Thursday, June 26, 2014

Applying for a big girl job

Omyfreakinggoodness!!!! Yesterday I put in my very first application for my big girl job, my career, my post grad job! And you know what? It was so fun that I couldn't stop, so it started with one and ended around seven. Can you believe it? Because I sure cannot. This is so so exciting and I cannot believe that it is actually happening. I felt like I would never graduate from college and now here I am applying for jobs that require a degree. Freaking insane. 

Everyone wants to know what jobs I am applying for and what I want to do but truthfully, I still don't know. I have been looking at anything and everything and mostly I feel like everyone wants experience, which hello, I do not have because I have been working part time jobs and making my way through college for the past five years. So if anyone could tell me where to get some of that experience they want I'd be set. In the mean time I will continue my search and apply to any job that I feel even remotely qualified for. 

This is a pretty exciting time of life but also incredibly scary too. I feel like I have the world in front of me and I get to choose anything I want but then I also feel so limited. And I have to go through the whole interview stuff again. No one likes that. But regardless I will only have this time right now to experience my first time as a young adult (when did that happen) searching for my first full time job after college so I am going to enjoy it the best I can!



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 Reasons My Dog is My Best Friend

It is pretty crazy to think that in just a few days (June 30th to be exact) I will have had Colby Jack in my life for exactly one year. Where does the time go? I kinda feel like he has always been around, he just fits so perfectly into our life that I forget what it was like to not have him around. When we took him home that day I never knew how in love with him I would fall. Seriously, it is just like every single day I realize more and more how perfect for us he is. So in honor of us being together for almost a year I thought I'd share some fun facts about why he is my best friend, because let's face it-he is. 

Some of our favorite activities to do together include: me chasing him around the house, sharing my food with him and trying not to get caught by his dad, taking naps, sleeping in, going for walks, and belly rubs.

5 Reasons my dog is my best friend

1. No one is ever as excited as he is to see me when I get home. Seriously, who else runs around like a crazy person and is so happy that they literally cannot contain themselves?
2. I hate going on walks alone and he is always ready and willing to go with me. Bonus, he is also a great tool to help me talk with the neighbors! 
3. Literally just looking at him brightens up my day. He has the cutest smile ever and he is always ready to play. How can I be sad around him?
4. I am his favorite human, he is my favorite dog, it's really a good thing we have going.
5. He doesn't talk to much, he almost always is in a good mood, we have the best cuddle sessions and he always can provide me with a good laugh. 

Really though, what more could you want in a best friend?



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weekend Fun: Rib Grilling Contest

The weekend is over and I am back to work again. As usual it went quick but it was good. It didn't quite go as planned but we still had a lot of fun and a lot of resting time so it was good. Hope you had a good weekend. I am pretty behind on blogs right now but hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday I will be caught up. 

Ashley's fiance is at drill for two weeks so she came over Friday night so hang out. We just stayed up late talking but it was so fun. I do not get to see her enough. I am so looking forward to moving home so that hopefully we can change that.

Saturday morning we had to get up bright and early for Jamal's rib grilling contest. My sister even decided to tag along with us. It was such a hot and sunny day and we didn't have any shade so I got super tan and even a little sunburn on my face! Oops. I love going to these contests with Jamal just because he has so much fun. It is totally his environment and we loves to cook. Plus all the rib eating doesn't hurt ;) We were pretty sad that Jamal didn't do too well with the judges but on the bright side he got a ton of positive feedback from people who came to the event to try everyone's ribs. Literally at least half of the people there said his were their favorite and many came back for seconds. Plus one of the guys that was at Grill Fest sampling who makes his own sauces and dry rubs was a judge. After the competition he came over to sample Jamal's 100% homemade sauce and said he was impressed with it. Yay. 

That night we had plans of doing something fun with friends but we were both so exhausted that we fell asleep on the couch at 9!! We woke up around 11 went to bed and didn't get up until 8:30 the next morning. It was pretty fantastic catching up on some much needed sleep. So while I was slightly disappointed that we were so lame for a Saturday night it was exactly what we both needed. 

And Sunday we spent the day at Brian's daughter Bella's birthday party. We got Buca for lunch then went back to Karissa's dad's to play games until around 7 that night. 

