After 34 hours in the car for a total of 2,264 miles, I made it to California! I got to spend a great two weeks in Oklahoma (and a weekend in Dallas) catching up with old high school and college friends and hanging out with my family. My parents have a foreign exchange student from Korea named Hee Young living with them this year (whom we affectionately call Hee Hee in honor of her infectious laugh). We decided we all needed nicknames, so Courtney became Coco, I’m Lele, my mom is Cha Cha, and my dad (in honor of his love affair with Ebay) is E-boy.
On September 15th, my mom and I began our cross-country trip with luggage strapped to the roof, the car mostly full, and my bike hooked on the back. We saw the most incredible views on the drive out…the sun going down over mountains, the desert with red rock formations jutting into the sky, and even a McDonald’s that’s in an old train car. Yes, I just listed a train car McDonald’s as an incredible view. A long time trapped in a car will change your perspective on things! We used to stop at the Barstow Mickey D’s as a family, although now it’s got several more restaurants and even more of the small trinkets and “keepsakes” that children under 12 absolutely have to have. I’d love to show you the picture of my mom with Ronald McDonald (or at least a life size version of him sitting on a bench), but my camera ate all the pictures I took up until a few days ago. Ahh, technology.
Orientation was a whirlwind. There were sessions to attend, people to meet, policies to review, classes to pick. While I went to sessions, my mom hit garage sales, Target, Walmart, and more looking for furniture and other household items for me. I came back one day to find her hauling in mattresses from the car. She’s amazing!
I’m taking 3 classes this quarter and looking for a part-time job, so I will definitely be kept busy. It’s the first week of classes and I’ve already spent an inordinate amount of time in the library. But I’ve also signed up for flag football, a Spanish tutor, and a 5K around the Rose Bowl, because there have to be breaks in there somewhere, right? Here are a few pics, but feel free to check out more at www.flickr.com/photos/lindsmarc.