Enduring All Things

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flashback Friday: Back to School Then and Now

Boy am I feeling nostalgic this week. I don't know what's going on. As I sort of mentioned yesterday, it's back to school time and I can't help but continue to reminisce about my school days and all the awesomeness that came with going back to school. I was the nerdy kid who loved going back even if I pretended that I didn't love it.

Has your family gone back yet? Does "back to school" affect you in your stage of life right now? I was almost quick to say that it doesn't affect us anymore, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it does have an effect. So I thought I'd compare "back to school" from the old days to today.

What back-to-school looked like then:

  • An excuse to buy new clothes.
  • Me getting super excited about school supplies.
  • A new backpack every year.
  • Getting to see my friends again after summer break.
  • Meeting new teachers.
  • High school football games.
  • A normal routine again.
  • No more lazy days at the pool.
  • No more summer job.
My first day of Kindergarten

What back-to-school looks like now:

  • An excuse to buy new clothes because, why not?
  • Me getting super excited about school supplies because all the new stuff is all over the stores this time of year! But now, I limit myself.
  • Cold weather coming soon. Boo Ohio.
  • Football season starting soon.
  • Pearson has to TA again (teaching assistant) so he will be even busier than he has been.
  • The students come back to OSU campus so he has a hard time finding a parking spot.
  • Playing Pokemon Go on campus will be more difficult.
  • All the students will come back to church and we will be even more full on Sunday mornings. I don't know where we're going to put everybody.
  • Fighting school traffic on the way to work in the morning.
My first day of 3rd grade, my brother's first day of Kindergarten
Back to school season is far less exciting now than it used to be. Oh well. I'm going to make the most of it anyway.

How has your "back to school" season changed over the years?

P.S. Go check out my Back to School Round Up Post over on Love, Pasta, and a Toolbelt today!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Stupid Things I did in College that I would Never do Now

Well guys, colleges will be back in session soon. Ohio State classes start on Tuesday. Harding classes start on Monday. Sigh. I miss college. I've been feeling really nostalgic lately for some reason so I thought I'd take this opportunity on Throwback Thursday to reminisc a little.
Here are some things I did in college that I would never do now that I've graduated and matured.
  • Eat Taco Bell every day. Wait I still do that.
  • Play Pokemon Go. Ok I didn't do this in college because it didn't exist. And because I didn't have a smart phone. But I totally would have. But it doesn't belong on this list either because I do it now.
  • Stay up super late for no good reason. Yeah I still do this too.
  • Eat Raman Noodles when I'm too lazy to leave the apartment and get food. Still happens.
  • Binge watch Netflix when I'm procrastinating. Still on an almost daily basis.
  • Never have time to read for fun. It's still a problem and it's still so sad.
  • See a movie premier at midnight on a school/work night. Marvel, Harry Potter. The Hunger Games. Yep.
  • Stay up late talking to Pearson on the phone after spending all day with him and having to leave each other at curfew. This actually doesn't happen anymore. Instead we stay up late talking in person in our apartment. It's an improvement.
  • Stay up late just laughing and talking with my roommates. This doesn't happen anymore because I live far away form my roommates. :(
Ok so I actually still do most of these things. Oops. The difference is, I don't do them as often anymore and I don't live with all my closest friends. And the consequences are a little more severe because a) my body is older and can't handle some of these things as well as before and b) I have a job and more responsibilities now. Sigh.

I really don't know why I've been so nostalgic lately. I mean, yeah people are going back to school right now but they do that every year and I haven't been this sad about it since the first year after graduation. I talked to my brother on the phone last night for almost 2 hours and most of that conversation was about college. The good old days.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here are some Throwback Thrusaday pictures for your enjoyment. Sorry some of them are blurry. Our cameras were old. Some I even took with my iPod Touch.
SprIng Sing
Pledge Week Roll Call
Pledge Week Messy Night
Famous Couples Function. We went as a HP group. Left to right: Ginny, Harry, Nevil, Luna, Ron, Hermione
On one of our many hikes
Roomies
Rough Night
Another hike
A ChiO's Formal
Another ChiO's Formal
All the friends who stayed to watch me graduate
My family in front of the science building at graduation.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

15 Things Nobody Told Me About Going Back to Work in an Office

A little over a month ago, I started a new job. If you are a regular reader you probably already know this for two reasons. The first reason is that I wouldn't shut up about it at the end of June and beginning of July (like herehereherehere, and here just to name a few). And the second reason is my blog posts have been pretty few and far between since starting this job. 

You see, I am now working 8-5 every day in an office building with other people. I used to work 8-5 every day by myself at home. Now I get up earlier to get ready and commute about 20 minutes to work. I talk to people all day which drains me. I cannot do household chores on my lunch break or when I'm waiting for something at work anymore. I can't workout and/or shower on my lunch break anymore. I cannot even access my blog or social media on my work computer.

The only experience I've ever had working in an office was right out of college from January to July in 2012 while I was living at home and planning my wedding.

