Long time no talk!

  1. First of all, apologies for my extended hiatus! I have been super busy these past couple of weeks. Last week I had a work trip to 6 Flags which took up my whole Friday (the one day a week I try to reserve for blogging). The meeting was a mandatory all-staff meeting, where we did some team-building and leadership development. After the meeting, we got to play around in the park! I’m blessed with some seriously awesome coworkers, so I had more fun than I had anticipated. I only went on two rides (Goliath + Bizarro) because for some reason I just wasn’t in the mood for rides and stuff. It took a long time to get back home thanks to a car accident in Middletown. 
  2. It has been HOT AS HELL. I made the mistake of wearing black pants to work on Wednesday when the heat wave started (95 degrees, and not the boy band). Unfortunately all my work-appropriate dresses and skirts were dirty.  Just my luck. I’ve been craving ice cream like no other. 
  3. I got my hair cut last week! My Zooey bangs are back with a vengeance. I’ll post a picture when my hair is actually styled and looking fly.
  4. RA Dickey.The man is amazing. He threw two back-to-back one hitters, which is really remarkable.  I’m putting some money aside to get his book, which I heard was awesome.  He also has one of the best Twitters on the team. What else is there to say?  I haven’t been so excited about the Mets in a really long time. 
  5. Possible trip to Worcester to see my good friend Tina in a few weeks! I always love coming back to Worcester. It’s like a second home to me. At this point in my life I’m more familiar with Worcester than with New Haven or Hartford, the cities I grew up around.  I also haven’t seen Tina since graduation (!), so I’m double excited. 

Counting down

  1. I am beyond excited to start my VISTA Leader position in a couple of weeks! Basically, a VISTA Leader serves as a mentor and coordinator to multiple VISTAs working on a multi-site project.  I’ll be facilitating meetings, helping out with some statewide VISTA training,  recruiting the 2013-2014 VISTA team, and reporting. I also get to do some internet stuff to market the project, which I’m really pumped about.  All in all, I think this will be a great change of pace from my current assignment and will definitely keep me busy. I met up with the project’s current VISTAs and VISTA Leader last night for a happy hour, and I’m beyond ready to begin.  I’ve also connected with next year’s VISTA team on Facebook. I know the job is going to be tough, but after this year, I’m totally up for the challenge. 
  2. The Cape Cod Bear made it all the way up to Provincetown! He also has his own Twitter account. Part of me kind of wishes that I had glimpsed him while I was on the Cape last weekend. Then again I was sleeping in a tent last weekend so a visit from the bear probably wouldn’t have been welcomed. 
  3. I have a mandatory all-staff meeting at Six Flags New England next week. I’m a little excited but I’m also not looking forward to driving up there although my fellow VISTA Jacqui graciously offered to meet me in Hartford and carpool the rest of the way up).
  4. I am craving falafel right now like no other. I tried out Mamoun’s in New Haven for the first time last week and fell immediately in love. The falafel place I go to in West Hartford doesn’t even compare anymore, tastewise or price wise.   I should have picked some up while I was in New Haven last night but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to get me some Mamoun’s when I start working there next month.
  5. R. Kelly’s autobiography Soulacoaster is officially coming out soon. I really want to read it, but no way am I paying $20 for it. Even the ebook version is $20! No way am I shelling out $20 bucks for an ebook copy. Kells, I know you need money, but cut a sista some slack. I’m a national service member living off poverty level wages. I can’t spare 20 bucks for your book! Soulacoaster is also the kind of book I’d be embarrassed to borrow from the library. Oh well, at least I can enjoy his new single, Feelin’ Single. (Disclosure: I haven’t actually listened to it yet. I hope it’s as good as the song he yodels in). 

Free at last!

  1. I’m officially on vacation for the next week! Well, technically it’s mostly a staycation for me since I’m only going away for a couple days. I had saved up my personal time to use at the end of my service term for job interviews and whatnot. Once I got my VISTA Leader position, I didn’t need to use that time anymore, so I decided to take this whole week off! I’m going to the Cape with a couple of my good friends from Holy Cross from June 1st to June 3rd. I’ll spend the rest of the week running some errands, renewing my license, and generally decompressing. I haven’t had a whole week off since last August, so this week is totally welcome to me. 
  2. I’m getting a head start on my summer reading list (translation: finally reading all the paperbacks I bought years ago and never got the chance to use). Right now I’m reading Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, and a YA novel about beauty pageant contestants stranded on a desert island a-la Lord of the Flies called Beauty Queens.  Both are pretty good so far! I’m open to any suggestions! (Sidenote: you can add me on Goodreads if you’re into that kind of thing)
  3. Speaking of books, I love reading on my Nook!  I have both the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Color, but the reading experience on the NST is overwhelmingly better, at least in my opinion. I was an e-reader doubter until I got one myself, and I would totally recommend a Nook to anyone looking for an e-reader.  Plus, I can read in the sun on the Nook. 
  4. I did a 2-hour Zumbathon to benefit my friends’ Relay for Life team on Monday. When I first started doing Zumba, I never thought I would be able to keep it going for this long. I had a lot of fun. I also sweated more than I ever have in my life. And that’s including wearing a marching band uniform in Florida or during the Memorial Day Parade. 
  5. David Wright is still being awesome! D-Wright has always been my favorite player since he came up, so it’s great seeing him play so well. He is currently batting .405 and leading the team in other categories. All with a broken pinkie. Well, maybe the pinkie has healed itself.  And Fred Wilpon said David Wright wasn’t a superstar? 

Friday Five: TV Time edition

  1. I hate to say this, but am I the only one that was a little underwhelmed by the How I Met Your Mother season finale?  The big reveal of the bride was no surprise. I also felt like a lot of the jokes fell a little flat (i.e. baby Erikson’s middle name, Victoria’s return, etc.). I think the jokes and gags had the potential to be funny, but something just seemed a little off about the episode to me. Yes, Barney and Robin are endgame. That’s great. I just really want to find out who the damn mother is. I don’t wnat to see another dead-end or rehashed Ted relationship. I’ve stuck with this show a long time, and there was a time when I was really obsessed with it (Disclosure: I started watching the episodes on DVD in 2009, so I know I’m not like one of the early adopter fans, but STILL. That’s a lot of TV to watch).  Maybe I was the only one who just wasn’t feelin’ it. 
  2. And speaking of disappointing TV…I think I’m over the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  The first few seasons were a lot of fun, but season 4 so far has been full of hate. I mean, the first couple episodes were driven by Teresa’s cookbook and a comment Teresa made to her brother OFFSCREEN. Teresa is no angel (see how she treated Danielle in S1-S2), but I just can’t stand all these grown women gang up on someone.  Caroline is a know-it-all, Melissa is fake, Teresa is a fool, Kathy is a pot stirrer, and Jacqueline is wishy washy. The episodes I’ve watched this season are more painful than fun, so I think it’s time to give up on RHONJ. 
  3. On another note,  the agency where I work is having the annual all-staff meeting at 6 Flags New England. While I’m not super excited about driving all the way up there, I am excited to ride some roller coasters. I haven’t been to a theme park in so long. I think the last time I went was when I went to Fright Fest with my friends Lindsey and Michelle freshman year of college.  I’ll only have a few weeks left here before I start my next service year, so this should be a fun way to wrap things up for me. 
  4. David Wright’s flip-out at Terry Collins for pinch-hitting for him. It’s so refreshing to have the Mets actually actively entertaining me rather than depressing me this year. That’s all I have to say about that. 
  5. I broke one of my biggest life rules this week and bought a pink Mets hat. I vowed to myself long ago that I’d never buy girly/pink team accessories.  I was looking through the MLB.com Shop clearance section and saw this little beauty.  If you know me personally, you know that I cannot resist hot pink. It was on clearance, it was cute, and I can totally wear it to the beach! 

Friday Five: How Sweep it is edition

  1. A couple of my friends and I went out to Los Mariachis, a Mexican restaurant in Wallingford, for Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, Los Mariachis is also the ONLY Mexican restaurant in Wallingford. Usually the food and service are great, but because everyone else in town had the same idea as us, the place was packed. We waited 2 hours for a table (I’m pretty sure the host forgot about us). The margarita I had was excellent though. Afterwards a few of us went over my friend Amy’s for more drinks.  We watched the Muppet Movie: I saw it for the first time, and I loved it. 
  2. The Mets swept the Phillies in Philadelphia for the first time since 2006! I love when the Mets actually pull off a sweep, and I love it even more when they pull it off against the Phillies! Yes, I know the Phils are without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley right now, but the beating them just feels so good.  Plus, the Mets finally broke out of that rut they were in against the Rockies and the Dbacks.  I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about the rest of this season. Yes, it’s only May. Honestly, I’ll be happy if the Mets play .500 baseball for the rest of the season.
  3. On another note, one of the game highlights on my MLB At Bat app was the Philly Phanatic holding a baby.  First of all, the Philly Phanatic is not deserving of having one of the game highlights. If I was that baby I’d be screaming my ass off. The Philly Phanatic is creepy and is also my least favorite mascot in sports.  He looks like a chicken mated with a creepy green alien.  Mr. Met is a family man. I’d trust him with my kid.  The Philly Phanatic…not so much. Besides being scary, he’s always causing trouble.
  4. I am officially obsessed with Smart Art! I’m writing a couple manuals for work right now, and I’ve been shamelessly using Smart Art as much as I can.  The shapes make everything look way more professional and classy, and they’re just fun. 
  5. So I’m finally in the market for a new computer (well, once I get reimbursed my deposit for my wisdom teeth and start my VISTA Leader position). I’m thinking of getting a refurbished MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (depending on what’s available/cheapest at the time). I really don’t need a laptop for much beyond word processing and surfing the web. I also love the Mac OS and the aesthetics of both the Air and the Pro.  And any computer, even refurbished, is better than the one I have now. I’m waiting until July, when my next service term starts, to buy anything anyway (my stipend will be bigger than the one I have now). 

Friday Five!

  1. I can breathe easy. On Monday, I accepted a position as a VISTA Leader for the New Haven Education VISTA Project!  I am so incredibly excited! I will be coordinating 12 (I think) AmeriCorps VISTA members at 6 different sites. All the VISTA projects are supporting school reform in New Haven by providing different services to students (tutoring, college prep, etc).  I’ll also be coordinating some communications for the project (hopefully and maintaining creating a blog/Twitter/Facebook/etc). I start in July, so I’ll be leaving my current project a month early, but I think it’s for the best. I’ll be trained by the previous VISTA leader for a month before I’m unleashed on my own. Now I don’t have to worry about employment until August 2013!  My commute will be cut in half and I’ll be making (only a little) extra cash, so yay! And props to Holy Cross career services for overhauling my resume!!
  2. Yes! The Friday Night Lights movie is getting closer and closer to reality! I seriously cannot wait for this to happen.  FNL is/was probably my favorite television show of all time!  It’s the only show I own all the seasons of on DVD (No, I don’t even have all the seasons of Supernatural or HIMYM or One Tree Hill). I hope they can get most of the core cast there, but as long as Coach/Mrs. Coach are there, I’ll be happy. And obviously a Tim Riggins cameo. And Matt  and Landry. Basically, I just want FNL to go on forever. Is that so wrong?
  3. I’m really creeped out by that tanning mom.  You know, the one who is under investigation for potentially letting her 5 year old go tanning/get burned? That lady. Well, her face looks AWFUL.  She looks like the Leatherman. And yes, I know, her body, she can do what she wants with it.  But still,  I was a little shocked by her picture. 
  4. I had a great day last Saturday! I met up with my friends Robin and Lindsey in New Haven. We spent most of the time catching up.  I hadn’t seen Robin since graduation, so it was an especially awesome moment for me. Let me just say, it’s so nice to hang out with someone you haven’t seen in awhile and still feel like you click as friends. 
  5. Jenelle from Teen Mom got a boob job and is back with Keiffer. I can’t even with her. 

Friday five: First edition

  1. I’m shamelessly stealing this concept from one of my favorite authors/bloggers, Sarah Dessen. I’ve been reading her blog since it was hosted on LiveJournal back in the day (I even won a signed copy of Along for the Ride  and a t-shirt from one of her giveaways last year!), and I always looked forward to her Friday Five posts. Also, I need to update this more regularly, and I think having some day-themed posts would be a really good start!
  2. I have had a 30 second loop of Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” stuck in my head ALL WEEK.  I went a long time without actually hearing the song, and after hearing it for the first time on the radio Monday, I’ve had it in my head ever since.  I felt bad for my coworkers today because I was singing it over and over and over again in the office (also I don’t have a very good singing voice–that’s why I was in the band and not the choir for all those years). So yes, I like the song, but dear god. It’s a worse ear worm than Bieber’s “Boyfriend.” 
  3. The Mets recovered from that awful series with San Francisco that injured two of our guys (Jason Bay’s ribs, Mike Pelfrey’s elbow) and swept the Marlins! It was really sad for me to see Jose Reyes playing with another team. As you all know, he was tied for my second favorite player, and I couldn’t stand to hear him be booed.  Yes, he signed with another team. But did the Mets have enough money to pay him? No. You can ask Bernie Madoff where that money went.  And my boy David Wright is now the Mets all-time career leader in RBIs! Yes, my dad said that wasn’t really a big deal. But I think that really shows that the Mets can’t let D-Wright go like they did Jose.  Both of them were/are big names for this franchise, and to let both go and replace them with hobos would be a huge mistake on the Mets’ behalf. Losing one was hard enough!
  4. I have been trying (and failing) to replicate the Katniss braid from the Hunger Games.  Basically, the whole process has left me with one key question. Do I have a funny shaped head, or am I just that inept at braiding? I think a little of both.  I guess I should have spent more time playing with my hair as a child than re-reading the Little House books five million times.  Whatever, I’ll keep trying. I just wish I could be as fierce as Katniss/Jennifer Lawrence.
  5. During my wisdom tooth recovery I got sucked into watching America’s Next Top Model reruns (older cycles HOLLA).  I know they’re bad for me, but I just can’t turn my eyes away.  WHY DO I LET THIS HAPPEN TO ME? Why can’t I be interested in classy/legit/good television shows?