Monday, September 29, 2008

Hoorays!

This time, you all watch!

Day one

Last summer on my first day of work, I was supposed to be there at 9am and I walked in like exactly on time (after everyone else was already there) because I had taken a short detour across the street when I got confused about which building I was going to (they're both the same number address...it's ridiculous). So this morning I was determined to be there well before 9am, to make up for last year. I got to the metro station at 8:30, and of course a train was pulling out as I got there. So I waited for the next one, but that one ended up stopping a couple of times along its route to wait for another train, so by the time I got to my building it was, of course, 9. And as the elevator door opened to the main office, I hear someone saying, well we're just waiting for one last person to show up. So, perfect! I was officially the last one to show up for my first day of work. But at least I wasn't late.

Anyway, as far as first days go this was fine. Lots of orientation, mostly. It was supposed to be over at 4:30, which I was pretty excited about, but instead I got to have a meeting for my first two projects at 4:45. Yup, I already have two projects! And unfortunately they're about something I know nothing about, banking. So I'm going to have to get started learning, which isn't a bad thing. Maybe now I'll finally know what's going on with this whole bailout thing.

I'm sleepy...I don't like having to get up early.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Less than 12 hours!

You know, I was thinking about how my entire life has kind of been leading up to this point. Do well in high school to go to a good college to go to a good grad school to get a good job. And I finally did it! I finally reached the end of the long road, gotten the good job, and now...I'm done. I've reached the big goal. It's weird to think about it like that, like I've finally achieved the thing I've been kind of working towards since like kindergarten.

The first few days will just be orientation, so at least they'll ease us into it. And I saw some of the people I worked with last summer over the past week, just to hang out, so I know I like my co-first year associates and will have fun with them. I'm not stressed out about work yet, it's just the very notion of having a permanent job seems so weird. I'll probably get used to it soon...maybe by Christmas?

I finally got the good wedding photos from Andy, so I'll post those soon at some point when I'm not super lazy. I also took some photos of my new apartment so I might post those too (mostly for my parents...sorry, everyone else).

They told us to go ahead and bring in some personal stuff for our offices if we want...I still haven't gotten my diplomas framed. I should probably get on that at some point.

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm officially one of "those people"

I now have a dog walker for Jamie while I'm at work.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I can't be the only one

I totally thought the Pussycat dolls were singing "boobies," not "groupies."

I rock

The Bally's guy adored me. His words, not mine. Also, he says I'm adorable, which I consider an entirely separate compliment. He said that they don't usually start new classes between now and the new year, so he's not sure if they'll have room in the budget to get me my own class yet, but that I can definitely sub, and as a matter of fact he needs someone next weekend. So yays! Now I just have to fill out yet again MORE paperwork. Which I have to do also for my real first day of work on Monday. Awesomeness.

I get it!

Jamie usually stays in his crate when I'm gone from the house, but this week I've been leaving him loose, in the hopes that he wouldn't have to be stuck in the crate all day when I'm at work. And so far, he hasn't destroyed anything, he's been so good! But apparently he's been non-stop barking (which he does somewhat from the crate, but I don't think it's anywhere near this bad). Yesterday I got an email from my apartment people saying that there had been multiple complaints and the barking was excessive, and I should get him a citronella anti-barking collar. Then like ten minutes later I got a phone call telling me the same thing, and I was very apologetic (of course) and told the woman that I would be buying one of those collars ASAP, and as soon as I had it I would try to get the barking to stop. And I did, in fact, order it online like an hour later (the cheapest thing PetSmart had in stock was $120 and I found it online for $40, so sorry neighbors, but you're going to have to wait a few days). But then this morning there was a letter waiting outside my door telling the the same damn thing! When I was coming back from walking Jamie I swung by their office to tell them to leave me alone, I get it, but nobody was around, so I kept my annoyance to myself. I haven't decided if it's going to stay that way, but I'm guessing no because I'm doing my laundry and the first (and only) two times I did that before, during the final spin cycle the machine goes crazy and starts dancing all over the place (and no, I'm not overfilling it and it's on normal final spin, not the fast one, even) so I'm guessing in about a half hour I'll have to go down there and tell them to get someone up here to fix my washer. So when I do that, I'll tell them PS, I know my dog is barking, stop reminding me.