 Counting down the days until I move back so I can see everyone more. Buuttttt I had a crazy thought Friday and extended my time at work by one week. So I am three weeks out now. Let's hope I don't regret it. 


Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Feelings

I really suck at titles lately. It's rough. Oh well the show must go on. 

It's Friday party people!! Also my last day of class to be attended. I would call it a good day indeed. Let me tell you, this lack of motivation has been no joke. I still have one online class to finish up but that is way more manageable than the total 4 classes I have been dealing with for the past five weeks. And because I never fully embraced the art of transitions we learned years ago let's just jump into it. 

I finished The Fault in Our Stars yesterday. I won't post any spoilers but do have a few comments. For the first 80 pages or so I was not into the book. At all. I couldn't figure out how it was so popular and even became a movie but then once I got past the beginning I was in love. Like I could not get enough of it. And now it's over. Sad. But not so sad that I cried. Sorry. I feel like one of the only people on earth who did not shed tears over it but maybe the movie will do it for me. If you read and want to talk more let me know! I'd love to discuss :)

Next up: The Bachelorette (spoilers this time): The dates may be cheesy, the drama predictable and overdone, in the end most likely no long term love but I still watch it. I am sad that Marquel went home. He was pretty hot and usually had good fashion sense despite one or two questionable outfits. But my absolute favorite of the men is Nick. Awwww love him. He is just way too cute and so sweet. Seriously, my favorite. Plus he is from Chicago so he gets bonus points :) Just look at that adorable face. I hope I get to watch for a long time and she doesn't send him away. Boys stop causing undue drama in the house!

If you watched last season with Sharleen you need to check out her blog! She does a recap every week of the episodes and her point of view on the whole thing. It's pretty cool to read stuff from a former contestants point of view. Plus I just love her. And while we are on the topic of former contestants, have you heard that Courtney (the winner and one we all loved to hate) from Ben's season has a book coming out this month? Although I was not a fan of hers on the show I have to buy her book just to see what she has to say. 

And now for a fun video that you must watch. I wish I had thought of this for when my bestie gets married.


Have a great weekend! I will be Jamal's assistant Saturday for a rib grilling contest, wish us luck!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fireball and Puppy Kisses

Hey Friends! Happy Wednesday! The weeks are just flying by! I only have two more days left of class to attend and then finish up my last online class in mid July. Wow. I cannot wait. Life has been so so busy with work and school and my stellar procrastination skills that mean I don't start homework until bedtime. But I miss blogging. I am trying to catch up on all of your posts while thinking of something entertaining to write myself since life has been pretty monotonous lately. 

This past weekend our liquor store had a tasting so of course we went and tried everything they offered. Who doesn't love free alcohol?! One of the tastings was for Fireball. I was hesitant but ended up trying it and discovered everyone's love for it. Delicious. I am kind of obsessed with it now and feel kinda fancy because I like whiskey. 

I am thisclose to waking up every morning to Colby Jack's cute little face and super wet kisses. I cannot wait. Are you tired of me talking about this yet? Sorry, it will continue for the next 2.5 weeks and then after that I will probably go on and on about how happy I am to be able to see him daily. My obsession love for him never ends. 

I am so excited for the 4th of July!! It is probably my absolute favorite holiday. I love everything about it, the hot summer day, the red, white & blue, the drinks, the fun, the friends, the fireworks, I could continue but I won't. This year we will be house sitting again which isn't a bad deal. Who wouldn't love getting paid to lounge by the pool?

Since we had to change our plans with the whole moving out situation it kinda messed with everything. So as usual my mind is racing with new possible plans. It's a sickness, seriously. It seems that these new plans may actually be better but who knows and with my luck they will change again anyway. Oh well I cannot stop the planning process, it just happens.

And that is all I've got. Be back soon! 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Brain Dump: Work. Moving. School.

This month has been kind of lame for blogging for me. I truly have been doing nothing really other than homework and working. That doesn't really give me too many post ideas nor a lot of time. So since I am short on both of those things here is just a random brain dump. 

