Operation: Winter Prep

Well, materialistically, I’m ready for winter. Mentally, I think I’m almost there.

With the arrival of my down coat, my coat closet is officially full.


Coats, jackets, fleeces and sweat shirts, plus a couple of pairs of boots.

I tried on my coat and started sweating, so I believe it will keep me warm while I am waiting at the bus stop at 7:00 am this winter.


I’m still unsure about this whole “needing a down coat” concept.

I received what I believe will be the best piece of winter knowledge for me recently. I am not to check the temperature ever- it’s going to be cold whether I know what the wind chill is or not. Getting this advice calmed my fears significantly- I need to accept the fact that it is going to be cold and move on. But we’ll see if I can stay this calm the first time I have to wait for the bus in the snow!


Settling into Fall

Well, fall is in the air and I’m currently processing the fact that it was the same temperature today on this crisp, early fall morning in Minneapolis as it is most days in the winter in San Luis Obispo. I find this both exciting and terrifying. But a little more exciting I think. My down jacket has been purchased, I’m currently hoarding homemade soup in the freezer, my mom has shipped my snow boots (yep, I already had snow boots. I don’t know why either) and was given the strict instructions to always wear gloves to avoid the beginnings of frost bite and to have lotion in my purse at all times. I think I’m just about set.

Even more exciting? I think I’m just about settled. I have been at my apartment for a few weeks now, I’ve been assistant account executive for almost as long and I have a routine I so desperately wanted to set in place. I’m really starting to miss my family and college life though. Especially with Cal Poly starting today and my brother having his first day of college. It just feels weird not to be there and to be so far from everyone.  But, I have my travel booked for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, so family and friend time isn’t that far away. In the meantime, I plan to experience the changing leaves, the fall air and maybe even a little snow. After my parka arrives, of course.

I’m a Big Girl Now

Full time, salaried job with benefits in an industry I love? Check.

Year-long lease in an apartment in a great area? Check.

Gym membership, completely paid for all by myself? Check.

Coming home to a flooded kitchen? Check.

Yep, nothing says “I’m a big girl now!” quite like coming home to find water leaking out of the wall, presumably from the apartment above you, resulting in a flooded kitchen.

 Yes, on my first full day as a “big girl” (aka I’m no longer an intern) I come home to find water. Everywhere. Centimeters away from ruining all my roommate’s food and currently saturating the counter and rug on the tile. Completely filling the Magic Bullet smoothie maker with brown, murky water.

What. Is. This?

Building maintenance is looking into it- they believe it is coming from the unit above us. We can hope. Not exactly how I imagined my first day as a contributing member of society wrapping up.

Besides this little special adventure, today was fabulous. It was my first day as an assistant account executive, so that in itself was pretty exciting.  I got tons done at work, the human resources coordinator briefed me on my benefits, one of my coworkers gave me a cookie, I joined a gym and it cost significantly less than I thought it would and included all kinds of free stuff, I have plans to talk to two of my best friends tonight as well as my national officer teammates in our final conference call and I plan on having mac and cheese for dinner. I mean, it doesn’t get much better.

I’m actually still in a good mood. I’m at the point where this whole “flooded kitchen thing” is kind of comical- as long as it stops leaking before I go to bed tonight that is. Here’s to adulthood! Now can someone get me a cocktail please?