Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mrs. White Did It In the Kitchen With the Wrench

I have always been a big fan of Halloween. I absolutely love getting to dress up, and of course the candy never hurts as well. I always had to have to best costume when I was little and luckily have a mother that helped me reached those dreams. I only wish that I had grown up a little farther South to be able to enjoy warmer weather on this great holiday. Then I never would have had to have worn a tacky white turtleneck under my Princess Jasmine costume in third grade.

Last year was the first year of my life I didn't dress up. It was spent in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and I took pictures of the Tri Sigma's there before they went out to celebrate, and then enjoyed some movies and catching up on work for the night. It was hard to see my third my favorite holiday and not get to play, so I was pretty pumped for this year.

This though was probably my least dressed up Halloween to date, but still a spectacular one nonetheless. I celebrated with some friends from our program and it was fun to see everyone's personalities in their costumes, and the creative things they came up with.

Decided to take the group costume route for the first time and with some other first years in my program, we made the cast of characters from Clue!
Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mrs. White & Mr. Green

It was a good simple costume to do without having to gather too many resources. Definitely could have gotten a little more into it, but it was fun and we all got to wear pretty comfy clothes which is always an important thing as well.

Everyone "in character"

There were tons of creative costumes from Mrs. Pacman to another group costume of the Saved by the Bell Characters that was great. One thing I love about certain costumes is when they really fit personalities of those who wear them. That brings me to one of my favorite costumes of the evening.

MG & KS are roommates. One is tall and the other is short, voila perfect costume! It was creative, fitting, and also simple--but effective. I thought this was the funniest thing the minute I walked in and until I left. I just really appreciate creative costumes and am already starting to scheme for what I will dress as next year.

I hope everyone had a fabulous (and safe!) Halloween this year. Remember that it's better for you eat candy with chocolate & nuts vs. anything sweet & sugary like Starburst, Skittles, etc. What were you for Halloween this year? Did you see any super creative costumes while you were out that you just loved?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Day In the Life...Yee-Haw!

What an absolutely fabulous Thursday! Today confirmed the many reasons why I love what I do and what I'm in school to learn about and continuously keep doing for a very long time.

Our Staff Leadership Committee put on a "Fall Festival" today for everyone to come together, have lunch and socialize. The theme was western and there were of course a costume contest by division. I love my job when I can get up and put on a denim skirt, plaid and boots. Then when I'm given more fun props of a plastic cowboy hat and fake sheriff's badge I'm really in love. I got paid to dress up and enjoy other people's company today...and then I also did a lot of work in the office too!

Student Affairs staff in our Western gear

You can't tell from the pictures but we had "belt buckles" that said Student Affairs with a logo i in the middle. Our Director of Career Services (who is due with her second child any day now!) had her's hanging from her shirt which was hilarious! Unfortunately we did not win the costume contest, we were trumped by the admissions office which I must admit is always super creative and intense with these kind of things.

After work today I went to Hobby Lobby for some things to make a part of my Halloween costume, and man I could spend hours and hundreds in that place. I realized I absolutely can't wait to have my own home to decorate someday. I can't wait to have big girl adult decorations...though I will miss all of my college pink & green gear.

This evening I had the opportunity to talk with undergraduates about going into student affairs and different HESA programs. It was absolutely fabulous and I could go on and on for hours about it, as I'm sure the rest of the panel we had could have too. I think one of the reasons I love student affairs so much is I have this natural instinct to provide advice, share tricks of the trade, and make sure that you have all of this knowledge that I wish I would have had during the same process.

Ending the day with Grey's and a new Tri Sigma friend was a cherry on top of the cake! Busy day tomorrow and this weekend, Halloween, USC/UT game and taking students to the movies tomorrow. Look for some fun pictures coming soon.

We've got twenty-eight minutes left, but Happy Friday!

Hip Hop Thursdays

For anyone who also "follows" or I guess is "friends" with me on Facebook you've probably noticed I post a lot of quotes for my status. Today I was feeling a little crazy and decided to pull my quote from a Soujla Boy song. This has now inspired Hip Hop Thursdays for me where I'm going to choose a different song lyric quote each week. I'll most likely just take on this theme for Facebook, but if I really find gems, expect to see them here as well.

The ways I entertain myself.

"Hopped up out the bed, turn my swag on. Took a look in the mirror, said what's up?"

