Sun, shades and bikinis

So we have reached this point already.

Where it’s super cold (and when you complain people merely go, “You think this is cold? Wait till it gets to winter!”, which annoys me a lot) and the leaves are starting to dry up and die.

We went on a farm tour today, and it was a lot of fun, but it was so cold! It was super windy, and lemme just say the wind over here is like a knife, super cold and sharp and cuts through you like what only. The wind actually hurts. The wind is so cold it actually hurts!

But I got to do a lot of things I’ve never done before, like walk in the middle of a cornfield! It hugely reminded me of LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring, when Frodo and company first leave the Shire on their long, long journey, and Sam stops suddenly and goes, “This is it. If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.”

I love that scene, and I love walking in the cornfields, most of the corn stalks (or whatever they are called) go way past the top of our heads, it was so cool (and so easy to get lost in IMO!)

If you wonder why all our smiles so weird, it was ’cause all of us were going, “CORNFIELDS!” Five countries represented here, no joke wei!

I feel bad putting up photos loh. If any of my Grinnell friends find my blog, then see their faces here, I’d imagine they’d be damn shocked. This is like, a violation of their privacy or something. Must faster publish more posts to bury this one, then never post another photo up or something.

But do you see? Corn stalks are so darn tall!

We played with / patted dogs and cats and horses, carved pumpkins, decorated cookies, tried eggnog (which I thought was nasty) and had a wonderful, wonderful dinner that was so much better than than the food in the dining hall that the dinner itself made the cold and the walking and all that worth while.

But that is not the point of the post.

The point is this – the weather is so depressing right now!

When our van pulled into the parking lot in our college, it was already dark (and cold, needless to say), BUT it was only 7 PM. Like whaddaheck, only 7 in the evening!

So I was carrying my pumpkin and walking across the field to my dorm, the scenery was so damn depressing.

Leafless, dead-looking trees, sad purple-grey sky, heavy mist all around (my friend walked farther ahead of me and I couldn’t even really see her anymore), and the damn cold, it was just such a depressing scene lor seriously. Like something out of the Sweeny Todd movie. Like, if I stood there 5 more minutes I could start crying, and I wouldn’t even need to be actually sad about anything.

Actually, if you are the really artsy type and you were to see the same scene, you’d probably say it was beautiful or something, because it looked like something out of the movies where they have to spend thousands of dollars on computer stuff to make the scenery look that way. It was quite scenic, but in a depressing way.

(But I must say lah, during the day it is supremely beautiful! A lot of the leaves are turning orange / yellow, and there are a couple of trees on campus whose leaves have completely turned red, and they were breathtakingly beautiful!)

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I woke up early today. Like, really early!

I’ve been waking up at 11.15 AM every day this break, and only because my dining hall shifts start at 11.45 AM. Frankly, if it weren’t for that, I’d gladly stay in bed till way past noon, it IS fall break what!

Anyway, I miraculously woke up at 7.00 AM today. I don’t even wake up that early for classes loh actually.

I went to the gym in my sleeping-clothes-that-look-like-normal-everyday-clothes, and there was only ONE other person there. Breaks turn people into pigs seriously.

Anyway I went to the gym, came back and showered, went for breakfast (less than 15 people), blowdried my hair, talked to my family for 45 minutes, went to do Number 2 at the toilet, came back to my room, and my roommate was still sleeping.

Man, I feel so productive!

Still an hour till lunch time. I think I’ll go take an hour-long nap.

I’m going to Iowa City to shop for winter clothing, and I need all the energy I can get. We were all shivering during our farm tour, and Karen, who works at the college, was like, “You still think you’re ready for the winter with what you have now? Think again!”

I seriously dread the day the temperature goes to -20 degrees Celsius, like it does all winters. When that happens, anyone is welcome to kill me. =(

Till then, bye bye everyone!

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