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|Friday, January 2nd, 2015|
|2015 bring it baby!
Another year gone - I can't believe how fast time goes by lately. So, let's sum up 2014!
I started my new (well not so new now) job in February. It's had it's ups and it's down, but overall, it's good. They really give a shit about me, so I've been able to get some changes made to help me get things done. It's still a long road - they've had nobody doing this job before me, well, nobody who was soley focused on it. And there's a lot of reorganizing and catching up that I've had to do and still have to do. Hopefully within this next quarter, I will get back to where I like to be. I had a good year here. In this last month alone I brought in 2.5 million dollars of revenue. I think I did 6.5M overall since Feb. Not too shabby. Once I'm on track, I expect I will be able to bring in more than that this upcoming year.
In July I ran in a road race 5K in my parent's home town. It was a spur of the moment thing because I had to miss out on an obstacle course run due to a cold. I had never really even run before! I was able to get in like...3 runs before the race. But I got it done, did it in a reasonable time - 41.49 (13.45 pace) and wanted to die, but after that I was hooked. I started running, a lot. I pushed a bit too much and ended up getting a calf strain and peroneal tendonitis so I had to take a few months off. I got back into running a bit slowly after that. But somehow ended up aggravating the tendonitis. From research I think I need to change my shoes up a bit, with some heel inserts. The physical therapist I saw mentioned how my muscles are naturally tight and I need to focus on stretching a lot more than normal. With heel inserts, my achilles won't have to strain so much. Even though I was hurt I ran my second 5K in December. Improved my time a bit - 39.56 (12.52 pace)! I was hoping for better, but between the injury and how cold it was things didn't go quite as I planned. I've taken some time off since then to let it heal properly, but I am looking to start up again - super slow. I have a 5 mile race in March I need to do. And I want to run an 11.52 pace for that. But one day at a time lol. It's more important to heal properly than to run one race. So yeah, my life is running. If I can't run, I read about it, follow people who run, etc. etc. I invested in a treadmill recently so that I don't lose any opportunities to train in the winter. It's not necessarily the cold that gets me, it's the dark. I am not a fan of running around my neighborhood at night. Only a couple more months until spring and I can run outside again!!
A few weeks after the July 5K I did my first obstacle 5K! I went with 3 ladies from my "gym." We made a girls weekend out of it. It was so much fun!! Lots of mud, obstacles, laughing. It was an all female one, so there was less pressure for my first one. I had so much fun with that. I'm signed up for 2 or 3 this upcoming year.
Recently my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer. It started out with a lump, but after an MRI the doctors noticed it was in the entire left breast, so she has to have a mastectomy. Her surgery is tentatively scheduled for Feb. Unfortunately we don't know yet whether or not she can do radiation or if she'll have to do chemo. We won't know until after her surgery. Which is the hardest part at the moment. After her surgery she is going to come stay with Patrick and me so I can keep an eye on her and make sure she heals up properly. There's too much stress with where she is living now.
Finally, big, happy news - Patrick proposed to me on Christmas eve! Christmas eve is also our decided two year anniversary, since that's the first time we saw each other after we decided to stop being idiots and start dating. lol. So now I have a wedding to plan!! So many things to think of and money to save. Right now we're looking into April 2016. So my mom can get through her thing and we can save and plan and not be too stressed....since no matter what you do wedding planning is stressful lol.
So yeah, that's 2014 in a nutshell! 2015 will be a good year. Running, 5Ks, wedding planning, turning 29 (AAAHHH, how am I almost 30 already????), vacations, taking care of my mom, and all of that other stuff!
<3 Current Mood: ecstatic
|Thursday, January 23rd, 2014|
Happy 2014 :-)
I've got some down time in the next week or so, so I figured I would do a quick update!
I recently put in my resignation in the job I've had for the last 4 years. Another offer came up, that I couldn't resist (they pursued me). It's approximately 13 grand more a year in base, a better commission plan, and it's a manager's position. The things this company can offer me is more in line with what I'm looking for in my future career, so even though it was difficult, I made the choice I had to make.
I offered to stay until the end of the month, at my old job, was told that was cool. I started training people and then one week after I put in my resignation (last Wednesday) they pulled me into HR and told me that they are giving me 2 weeks PTO, blah blah blah, we know you're stressed and doing school (more about that later), we need to learn (literally I'm the only person in the company until I started training people who knew how to do what I do), blah blah blah, you're on call if we need you (which is why they're paying me for these two weeks), blah blah blah, but you can't keep your laptop (can't really help without my laptop/quotes/files). So I had two days to wrap things up when I thought I had two weeks. And now here I am! Two weeks off until I start my new job (well, less than that now). That being said, after that bullshit, I realized even more that it was the best decision for me. Things just aren't the best at my old company. Time to move on!
