Friday, September 30, 2016

The Things That Make Me Different Are the Things That Make Me Me

Happy Friday, everyone!  It's a bit overcast and chilly here, with highs in the low 70's the next few days.  Ahhhh, actual Fall weather.  I'm heading down Springfield-way this afternoon before spending all of my upcoming off days preparing for the big move to my apartment.  I will be calling my friendly landlord for an official move-in date on Monday.

I opened the store as shift manager twice this week.  Both days things went wrong, but were able to be fixed.  Yesterday I had to switch a few breakers to get things up and running!  Good thing too, it was National Coffee Day and combined with the cooler weather, we had a line to the door from 6am on, and only four people behind the counter.  It was absolutely nuts, but we survived!

School is still going well.  I got a high B on my Economics test that I was really nervous about, which is better than I expected.  And now I know how to study for the next one so hopefully I'll do even better!  I got into a discussion with the teacher last night about how standards-based education makes electives like art, music, and gym, almost obsolete.  His opinion was that if the elective teacher can't explain how their class supports the standards, they shouldn't be teaching.  I explained that the standards sometimes pander to the lowest forms of thought and that electives not only encourage innovative learning and creativity, but allow students a break in an otherwise boring day.

I think that having specific standards for students to achieve is a good thing, but the entire world is not based on math and english knowledge, especially since almost everyone I know as an adult can't remember how to do anything more than the most basic algebra and misuse your and you're all the time.  The other point in this argument is that electives like home-ec, sewing, and shop are much more valuable life skills, especially in this time when traditional college isn't always the best option post high-school.  I think it would be a disservice to our future society to discontinue elective courses just because they might not support some pre-laid out, limited standards of knowledge.

Anyway, maybe I'll break out my chalk pastels in the next few days!  I haven't taken any pictures recently so today's posts included recent Instagram findings; I hope you enjoyed them!

(photos collected from theprettycitieslovespringfieldgeninneurbanoutfitterssausagedogcentral)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Thirty Days Has September, April, June, and November

This is the last week of September, already.  Now we just need some of that chillier Fall weather to kick in, then maybe it'll make the time feel like it's slowing down.  This last week was a busy one; we had a couple days of rain, I had to go into work during my off time to do some online training, I worked on a few little homework assignments,  and did some other mundane workweek things.  I bought some pumpkin ale to celebrate the official first day of Fall.  Schlafly's version seems to be a bit sweet this year so it's more like a dessert beer.  I probably won't get it again.

I ordered a ZTA sticker for the back of my car so I can tell it apart from all the other little navy blue sedans that look like mine.  Ahhh, sorority girl nostalgia.

This past weekend my Uncle Paul was in town for Nana's birthday.  We all went to Dewey's on Saturday then headed over to Debby's for a little after-party on the patio, which was quite fun.  Then last night we went to a steakhouse called Citizen Kane's for the official birthday dinner.  I went for the seafood option of Shrimp Scampi rather than a giant steak, and it was delicious.  But the desserts were the highlight.  We ordered a few to pass around the table including cheesecake, chocolate chip cheesecake, and a layered chocolate cake.  All were doused in whipped cream and were extremely good.  And afterwards we were all so full and tired that we went straight home to bed!

(photos by e.hunt)

Monday, September 19, 2016

As It Were

Another Monday off work filled with sleeping in, a relaxing cup of coffee, running an errand or two, and studying for my first test of the semester.  I've already had a presentation and a five-page lesson plan, but this is my first test.  It's in Economics, and I'm a bit nervous.  I'm a good test-taker, but I feel like my teacher is the kind of guy who makes his tests really hard just because he's so full of himself and his area of study.  During each class meeting we've had so far he's given a whole speech about how our society and life as we know it wouldn't exist without economics, like this is some magical fact that's going to change our outlook on life forever.  If you can't tell, I don't like him or the class very much.  Oh well, maybe I'll be wrong and the test will be fairly straightforward and easy.  Now I'm off to study!

(photo by e.hunt)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

With a Swing, a Jump, and All the Elation

Get ready for more exciting news: I got approved for the apartment!!  I spoke with the property manager on Friday and he seems very friendly and welcoming.  We discussed my move-in date, which depends on when a few elderly people are moving out.  He expects that I'll be able to move in the last weekend of October, but it could be a week before that, or a couple weeks after.  We discussed how, as a young female living alone, I need to be on the second floor, and he said he understood, and even though it is a safe area, he was already planning on having me on the second floor near the front of the complex.  It was nice that he had considered this already.  And lastly we discussed that I should come in and introduce myself in the next week or so.

I am beyond excited.  While it is a bit of a wait before I move in, it'll be good because then I can take my time to pack and start gathering some kitchen-ware, furniture, and other odds and ends that I'll need.  I've already decided that I'm going to splurge on a nice rug or two (although the two I've found aren't too expensive), and that will be my one new item; the rest will most likely be thrifted.  Here are the two rugs I am considering: what do you think?

(photos collected from urbanoutfitters)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sway Like the Trees, Travel Like the Wind

It's been raining almost all day, which means it's been a little cooler outside too.  Not cool enough to wear pants or leggings, but cool enough that my feet aren't super hot in my duck boots.  I planned my outfit accordingly; Fall in front for the rain, Summer in back for the temperature.

(photos by e.hunt)

In Order to Be Irreplaceable, One Must Always Be Different

I got the shift manager position!!  I've gotten nothing but compliments and positivity from my fellow baristas, which has been quite encouraging.  It's a lot of responsibility, but I'm ready for it.  I've done a bit of informal training over the last week, and have until the end of next week to finish to official Starbucks training on the computer before my first opening shift the following week.

I had some very picturesque drives to work over the last few days.  On Wednesday, I didn't have to be in until 10am, meaning that the sun was up when I got to work!  And then Thursday was back  to the opening call, but there was a beautiful full moon in some very Fall-like night clouds.  And today, I am off!

(photos by e.hunt)

Barbecue Pioneers

And Sunday was Dad's birthday, so we celebrated with a little barbecue party.  We had three kinds of meat with rice, veggies, and green beans.

I was around to document and learn a little about how to barbecue, but I became more fascinated with the late summer sunset coming through the fence vines.  The patterns of the leaves and the shadows of the fence, and the little yellow flowers peaking over the top!  It was a fabulous photo opportunity.

And then it was time to eat.  My compliments to the barbecue chefs, because everything was delicious.  My particular favorite was the turkey.  After dinner, we had a lovely dairy-free oreo ice cream pie that Mom made earlier in the day.  Needless to say, we were all quite full when we moved into the men's card room for gift-opening.  Happy Birthday, Dad!

(photos by e.hunt)