I'm back from spring break, but obviously a bit behind in my week. Oh, the game of catching up! Not that I was doing all that much to distract myself- I spent much of my week nestled in my loft watching the snow fall. And fell down a mountain trying to ski in
New Hampshire, of course.
Given the wintry nature of mid-March this year, my break wasn't quite conducive to the home-improvement fiesta I'd planned in my head. I didn't end up installing a grey-water system, building window boxes, scrounging up more inside seating or any of that business. Soon enough, though, a girl from one of my classes wants to install a grey-water system. I'm very, very excited, and glad to be able collaborate with students from other disciplines.
Since I've returned, I've spent almost all of my time in the house trying to crank out a couple more pieces of writing- my college career is swiftly drawing to a close, and I can hardly believe it. Good thing I've been at home so much, though- otherwise I might not have gotten the chance to watch someone very casually steal my bike from the side of my house today.
Yup. It took a couple of seconds for it to sink in, and I probably wouldn't have even noticed without my hawk-eyed boyfriend. Luckily, I filed a report with campus police and they managed to retrieve it within 20 minutes. Crazy. I guess I never thought anyone would bother stealing such a crappy bike. So if you have a tiny house on a college campus, make sure to lock your bike up, even if it's cheap and shabby. I went ahead and popped mine in the house for the meantime.
I've had so many wonderful gifts come my way lately that I probably would have just shrugged off the theft after a few hours of anger. When I got back from my weekend of skiing, I had a lovely gift waiting for me: a maple leaf from
Vermont pressed into a
glass window hanging. So wonderful! I'm sorry I missed you, kind friend! I'll answer your
questions very soon : )
For every piece of criticism or incidence of bike thievery I've had about ten times as much encouragement and generosity, and I'm so grateful. Thanks to all of you that have kept me afloat with your positiveness- lately, I've had a visitor just about every day, which has been lovely. I'm heading home next week for a stretch, but after that I'll post some distinct visitor times, so you make sure I'm here (and fully clothed) when you come by.
In other news, my ferret is temporarily taking up residence in the tiny house. For those that ever thought about having a weird little pet in a tiny house, feel free to ask me questions. It's worked out super well, surprisingly. He seems happy enough, and now I have a reason to stay in even more than usual.
I imagine things will get easier as the weather gets warmer- I'm excited to start doing dishes outside, hopefully with rainwater, and to eat my meals at a picnic table. Until then, I'm staying cozy. A few weeks ago, I did purchase a very small space heater from Target to supplement my propane. The brand is Vornado, and it's pretty tiny- it looks like a little fan.
For $30, it actually works amazingly well, and is very portable- I drag it around the house depending on where I need warmth most urgently. I've even had days where the fireplace stays completely off. People have walked in and complained about being too hot, for once, which is awesome.
Now that Ferret Bueller is watching over the place, I use the little heater to warm up his kennel at night. I think it's had a kind of crazy sedative-like effect on him, as he now spends roughly 23.5 hours a day sleeping in all kinds of adorable positions.
I'll leave you with that image for now, and get on with my school work: I've got a big cup of coffee and a whole lot of Elvis Costello to get me through the rest of the day.
More to come soon.