So, school. Nothing fantastic, but I am taking a few courses online for Project Management so I can get a certification in it and then go from there if I want to. I'm not sure if it's something I want to pursue, but it's never hurtful to have a certification in Project Management. It automatically bumps up your worth.
Other than that, life is fantastic!! Paying off my debt still, I expect to have my big credit card paid off by April/May time frame. So excited about that! After that's paid off all I have is my student loan and car payment.
Patrick and I are going along strong and life is just...wonderful lol. We live together, used to work together (until I quit recently), and shit just works. Happiest I've been in a long time. <3 Biffles.
Hmm....other than work and school, mostly everything else is the same, so I don't have too much to update!! Once the new job starts, I'll have something to update, hopefully it's everything I want it to be and more. But I can't see how it won't be!
|Monday, August 12th, 2013|
|Look how far we've come
So many things have changed since I last wrote. Most, if not all, of them are positive. I like looking back at old entries, whether it be from a year ago or goodess, 11 years ago, and seeing how far I've come, how much I've changed and grown and learned from my mistakes.
Work is work. Pretty much the same as the last time I wrote. Some days I love it, some days I don't. But that's work. I think about changing jobs, but nothing has come up that I think is better for me. So until then, I'll keep doing what I'm doing. I run my own department, my boss loves me, I love my co-workers, I make great money. No need to leave until something amazing comes along.
I've been paying off my debt and I'm in a really great place right now. Got a bit of money left on my biggest credit card, but I've made some great strides in the last few months on getting that down to a reasonable amount. I'd suspect, that within the next year, it'll be paid off. In May I bought a new car! I love it. I got a great deal, got the price that I wanted. Car payments are gross, but it's cheap enough and great at building credit. My credit score was so great, I was shocked. I'm working on getting it higher so that when the time comes to buy a house (fingers crossed, next year), I'll be able to have more to work with.
I think that the last time I posted I wrote a brief sentence about being involved in a friends with benefits situation with a coworker in 2010 that went a bit wacky as part of my "this is how I spent the last year and half being single" paragraph. I'm happy to report, 3 years later, he's my boyfriend. lol. Such a complicated story, on his end as well as my own, on how him and I got to this point. It still amazes me. It's made me think about how weird life is. How things don't always go how you plan, but sometimes work out exactly how they're supposed to. It's given me faith in life and love and everything in between. I could go into a huge sappy ramble about how great Patrick is and how great the relationship is, but meh. I'm lazy. It's just nice to have something stable and good and be 100% happy with how life is going. It's been a long while since I've felt like this.
I guess that's about it!! Current Mood: accomplished
|Wednesday, June 13th, 2012|
Why hello! On my lunch break and wanted to update this. I get this urge every year or so or sometimes more, to come back to my old "stomping ground" and update. I have no reason why. Maybe one day it'll fade or pass and I won't update any longer. Since I'm 100% no one uses Live Journal anymore. At least...not anyone that I know.
Anyways, updates, updates.
Work: Going along very well. I went to the UK for work last summer and that was a great experience. I'll probably be going back this year, not 100% sure though. Depends on budgets and timing. I've been at Integralis for 2.5 years now. Kicking ass and taking names. I run an entire department and am one of the top revenue generating people in the US. I got added to the comp plan back in March (potential to earn 40% of my base) and just recently got a 6 grand bump in my base salary, plus 5 extra PTO days. So besides the usually complaints about a job and the weirdness that is my company, things are going well. Well enough that I'll deal with it now that I'm making more lol. Current Mood: loved
Life: Life is going along well. I'm very content with where I'm at. I guess the biggest update is with my dating life. I've got myself a boyfriend again! lol. I spent a year and a half single. (From June 2010 until December 2011). And it was an interesting experience. Dated a bit, had a complicated friends with benefits situation w/a coworker go a bit haywire, and spent some time alone contemplating my life. And then I met Robby! Very unexpectedly, to be honest. I wasn't planning on it, but there he was. We just celebrated our 6 month anniversary last wknd. We have our ups and downs, but it's really good. He's very patient with me when I start to close off because of all the issues I never realized I had from my exes. And I'm patient when he's a big dumb boy (and I mean big...he's a foot and a half taller than me!! 6'5"!!). lol. Due to some circumstances that are none of live journal's business (ha), we've been living together since...well almost the first week we met. It was a temporary situation turned permanent when we realized we liked living together and it was working fabulously. He's my boy and I'm very happy to have him. He treats me very well, how I've been wanting to be treated since Jim and I broke up (and a bit before that, to be honest...). My mom and brother have met him and adore him. And he loves them as well. We actually go to visit my mom once a month, sometimes more, depending on what we have going on. It's usually his suggestion too! It's nice to have someone who can interact with my family. We have a really great thing going on. He can hang out with my friends and I hang out with his friends. We have alone time and time together. I'm really excited to see where this goes. We're able to talk serious, but we also laugh. A lot. We have a lot of fun when we're together. It's refreshing.
