I’m Baaacckkkkkk

The last time I updated this blog (over a month ago, whoops) I mentioned that I was sick and work was crazy. Looking back, that might have been the biggest understatement  since the time Bill Clinton uttered “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. (Sorry 90s kids, I’m on a mid-to-late 90s SNL kick.)

I’ve probably used work being “crazy” for a few missing posts by now. Back when I was in college, I used to think that I’d have so much free time once I was working a “real” job. I was incredibly wrong. I miss having my free time scattered throughout the day – it forced me to get stuff done! Now I get home at the end of the day and am just exhausted. I don’t want to do the dishes or my laundry or clean or work on my blog. It doesn’t help that during the past month, I’d come home from work and just open the laptop and get right back to work from the comfort of my living room. That’s a habit I really need to break.

Why has work been so crazy? Earlier this year, we found out my boss wasn’t going to be coming back from her maternity leave. She had decided to stay home with her newborn son. I don’t blame her at all! Half the time I don’t want to leave Lilly to go to work! But since it was unexpected, we did not have a replacement for her and clearly there were tasks she did that need to be done. We split them up and I somehow wound up with housing selection. Housing selection is not easy. Housing selection is long and painful. Oh – and I didn’t know anything about housing selection going into it. For three weeks, I was working every hour I was awake on every single day – including when I was in Boston! The process is nowhere near done, but now that I know what I’m doing, it’s much easier!

So onto that other part…being sick. When I first wrote that, I had a sore throat. That’s all. My throat had been bothering me in the mornings for about a week prior and coming back to Reading from Joplin made me feel TERRIBLE. I blame the major change in the weather. Eventually I felt so miserable that I went to the doctor – not something I normally do. It turned out that I had strep throat. I was given antibiotics and told to take some time off work, but since it was right at the beginning of housing selection, my “sick days” were really “work from your bed so you don’t contaminate the office” days.

Around this time, I also discovered a lump in my breast. Now, this isn’t the first time this has happened – it happened when I was 16 and 19 and both times I was told it was nothing and that I was just “a growing girl” (which is a big fat lie cause my boobs haven’t changed since ninth grade). But this time it was right where my underwire is and it actually hurt to wear a bra, so I had it checked out. First they did a needle biopsy, but the doctor wasn’t able to get anything because the lump was rock hard, so they scheduled me to have it removed. I don’t like surgery. Or needles. Or getting put under. Or pain. So I really didn’t stop to think “oh hey this could actually be serious” until AFTER my surgery when the doctor said he’d call with the results. Luckily, everything is fine and I’m just “enjoying” my time at home, recovering from surgery.

My plan is to go back to work this week, although I’m not sure when and for how long…sitting at my big computer just to type this isn’t the most comfortable. I’m still super tired and feel like I’ve been kicked in the ribs. My plans for today include taking the dog for a brief walk, looking at my work email, and maybe working on another post or two. Hopefully this is the start of work slowing down and blogging getting back to speed!

My recovery buddy!

My recovery buddy!

Just Another Manic Monday…

I’m back from Joplin, but unfortunately I’m sick AND it’s a very busy week at work, so I’m not sure when I’m going to be write my Joplin post. For now, I’ll just leave you with my newest Joplin video!

In other exciting news, I found out that I’m going to be moving at the end of May! The building that my apartment is in is going to be renovated over the summer, so I needed to go somewhere. At first there was talk of just moving me for the summer, but the idea of having to move twice (during check out and RA training) made me incredibly anxious. There was a period of time that I knew I was moving but just didn’t know where I was going at that was pretty nerve wracking too. Right before I left for my trip, I found out where my new apartment was going to be and now that there’s only eight weeks to go, it’s time to start packing!

Going through my list, I noticed that a lot of items had to do with where I live. It looks like a lot of things are going to be crossed off during the moving process…I REALLY want to get rid of stuff before I move. Another exciting thing about this move – my new apartment will have a dishwasher AND a washer and dryer. Now that I’m back in Pennsylvania, I kind of just want to skip ahead to the point where I actually move!

