Thursday, August 19, 2010

My New Gig

I'm three weeks into my new "job" and lets just call it less than fabulous. What is this new job of mine?? a secretary at re/max. I sit at a desk with a phone, computer, and fax machine ALL DAY. I'm too hyperactive for this! I have a hard time focusing at times, but the day goes by pretty fast so that helps. But in a few weeks of answering the phones I've learned people are just not that smart.

I have this conversation just about every day:
Caller: I just drove past a house with your sign in the yard and I am interested in it.
Me: Ok, do you know who the listing agent is on the house?
Caller: No
Me: What's the name of the road the house is on?
Caller: I'm not sure

This is where in mind is screaming "Go to the nearest stop sign and look up at the little green sign on top! what does it say?!"

How can you drive down a road and not notice the name of it? Then to get a phone number off a sign that has a person's name RIGHT ABOVE IT! Really, is it that complicated?? My other favorite calls are the "I want to know how much a house on Main Street is" Yeah, I can't pull that information out of thin air when we have hundreds of houses for sale.

So if you're ever in the market for a house, take note of who is selling the house and the address of the house. Simple things in life, make it go a little smoother.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Going going GONE!!

I love craig's list! It's better than Ebay by far. My lovely mother finally learned to use a computer properly (i.e. upload pictures and make an account on a website) so we posted my brother old bed set and sold it with in 30 min! It was crazy how fast! My mom wanted to sell it for a low rate of $150 but I told her to go for $200 so if they haggle, you can settle at $150. To our luck the buyer took the $200 price with out question! Then we sold my old honda that no longer works nor looks too pretty. Price is still pending but we had 7 offers in 2 hrs! Next up on the craig's list line is a gas stove and old text books! Media law any one?? Hmm... I wonder what else I could sell?? 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Working with kids

I'm FINALLY done with two weeks of soccer camp! With such warm temps in the 95-97 degree range it was quite a long week. Did I mention soccer fields are big green spaces with NO shade. But all in all it was a good week. Working with kids always keeps it fun and interesting regardless of the elements. My kids are quite goofy and named their teams "Furry Penguins that live on mars and eat marshmallows" and other silly things. A guess the days of being "The force" or something simple are over. It was a fun hot week and I'm glad it's over. I've missed the air conditioner.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

  Well I haven't updated in a while, mainly from the internet only working in my basement?? odd but I'll live. I have lots to say but I've spent the last week at soccer camp where the low temperature was 88. That plus 32 8 and 9 yr old girls can really drain a person. But I figured I'd post a few pictures to speak for me. They're worth a 1,000 words right? 

The Fourth of July. Quite possibly my favorite holiday! It was a very busy weekend filled with fireworks, cook outs, day at the pool and lots of people. 

My poor little brother hasn't experience the city of Atlanta like I have. And the few places he has been to he doesn't remember because he was so young. So I took him to the world of coke down town one afternoon. It was a lot of fun filled with lots of coke things. I'd recommend it to any one in town! 


Half way done!

The Finished Product! 

This is my painting I did at the funky paintbrush the other night. It was the grand opening and they had a free class so I went with a bunch girls my family knows. It is such a fun thing to do! it's about 2-4 hrs where they teach you to do a painting step by step. But you can change the colors or the design if you want. They give you all the supplies and you can bring food and drinks too! It's so much fun and a great girls night! 

I'm sure I'm leaving something out but soccer wore me out this week and I can't think! Only one more week of camp and then it's off to Utah to visit the lovely anna! 

Monday, June 28, 2010

1hr 45 min of being a kid again

I finally got to go see Toy Story 3. I won't spoil the story line if you haven't seen it so no worries! But this movie is based on the same story line as the last two where the toys have to rescue some one and get back to Andy. But at the same time it is very different.  However, you won't be lost if you haven't seen one or two. Or if it's been a decade since you last saw it. For the hour and 45 min in the theater, I felt like a kid again! While the ending is bitter sweet and sad (many have teared up) it's worth it. You'll want to come home and hug any toys you have left from your youth. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Will Work for just about anything

Well it's been a month since I graduated and I have yet to find a job. While I'm enjoying the free time, I'm not enjoying the lack of cash flow. While I have not consulted my trusty planner in a few weeks much less located its where-abouts, my days are filled with applications and resumes and networking. Only to wake up and find rejection letters in my inbox. While I have no clue what I want to do, in this economy there's not a whole lot to pick from either. So I've pretty much settled on applying to anything and everything. So Far that list includes: 
  Nanny Job- some how working in the after school program where I would have 30 kids to myself and coaching soccer where I again have 30 kids does not qualify me for caring for 2-3 kids.... 