The other somewhat interesting update is that I cut my hair!! AHHHHH! I've been growing it out for at least 2 years. It was really long and I chopped it off on Friday. It rests around my shoulders. And guess what??! I LOVE IT. Everyone loves it as well. I'm so happy that I did it...and that Robby helped me get the courage to do so. See, what a great boyfriend, right? haha.
So yeah. That's my update. I'm leaving out all the bad stuff, with friends, life, etc. Because why put everyone in a bad mood? Plus, I've moved on, grown stronger, and life is honestly going along so well right now. I feel like I'm finally coming into my own. That my life is finally going the way that it should. And that's an amazing feeling. :)
|Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011|
|The Science of Selling Yourself Short
Well, looks like I lied. It's been only slightly less than two years since my last update. I don't know why I bother updating, but hey. I felt melancholy today and wanted to look through old entries so I decided to update before taking a lovely trip down memory lane.
Two years is an awfully long time and once again, so much has happened. I'll try and sum it up so nice and neat like the last time, but I'm in a rambling mood, so no promises.
A year ago, today, I left my job at Uconn and started working for a company called Integralis. BEST thing I've ever done. I love my job. I enjoy going to work, I love my boss, and I love the people I work with. Recently, as of last week, I took on more responsibility and it's going to pay off. A trip to the UK is in my near future and on the company dime. Couldn't ask for more. lol.
Apartment wise, I lived in my Wethersfield apartment for a year with Liz and it was really nice. For the entire year, no fights, no drama. It was awesome. I now live in Manchester in a one bedroom apartment. Minus the few leaks I've had due to too much snow on the roof, I like my apartment. It's in a good location to my life. Living alone is pretty cool. I thought I'd be lonely, but I'm not. I like coming home and not having to interact with people unless I want to. Things are where I left them (usually on the floor....lol) and I can do what I want when I want. It's a good deal.
Relationship wise....are you ready for this? I'M SINGLE! lol. And have been since June 2010. 8 months now. The longest I've been single since I started my dating thing in 2002. And for the most part, it's been good to me. I like concentrating on me and only me. Eventually I want to start dating and all that stuff, but for right now....it's nice to be alone. I can put my efforts into myself instead of someone else. And besides, I'm not alone, I've got my lovely people in my life. I feel content and complete.
I've had my ups and my downs, I've had my fair share of downs, to paint a realistic picture. But I have faith that things are going along how they should. I'm figuring things out as they go along.
Meh. That's it. Guess it seems like I haven't done much with my two years, but I have. I've just lost that...naive sense about me to post it for all the internet world to see...
See you in two years LiveJournal. Current Mood: nostalgic
|Tuesday, August 25th, 2009|
|Why, hello. It's been two years....
A friend and I were talking about livejournal the other day...so I decided to come take a look at my old one.The last time I updated was over two years ago...that seems like a lifetime ago. So many things have happened in my life. I figured I'd update it. Mainly for me, since I know no one even looks at this anymore, but I figured, what the hell. I've been writing in this off and on since 2001, might as well.
The biggest accomplishment I've had since 2005 is that I'm now a Uconn graduate. I graduated in December 2008 with honors. It's been such a relief to be finally done with school. Since then I've been doing the whole full time working thing. The job I was working at when I was a student had asked me to stay on under Special Payroll to help out until the end of June (this past one). Just recently, they asked me to continue on for another year. As it is, I have a few opportunities for a more permanent position with benefits, which would be great. My boss and coworkers here are really helpful in my search, which is nice. I wouldn't mind staying in the University. It has nothing to do with my major, but I like it. It keeps me busy and it's changing. Plus, they have great benefits and if I decided I wanted to go back to school, I could get my masters at Uconn for dirt cheap.
Since my last entry, I've moved about a bajillion and one times. Well, maybe not that much, but close enough. In Summer 08, I moved out of Briar Knoll into what I now call "The Bug House." After a month of living there, I found out that my room, and my room only - not my stuff, but the ACTUAL room- had bed bugs. That's the worst experience anyone could ever go through. I tried to do what had to be done, with the Orkin or Terminex people, but after a few months of not living there, I couldn't take it. So I left. Packed up all my stuff (all bug free, thank God), and moved back to Stafford...I know, I know, but at the time, it was a very smart decision. I moved into there last November, not even a year ago, well it will be soon enough. Just three weeks ago, or rather, a month now, I moved from Stafford to Wethersfield. Best move I've ever done. I feel so much happier out that way than I have in a long time. And despite what everyone told me, the commute is not bad. It only takes me a half an hour and I hit no traffic either way. And besides, it's closer to everything else in my life - all the important people I love - so that makes up for the commute to work each day.
