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It’s Official – Caffeine Makes Me Crazy. Singing and Running are the Cure.

7 Jun

Or “cray” as the young people and Kanye say.

I love coffee. If terrorists threatened to take my coffee away (because, come on – who else would do that?) and the only way I was able to guarantee my ability to acquire that delicious delight was to watch either a Gigli, Live Free or Die Hard (I can’t believe it shares the name with the original – such a travesty), or Toddlers in Tiaras marathon (<<this one scares me the most), I would do it.

Oh God, make it stop.

I never used to be one of those people to whom you couldn’t speak before their Blood Caffeine Content was above 0.08, but recently coffee has become a necessity. That being said, my mind thinks that as soon as I go up to the coffee station in the work cafeteria, I should grab the largest cup available. It seems like a good idea at the time. However, over the course of the day, I start to get really antsy. Antsy leads to crazy.

Usually the crazy doesn’t set in until the afternoon, but it surely stays with me for the rest of the day. “Why didn’t they respond to my chat yet???? Maybe, I should go up to their desk and just see if they’re there.”

“Why doesn’t this web page load faster?? Doesn’t it know I have things to do?!?”

“Why didn’t they accept my meeting invite yet? I sent it 10 MINUTES AGO! GAHHHH!”

 

 

I CAN SMELL COLORS!!

 

 

I have had so much pent up stress, angst, and energy by the end of the day, I might actually explode and body parts would be strewn across the parking lot. Not pretty.

I definitely felt that way yesterday and I found a 2-part cure. The radio stations in the area always have a commercial-free-drive-home-hour, so that’s the first step. Step two involves turning my radio up to the maximum level that my eardrums and the eardrums of the drivers around me can tolerate. Step three is to sing/scream the entire way home. (Self disclosure: I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I LOVE scream-singing “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction. I think it’s because I have the same vocal range as a teenage pop star.) The next major part of the cure involves intense running. While I haven’t run in the longest time due to a little something I like to call “girl get up off yo’ lazy @$$,” I feel good making a conscious effort to clear my mind and release some tension.

I’ve had a lot floating around in my mind lately, and just running it out was an awesome way to sort through some things that have been weighing so heavily on my person. The only part that sucks is my asthma. I have to fix that…

For the singing part, I think I’ll try to find a summer a cappella group to either join or watch their shows. I miss singing in an awesome group and I hope to get back into it soon.

“Everything is better a cappella.” – Andy Bernard

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Oh, hi Ohio!

28 May

As I mentioned before, I’m gypsying around the Northeast / Midwest this summer. My journey has officially begun.

I started in Philly, packed up my essentials, and headed home. Then, drove with my mom to my sister’s graduation (Congrats Eezy!) and back home. I got in to Dublin, Ohio last night at 2:30 am and moved into the nicest apartment I will ever live in, thanks to the bangin’ internship I have this summer. It’s nice working for a global company.

I don’t feel stuck – I actually freakin’ love it here!

My odometer when I left Philly: 73,338

My odometer when I got to the coffee shop I’m currently in because my apartment doesn’t have internet yet: 74, 895

To put it in perspective, I’ve traveled far enough in a week for 1/2 of an oil change. Thank goodness my car is in tip-top shape.

So far, I love Ohio. Everyone is so nice, I’m so close to OSU – which is currently bustling with young people my age, and it seems as though you need to be lovely to live here. I’ve not seen one unattractive person here yet. Looking out this coffee shop window is like looking at a moving catalog of happy models.

My first day of work is tomorrow – more stories of my adventures to come 🙂

My Year as a Gypsy

14 May

Not the software. Not the musical. Google’s definition: “a member of a traveling people”

Lots of travel in my future. I travel a lot as it is – visiting family, RPI, Sophie and her dad, internship interview, scoping out PhD schools, conferences etc. Traveling allows me to expand my world view and shrink my wallet (I burn a CRAPTON of fuel in my car). While being a traveling consultant would eventually wear me down, all the travel I’ve done this year has been hella awesome.

 

Now for more traveling:

First, I’ll be moving out of Philly back home after I graduate this weekend. Although Philly has a myriad more things to do and explore than the Southern Tier, I just love being with my mom. She’s crazy and wonderful. You would love her.

Second, I’ll be going to my sister’s graduation in Massachusetts. It’s amazing how time flies.

Third, I’ll be moving to just north of Columbus, Ohio where I’ll be an Organizational Development intern at the R&D plant at HONDA. Yes, Honda. SOOOO excited. The only thing I’m worried about is the fact that I drive a Toyota (my car has a name – it’s Olivia) – their biggest competitor. I’m going to be judged. Hard.

Fourth, back to Western NY for my friends’ wedding. They met in our a cappella group. It’s kind of adorable.

Fifth, back to Ohio to finish my internship. I’ll probably go to some concerts and I would *love* to visit Chicago for the first time.

Last, from Ohio to Buffalo, NY where I’ll be spending the next 4 years of my life being a crazy PhD student. Feel free to send cookies and letters of love. However, I don’t have a place to live yet. I guess I’ll figure that out in July? Wish me luck…

Oh, and during this time I’ll be TAing for the most awesome online class for the online version of the Master’s degree I’ve just finished. BOOM!

 

So that’s my life from now until August.

It seems overwhelming, but I’m not worried. In fact, I can’t believe I’m enjoying the crazy amount of things going on. But then again, I’ve always really enjoyed keeping myself busy. My favorite summer was 2008 when I worked 40 hours a week, worked with elementary/middle/high school students to teach them acting and singing, and also starred in a musical fundraiser. Some people think it may not be “time for myself” but it’s all stuff that I love doing, so I count it as such. Also, I lived with some pretty bitchin’ people that year 🙂