First day of classes at OSU

Not being able to talk to my child every day is driving me crazy. I’m dying to know more details than the few texts or 30 second conversations are giving me. I want to know what he did yesterday at the Community Commitment Day, or if he remembered to go to his first scholars meeting yesterday afternoon. I did talk to him for a second last night and he told me he was eating hot dogs at the synagogue. Hmm… Kosher hot dogs? Yes, and they were free. Which explains why he was at a synagogue.

Since I still get copies of his OSU emails I now know which groups he signed up for at the involvement fair: Ultimate Frisbee (which he loves to play,) Racquetball (which he’s never played before but I could see him liking,) haven’t received anything from the skydiving group yet, and there was an email from a  Christian group that had a picture of sailing on the top of the page but no mention of sailing in the email. I remembered that he said he signed up for  a sailing group, hmm was it really a Christian group disguised as a sailing group or has Daniel found religion? I doubt it was the later of the two. 🙂

Today is the first day of classes; he loves that his first class is never before 11:30am.

Today’s schedule is:

11:30-12:18 Chemistry 121, lecture

2:30-3:18 Math 150, lecture

Thursday is a little more intense:

11:30-2:18 Chemistry 121, lab

2:30-3:18 Math 150, recitation

3:30-5:18 Engineer 181.02, lab

There is no time to eat on Thursdays, until he’s done with classes. But a full day of labs is way better than a full day of lectures!

Fridays schedule:

11:30-12:18 Chemistry 121, lecture

12:30-1:18 Engineer 100.12, lecture

2:30-3:18 Math 150, lecture

3:30-4:18 Engineer 181.02, lecture

(Monday and Tuesday are the same as Wed. and Friday)

That works out to 14 credit hours, plus lots of homework. So hopefully, the partying will end and the studying will start!

OSU’s Cummunity Commitment Day

This is what Daniel is up to today:

From 8:30-2:30 OSU students are involved in Community Commitment Day:

Come learn what being a Buckeye is all about making a difference in the Columbus community and making new friends through Community Commitment! Students have the opportunity to participate in one of the largest single-day community service projects on a college campus and join in the great tradition of service at Ohio State. Registration begins at the Wexner Center Plaza at 8:30am. After receiving a free t-shirt and hearing an inspiring message, students are transported to a local agency where they perform various community service activities. This year community commitment will focus on issues of child access to education and poverty alleviation through partnerships with the “Know How to Go” Campaign and the Buckeye Book Community. First year students who attend will receive Success Series credit for their survey class.

I did talk to Daniel last night and he is having a good time (to good of a time maybe) living on campus. He has discovered frat parties and it sounds like he has been to one almost every night. He’s getting along well with his 2 room mates and he’s thoroughly enjoying sharing a floor with all the engineering guys on his side and especially all the cheerleaders on the other side. He met a friend of Beth’s that’s a cheerleader and living in the same building. He has promised to bring her home for dinner sometime soon, so we may get to see him before Thanksgiving.

Classes start tomorrow so I hope all this preclass partying dies down and he gets serious about studying soon!

Yesterday Daniel participated in the Presidents picnic & Convocation at the horseshoe (in the rain) then walked around the Student Involvement Fair:

If you ever thought about, considered, or NEVER considered getting involved at Ohio State then the Student Involvement Fair is an absolute must! There will be more than 500 student organizations, clubs, community service agencies, campus offices, and local and national businesses to show you what there is to do at Ohio State when you’re not in class. The Student Involvement Fair will feature loads of giveaways, music and entertainment, and hundreds of displays and exhibitions as well allowing you the opportunity to learn more about what Ohio State has to offer you! This is an event you do not want to miss!

He rattled off a list of clubs that he signed up for but the only one that stuck in my memory is the the skydiving club. He didn’t find the booth for the 1 engineering group he actually wanted to sign up for, Baja club where they build and race dune buggies. But there is a separate interest fair next month just for engineering clubs. He regrets not walking down the fraternity/ sorority row, apparently they were passing out fliers to all the parties around campus. Luckily one of the other guys on his floor got the flier. Phew that was a close call. 🙂

More pics from move-in day:

Dan resting after the big move, Daniel pondering his room.

Daniel and 1 of his room mates, Ryan.

study room on Daniel’s floor

common room on the main floor of the building.

The kitchen area off the common room.

What’s Daniel up to??

I’ve had some questions about what Daniel is doing since he moved onto campus a few days before the 5,000 other students. Daniel signed up to be an OWL (Ohio State Welcome Leader) so he gets to move in early then on the official move in day (Sunday) he helps other students move in. But what’s he doing on that big empty campus?

Well he’s probably playing on his computer and wondering why I’m telling everyone his schedule.

Here’s a breakdown of his day today:

Friday, September 18TH




2:00-4:00 PM: BUCKEYE HUNT



So it looks like he’ll have a fun filled day. Now if he only has some free time I could bring him that TP that we forgot and his stereo, which he seems to be more concerned about than the TP.

