekend has been a whirl-wind of stuff and I’m so exhausted this morning I could barely keep my eyes open in my lecture. Yesterday I went to a fencing taster session or “sample class” to see if I’d be interested in it. It was definitely a really cool and unique thing to do while I’m in England. We learned the three different types of weapons, the basic steps and stance and then suited up in the ‘kit’ complete with a mask and practiced some basic fencing moves. I’m going to be honest, the outfit smelled disgusting and I could almost feel my skin trying to crawl off my body! It was definitely a fun way to start Sunday morning… but I would have enjoyed it more if I would’ve gotten more than 4 hours of sleep the previous night, woo. The rest of my Sunday was spent vegging at L-block editing pictures, blogging, skyping friends back in the States and hanging out with everyone in the kitchen. 
Yesterday evening a few people form L-block wanted to go to Sneyd Arm’s pub in town, which quickly turned into a 14 person party. We all couldn’t fit in Sneyd Arm’s so someone made the executive decision to go to a pub in Newcastle. Once we waited on the ridiculously slow running buses and got to Newcastle, no one could decide where to go so we ended up walking around Newcastle for 40-minutes in the rain, ha. Finally we ended up in some pub just out of pure hunger. Can I just say, I love my block-mates? We are like one big dysfunctional family that somehow works together. It’s amazing all of us get along! I went to bed way too late and had to get up way too early this morning, and that was plum painful.
Today is the first day of classes for me, but it is also the LAST first day of my undergraduate degree. I can’t believe I’m going on my 4th year of college already, it doesn’t even seem real. I had one lecture at 9 a.m. and I have a second one at 11 a.m. and then I’m done for the day, totally different than the States, eh? Classes seem pretty straightforward right now, so here’s hoping the rest of them go well!