It’s About Time! (My Return to Posting)

Hey everyone!!

With my class and work schedules, obviously blogging every day isn’t working out very well, so let’s revamp a little. I can’t promise you a new post every day, but I will continue to post when I can. I will try to keep it varied, with Quotes of the Day, Free Write Fridays, and Thankful Thursdays, as well as some new stuff, so stay tuned!!

Like I said, my schedule is hectic this semester, but that’s all changed now that it is…

**drumroll**

… SPRING BREAK!!!!! PAAAAR-TAAAAYYY!!

Just kidding. I am on Spring Break, but no parties for me. Instead, I am taking the opportunity to pick up more shifts at work. I know, I know, I am a madwoman.

Though I’ve been busy, I still have time for some fun. Here are some things I’ve done since my last post:

  • Discovered Pokémon. I know I may be a little late to the game, but I am officially addicted.( I may or may not have watched over 40 episodes since Spring Break started on Friday…)
  • Cosmic Bowling. Lights, music, friends… What could be better? I am officially horrible, but we have fun, and that’s what counts, right? (But seriously, I’m awful.)
  • Went Hiking. There is a river near town, and Jake, Ryan, and I went exploring. It was the perfect way to end a stressful week.

And last but not least…

  • Met a Guy. I won’t go into details now, but he is great. He is also a writer. (Far better than me, if I am to be perfectly honest.) He recently started a blog. Go check him out here.

That’s all for now, but hopefully you will be hearing from me again soon!!

Top 5 Things I Learned Over Break

Hey everyone!! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season. Let’s get started!

1. I totally suck at posting when not at school.

I have found that I am very easily distracted without classes to give structure to my day. It may also have something to do with the lack of Jake constantly reminding me to post. Now that I’m back at school hopefully I will get better about it.

2. My name is Emily, and I am a Netflix-oholic.

When I have hours of free time I tend to binge on entire seasons at a time. In the past month I have rewatched Psych, Supernatural, the Gates, Being Human (the UK version, not the US), and a couple dozen romantic comedies and holiday movies. I have a problem. (I may or may not be watching as I type.)

3. I enjoy training people.

I have been able to pick up a few more shifts at work over break, and in some of those shifts I have been tasked with training the new hires. I don’t know why, but I love teaching the new people what to do. It probably has a little to do with the fact that I get to tell them what to and not actually have to do it myself.

4. I’m not a morning person.

Unfortunately I have early classes all week spring semester and I work opening shifts on the weekends. This will be fun.

5. I am fascinated by serial killers.

My school has an interterm class each January, in each we spend two and a half weeks taking only one class every day. This year I am taking the Psychology of Evil. We discuss and study violent acts and the people who commit them. The goal is to take a closer look at why these acts happen, and what makes ordinary people do them.

Top 5 Reasons I Love My Job

I work at an after school program for middle-schoolers, and though I may complain about it I do really love my job. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

#5. Free food

We have this tradition, that whenever one of the clubs makes food, they make enough for the rest of the teachers. This results in anything from cookies, to pies, to pizza, which is great, even if they are sometimes questionably made. 🙂 We also occasionally do dinners for the kids, including a Thanksgiving Dinner which included turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings for us and the kids.

#4. Good discussions

Last week I had a half hour discussion on the literary criticisms and qualifications of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight. I was talking to three 12-year-old girls. I never prouder of them than I was when they were able to give concise, well thought out reasons that Harry Potter is a much better book series than Twilight.

#3. It’s an excuse to be creative 

I usually run a craft club, and it has given me the opportunity to try out all of the projects I have pinned on my pinterest boards. 🙂 The coolest thing though, is how creative the kids are. I can give them the basic structure of a project, and they will take it in a totally different direction than I was thinking, and the finished product is way better than I could ever have imagined.

#2. I paid to act silly

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to act like a middle-schooler. I get to play card games and foursquare, watch spongebob and Disney movies, and sing silly songs for absolutely no reason. AND I’m getting paid!

#1. Kids are honest 

The thing about working with kids is that they tend not to have a filter. At all. Though this can, and does, get them in trouble, I find it very refreshing. Whether it’s good (“You sing really good.”) or bad (“You were prettier before you dyed your hair. I don’t like it.”) you know what they are telling you the truth.

Top 5 Things NOT to Do in a Drive-Thru

As I’ve mentioned before, I work in a semi-fast food restaurant. Occasionally that means working the Drive-Thru. Usually I love it, sometimes people do things that make my job less awesome. Here are some tips so you don’t become ‘that person’ in the drive thru:

#5. Loud Cars

So this first one isn’t actually your fault, but it is annoying. If your car is overly loud, don’t try to shout over it, just turn it off. We on the other end are usually listening through a headset, and it is difficult to hear anyway.

