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Jobs and Money and Living in Two Places

I’ve been kind of freaking out the last few days just because I have so much on my mind (which I always do, so I don’t know why this is new…).

The foremost thing I am worried about is finding a job for the summer. This wouldn’t be so difficult, but I live in St. Louis while I also live in Kansas City while attending school. If I were to stay in Kansas City for the summer I wouldn’t have to worry about all of this because I could just continue the job I have into the summer. Except I’m going home to St. Louis, which means I need to find another job. Which is hard, might I add, for a company to want to hire someone just for the summer.

I know a friend who had a summer job archiving old medical records last year. She has since then found a different job, but I’m going to see if they could use anyone this summer. The drawback is you can only work twenty hours a week, which isn’t bad, I just would prefer something where I could work more. But it would be a start. I’m also looking into working at the hotel I worked at last summer again, but I don’t think they need the help. And I wanted to work over winter break but that fell through, so I have a feeling the summer will fall through as well…

If I don’t get either of those, then I’m probably screwed. I really need a job this summer because next semester I’m moving off campus, which means I need a car, which means I need money, which means I need a job…

The other problem I’m facing is that the current job I have now is though my campus and Federal Work-Study. It’s a grant where I can work at a job on campus and get paid for it; however, you have to be awarded that grant to be able to get certain jobs. Last semester, I was put on a waiting list to receive it and finally got it about halfway through. The thing is, if that happens again next year, I won’t get to keep my job because I won’t have received Work-Study.

So I’ll have to find another job. A job that will be flexible enough to let me go home for winter break and spring break and the summer. Of course, I could be awarded Work-Study and everything will be handy-dandy for next year. But I feel like it won’t work out that way.

On top of all of that, me and a few girls I know have been trying to find an apartment and it’s been kind of discouraging. We haven’t found any places that are close to campus and are within our budget with enough space.

Bahh, I wish there was a button that you could just press and your mind would just stop thinking, even for just a few minutes…

Snowmageddon = All I Do is Watch TV

So to add onto the last foot of snow that we got last Friday, we got another four of five inches yesterday and over night. It started snowing again about 4 PM and the school cancelled evening classes and I was supposed to have a debate in my Environmental Science class – which I had really been stressing about because I hate debates/public speaking and science – so that being cancelled and moved online was a HUGE blessing. Plus, I got out of work an hour early.

We were supposed to get another foot or so of snow overnight, but we only got a couple inches. Nonetheless, classes were cancelled again for today. So what have I done with all of my free time? I worked on some homework that needed to be done, and I started working on my research paper for my Env. Sci. class, but that hasn’t worked out too great, haha. Science + English = awful.

Instead of being super productive, I’ve mainly been watching TV shows, specifically just Chuck (like a whole season in the last couple of days…). So here are the shows that I’ve been watching and enjoying.

Chuck
When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, CIA and NSA assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

I would call this more of an obsession, really. When I’ve had the time, I watch probably six or seven episodes straight and they’re each about 40-45 minutes long. I love spy stuff, and I love really nerdy things, so combining them into this action/comedy is really just perfect for me. Plus, Zachari Levi is pretty much the best actor ever. He plays Chuck so well. I think this is a show that most people will enjoy.

New Girl
Jessica Day is a bubbly middle school teacher in her late 20s who, after breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, moves in a loft with three single men she met through Craigslist. Vulnerable, positive and honest, Jess has so much faith in people so that sometimes she can’t punch her way out of a paper bag. With the aid of her new roommates, she tries to pick up her crumbs and move on.

I honestly can’t really tell you why I like this show so much. I think it’s just the characters that I really like; the storyline isn’t so great, but I really like the characters and Zooey Deschanel as an actress. This is a show that I started watching out of boredom/procrastination of my homework, and have just kept watching. I could probably stop watching, but since I’ve started, I just keep watching it.

The Office
A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. Based on the hit BBC series.

This is my all-time favorite TV show ever. I love everything about this comedy; the Jim and  Pam romance, Dwight’s crazy antics, and the rest of the coworkers and their insanity. I think the show has slowly been going downhill since Steve Carrell/Michael Scott left, but I still enjoy it. I’m sad that it’s on the last season, but at the same time I don’t want it to keep going and just turn to crap. All good things must come to an end, right?

Once Upon a Time
Centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real.

You would think that this show would be really cheesy, but it’s actually really clever and nicely done. They combine all of the fairy tales (plus other folk stories) really well and I love all of the puns that they insert. It focuses on Snow White and her battle against the Evil Queen both in our world and in their fairy tale world. The cast does a really great job of portraying their characters, and I always look forward to new episodes since they either introduce new characters (and therefore incorporate new fairy tales) or add another plot twist. It’s a fun watch and I’d recommend it if you like a new twist on fairy tales.

Smash
There is more drama behind the scenes than on stage, as the team prepares an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

This show is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s mainly about two girls trying to make it big on Broadway and the troubles that they and the musical they are trying to star in have. One of the main actresses is Katherine McPhee, who was a runner-up on American Idol who I absolutely loved. So that has a lot to do with it. Smash a lot of the time gets compared to Glee because it’s a musical, and I love that the characters just break out into song all the time. I’m kind of a musical junky. :P

The Amazing Race
Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to ‘amazing’ locations around the globe.

I normally don’t watch this show, like ever, but I’m a pretty big fan of Joey Graceffa, a Youtuber. I first noticed him/started liking him with his Hunger Games music video parody and him and another YouTuber are contestants on the show. So I’ve been following them on the show to root them on, and only two episodes have been out so far, but they’ve been doing great! It cracks me up because Joey is so energetic and crazy and all the other contestants are always pretty pissed off, haha. Anyways, I’m hoping he wins! :)

There are a few other shows that I really like but haven’t listed (like Friends and Food Network shows in general) but haven’t been watching lately. What kind of TV shows do you watch or like? What do you do to procrastinate your homework? (Or, what do you do to motivate yourself to do your homework? Haha.)

(Also, I just realized that my last two post titles have been mathematical equations. Stupid stats class.)