I'm finishing up my first semester of grad school while anxiously awaiting the holiday break! This semester has flown by faster than others.. why is that? Every weekend I've been working, advising, catching up on homework, etc. I guess when there's no time to breathe everything speeds up.
8 working days left! Looking forward to heading home for the holidays to see family and catch up with old friends. It's always nice to have a break, especially when there's a cruise involved! I'll be heading to Miami on Jan. 2nd for a 5 day cruise to Jamaica and Haiti. Should be interesting since it's my first 'family' trip with the Roosen family. Can't believe I'll actually get to see Phil for a whole week as opposed to a couple hours each day (if I'm lucky).
I return to work on Jan. 11 which is the same day spring semester starts for grad school. At least I'm jumping back into everything full force? The students (Albion ones..) don't come back till the following Tues. That gives me time to get settled before my advisor responsibilities resume.
My third travel season is coming to an end. My last high school appointment is at 11:38 am this morning:) (Don't you love how high schools start and end class periods at random times?!)I can't believe this is my 3rd year working for Albion. Time really does fly by the older you get. I've loved every minute of getting older. I enjoy grown-up responsibilities and independence.
Grad school is another story.. I don't hate school, I just don't like online classes. When you work long hours like I do, who has the motivation to do homework and read for class? If I had class on campus I feel like I'd be more apt to do the homework and maybe I'd even be learning something? I want to learn and I'm hoping it'll be different next semester. I'll be less busy with work and hopefully I can motivate myself to be a better student. Suggestions anyone??
Thankgiving is coming up and I'm in desperate need of a vacation! Looking forward to having 4 1/2 days off--- YES! Christmas is right around the corner--- Yikes! I've barely started shopping and most of the people I have to buy for are males. You'd think that would be easy, not a chance! My mom is the easiest one to buy for and I already know what I'm getting her.
Spending Wednesday and Thursday this week working from home. I'm planning on doing some intense application review to get my whole stack done. It's pretty ambitious but at least I get to wear PJs all day! Oh yeah.. I'll probably sleep in too:)
Going back to school after 2 years off will be weird. I have orientation on Saturday and I've already paid my tuition for the semester. This will definitely be a busy fall. Am I ready for it? I think so. I'm anxious to start this new chapter in my life. I really hope work doesn't drive me crazy.. oh wait hasn't it already?
Did I mention that I love living in my new apartment? It's bigger, brighter, on a lake, etc. It's amazing and is definitely starting to feel like home!
I just got back on Monday from a 10 day vacation to FL and NY. I had an amazing time away from MI and more importantly away from my job. KD National Convention in FL was fabulous! It's really something to connect with KDs from across the US- especially when 914 were present:)Our Chapter Advisory Board (which I'm the co-chair for) won an award for excellence. Basically we're in the top 10% of all KD advisory boards:) It was really something to be honored for something I've been working so hard on to build. NY was another story. I was able to actually relax and enjoy some time with an old friend. Jess*ca and I saw the Yankees play in their new stadium (amazing!), saw the Macy's fireworks on the 4th, went to see the original cast of 9 to 5 on Broadway, and of course ate great and went shopping. It was nice to reconnect with Jess*ca since we rarely see each other.. but she is moving back to MI soon and even though she's not too thrilled, I am:)
July continues to be a crazy month.. Phil and I are moving on July 18th and I haven't even started packing. At least we're not moving far and should have some help from friends. We're actually going tonight to officially sign the lease and see which apt. we'll be living in for the next 1-4 years.
Going to the Ann Arbor Art Fair on July 15th. I'll be working the GLCA booth for Albion which should be fun especially since I'll be with another Albion/KD alum:)
And then.. I'm going to San Antonio, TX for 4 days! Ahhh! Vicky from my office is going with me to a conference on admission recruiting and marketing. Should be fun, I'm hoping to learn a lot.
Phil's birthday ends the craziness of this month on July 26th. Have no idea what to get him for his birthday. He's one of those guys that never wants/needs anything..
When will I sleep? Who cares:)
I signed up for my first grad school class today! Can't believe I actually figured out how to do that without asking for help:) I meet with my advisor on Thursday to get some advice on taking a second class. Will that be too much with my full time job that's often 60+ hours a week? I'm a little nervous to go back to school. Hopefully it won't kill me after having 2 years off. At least I'm eager? That's something..