Here are the crates that Daniel gets to move on Sunday, of course then they’ll be full!

and here is a video of Daniel’s room

New York Fashion Week

NY Fashion Week is Sept. 10-17 and while Beth is not there this season there are plans for her to be in the Feb. shows. So now I sit and read all I can about how fashion week works and about all the NEXT models that are participating. This article about NEXT, the agency that is representing Beth, just came across a tweet:


September 2nd, 2009 by stephan

The only thing better than being a Next Model Mgmt agent this season? Being a Next model. The privileges? The chance to be a part of the fastest rising power board in New York right this minute. Imagine for instance the charts of that recently crowned Vogue queen, Karlie Kloss. It is bound to be immaculate. Follow that up with the pristine bookings that the likes of Anja Rubik, Anna J, Catherine McNeil, Abbey Lee, Imogen, Kendra Spears, Myf, Karmen Pedaru and Katie Fogarty will command and what you have is a roster of girls critical to every casting director in town. Next has battled brilliantly to maneuver itself into this commanding position so it is intriguing to note that unlike last season’s lean, mean blue chip collection of Top 50 girls, SS 10 is jammed with a rush of newcomers. With as much as 14 newbies marching to market (led by the much buzzed about proposals, Anastasia K and Rachel Rutt) this is the season when Next has chosen to roll out the latest finds from its rigorous scouting system. Girls like Martha Hunt, Mathilde, Cailin Hill, Nicola, Paulina, Valeriya and Tati may trust in the knowledge that Next now proceeds armed with massive ammunition in its ability to break girls into stardom. In the midst of all that recession and depression trauma that has rocked the New York modeling industry, it is very exciting to see that this powerful combination of fantastic scouting, impeccable management and hardcore business ambition has skyrocketed Next into the global big leagues. And rifling through this SS 10 show package you get the very clear sense that the rise is not over yet. Stay tuned.

It is exciting to know that such a successful company is backing Beth, I just wish we were in NY for this season!

Beth’s bedroom transformation

The week before our trip to New York City, instead of shopping for new clothes and making sure we had everything we needed, we redid Beth’s bedroom. I thought I was being a nice mom by helping her do this the week before our trip. Big mistake on my part, the added clutter of having her bedroom stuff spread throughout the house was a bit more than I could take. Not to mention the added expense of a room makeover. Normally I can redo a room very inexpensively; I buy mistint paints and shop at Habitat for Humanity for inexpensive supplies. But not this time, we did try to go to Habitat but they were closed on Sunday when we needed to buy the paint, then we looked at Lowe’s mistints but they only had lime green (which I already have 5 gallons of for some mysterious reason) So we bought 3 gallons of full price paint. Since everything was cleared out of her room this was the perfect time to tear up the nasty old stained carpet and replace it with a wood floor. Luckily we had 4 boxes (100sq ft) of wood flooring that someone had gave us. So we planned on using that and only needing to buy an additional 50 sq ft. Unfortunately, we were not able to use that on a cement floor so we ended up needing to buy the whole 150sq ft of flooring.

Then we needed trim for the room to finish it off. But the end results are quite nice. I keep telling Beth that as soon as she moves out I’m taking over the room for a craft room.

One year ago when we last repainted Beth’s room she wanted to go dark. So she looked through our many cans of paint that we store under the stairs and found a dark brown and dark reddish/ pink paint. I warned her that it was going to be very dark in a small basement bedroom but she insisted. Now a year later she finally agrees with me and has decided to brighten up the room with 1 white wall and 3 light pink walls. It’s like a princess bedroom, I think she is aging in reverse.

Beth & Thomas working together to breakdown a built in shelving unit that we couldn’t move out of her room.

And here’s Beth in her, finally finished, new room complete with vanity area.

And a large cork board/ dry erase board for all of her newly inspired fashion design ideas.

With LOTS of mirrors to practice all those model poses (bought at IKEA for only $8 each)

Dust ruffle from the thrift store for $3, sheets from target for $7. Corner chair folds out to a bed, also from IKEA but it was bought on a previous trip. Nothing completes a princess bedroom like a picket fence bed. So we dug out her old bed frame that was being stored behind the freezer. Which required us to buy a new mattress set because I had given away the old box spring. Another unexpected expense. It didn’t help that my mom went with me to buy the mattress then for some mysterious reason felt the need to upsale me to the nicer pillow top mattress. Was she earning a commission off the sale? I don’t know. I do know that she wan’t pulling out her bank card when it was time to pay. 🙂

Built in shelves for Beth’s collection of all things Asian. It amazes me that I can watch Dan build beautiful shelves all over our house that are absolutely perfect and appear to be so simple, yet when I do the same thing it looks like amateur hour at the woodshop.

Complete with beads over the outside of the door (bought at a farm sale for $3) and a magnetic board mounted on the inside of the door (discarded from an old 5/3 Bank, then spray painted purple.)

And yet another dry erase board covering the entrance to the crawl space, I love dry erase boards! Yes, in case you were wondering that is a shiny purple gas meter. The prettiest gas meter on the block!

It’s amazing what all we can fit into such a small room!