Archive | January, 2010

Whiteout

29 Jan

As if we haven’t seen enough of it already this winter, it’s snowing AGAIN! I can’t believe how much snow we’ve gotten the past month or so. It’s getting kind of ridiculous. While the snow is really pretty, I’m just ready for spring!

We closed the museum early today, because all the local schools dismissed early, and there was no one in the museum. Seriously, I don’t think we had more than ten people come in all morning. We ended up closing around 2:30, which was a nice break for me, having worked so many days right in a row. It was also getting pretty boring around there, with no one really to occupy my time. I was downstairs, so at least I had the animals to look after. But when they’re doing pretty well, as they were today, there wasn’t much looking after to do.

I did get some work done on my new office, though. I think it’s finally up to standard, and I really can’t wait to use it!

Mom and I went to the gym early today, since we were both off work early. I have a feeling we won’t be able to get back there any more this weekend, due to the snow. They are predicting 4-6 inches overnight, but we’ll see how much we really get. I’m not too impressed with the snow anymore. It just means that I’m stuck at home (which, while nice and restful, gets boring after a while), not working, with not much to do. Hopefully the snow won’t last very long and we’ll get on with some spring weather. That groundhog that’s due to come out of hibernation here in a few days had better not see his shadow, or else we will have words!

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Ten Things Tuesday – January 26

26 Jan

No takers on last week’s little movie quote quiz. That’s OK, because I’m giving you the answers anyway! For the original quotes, refer to last week’s list. Here are the ten movies I’ve seen so often I could quote along while watching:

1. Almost Famous

2. A Knight’s Tale

3. 10 Things I Hate About You

4. Across the Universe

5. Ever After

6. A Goofy Movie

7. The Holiday

8. The Princess Bride

9. Empire Records

10. Ocean’s 11

My Own Little Corner

25 Jan

Well, it’s official. I have an office now! Since the museum was closed today, I went in to clean out the outreach office that I’ll be using for the next year. It’s one of those small, closet-like areas of the museum that doesn’t always serve a purpose on a regular basis. It’s become kind of a catch-all for stuff that doesn’t have a home anywhere else. I spent the entire day cleaning, dusting, disinfecting, and throwing out. You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff I found in there.

It was all pretty random. Lots of art materials – well, not so much art as craft. I wouldn’t necessarily call them quality, either. I found tons of random papers and museum coupons that I ended up recycling. There just wasn’t a need to ave that stuff lying around anymore. And I can also make new copies of everything. I found at least three pennies, one of which I’m pretty sure I threw away by accident. I definitely found part of an old french fry in there. That one was by far the most disgusting find.

It’s kind of nice to have my own little corner of the museum, can have a private space to do work, and store my stuff. I think I might really love having a space to have a cup of tea and make phone calls. Cleaning the office today really made it feel official, like I can actually see myself doing this job for real now. I can’t wait to bring some pictures and other little things to really personalize my office. It’s definitely going to be very “me.” I’m making a little list of things I want to make sure to have on hand. I feel kind of dorky, getting so excited about office supplies, but it makes me feel like a kid again, going to the store to buy new school supplies for a brand-new school year. I can’t help myself: I’m a sucker for organization and school supplies. This is what I get now that I’m not in school anymore.

Today was also pretty fun because Heather and Liz invited me to go on a lunch date with them.  I had brought my lunch and had just planned on eating sometime during the day, but it was nice to have fun people to go out and eat with. We went to Chick-fil-A, which I haven’t been to in quite some time. It was delicious, and was just the perfect thing to boost up my energy for round 2 of cleaning in the afternoon.

It was liberating to get rid of all the extra stuff in that office. Kind of like I’m starting over, from scratch. Sure, there are still lots of papers and files to go over, and some serious acclimating on my part, but I can’t help but feel like I have a brand-new start.  Now that it’s all in order, it’s real. And it’s pretty exciting.

Free Day

24 Jan

Today was free day in the museum. That means it was extremely busy all day long, and there were tons of loud people in the museum. I’m sure glad I wasn’t trying to seriously concentrate on anything, because that would definitely not have happened. We even had a birthday party today, which just added to the stress of everything else going on. For me, it made the day go by faster (and I got to sneak a small bite of cake!).