I am getting so so excited for what is to come. I am down to 3 weeks left of living at my very first apartment and I have 18 total work days left and only 8 days of actual classes to attend! Craziness I tell ya. While all of this is so exciting it is also kind of scary. I have been looking forward to moving back home (where I'm from not my mom's) basically ever since I moved here. It's not that I completely hate where I live just that my life isn't here, my friends aren't here. So to think of how close it is is good while also means a huge change is happening and that is not something I am always fond of. 

I am so ready to start applying for new jobs. I am so eager to find my career and see where I go. I have been looking at jobs for weeks now but I still need to wait a week or two to actually start applying since I do not have any time to interview right now. So I am just using this in between time to search for some good contenders while not feeling too pressured to find. something. right. now. So that's nice. 

I kind of already feel like summer is passing me by! I cannot believe we are getting into the middle of June here. Since I have been so busy with school and work this month I am hoping to really take advantage of some time off next month and get out to do some fun summer things. I am so ready to be back home where I have friends to do things with and I know the area and what there is to do for fun. On top if that I won't be taking all of these classes so that will get rid of a lot of stress and free up a ton of time. 

I really really like my job coworkers. Like sometimes I get really sad when I think about leaving. In my short time there I have come to love my coworkers and I wish I could just pick them all up and plop them down right next to my house so we can still work together everyday. But on days like yesterday I don't feel an ounce of sadness over leaving. I feel like the mood of everyone changes by the day, Some days I walk in and everything is great and the next day everyone is as crabby and negative as can be. I get that everyone has bad days but literally everyone has the same bad and good days and they change every single day. It gets to be so exhausting for me. I am generally a happy person and especially now when I love going to work every day but it can be such a downer when I walk in in a great mood to find everyone complaining and unhappy.

And to end on a happy note, I am feeling so motivated to finish these classes strong. I just want to be done and over with them. So let's hope that motivation lasts for the next week and a half to get me through :)


Have a great day friends! 


Monday, June 9, 2014

Friends of all Breeds

Happy Monday friends! This weekend was just too short and has me counting down to next weekend already. I pretty much worked all day Saturday so my only day off was Sunday. So a quick weekend it was but still a good one. 

Sunday we didn't do much in the morning, just relaxed. We eventually got up and took Colby Jack to the dog park. The dog park we go to is nice because it has a fenced area for small dogs. He had fun in there but since I had Jamal with me and there weren't too many dogs in the small dog area we decided to try out the big unfenced area. Colby Jack did really well thankfully. And I only had to run after him a couple of times :)

I am so proud of Colby Jack. He is teaching all dogs that stereotypes and reputations mean nothing. He believes that every dog is an individual and deserves a chance. His very first friend was a German Sheppard and then yesterday at the park he was saying hi to everyone until a pit bull came and then they became best friends and he wouldn't leave his side. He makes me laugh. But really I think it is awesome that my little 9 pound dog becomes friends with big and supposedly vicious dogs. Really goes to show that dogs can be friendly no matter their breed. 

After the park Colby Jack was wore out. So he took a nice long nap and then was back to playing in no time. 

Later in the day Jamal went out to try and finish working on my car. He tried to change the power steering pump and hose but he got a little too excited last time when he and my neighbor disassembled it and got rid of a piece that we need so it still isn't done yet. Hopefully by next weekend everything will be finished up. I am so thankful that I have a boyfriend that is willing to try and learn how to fix different things on our vehicles and that our neighbor is so nice and willing to help him out. 


So it was a quick weekend and nothing too exciting but I had a good time hanging out with my boys and can't wait to see them again :) Now I just need to get through another exhaustive week of summer school. 


Friday, June 6, 2014

Perks of Moving Home After College

Hey Guys, 

So if you read my post on Monday you know that my beloved plans of getting an apartment with Jamal have been put on hold. I am still pretty sad about but have been trying to think of all of the reasons that it is a good thing. so here we go. 

*Paying for my classes right now and not taking out a loan means that I will have less to pay back and no added interest. I'd call that a win!

*We will be saving money while we are at my mom's. I am not sure how the whole rent thing will look but I do know for a fact it will be much cheaper (if not free for me :)) than any apartment so that's good. 

