Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Way I See It # 578

The salad dressing I bought makes my teeth hurt, it is so pungent. So much for Kroger Brand items. Everything Kroger brand is so terrible. Why is Grocery shopping so hard? I went, and I bought bread, and when I got around to eating it a few days later, it was moldy! I buy better bread at 7-11!

I shouldn't gripe about the food I buy. I eat pretty well for being so poor. I manage to make all of my meals stretch, but this usually means that I eat the same thing every day. I make one large pasta dish that lasts me all week. I buy a jar of sauce, a box of pasta, and veggies, a protein, and extras. I wrote down some recipes from home, and I'd like to make them. I just need to remember to bring my notebook when I go shopping. There's also the issue of what I can carry from the Grocery to my apartment. Also my lack of kitchen appliances poses a problem for more extensive recipes.

Tonight I went to a small cookout with Zane, Berkley, Ben, and Dre. I ate way too fast and way too much, but the company was good, and I had fun. Later tonight Zane and I went to the Jackie-O, where I had beer spilled all over me and had some rude comments about me made. Pretty much ruined the night, and I'm here at my apartment getting cozy and ready for bed.

It's weird what I do with my time online now-a-days, especially because I am no longer job hunting or apartment hunting. I am currently addicted to a facebook game, and it is down right shameful.

I realize that blogging is easily translated into "bitchy whining". I need to come up with more topics to write about. I promise I'll work on writing interesting things in the future.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Way I See It # 577

Today consisted of:

1. Sleeping in
2. Crossword puzzles
3. Taking a hot and steamy walk to Carytown
4. McDonald's for lunch
5. Urban Treasure hunting in back alleys
6. Dehydration
7. Bike Riding
8. Michael Jackson on the Barnes and Noble playlist
9. Mountains of Laundry.

I'm so tired, my bug bites are stiff, and I still have to fold two huge loads of laundry.

Peacefully sleeping tonight. YES.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Way I See It # 576


I hate waiting, it makes me feel like such a sap.

I need to get distracted, for my own good.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Way I See It # 575

I am thoroughly enthralled about my new job. I am working, officially, as an office assistant for VCU Creative Services. My duties include, making deliveries, checking printer paper levels, light cleaning of the conference rooms, retrieving and sorting mail, distributing faxes, and perhaps the largest responsibility I have: Developing, organizing, and maintaining a brand new filing system for the company.

While I have a lot of experience in filing, this job is going to be huge. Their entire basement is filled with disorganized boxes, subjected to water damage, and general disrepair.

My boss said that he was going to put me in charge of the project, and the way they file is up for suggestions. I'm kind of nervous/excited about this. I did some much needed filing in the Student Worker's office this morning, and within maybe half an hour I had all of the files put away, categorized, and ready to be labeled. The guy I worked with, George, was impressed at how quickly everything happened, because apparently the files I was working with had been laying in several piles on the floor for several months.

I don't want to brag.... but I will, because it felt good to get something done and have someone be impressed by it. To be honest, I'm worried about impressing everyone I work for. A lot of higher-ups from the President's Office come in, and I don't want to seem... I don't know... inept?

BUT. It was only my second day of work, and everything has been going well. I've already worked 7.5 hours. which, is almost as much as the bookstore scheduled me for this week.

I think having 2 jobs will be tiring, but I'm going to like it at VCU Creative Services. I won't be standing at a cash register, being watched on cameras, and being generally disrespected.

I'm going to try and blog more.... that's a good goal I think.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Way I See It # 574




Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Way I See It # 574

Back at the library. Today has been relaxing, although I'm still on pins and needles about this job with VCS. If I don't get it, I am basically back to square one. Which would really depress me, considering my work environment. So I'm nervous. This is due to the fact that I think my interview went exceptionally well. Had it gone poorly, I would not be in this state of nervousness, wondering if I actually did well, or I did well and I'm not what they're looking for. Tomorrow is the day.... I hope I get a call. I at least hope that if I don't get this job now, I'll get the position for August. But really, I want the position now. BADLY.

At any rate, today consisted of cleaning, chores, cooking, and later a Starbucks date with Dani. I rarely see this girl, and really, the only reason we're getting together is because I have a couple books she let me borrow and she wants them back. I haven't talked to her in a long time, so this should be interesting. We're going to the Starbucks on Broad. I was hoping to go to the one on Stuart, but apparently it was too far for her. I've never been there.... I will have to go another time. We should have gone to Crossroads.... I really like that place. I've been meaning to go read there, but I never get around to doing it.

Last night was a blast. I went bowling with Zane, Berkley, John, and a couple of Berkley's friends down in Shortpump. I did much better than I thought I would, so that was a bonus. Berkley is really competitive, and it was funny to watch him either do really well or get frustrated. I think it was the most I have ever bowled in one night. I don't know how many games we played, but I definitely felt it in my arm this morning.

so tonight: dinner date, back to my apartment for pasta dinner, and then to Guild.

sounds like a plan to me.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Way I See It # 573

Considering for Graduate School:

Virginia Commonwealth University: Art History: Museum Studies
George Washington University: Anthropology: Museum Studies
University of Virginia: Anthropology/Art History
The College of William and Mary: Anthropology

I have a lot more schools to look in to... more to come!

The Way I See It # 572

I had my interview with VCU Creative Services yesterday, and I think it went very well! It looks like I'm well qualified for the job, I have organizational filing skills, and I got along well with my interviewer. Hopefully I make the cut, there's only one position available, and four other people are applying this week. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

As for a T.A position, I emailed a professor within the Anthropology program, and hopefully he will email me back.

So I'm basically checking every half hour for emails..... awesome.

