Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Shoes Bliss

Lest you think that Kristi is the only one in town who has darling feet, I just wanted to showcase a couple of new pairs of shoes that I got this past week. They are both Privos...the white ones are called the Privo Float, and the tan ones are called the Privo Comice. Well...that's what Privo calls them. I just call them super comfy and undeniably adorable! I love them both! And while both of them are regularly around 80 bucks a pair, I got them for $24.95 each! Super cute and undeniably adorable...AND a major steal!! Hooray!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tropical Superstore

So...I was minding my own business, looking at shrimp trays in the frozen food section at Walmart, when I suddenly felt like I was wasting my day away in a tropical paradise. Huh? What?

Oh...this might explain it...there was a guy playing the ukulele as he was shopping 10 feet away from me. NOW it makes sense.

I'm pretty sure that he knew I was trying to get a picture of him, but he can't think I'm TOO crazy. I mean, HE was the one performing in the middle of Walmart...and a lot of people take pictures when they are at a free concert.

Sheesh...and I thought the CPR dummy was unsettling...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Seriously Freaking Me Out

So...I love myself a good scare, but today I almost had a genuine heart attack here at work. The copier had run out of paper...which is a common occurance, and I was hurrying down the hall to the storage room to get some more paper. When I opened the door, I was greeted by this guy:

Talk about giving me a freaking stroke!!! I think he's a new dummy for our EMT class...which is fine...but I've never seen him in there before, and he was RIGHT there in my face as soon as the door opened. I am glad nobody was in the hall with me, because I know that I physically jumped. AND...I made a little "freaked out" noise...that could not have sounded good.

Also, the other night, as I was leaving, I noticed the lights on in a classroom. I walked in, to make sure that nobody was in there, and as I knew that there weren't any other classes scheduled in the room that night, I switched off the lights. As soon as I switched them off...and pulled my hand away from the light switch...the lights came back on. The switch didn't move...but the lights came on. Weird, I know. I looked across the room and saw another set of light switches...and thought maybe it was some weird thing where they both had to be off to get the lights to go off. (But they DID go off. They just didn't STAY off.) Anyway...I went over to the other switches and turned them off. And...the lights immediately came back on. What the freaking crap?? It took me three tries, and some well chosen words under my breath (which I'm sure did nothing for my efforts, but they at least made me feel better) to get the lights to stay off. To this day I don't know what was going on...I've never had anything like that happen in any of our rooms ever. And nobody has told me of it happening to them, either. WEIRD. I'm pretty sure it was the ghost of an Underappreciated Admin Assistant of yore...trying to tell me that I'm not alone. ; )'s not even October yet...the official "scary" time of the year. I can't imagine what weird/freaky things are in store for me next month!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Pity Party and A Really Good Friend

So...I try not to be a big emotional boob, but for those of you who know know that sometimes, I just can't help it. This week has been super stressful, and this afternoon it all really caught up to me.

Earlier this week, we had this huge meeting on Campus. All of the Board of Trustees came over from Cheyenne...along with the President, and the Vice Presidents. We had a dinner meeting with them, and my boss gave a big presentation on our Campus' Master Plan. For over a month, I have been meeting with him and a couple others in the office to perfect the Plan...(my main function was copy editing, but we all brainstormed together to get the presentation together)...and it's been kind of stressful. On the day of the meeting, we were all running around like crazy, trying to get things together. I had to run to Walmart at the last minute to get mugs and other stuff for the that everything was perfect. Long story short, it's been a lot of work for all of us. On top of all of this, I have been handling "beginning of the semester craziness," including rescheduling and moving classes...directing students and instructors in the right direction...getting supplies...taking payments...non-stop...and ALSO, working tirelessly on the Spring 2009 schedule, only to find out yesterday that the Summer and Fall schedules are due in the next two months. Bottom line...I'm tapped out. I like my job...but some just feels like it's TOO MUCH!

Anyway...the meeting on Wednesday went really well...I thought the presentation went well, and it was just good. I was happy. All the hard work paid off. Hooray! So...there are three office staff members in my office. Lynnette and I are both Admin Assistants, and Karin is an Office Assistant. This afternoon, a florist arrived with two vases of flowers. One vase for Lynnette, and one for Karin. They were sent from the Admin Assistant to the President in recognition of their hard work.

Um...what??? I don't want to sound whiney, or sound like I toot my own horn, but my GOSH!!! I have been working SO hard lately. Not just on that meeting, but on everything!!! Talk about a gut punch. Everyone in the office felt really was obvious...and I ended up in the bathroom crying. Then, when I got back to my desk, my boss came out, having found out what had happened, to tell me how much he appreciates me...and I ended up crying some more at my desk. What a baby I am!!

I'm not generally the kind of girl who HAS to have constant praise to function...but when everyone gets praised EXCEPT me...I'm not going to lie. It hurt my feelings. It just makes it feel like everything I do goes least by the "big wigs." It shouldn't matter...and I'm over it now...but you know...that was my afternoon.

In the midst of all this, I got a text from Kristi, who I had emailed my frustrations to, and she said, "I promise...More people appreciate you than you realize." It was just a really nice text...and made me feel better. The people in life that MATTER love me. I just need to focus on that. I'm so lucky to have her as a friend...I probably don't tell her that enough...but I am so grateful for her! Thanks, Kristi!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Random Act of Kindness

So...this morning I woke up and for some reason, I'm just feeling grouchy. I don't really know what my deal is...but I'm sure you know what i mean...we all have those days, right? I kept thinking...something nice better happen today...just to make it worthwhile!!

Well, I got to work and found a Luigi on my desk.

It's not really a secret that I love the movie Cars, and I have a collection of the little die-cast versions of little guys on my top shelf at work. This Luigi is bigger than my collection Cars, and he's plastic, but he's STILL adorable. And Luigi happens to be my favorite of all the Cars, so that makes him even cuter.

Nobody at work will admit to bringing him in. It was most likely a teacher from last night...but the point is that it totally made me smile. I'm still grouchy about some aspects of my day...but the Little Luigi did wonders for my overall mood! Hooray for nice people!