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Work, Home, and… oh yeah… the Blog!

I don’t do this for a living. I know you are terribly shocked. I do daydream about it sometimes, even a little something would be nice. To pay the bills for my life and for the blog I still go to an 8 to 5 job. (When exactly did 9 to 5 die?) The only weird thing about my schedule is a rotating lunch that varies between 12, 1 and 2. What is it that I do? I am a Financial Aid Counselor at a state university. So the month of June is filled with rising Freshman Orientations. The months of July are filled with people trying to figure out how to pay the bill and do paperwork. The month of August is filled with the truly frantic and those that didn’t realize there was even an issue. Most people working in Financial Aid don’t want people to know what they do. I didn’t get it when I first started here in March of 2013. Then I went to a family wedding. I excitedly told a cousin that I had gotten a job and they of course asked where. When I told them, their face contorted in bitterness and they said “They only gave me loans.” The Financial Aid world has a lot of perception issues. I always saw Financial Aid as the people who helped me pay for school, but to many I think that we are simply the ones not giving them money. Advertising campaigns about federal and state aid don’t exactly go into the maximums and detailed requirements… Anyway! If you’ve wondered where I have been the past month or so, that is part of the answer.

The second part of the answer is related to my house mates. You might remember that right around a year ago I got a house. Well really my parents bought most of a house and I happen to be on the deed for various reasons. (Have I mentioned my parents are amazing?) Initially my best friend moved into one of the other bedrooms to rent and then her boyfriend joined her. We have had a blast this past year. Cooking and having a nice support network. Then in July several things happened. My best friend and her boyfriend started the process of buying a house. Her brother, just out of high school, would be living with them once they got the house, but in the meantime he already had a job in the city and was trying to enroll at the community college. So he moved into my office, which without a laptop definitely threw a wrench into blogging. They closed the same day we did, but a year apart, August 15th. They officially moved out this past weekend. It has been a whirlwind of boxes and piles and wiring projects. My ever fantastic parents pitched in too.

We do still own a car but this will be a more common sight without two housemates!

We do still own a car but this will be a more common sight without two housemates!

Now that both of these are reaching their end I should be emerging from the smoke but I thought you deserved an update on the adventures. What do you think? Should we have an empty nest party?

Booking Through Thursday: Letters

Booking Through Thursday

A meme from Booking Through Thursday.

Today’s topic is “Different kind of reading … what do you think about letters? Do you ever send them anymore? Receive them? Or do you just do email and texts instead? Do you miss the days when people used to write letters?

I like letters. I never send them. I never receive them. I email and text. I do miss letters. I had several friends move as a child and we used to write letters but eventually we lost track. I hate losing track of people. For a while I had a pen pal that we had met on our trip to the grand canyon. I think I still have her letters at my parent’s house. I think we tell ourselves that social media and email and texts make it easier to keep up with people who are far away, but I think really it just means we don’t have to prioritize which people to keep in touch with and when we don’t prioritize we don’t put enough effort into any of the relationships.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Top Ten

A meme from the Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island (pick based on however you want…skills they would bring, their company…or pure hotness factor :P)

1. Veralidaine Sarrasri (aka Daine) from Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals Deserted islands usually still have animals, someone that can talk to them would definitely be valuable.

2. Vlad Taltos from Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos – I think of Vlad as the MacGyver of the fantasy world.

3. al’Lan Mandragoran (aka Lan) from Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time – He is high up there are on the bad ass characters list. Nothing is scary with this guy around.

4. Mariel Gullwhacker from Brian Jacques’s Redwall – To be on a deserted island you must first be shipwrecked right? She is the ultimate shipwreck survivor in my head.

5. Nicko Heap from Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap - You’re already on the deserted island but I feel like there should be someone around with nautical skills.

6. Max the Wolf from Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, illustrations by Mark Buckingham – The ultimate boy scout seems like he would be useful.

7. Sapphire (aka Saf) or Prince Po from Kristin Cashore’s Graceling Realm – I feel like there should be at least one Lienid in this group. More sailors!

8. Robinson Crusoe from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – I’m sure this man is on every list.

9. The Robinsons from The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – They make cool treehouses, okay I am judging that off of the movie. I admit.

10. Aragorn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings – Who better at survival than a Ranger?


Booking Through Thursday: Summertime

Booking Through Thursday

A meme from Booking Through Thursday.

Today’s topic is “Do your reading habits change in the summer?”

It used to. When I was in school summers were the reading time. When I was younger my whole summer was spent in a stupor of reading. I also read a huge amount during the school year, but during summer I read all day long. I picked up a book in the morning and read it during breakfast, curled in the chair, during lunch, in the back yard, during dinner, and lying in bed. In college I started having a harder time making opportunities to read during the school year. Summers became essential, even when I was off working a summer theatre. I made my mother ship me books to Stockbridge, MA when I needed more to read. I was super busy in undergrad. I think that is why I almost needed to slow down a bit in grad school. I definitely got to read more, not all of it was voluntary. Summers especially were back to almost an elementary school level of non stop reading. Now… summers are the same as any other day. Oh no! I’m a grown up! I did catch myself feeling jealous recently when I came home and my best friend who is a teacher had been home reading all day.