Tuesday, November 29, 2016

First Photos - New Camera

If you'd like to know more about my camera, check out THIS post. I've been messing with my new camera, and working on getting used to how it works and all of the different settings on it. These are the first photos I've taken with it that I think are pretty dang good! I still have a lot of room for improvement, but compared to the quality of photos I was posting before I'm really happy with these! More photos coming soon.... I'll see you on Thursday.

Note: I did not edit these photos, this is how the came out straight from my camera

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Going Home

This Saturday (the 19th) I'm packing up my things and making the long drive back home. I've been really sick and really stressed out since last week, so I'm beyond ready to go home and be able to see my guinea pigs and sleep!

I've kept my job at the kennel back home, so I'll work a few shifts over the break to earn a little extra money. The only downside is that, for Thanksgiving, we're all required to work but despite requesting the morning shift I was assigned the afternoon shift... And no one would switch with me. This normally wouldn't be something that I would get worked up about, but Thanksgiving this year is also my 20th birthday! My family typically does our festivities in the afternoon, and that's also when my friends typically come over for my birthday, so I was really pushing for having the morning shift so that the rest of my day could go on uninterrupted.

My family and friends have been really nice about trying to move things around because of my schedule, so I'm hoping that even though things won't go as planned everything will still be really fun and nice!

(I'm also using this post as a way to let you guys know that I will not be posting on Thanksgiving/My Birthday because I want to be able to have as much time with my friends and family as I can.)

This year's trip home is going to be different from last year's because I'm going to be driving myself! Last year I stayed up all night the night before cleaning and packing because I took a bus so I could sleep the entire way. This year there's no way I could stay up all night and then drive myself - driving drowsy is really dangerous!

I've reached out to a few people I know to see if they wanted to do the drive with me and pitch in for gas, but so far I haven't had any takers... For the most part people are flying back home. However, I'm kind of looking forward to being able to put on some podcasts and make the drive home at my own pace. (I'm not the most confident freeway driver so I think it'll be nice that I can pull over whenever I feel like I need a minutes to rejuvenate)

What are you guys doing for the Holiday/Break from school?

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Moving Up and Into the Booth

As you know, I got my first job ever in my life working for transportation services at my school. Even though it started off really rough, I was content with where I was in the job despite not early the amount of money that I had planned. After working there for almost a year as a "service worker" I was promoted to working as a ticket writer.

While I was at work one day, going about my normal foot route through the lots and ticketing people, my boss asked me if I had any experience working in the Booths for our campus parking garages. Apparently there were only 4 people trained, and none of them were able to come in for the night shift that day. I had had some experience but no where near the amount needed to be able to do it on my own which made for a stressful night.

My boss said that I learned really quickly on my feet, and asked if I wanted to take a 5th/open booth position rather than continuing to do foot routes and ticketing. I would get 19 hours a week (not including events) which is much more than the 8 hours (not including events) that I was currently working. I jumped on the opportunity to move up the ladder at my job and to be able to gain some much needed money handling skills.

Never before in my life have I worked with money, so it took me some time to learn how to use the cash register as well as learning how to make change quickly. Overall the whole experience was really terrifying to me because I hadn't worked with money before! Much like my previous jobs, I wasn't given any training one what to do - I had to learn on the job. Luckily, it isn't very hard to run a parking garage booth, so I've been able to pick it up really quickly! I think I've been doing a good job, but if I haven't been no one has said anything to me about it...

A majority of the time people are really nice to me while I'm working in the booth. A few people (mainly teachers) have even given me tips for being quick and friendly! The booths have a flat hourly rate, and a flat rate for overnight, so unlike tickets people can't/don't try to argue their way out of paying - which means they also don't yell at me for not letting them get out of paying.

So far, I've really been enjoying being in the booth (and not just because they have their own wifi). The only downside to working so many hours is that I have very little time outside of classes and work to do homework and have any sort of social life. For several nights so far I've stayed up almost the whole time working on things for only one or two classes so that I don't fall behind on the information. I think I've been doing okay balancing everything, but I want to be doing a lot better with it.

I'm really proud of myself, and how much experience I've been able to gain from working for transportation services! I've been able to do so many things I never thought I could, and it's all been really beneficial to me. Now that I've gained so much job/life experience I'm much more confident about my ability to get a job after I've finished school.

I'll see you on Thursday.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Checking my Pulse?

This is another roommate update - if you'd like to know what's been going on so far check HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. This is an extremely rant filled post, so if you don't like rants then I'll see you on Tuesday.

Yup. You read that title.

After I got home from work on Saturday, I put away all of my work stuff and changed out of my work clothes and laid down to take a well-deserved nap. I was only asleep for a few hours when I was woken up by my roommate, who had not at all gently pushed her fingers up against my neck and was looming over me. After I sat up and gave her a really weird look, she said she was worried I'd had an aneurysm.


For a lot of the semester I've been doing the best I can to avoid her completely, so to find her in my room hovering over me with her fingers on my neck while I was asleep really threw me off. Not to mention her claim that she was just making sure I hadn't had an aneurysm!

So far this semester, she has been the complete opposite of a good roommate.