I also want to get my books early before school starts. Too bad they aren't posted yet at the bookstore website:( I'm hoping to get them for fairly cheap.. we'll see what happens with that. I'll try to work my charm w/ half.com and amazon.com:)
Nothing else new to report. I'm in desperate need of a vacation- but who isn't?! Can't wait for FL in 6 weeks:)
it's true! I'm not sick and I'm doing all I can to stay healthy. There's way too much going on to let that get in my way...
I'm gearing up to help with Formal Recruitment this weekend. I'm excited about helping my wonderful KD ladies yet I know come Monday morning I'll ask- what did I sign up for, and why?
I love being busy and now that busy season has started I have little time to breath. I wish I could spend more time with Phil instead of in Albion working or gearing up for something crazy that I volunteered for.. when will this energy die? I can only hope to have half of this energy when I have children:)
Where did this year go? It seems as if time continues to speed up the older I get..
I had the best weekend in awhile.
2 years w/ Philipp.. Spending time with him just keeps getting better. What can I say? I'm in love!
KD CAB/Initiation was this weekend too! Lisa and I are planning to take over CAB from Gloria in the fall. She's ready to step down, she even told us that. Lisa and I want to be Co-Presidents! We'll make a great team, we seem to compliment each other rather well. We're also really hoping to go to KD National Convention this summer in Orlando!!! Whoo hoo!
Initiation was absolutely beautiful. I cried per usual. Those girls are just amazing and I'm glad to be part of something that makes great things happen. So proud to be a Kappa Delta!
I'm sitting in my living room in Lansing (did I mention that I moved?!) just thinking about all the crazy stuff I have to do this week. At least it's only a 2.5 day work week!!!
Who was the last person or object you shared beds with?
What is the best thing about your current job?
I get to TRAVEL! I love visiting High Schools and meeting my students.
Whose car were you in last?
What could you not tolerate - someone who snores or a sleep walker?
I HATE snoring, I will have to sleep in an area where it's completely quiet.
Would you ever parachute off of a plane?
Have you ever been to a nude beach?
What are you saving your money up for right now?
I already bought a car (finally!) and now I'm saving for grad school
Is the last person you kissed mad at you?
Have you ever had a difficult relationship?
Don't really want to go down that road- there's too many of them...
Have you ever kissed someone named Gertrude?
When was the last time something really bothered you?
Oh I have a couple things on my mind
Have you ever dated someone that was not good to you?
Yeah, and it was terrible
How did you feel when you woke up today?
So happy! Phil woke-up next to me:)
Was yesterday better than today?
Today just started
Who was the last person you talked to on the telephone?
How many red lights have you run?
Is anyone on your bad side right now?
No one that matters
What was the last thing that made you REALLY REALLY smile?
Are you regretting anything you did in the past three months?
If you could change your eye color would you?
I like Green, I feel like Brown is too common
What are you listening to at the moment?
Who did you last get into a big argument with?
I can't remember- which must be a good thing
If you could get back in touch with one person you've lost touch with - who would it be?
Maybe some friends from Grade or High School
What happened at 10AM this morning?
It's 8:53 AM
Do you have any brothers?
What time did you go to bed last night?
Around 12, couldn't get away from the Olympics
Where was your default picture taken?
In France! Nice, France to be more exact
Do you have anyone's clothes?
Yeah, some of Bryan's and Phil's
What's your relationship with the person you last texted?
She's a co-worker that I'm friends with
Do you have a fish tank?
Last place you took a plane to?
North Caroline in Mid-July
Have you ever lied about your age?
No, but I don't look my age if that counts
Ever had an encounter with the police?
Some of my relatives are police officers
Last time you went out of town?
Last weekend I was in Lansing, I'm going to Chicago on Wednesday
Who do you most look like in your family?
Have you kissed someone with braces?
Hmm, I don't think so
Did you get enough sleep last night?
Actually I did- that nap yesterday helped:)
Who was the last person you sat next to?
Phil on the futon
If you had 100 dollars to spend on clothes, where would you go to shop?
New York and Company or some shoe store:)
Do long distance relationships work?
I think so, you both have to try
Where were you raised?
Clinton Twp., MI
What jewelry do you wear all the time?
My heart necklace or pearls, my albion ring, and 5 earrings
What are you doing tonight?
1) How do you like your grilled cheese?
