Exploring Philly

It's Fall Break, so we have a four day weekend. In other words, freedom until Wednesday (although I still have homework, so I feel incredibly gipped). A lot of the freshman (and upperclassmen, for that matter) seem to have left for home, but since home is so far away, I decided to stay in Philly. I took this opportunity to explore University City with my friend, Lucy!

Our first stop was a used bookstore called House Of Our Own. It's a neat concept. They literally took a house, and filled it with bookshelves. It's kind of what I want my house to look like when I "grow up." Although, I don't want that many books because that would be a tad obsessive. The books were mostly "intellectual" and "academic," which I didn't feel much like looking at. I did find a copy of an Angelina the Ballerina book. I used to adore those books when I was little. :O) I didn't buy it since I'm on a budget, but I did take a good look through it.

On our way to our next stop (a thrift store), we discovered the Lil' Pop Shop. They make awesome popsicles without artificial colorings and all that sort of bad stuff. And, they had an awesome chalkboard menu. I'm a sucker for anywhere with a chalkboard menu. 

I got a raspberry yoghurt popsicle, and it was delicious. Today's weather was perfect for popsicles. It was just hovering at around 65 degrees, which is the perfect climate for my Alaskan self.

The popsicle shop was super cute, and had embroidery hoop art. I've been seeing this kind of thing all over Pinterest, and I have to say, it looks nice if you can find different sized hoops and cool fabric. I will most definitely keep this in mind for next year's "apartment" style dorm. 

There you have it. A brief peek at what I've been up to in all my free time that I'm obviously not spending blogging. My bad. I can't believe it's already the end of October!

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A Change of View

I compare the two pictures above and realize how much my life has changed over the course of this past month. My life has changed a lot. Actually, to say "a lot" is a gross understatement. I've been transplanted from the Alaskan tundra into the concrete urban outpost that is Philadelphia. Instead of waking up surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Eagle River valley, I wake up to the sight of the Philly skyline. 

At first, I was nervous about how this transition would go. Would I be terribly homesick? Would I be able to survive? Would I get lost on public transportation? Would I starve? 

Turns out, I haven't suffered too much from homesickness; I am very much alive and well; I haven't gotten lost on SEPTA (yet); and most importantly, I haven't starved. Probably the biggest shock I've had was realizing how expensive I am to maintain! Who knew that EVERYthing costs money? Ha!

I've been blessed to have met some awesome people who I am glad to call my friends, and I've really tried to explore the city. I'll admit, I was initially a little scared to go out--after all, I'm from a small Alaskan town and Philly is so bustling and vast in comparison. But, I'm beginning to see the perks of going to a city school. There are always things to do, places to explore--the only thing holding me back is my shortage of time. After all, I am still a student which means I have to do that lovely thing called homework. 

The academic rigors of college are definitely more than I'm used to, but I am enjoying it. The downside is not being able to blog as often as I would like. One of the biggest struggles for me has been not having access to my art and craft supplies. I feel like a caffeine addict without Starbucks. It's terrible. 

I thought for a little while about shutting this blog down, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Although it's only 10 months old, I've put a lot of work into growing it from the ground up. I've really grown attached to it. So, I've resolved to keep blogging and keep Click Clack Clunk growing.

What this means is that Click Clack Clunk is probably going to undergo some changes. What those changes are specifically? I can't say I'm sure yet. This blog will still be one of my creative outlets--of that I am certain. The content of my blog (for the school year, at least) is probably going to shift away from crafting. Not completely though--I have some plans in the works for hosting some guest bloggers! I'm sure this space will evolve organically--and I'm excited to see what comes of it!

I wish you all a happy Wednesday--and Thursday, and Friday as well. :O)