|The View from my dorm last year|
I’m always saying time flies by, that the years are so short, and how in the world have my children grown so much! My baby is three and a half for crying out loud! Well, I’ll say it again: time does fly. It’s almost time for my VCFA residency number three, which kicks off critical thesis semester, and I’m so grateful I took the plunge to send in my application and embark on his wonderful program!
As I’m procrastinating on gift wrapping for Three Kings, here’s my packing list of MUST-HAVES in a Vermont winter residency. Besides normal scarves, gloves, pens, notebooks, I’m adding stuff that makes the 10 days in the Vermont cold more bearable.
- An electric blanket. Seriously. Last year the heater went out in our dorms, and the only way I survived was with the help of my blanket.
- A bathrobe. We get towels in the dorms, but they’re small. If you don’t want to risk getting your clothes wet, bring a robe so you don’t freeze on the long walk from the shower to your room.
- A hot water bottle. I’m a wimp. I know. I thought that after 19 dry Utah winters and 19 Argentine wet winters, I’d be used to the cold, but no. I hate it.
- A pair of comfy shoes so you don’t have to wear your boots everywhere.
- Quarters for laundry. There are washers and dryers that are coin operated. I brought detergent last year, but no coins. I’ll be prepared this time.
- A cup/bottle for hot chocolate/tea. In fact, instead of sipping water, I sipped unsweetened herbal teas to keep warm throughout the day.
- Flip flops for the showers. Dorm showers. Enough said.
- Keurig cups for coffee drinkers, or the hot chocolate/tea kind. There are Keurigs all over campus. If you care about the environment though, regular tea bags will do 🙂
- Hot pockets to put inside your gloves. (Do you see a theme? I’m only concerned with being warm)
- Hair dryer.
- Lots of hand sanitizer/wipes. Let’s keep the germs at bay. Also, Emergen-C or Airborne tablets (or OnGuard oil).