Thursday, July 7, 2016

This and That

My two week summer vacation is coming to an end. I can feel myself getting restless so I'm glad the new school term starts soon. I took a full break from my usual routine for everything, schoolwork, running, all of it. I was approaching burnout. I guess it worked because now I am ready to return!

I should finish my degree program next year, but I don't know what I will pursue. A big part of me regrets leaving Starbucks and with this degree I have a great chance at achieving management. If I stay in healthcare I do not know how happy I will be if I'm in an office for the rest of my life. Maybe a casual, fun office, nothing like where I currently work. My job is a major struggle right now.

My short term plan is to pack this last weekend full of movies and activities with the kids. My #workingmomsummer tag is an outward show of an inward desire to make summer great while I work full-time and they are stuck at home. But that's how I grew up, too! Motherhood remains an exercise in guilt, especially in summer.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hello, PowerPoint

I have never had a reason to learn how to use PowerPoint. Until I went back to school. Usually my teachers offer an option to create a slide presentation instead of writing a 5-page paper. I write the paper because I don't know how to make slides and add an audio track to it all. Sigh. I have one class starting next week that requires a PowerPoint presentation. So here I go.

First, buy a book. Check. Thank you Barnes & Noble coupon. Next, read the book and make some slides. This is the part I'm working on now. Seriously, my kids use this program at school all the time. How hard can it be? I'm going to find out.

On another note, we went to Goodwill today. The store was way too busy for me to really dig in and shop. How do you shop at thrift stores? I always go in with a mission. I know what I'm looking for, work clothes and shoes. Today when I went in I realized that the Spring fashions are rolling out and I didn't know what the hot colors are! Clothes shopping here is completely different than in SoCal. I have to research the trends. I googled Pantone Spring colors. It's not my favorite palette,  but at least I had a guide. I found one item a lined, peach, Liz Claiborne skirt for $5. Score!

As I'm writing this, I keep thinking about how much I have to prep for the new school term starting Monday. I've looked over the syllabus for each class and I'm a little nervous. One class has three chapters of reading each week. The other has at least one. In addition to discussion board posts, critical thinking papers, and quizzes, this term will be a challenge.

Friday, March 4, 2016

On My Break

This weekend I will be judging a Destination Imagination competition. My youngest participates in this program and loves it. Basically, it's a kid-run, problem-solving, improv group. He has stayed after school for the past 12 Fridays preparing and I really hope his group does well.

Other weekend plans: run 6 miles, watch The Intern, knit a little, prepare for the school term that starts Monday.

I've been so in the mood for Harry Potter this week. Maybe it's because a lot of my passwords are Potter-related. I haven't watched any of the movies since seeing the final movie last month. And then Alan Rickman died. So. Maybe it's time to put on a fire, grab some maroon and gold yarn, and knit with the Deathly Hallows.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Working Sucks

It was just another one of those days at work. I am unhappy at work. I won't use my blog to complain. I need a positive personal outlet and this will be it.

This week I am in between school terms.  My nights have been spent watching Netflix and eating snacks. It has been wonderful. I'm currently addicted to Filthy Riches, a reality series about people who make money out in nature by getting dirty. I love watching the worm diggers fighting turf wars and raking mud for worms. I'm jealous that they are completely in charge of their hours to work. I'm sure the mud probably stinks, but these guys look so happy. A big thumbs up for the series!

My taste in coffee has changed. I cannot stand drinking lattes and mochas with all that milk. My standard order is an American, usually iced. I crave espresso. I want it strong and dark! I may add a shot of cream, but that's it. Does coffee preference mature? I order the seasonal drinks at Starbucks, but they're usually too sweet. I feel like an old lady.

The last thing I want to do is live a life full of regrets. I need to focus more on life outside work. I can't let work hours outnumber personal hours. How do you balance work and personal life?