It’s been a little over a week since I moved into my cottage. For the most part, I love it! It’s a really cool space and has some pretty awesome features. The cottage is located in the backyard of another house (my landlords’) and I’m essentially surrounded by nature. There’s a little bamboo forest on the side, there’s a small vegetable garden, myriads of flowers, etc. etc. As for my space, the bottom is a car garage and there’s a small room on top that I rent out. I’m thinking about uploading a video so I can show you all the cool stuff, but I’ll try to describe them here. About a day or two after living there, i discovered that the door is one of those “barn yard doors” where you can open the top half only! You have to open the windows with a crank (which is my favorite part), and the kitchen exhaust fan is also controlled by a little string that pulls air outside of the cottage.
The only part that I’m sad about is the fact that there are a lot of BUGS. Haha, don’t get me wrong – after my missions trip to Germany my tolerance of bugs has gotten really, really high. (Woke up with a slug (I know, NOT a bug) crawling on my collarbone) But there’s just a LOT of bugs out here since I live around so much nature. I have a minor ant problem in the cottage, which isn’t too bad other than the fact that they’re pretty large ants. The worst was when I realized I had bed bugs. Bleh. I had been getting a ridiculous amount of bug bites every night and I realized that some of them were pretty close together. After I got more similar ones on my back, I started having suspicions.
And yup. Bed bugs.
Threw out my mattress the next morning.
In terms of finding a local church, it’s definitely been pretty hard. Coming from a place like GOC UCLA where there’s a constant stream of fellowship throughout the week is really hard to beat. You honestly take it for granted until you don’t have it. Moving out here to the east coast, it seems like my life has taken a 180 degree turn in that regard.
In terms of school we just had a “sherry hour” where all the new students mingle. There was this awkward moment where I arrived early and a couple students were lingering around. I had to go outside and breathe for a moment and tell myself to turn the inner extrovert ON. I ended talking mostly to a DMA cellist for Juilliard, who told me what it was like to grow up in a household with musicians as parents. I then met a lot of other musicians from around the country, and around the world! Something I realized as time went on (and writing the rest of this in retrospect) was how unprepared I was for socializing with the outside world. Being in college, I was in this little Christian bubble and didn’t really have social conversations besides those close to me. And for those who weren’t close to me there were the usual go to questions – “How’s school? How’s this quarter? How’s your spiritual life? How’s small group?” But these are definitely not questions that you would even consider asking in a non-Christian adult setting. So… let’s just say it took me while to know how to be social in those settings.