Dipped in tomato soup
2) Where did you go on your last vacation?
Charlotte, NC this past July to visit my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins
3) Who are your godparents?
My Aunt Carol (the one I visited in NC) and my cousin Mike (I was born on his 17th birthday)
4) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Finishing Grad School and getting ready to move!
5) Where are you at noon everyday?
Working or at home eating lunch
6) How many speeding tickets have you gotten?
7) What is your favorite movie?
Any chick flicks..
8) What is the last thing you said out loud?
Something to Randi
9) What do you think of the IPHONE?
10) What do you think of winter?
I like the snow but winters in MI are too long and too cold
11) What do you do for relaxation?
Watch a movie, read, nap?
12) Where did you get your couch from?
13) Do you use a plan book?
No, I think my memory is fantastic
14) At what age do you plan on having kids?
Before I'm 30
15) When was the last time you swam?
At Carolwinds in NC/SC in July
16) What do you order at Subway?
Veggie on White. After working at Subway that's about all I'd want to eat
17) Do you keep your closets organized?
Yes, unless I'm really busy and they get messed up. I usually try to fix it ASAP
18) How do you make headaches go away?
Take some Motrin. I don't even try to tolerate
19) Have you owned a beta before? What was his name?
The Romp did. Michael Phelps was our first but he died because Kristy's roommate left her window open in the winter
20.If you moved out of state where would you go?
I have moved out of state and I would totally go back to Boston
21) How old is your best friend?
They all seem to be older than me except for a few
22) Did you attend pre school?
Yep. I went to a Montessori school
23) What do your shower curtains look like?
It's a travel curtain w/ scences from famous landmarks around the world
24) Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
Don't think so..
25) How do you make eggs?
26) Where do you wash your clothes?
At the Five Points in good ole LBN or at the Roosen or Coscia house
27) Which parent do you look most like?
My dad, I have darker skin like him and apparently I act more like a Coscia
28) Who are the neighbors who live to the right of you?
My apt. is empty except for me!
29) What are your thoughts on Tom Cruise..
I think he's gay
30)What is the next vehicle you wish to buy?
I just bought a car! It's a GrandAm:)
31) Do you pay bills online or by mail?
Online, mostly. I have to pay my landlord via check and it's dumb
32) What would be the best gift someone could get you right now?
Anything that makes me feel pretty!
33) What is something stressful you will deal with next week?
Figuring out how to get to Chicago since I've never driven in that city
34) What is something in your home that you collect?
I like french things.. like pictures, mugs, paintings, lamps, whatever
35) What did you do last night?
Was in Lansing w/ Phil. We cooked dinner and watched Planet Earth
36) Who did you last see?
My fellow admission counselors
37) How do you take your coffee?
Don't drink it
38) What is the oldest thing in your fridge?
Probably mustard and ketchup? They last forever
39) On your keyboard what key is wearing out from pressing it so much?
None, my computer is only a few weeks old! Yay for new work laptops:)
40) Where do you put your keys when you come home?
In my bag
41) Where do you go for Thanksgiving?
42) How old will you be in 2010?
43) What actor/actress would play you in a movie?
Probably a little girl?
44) How much cash is in your wallet?
7 bucks from the lottery tickets I turned in
45) Would you have a one night stand with your favorite movie star?
Who is my favorite movie star?
46) What color is your house?
47) If you were starving to death would you eat a pet?
Eww, I don't eat meat
48) Ever been to Alabama?
No, and don't want to go
49) What kind of accent do you have?
I say my "A" sound funny, that means I'm from MI or the Mid-West
50) What kind of alcoholic drinks are in your fridge right now?
White Wine, Vodka in the freezer
Where has this summer went? I like that it's been slower at work and pretty relaxed. I also like the fall because it's crazy between between travel and application season! It's a bittersweet time... once the kids come back I won't be able to breath till Christmas.
I'm going to Lansing this weekend to see my new apartment. (finally!!) It'll be a nice weekend, I've been looking forward to it since Sunday... haha. The weeks will start to pick up soon enough and I know I'll want to return to my carefree lifestyle.
Went to Relli's last night w/ Diemert. Had a blast! Just drinking and good conversation. We both realized that we haven't had too many great conversations with great people. (Especially lately) We just have to stick together! We'll probably keep each other sane in the fall.
3 months till I move to Lansing... why can't I just go now?