#4. Complicated Orders

If you are ordering food for twenty, want to substitute everything in your sandwich for something else, or want to put your food on more than one card you are better off just going inside and ordering at the counter. Complex orders take longer to make, and so they slow down the line making you, the cars around you, and our bosses upset. Also there is a greater chance we may get something wrong, and then no one is happy.

#3. Impatience

If you pull up to the window and the person at the register is not quite ready to take your money, please do not wave your cash in their direction in attempt to get their attention. Trust me, they see you. Though they may not look busy, chances are someone is rattling off an order over the headset, or they are about to grab something out of the oven. They will get to you as soon as they can.

#2. Credit Cards

If you need to search through your wallet for something, do not, I repeat DO NOT put your credit card in your mouth and then hand it to the cashier. We don’t want to touch your spit.

#1. Smoking

As a non-smoker, this one really irks me. Please wait the extra five minutes to light up. In our drive-thru at least, air is sucked into the kitchen when we open the window. Something about the vents or fans or whatever. That means that your cigarette smoke is blown right into our face. It is not a pleasant thing at all.

Thankful Thursday (Sorta)

I know, I know. It’s not Thursday, but Thankful Friday just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Besides, this was supposed to be my Thursday post, but I got really busy then distracted then exhausted and next thing I know it is Friday morning and I am rushing to my practicum placement. But anyway, I promised to post three things I am thankful for each week, and here are this week’s:

#1 Kids who translate

I work at an after-school program at a local middle school. I teach a card game club and half of my kids speak little to no English. I am so thankful for one of my bilingual kids who translates everything I say for the others. It really makes my job easier.

 

#2 Doane Theatre

The Doane Theatre department is full of amazingly talented performers, scenic artists, and tech wizards. This combination results in some of the best theatre productions I’ve ever seen. Thursday night I had the privilege to see their performance of Mother Courage and Her Children, set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic war zone. It was FANTASTIC!

 

#3 I made it home safe

For the first time this year, it snowed. While we were in the nice, warm theatre, the road back to Lincoln was being coated with layers of snow and ice. I hate winter, but I am grateful I made it home.

Being Thankful: Not Just For November

November is the the month of thankfulness. Every year people post on their social media how grateful they are about everything for 30 days, and then go on with their everyday lives for the other 11 months of the year.

I think being thankful is important, and not just one month a year. Therefore, I am officially adding a requirement to my postings for the rest of my year:

At least once a week, I will post at least three new things I am grateful for.

Every week.

For a year.

This will be fun. 🙂

That being said, here are the first three things I am grateful for!

#1. My dad.

My dad and I have always been close. In fact, our family says we are practically the same person. We have very similar personalities, and identical senses of humor. In junior high and high school, my classmates were mortified at the thought of being seen with their parents in public. I was always like, “Yeah, I’m hanging out with my dad today, what of it?”

Since I started college (in a town roughly two hours away from home) I’ve only gotten to see my dad about once a month: whenever I go home, or when my family comes to see me.

Last weekend my dad was in town on business, and so we got to spend the day together for the first time in a long time. We got lunch, talked about life, and shopped for smartphone data plans.

It was so great being able to talk about everything from where I am going in my life, to what my siblings are up to, to how you would explain slang phrases, such as “Is that a thing?”

#2. Epona Horse Rescue.

I volunteer a few hours a week at a local horse rescue near Doane. I am so grateful they are here for two reasons.

The first is for the animals. Epona rescues a variety of animals: horses, donkeys, mules, ponies, goats, you name it. They nurse sick and malnourished animals back to health, train and rehabilitate ‘problem horses’ so they can be re-homed, and provide a permanent sanctuary for animals with disabilities that prevent them from being adopted.

The second reason is for me. Whenever I feel stressed, or overwhelmed with everything that is expected of a college student, I go out to Epona and spend some time with the animals. They don’t judge, and they don’t expect anything from me (apart from their food, and a pocketful of treats). Their generally calming presence helps me to forget about my worries and focus on the positives in my life.They help me just as much as I help them, if not more.

#3. My Job.

Or rather, the people I work with. I work at Fazoli’s, a semi-fast food Italian restaurant. The job itself is not always fun, but the friends I have made there make coming in to work worthwhile. It is always a fun, energetic atmosphere, and I am so glad for that. I have heard so many horror stories from people who work in fast food that hate their jobs/coworkers. We are friends and joke around while we work, and that makes all the difference.

I hope you enjoyed the first of my weekly gratitudes! As always, feel free to comment! Let me know what you are thankful for today!