School life keeps me busy, and academics aside, it's been a fantastic time! Two weekends ago we had our Fall Fest concert, this year featuring The Rubens from Wales and Grouplove from L.A.! My housemates and I rocked out in the front row, pinned against barriers and moshing freshmen. I was enamored by their lead singer Hannah who bounced and belted around stage in a skeleton morph suit!
Autumn in the Northeast is such a relief. This past week was crisp and sunny, unusually warm but ablaze with the changing trees. I started volunteering as an after school mentor with middle school students in a program called Club SLU, and their campus has a nice set of trails to run around. I enjoy sitting outside the student center in the sun whenever there's a break between classes, and I squeezed in an hour of canoeing yesterday with Jenny on the Grasse River!
The CSA is treating us with the last of the basil, peppers, and tomatoes, and now we're receiving squash, bok choy, and beautiful green and purple tomatillos. Those promptly turned into fiery salsa and frittatas. And now it's apple season, which means pie! I made two this past week, with a flaky, homemade crust. I tend to prefer baking over my readings...
Family weekend at school just concluded. It made to me happy to watching the amusing interactions between students and their parents, showing them around campus, eating at the dining halls, attending football games and concerts.. even the sole bar. My parents are in sunny Florida, but Lia's and Elizabeth's joined us for the weekend, along Ally's sister who's visiting from North Carolina. We had a big family dinner at the townhouse with chicken wing dip, bean dip, chips, vegetable lasagna, salad, garlic bread, Riesling, wine slushies and the like.
And I'm off to volunteer and cook with Campus Kitchens, lead a copy-editing session for The Laurentian Magazine, then more homework. Just another weekend until mid-semester break, but I would say that I'm in a good place right now.
Listening: the Patriots-Cincinnati football game that my housemates are watching in the living room.