Tuesday, August 31, 2010

You've Gotta Have a Dream

I'm trying to not cross my legs as much.

It's hard!

That's all.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Saga of the Piano

For some reason this weekend I was thinking about all the moves my piano has made in it's time with me. And since I get to write about whatever I want, here it is!

1) I get the piano from my sister. She got it from my grandma. It is moved into my second story apartment.

2) Paino is moved from the apartment into a co workers house as I will be homeless for a few weeks until my apartment is reacy.

3) Apartment ready! Piano moved. First floor this time, thank goodness!

4) I move out of the apartment (turns out I hate living alone) and there is no room in my new place. Piano moves to friends house.

5) I am leaving for the summer to work at the Grand Canyon. Friends are moving too. Piano moves to another friends apartment.

6) I come back from the summer and move the piano to the trailer, where it stays for two years (it's longest stop yet!).

7) Move to Phoenix. Live on the third floor. Don't have friends to help move. Piano stays at parents house.

8) Move into house in Phoenix. Rent a van, pick up the piano, move it in.

9) Move to San Antonio. Load piano in the U-Haul, take it to first house.

10) Move out of house into an apartment. Realize after having it hauled up a flight of stairs that going the back way does not have any stairs. Oh well.

11) Tia buys a house. Piano is moved with the help of a piano dolly (best thing ever!). Piano is tuned for the first time in 7 years.

12) Moved into Steve's apartment. Signed a lease for 14 months, so it will be in one place for a while!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Taking Advice

I've been thinking today about all the advice I give out on a daily basis. Students call, email, or drop by to tell me what's going on with them (sometimes I wonder if they make stuff up to get out of class, how many times can you get divorced/your grandmother get ill/your work hours get increased?) and I listen, ask probing questions (can you tell me more about that?), and then try and help. If I followed even half of the advice I give out, I would be much better off.

A few pieces of advice I should take myself:

1) Look at all your options and figure out what will work best for you.
2) Life happens- give yourself a break now and then.
3) Make a schedule! Set days for personal time, and time for work. Don't let one take over the other.
4) Ask questions. The worst they can do is tell you no.

What I really do:

1) Do what is easy. So what if you're screwing up your future? You get to sleep in now! Hard work may pay off later, but procrastination pays off now!
2) When something goes wrong, cry, and then make ambitious plans on how to correct the problem.
3) Do whatever, whenever. Put important things off, and let them stress you out so you don't even enjoy relaxing.
4) Never ask a question. Don't even try to return the ugly wedding gifts, what if they tell you no??

Monday, August 9, 2010

What I'm Doing Instead of Working

I woke up this morning with a killer headache. A little Excedrin fixed me up well enough to get to work, but I'm still feeling a little... off. Luckily I discovered this awesome site, which is distracting me between spurts of working. My favorites are the ones with the women workers. I could look at them all day.

Also, I think it's great that so many of them are taken in Pie Town! I can't imagine how the photographer ended up there. I think there might have been more people living there in the 40's then live there now...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Thought For the Day

You can do anything. You just can't do everything.

Monday, August 2, 2010


On Friday I got my Texas drivers license, so I can mark one more thing off my list!

Texas does not have a DMV, just a drivers license office. It was one of the most inefficient processes I have seen since college registration. When I got there, the line was out the door. I should have known that was a bad sign, and gone to another office, but I was already there, so I waited. I couldn't see what line I was in, so I got behind the last person and hoped for the best. When I finally got inside, I saw that I was waiting in the 'get information' line. This is where they tell you that you do not have what you need to take care of whatever you are there for, and please come back later. Luckily I had brought every piece of documentation I had ever been given (including my drivers ed certificates, you never know!!) so after waiting in that line for 30 minutes, I was able to continue.

Line two was getting a number. This was only a few minutes long, since most everyone else got sent home for not having what they needed.

When my number got called I waited in line three. I was finally able to speak to a real person after only fifteen minutes of waiting! She processed all of my information, and was talking so much about the metal spike in her head (I'm not kidding) that she didn't even notice that the check I paid with didn't have my name on it. I was then given a piece of paper with a picture of a license on it, and was told that my actual plastic licence would be mailed to me within two weeks. She also welcomed me to Texas. I almost felt bad saying thank you, since I have been in the state over two years!

Having to wait in line to wait in line to wait in line made me miss the efficiency of the Arizona DMV. I think this is because you only have to renew your license once every lifetime, so the lines are low. But they also only have one line.