Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How I Make That Money

Linking up for The Bargain Blonde's special...



Wait, we're not all professional bloggers? Thank God, because if this is how I made my money, I'd be quite the struggling artist.

I started college at Ole Miss in 2006 and got a student worker position in the department of Distance Learning. The job had nothing to do with my major (Chemical Engineering on the pre-med track) but my sister worked there and pulled some strings for me.

Basically, Ole Miss has 6 campuses across the state of Mississippi. At times, there are classes with students at more than one campus. They conduct class via live video conference. As a student worker, I worked in the classrooms here on the main campus in Oxford. I acted as the liason between the professor/students and our main office. I also controlled the technology in the room (computer, document camera, microphones, cameras). Working in the classrooms is actually why I ended up changing my major to Management Information Systems (and how I met my first college boyfriend -- but that's a story for another day).

After sitting through a few MIS classes (and nearly failing Bio for majors), I decided to join the business school. I spent the next 3 years studying MIS, being involved in a sorority and multiple campus organizations, and working 30 hours a week in the Distance Learning main office.

As graduation approached in May 2010, I started getting nervous as I had been slow on the job hunt. I had a few phone interviews for Business Analyst positions with companies in Dallas and Austin. I made it to the second or third round of each but was ultimately passed over for lack of experience. When I was about to lose hope, I found out that my current boss was leaving.

I needed a job/experience, they needed a new DL Tech. It was a win/win for everyone. Having taken DL classes and worked in the classrooms and office for 4 years, I was extremely qualified and was hired on the spot.

This job has been a great experience that is approaching the two year mark. Over the next year, I plan to work on some outside projects that are more geared toward my degree. Maybe a year from now I'll write another one of these and it will be completely different. You can only stay at a starter job for so long, right?


*Bonus fact: A University professor was undergoing chemotherapy but still wished to teach his classes. Because he did not have the time or strength to drive to any of the regional sites, we set up the technology that allowed him to teach his class from home for an entire semester. I thought it was pretty special.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Trying to Fit In

Hello lovely readers. (Don't bloggers say that a lot?)

I'm not your typical blogger. (Don't they say that, too?)

But really. I don't do a lot of link ups, I don't have many giveaways. I don't sponsor anyone and I don't take sponsors. I'm random as shit and I very rarely have thoughts that are strung together well.

But the biggest difference between myself and my favorite bloggers out there? I don't have an "A" or an "S" or a "boy" or a "hubs" to gush about. Not even close.

I love my puppy. And beer. But that's about it. And I don't think any of you are going to be clicking on to "A love story: Me & Miller Lite Part VII".

I don't care what people think about me but I desperately feel the need to fit in. Yes, that's true.

So, in order to take a step in the right direction...I have a new, sleek, and professionally created (by Bobbi) blog design.

Woop woop.

Kbye. 


Also, I've reverted over 50% of my past posts to drafts because they annoy me. Cheers to a fresh start.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Four One One On Faye




I love a good link-up. And I love answering questions about myself. So here goes.
The 411 on Faye.


1. How long have you been blogging? And what got you started blogging? Has your blog changed?

My first blog post was published in May of 2009, so three years! For the first year, I think I posted a total of 20 times though, so I've only been actively blogging for two. // I started blogging because I've always loved to write, I've known HTML for years, and I was in web dev classes in college. I figured it would blend all of my favorite things. // My blog has evolved. Or maybe devolved. When I really got into steady blogging, I was doing my usual Bachelor(ette) recaps that were very colorful and humorous. And then I just got random. And now I'm thinking about doing a total blog revamp.

2. Did you go to college? If so where, and what did you study?

Ole Miss Business School via
 I went to the University of Mississippi -- Ole Miss! // I received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems.


3. Where have you traveled?

On top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park - California
I've never been outside the continental US! What a loser. But I have climbed a mountain in California. That's probably my most exciting trip. 


Boston is my favorite city, though.


4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?

The very first thing? A celebratory beer. Duh.


5. What are your 3 biggest pet peeves?

Bad drivers. Namely at four way stops and merge lanes. // Bad grammar. How do you even get past fifth grade??? // Bad people. Liars, fake people, and people who take advantage of others' hard work.


6. What is your favorite movie?

Empire Records // Life as a House


7. What is your drink of choice; wine, beer, or liquor. Or Water, Soda, Tea?

Beer // Water

8.
What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time?

baths // writing // reading // thinking

9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be?

Urban Outfitters

10. Share with us an embarrassing moment of your past? Or present.

When I was in second grade, I thought I got picked for the Quiet Game, so I stood up in front of the class but quickly realized I hadn't been picked. I played it off and walked over to get a tissue. // One time, when I was 24, I made out with a boy who was born in the 90s and ended up with 3 hickeys on my neck for a week. Hickeys! (I'm 24 now, what?)