-Soulja Boy

Have a hip-hoppin' Thursday!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hump Day Hope

Hump Day: The term alludes to the fact that Wednesday is the middle of the work week, meaning that one has made it "over the hump" towards the weekend. The term was originally coined by former radio DJ Steve Dahl on WABX Detroit in the mid 1970's during a promotion of the station's wednesday shows.
Compliments of Wiktionary

This semester Hump Day is quite possibly my favorite day. It's been great because I go to class, I'm in the office for a bit, and I have free time to run errands, do work, etc. It's refreshing after a crazy Monday & Tuesday and gets me recharged for the rest of the week.

The class that I have on Wednesdays is Student Affairs in Higher Education. The course gives a broad over view of different Student Affairs units within Higher Ed as well as just being a basic intro course for our program, at least from my stand point.

One thing I greatly appreciate about this class is that our professor, Dr. Bloom, always ends the class by giving us a quote. I've decided I'd like to start sharing these in a weekly post as I always really enjoy them. I also received a positive comment recently on always posting great quotes on Facebook and decided to share here as well.

So here's your "HDH" for this week:

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
-Warren Buffett, Investment Entrepreneur

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Importance of Sunday

I can tell I'm growing up as I'm really beginning to appreciate Sundays.

Growing up and during high school I liked Sundays for the most part, but hated that the weekend was ending and it was back to school the next day. I can vividly recall memories of how much I loved Sunday afternoon naps. I liked the routine of the day, going to church with my family, seeing friends and family there and then heading back home for a leisurely lunch and relaxing afternoon. It makes me think of when I was little and loved to sleep on the parts of my bedroom floor where the sun was shining through the window making everything perfectly warm.

In college I had a love/hate relationship with Sundays. I of course was living for the weekends and naturally I spent Sundays in bed until at least noon followed by a good hour of brunch and reminiscing the night before at the dining hall, or in the later years at Causeway Cafe at the beach or Bojangles in my living room. I typically left all of my homework for Sundays, although it didn't get started until late.

I loved that Sundays were Sigma days and from 4:00pm on my life was consumed with preparation, officer or new member meetings, chapter meetings and whatever needed to get finished afterwards. Seeing all of my sisters in one place was a wonderful way to start the week. Afterwards I would unfortunately drag myself over to Randall Library and cozy up in a study desk for the night.

Last year as I traveled Sundays were always different. For a while they were my travel days--and I loved travel days. At most chapters it was their meeting day too and that sense of nostalgia would creep back, sometimes I would fight tears in the back of my eyes as they recited our prayer and sang songs.

Grad school is a time where I absolutely love my Sundays. I don't even think about it being the end of the weekend, it's always my day. It's the day that I typically always let myself sleep in, and after will lounge in bed for a good hour watching TV or reading. I do any shopping that's needed (or sometimes not needed!), clean up my apartment and just get my life together. I really enjoy just sitting down and getting things organized. I now occasionally spend my Sunday evenings with the men of Beta Theta Pi who I've been advising, which always also a wonderful experience.

I have began to believe that Sundays have a big impact on my Mondays and the week ahead. I had a lovely Sunday yesterday until the end. One Tri Sigma's current consultants is visiting our chapter at Presbyterian just an hour down the road and so I stole her away for the day to shop, get coffee and just chat. Upon returning from taking her back to Clinton, SC I got stuck in awful traffic on 26. There was a really horrible accident and I feel bad for venting as some people lost their lives, my thoughts continue to be with them and their families.

A one hour trip took 4.5 hours and with a dead cellphone, stomach that hadn't eaten since 11am, and paper waiting at home to be finished it became excruciating. I did however meet some fun friends on the road while it took 3 hours to move 3 miles. All in all it put a damper on my sacred Sunday which put a huge damper on my Monday morning.

I attempting to keep up my optimism and of course with my love of quotes I am keeping this one close to me, hoping to turn things around with Tuesday tomorrow.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you have any special Sunday rituals? Do you even like Sunday? I think it's so funny and unfortunate to hear so many people hate one of my favorite days of the week!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Not Quite a Big Fish In a Little Pond

When some people get stressed or are having a rough time they might pray, run, or involve themselves in a multitude of other activities. I however turn to a few different things: friends, quotes and music. This post is basically a shout out to them all.

Friends. I have three absolutely amazing and fabulous best friends. They are more than friends, they are my family. No seriously, like we took cheesy professional awkward family photos in high school. They are my soulmates, and I honestly have no clue what I would do without them in my life. A good heart to heart last night completely changed my day and reminded me of how thankful I am to have them.

Fave four at a friend's bachelorette this summer CES, MBW, Me & KMK

Quotes. I just can't even explain the value of a good quote. It lifts me up, it makes me think, it puts life back into perspective. I have a whole file of quotes that I found over the years that I turn to in search of the perfect words to describe how I might be feeling in a certain moment.

