Things to do:
1) PACK FOR DUNEDIN:
The predictable essentials: Clothes, shoes,
toiletries. How much clothing? How many pairs of shoes? Which
coloured face-cloth? Oh, year after year, such questions
Nail polish: Should this belong in toiletries? It can
be difficult to decide which few bottles to bring, but with
three shades of pink you can never go wrong.
Calendars: Both the inspirational and the funny one.
Wall planners are also helpful, and a great way to hide large
areas of ugly paintwork.
Stationery: Felt tip pens (perfect for prettifying
notes and for procrastinating study); plastic sleeves for
protecting assignments and for easy identification of marked
work during the return process (the departmental receptionist
will thank you); highlighters (all colours).
Dunedin Public Library card: For those occasions when
the Central Library doesn't quite satisfy.
Flora: Pot plants literally add life to any interior
space. Undoubtedly, my gerbera and my peace-lily will be
making the trip back to Dunedin with me. As for the Aloe vera
... Well, it's charmingly practical in a quirky kind of way,
but it's just so visually unattractive. Herbs are a better
choice, because they provide a positive, "home away from
home" aroma. Lemon basil is a personal favourite.
A dainty tube of hand-cream: Essential for my scarfie
lifestyle ... Nothing lessens mid-lecture desk-drumming
boredom quite like drumming the desk with Sugar Rose Tiger
Lily scented fingers.
Smart-looking glasses: To supplement the geek with
some chic (oh, I wish).
Fly spray: For all the big hairy spiders that decide
to hide inside when winter bites. Copies of room key
(several): It's a good idea to give one key to a trusted
friend, in case the spare keys get locked inside the bedroom.
Ensure that the friend is a tolerant person, as unfortunately
keys can be lost outside working hours.
Net curtains: They provide the solution to road-facing
bedrooms and inquisitive neighbours. They're also a lovely
way to improve the look of any dreary bedroom. Wondering how
to blend and match with existing decor? Simply tie them back
with a coloured satin ribbon.
Luxury toilet paper.
A room diffuser: Handy for ridding the musty odour of
last year's occupant and the staleness of a summer-closed
house. It's important to acknowledge any bedroom flora when
deciding on the diffuser's scent. For example, I'll be
seeking a fragrance which complements the gerbera and the
Proper (i.e. non-'eco') light bulbs: The ridiculous
seven-minute warm-up before casting half-decent light is
intolerable, regardless of greenie brownie-points.
Multivitamin tablets: It's almost impossible to make
it through a Dunedin winter without one a day.
A new duvet cover: Will invigorate any tired,
student-wary room. The duvet cover also provides the main
matching colours for further decor (see aforementioned net
curtains). One again, take note of existing flora and try to
match any floral prints accordingly. Consistency is always
2) WRITE ODT COLUMN.
• Katie Kenny studies English at the University of