Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
While organizing, I found a copy of my job description, which will help me improve me resume, and a list of 50 typical job interview questions, which might help me prepare for interviews. My parents keep bugging me about health insurance; if I get sick or hurt, they're going to be the ones paying for it. I've got an eye appointment tomorrow, so I can take care of that before my insurance ends. Otherwise, I guess I just have to hope that nothing bad happens- knock on wood.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Work wasn't very productive; I printed off the results of our Career Fair survey, but might to leave it for other people to analyze because I've pretty much checked out, though I'm trying hard to stay engaged until the very end. I met with a couple of students and started the tedious process of scoring late reports. People know I'm leaving now and are starting to ask me for details, so since the cat's out of the bag I asked the facilities guys for moving boxes. I now have 5 sweet toilet paper boxes sitting in my office.
This means that I have one more Tuesday at the BAC. I've always hated Tuesdays; when I was younger I had cello lessons on Tuesdays, and though I liked playing, I never liked the one-on-one interactions with the crazy Russian guy or the bitchy woman I had for teachers. Now, Tuesdays mean shifting my usual 9-5 to 11:30-7:30. While it's nice to have one morning free for appointments, going to the bank, post office, etc, I don't like being the last one in the office.
Penultimate is a good word; I don't really know where I picked it up but I like to drop it to make myself sounds smart. This is my penultimate week of work. Today was my penultimate Tuesday. Tomorrow will be my penultimate Wednesday. Sweet.
On a different note, I made a new discovery today: rice ice cream. A couple of my coworkers are lactose intolerant, and one can't eat gluten, so I picked up a carton of that for them when I bought the cake. It was sweet and creamy, without being too creamy; it reminds me of frozen yogurt without the tang. Delicious.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I, on the other hand, woke up at around 8:15, since my roommates didn't have the day off and did the usual morning competition for the bathroom outside my door. I made a leisurely breakfast, and watched the runners on TV while perfecting a cover letter. At around 11:30, I got a call from Diane, who was coming to Coolidge Corner to watch and wanted to know if I was interested in joining. We got a good spot on the Tanbark of the T stop across from Trader Joe's and watched for about an hour and a half. We saw the first women pass, the first men, and the first wheelchair racers. My batteries died after the first few women, but I did manage to take this picture of the first and second place ladies:
Dire Tune (#7) was the winner, and Alevtina Biktimirova (#8) was second. There were no American women in the top 10, and I was surprised the Russian women do so well- they placed 2nd and 9th.
The change in group dynamic between Needham (when I first tuned in) and 23 miles in was striking: instead of being in a pack, they were distinctively spread out.
At about 1:30 I felt like I was going to burn, so I suggested we go inside. We got some coffee and talked for a little bit. She told me about her new guy, and I told her about Seattle. We agreed that seeing the Marathon was something cool to check off of our "things to before leaving Boston" lists.
The check from my subletter arrived over the weekend, and I am going to cash it tomorrow or the next day; even if the bank was open today, I didn't feel like braving the mob to get there. The weather has been gorgeous, so that and the Marathon inspired me to go for a run after coffee. I ran about 3 minutes then walked from my apartment to BU to St. Mary's and back. The race was still going at around 4 pm as I walked home along Beacon street, mostly the old and feeble. By the time I went grocery shopping at 5, they had opened up the street and forced the stragglers to complete the race on the sidewalk.
Now I'm making chili for Len's birthday tomorrow- the last PACE Potluck I will ever need to endure. It's killing two birds with one stone: last minute bonding with my boss (good for the rec) and using up all my dried beans.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday was an example of why I can't wait to quit. Though it was my day off, Erik called me at 9 am about our work study student's paycheck, which wasn't cut. I'll spare you the boring details, but basically it was just a chain of incompetency that could have easily been stopped early on. I had been looking forward to a leisurely day of roommate-less time in my apartment, but instead I rushed home from David's, put in my contacts and showered quickly, and wolfed down breakfast on the T just get a quilt trip on something I've messed up a few times because no one has ever told me how to do it. It was also a minor mistake that from my end was not obvious and could have been caught if the person on the other side was doing their job. I don't know why but the whole thing really, really upset me and I left the office very shaken-up.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
- Portland, ME
- LL Bean in Freeport, ME
- Newport, RI
- Nantucket/ Martha's Vineyard
- NYC for deep-friend twinkies
- Sorella's in JP (the best pancakes ever)
- Zaftig's deli
- Veggie Planet in Harvard Square
- Harvard Square in general
- Chestnut Hill (See below)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I didn't get a chance to give Len my letter on Friday because he went home before I did, and I didn't want to leave it for him to find before the career fair, when he was already stressed and in a bad mood. He left again before I did yesterday, so I left my letter on his desk for him to find tomorrow.
Friday, April 4, 2008
I plan on giving this to my boss at the end of the day. Wish me luck.
April 4, 2008 Dear Len,
Thank you for everything you have done for me over the past 18 months; I can’t emphasize enough how much I have enjoyed working here and couldn’t ask for a better set of quirky coworkers. Both you and the Practice department as a whole have given me so much opportunity to grow both professionally and personally, and I have learned much more than I could ask for in this role.
I hope this gives you enough time to find a replacement; I am happy to provide whatever assistance you need to make the transition as smooth as possible.