Unfortunately, however, I have just as much non-school stuff to accomplish these days as school stuff, and maybe more. At the top of my list: finding a place to live in Chapel Hill. I'm in contact with one complex, townhouses with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms apiece, but it's not furnished and utilities aren't included. I really prefer the electricity, water, cable, Internet, and everything else be already included, and I'd definitely prefer not to have to drag thrift-store furniture all over the southeast over the course of the next two years, so I'm still looking. The other problem is that most of the places up there don't seem to do individual leases, and since I don't know anybody up there (yet) that I could rent a place with, that's a problem. I've found one group, Mill House Properties, which has four good-looking complexes, but so far nobody's answered my email or phone message. If no one responds within the week, I'll probably end up going with the first option, because I've certainly had enough experience already with complexes that don't answer email or phone calls. (*cough*LaMancha*cough*)
Anyway, aside from finding a place to live, I also have to go to Target and buy all the stuff I'm going to need for my Tampa swim, which is a week from Saturday. I need:
- seasickness pills (for me as well as for Anna - people don't realize you can get seasick while swimming, but trust me, after the first six hours or so, you most definitely can!)
- zinc oxide (that thick white stuff that you used to see ocean lifeguards put on their noses - regular sunscreen won't stand a chance during a 12-hour swim.)
- PowerGel or Gu packs (that carbohydrate gel stuff... I didn't use it in Key West, but think it will really help in Tampa.)
- if I can find it, Maxim (a tasteless carb powder to mix with drinks... all the Channel swimmers use it. I don't expect to find it at Target, but I'll look.)
- Fig Newtons (for some reason, these go down pretty well while swimming - everybody has their own food preferences, ranging from Snickers bars to soup, but this is the only solid food I've found so far that doesn't make me want to gag.)
- mouthwash (rinsing with it every hour or so stops the salt water from shriveling up your tongue like an old sponge. I didn't have this in Key West and was extremely sorry.)
I already have ibuprofen (for eventual shoulder pain), Vaseline (for greasing my neck and under my straps - otherwise, the salt water lets you chafe right down to the blood in no time), extra caps, two pairs of goggles (tinted and clear), a heating pad (because I bet I'll want it later), Bullfrog sunscreen (for my face), and a skinny-strap Lycra suit (I can't wear my usual Endurance one for a long open-water swim because of the stiffer material on the straps). We'll see in two weeks what I forgot... because, trust me, there will be something.
One last thing: we had a bench press contest in weight training today - guys pressed 40 pounds, girls 30 - and we had to see who could do the most in 3 minutes. I came in third with 73 reps - only 13 behind the winner - not too shabby! But the two girls who beat me both went after me, so they knew what they had to beat; that makes it easier, in my opinion. Otherwise I might have been able to do more. Oh, well, it was fun to shake things up for a change.
Guess I'll head off to Target now.