Monday, August 15, 2011

Location, Location, Location

Just a quick post from me this morning as I'm still recovering from a college move-in weekend.  We got home late on Friday night after a full day attempt to move Miss Whimsy into her college apartment.

Now, by attempt, I do mean attempt. 


Folks, we gave it the old college try, but for the first time ever, I had to leave on Move- In day far short of a finish line.  That's stressful for a control freak like me.  Of course, it's also the first time that a daughter was sharing a space with three roommates. 

Here's some new math for you:

4 girls + 9 family members + 7,528  unnecessary acoutrements = total chaos.

I might also remind you that the coed in question is  Miss Whimsy. You know, the previously designated Oscar in that Odd Couple that I raised.  It was hard to tell under all the boxes, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this little apartment might be a wee bit of an Oscar magnet.  

I base this solely on the fact that Oscars rarely travel lightly.  The 456 boxes strewn about the place when we left is one of the reasons that I do not have good pictures to post.

The other reason would be the lighting.  Like most universities, Mercer is a big fan of the curly bulb.  I still took a few lousy shots to show the lay of the land.  As you can see, it's a stock, college apartment built way back in the last century and not decorated since. 


That's fine by us. 

We don't necessarily ascribe to the luxury lifestyle philosophy when it comes to the college years, anyway.  We're interested in other things, like...

Safety
 They're owned by the university so they have the same security codes
 and a resident adviser. 

and Budget
 We pay for them by semester just like a dorm room.
 There is no summer obligation.

and  
location... location... location
This is right out her back door.  


That's the University Center, the hub 
of campus activity.  
I'm pretty happy about that

I'd be happier if we had some after pictures to show.
Unfortunately, I am going to have to rely on Whimsy to take them.
In the meantime, just imagine those rooms above.

Only full of stuff.
And probably more pink. 

34 comments:

Christine said...

Should be a fun and interesting year for everyone!

Jennie said...

Now I feel REALLY old. Those apts were the top of the line - the cream of the crop when I was there. Brand new, even. 'sigh'

It's going to be a great year for your Miss Whimsy. I have no doubts! Glad move-in day is behind you, I'm sure! (We've missed you!)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm sure it will be a fun year and look forward to seeing how the girls set the place up:@)

BECKY said...

You are such a hoot, Debbie! My hubby is the ever prepared for anything that could ever possibly happen sort, too! Packing light does not exist in his world.

What a fun, exciting time for you and your daughter!! I love that you support her so well!
She has it made!

Hugs to you!
Becky

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

So glad you got her "sorta" moved in. Been there...done that. Left things "undone" too. You'll get over it, I promise! :-) She's at a great school, and her location is definitely fantastic! I hope it's a wonderful year for all of you.

no spring chicken said...

Perfect. I'm glad you got out before you were buried alive...

Blessings, Debbie

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Oh Debbie, that looks sooo much like the campus apartment our son lived in last year; except Miss Whimsy's looks nicer :) The kitchen definitely looks bigger, as does the "living room". But it looks like they have more than one person in a bedroom? Our son had four roommates, so their apartment had five separate (tiny) bedrooms, five sinks with mirrors, one toilet and one shower, a kitchen, table with chairs, and a fairly small sitting area with sofa and easy chairs. It was nice because it had big windows and lots of light. I'm with you about the campus security (very important to us) and no summer obligation. Hope Miss Whimsy has a wonderful school year.

Denise

Denise said...

Since both of my daughters are graduates of above mentioned University, I KNOW she's living in some prime real estate! Very difficult for the Felix's of the world to arrange around those Oscar types, but we do manage. I would imagine everything will be just perfect when they finish. Can't wait to see some pictures!

My math:
only daughter + first apartment + over-the-top-mother = CHAOS (and a little headache) Right?

Gaby said...

Oh, the memories. I lived in one just like that. I bet it even smelled the same!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Debbie, that was a whirlwind weekend of work!! Merging four young women's styles and possessions is a real challenge! LOL! It IS the perfect location. I know that makes you sleep better at night! When do you think we ever stop worrying about them? LOL! I hope we get to see some updates! blessings ~ Tanna

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie,
Viewing the experience from a distance of 20 some years, I know that leaving four young ladies to their own devices is the best advice I can give. They will figure it all out and be perfectly happy living in their own spaces. You will see - it will be fine!

~Jean

Crickit said...

Looks and sounds like some fun times! LOL!

Glad you were able to get done all that you could this trip. I am trying to envision the room all in pink. Can't wait for Miss Whimsy to show us her final reveal.

Hope she has a wonderful year away at college. :)

Chatty Crone said...

I have to say that we did that many times - two kids and one in school until he was 32! I do not miss those days at all! If we had known he was going to be a professional student we would have bought a truck.

