Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Liebster Award No. 2

Thanks to aki! of 7% Solution for tagging me earlier this month (I've been super busy so I'm just getting to it)!

I'm super excited because this is my second Liebster Award, so here goes! 

The Rules
1. Share 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions that your tagger gave you.
3. Choose 11 other blogs to nominate.
4. The nominees must have less than 200 Bloglovin' followers and be told via comment on their blog.
5. Think of 11 questions to ask the bloggers that were nominated.
6. Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Phone!!

Picture from Google images
I've finally made it to the 21st century by buying a smart phone (I must be the last person under 30 to make the big switch)! I've been putting off upgrading from my keyboard LG phone because I really didn't have a need for a smartphone, especially since I'm not big on social media. But my mom was bent on having a Samsung phone with S Beam so we can tap and share, and since Virgin Mobile was having a sale on phone, I went on and bought two of the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE's.

For me, the biggest technological advancement I've made was from dial-up to broadband. However, the smartphone upgrade hasn't been half as momentous, especially since a lot of what I do now (checking emails, taking pictures, texting, etc.) I could do on my old phone anyway. To me, my smartphone is more of a convenient luxury than a necessity. It's nice to be able to surf the web almost as easily as on my computer, to have my phone synced to my Google account, and to have the ability to use apps (especially my Google play music app which let me sync my iTunes library, so now I can play music on my phone instead of using my iPod Nano), though. The biggest two pluses for me are the ability to use phone covers, which weren't available for my LG phone, and the super-duper camera (my old phone had a pretty crappy camera that didn't even have a flash!)!

Now that I have a phone I can truly personalize, I bought this super cute "When In Paris" case from ThePhoneCovers.The case is hard, but kinda soft-ish feeling on the outside. It's pretty hard to get off once its on, so I doubt that I'll be doing a lot of switching-my-case-to-fit-my-mood. It also tends to get dirty and stained easily. I had to buy another cover because the first started to get stained from the cloth of my purse after about of month, but since the cases are only $10 with free shipping, it wasn't really a big deal.

Picture from ThePhoneCovers website

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Back to the Grind

Well, it's my first day back to work after almost a week off (this is one perk about working in academia; you automatically get long vacations without have to use your vacation days), and I must admit that I'm not too thrilled about it. Now I don't mean to be one of those people who complain about their jobs, (as a matter of fact, I promised myself that I would never be like my parents and get a job I hate and talk about how I hate it day after day) but the longer I stay away from my job, the more I become annoyed with it. Maybe it's the excitement of finally getting a job that's wearing off (but don't get me wrong; I'm still very grateful to be working), or just the anticipation of coming back to work and knowing what I'll have to deal with , such as the dumb students not knowing what they want, or getting an attitude because what they want isn't possible or doesn't exist. I mean, this one guy (a graduate student at that!) emailed me wanting a comprehensive list of all the summer internships for all the consulting firms in the country! I'm pretty sure I was not that dumb as a student.

And then there is the fact that I know more about the job after one year than most of the people on my team. This is particularly frustrating because whenever I ask a question about anything I'm unfamiliar with, no one can give me an answer, and most of the time the first time that anyone has ever heard of something is when I bring it up. I also have to help my supervisors perform very basic functions on their computers (really, you can't sort your own email by the date received)! Personally, I feel that if you can't perform the basic duties of your job, then you shouldn't be allowed to continue working their, regardless of how long you have been in that office, but that's Higher Ed for you. 

Anyway, this is me venting on the second day of 2014.