To add to all of the other things that have happened (so far) -

I called maintenance because our dishwasher was leaking only to find out that she'd been putting dish soap in it instead of using actual dishwasher soap. After finding out about this, she very reluctantly bought a bag of little dishwasher nuggets.

For the first time this semester, she "cleaned" something! She vacuumed the floor in her own room. Later that same week I vacuumed the rest of the apartment because it wasn't dirty enough for her to vacuum it or to even offer to vacuum it while she had the vacuum out.

She invited over one of her man friends, which is all well and good, but she left the door to her room open while they did the "no pants dance" very loudly. He stayed over, and they did the dance again at 3am - WAKING ME UP. If she's going to be doing that stuff she could at the very least close her bedroom door or give me some kind of heads up so that I can be out of the apartment.

After we got our last electricity bill, she refused to tell me how much it was and how much my half of the bill was. I guessed based on the previous bill and paid her in cash appropriately (She typically paid the whole bills and then had me "pay her back" my half of the bill). I called our electrical company, and after talking on the phone with a customer service woman, I was able to gain online access to our electricity bills as well as the ability to pay my half online. I looked at this most recent bill and saw that I had underpaid her because I had underestimated what the cost was. Frustrated, I paid her the rest of what I owed her, and said that it would have been easier if she'd just told me how much my half was in the first place.

I had a package that wasn't delivered because no one answered the door. The delivery person left one of those papers with my information and a list of my options to then get the package - one of which was to sign the back of the paper and leave it on the front door for next day delivery. She had signed her name on the back of the paper for my package... Obviously the delivery person didn't accept it, so I wasn't able to get the next day service because she had tried to do it for me.

This was a very lengthy post... There have been so many things going on with her and I needed to rant and get them off of my chest.

I'll see you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New Camera!

I'm really happy and excited to let all of you know that I now have a brand new camera! This little beauty is a Canon Rebel T3 with a 15-55mm lens. I've had it for a little while now, and I'm still figuring out how to use it and how to edit the photos so it'll probably be a few weeks before I have some photos that I'm happy with and want to post. This is such an exciting time for me because I've wanted a nicer camera for such a long time and now I have the camera that I wanted! I hope all of you are excited to see some better quality photos on this blog - and most likely more photos!

You people are awesome! I'll see you on Thursday.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

10 Month Resolution Update

Resolution 1: Save up the money that I need to be able to pay for my Housing and Textbooks for the 16-17 school year on my own

As you know from THIS post, I no longer have to worry about paying my rent! Which means that, in order to achieve this resolution all I have to do is buy my own textbooks - and that's easily attainable for me now.

Resolution 2: DRINK MORE WATER!!!!!!

Throughout October, I did a horrible job with this... I was so stressed and so focused on getting caught back up and taking my midterm exams that I wasn't paying attention to the amount of water I was drinking at all. However, I'm determined to do a much better job in November because it is my birthday month and I want to feel my best!

Resolution 3: Read at least 20 books by the end of the year

I don't think that I'll be able to complete this resolution... I didn't read/listen to any more books in October. I have several that I want to read, I just keep putting it off!

Resolution 4: Clean my room every Saturday

I've been keeping up with this one the best I can. My roommate doesn't lift a finger to clean so I end up cleaning our entire apartment myself. Now that I've been back at work, I spend almost every other weekend working at the football games at my school, so I've ended up cleaning on Mondays instead of on Saturdays, but cleaning still makes me feel a lot less stressed out.

Resolution 5: Stop Eating after 9pm

In October, this was the one resolution I did really really well with! I didn't eat after 9pm at all the entire month, and I am so proud of myself for it!

Resolution 6: Snack less, eat actual Meals more

I've started to struggle with this one... I get home after a day of classes or work, and I don't want to take the time to make actual food for myself. I've been getting more microwavable things, and eating a lot more snacks. I'm going to the store this Saturday, and I'm planning on getting things like Pasta that can be made really quickly so that I can be better about making actual meals.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 2016 Overview

October was jam packed with school work for me since I was a week behind in my classes and I had all of my midterm exams. I spent a lot of late nights working on practice exams, taking quizzes, and reading textbooks. I've been trying really hard to make sure that my grades stay up despite me missing assignments and having to reschedule a few exams. So far this semester, my Economics class has been the hardest for me to do well in, so I've been going to see a tutor for help. For some reason, Economics just doesn't stick in my brain very well.

I also found out this past month that my rent is going to be covered for the rest of this semester, so I get to keep all of the money that I earn at work! I've decided to save up for a nice camera so that I can take the quality photos that I want to for this blog (and for myself). There are a few cameras that I'm interested in, I just need to do a little more research to decide which one will be the right one for me.

This October I also let you guys know that I'm attempting to "get back out there" when it comes to dating, and I'm kind of seeing how things work out on their own.

Now that it's cooled off it's really felt like Fall to me. I broke out my scarves and sweaters, and have been drinking more chai tea and hot chocolate. I'm really excited about being able to go home for Thanksgiving/My Birthday because I'll get to see some of my friends and do fun fall things with them!

I talked more about my roommate in October, and I'm still hopeful that she'll transfer at the semester... and that they'll let me stay in this apartment on my own. It would be really nice if I didn't have to deal with another awful roommate!

All in all, October was a fairly boring month... Hahaha

I'll see you on Thursday
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