I've been fortunate enough to make some incredible friends in the last two years. I'm not even exaggerating. The people I have in my life have helped me through so much...turmoil. And because of them, I came out in one piece. I've also become better friends with a few, well to be honest, only two, people I had been close with at one point in high school and had drifted from slightly while in college. I never thought I'd have such a great group of friends to hang out with, but I do. I love them all.
I feel like I should mention my relationship with Jim, since my entire livejournal, from the time I met him in May 2002, is about him...whether directly or indirectly. Jim and spent the majority of 2007 in and out of breaks. Well, I should clarify, cause it wasn't exactly like that. In Feb 2007 we decided (I say we, but it was his idea, I just went along with it) to take a break. That lasted about a month until we got back together. About 6 months later or so, in September, I think, we (again, same deal) decided to take another break. That one lasted a few months before we were back on track again. We were together for all of 2008 until February of this year, when it was called quits for good. I wont go into detail about what happened and all that stuff, since this entry is for me, and I know what went down. But the end result is that we're over.
Six months later, I'm happier than I ever thought I would be. I never knew how strong I was until it was over. And now, looking back, I see that it wasn't that great of a relationship. There were tons of flaws that I chose to ignore. Why? I don't know. I liked the fairy tale notion of marrying my high school sweetheart. Things had stopped being good years before it was over. I don't regret the relationship at all...Jim and his family helped me through a lot of hard times. I definitely wouldn't be here without them. But, I can honestly say, life is better now.
About two months into the break up, around the end of April, I was out with a few of my friends and I met Spence. We've been seeing each other ever since. Things with Spence feel...right. He's helped me realize things about myself I had forgotten or had never known. He's restored my faith in myself and my ability to love (myself, others, what have you). It's nice to feel wanted and special again. Being with him feels more real. This feels like a real, grown up relationship. It's more like equals. It's been a long time since I've felt this good. I'm happy and I can't wait to see how things go with him. I'm not thinking of forever at the moment (not that I would mind), because as life had shown me, you can't plan everything out...just go with the flow.
So Livejournal, that's been more or less my life for the last two years. Summed up for you in 7 neat paragraphs. I'll try to come back and update again sooner than 2 years, but no promises.
~Autumn Current Mood: content
|Sunday, May 13th, 2007|
|Thursday, May 10th, 2007|
|Finished precalc work, so here's a beginning of the summer update
It's been a while, but i've been busy non stop...and i still am, but it's too hot too do anything and t.v. is annoying me lately, so here's an update.
Turned 21 in March and it's great. I've been going out to Hartford a lot lately, and it's been a lot of fun.
School is technically done for me (it was last Thursday) but im taking two summer courses so that i can still graduate May 2008. Since i changed my major, it was either stay an extra semester or do two summer courses and graduate in May. So right now i'm taking precalc from 9:00 - 12:00 Monday thru Friday for three weeks. It's not too bad, just makes your mind feel like mush after doing math for three hours. And then after that I go to work until 4:00. My second summer class starts the 29th and goes until July 6th, but it's only Tu/Th 9-12:15, so it's not that bad.
Got my grades in, I made the Dean's list...my GPA was a 3.64 for the semester. 2 A's, 3 A-'s and 1 B (which pisses me off a bit...but thats what i get for not making up one of my projects).
Umm....here's what the summer looks like so far:
going to the casino on the 29th
classes until July 6th (boo)
going to PA to see Derek June 15th and going to see the White Sox play! :-)
going to Las Vegas in July w/Jimmy and his parents -- i can't wait to drink and gamble my money away. lol
Jimmy and I celebrate our 5 year anniversary on Sunday (13th), so that's exciting.
Uhhh...so...yeah...not much of an update I guess. Sorry. lol.
|Thursday, February 1st, 2007|
Oy vay. Life has been so friggin stressful and hectic lately. I havent had time to do anything lately. But anyways, since I'm procrastinating doing homework, i figured i'd update about my classes/schedule since i haven't done that yet.Mondays:
8:30-10:30: Observation in the Child Lab for my 236 class. It's alright. Ive only done it once so far. I basically sit in the half day preschool room and watch for whatever i'm looking for tht week
11:00-11:50: HDFS 201 - my diversity class. It's.....meh. I don't have a final, which is a good thing, but i do have a semester long project, "i will build bridges" where i have to pick an oppressed minority group and write about it/go to an event where they're the majority and i'm the minority.
8:00-8:50: HDFS 223 - curiculuum class. I like it. It's going to be hard bc I have to do a lot of crafts, etc. Basically i'm going to make a lot of stuff that i can use in the classroom when i graduate. In this class im learning how to run/plan my class room activities
9:00-11:00: I work in the full day preschool room as my HDFS 221 class. I LOVE IT. It's so much fun!!! I love the kids. Two of the kids in the room have Down Syndrome, and i'm in love with them.
