Tag: Summer

The Lending Library

The Lending Library

Sorry for having fallen off the metaphorical map these past few weeks. Even though I’m having an awesome time living in RoPo this summer, I haven’t really done anything that I felt was quote unquote blog worthy.

There’s just been a whole lot of working (see: the double shift, from 3 pm – 7:30 am, that I inadvertently worked last Thursday night) and a whole lot of crying on my bed while watching Supernatural.

At least with the group in which I roll, that doesn’t seem to be too out of the ordinary. After the fairly stressful spring semesters my friends and I all seemed to have, we’ve been cherishing this free time to obsess over new TV shows and books on a daily basis. Fortunately for my friends, I have a real life Netflix for books (aka an actual library) right in my apartment.

Le glorious library

And yes, those rows are double stacked.

When I moved out of my mom’s place, I took EVERYTHING. And I mean, EVERYTHING. This included what accounted for over 50% of my possessions – my books.

This summer, my collection of novels, which range from the teen vampire fiction I read in 6th grade to the Sufi poetry I read last year, has become its own sort of library for anyone who enters my apartment.

Once my friends started borrowing my books at a steady rate, I decided I needed a system to keep track of where everything was going. Luckily, one of my best friends had me bought this a few years ago.

I've yet to start adding due dates!

My friends all know that before any book of mine is leaving this apartment, they better be signing it out.

And in the meantime, while my favorite books are being recycled amongst my friends, I’ll stick to my bed and staring at Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki‘s glorious faces.



Summer is finally here! I’ve actually been home for two weeks now, but it’s starting to feel like summer because all of my Cleveland friends are coming home.  I don’t have any big plans for the summer; I’m working at the breakfast diner I’ve worked at for five years and I’m hopefully volunteering at some social service agencies.

I am looking forward to this summer, but I always remember and cherish my sophomore year spring semester.  Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made, and I highly recommend it.  I had the opportunity to see many wonders of the world that I’ll probably never be able to see again.

After a great semester, I’m not sure this summer can top it… (I’m not sure anything can top last semester), but I’m excited for new experiences and memories.



I finally made it! Final exams are over and I am headed home for the summer.

This summer I will be working as a receptionist at a fitness center and as a counselor at a day camp. My hours will be gruesome (5:15 am – 10:00 am) but it will be well worth it when I start bringing home the bacon.

Other than working, I plan on sun bathing, reading, sleeping and more sun bathing.

It will be nice to be with all of my friends from back home. My Loyola friends and I, on the other hand, have already begun planning our road trip to see each other. So, between St. Louis, Kalamazoo and Cleveland, we have 1241 miles to cover.

It is going to be a great summer but I will miss Loyola very much.

See you in the fall!

The Tricky Process Of Subleasing My Appartment

The Tricky Process Of Subleasing My Appartment

As a sophomore I am super stoked to move off campus and get my own apartment next year! It is a very exciting process but, as I have found out, can also be very complicated.

I talk about this in my Off-Campus Living Seminar post. Just when I thought my future roommates and I had everything smoothed out and set in stone, we had some friends contact us about subleasing our apartment for the summer.

Subleasing is a really great opportunity to save some money over the summer but it also comes with more legal work. The boys we may be subleasing to are really great guys, but there is always some risk factor when allowing other people to live in the apartment that you are legally responsible for.

I was unsure of what I needed to know going into a subleasing contract. So, I did what I do for every problem in my life: I Googled it.

It is amazing how many websites and blogs there are on the internet. For just about any problem you may run into, there is someone out there who is in the same position and has already asked your question and most likely has acquired answered.

I found a couple great websites that describe the steps I need to take such as: how to find a good person to sublet to, how to create subleasing agreements and how to get my landlords approval.

Thank goodness I looked it up because I found a lot of new things to think about. What would I do without the internet??

My future apartment!
My future living room!