Emory University- I applied to a lot of jobs ranging from fundraising to campus housing department. They kindly send me a rejection letter just about every morning now. 

Retail jobs- I don't want to go back to a life of retail. Long hours on my feet, dealing with customers and upper management who seem to have a better idea of how to do my job than I do. All for a few bucks an hour. But if it's all I can take, I will. 

Ski resorts- that's right folks. I'm looking for a seasonal/yearly job at ski resorts out west. Why? you ask. Simply because they're hiring or about to start hiring and it's a job that gets me out of here! and I could ski for free! personally, I'm very hopeful on this job front. I think it would be a great job for some one in their early 20s. 

I hope I have a job sooner than later. But I'll never know. I may just pack up and become a bum and walk around the country. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

International team of mystery

I give you the North Korea World Cup team. While this team has a less than favorable shot at making it past group play (round 1) much less the actual finals and winning the whole thing, they are a unique team.

While most teams have the support of their local politicians and public figures, the koreans have strategy from their oh so lovely leader, Kim Jong-il. Now how does this fine leader contact his coaching staff? cell phone?twitter? blackberry? Nope. He has an invisible intena. Don't you want one?
Think of all the secret phone calls you could make and no one would have a clue! it's like inspector gadget  come to life with the phone in his hand!

Now, the mystery does not stop there my friends. Oh no! Rumor is that they hired chinese actors to play their fans at the games. That's right, they hired their own fans! Now maybe, just maybe, Mr. Jong-il could kindly let some of his citizens leave the country for a few days to cheer on their team. But what kind of dictator would he be if he did that? No this sounds crazy, but when you see them. They're all sitting together dressed in the same outfits.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Lots and lots of oil. I just returned home from my trip to Gulf Shores, AL. Minus the 10% sales tax they have, it's an awesome place to visit if you're in need of a vacation spot. But back to my issue of oil. While we started our trip last Saturday unsure if we were going to go or how many day of clean ocean we would actually see, we packed our bags and headed to the beach!

It started off great! the water was fine and we couldn't smell the oil either. We did see a few tiny (no bigger than a dime) tar balls. But to my amazement I've seen these before on the beach but never knew it was tar. It really just looks like mud so that's what I always thought it was. Our condo was close enough to the Perdido Pass (where the back bay meets the ocean) to see the crews working tirelessly to close the bay off from the ocean.

By mid week the tarball count rose with high tide in the afternoon. But come low tied the following morning it was gone. There were lots of boats out working in the waters and helicopters flying above checking things out.

Wednesday afternoon a little big of oil made it into the pass/bay area but they efforts of the BP people paid off. The oil was contained and cleaned up in just a few hours.

Thursday afternoon we went fishing in the back bay and had a blast. Our captain Troy gave us all the info on boats going to work for BP to help clean up and what it meant for his business. He seemed to be fairly optimistic about the situation, but he seems to live a life of easy.

Come friday the ocean seemed fine and we went out and played around in it for a bit. But we noticed something wasn't right with the boats and helicopters. They weren't up to their usual scoping out things. They seemed to be on a mission. A few hours later around sunset the oil hit. The tarballs were washing up on shore and it had a very strong odor. To me it smelled the same as when you break a glow stick open. I was shocked by all the oil I'd seen over the week but I was in for the biggest of them all.

About 2 hours after the tarballs the oil arrived. It's like nothing I have ever seen. To ocean resembled willy wonka's chocolate pond, but less appetising. It was thick and a redish/brown color. It even made a glooopy gloppy sound when the waves crashed the shore. Only to leave a thick layer of oil behind. I was truly shocked by what I saw. The smell of an old gas station filled the air as the tar filled the beach.

Come saturday morning the oil had thinned out but was still all over the beach and the smell was stronger. But crews were out early in the morning in the 90+ degree heat to clean it up. Here's a few pics of the oil. I'll post some more stuff later.

This is the oil on shore. All the brown you see is a wave coming up on shore.

Here's a happy picture of the ocean.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Being a girl...

One of the perks of being a girl is that we get to dress up in pretty clothes and do our hair and make up. One of the negatives to being a girl, doing our hair and make up. I found an article online about a girl who spiced up her work week and it changed her life. The headline caught my attention so I read. Only to find out the "magical life changing thing" this girl did was not wear make up to work on mondays.