I might head over to Crossroads later to read and waste time on my computer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Way I See It #571

While I've been struggling to get another part time job, my thoughts seem to be wandering to my future career. I've thought for the longest time that I want to work in a museum, but as I have been exploring internship opportunities, I feel like there is so much more I want to do. Not only do I want to work in a Museum, but I want to do something with antiquities management, like work for the Art protection program with the FBI, or intern with Sotheby's, or at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, or study at The American University of Cairo, or at Texas A&M University's Nautical Archaeology graduate program. I just can't decide, and I'm beginning to think, why should I decide? Can I have my cake and eat it too? Is it possible to do everything I want, or do I have to decide?

I'm also considering becoming a TA, but after some research I'm thinking this might not be possible, I've heard the budget for the School of World studies has been shrinking rapidly...

in other news, Kara is coming to VCU next semester, we finally got an apartment, and I'm so relieved. I think she's going to like it here, at least her living situation will be nice!

Also, I got my bike assembled, finally! It's a dream to ride, and I'm catching on to toe clips rather easily now. I'm pumped for some bike riding this summer.

But more importantly, I have a job interview with VCU Creative Services, and I'm really excited for it. I need this job, because Barnes and Noble is just frustrating.

I was late for work today because my manager changed the schedule and didn't tell me, so I rushed to work in the rain, and didn't even get cleaned up or anything (because I need all the money I can get). At work, I was reprimanded by the top manager for wearing shorts. She said,

"LAURA! Are you wearing shorts.... again?"

I had already talked with her about my shorts, and I haven't worn them since, but in my rush, I didn't change clothes and so I was wearing shorts to work. ALSO. SHE DOESN'T KNOW MY NAME. AND I WEAR A NAME TAG!
I thought she was going to fire me, it certainly seemed like it when she repeatedly asked me if I was aware of the dress code.

Um, I rushed to work IN THE RAIN, and you're yelling at me about shorts? I bust my ass to get there because a manager changed the schedule last minute?

I certainly hope VCS works out tomorrow. sheesh.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Way I See It # 570

Floral Fashion show: The show, a fund-raiser for Village Care of New York, a health care agency, held at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan, gave florists a chance to unspool their giddiest fantasies

Via: The New York Times

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Way I See It # 569

Today is looking up and I'll tell you why.

1. Possibly nailing down an apartment! YES.
2. Bike comes to Richmond!
3. I'm seeing my mama and mi hermana and I'll be up in nova for a few days!
4. I cleaned my kitchen and took out the garbage. I no longer feeling like a huge slob.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Way I See It # 568

I feel weird.

The weather is pretty awful today. Earlier I was soaked through, but the rain has actually stopped for the most part, however humidity is thick, and once I step outside my hair is going to rebel in a pretty serious fashion.

But I can't stand being in my apartment for right now. I feel claustrophobic, like if I stay here I'm going to start feeling miserable. I wish I had a milkshake.

It is "Bookseller Appreciation Week" at Barnes and Noble, so I think I will head over there and peruse. There have been some topics I've wanted to look up. I might go to the library as well, I mean.... that would definitely be cheaper, even with the 45% discount that comes with Bookseller Appreciation.

I need to check back with all the places I applied. I'll do that. I definitely need to go back to VCU Creative Services and see if they're calling people. They said if not today, then they would be calling on Monday. Also, I need to go back to Elephant Thai, that seemed really promising.

So I left this Blogger window open and went to the bookstore. Now I'm back, and I've been doodling. I attempted another stencil on my foot, but it looks terrible, so I won't even throw a picture up.

I bonded with a co-worker over tattoos, so that was neat, and I got a book on Sailor Jerry.

The bookstore was not as pleasant as I thought it would be. I walked around and looked at books, and found some awesome ones, but I guess it's just not the same when you work there.

oh well... I'll have to head over to Richmond Books to get lost in the dusty shelves sometime.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Way I See It # 567

I should have taken a nap before work. I went to bed at 5 am.

Here's why I didn't take a nap:
1. Apartment business
2. Kittens
3. Automatic programs on piano keyboards
4. Hunger.

I took picture of Iris, I would have posted them, but that might be creepy since she's not my cat.

I have 15 minutes until I have to leave...

man, I'm going to pass out when I get home.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Way I See It # 566: Stencil Attempt # 1

I've been playing around the idea of tattoos for a while, and I've been thinking about creating a stencil for a Henna tattoo in order to try something out. The only problem is, is that the design I want to try out is much too complicated with shading, etc, to work in henna. So I've been playing around with simple lines, and black ink.

Creating the stencils have been both time consuming and frustrating, as I've been making them out of paper.

I had some free time tonight, so I attempted to cut out the image of 2 cranes, but I actually ended up drawing most of it free-hand.... and upside down.

Here's the result, the picture quality definitely helps in covering up some of my mistakes.

I used water-proof liquid eyeliner, which actually holds up fairly well for a couple days if you don't scrub at it excessively. However, the application is tricky, and it's easy to over apply, and an unsteady hand is probably the most trouble you'll come across.

There are surgical pens you can buy online, which I've heard are good for stenciling, as they don't rub off easily. The only problem is that they're surgical grade and are expensive. I think I'm going to sit these out.

I'll have to go back to the drawing board, I think.

The Way I See It # 565

The Way I See It # 564

Monday, June 1, 2009

Job Hunt

Applied/left name with:
Cous Cous
Nara Sushi
Elephant Thai
Main St. Java
The Jefferson Hotel
VCU Creative Services

Went to (excluding the above):
The Village
Capitol Mac

I'm thinking I'm going to need to go deeper into the fan...
any ideas of where else I should inquire?