Friday, September 01, 2006

I'm a homeowner now!

Living room with view into kitchen, entry and guest room

Living room

Well, I've been in Oxford since August 15th...even though it feels like I've been here for about a year. As of one week ago, I am a homeowner of my first condo! So exciting - it looks so good and I finally feel settled! Luckily, I don't have all the responsibilities of typical homeownership like mowing the lawn, landscaping, etc. Although, those chores would be a welcomed break from the reading and requirements of my PhD program! I am reading or studying ALL the time!!!

My thoughts of Oxford so far... it's a great college town! It's super small, which is a nice change from the Nashville/Franklin area. I know Nashville's not big, but when you drive up and down Hillsboro Road between Franklin and Green Hills every day, it's good to be able to drive from one side of a town to the other in about 7 minutes. I can go almost 3 weeks before I have to fill up on gas. Ole Miss is a BEAUTIFUL campus. Unfortunately, I don't get to venture out across campus very often. I find myself in Holman (Business) Hall, the Library, and the Student Union...the most often. They are all lumped really close together so it's a treat on Fridays when I get to go across campus to the Pharmacy school, where I take my Statistics class.

I've met good friends so school, at church, and at the Christian Student Center. I'm looking forward to meeting more friends and to getting to know the ones I have met better. I have spent A LOT of time on my own since I've gotten here so when I do get to interact with others, they get an ear full... I just have SO much to say. (I know that's not hard to believe for those who know me well.)

Football season starts this weekend so I'll get to experience "The Grove" for the first time. I have looked up the words to the infamous Ole Miss cheer, "Hotty Toddy," and discovered it makes absolutely no sense. So for those of you who think the whole War Eagle/Tiger thing makes no sense, start picking on Ole Miss for at least in Auburn, we have a story behind our battle cry! There's apparently not one in Oxford. In case you are wondering, the words are rated PG-13 so if you would prefer not to read words that can be taboo in the U.S. but are perfectly fine in Australia, don't read any further....

"Are you ready? Hell yes! Damn right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty
Who in the hell are we - Hey
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss By Damn."

Oh well, I guess I get to embrace yet another SEC cheer with cuss words!

This picture is from my first Ole Miss game against Memphis. We actually won!

I hope things are going well with everyone! I will try to be more diligent about posting entries when exciting things happen. I know you guys are SO interested in what happens in my life! (SARCASM!!!) I miss you all!