While I guess this is something exciting for the girly girls and those with great care in their self image, not wearing make up is majority of my week. It's not that I don't care about how I look, I just forget to put it on. I get up early and get going and just go on with my day. Also I coach soccer and I see no need to get all made up to go run around the soccer field. Don't get me wrong I like to dress up and look pretty but make up had never been at the top of my list. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The World owes me

It's true. While I wish it wasn't this way, it is. They say good things come to those who wait. Well I'm tired of waiting!!! 
While life doesn't seem to be going my way lately its life and I have to get through it. 

Do bad things happen to go people? Yes
Do you get your way simply because you deserve it? No
Do people less deserving get what we should? Yes

AND IT SUCKS! While I feel like life is kicking me while I'm down lately I know it will turn around one day. I hope to get a decent paying job I don't despise sooner than later which will allow me to move away from all my problems. I'm not sure where I want to move, but I know it's not here.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Funny Idea, horrible result

My latest netflix movie: The Invention of Lying. The plot is quite simple. A man figures out he can tell a lie. He's the only person who can in this very honest world. As the story goes he begins to use the power to get his way at life. Think Evan All Mighty. While this is a great idea, it's a big flop. It's as if the writers tried to be funny as they are on The Office. But it falls short of Ha. 

One thing I noticed was the lack of lines for the actors. Ricky Jarvas's character runs around telling lies to people to fix the world, but you can't actually hear what is being said because it's just music playing. This happens a few times in the movie. Now, I understand this is a technique used to speed up the plot or storyline. But was the story line that weak? Oh well. 

Needless to say I didn't rate this one to high on my netflix review. I'm sure it will be one the end up on tv that we'll watch while we do laundry and organize our closets. But until then I wouldn't waste your time on this one. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

And then there was one...

While I try to find the motivation to study for my last college final EVER. (trust me this is hard thing to do) I can't help but think how fast it all went by. I said my goodbyes to the sorority last night and it was bitter sweet. I know it's time to leave and move on with my life, but my sorority had become a comfort to me in college. I met a lot of amazing girls and did things I never would have other wise. 

As I get ready to go join the big girl world and avoid my last final I have no clue what to do next. Jobs are hard to come by but I can try and find one. I just don't want a desk job where I'm bored. I need a job that's creative and active. I want to go take some photography classes and other artsy classes. I'm not artist but more of a crafter. But it's something to keep me occupied. I've worked two jobs on top of going to school full time and being in a sorority for the last 3 years. Needless to say I would be lost with out my planner. But now that I won't have anything going on I need to find a hobby or two. or three. 

Back to studying I go. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A life of travel

OH how I would love to just pack up and travel. I'd be so content traveling the world and taking pictures and learning about different cultures. I would if I could afford it. But for now my travels will be on a budget and local. Just go visit friends I have around the country. It's my goal to visit all 50 states. I figured our country is so diverse and has a lot to offer why not experience it!? I'd love to take a road trip across the country but that cost money too. 
One exciting place i'm going to visit is Ecuador!!! My friend Angie just took a teaching job there and it's a relatively inexpensive country and airfare is the same as if I was flying to Boston from Atlanta so why not!? I'm hoping to get a few dollars from graduation to fund this trip. I'm not sure when I'll be able to go but I know I'm going!!! 
Angie and I also have a weekend trip to Huntsville, Al lined up. I know it doesn't sound like the most exciting town, but it's close enough to drive to on a tank of gas. Plus there's the NASA space center (I visited it in 5th grade and remember it being cool) Plus there's some safari zoo and some underground caves that all seem to have good reviews. 
So if any one out there knows of cool places to visit or cheap travel ideas feel free to share!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Buying the Dream

That's right. The powerball. it's currently at $252 Million. Now, I'm an educated rational person who knows the odds of winning are slim to none. But why did I buy two tickets today? Because of the dream. Just imagine what you could do with all that money. Ok, so half would go to the oh so lovely government but still. Half of 252 million is still A LOT OF FREAKING MONEY!!!!! 

What to spend my money on: I'd help out my family and friends I know could use some cash. The economy isn't exactly every ones best friend at the moment. I'd invest some so I didn't have to work. You know the concept, "my money makes me more money". Then I would travel. I would go to disney and go in style. Do everything first class. Heck! I could pay to have the park open to myself and 100 of my best friends. Then I would travel the world. Just go running around meeting people and taking pictures. 

I would rebuild and old house on some land. One with a wrap around porch would be nice. I don't need a mansion, Just a nice place to call home. But I'd buy a mountain house in the Appalachian Mnts and one out west in Colorado so I could ski. And I'd need a beach house too. 

