Weekend Review

19 04 2009

I must say that I am really disappointed that I have not been able to consistently update this blog. Life has been in overdrive lately and I can’t say that I hate the chaos either. However, here’s the brief.

Thursday my dad came up to help me move into my new apt. Thank goodness he came because I don’t think I really would have made my April 25th deadline. Much appreciation to Derek (@derekrva) for letting me cut into his work time and dealing with the heavy lifting. Ugh. I really hate moving. Next time we’re hiring movers. I love this apt but shooo, it was pretty crappy that there were stairs and oncoming traffic to deal with. 0417090822a

It’s beginning to come together and I hope to have my ducks squared away for a housewarming gathering this weekend 🙂 But I remind myself to be realistic because I am going to Clemson on Wednesday for the Communication Studies Career Panel and won’t be in Asheville until after lunch tomorrow.

I am still in Charleston, looking forward to a brief introduction in the morning. I am freshly laundered and re-stocked on goodies, so all is well. This weekend was entirely too much fun. It is 11 o’clock and I still have my Alhambra bracelet on. Granted I was on Cinderella curfew last night, which quickly turned into last call after a very long day. I am not sure of the time, when I tucked in, but I was woken up around 5:45 or 6 to shower. I sluggishly obliged and came out to my mom and said, “What am I wearing?” She hands me some clothes and everything was a blur. We drove to Augusta and I was finally able to sleep sometime around Columbia. I don’t think I laughed so hard this month or even last month. Megan and Katie were keeping me stitched up in hilarity between “3 o’clock girls at 1:30”, my running list in my moleskine, the business card swap, and Katie practically reading my thoughts and keeping my lips buttoned before I really embarrassed myself. I saw everyone I have ever known in the past 8-10 years in one weekend. Talk about a blast from the past. As I wrap up another week and my thoughts run together, I prepare for a month. Until my next mental break…


On the other side of the table…

13 04 2009

I am greatly distraught over my lack of posts last week. April has really worked me. I am so blessed to have a full plate that is challenging me in new ways. (Un)fortunately I have been able to see lots of people and spend my weekends all over NC & SC, but the travel has quickly worn me down and I am completely exhausted. I am going to write mini-posts and try to catch up on last week. My sister complains, often, that I blog too long and she just gets so discouraged to read them and that words are not her friends.

Last Wednesday, April 8, I attended Clemson’s Communication Studies Career Launch. I was in a Clemson House ballroom with 4 other businesses seeking interns or new hires for the summer and fall. I have to say that it is really strange being on the other side of the table. I doubt my interviewing tactics were well planned, but I was glad to see friends and old classmates. It gave me great practice in speaking about my company succinctly. I met some great candidates and hope everyone finds what they are seeking. Out of the 10 resumes I was able to find 2 worthy candidates for our internship program. They will be having a phone interview on Wednesday and coming to the office on Friday. Business development seems to be growing at an rapid pace, so if you are seeking a great learning experience this summer send me your resume to christinalor@sensiblecity.com. Be sure to visit our freshly launched website at http://www.sensiblecity.com.

A drive to Clemson is one that I greatly anticipate. How can you not love driving on Hwy 25 through Travelers Rest and Easley? Especially on a day like this?


24 Things

19 03 2009

On the contrary, of a birthday of receiving, this is what I have given back to the universe in the development of 23 to 24.