All this to say, a lot changed when I started this new job. Most of it I expected. But some things were a surprise. Or at least I was surprised at the extent to which they changed. So without further adieu, here are..,

15 things that nobody told me about going back to work in an office.

ONE || I'm using A LOT more dry shampoo than I used to. 

Seriously. I'm not really washing my hair any less than I used to. In fact, I'm probably washing it more often than I used to. But now I care more about how it looks on the days in between. Dry shampoo is a miracle.

TWO || It's a lot harder to get to work by 8 than I thought it would be. 

I knew it would be hard, but good grief.


THREE || I'm using up gas faster than I expected. 

Again, I knew this would be different, but I didn't realize how different. Although this could have to do with all the driving around and looking for Pokémon we've been doing in our Rogue (the car I drive to work). And also keeping it running at the drive-in.

FOUR || Laundry needs to be done more often. 

Like, wow.

FIVE || I have no energy to do anything on my to-do list when I get home. 

Why does interacting with people drain me so much??

SIX || I only work 8-5. 

When I was working from home, oftentimes I'd keep working long after 5:00. I never started before 8:00, of course, but I'd work till at least 6 a lot of the time. Admittedly, part of it was because I was making up for time I wasted during the day. For some reason I'm the most productive at the end of the work day. Part of it was due to me just not paying attention to what time it was. And part of it was the culture of the job. People were always still online well after 5:00. None of this is the case here (except for being the most productive at the end of the day. That is still the case).

SEVEN || I'm making less money. 

I feel weird even mentioning that because I was raised to not talk about this kind of stuff. But I thought it was worth mentioning. You know those raises you get every year? And profit sharing? And bonuses? Those are nice, right? Well, when you start a new job, you start at the bottom again. Maybe not at the very bottom because now you have experience, but unless you're changing because of a money offer, you will most likely have to take a pay cut.

EIGHT || My apartment is actually cleaner. 

I mean, I guess it makes sense if I think about it. I'm not there all day, every day to dirty it up.

NINE || I'm actually learning everything faster and better than I expected. 

And I'm pretty proud of myself. It's good for my self esteem.

TEN || Most people (at least that I work with) don't decorate their offices. 

Like, what? One of the first things I did was bring in framed photos, books and other fun things to make my desk feel like my space.

ELEVEN || Some people will actually get to work at 7am to be able to get off oat 4:00. 

That is absolutely crazy to me! I mean, I understand that you get more time in the evenings, but really you don't because you're going to bed earlier, right? There is no way I could get to work by 7.

TWELVE || We go through A LOT of coffee, as a company. 

Almost every time I go downstairs to get coffee (which is at least 3 times per day) someone is making another pot. Those pots don't last very long. I'd wager that we go through at least one every hour. Actually, that would be an interesting experiment.

THIRTEEN || I don't actually need coffee to say safe on the road in the morning anymore. 

In high school, I could barely stay awake while driving to school. I always tried to have a coffee or a soda with me. In college, I didn't drive to class, but I always had coffee to stay awake in my first class. When I started commuting to work right after graduating, I used coffee again to stay awake on the way. But lately I've been waking up too late to make any and I've been fine waiting till I get to work to drink any. My mind is blown.

FOURTEEN || I actually have an idea of what's going on in the world now. 

I don't watch the news. I don't read the newspaper. Maybe I should. I usually don't know anything that's going on in the world. But now, I actually listen to the radio on the way to work in the mornings and I get the headlines! It's great!

FIFTEEN || People are actually interested in my religious beliefs. 

This one was very surprising. I have a copy of "Jesus Calling" on my desk which sparked a small conversation. I also had a pretty big conversation with someone who is a non-practicing Buddhist about the Bible. It will be interesting to see where these things go.

    So there you have it. I knew my life was going to change but I had no idea it would be this much! I hope you got a laugh out of some of these. What could you add to my list?

    Thanks for reading!

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    7 Tips for the Perfect Date at the Drive-In

    One of mine and Pearson's favorite things to do on a date is to go to the drive-in movie theater. The drive-in near us shows four current movies every night, two on each screen, and only charge $9.50 per person ($7.50 on weeknights). You get to watch 2 current movies for less than the price of one at a normal theater. And you can bring an entire picnic if you want. You can sit in the comfort of your own car or bring lawn chairs.

    The only downside is you can't switch between screens once you pay. So we have to wait until they're showing two movies that we want to see on the same screen. Having said that, they don't start the first movie till it gets dark which is around 9:30 these days so it's not as difficult for Pearson to be home for the show. Also, on weekends, they replay the first movie again after the second one so if you can't make it by 9:30, you can come in time for the second movie and still see them both.

    Anyway, I didn't mean to tall you all of that about the drive-in near us. But maybe you found it interesting. Let's get to the point of this post, shall we?

    7 Tips for the Perfect Date at the Drive-In:

    ONE || Bring Dinner. Pearson and I usually go through a drive through. Especially if he barely gets home in time to make it to the movie. We've also done the picnic thing for dinner too though. It's kinda cool to eat dinner while watching a movie.
    TWO || Clean your Windshield. If you're going to be watching from inside your car, you'll want to make sure you windshield is clean. If you have smudges on it, they might bother you throughout the whole movie.