Also, I have an audition this afternoon to become a step instructor at Bally's. Hopefully I won't embarrass myself!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Now I see why people have GPS

Well no wonder it took forever to get home from the gym. And when I say forever, I mean a ten minute drive took an hour. Plus they closed the freeway and made all of us exit about two miles before my exit, and hello, I just moved here two weeks ago so I had NO idea how to get home. I had to call Andy and have him google maps me home. I'm glad the cop is going to be ok, though.

In other news, I think my phone might have gone insane. When I was calling around for people to help guide me home, the first or second time I'd dial a number, I'd get weird "this number not in service" messages, or busy signals (for cell phone, which have call waiting). Then just now I tried to call my voicemail, and twice when I hit send to call it, instead I got someone else's phone calls. I'm assuming it was someone else's phone calls, because I heard a voice talking and it wasn't to me, and it wasn't voicemail. Very very odd. Third time I finally got to my voicemail, but still, I think my phone has lost it.

Monday, September 22, 2008

My bad

I totally love gmail, I wish I'd switched over ages ago. The whole thing where it keeps the entire email chain in the same spot, or however computer people would describe it? Awesome. Just saying for the record that I should have made the switch sooner.

In other news...my last Monday of freedom until I quit my job (or they fire me). Scary!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Travesty

Seriously, Jeremy Piven over NPH? Screw you all.

In other news, in the last week I've been occupied getting three new people hooked on HIMYM. Yes, I'm busy with the Lord's work here in DC.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Finally uploaded

Here is the Crocodile cupcake "cake" that Liz and I made that I mentioned a while back. Cute, right?


Guilt trip

I've been reading Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer)'s book Cesar's Way, which my mom got me a while ago, and it's been giving me a crazy guilt trip. He keeps talking about how even when it seems like dogs are happy, they still aren't necessarily living up to their doggie potential, and owners need to make sure that their dog natures are fulfilled as well. Of course, living in an apartment and getting a few walks in the neighborhood is not living up to his potential, according to Cesar. So now even though Jamie seems quite happy for the most part, I'm feeling like a terrible doggie mommy.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!

It's not that I don't want to post and give you something entertaining to read, but frankly nothing much is going on with me right now, so there's not a lot to report. And sure, maybe my regular posts aren't that interesting to you either, but I can't even work up the energy to tell you about how I went to Lowe's and bought some plants, so I seriously doubt you'd care. Hence me not posting much lately.

However, today I went to a step class at Bally's (I have a two-week guest pass right now) and it was awesome. Finally, after months of being bored, I had a great class to challenge and entertain me. I walked out so totally pumped, it was like I had just taken something.

When I walked into the class, I "reserved" my spot by putting down my water bottle while I went to get my step, and when I got back I realized that what I thought was the front was actually the side of the room, so instead of being in the back I ended up in the second row. Which scared the crap out of me, I didn't want to embarrass myself! I'd heard the class was really advanced, so I hadn't wanted to be right out front, but there was no other space by the time I realized where I was (the class was packed) so I just stayed where I was. And I'm glad I did, because damn, I rocked that class. I was so proud of myself.

Anyway, it turns out that the guy who taught the awesome class does the hiring for instructors, so I went up to him after class to see about how I'd get hired there. (I hadn't planned on doing it tonight, but since I'd kicked ass in class, I figured what the hell.) Anyway, he said to email him and we could set up an audition. Which is cool, but now I'm scared! I haven't taught in months and I'm afraid I'm going to embarrass myself. So we'll see.

In other news...my apartment is mostly set up. Jamie is settling in and getting used to being here. I'm getting pretty nervous about what life is going to be like once I start work, but I'm rapidly running out of time, so I'm trying to deal with it. And, that's about it! Oh, and season four of HIMYM starts next Monday, I'm super excited about that. Get the dvd's, catch up, you'll be a happier person for it, I guarantee it.*

*Guarantee is only good if you are an awesome person. I can't help you otherwise.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My state is a commonwealth

Still going crazy getting furniture and unpacking and such, sorry. But guess what--I have a Virginia license and Virginia license plates! I know, wow. Virginia. And yet here I am now. I guess I have to change that little "North Carolina" thing I have written as my blog subtitle. Man, there is just so much to do.

Actually right now I'm waiting for Ikea to deliver some furniture for me, so I have time to kill. I was told the delivery window would be 6 to 10 pm, which is not ideal, but at least I get my furniture the same day I bought it, which is exciting. I'm just thinking it'll take me all night to put together the wardrobe I got.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I never thought shopping could be so tiring

I'm still enjoying my free wireless, but I've been running around like a crazy person for the last two days trying to get things done/bought for my apartment, and so I've had no time to tell you all about my new sofa, which I'm sure you've been dying to hear about (I was debating between the yellow with green stripes--super cute--and the gray, and I decided to be a grown-up and go with the gray).