11:00-2:00: Free time!!! The few precious time i have to do work while on campus. i'll end up having lunch with Jimmy when he's free
2:00-3:15: HDFS 220 - i dont actually know what this class is really about. We're learning general information about working in the classroom. it's alright. easy.
3:30 - 4:45: HDFS 232 - Early and Middle Childhood development. Basically its a continuation of my 231 class i took last semester. Same set up as well. Huge paper at the end. Two reflections due each week. Quizes every 3 or 4 classes. I like itWednesday:
9:00-9:50: HDFS 236, my observation class. It's pretty easy, we just talk about our observations and hand in our assignments. I love the prof. She's also my 223 prof. <3
11:11:50: HDFS 201
8:00-8:50: HDFS 223
9:00-11:00: Lab for my 223 class. It's going to be fun/a pain. I have to make a persona doll, and when i say make, i mean, MAKE. The clothing, the hair, etc. and i have to make an about me book to go along with the doll. I also have to do a bulletin board about dad's. Very creative shit
2:00-3:15: HDFS 220
3:15-4:45: HDFS 232Friday:
10:00-10:50: discussion for 201
Tuesdays and Thurs are so busy and non stop. As of right now i dont work Tuesdays, but she might ask me to work certain days. I'm really exhausted. I feel like I go non stop. I wake up at 5:45 on Mondays, 6:00 on Tuesday - Thursday and on Friday I get to sleep in a little later: 8:00. And when this semester is done, it wont matter bc I'm taking summer classes. And as of right now, i'll probably end up going to grad school as well. I decided that i'm going to work in a preschool. I think that's what i wanna do. So i'm probably going to get my masters. I dont know, we'll see once i talk to my advisor.
Umm....other than that, things have been going pretty okay. Only one month, 7 days until my birthday. i'm excited about that.
Okay that's it for now. Back to work.
|Friday, January 5th, 2007|
|Everybody's working for the weekend
Quick Update: Current Mood: cheerful
* Got my grades. I have a 3.5 GPA for this semester. HDFS A-, Developmental: A-, Personality Psych: B+, Abnormal Psych: B+ (this one I'm unhappy with)
*I had an amazing New Years Eve weekend. Went to a party/bonfire on Saturday night. Got a little drunk, did my first funnel -- yay me, and saw a bunch of people I haven't seen in a long time. Then I had a party at my place for New Years Eve. It was: me, Jim, Haider, Shea, Brittany, Matt, Torcia, Katie, and Tess. With the exception of a little drama at the end of the party, i had an awesome time. The pics on facebook/myspace prove it. lol.
*Christmas was good as well. I got a lot of cool things I wanted (ie: Playstation 2), and cash and it was nice to see my family. :-)
*As of today, I got another raise. A 50 cent raise. I'm super excited. I'm making some good money now. lol
*My break has been going very well. I don't want it to end, but I know it's going to soon :-(
* Mary had her baby (Parker) on the 28th. I'm so happy and excited for her! I can't wait to go see him. I saw pictures of him online, and he's so friggin cute!
* 2 months, 4 days until I'm 21. I can't wait, I'm going to go to the Casino! woooooooohooo! (lucky me, my birthday is on a friday)
I think that that's about it. I really don't really have anything else to say that I can think of right now.
|Monday, November 6th, 2006|
|Take On Me
I had the most amazing weekend. It was great! Current Mood: pleased
Saturday was my Uncle's 50th birthday party (my dad's brother) in Bristol. So I left Jimbo's house around 4:00 and drove down to meet my mom who was going too (everybody loves my mom -- more than my dad in fact). So we went to the party for 6:00. It was nice seeing family I hadn't seen in a long time, especially my cousins who I used to hang out with all the time. It was nice catching up with all of them, but it was especially nice talking with my cousins Ryan, Michael and Sam. Shea ended up not being able to make it there until 9:00 or so, which was when my cousin Mike was leaving, which sucked for him, but Mike told us to come and visit him at work some time (he works at Club Blu in Hartford). So Ryan, Shea and I were all talking and we decided that we were going to go there after the party ended. Sam couldn't come bc she had to bring her friend home or something like that. So Ry, Shea and Ry's girlfriend Monica and I ended up going. We get there around 11:45 or so and we call Mike to come and meet us at the door. We walk in the door and the bouncer dude asked us for I.D.'s etc. and Mike goes, "oh no, they're cool. They're family." So the bouncer dude was like, okay. And stamped our hands (for free) and gave us 21 and up bracelets. Which was AWESOME. Because, FYI, Shea and I are definately NOT 21, nor do we look it. lol.
The club was so much friggin' fun. I had a blast. We stayed until like 2:30 or so (we got to stay after it closed bc we knew Mike) and then drove to Ryan and Mike's apartment (they live in Rocky Hill) to hang out some more. I ended up getting back to my place around 4:15 or so. I was soooo tired. I left Shea at Ry's apartment bc they were going back to Plainville to have breakfast with some of my family members the next morning.