    THREE || Bring Snacks and Drinks. I always bring a cooler full of drinks and fruit. Then I also bring chips or crackers to munch on. The last time we went, I popped some popcorn before heading out and we ate that during the movie. They have concessions there, but it's cheaper and more fun to bring your own.
    FIVE || Bring Stuff for your Dog. We like to bring Pip to the drive in because it's something we can bring him to. We let him walk around and say hi to all the kids and such before the movies start and then we let him sleep in the back seat. We make sure to bring water for him and his favorite blankets.

    THREE || Bring a Blanket. Pearson is always hot and I am always cold. The best way to compromise is to keep the air conditioning on and for me to cover up with a blanket. Plus it's cozier to watch a movie under a blanket, right?
    FOUR || Bring lawn Chairs. We usually watch the movies from inside our car. But we always keep chairs in our trunk anyway. But that's another story. If it's a particularly pretty night, we'll set up the chairs outside and watch from there. Also, if we have other people with us, i.e. when Pearson's family visits, we sit outside so the people in the back seats can see.

    SEVEN || Bring Jumper Cables. The first time we ever went, they told us that you just need to turn your key "one click" to turn on the radio and listen to the movie. That way you don't waste gas. Well that worked a few times in our old car,b ut for some reason when we tried it in the Rogue, the battery died. Fortunately, the drive-in has a jumper box because they say it happens all the time. But you have to fill out a bunch of paperwork and wait your turn to use it. Ever since then we've just left the car running. But if you really don't want to waste the gas and you want to hear the movie through your radio, you might consider bringing your own jumper cables in case your drive in doesn't have them.

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    Monday, August 1, 2016

    Monthly Goals for August {2016}

    Happy August! Can you believe summer is almost over? That's crazy but it's also exciting because I am so ready for Fall. I try not to wish my life away. I really do. But every year in August I start really looking forward to Fall. And this year is no different. But I'll try to enjoy this last month of summer as well. Anyway, let's move on to my goals, shall we?

    Word of the Year:

    My word of the year, for this year is present. Last month, I decided to go an entire weekend without technology like I did back in May. I sort of tried for this every weekend in July and it didn't work out until the very last weekend. As in, yesterday. I didn't do a very good job. I wrote this post. And I did a few other things on the internet. But, I did less than usual. Anyway, I'm going to do that again this month and make it a monthly occurrence.

    Spiritual:

    I was pretty successful with my goal of getting up on time and using the First 5 app three times per week. First 5 is a daily devotional app on which you can set an alarm so I like to wake up to it and spend the first five minutes of my day with God. This month, I'm going to extend that goal to 5 days per week.

    Physical:

    I failed at my physical goal last month. I wanted to do another round of the 21 Day Fix but I never even started. At all. But July was very busy for me. My in-laws came to visit, I started a new job, last week was super crazy but that's another story. Not to mention, I have been really tired when I get home from work just because I'm getting used to all the newness. I have not wanted to work out at all. I'm giving myself grace for all of that. This month, however, I'm going to try Autumn's new Country Heat program and I'm really excited about it!

    Mental:

    Last month, I did not finish either of the other LotR books. Oops. Again, I was way busier than I expected. Also, I was planning on reading a lot this past weekend as I was staying away from technology but instead I was super productive and cleaned a lot. So this month, I'm setting the goal to finish The Two Towers. I think that's doable.

    Marriage:

    Well, last month we actually did a pretty good job of keeping a weekly date night. I didn't actually set that as a formal goal so I'm okay with the fact that most of those weren't very intentional and several of them involved playing Pokemon Go. We did celebrate our anniversary but we did not knock anything off our date night bucket list. However, I think we'll be able to knock at least two off our list this month. So I'm setting that as a goal. Also, we have 3 unused Date Boxes (aff) so I want to at least use one of those this month.

    Blog:

    Last month, I had not one, but two sponsored posts. However, I did not even look at Helene in Between's blog courses. Busy, I tell you. So this month, I'm keeping that goal. I want to finish both of those courses that I haven't done and also work through Instarevealed.com's Instagram Decoded guide.

    Work:

    Last month, I successfully made friends at work. I love the people here! This month I am setting two goals. One is to get to a place where I can go a whole day of work without asking for help. In other words, I want to learn everything that well this month. Secondly, I will bring my lunch at least 3 days per week and only go out on Fridays and one other day.

    Other:

    • I did clean the house for our guests but as soon as the left I stopped doing housework and the place became a pig sty again - This month, I'm going to maintain the clean appartment instead of letting it get bad and then spending an entire weekend cleaning it.
    • I failed at not spending any of my budgeted "spending money" so I am setting that goal again this month.
    So there you have it. I tried to create S.M.A.R.T. goals last month and I think that helped me stay on track for most of them. So here's to an even better month this time around.

    What are some goals you have for this month?
    Thanks for reading!

    Linking up with Gratitude & Goals and Monthly Goals.

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