I would do fun stuff too like pay someone's bill at a restaurant or leave a crazy big tip. Little things like that. Or just put some money in someone's mailbox.

Life would be grand if I won. But I doubt that will happen so I guess I'll go to school and keep applying for jobs. But man it would be cool if I won.

What would you do if you won the lotto?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

We're all a little bit the same

While sitting in my anthropology class my professor shared this documentary preview with us. It comes out tomorrow ( April 16). It follows 4 babies being born around the world. The four babies are from Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco.
While I don't think there's a political motive behind this documentary, it's about the human spirit and how we're all really the same when we start out in this world. Plus who doesn't love cute babies?! I'm surprised Oprah hasn't found this out yet. It's something she would latch onto. I hope to see it soon (it's in select theaters). But I'll post my reaction once I see it.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Personality of Pets

Isn't it odd that animals seem to have their own personalities too? Its funny to watch them and wonder what's going on in that head of theirs. 

This is Snowball. I rescued her when she was a little kitten from a dumpster. She's quite smart for a cat I think. She lets us know when she's hungry or wants to go outside. And if you don't get her what she wants, She'll start shredding paper. Odd I know. But she's supper supper soft and you just want to pick her up and hold her. 

This is Gracey. She's stupid. I say that in the nicest way. She doesn't communicate, just has a blank stare. She doesn't really chase bugs like normal cats. Just looks at them and kinda reaches her paw out. She won't curl up in your lap, but simply perch on you leg. 

These aren't mine, but I saw them at the zoo and though it was cute. 

This is Kobe. He sleeps like this. He quite the dog too. He's very smart and very friendly. You'd just have to meet him to know his personality. He thinks he's a little dog and wants to sit in your lap.

The following are just funny/cute animal pictures: 

Dolphins are my favorite. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

House sitting Day 2: Dogs Dogs and More Dogs

Well Day two went a little better than day one. The AC is fixed... I think? The dogs are finally use to me. The little pup finally stopped growling at me for simply being in the room. We're moving in the right direction. But I've had a lot of dogs lately. I have my own dog, I'm watching 2 at the house, my parents watched my neighbors dog at our house for the weekend and then my cousin came over and brought his dog. That's 5 dogs in ONE DAY. It's a lot of dogs when I'm use to my one dog. Once one dog licks you, they all smell it and have to do the same. I'm ready for a dog break! I don't know how people have multiple dogs! 

But since all the bosses at work are on vacation our staff meeting was very sparse but very productive I think. Funny how much work gets done when the bosses are gone. But only 5 intern days left! :) 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

House Sitting Day 1

So my boss at the internship took pity on me and gave me a chance to make money. When he asked if I wanted to make money I got excited thinking I was FINALLY going to get paid for my slave labor. But alas, it was  nothing work related. He just wanted me to house sit and watch his two dogs. 

Now after one night of house sitting I'm feeling a little doped into this gig. First off, It's 20 mins from my current home and school which is slightly annoying. While it's nice to have place to myself and watch a movie in full with out a single interruption. There's no food in the house. He said I was free to eat his food. That would be nice if there was any! Secondly, The AC is on the frits and it's 80 outside. So because of growing up in house that rivals Alaska in temperature, I couldn't sleep from the heat. 

While I'm a little disappointed in how this is playing out, I'm not sure if I'll spend the night again or not and just make the 20 min ride a few times a day. But all I know is I will be at work tomorrow working for free while he sits on the beach in south florida some where. luckily only 3 weeks of internship left and 4 of school! 

And last of All. HAPPY EASTER! 

Monday, March 22, 2010

How to take a study break:

While my 20 page theory paper on The Elaboration Likely Hood Model and Semiotics Theory looms over my head, I decided to take a break from my writing and update this thing. While I would much rather be hanging out with my friends or simply working to make money, I'm stuck in the anti-social world of paper writing. A theory paper none the less. 

While the current state of my room is a good visual for how my brain feels. Scattered, unorganized, and just down right chaos. Knowing my graduation is only 5 weeks away is keeping my little bit of sanity and motivation. 

Any one else feel compelled to organize random things or finally get to that to do list when it's really time to study and get work done?? 

Back to the paper I go. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

If I had a million dollars...

I would pack and move to sea side, Fl. Stuck between Destin and the spring break capitol, Panama City. rest a few quite beach towns on road 30 A. It's most famous for being the location of the Truman Show. I spent my break here and it was a little slice of heaven! Ok maybe just simply being away from school and work and Kennesaw for a few days added to the wonderfulness of this trip. But it was amazing none the less.