Sunday I did nothing but sleep and watch tv. It was great. My legs hurt so much from dancing , I didn't wear the proper shoes for clubbing, since I didn't know that I would be going. lol.
Right now I'm at work and bored. I'm waiting to get out at 3:00 to meet with some ppl from my class to talk about our projects that we have to do. I'm really tired. *yawn*
I wish it was the weekend. Shea and I are going to go to Club Blu on Saturday to meet up with Ryan and Monica again. Should be interesting. I have no idea what I'm doing the rest of the weekend, but that doesn't really matter to me right now. :-)
Okay, that's it for the update. More later on this week?
|Friday, November 3rd, 2006|
So I picked out my class schedule for next semester last friday. Things did not go as smoothly as I had hoped. Turns out they had to bump up one of my observation classes to an earlier time. This interfered with my 190 class. All this other stuff happened too, but I'm too tired to talk about it. So the end result is that I have to take yet another class during the summer. But oh well. Current Mood: but happy
HDFS 201: Diversity Issues in Human Dev. and Family Studies: M, W: 11:00-11:50 and Friday discussion: 10-10:50
HDFS 220: Intro Programs for Young Children: Tu/Th: 2:00-3:30
HDFS 223: Integrating Curriculum Methods and Materials for PreK and K: Tu/Th: 8:00-8:50 and Thursday Lab: 9:00-11:00
HDFS 232: Early and Middle Childhood Development: Tu/Th: 3:30-4:45
HDFS 236: Observing Early and Middle Childhood Development: Wednesday: 9:00-9:50
I'm also taking this class called: HDFS 221 which is the lab to 220. I actually go into the child labs on campus for two hours a week. I don't know when I'll be going there, it's based on our schedules and we don't pick when we go until the first day of HDFS 220. I think I'm really going to love this lab! Especially since I put that I would like to work with Special Needs children. It'll be fun.
My Halloween party was spectacular. So much shit happened. Haider ended up being able to come (yay!), and my brother came by at first just to hang out until his friend got out of work, but then he ended up staying (yay again!). So at first it was them, me, Jim, Tess, Torcia, Matt, Brittany, and Derek at my place. But then the most amazing thing ever happened (pardon my exaggeration)
So I'm sitting in my apartment hanging out. It was only about 8:30 or so and my cell phone rings and it says that it's Heather. So I pick up and she asks me where I live again. I tell her. And then she asks what apartment number, and I say 120. And she goes: HOLY SHIT! I'M IN APARTMENT 115! (She called bc she thought she heard my voice--which she obviously did)
So the rest of the night everybody was party hopping between the two apartments. It was so much fun! Their party had beer pong, my party had scary movies, jello shots (yum), and shit loads of food. So it was a good trade off. I made a few new friends which was cool. I accidently ended up getting kind of drunk. Blame it on the jello shots. lol. But it was a good time and that's what mattered. Sleeping was even more fun. I was wedged between Heather and Jim --both of who passed out in my bed around 1:00 or so. lol.
This week went by fast. I ended up getting a 47 out of 50 on my HDFS exam, so that made me happy. I just took another abnormal exam this morning. I hope I did good, because I didn't study all that well. But her exams arent that hard, so I'm sure I did fine.
*yawn* I'm very tired, but very happy at the same time because the garbage/recyclable man didn't come until 6:30 this morning! haha. Usually he comes at like 5:10 or 5:45. And I get up at 6:00 and it wakes me up and annoys me. Today, he didn't come until after I was awake, so it made me very happy this morning.
I really can't wait to go home and go to bed. I'm at work right now. All alone in my office. My boss had to go to Korea to see her dad, so I'm boss-less until next Friday/Monday.
But that reminds me that I do have work to do, so that's it for my update.
|Friday, October 20th, 2006|
|Well I'll be...
So I figured I'd update a little bit, since I haven't done so in a while. I don't even remember the last thing that I talked about. So forgive me if I've already written about some of this stuff.... Current Mood: amused
I'm officially an HDFS major now. So that's exciting. What's even more exciting is that I'm still going to graduate on time (Spr. 08). The only not so exciting thing is that my course load is a lot. Spr. 07 I'm taking 7 classes, worth 18 credits I believe. Then I'm taking a class during the May summer session (a stupid Q course I have to get out of the way). Then Fall. 07 I'm taking about the same amount of classes. I know it's 17 credits. Then I'm probably going to have to take a winter session course so that I can get my minor in Psych. Then in Spr. 08 I'm taking a 9 credit class (which I'll talk about later, it actually looks like a great class)...yikes! Usually they only want you to take one class with it, but of course I'm taking 2. And one of them is a writing class. But then I'm all DONE! The funny thing is that I'm taking advanced level HDFS classes at the same time I'm taking general HDFS classes, like HDFS 190 - Intro to Family Studies. It amuses me a little bit.
