News for December 2011

Oi to the world

I don’t remember ever having a December move this quickly, which is a shame because the Christmas season is one of those times of the year where it’s actually OK to sit back and take everything in as it goes. But then again, I don’t remember having a December so packed in with work that has me pretty much secluded either at the office or staring at an Excel sheet and Word documents. What’s outside these four walls?

Cultural insulation for the modern worker. Win.

I think I talk way too much about work here, which is someone no one – including me, which I feel a little ashamed of – really wants to engage in unless the job is actually worth discussing about. Like being an astronaut. Or a caveman. Otherwise, who gives a fuck. But I like my job, which would explain why I find myself enjoying talking about it. As an event coordinator, I’m constantly challenged, utilizing different skills and learning things that I only wish my 6 year academic career would have told me before I left. I feel as if it’s taking me places. My job can also be stressful and demanding. Setbacks have been common and there are days where the last thing you want to do is check your email inbox or review the missed calls on your phone while you were sleeping. But I guess when my biggest problems at the moment are centered around females and trying to figure out what the hell to get the parents for Christmas, I think I’m handling everything just fine.

No more work related posts until the actual event has passed. I promise.

Posted: December 22nd, 2011
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Can’t sleep, must write

It’s almost 2 AM and I’m still awake for no real reason at all. I guess the night owl in me will never die.

  • The event company that I’m working at has moved the event it’s organizing back into the new year, so my working obligations have been extended. This means two more months of working for little to no pay as a mere intern as well as worrying and fussing about things for a little while longer. It’s a good thing I’m actually enjoying what I’m doing, otherwise I would have gone insane when word came out that we had to stay longer in order to guarantee a successful event. On the plus side, things seem to be on track, and hopefully with all the experience I’ve accumulated during my internship I’ll appear to be a bit more useful to society. And maybe my LinkedIn profile will look less embarrassing too.
  • For the first time in a while, I’m actually worried about money.
  • I’m super stoked for the new Black Keys album. The singles released so far are delicious, and it appears likely that the rest of the album will be fit for consumption.
  • I made the decision to switch Dragonboat teams for 2012, a decision I didn’t take too lightly nor did it feel good doing it. It was a hard thing to do and I honestly wished it all worked out better. That all seems hollow and douchey coming from me right now, but you don’t just leave a team after five years on a whim. The outlook for the team in 2012 wasn’t looking good, and after two hard seasons of trying to rebuild I decided I didn’t want to be a part of that process for a third year in a row. I’ve known several people on that boat for a long time, and everyone there was awesome. I’m going to miss them…
  • …however, I’m still excited for the upcoming dragonboat season. I’ll finally get a taste of being on a top tier team, and while the challenge of trying to adjust to not only a new team but also a longer season and more intense practices exist, I say bring it on.
  • One thing I’ve learned recently? That working for free has often been more rewarding than when I was working for a paycheque. Darn.
  • I’m addicted to Skyrim. Halp.
  • My current Christmas season playlist: Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas, Coldplay – Christmas Lights,  Death Cab For Cutie – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and Zee Avi – No Christmas For Me.
Posted: December 5th, 2011
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