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. -Thomas Carlyle

Music. One of my absolute favorite groups of all time is Coldplay. Whether I'm happy, sad, angry, confused, tired, whatever I can listen to them and am put back into my happy place. This one has currently been my main jam I've had on repeat. Give it a good listen.
The video I really wanted to post didn't have a link to be embedded so if you have extra time check out the awesome live performance.

Happy Friday, the end is in sight. Hey it's 5 o'clock somewhere right?

Don't Worry I'm Alive

I realized this week it's been over a month since I've posted anything on here. After three months of plenty of time yet nothing to blog about I now have absolutely no time and all in the world to write about. Unfortunately I'm not quite sure if I'm dedicated enough to catching the world up about the entire last month and a half.

I can sum it up in the fact that I am surviving here in Columbia. I'm in the process of submitting an article for journal publication. I had my first (and possibly last) interaction with the South Carolina State Fair. Ok that wasn't nice I might go back next year, just not on opening night which is also "$1 entry night." Put it together in your head...interesting experience. I completed my first practicum in the Academic Centers for Excellence office. I moved on to level 2 of Jillian Michael's 30 day body shred; after starting level one in December of 2009. I went to Gatlinburg, TN and bought a heinous green sweatshirt with a bear on it (there will be a post on that trip).

And now I find myself here: halfway through my first semester, which I'd like refer to as my freshmen semester, of graduate school. I'm alive and I'm breathing and right now that's all I can ask for.

While the purpose of this was to just catch you up a bit, in true Anna (and true ADD) fashion it is going to be a random mix of what I would like to share with you. This week has been absolutely wonderful, the weather has been perfect and with my prac in ACE over my schedule is a little bit less hectic which has been nice.

Due to this change of schedule I now have some free time on my 13 hour Tuesdays and so this week decided to treat myself a little bit. Thanks to the wonder that is Twitter I was informed by a classmate that Target was having a $15 cardigan sale, of course I couldn't pass that up. Especially when I spotted a navy & teal (UNCW!) patterned sweater. Perfection.

After this nice jaunt I decided to spend my next few free hours before going to ACE reading at Starbucks. I got my skinny pumpkin spice latte (so yum) and curled up in a chair with the History of Higher Education, lovely. Starbucks is my happy place. After being on the road this past year it's where I found my peace and stability knowing that I would always get the same atmosphere and always enjoy the same delicious items (tall soy chai latte and a blueberry scone please!), it was my home.

It's also a great place to people watch. On Tuesday though, I ran across a lady who interrupted my home, and my reading. The more obnoxious people I come across in the world, the more considerate I find myself being. And even more so, I find myself thankful for my mother teaching me how to behave and not act like an idiot in public.

As I was reading about the advances of women into co-ed institutions (tantalizing), in walks in a lady I will refer to as Sally. Sally barges through the door yelling on her cell phone, interrupting the tranquil atmosphere of many people, reading, studying and just trying to enjoy their delicious cups of over priced coffee beverages. After she proceeds to scream into her cellphone by the door (which was conveniently right next to me) she finished her conversation and approaches the counter.

Now there is a big difference between southern and country. This was a mix between country and I'm not sure how else to put it. "I'd like a vent-ay why-te chocolate mocha with extra whipped cream." I was then cringing. Not just from the amount of calories that has to be in that drink, but also from her again disrupting the serenity as well as acting like a fool. After getting her "ven-tay" mocha, she sat down with the unfortunate soul that was with her and had an extremely loud conversation for the length of time it took her to finish her 20 oz. of sugar milk.

I just don't understand how you could be in a setting like that and not realize how disruptive you're being? How do you not realize you're the loudest person in the room? How do you not see everyone staring at you and waiting for when you'll get up and leave the establishment? There is a big part of me that really wants to begin to take these people committing social faux pas' aside and just make them aware of the situation. What if I did that for a living? I know the world would sure be a better place.

I apologize if this story in anyway offends you or makes you think lesser of me. I'm realizing that I come across many interesting people and situations in my life and I really enjoy sharing them. If you know me, you know that I truly am a kind and caring person, but who can really hide their frustration over socially inept people 100% of the time?

You will get a real update, like on something that I'm actually doing with my life and not another ridiculous person I happen to cross paths with in public. We talked in class this week about the things we do for fun that we forget to do now that we're in grad school aka pretty much working full time, taking classes, volunteering for things and also attempting to somehow have social lives. I stated that I would update.

Well now I have updated, but the over achiever in me is going to do it again. And of course use it as a procrastination tactic from the 6 articles I have to read and the huge paper I have to write for next week.