Good luck to your wonderful daughter!

Patti said...

I hope she has an awesome year!! And I hope the 3 roommate thing goes well. I absolutely cannot imagine rooming with 3 girls!! Hope there are 4 bathrooms...or else, very different schedules.

So, does that mean it's just you and hubs on the homefront? Or is the other little miss at home?

Have a great day.

Love,
Patti

"Ima" said...

so thankful that your daughter got there and is getting settled. it looks beautiful there. can't wait to see pictures of the complete move-in with more pink:) Thanks for sharing "brazil nut"-I think that nutty nickname is perfect. Your right-very exotic:) It's yours.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Certainly looks like the perfect location!! The apt. looks nice! I hope she will share some pictures of the inside decor when it's done!

Tanner said his O Group leader is a male :-( I hope they will somehow get to meet sometime.

Katherine

corners of my life said...

I bet you would haved loved to spend a few hours decorating their space with comfort and charm.

Sharlotte said...

Debbie,
We are on the same page in life...going through the same things. My son is moving into an apartment this year too. It's his second year, last year he was in a dorm, our request. I wish for your daughter a wonderful semester!
Sharlotte

Maryann said...

What a great location! My son is one of the Felix's of the world and he will be moving into a house with three roomates, what you think the chance is that one of them will be an Oscar?
Hope your daughter has a wonderful year

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

That is just awesome...and of course, your telling of it is just great. We moved our daughter also...I couldn't believe the house that all four girls and may I say, two dogs are going to live in...oh to be 20 and not care.

Blessings to your daughter on her year at school and her view is just wonderful!

Marla said...

Ahhhh.....the never ending money pit, college. :) We just wrote the last of our 3 daughter's tuition checks, for one class, for student teaching. Now mind you she's going right from college into a wedding so the bills are still there....

Ivy and Elephants said...

I bet she does well and surprises you! Dorm life will help her appreciate the comforts of home(fill in meals and laundry service!) Best of luck to her, I hope she has a great year!
Patti (new follower)
Thanks for stopping by!

xinex said...

Miss Whimsy is going to have so much fun getting so independent. Now get some rest, Debbie..Christine

Sonja said...

I can almost picture the transformation when altheir stuff is moved in and the walls are hung! But I have to say... my mother instincts are like yours... the best part is the view out the back and the activity and safety of the location. It's also so beautiful.

An extra hug tonight for the 'goodbye' part that happens every time they leave. :)

xo

Sonja said...

good grief, I need to go back to school! Make that 'all their stuff'...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I'm laughing as I have already done this a few years ago. My son almost kicked me out he was so excited to "Get the party started" I rarely went back and visited....Oh the mess. Well Mom you will just have to "Step away from the college apartments"!

Carol

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

You've come along way this year MOM! I remember you were so full of sadness last Fall after the big move in. It did get easier and easier for me. Cheers to each of you on beginning of year 2 and Miss Whimsey, that is a perfect location!

Kathryn Ross said...

Well, Deb, at least you have some wide open spaces to return to at the old homestead with Miss Whimsy away with all her affects. What do you plan to do with all THAT space! BTW - are there other little birdies at home or are you empty nesters, now? Must have been quite the adventure. I'm sure you'll get your fill of pics in no time. Looking forward to your post on that!
Joy!
Kathy

Shug said...

I know you are just itching to go back and put some loving touches on the place. That would be me indeed. These are really some great years. hugs

bj said...

OK, now, Mama Debbie...No, this place will NEVER be straight, without clutter, spotless kitchen and bath, clean windows, closets that are perfect...SHOOT NO..these girls have the REST OF THEIR LIVES for such as that. They don't, however, have that much time to enjoy every single minute, to GO out and have fun and have nothing to worry about but WHO they are going with and WHAT TO WEAR. They are going to have the time of their lives..

FrouFrouBritches said...

Don't ya hate moving when you don't get to see the finished product? I hope Miss Whimsy sends pictures soon. I bet she'll love being right next to the student center!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debbie, that's great the the apartment is on campus. Those girls are going to have way too much fun. But I know you would have fun helping her get all settled in. Can't wait to see how it turns out. laurie

Sharon said...

I am an Oscar - I can relate.

Hate curly bulbs - they make everything seem like you're living in an office or an aquarium.

Safety, budget = parental things. THAT location?! WOW = coeds' dream!

Hopefully you're recovering from all the hub-bub. And that you're not missing that touch of Whimsy too much. (Sniff, sniff...)

Can't wait for pictures - do you think they'll make it on an episode of "Hoarders"??

Carol said...

Debbie,
Oh my. Chickie was in a single last year when we moved her in for her first year at college. I can't imagine an apartment full of Oscars!
Mind-boggling, I tell you!

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