Sunday, January 25, 2015

LAST-SEMESTER SLUMP

 Philco // Columbus, OH

Nothing feels colder than winter in Ohio, and if you combine that with the kind of listless existentialism that comes with almost-graduation, it can be pretty hard to leave your room. At least, that's how I've been handling it. I've eaten literal bags of white cheddar cheese puffs while watching Friends and creating our favorite mommy blogger on The Sims with my suite-mate (we just taught her kids to walk, if anyone's interested). 

But on Saturday, we went into the city. It's a little over an hour from our campus, and holds the promise of massages, LUSH and Jeni's (if you do it right). We started our day at a spa and ended it singing Taylor Swift in the car. When "The Story of Us" came on, I made sure to point out every line that I once made my Facebook status when I was going through my first break up in high school. We talked about how Taylor Swift has an album for every time of our lives, and don't you forget it.

While I hope 1989 foreshadows my post-grad experience, I wish Taylor had come out with some kind of mini-EP for people who have outgrown a place now. I could really use some words of wisdom about feeling like you're somewhere that isn't necessarily for you, that lets you take the classes and walk the streets, but isn't filled with the same kind of promise and excitement it was during sophomore year winters, trudging through the nighttime snow with a water bottle filled with vodka. 

At the same time, I wonder, in the same way that "You Belong With Me" brings me back in front of my bathroom mirror at home trying on my first pair of skinny jeans, what songs will take me back to this bed, in this dorm, with the sheets I got from a charity shop while abroad and a blanket it took me a year to knit. What song will make me think of Abby on my floor online shopping for a pair of leggings, or Maureen helping me chop onions in her apartment, or the coffee shared with all the people who have been constants in my life these past four years. What song will make me reminisce on a time when I feel alone and crowded at the same time, all messed up and weird and drunk, but ultimately, end up making me miss it. 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams // Columbus, OH

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