from such great heights

from sequoia to the canyon

Posted in life by chapwoman on September 27, 2008

week one: conquered.

well maybe “conquered” is the wrong word…hmm…”completed,” “never again,” “STRESSED.” something like that would suffice.

i didn’t realize how unprepared i was for the first week of class.  the cause? (because Kayla Chapman and “unprepared” are never in the same sentence) i never expected second-year to be so starkly different from the first.  i am still living on campus, i am still a cal poly student, i am still in architecture classes.  but EVERYTHING else is different.

what used to be a five-minute walk to Sequioa Hall is now a 15-minute hassle out to Poly Canyon (so I prefer the 5-minute bike ride).  i no longer have a “just swipe your card” meal plan and paying the high-costs of campus food with real money seems RIDICULOUS.  i have my own key to the architecture studio, which makes my room extremely tidy without drawings and pencils sprawled about the floor.  but the 130’s are over and studio just feels void without Brent, Keith, and 48 other awesome architecture friends.

i actually needed a backpack this year too!  go figure.  see why I was unprepared?

i absolutely love living in Poly Canyon though, with brand new everything and beautiful views, and I adore my roommates Brita, Maleesa, & Erin (who you will get to know piece-by-piece).  what i don’t love, however, is that i can’t see the faces i’m used to seeing everyday. i don’t have the fun conversations with those familiar people from Sequoia and from bible study when i walk down the hall.  our new buildings feel hotel-like, with doors closed and blank walls with their “freshly installed” smell.  so it makes me smile every time i see a familiar face on campus, whether it’s Kelsey who I rarely spoke to two doors down last year or Ross who I no-longer have architecture with.

but even though my first week of class as a second-year architecture student was stressful with class and work and bible study follow-up and studio and making dinners and hanging out with friends and crusade and walking, i got through it.  and that’s what God kept whispering to me all week: “don’t worry, you’re gonna make it.”

God is good, i am stressed, and this wheel keeps turning.

C’est la vie,


in case architecture doesn’t work out…

Posted in life by chapwoman on September 16, 2008

my car’s packed.  JAM-packed.  every nook and cranny occupied by something: fabric softener, pillows, binders.

i’m quite proud of myself, actually.  I, Kayla Rochelle Chapman, have succeeded once again in stuffing a small space with a ridiculous amount of crap.  I’m considering making this a fall-back career: helping desperate college students across the US (most likely girls) fit all their belongings into teensy-weensy dorm rooms and vehicles.

i planned to take only the bare necessities with me tomorrow, since my parents were originally trailing behind me on Saturday morning with the rest of my things.  But plans change & they’re postponing for two weeks.  After I finished panicking at the realization that two weeks is NOT three days without certain luxuries (*cough guitar *cough), i fattened my corolla & now the poor thing is a low-rider.

i shall see how she fairs on the 405 tomorrow with LA road-ragers harassing her.

c’est la vie,

ps. LUMIX finally came home & is packed in one of the many cardboard boxes.

slo bound

Posted in life by chapwoman on September 14, 2008

the drive up to san luis obispo gets better everytime i do it. something new always catches my eye while passing over those white dashes in the middle of the 101.

like how the ocean is a giant mirror for misty gray clouds along the santa barbara shoreline.
how the blue sky appears out of nowhere when approaching lompoc.
how cops secure themselves behind bushes on the highway’s shoulder with radar guns scanning readily.

and the drive back always surprises me how beautifully serene & charming the sky can be, with shooting stars falling behind black hills.

c’est la vie,

in repair

Posted in life by chapwoman on September 6, 2008

so i took Lumix (my camera) into The Shop four-and-a-half weeks ago, and ever since, i’ve been coping with separation anxiety.

i adore this camera.  i’m not the kind of person who sends her marred graduation gifts into The Shop every day, but i was hoping to revive it, give it new life!

being the second and most-capable camera i’ve ever owned, Lumix has a special place in my heart.  he’s been with me since senior prom, capturing colorful gowns and beautiful smiles with a handy little flash that doesn’t “wash out” fair skin (amen!).  he was with me in k’auai, venturing through secret beach trails and freezing perfectly-exposed frames of the north shore on morning katamaran rides. he’s been with me ever since i started at cal poly, blessing me with the most crisp & up-close photos of my projects.

so a month without Lumix around has been kind of depressing. during Dale’s wedding, i defaulted to Karly’s canon whatever shot thing, and as I sat near that beautifully-lit alter i sighed, “what a shame.”

C’est la vie,


Posted in life by chapwoman on September 3, 2008

for me
art is a product of chaos.

i am most creative when everything is spinning out of control, when all I can control in life is a paintbrush between my fingertips, a pencil on paper.

when everything is perfectly fine, i can’t make myself turn on the “creative juices” as they are called.  i can’t simply create a chaos so that i may retreat to a clean sheet a paper and start sketching.  i need a reason and rhyme to design, an unsolved problem, a open-prompt, a hectic week of work.

tonight i sat down on my carpeted floor and began to paint.

c’est la vie,