Now if you've never been the Sea Side you may want to save up before you go. It's not a cheap place to stay. (we knew someone with a condo and struck a deal) But if I had a million dollars to live there I would. I've seriously debating moving down there post graduation and simply being a nanny for one of the wealthy families down there. I think it'd be a great life.

Yea, Don't we all want to live there? 

My lovely view. 

I could live here too.

Also If I had a million bucks I'd buy this.

So I gave in and actually bought this. While we will not discuss the price of this, this is sooo me. and it's super super soft. Most of my stuff is from target and old navy so I should have one good shirt. And I used a gift card to buy it so it's all good. 

It's an artsy kinda town and this is something cute. Who thinks of these things?? I'm going to try and make one myself. Can't be that hard right??

Now it's back the grind of work and school. But thinking of sea side will get me through these last few weeks of college... EVER! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Going Orgainic??

So after a solid two weeks of rush hour traffic, loads of class work and lack of money thanks to the unpaid internship, My diet and my visits to the gym are beginning to suffer. With no time to shop I was forced to eat out for lunch more than I'd like in a week and my few dollars only stretch so far. Needless to say, I'm in need of some good quality food. My feeling if ick was not helped by watching Oprah's episode on the documentary Food Inc. But it's true. Fresh organic food does make you feel better and I am in desperate need of some and some new recipes. 

My friend Anna (who lives in Utah) and I swapped some recipes via mail. I know who would have thought?! Mailing a friend a letter these days. But it's fun to get mail that doesn't include the world "Balance due" every now and then. I'm eager to try some of the goodies she sent me. I just may do a blog about it. 

If any one out there in blog world has a good recipe or just a good food tip in general I would love to have it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens....

These are a few of my favorite things!!
While we get caught up in the routine of life I decided to write about a few new things that have brought joy to my daily routine of school and work. 

I know, it's a odd choice for a favorite things list, but after 4 annoying years of trying to clear up my face I finally found something that works. Although it does dry out my face a little, it led to me finding something else on my list so it's a win in my book! 

This is my second favorite, a direct result of the first. I got it in a kit and have loved it. It just leaves your skin feeling fresh and not overly lotioned. Not to mention it's natural and smells wonderful. 

Third: Green Tea. While my southern roots have had my glued to extra sweet tea my whole life and I have finally found others. While Green is my favorite there are a few others. Although mine usually comes from the little packets and not in  fancy pot and cup like this. OK so I add some splenda to it but you can't blame a girl from the south! 

My new itouch I received as a christmas gift. I'm a bit of a nerd and like gadgets and this one is AMAZING. I didn't think it would be this cool. Seriously. Right now I'm stuck playing Tetris. But I'm some one that works with their hands and playing stupid mindless games on this thing helps me relax between classes. 

The biggest source of joy: My sorority. While I took a semester off and debated if I should come back for my last semester. I'm glad I did! It's filled with a lovely bunch women who are always in a good mood and full of life. I've become best friends with girls I never would have met otherwise. While I know sororities have their stereo- types and reputations. This one fits me and I fit it. 

It's the little things in life that get us through some days and these are some of mine. What are yours?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The beginning of the end

As I enjoy what might be my last christmas break, ready for the last semester in my college experience, A quote appeared on my sorority's (delta phi epsilon) website and it made me think. It's my last semester of college. I have a great internship that has lots of potential post graduation. A full academic load. I'm going active in my sorority after a long semester off and I'm excited to see what my senior year experience class will have in store for me.

I've worked two jobs to put myself through college and while I would have loved to just take out student loans and party away my college years. With this economy I am grateful I will graduate debt free. And when my children are away at college and come begging for money I will kindly remind them of this detail in my life. I'm sure they'll hate me for it.

While I'm not sure where I will be after may (hopefully I can drive across the country this summer) I'm glad I'm here. I can see the finish line. To do something only a few of the men in my family have done and graduate college. While I am completely rethinking the communication major and thinking being a teacher would be a pretty good fit for me, I honestly don't know what the future holds but I know it will be a welcomed change!

While the color coded planner in my is stress by not knowing where I will be in 6 months. The rest of me is pretty excited.

I will leave you with the quote that inspired this post:

Sororities symbolize all that we wish to accomplish in our lives. They represent the struggles we all face as we grow. Why we cling to them no one can explain, but in the end, we are all stronger for it."