Other than that, life has been good. My apartment situation is going along somewhat smoothly...well as smoothly as one can expect it to be. I joined the gym down the road from my apartment at the end of Sept. I go three times a week. I usually go to one of the classes and then twice on my own. Starting this upcoming week, though, I'm doing classes two times a week and once or twice (depending on class load) I'll go on my own. It's a lot of fun. Tess and I go together to the classes. I really like the instructor. Her name is Lauren and she just graduated from UCONN. She's nice and we joke around a lot when we see eachother/when I'm in class. So that's an added bonus.
Things with school are going good. My classes are decent. I've got an A so far in my Abnormal class (we've only had one test and I got a 95). I've got a B+ in my Developmental Class (I think the prof. is like days from croaking, which is so SAD/MEAN to say, but it's true). My personality class I've got about a B+ ish. We've had two exams so far and I got an 88 on one and an 84 on the other. I'm doing great in my HDFS class. I've gotten an A on both quizzes so far. We just took our first exam in that class on Tuesday. I think I did good, but I don't know for sure yet. We'll see next Tuesday.
My weekends have been busy hanging out with people. Last weekend Jimbo and I decided to take a break and just relax and see eachother, so that was nice. We ended up going to the Trail of Terror in Wallingford (?) with Torcia though (Tess was in NY visiting her family). It was amazing!! We waited in line for FOUR hours! But it was all worth it. It was creepy. If you haven't gone to it, you should. It's fantastic.
Work is good. I really like it up here. It's so much better than it was downstairs. I think I already said that I got a dollar raise, but I'm still excited about that. I'm making some good $$ now, which helps when you have to pay the bills. lol. The other day UCONN sent me some money. I think it was left overs from my loans/grants, etc. It was a nice amount. So I got to pay off my credit card and pay off all but $800 of my braces. So that made me even happier bc that means my paychecks from now on are mine (with the exception of bill time).
This weekend is going to be nice. Tonight after work I'm going to see my mom. Then I'm going right to Jimbo's to watch our shows, etc. Tomorrow we're getting up to do some errands/go to the corn maze in Manchester (?). Then Haider, Torica, Tess, Jimbo and I are going to go see The Grudge 2. Should be good. Sunday I'm going to Melissa B's babyshower (I used to work with her at Millpond).
Next weekend's going to be fantastic too! lol I'm so excited for next weekend already! On Sat (28th) is Mary's babyshower. Then after that, we're throwing a Halloween/costume party at my apartment. It's going to be so much fun! Lucky for us, Derek's coming home that weekend anyways, so he's gonna be there. I invited about 5 other people myself. I know Tess and Torcia invited about the same amount of ppl. lol. So it'll be a houseful of dressed up people.
Alright, I think that's all I have to say. I should get back to work. lol. My boss is out to lunch so I took this opportunity to update! :-)
I promise I'll try and update more often. My life has been getting interesting lately, so I have things to talk about again! lol.
|Sunday, September 24th, 2006|
So I decided last week that I'm changing my major. Exciting but scary. Kind of shitty too since it's going to be a lot of work for me. But oh well. I don't care. I'll still have a minor in psychology, so that's cool. I'm changing my major to Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration on Early Childhood Developement and Education. It's more of what I want to do with my life. So I'm very excited. I have a meeting with my HDFS professor on Tuesday to discuss my paper topics/my change of major. So I'll know what I have to do to switch then.
Anyways, here's some information about the program in general, and then my concentration:
"The undergraduate major leads to the BA, and the graduate program leads to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Human Development and Family Studies"
"The Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) concentration is designed for students who are interested in working with children from birth to five years of age in early care and education settings. Training at the Child Development Labs includes child development theory, curriculum development, fieldwork/observation, and a student teaching practicum. Students who successfully complete the course sequence may apply to be a Head Teacher in a child care center in Connecticut; new options for teaching credentials are also being developed. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Infant & Toddler Child Care Specialist , Child Development Specialist, Preschool Early Childhood Teacher , Head Start Program Coordinator "
Alright. That's about it. Updates about life later on.
~Autumn Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, September 2nd, 2006|
|If you love me at all, please don't tell me now
Long time no update. Things have been crazy hectic, but very good! Let's see....my boss came back a few weeks ago and randomly decided to give me a dollar raise! So I'm VERY happy about that. Work has been going very well lately. I really really like working up there. It's so nice to finally to be in a job where ppl appreciate you, and TELL you. It's great.
Alright, so school started for me Monday. Things are looking okay. I think this semester is going to be good, but extremely difficult.
8:00 Personality Psychology: The professor is very nice. The only thing I don't like is she does a lot of group activities. At 8:00 in the morning I don't want to have to do work, I just want to dumbly copy down notes. But other than that (and the fact that we have to do projects) I like the class.