Doing lab programs and birthday parties together is always challenging, and especially so on a day like today. There were more than 600 people in the museum today! I had to limit the lab programs to just 20 people, because there just wasn’t enough room for more in there. We were doing the wind tube lab, so it was going to take a long time and use a lot of materials anyway. Thank goodness for Christi, who suggested I limit each program.

As free days go, this one really wasn’t too bad. There was one kid who got separated from his mom, who totally freaked out. We found him, though, and everything was fine. Other than that, things really went smoothly. For me, anyway. But I was either in the lab or doing a party, so I really didn’t see much else going on in the museum. I’m glad free day is over for this quarter, though. There won’t be another one for a while. They’re definitely a handful. I’d go crazy if we had them more often than we do!

Chapter 1

22 Jan

Today started my first official day of service with AmeriCorps. I’m still technically working my already scheduled hours as an educator, because I have to finish out the schedules that have already been made. So for the next two weeks, I’ll just be out on the floor doing what I’ve always done. I’m planning on coming in on Monday and cleaning out my new little office. I’m excited to have my own little corner of the museum to work in. There’s a lot of random stuff in that office, so I’ve got to get rid of that before I can really get down to work.

I’m getting really excited about my new position. Not much has really changed right away, other than the fact that I’m not being paid by the museum anymore, and I have a fancy AmeriCorps badge to wear, but it will here in a few weeks.

I can’t wait to really get down to work. I feel like I’m starting a new chapter of my life.

AmeriCorps

21 Jan

On Tuesday, the executive director of the museum approached me about an opportunity to serve with AmeriCorps as the outreach manager in the museum. This gave me a lot to think about, because it requires one full year of service, meaning I’d have to delay my grad school plans that I’ve been working on recently. Basically I’d be quitting my job as an educator at the museum and be employed by AmeriCorps, in charge of all the outreach programs. While this sounded really appealing, I definitely had to think about it, about what I really wanted to be doing the next year or so.

I didn’t have long to think about it, either, because there was an interview and orientation today. Remember I said this all started on Tuesday, meaning I had two days to think about what I was going to do. I really wanted my art therapy professor’s advice on the situation, but she was unfortunately out of the country. So, long story short, I decided to go ahead and fill out the application and get the references, and drive down to Rutledge today to have the interview. I ended up staying for the orientation, and now I’m officially a member of AmeriCorps. That’s right. I decided to go ahead and do it. This also means I’ll be living here at home for another year and a half. Not exactly in my original plan, but things do change.

So this means that I’m no longer working at the museum, but serving a year in AmeriCorps. I’m getting a stipend for my work, and an education award as soon as I finish all my hours and other requirements. And I’m not going to be an educator at the museum anymore. I’ll be in charge of all the outreach programs, going to schools and libraries and other local organizations like I did last month with BioFuels. Except this time I’ll be coordinating all of it.

No pressure, really.

I do think it will be a good experience. I get my own office, and have a computer to work on, and get to develop several new outreach programs. I’ll get to meet all kinds of people around town and go to lots of different events. I already have a few ideas for summer camps and other things I’d like to do. I’m really nervous about it, because it’s my first official management position. But I’m up to the challenge. Hopefully this will be a great learning experience for me, and open some new doors. As for the grad school thing, I’m still planning on doing it, but deferring for a year. I’m going to finish all my interviews, because I don’t want to have wasted my time filling out applications, getting recommendations, and taking the GRE for no reason. I think serving in AmeriCorps will look good on my resume, too. It’s not like I’m putting off school to do something lazy. It’s something worthwhile.

My motto of the year is to take advantage of opportunities, and this was one I just couldn’t pass up. I don’t want to have any regrets about it. In a year, I’ll really have accomplished great things, and have taken advantage of a great opportunity.

Here’s to a new position, and no regrets.

Life Unexpected

20 Jan

It’s funny how life takes you on unexpected twists and turns. You really never know where you’re going to end up. Life is full of new decisions – some easy, some difficult. It’s easy to just stay in your comfort zone and get into a rut. But life is about taking risks, and finding opportunities you just can’t pass up. And after all, I’ve decided to take more risks this year. I just have to decide exactly which of these opportunities I’m going to take, and which I have to pass on.

Just yesterday it was business as usual, and today there are potential opportunities. I just have to decide what I really want to do. Cryptic, I know. But all will reveal itself soon. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but it’s potentially exciting. Although, I don’t feel old enough to be making grown-up decisions.