Friday, July 31, 2009

Keep on keeping on

I am so completely, absolutely, without a doubt OVER working food service.
I've worked at Subway since I was fifteen, all through high school, then college, just bouncing from store to store. Don't get me wrong, a job's a job, and I've worked with some really wonderful people. Some of my best friends are from work. But I can't say enough how OVER I am with it.
I think it just gives me an appreciation for what my schooling was worth, what those five long (expensive) years of all-nighters, coffee addiction, and living on free food from work and Ramen were for. Not so I could go back to working at Subway.
I'm here now, in little Seaside, Oregon in my last couple weeks of working food service to make a little extra money before my Real World Job starts on August 17th. And it is truly awful. All I can think about all day long is just a month more, just 3 weeks more, just 2 weeks more...
I can't even express how excited I am to move to Beaverton. Living with The Honey, having weekends off, having exciting, romantic, and spur of the moment excursions in Portland. I suppose it's the whole "20-something professional" thing I'm most excited about. Having friends over for dinner parties, helping The Honey tie his tie in the morning before we go to work, weekend mini-breaks. My GOD my life is beginning!
But for now, I just have to keep on keeping on with the torture of working fast food as a college graduate. Hmph.
In an aside. I'm reading an obscure little book called Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart (not Mary "Queen of Scots" Stewart, wrong century). It was written in the 60s and takes place in Britain and Austria, only a little over 250 pages. I've yet to really get into it, but then I'm only 40 pages in. I guess it's supposed to be a "romantic suspense" but I haven't really gotten to either of those yet... Mainly it's about a woman whose husband is supposed to be in Stockholm on business, but then she sees him in a newsreel in Austria, so she of course decides to investigate and heads to Austria. I think the Lipizzan Stallions are going to make an appearance which is probably why my mum bought me the book in the first place. I shall keep you updated!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

So this is my life now?

Okay so college: done, finding a job: done, finding a job I will love forever and ever and will let me buy a Mercedes: to do.
In T-Minus 16 days I will be moving to Beaverton, Oregon, to start my first "Real World Job." BUT, in no way is it a career, mainly because I will be making barely over 1,000 a month. Americorps. This is a wonderful program that most people have never even heard of, and for right now, and especially how the economy is going, it is the perfect thing for me. I get some experience (Are B.A.s worth nothing? 5+ years experience for jobs advertised on craigslist? Seriously?) and more importantly a paycheck. And I get that warm fuzzy feeling of giving back.
My dream job though, what my eye has been on for the last 4 years 0f schooling, has been working in a publishing house, being a book editor. But that job I know is a long way off right now. But instead of waiting for my life to begin, I choose to have this lovely little outlet that will track my journey and help me release some of my pent up needs to write and talk about the thing I love most in the world.
Now I'm off to watch Deadliest Catch while playing Spider Solitaire. Oh the joys of leisure time.