So… if you keep yourself occupied enough and plan in advance, weekends in Morris don’t suck as much as they normally do.
My Bible study girls night on Friday was a success! Thanks for all the encouragement, dear readers! We had a good turnout, great fellowship, and our toenails are sporting all kinds of flashy colors. (Mine are golden.) We also watched Napoleon Dynamite, which was like a massive flashback to middle school. (Vote for Pedro, anyone?) My hostessing, in case you were wondering, was certainly as awkward as it always is, but everyone was pretty good-natured about it. Thank goodness!
On Saturday afternoon, the International Student Association organized a celebration called the Festival of Colors. The event was to celebrate the Hindu holiday of Holi, which celebrates springtime, good triumphing over evil, and community. The problem is that Holi is a springtime holiday, so celebrating it now is like suddenly moving Christmas to August or Easter to October. Personally, I think the oversight in the original event planning shows a lack of cultural awareness. But they later remedied it and marketed it just as a color festival.
My roommate Katie and I attended and, boy, what a fun half an hour! It was a free for all of water balloon tossing, bucket dumping, and (of course) throwing colorful powder! We got covered in all kinds of colors!
For some reason, even though it’s now officially Autumn, the ghost of Summer has come back with a vengeance. The weather the past few days has been absolutely glorious! To celebrate (and get out of the apartment), I organized the few friends that didn’t go home for the weekend and we walked to Dairy Queen for ice cream! We then went to a friends’ house for pizza and movies. (And, being the oh-so-mature college students that we are, we went for Disney’s Mulan.)
This morning, I was all geared up for attending early church. I got up at eight, did my daily hang out with Jesus, showered, dressed up and then… then I see the note from Katie (who was out late at a video game party) asking if we can go to the later service. Normally, I’d get annoyed by the sudden change of plans, but not today! I briefly considered using the two hours I now had to do homework or finish my painting project. But instead I decided to curl back up and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
Also, there’s something about being one of the last people to leave church that is extremely gratifying. I’ve been attending my church here in Morris for four years and always felt like a passer-through. But I’ve been doing a Bible study with adults from the community on Monday nights, so I’ve actually had the chance to get to know people of my congregation. Thus, I actually had people aside from my college friends (who like to duck out as fast as they can) to talk with! I was so deep in conversation with one lady that Katie (who drove with me) ditched me and rode home with our friends. I didn’t mind–it just meant I could talk longer without feeling guilty!
This evening, in light of the final hurrah of Summer, my friend Neala and I walked to the wind turbines. You see, that is what we do in Morris. We have movie marathons and we walk to the two wind turbines that fuel campus. It’s a long walk–takes about twenty minutes to get to the overlook and a full half hour to get to the turbines. We didn’t make it all the way, but settled in an arbor in the community gardens to talk and get out of the heat. We wandered about the gardens, talking about post graduation plans, Neala’s upcoming eleven-month missions trip, what books we’re currently reading, and how much we hate the recent seasons of Doctor Who. (It’s always refreshing to find someone who loathes Moffat’s story writing as much as I do!) We then grabbed dinner and parted ways!
It’s been a surprisingly good weekend!
Did you do anything interesting or exciting?
P.S. My friend Neala is fantastic at taking photos…