Archive for March, 2016

One of Hers

Posted March 16, 2016 By kmarrs

I work in an office building with a few dozen professors and a dean.  Only two of these people have anything to do with math.  I’m surrounded by different department heads and it makes for an interesting atmosphere.  It’s been established, in fact, that life in that office in no way represents real life.  Also, yes your professor may be brilliant in their field, but that doesn’t always translate to other things.

Case in point:

I was asked today to do some research on how I could make a poster in PowerPoint. *blink blink*
A 5 minute conversation later I did confirm it doesn’t actually have to be made in PowerPoint, she’s going to print it anyway, and why yes I can build it for her on my laptop that has Photoshop.
The woman is brilliant in math but lord help me she’s lucky she has me for the rest.

So anyway.

I’m surrounded by many professors for many fields of study.  And quite a few of these professors are jealous of my boss because she has me, and no one else really has a me.  (They could apply for a me, but apparently they never really considered that option.)

So the other day my boss, Dr. L, went to a meeting and in this meeting another professor made a silly/snide comment about how she has a work-study and no one else does.  She let it go, and the meeting continued.

A few days later they were in a conversation, the two of them, when she reflected back on what he said.

“Wait a minute.  Wait a minute!  We’ll get back to the topic on hand but I need to crush you first.  Not only do I have a work-study, but she’s one of yours!”

“… One of mine?…”

“Yes, one of yours.”

“Applied Psychology?”

“Yep!”

“But… But… Mine don’t usually even like math!”

“Well this one does!”

“She could be doing research!”

“You’re right, and she might!” (Implying I might be doing research in the field of mathematics.)

“That’s not even fair!”

Bwahahahaha

*cough*

Ha!

I love my job.  I love my boss.  And then I finish my BSs (plural) and continue on to my MS, I might switch and work for the Applied Psychology guy.

But for now, I’m content making posters (not in PowerPoint though) for Dr. L.

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Chicken Butt

Posted March 8, 2016 By kmarrs

Today I am getting a colonoscopy.  In fact, by the time you read this, I’ll be done with the procedure and will be taking a nap.

They are checking me for colon cancer.  I probably don’t have colon cancer, but I could have colon cancer, so they are checking.  You probably don’t have colon cancer, but you could have colon cancer, so you should check.

Typically you have to be a few decades older than I am, before they really start the screenings.  But, I have a family history and my family history starts young, so at the ripe age of 32, I’m being checked.

Go team me!

Be proactive about your health, people.  It’s not just about mental health.  I mean with us, we’re all getting ourselves mental help, or should be anyway, but sometimes we get sidetracked from the physical crap.

But you are only as healthy as the full package.  You aren’t just a brain.  You are a body too, so you have to keep that body healthy.

So today I’m getting a colonoscopy.  I’m not saying you should to, unless you are of an age, and then I am saying you should too.  What I am for sure saying is, if it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a regular doctor, you should schedule a physical.  There is hopefully nothing wrong with you, but if anything is off they can diagnose it before it becomes a problem.

And if you know something is off, then you know you need to go, so go!

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New Job

Posted March 5, 2016 By kmarrs

God I’m tired.

I love my job.  I love working for the university.  I love working in the math department.  I love my bosses.  I love everything about it.

It is exhausting.  I mean the work itself isn’t.  I’m just having to spend more energy in general than I have in a long while, so I’m tired by the time I get home.  Half the time I come home and nap, before waking up and working on homework.

Homework.  Ugh.  It isn’t like the number of assignments lessens based on the amount of job work I do.  I will say this though, having the university library right across the street from my office is useful.  I have not done it yet, but once I find my rhythm and I’m no longer in as great of need of an after work nap, I fully intend to stay at the library a couple of days a week to get coursework done.

Once I’m in face to face classes I’ll be staying behind at the school anyway to go to class after work.  I work Monday-Thursday 9-3, for the most part.  Balancing the schedule of 2 adults, and 3 kids will bring some variance to that, but that is the general schedule.

I took pity on myself and dropped one of my classes this term.  I had it so I was taking to courses at once for the last 6 weeks of the term.  But until I find my rhythm and balance of work/family/school, I need to not take more than one at a time.  Usually it isn’t really an issue anyway.  The only reason I was going to be doubling up was because I took an extra 6 weeks off at the beginning of this term.  Needed it.  Don’t regret it.  I just won’t be going to school full-time this term.  And that’s fine.

My psychiatrist isn’t leery about me working to begin with.  I’m sort of healthy enough for it, but I tend to jump into the deep end thinking I can float no problem, and then end up starting to sink.  I think only taking 1 class at a time will get her to stop worrying some.

Alrighty.  Time to stop procrastinating this econ paper that refuses to write itself.  I’ll check in next Tuesday, maybe.

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Bette Davis Eyes

Posted March 3, 2016 By kmarrs

I am buying myself a present as a congratulations for getting a new job.  It’ll have it sometime in the next couple months, though it’ll be a multi-step process.

I am buying myself a 10 gallon aquarium to sit on my desk at home.  I’m going to fill it with a dozen or so live plants.  This will be my first planted aquarium and I’m super excited!  I’ll also have a nice hunk of driftwood in there so it’s going to be all natural looking.

Living in this aquarium will be the bestest betta fish I can find, and I shall name her Betta Davis.

Then, since it will be sitting near a window for natural light to help the plants, there will also be an algae problem, so I’m buying a clown pleco, which won’t get too big and can safely live with a betta.  I will name him Kenneth Mars.

Now since this reference is a bit more obscure…

  • First, the last name.
  • He was a comedian (clown pleco)
  • He starred opposite Bette Davis in a made-for-tv movie called Hello Mother, Goodbye!
  • It’ll start conversations which is always a plus

I’m super excited!

 

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That title is obnoxious.  I’m keeping it!

So my mom bought herself a new car for her birthday.  And since her old car, which is literally as old as my eldest child, was only worth about 500$ in trade in, she just gave it to me.  So I have a car!

Which means there is nothing keeping me from my new job!  I start today!

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