In other news, and I meant to mention this before, but I too am old. I was watching part of the VMAs on Sunday, and I swear I didn't know half of the people that appeared or they mentioned. Also, I thought Russell Brand was inappropriate and awful as a host, despite the high ratings he brought in. I can't believed they asked him back for next year's show. Good thing that I only watch the VMAs once every seven years now.

Monday, September 08, 2008

I'm home!

Hooray for my neighbor who has an unsecured wireless network!!! Now making it through the next week cable and internet-free has just become manageable. Mostly because it will no longer be internet-free. Fingers crossed it doesn't disappear on me.

Made it to my new apartment, movers came this morning and delivered all of my stuff, and so far the only thing that broke is the one thing that the movers in NC packed for me. Figures. I haven't unpacked all of my dishes and stuff, so we'll see if I screwed up too, but for now it's Reva 0, Movers -1 (where 0 is the highest score you can get).

UPDATE: Ok, we're currently tied thanks to a wine glass that didn't feel like staying in one piece. Still pretty good for a first-time packer, says I! Especially considering that the lamp piece was the only thing that the movers packed. Good thing I did everything else.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

"Free Firewood!"

I love it.

Tidbits

66-3? Sounds good to me. Especially since that means I got to see Brock Mansion play! What a name. I love the guy for that alone.

Tomorrow I move to DC, and Monday I move into my new apartment! It's probably sad that I'm excited about unpacking, but I am. It's the anal retentive person in me, imagining getting to put everything away exactly as I want it. Too bad I have to figure out how to get everything into my two suitcases, first.

I joined the LA Fitness here near my parents for the three weeks or so that I've been here, paying a ridiculous amount to just do a month at a time, I might add. Anyway, I've been appalled at the step classes here, they're just terrible. I could step circles around these people! I tried to see if they'd let me sub or anything while I'm here but apparently only people who are permanent employees are allowed to do so. Whatever. But every time I was in class I'd just end up cranky since I knew I could do a much better job, and it also made me realize that even if I liked the classes, I still want to teach if I can, just one day a week, because it's fun. So when I get to DC and join a gym I'm going to have to see if they'll hire me just a little bit.

I've been rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on hulu (they have seasons one and two) and I forgot what a great show it is. Well not forgot, but it's been a long time since I've watched it, especially the early episodes, so I've been able to appreciate it again sort of like new (sort of since I still remember the big stuff, but I'd forgotten a lot of the little stuff).

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Go Bears!

I love my parents' over-the-top cable package. Somehow they get Fox Sports Pacific (or something like that), so I get to watch the Cal-WSU game! Way to make my day, Charter Cable. Your one good deed for the year.

I'm not sure if I'm more relieved or annoyed

CNN.com has a headline right now that says "50 foot spider moves 2 mph." Even though it was for a video, and I am opposed on principle to those stupid videos, I clicked on it because who could resist seeing a 50 foot spider?? I mean, I was ready to go have it killed ASAP because we better kill it before it kills us, but I wanted to know what I was up against. However, I clicked on the link and it turns out it's just a mechanical spider. I cry false advertising, cnn. And also, thanks for that panic attack. I assumed they found a species of killer giant (very slow) spider in the Amazon or something.

Friday, September 05, 2008

sweet sweet victory

Man, there is nothing like winning your home opener, you know? What a feeling. And my first home game since 2004, that was great. It was very strange not to be sitting in the student section, but the young alums are right next to them, so it wasn't *so* far away. We still got to face the sun as it set, woo.

While I was in the bay area I made a super cute cupcake "cake" with Liz...I'll post a picture of it later when I'm not too lazy to upload it.

I leave for DC on Sunday! Which means now I'm trying to finish up all the stuff I meant to finish before I left. I also have to figure out what is going to fit in my suitcases and what is going to have to get shipped. I am so excited about the prospect of being in the same city for more than a week at a time though, it's going to be great. Until I start work, of course, but we're pretending that isn't going to happen still. Even though some of my friends have already started their jobs--scary!

Speaking of my friends, North Carolina has already released their bar exam results. Meanwhile, CA continues to wait until November 21st. I think this is cruel and unusual punishment.

I'll try to post again like a normal person...sorry for the lag time.