*With this saved money I am hoping to be able to take a vacation somewhere. I am getting a bit ahead of myself trying to plan vacations when we haven't even paid my school bill yet, but still I am really excited about this. 

*Again, saving money means we can one day soon start planning our dream wedding. I. Cannot. Wait. 

*Much less time for Colby Jack to be home alone. Four people in the house means that he usually has someone to hang out with. Especially during the summer when my sister is out of school.

*Free food. I think that's pretty self explanatory haha. My mom is not the cooking type though so that is up to me and Jamal. But I think I can handle that since she's flipping the bill ;)

*A yard with neighbors we know. I think we would miss having a yard and so would Colby Jack so it is nice that we will be bale to use that for the summer. And I love knowing our neighbors. The only apartment I have lived in is the one I am in now at school so I don't have much experience but I feel like in apartments people aren't as neighborly as they are in houses and that is something I'd miss. 

*Having somewhere to live and not worry about rent takes some of the pressure of finding a new job off. Of course I will be looking and interviewing like crazy but it is nice to know that if I don't find one right away I don't have to be stressing about finding money to pay rent. 

*And one last time in case I haven't said it enough, SAVING MONEY. This is the best part about moving back home. While there are plenty of reasons I don't want to this is a huge positive so I guess I can't complain too much. 

Did you move home after college or did you get your own place?




Thursday, June 5, 2014

CampusBookRentals Review

After five long years of college I have spent a ton of money on textbooks. A ton. During my five years I have learned a thing or two to find ways to save money on the super expensive yet sometimes necessary textbooks. I have done some research and have found that rentals are the way to go. They are way less expensive. CampusBookRentals.com is a great company to rent your textbooks from. They have low prices, usually 40-90% less than bookstore prices and you get free shipping. What's not to love? Plus they now let you rent out your books too!

CampusBookRentals.com has a great new program called Rent Back. If you have bought a book previously and don't need it anymore you can rent it out for others to use. How great is that? The best part is that you will be making money and usually more than selling back. 

And to top it all off, they donate to Operation Smile with every textbook rental. Operation Smile is a medical charity that performs cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children in low and middle income countries. Children born with clefts are twice more likely to die before they even turn one! So while you are saving money on your textbooks you are also saving kids lives! Something to feel good about. 

If you are in college you should check out CampusBookRentals.com, you can save some money, and maybe even make some too!

*All views are my own, I was compensated for this post. 


Sunday, June 1, 2014

When Plans Don't Quite Go As Planned

*This is a whiny and debbie downer post so feel to skip for your Monday morning reading. I just needed to write about it. 

I am a planner. I like to be in control and I like to know what is going to happen next. I love knowing things in far as advance as possible so that I can plan. But I also know that life doesn't always go as planned. I know that there is only so much we can plan for but life still happens and not always how we thought it would. Yet I still plan over and over again and then God feels the need to remind me that life doesn't go as planned. But lately it feels like He is reminding me more and more. Every single step of the way things have gone awry and I have to re plan things. But I suppose that may be part of the problem. I tell myself that maybe I should sit back and not try to plan every minute of my life but I just can't so here I am again with my life thrown for another loop and my plans in the wind. In the grand scheme of things I realize that this isn't the end of the world but nonetheless it sucks. A lot. 

Late last week I found out that I didn't get any loans to pay for my summer classes. So all weekend long I have tried to figure out what to do and in the end I hate what has to happen. The money that we have saved for an engagement ring and to get our own apartment will now be used to pay for school. So that means I am stuck moving back into my moms and we won't being getting engaged for at least another few months. I know that this is only temporary but it still makes me sad. Really, really sad. 

So then I cry to Jamal about it all and how none of it is fair and he listens and tells me how he wishes he could help. But he already is helping. First of all he works over 60 hours a week and now he is giving me his hard earned money so that I can finish my degree and when I look at it that way it makes me feel really guilty. I shouldn't be upset that things are being postponed but grateful that I have him to be there for me and help me get through all of it. So I am stuck between feeling like an entitled snob and like it's okay to be heartbroken. I have semi come to terms with it all because really what else is there to do? And like I said I am being slightly dramatic; this isn't the biggest disaster ever. 


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