11. What day would you love to relive again?

I haven't had any of those milestone special days in my life yet. I graduated high school and college and I got my first job and all that, but I haven't had one of those special days that you never want to forget. So, I would probably relive my friends Lizzie & Matthew's special day -- because I don't really remember it.

 

12. If your life was turned into a movie...what actor would play you?



13. What are the jobs you had in high school/college/the early years?

I didn't have a job in high school. My first job in college was as a Distance Learning facilitator for the department of Outreach on campus. My first (and current) post-college job was the boss of the Distance Learning facilitators for the department of Outreach on campus. It's about time I branch out.


14. Show us a picture from high school or college.


 SP Varsity Cheer Squad // Best Friend // Sister // Favorite Girls


Kappa Delta Pledge Class // Best Friend // Sister // Favorite Girls


15. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?


London for Wimbledon


16. Show us the most current picture of you, your family, or anything of meaning to you.


Sisser!


17. Where do you see your life 5 years from now?

I honestly have no idea. But I can't wait to find out.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Madness - Wedding Reception

I haven't given you guys a good alcohol induced humor/horror story lately.
Luckily, one of my best friends got married this Saturday. 
(More on the wedding later.)

After the reception, my date and I went to the bar.


We stayed until closing (midnight) and then went to a house party, or as we call it in our college town -- a latenight.

Date and I got separated and I didn't have my phone. Details got fuzzy. I slept on a stranger's couch. Luckily, the humorous part of the story happened the next morning.

I got a ride home from Stranger, wearing his clothes and carrying my bridesmaid dress. I live across the street from a church.

When I walked in, nobody was home. I pulled out my laptop and used the "locate my iPhone" tool on iCloud. (Thanks Apple.) It told me that my phone was at the latenight house. I got in my Land Rover (it's for sale!) and drove there.

First, I checked downstairs (it's a duplex -- two of my friends live downstairs but the latenight was upstairs), nothing. I went upstairs and looked around. Nothing. There was a guy sleeping on the couch, so I asked him if I could use his phone to call my phone because it was there somewhere. I dialed my number* and my friend answered. She had my phone and was at my house!

When I got home, I was greeted by my friends who had been driving around town looking for me all morning. They'd had my phone since the night before, but at the time I "located" it, they were at the latenight house to see if I was there.


How am I still alive?

*This guy had my number in his phone as "Fay". I don't remember ever meeting him.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Want it Wednesday

Big things are happening this week.

I got a raise. 
I'm getting a new* car today.
One of my very best friends is getting married this weekend.

All happy things! 

*new = new to me

What happens when you experience happy things? You want more happy things.


So, here's a little segment I like to call

WANT IT WEDNESDAY







The book, a collection of photographs by artist Todd Selby, was shown to me by a hot, hipster dude that I met at breakfast one day.

The bedding, from the same company where I got my current bedding, would give my room a nice makeover.

The bag is outrageously expensive and I've been anti-designer for so long, but I need a nice black clutch. I just can't imagine ever spending that much money for one.



What do you want this Wednesday?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Magic Mike Monday

What better way to get your Monday started than by talking about male strippers? None. There is no better way.


I saw Magic Mike this weekend, on opening night. The theater was packed full of women and girls and two boyfriends. When we talked about how awkward it must be for a guy to come see a movie about male strippers with his girlfriend, one of the girls I was with said that it was probably a test. But...if the boy goes, does he pass or fail? I would say fail.


Anyway. My thoughts on the film:

Nice moves.


 I'm convinced Matthew McConaughey just plays himself in every film.


 Am I the only one who doesn't think this guy is remotely attractive?


Alex Pettyfer is perfect looking. I'm rooting for him to play Finnick Odair in the upcoming Hunger Games movies. Also, from the few promos I had seen, I thought he would have a small part in the film. Did they want it to be a secret that he's like...the second main character? Or did I just not watch enough promos?


I'm glad Eric escaped the Miami-Dade crime lab and lost his shirt along the way.


This guy was gross.


Matt Bomer is awkward. Hot and awkward.


Girl cannot act. Unless she was trying to be worse than Kristen Stewart. Then she succeeded.


And lastly, Magic Mike himself. Channing Tatum. I've heard so many people hating on Channing Tatum's acting. He's not in it for the acting. LOOK AT HIM. Did you SEE Step Up? He's an actor because he's hot and he can dance. And he's not that bad. He just plays the same "kinda dumb, a little white trash, semi-bad boy" character in every movie. And he's good at it.


Have you seen Magic Mike? What did you think?


All images stolen from the interwebz via Google Images.