  1. For my “birthday dinner”, I gave a friend a beer as a toast to her camaraderie and gratitude for her listening ear.
  2. For my “birthday lunch”, I gave Happy some of my lunch from Doc Chey’s.
  3. For the bitterness in my heart, I gave my friends grief.
  4. For the solitude in my mind, I laid hurdles down for those who chose to meet me half way.
  5. For the sadness in my soul, I gave the world less than 100% of myself.
  6. For the tenderness in my life that often comes from solid hearts and good people, I turned a cold shoulder.
  7. For the the frustration on my mind, I gave a sharp tongue.
  8. For all of the things that will not give back to me, I expended all of my energy.
  9. For all of the foolish things I can’t go back on, I give a step forward.
  10. For all the barricades I have built, I greeted new friends.
  11. For the sake of getting by, I faked a smile.
  12. For the sake of getting over it, I am reintroduced to myself.
  13. For the sake of being thankful, I am truly humbled.
  14. For all the things that can go right, I look for a little wrong.
  15. For you to be you, I was not completely me.
  16. For the moments of being brutally honest, I was not sensitive.
  17. For the times you were being open, I was being closed.
  18. For all the laughter I have laughed, I had equal amount of tears.
  19. For the days when my heart aches excruciatingly, I strike pain into others.
  20. For all the hope I have in the world, I had little trust in others.
  21. For all the ways I hope to succeed, I focused on my failures.
  22. For all the ways I can change, I haven’t.
  23. For all the things I would like to do, I didn’t.
  24. For all the ways I can learn and grow, I should do so in the future.

I have a ways to go, but I should hope I make it there someday!

Hump Day

18 03 2009

3.18 | 24 hours until my 24th year.  I am walking into it with a head held low, and shoulders slightly a kilter.

Today, I am working on crafting my pitch for the Memphis event next week. A look at Music Appreciation Month in Ken Greene’s classroom with an interactive demonstration of instructional technology in the music program. Then I must must must build a master list and mock-up for America’s Promise on March 30th!

STS9 is playing at The Orange Peel tonight and I have had my ticket since 12.17.2008! Talk about blast from the past! I’d be willing to sell it to Marisa if she can manage to sub her yoga class and drive up from Charleston. Otherwise, I wonder if it is worth it to go to a show when you aren’t in the festive mood? Perhaps, it’s better to not know what you are missing and build some anticipation for a stellar performance when my skies are clearer. Or maybe this will be the thing to snap me out of the funk.

I hate to close abruptly, but my thoughts are robbed by my to-do list and time-sensitive tasks that are flooding my head.

I’ve squandered my to-do list, rather it drowned me

14 03 2009

I woke up thiTo-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Uss morning and needed to put much action to my list. I flipped through this book (image provided by Amazon.com). The author Sasha Cagen has a blog about people’s to-do lists, http://todolistblog.blogspot.com I just couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by my own to-do list. I have a series already from this month that I have, yet, to revisit and scratch off.  So I maintain to feel completely inundated by words on paper that have the power to bully me into pathetic guilt.

Regardless, I am aware of my floundering plate of itemized things to accomplish and hope to consolidate all of my lists in one plate. Awareness is the first step, right? Among the clouds in my sky are work items, event planning items, organizational items, and oh you know sometimes if I can manage to schedule a little happy time for myself–I try to get away with it!

I have filed my taxes, using the Freedom Edition, so my federal and state were free! Except they don’t like you to know it’s available. I read on Abi’s blog that she filed her for free and her brothers for not-so-free. So I just directed a volatile complaint to TurboTax to ask them, “What the heck, man?” and they promptly addressed my concerns. So lo and behold, I was filled in the TurboTax secret. Of course, it’s not easy to find on their homepage. So I shimmied on down to the IRS and followed the “free” trail. Huzzah!! And for those of you who made an AGI <$30,000 can also experience some “freedom”.

Now it’s off to scavenge for quarters and really concentrate on some laundry. I mean it has been officially over a month since my last load and maybe I cheated and did an in-betweenie at a friend’s house during a slumber party. However, I really could go on since I have enough unmentionables to last a few more days, but the weather is too cold to break into my skirt/dress collection. I really am in dire need of denim and pants, sadly. For once, it’s not the unmentionables!

So I am sitting on Patton Ave. and hear, you know, the typical Irish song on bagpipe. So I look out for a parade and guess what I saw! No kilt, no herds of Irish lassies prancin’ down the street, but a young lad who is very talented to play the bagpipe like someone out of the Hibernian Society. Then, I smiled because there is youthful appreciation to long-lasting tradition. In these little moments do I really treasure Asheville and it’s quirk, sadly, this town seldom fills tremendous and overflowing joy in my heart. I will give it chance to win me over again.

Happy Pi Day!