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I like copying papers and shredding them

I feel a pattern that the beginning of semesters are going to be a bit rough for me. I’m a worry-wart, so all of these new classes and schedules and obligations tends to send my mind spinning and I just simply freak out. However, now that week one is behind me, I’m feeling less apprehensive about this semester and at least trying to take it one day at a time.

At least I’m not crying over how much I miss home like last semester. (Though I miss my dog, Tabor, terribly. :()

I started my new job on Wednesday. I’m not really sure what my official title is – I think it’s along the lines of Clerical Student Assistant. I have work-study with my university and work in the Psychology Department. From what I got from my first day of training, I basically do whatever they want me to do. I received a thick handbook about what my job would entail. After the first day, I honestly couldn’t tell you what I was supposed to do. I didn’t know, which was slightly scary and at the same time funny. The whole being in a new environment and not knowing what the crap is going on or who any of these people are really freaks me out. So after I was done with work on Wednesday, I just worried all day Thursday about how work on Friday would go. :/

Like always though, I seem to worry about really irrelevant things. It turns out, I actually had fun this morning at work. I got to scan a lot of papers, shred them, and today I placed an order for supplies. I got to go through and find the items on the website, so I was just pretending I was buying all these office supplies for myself because I like shopping for new school supplies. :P Then I did more “actual work” and worked on some Excel spreadsheets, but it was just overall a good day. Plus, I get my own email, which may seem insignificant, but it definitely makes me feel like an integral part of the office. :)

My supervisor seems very nice. She’s an older lady, and she’s very sweet, if not rather particular about how things are done. I’m not going to lie, I’ve always wanted to work in an office, even if I was just doing bottom-of-the-totem-pole kind of work. I always thought working with a copy machine and running errands would be fun. :P Is that weird? I think I’ll like working in an office-type environment.

At least I hope so. I would prefer not to hate my job.

I originally had some problems with my hours and this stupid Theatre Appreciation class I have to take. Basically the course was overlapping with the hours I was supposed to work. I thought it would’ve worked out fine, I just would’ve been a few minutes late to class on Fridays. I emailed the instructor to notify him and he responded rather douche-ly. I don’t think he intended to reply so rudely, but it definitely came across since he lectured me about how I shouldn’t enroll in classes I can’t attend on time. Well, pardon me. I didn’t assign myself the hours I’m working! Then he told me I would probably fail the class if I was up to five minutes late on Fridays, which I think is a little dramatic (heh, he is a theatre instructor…). But anyhow, I just had to shorten my hours some, which I suppose is okay, but it took an hour off of how much I originally worked, and while I might think I like doing this office stuff, I’m still there for the money.

Which, by the way, my pay is awesome, at least for the kind of job I have. I make $10.50 an hour, which is such a relief since I am a.) a college student and b.) kind of broke. I’ve been saving for a car, and next semester I’m moving into an apartment. I can just see the bills stacking up before my eyes. x_x I have a fixed schedule which is also nice: I work Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:15 PM to 5:00 PM and then Fridays 8:00 AM to 10:45 AM. The Fridays kind of suck because I have to get up pretty early and it’s a short shift (stupid theatre class), and the Mondays and Wednesdays because I don’t have time for lunch between my class and work. I’ll just have to pack a sandwich to go, which I’m sure I’ll get sick of pretty fast.

At the end of my shift this morning, my ankle was really hurting so I assumed I had a blister from my flats. I got to my class and Andrew was complaining about something, so I pulled up my pants to show him my blister and was startled to find my ankle covered in blood. My flats were literally just slowly chipping at the layers of my skin. It was disgusting. I had to sit through class with it bleeding and walk across campus back to my dorm before I could clean it and take my shoes off. I’d post a picture, but I think if I stared at it too long I’d get queasy…

It hurt pretty bad once I started paying attention to it. I soaked my pants and tried to get as much blood of my shoes as I could when I got back. I’m not too worried since it’s just on the inside of the flats so it’s not noticeable. However, now I have to find some different shoes that don’t destroy my feet!

Sleep, Eat, Read, Repeat.

It’s a bit bittersweet going into my last week of break before I have to head back to college. On one hand, I love being on break: not having to do a million things, minimal stress, and just being able to relax and do things that I enjoy to do that I normally don’t have time for, like read and see friends. On the other hand, I think I’m ready to get back and finish this semester of my first year. While I’m sure in the future I’ll miss being in college, I’m always impatient to finish up my education. Patience was never a quality I was graced with.

I’m also the type of person that likes to be doing something. Breaks are greatly appreciated, but I tend to grow bored of not doing anything substantial. So in a good way, I’m looking forward to going back to my studies and to be learning again. And to be starting my new job on campus, because the Christmas season sure took its toll on my bank account, haha.

I ordered my textbooks the other day. I was confused at first because I could only find the required materials for one of my classes. The other classes weren’t showing up, like they were just nonexistent. So I e-mailed my professors, asking them if they could send the textbook material to me. Turns out, none of the rest of my courses required me to buy books!! That is such a huge relief, knowing that I don’t have to fork out hundreds of dollars on books. Last semester I think I spent around $500 on four classes. It was ridiculous (though my university told me they had used books in stock when they didn’t so I was forced to buy new ones… but anyways). So I’m very grateful that I only had to buy one book and that it only cost $50.

Another reason I’m glad to go back? So I don’t have to freaking clean up after everyone else. This past week alone, I’ve had to clean up the kitchen every day before lunch. Not because I was told to, but because it was disgusting. Dishes will be piling up in the sink, God-knows-what is spilled all over the counters, and have of the pantry is out on the counters because no one can put anything back. I can’t eat in that, and it pains me to just leave everything looking so disgusting. Plus, my mom is the only other person that will clean up, and I feel bad because when I’m gone, she has to do it all the time. And don’t get me started on no one washing their plates/bowls out before putting them in the sink. >.>

You’d think that living in a house with 5 people wouldn’t be terrible, especially when everyone is 18+ and I’m the youngest. But I swear all the men (I use that term loosely) in this house can’t do anything for themselves except scratch their own butt. BUT ANYWAYS.

I haven’t done a whole lot else. My typical day has consisted of sleeping in until noon, making myself something to eat, and then showering. Then I either do something with my family, see friends or Andrew, or waste my time on the computer for the afternoon. Then I eat dinner and read until about one or two in the morning. Repeat. Totally lazy and totally wonderful.

Since my new job’s dress code is business casual, and I’m kind of a slob when it comes to clothes, I’ve gone shopping a little for some nicer clothes with my mom last week. I am perfectly content in sweatpants and a hoodie, or jeans and a t-shirt. However, that attitude has taken its toll on my closet, since it definitely lacks nicer outfits. I managed to find a cute new cardigan, shirt, and dress all for $15 at Kohl’s, which was awesome since they were all on clearance. The feeling I get after finding a good deal makes me want to shop more. :P

My eyes have been pretty tired lately, and I think It’s because I’ve been reading so much.