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Well don’t I suck at blogging

8 month and not a single word from me. Ouch. I don’t know why I don’t blog more. It’s not like there is nothing on my mind. I guess it’s not something that is habit.

Today I took my last final to complete my Bachelor’s degree. Although I didn’t get the 4.0 I was aiming for in Spring (far from it actually – rough semester); I got an A in my one and only remaining class for summer so technically it’s a 4.0. Mission accomplished.

I’ve done nothing Project Life related although I think that’s how I’ll do my College Program scrapbook. Yeah, that college program, the one that I started in August of 2010.  I WILL get those pictures off my computer and into a book of some sort.

Brian and I are taking a cruise in November. I can’t wait for vacation. It’s like the end of a very long, strange trip that is known as college.

While my scrapbooking has fallen to the wayside as interest has kind of gone away, I’ve been doing a ton of sewing. Bags, pouches, a couple rag quilts, some baby gifts. I’m decent, not an expert but it’s enjoyable. I am thinking of opening a Etsy store to sell some of my stuff. Who knows if it will go anywhere, but it’s worth a shot I suppose.

Here we are in 2012

I can’t believe it’s 2012 already (called twenty-twelve). It seems like 2011 just flew by really quickly. Some of that probably has to do with the whole getting married thing (those stories are at Fein Wedding).

2012 is shaping up to be a good year. I have two semesters remaining at FAU, I’m scheduled to graduate in August with my Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Hospitality Management with a minor in Accounting. Brian and I are hoping to take a trip after I graduate in celebration. Two years of school will end up taking me three, but I will have that degree, which makes me happy.

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but this year I have a couple things on my “I want to accomplish list”

  1. Get a 4.0 in a semester
  2. Learn Spanish
  3. Do Project life in some form. Maybe not a picture-a-day, but something to chronicle this year since my wanting to scrapbook has fallen to the wayside

I’m sure there are others that will come up, but those are the biggies for me at this point in time.

School

I took off the first part of the summer term because, well I got married and went on an amazing honeymoon. Because of that, I’m only doing Summer 3 which begins tonight. I’m taking Money & Banking.

I also came to a decision about fall – because of restrictions in my financial aid, it seems to make the most sense for me to go full time in the fall. I’m already registered for 4 classes – Writing for Management, Financial Management, Principals of Hospitality Law and Hospitality Marketing & Revenue Management Practices.

This past spring, I made the decision to add a major, so I’m now a Duel Major – Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Hospitality Management and Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. The Duel Major differs from a double major in that I will graduate with more than 150 credits. This does two things for me – 1) I will actually get two diplomas. 2) I can sit for the CPA exam should I chose to.

I’m excited about giving it my all with a full time schedule, now to find a part time (20ish hours a week) to supplement my financial aid package.

memories

My creative mojo has been MIA for a while now (I honestly feel like the beginning of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) but with the wedding and honeymoon past me I’ve been itching to get my hands dirty again. Then Jennifer McGuire posted a link to this Big Picture Classes class today and I really want to take it. It’s times like these where I really wish I was working and had $59 laying around to take the class. I love the idea of being able to fall in love with this hobby of mine again.

I’m still here!

I am a terrible blogger. I think of things to write but by the time I get back to the computer the thoughts are out of my head.

A lot has happened since I last posted. I got married to the most wonderful man in the world, we went on an amazing honeymoon and I came back to deal with the fun and excitement of changing my name. Also on my plate has been job hunting. I’ve been unemployed since October of 2009. I did the Disney College Program for a semester which was amazing and I stayed on as a Seasonal Cast Member in Main Entrance Operations at Epcot.

However, I need something here. For one, I’m going crazy at home and I will be the first to admit and confess that I’m a terrible housekeeper. I’ve never been neat and organized, no matter how much I try. I can clean a room and organized it and it feels like overnight it goes back to cluttered chaos.

I think my main problem is that I feel useless being at home. I am bring nothing to my new little family other than making Brian his morning coffee, breakfast sandwich and lunch and at times dinner.

I guess I’m attending a Pity Party for one right now, and that’s difficult on Brian too. He tells me not to worry, that we’re doing okay, but I know that my bringing something into the fold would be better for us. Anyone need an Admin Assistant?

Losing a legend

I love sports. When I was younger, I wanted to be Jackie MacMullan when I grew up. I grew up reading her stories as the beat writer of the Boston Celtics. I started college as a journalism major at Broward Community College, was the Sports Editor of the student newspaper, The Chronicle.

Sometime during my second year of college, we had a visitor from the Sun-Sentinel come give a presentation about internships that they had, generally available to juniors and seniors. I was a sophomore. When I met with her, I had my resume and clips and she gave me a name and number to call about a possible opening. That call was to Dave Brousseau who coordinated Preps coverage (AKA High Schools). I was quickly hired by Dave and started working in the Sports department of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

It was there that I was lucky enough to meet an amazing man that I would have the privilege of working under for the next 4 years.  I wasn’t a writer, I was pretty much at the bottom of the barrel within the department. That didn’t stop Fred Turner from making sure he introduced himself to you, make sure he knew who you were and that if you had a question, his door was open.