102. Print out pictures that I’ve taken and display them.

I might be dating myself here, but some of my favorite days in middle school were the days after a field trip. Why the day after? Because everybody would have taken their rolls of film to get developed and a good portion of the day would be spent passing around those little envelopes filled with pictures. I remember spending HOURS organizing my photo album so my favorite pictures were all in there.

Unfortunately with the invention of Facebook, my favorite one hour photo place took a major hit. Instead of passing around a pile of pictures, now you could click through them while not paying attention during an Art History lecture. Now there are even MORE ways to share pictures. I swear, I have like eight different accounts just to see people’s pictures.

And then came Shutterfly. For those of you not familiar with Shutterfly, it’s a company that lets you upload and print pictures and photo gifts like mugs and calendars and cell phone cases. I’ve used them to print photos for YEARS, but I’ve also made photo books and Christmas cards. My two favorite things about the company is the frequency that they send me coupons and the ability to print to Target. I’ve gotten some AWESOME coupons since I’ve signed up as a Shutterfly member. I printed a photo book for last year’s Joplin trip and shortly after Christmas, they sent me a coupon for 101 free prints…hence this entry.

So with that coupon, I was able to print some pictures from the past few years. The next step was figuring out how to display them. I have quite a few pictures in frames in my living room, but with all the effort I spent hanging them, they’re not coming down until I move out. I wanted something cute, but also easy so I could change the pictures frequently…maybe that will encourage me to print more!

I wound up creating a display above my bed, as my bedroom didn’t have very much decoration. I’ve got some colored twine taped up with hair bows clipped at the end to disguise the tape. The pictures are clipped to the twine with clothes pins. Very Pinterest!

My newest picture display!!

My newest picture display!!

In other decorating news, I did attempt to fix the gallery wall in my living room, and the frame that holds my concert tickets promptly fell down. Again. I also thing I can do more with my bedroom. With as much as I’ve moved around, I always feel like once I have “finished” decorating, it’s time to packet it all up and move again!

Looking at the List #10

It’s been nearly a month since I wrote a “Looking at the List” post. I should probably get these posted…you know, before I actually accomplish these things! I’m cutting it close with one of these…

124. Create a display for my nail polish.

I love nail polish. It might be fair to say I have an obsession. I used to hate painting my nails because it would look terrible from the start and then chip and look even worse. As I got older, I started buying nicer polish and became more patient when actually painting my nails. Now, my nails are painted almost 99% of the time! Of course this means that I have a rather extensive nail polish collection…currently they live in a box in my bathroom, but I would love to be able to showcase them in a creative (but functional) way.

131. Test drive a car.

I’ve never owned a new car. I’ve never even had the chance to look at cars…all have mine have come from family members, co-workers, and family friends. The only time I have ever “test driven” a car was when I was sixteen. My parents were about to purchase a third car and were going to buy one off from one of their friends. It was his mother’s car and she was no longer able to drive. The car was in decent shape and we met up with them at a local catering hall (the Amber Room for you Connecticut folks) and because the original idea was for me to drive the used car, they let me test drive it around the neighborhood. Clearly I was a cool sixteen year old. Right now, I’m hoping I WON’T need to buy a new car before I’m thirty. I drive a Corolla right now and those things seem to run forever. I do think it would be fun to visit a car lot and take something fancy out for a test drive…but I don’t even know how that process works! 

133. Volunteer with Art Feeds again.

Last year I traveled to Joplin, Missouri with an Alternative Spring Break group. We volunteered with two organizations – Art Feeds and Rebuild Joplin. I absolutely loved my trip there and I especially loved working with Art Feeds. I would love to someday start a chapter wherever I am living. When I was coming up with my list, I knew that I wanted to go back and help out again some day – I just didn’t think that day was going to come so soon! Shortly after I added #133 to my list, I was approached by students asking me to be a trip advisor for Spring Break 2014. I’m so excited to head back and I can’t wait to see what we will work on this year!!