It’s been about a week since my last blog so I’ve got a lot to catch you up on. Let me just start out by saying that I am having a GREAT week! I’ve got a positive outlook on all situations (so unlike me) and I couldn’t be happier about it!
Last week was a little rough. Homesickness was starting to kick in a little, after talking to my whole family on skype (big brother and sister included!) and hearing what was happening at home, then hearing from all my friends what a blast the Iowa-Iowa State game was and what I missed back in Ames, I was a little blue. On top of that we got a huge drawing/rendering (shop talk for ‘coloring’ if you don’t know) assignment that I was dreading, since I don’t draw at all, and don’t know how to render with a darn. So that was weighing me down. Then the roommates and I were trying to get some plans in order to get out of town for this coming weekend (18th-20th), but that fell through too since we have class until 5:30 Friday evening, couldn’t catch a train on time, and the bike tour we wanted to do through Florence and Tuscany for Saturday was all booked up. Kind of a bummer.
Things are starting to look up though, because oddly enough I was not put out by this–I mean, it’s ITALY, if we can’t find something to do on a weekend with Italy at our fingertips then that’s our fault! No excuses! I chose not to be upset by the weekend thing, and now we’re trying to set something up to go visit Siena this weekend–a walled medieval town about two hours north of Rome. I guess it’s just very picturesque and gorgeous, with lots of vineyards and cool Tuscan stuff. Hopefully we can catch a train and find a hostel and it all works out! If not, I’m not worried–there’s still SO much to see here in Rome!
And guess what else…. My professors LOVED my drawing! Loved it! I was so excited, because it’s so rewarding when I’m proud of my work and someone else likes it too. They said my rendering was ‘effective’ and ‘beautifully executed’. I took some pictures so I could show it off to you 🙂 Classes in general are going pretty well. We’re learning to sketch and starting water colors in my mixed media class. Very cool that the first thing I’ve practiced sketching is Bernini’s Turtles fountain! Art History is going to be awesome, I think. We do walking tours once a week, and last week we went to 3 cathedrals, one of which I recognized from a climactic scene from the movie Angels and Demons (based on the book by Dan Brown, which I’ve been reading in my free time)–VERY cool to be there. I was pretty excited about it. We’ll see what adventures that class takes me on this week…
And now to explain the title of this blog… I have been getting soooo sick of bread and sandwiches and pasta and pizza all the time. So many carbs. But I don’t really know how to make anything, and that’s what’s most readily available, and the roommates have no problem with fixing noodles and tomato sauce with garlic bread every night, but…. I just want a stinkin’ hamburger already! So I called Mom and Dad up on skype and demanded what to do with myself to keep from eating so much pasta. Their suggestion? Stop eating pasta. So helpful! 🙂 Haha, but really, they were a big help with food ideas. I put one idea to good use tonight. I made tuna noodle casserole! My roommates were sooooo jealous. And I know it sounds silly, but that tuna, with peas and cheese and mayo (and a little pasta, I’ll admit), made me the happiest lady on all of via Labicana! It’s the little things, the ones that taste or smell or feel like home, that keep me going I’ve decided.
It’s getting cooler here–which is heavenly–usually in the high 60s when I leave for school in the morning, and high 70s by the time I get home. The rains have started, with thunderstorms off and on during the day. I usually enjoy storms at home, but a couple nights ago was the scariest thunderstorm of my life! I woke with a start at 4:49am, my heart thumping outside my chest over a crack of thunder that was so powerful it was setting off car alarms! But I survived it, and now (hopefully) I’ll be braver for the next one.
Ok, if I held your interest through that book of an entry, excellent. I’ll reward you by giving you some pictures to look at!
If I kept your interest through all 1000 words of this blog, God bless you!
I think you’re all caught up now. Thanks for reading!