Like myself, Fred hailed from Massachusetts. He was also a die hard Red Sox fan as any good Massachusetts person is. As time went on, I was more involved within the department, covering the Admin desk for the amazing Bonnie DiPacio, working on the Spring Training special section, the Football Preview section as well as doing Preps.

It was during the spring while tracking down 40 man rosters and Spring Training information that Fred would call me into his office. It was so we could discuss how good (or bad) the Sox would be that year. This was in the days before they won the series, when we would always say “this is the year.”

Fred passed away last week and it makes me sad. He was a wonderful leader who loved his job, his writers and his newsroom. He wanted to put the news out in the right way, what many would call the old-fashioned way. He wanted to get it right, not necessarily first and today in the 24/7 news cycle that attitude isn’t often found.

Rest in peace Fred.

What to do

I’ve been scrapbooking since early 1999 – about 12 years now.

I’m in a rut. I have no desire to do anything crafty these days except toss everything that is residing in my room. I know that isn’t the answer (as Brian has pointed out); however, I know that a huge amount of the piles of stuff that I have are items that I’m just not going to use.

Before I went to Orlando, I made a couple autograph books for some dear friends. While they turned out really well, they ended up being far more work than I anticipated, partly because I used my Cricut to do the character cuts. Now, I don’t know if it’s because I have a baby bug or what, but the whole thing was just very frustrating for me.

I have hundreds of pictures that I took at Disney (although not nearly enough with friends) and I haven’t even touched them to begin editing or anything that would lead to scrapping them. Maybe I’m just burnt out on Disney stuff since it’s been my world for the past year or so.

Time moves but not much changes

Almost a year since I posted anything and just over a year ago I was struggling with the same thing I am now – what to do with my mountains of scrapbooking supplies.

That and planning a wedding, but that’s a whole other ball of wax.

Since spending a semester at Disney, I feel like my outlook has changed. I feel like I have too much stuff and it pains me too look at all of it, and imagine the money I have invested. Honestly, there is too damn much, the majority of which falls into the “I’ll never use it” category.

I don’t mind getting rid of stuff, heck I’m on that sort of kick. However, knowing the money I have invested, it’s hard to just toss it out in the trash. This, I know and understand, is totally a hoarder mentality.  At the same time though, my scrapbook (and other crafting stuff) is very hoarder-like.

Selling on e-bay really isn’t going to work, looking at what things sell for, so I don’t know what else to do with it all. I would really like to get at least a little back of what I paid, even though I realize that recouping all of it will never happen. Anyone have tips? Ideas?

Disney

I’m a self-proclaimed Disney nut.  I’ve wanted to work at Disney for as long as I can remember, so last January I decided to do something about it.  I went back to school as a Hospitality Management Major at FAU.  While my program isn’t easy (It is a  Bachelor’s of Business Administration so I have all kinds of fun business classes), I’m enjoying it far more than I thought I would.  Heck, I’m even enjoying the challenge of Methods of Calculus for goodness sakes.

Last week I attended an information session for the Disney College Program.  It’s Disney’s internship program for college students.  After a long talk with Brian, I decided to apply.  I made it through the first round (application and web interview of 120 questions) and was offered a telephone interview.  That interview took place last night and I think it went well. Now it’s a waiting game.  I have to wait 3-4 weeks to hear back and find out if they want me.  I think the wait will kill me, I want to know now!

At least I have classes to keep my busy until then, along with spring break.

The Jersey Rules

I’ve been a sports fan pretty much my entire life. Over the past few years I’ve come up with my list of Jersey rules, many of which I saw very broken at the Florida Panthers game tonight.

Here are the rules:

1. The jersey you’re wearing must be of the sport you are attending. I should not be seeing Willie McGinest jerseys at a Panthers vs. Bruins game. There should not be Patriots and Red Sox gear all over the place. Hell, neither team is even in season right now. This leads into rule No. 2

2. The player of the jersey you’re wearing must be a player currently on the team. (So the Willie McGinest reference above? Wouldn’t have been acceptable even at a Patriots game). There is one exception to this rule. That would be a player who played the majority of his career with your team and retired with your team (So wearing a Larry Bird jersey to a Celtics game – acceptable. Wearing a Manny Ramirez jersey to a Red Sox game – not acceptable).

This rule is one that bugs me the most. If a player was traded during the season, fine, ride out the rest of the season in your jersey, that’s cool. However, if a player has been gone since 2006, it really is time to invest in a new jersey. It’s not cool, it’s not retro, it’s kind of sad. Get a jersey for someone who is actually wearing your team colors now!  (I say this as I have a No. 7 Trot Nixon and a No. 50 Mike Vrabel collecting dust in my closet. Neither fit the rules, so they cannot be worn. However, my No. 54 Tedy Bruschi, he’s available for select appearances.)

Just one other tidbit of fandom – if you are a fan of a visiting team, support your team, I’m fine with that, I get it. However, if you are a pink hat fan, don’t be screaming go No. 40 what-ever-your-name is. Seriously? If you’re going to be a bandwagon fan of a team, please at least learn the name of your goalie.

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