9:00 Abnormal Psychology: The only thing I don't like about this class so far is the fact that we have to do a paper. Other than that, I LOVE this class.
10:00 Theories of Development: OH MY GOD. SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD RIGHT NOW. That's all I have to say about this class. I like the content of the class, just not the professor. He's been teaching at UCONN for, are you ready for this, 58 years. I just wanted to stand up and be like, "it's time for you to go HOME" He doesn't do power point (obviously) and all he does is yell and ramble about the subject he's teaching. On Wednesday and Friday he was better than he was on Monday, so let's hope that he gets better from here on out.
Then I go to work from 12 to 4:00
12:30 - 1:45: I have a Human Development and Family Studies class called: Infancy and early childhood. I LOVE it. The funny thing is that there are NO boys whatsoever in that class. I've never seen that before. The only thing that sucks is that we have a research paper, 4 quizzes, 3 tests, and have to write an 100 word response on Tuesday's reading and another 100 word response at the end of class on Thursday about the week/class. Other than that, I love it. lol
Then I go to work from 2:00 - 3:30
That's all for me. I've gotta get going to Jimbo's.
~Autumn Current Mood: cheerful
|Thursday, July 27th, 2006|
|Scar tissue that I wish you saw.
So, things have been going pretty good for me lately. I'm all moved in, with the exception of some odds and ends that aren't too important right now. I really like the apartment. My room seems so big. I have a HUGE closet. I have my dresser in there and some other stuff, and I still have PLENTY of room left to fit a crap load more.
My mom took me shopping on Tuesday for things for my bedroom and bathroom. I LOVE my bathroom. it's so pretty. We bought a whole bunch of stuff for it. I also got a really nice new bed set and some other things for my room. She also took me out to Price Choppers to get some food to get started. Last night Jimbo came over and I made dinner for the four of us. It was good.
My cat is adjusting suprisingly well. The first night I brought here there she was roaming around the apartment. She still runs and hides in her hiding spot (inbetween my bed and the wall) whenever she gets frightened by something (usually a car door slamming or some one walking up the stairs), but other than that, she's great. That makes me happy because I was scared that she was gonna flip out again. I think she's happy that there's no dog there.
Work has been good. I really like this job. Right now my boss is away for about 4 weeks in Korea, so i'm running the show. I make my own hours (I try to work 10-3, but this week I've been leaving a little early) and have no one to report to. Kim doesn't like the fact that YoungHee emailed her telling her I'd work 10-3 everyday while she was gone, but I had the authority to come in late or leave early if I wanted to. She was checking up on me today a little bit. But there's nothing she can do, so fuck her :-)
Alright that's it for my update. Nothing much else to say.
Pictures of the apartment to come.
~Autumn Current Mood: hungry
|Saturday, July 22nd, 2006|
|For once, something good.
I got an apartment! Yay! I'm moving in on Monday. I got a two bedroom apartment in Vernon. I'm moving in with Torcia and Tess. So it should be great. lol. It's in a good location too, close to everything I could want. Very exciting, especially since this is the first time, in a long time, that something good has finally happened to me. Current Mood: happy
That's it for the update. I don't know the next time I'll be on, I don't think we'll be getting internet/cable for a little while.
|Sunday, June 25th, 2006|
Things that have happened so far this summer:
*Jim turned 21
*I went to the beach in the rain
*had a few parties at Jim's house
*partied with my brother
*Shea turned 18
*brought my dying car to the garage...no word on how it's doing yet
*I quit my job at IMS. I only work for the Polymer Program now
*got kicked out of the Doobie Brothers/Lynard Skynard concert
*went to a wedding
*got a new phone
*swam at Staffordville Lake
*said goodbye to Derek
*went to see the musical at SHS
*watched Paradyme Shift play out
*saw the Lion King at the Bushnell
*hung out with people (Mary, Torcia/Tess, Joey, Derek, Matt, Liz, Choung, etc.)Things that are planned for the rest of the summer:
~Paradyme Shift is playing at Summerfest (July 1st) @ 4:00. Go see them
~going down to see my mom and brother for July 4th weekend
~going to California the week of July 10th
~going to Penn. to see Derek on July 21st
~going to see RENT in NYC on July 29th
~going to Mary's wedding on August 19th
That's it. There's my update :) Current Mood: cold
|Saturday, May 13th, 2006|
|You're My Best Friend
Happy 4 years Jimmy. I love you!!!
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
~Autumn Current Mood: loved
|Friday, April 28th, 2006|
|Just something quick
I got a 50 cent raise! I'm super excited. I'm also working for Y.H. Chudy upstairs for a few hours a day during the summer. It's really cool. I'll be bringing home some nice paychecks now!
That's about it. Don't really feel like updating all that much right now.
p.s. Today was my last day of classes! <3 Only 4 days of finals and then I'm done! Current Mood: tired