Vermont is a middle of nowhere kind of state where there is nothing to do…That’s the thought of many people some days. What those people fail to realize is that there is actually quite a bit to do, especially this time of year. It just requires you to find it, and to be interested in it.
After last weekend, I am convinced there are a variety of things to do, just have to give it a search. Friday night, I went to Burlington (about an hour north of campus) with a group of friends to hear one of my friend’s brother’s band play at this little café/restaurant. The Skinny Pancake proudly presented The Four Legged Faithful.
Saturdays lately have been filled with apple picking, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes. I have not yet done any of those things, but next weekend I will be. And I know plenty of others have already enjoyed those fall traditions.
While I am sure there are things to do on Sundays, mine are usually quite consistent…Football and studio. Raised in a football family, I cheered for 11 years, so I am in love with football. It is part of what makes fall, Fall. Football, cider, leaves, colors, crisp air, it makes the season for me. From Maryland, I am a dedicated Washington Redskins fan, along with my father. Every Sunday we’ll talk, either before or after they play, just to talk about the game and how things have been going in general. With such a busy schedule, it was easier to set aside a time for my Dad and me to talk each week. Since my freshmen year at Norwich, Sunday afternoons, we’ve talked about the ups and downs of daily life, me about Vermont, and him about the family back home. I always enjoy those talks, and hearing about everyone; it makes the distance seem not so long.
Today ends our mid-semester, which in reality is just an extended weekend, meaning we only have Friday off classes, but one day is better than none. I stayed in Northfield for the break, but most people went home, leaving campus, and town quite quiet. It was a pretty chill weekend for me, though, full of volunteer work, movies, friends and homework. I enjoyed the slower pace for a bit. Now, however, begins the countdown to Thanksgiving Break... In less than four weeks, I’ll be on that plane, on my way to Florida to see my family (well, most of it) and to see the new house. I am pretty excited for that break, but there is definitely a lot that still needs to happen before then… As the name of this weekend states, it is only mid-semester. In the upcoming couple weeks, there is registration for next semester’s courses, there are project deadlines, field trips, and on and on.
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden