Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Long Day In My Pink Patterned Shoes

Some days are longer than others...

Just because a day is long, doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad. I actually enjoy long days at times, they make me feel more productive and accomplished. In addition to blogging, I work full time, go to school and attempt to tend to every need of my family. I posted last year about a typical day in my life, you can read that here. Now that I have a brand new job and a slightly different schedule, I thought it might be fun to revisit a day in my life.

So here we go...A Day in my Pink Patterned Shoes...

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

6:30am: Time to wake up! Take the Chiweenies outside, wake up the pre-teen and start up the Keurig. I have got to have my morning coffee! I pick out a Starbucks blend this morning. I have been drinking my coffee black for months now. I actually enjoy it this way. The only think I add is a few ice cubes. Then it's time for a shower and getting ready for work. I feel like it's a vintage kind of day, so I pick out this denim polka dot dress and this awesome coin necklace I bought from a vintage shop. The pre-teen is out the door just before me.

7:35am: I am out the door and on my way to work. My new job is super close to my home, which makes me a very happy lady! Even with a little morning traffic, I am at the office in 15 minutes.

7:50am: I'm at the office bright and early (I don't need to be there until 8am), but I am still fairly new and I like to keep up my good impression. I check my email and make sure all of my documents are in order for my morning meeting.

A co-worker suggests bagels for breakfast...yum! We all chip in for some Bread Company. I love sesame seed bagels. I also love blueberry. And pumpkin pie.

Just so you know what I do...

At my new job, I work with people with physical and developmental disabilities to assist them in discovering what kind of job/career they might be interested in. I do hands-on assessments at places they might want to work and I administer paper and pencil assessments to help them discover interests. After I finish the assessments, I either recommend job development or other services.

10:00am: Morning meeting! I get to recommend job development for a client, which makes me happy because I know she is excited about getting to work!

11:30am: Lunch time! Everyone at my new office eats a bit early and I have happily adapted to the new schedule. Everyone tries to eat together if at all possible. I love that my co-workers do this. I think it brings a sense of togetherness to the office. I was a good girl this day and brought my leftovers. Before my break is over I text the hubby and check on his day. We never go a day without texting each other. I am more in love with him everyday :)

I spend the rest of my afternoon finalizing paperwork and organizing client files. I make sure all of my appointments are scheduled for the following week and reminders have been sent.

4:00pm: I leave the office and head out to school! I am scheduled to graduate in May with a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. I'm more than ready for graduation!

4:30pm: Career Development class...we learn about career interest inventories and Holland Codes.

6:15pm: A school mixer with the Rehabilitation Counseling and Music Therapy students. This is an out of the ordinary event. We mix, mingle and are served cheese, crackers, fruit, beer and wine. I can't shake the uneasy feeling that I should not drink alcohol in between classes. It's weird. But I have a glass of wine and a beer while I mix and mingle.

7:30pm: Internship Class...Tonight we are video taping mock counseling sessions. I meet up with my partner and we take turns playing counselor and client. Each session is only 12 minutes, but I am nervous about being taped. There are four students in my internship class. We watch all four 12 minute sessions. I take note that I need to learn to have better posture and that I really should begin working out again.

9:49pm: I pull up in front of my house. It feels good to be home! I picked up a banana for dinner. Watching the video of myself totally killed my appetite. I foresee this won't last long and my regular appetite will be back tomorrow. I get to spend about 10 minutes with my son before he's off to bed. That's probably what I dislike most about late school nights. Even if we aren't doing anything productive, I like just being at home with my family.

11:00pm: My husband is actually ready for bed before I am (which never happens). He is a night owl and loves to stay up late. I drift off to sleep after vegging out to QVC. I just love that channel. It's on right now as I right this post. Rick is selling computers.

Well, that's my day! I'm so happy everyday isn't this long. I know putting in the hours and effort will be worth it, so I'll keep on keeping on until I own my evenings again!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Trending: The Writer's Block Rescue and Ronan Farrow

Sometimes...only sometimes...I don't have a recent craft to display or recipe to share. Sometimes...I am fresh out of "words of wisdom" and cleaver anecdotes. Sometimes...I know I want to blog about something, I just don't know what.

This happened to me today. True story. Like 30 minutes ago.

So I thought to myself, "why not see what's trending and write something about that? Gosh Michelle, you are so smart. And I bet you are the first blogger ever to think of this idea. Your post is going to get a million views!"

I am very confident I am not the first blogger to think of this. Just as I was not the first blogger to make a holiday wreath or use owls in Christmas decor. But my hope is that this post will reach someone who has not heard this idea and to help spark a little creative writing.

  • How to I find what's trending?

Once you find what's trending, write about it. For example, the top trend on Google Trends this evening was Ronan Farrow. I have no idea who that is. Who is Ronan Farrow?

Ronan Farrow is a human rights activist. I thought he was a movie star. Now I am embarrassed. According to his Wikipedia Page, he is also a freelance journalist, lawyer and government official. And he looks pretty handsome. 

He has actually lived quite an amazing life. I highly recommend checking out his page and learning more about him. He was a child prodigy and went to Yale University at age 15. He is trending today due to talks of hosting an MSNBC show. So interesting! 

In conclusion, I hope this blog post has helped at least one person with the dreaded blogger writer's block. Thanks for reading! 

Information on trending gathered from Make Use Of.


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