|Well, it certainly has been a while.
||[Feb. 28th, 2013|01:27 pm]
It's been a rough few months, and this week is manageable but is just feeling really hard. I need to post a list of accomplishments so I feel better about it, and even though I rarely use it, I do have a place to post things that I want to feel good about. I suppose for posterity I should post the quick list of what's been happening.|
August 1st, 2011 - Moved to Portland, OR with good friends Jessica and Tim.
May 1st, 2012 - Got hired by Powell's City of Books. Finally realized the dream I've had since college of working at a bookstore, even if it is entry-level customer service.
June 28th, 2012 - Laid off from the Netflix Call Center along with about 1/5 of their workforce.
August 2, 2012 - Met Ian. 8 hour first date spanning two movies, Dark Night Rises and Total Recall.
August 23rd, 2012 - Tim and Jess (my roommates) got married. Fun was had by all.
September 2012 - After not finding a job, I decided to go back to school for accounting. Enrolled in the 4 classes necessary to earn an Entry Level Accounting Certificate, plus Payroll Accounting just for funsies. (Full time students take three classes/quarter. I took 5.)
- Started volunteering to read 1 hr a week with 5 year olds at the local elementary school to give them some one-on-one time to make reading fun. Ended up partnered with the girl who hates reading because it's hard, she doesn't know her ABCs, wants water, wants to go to the bathroom, doesn't know what she sees on the page, wants a different book, wants to say hi to her friends, etc, and the lively little bossypants who is sharp as a knifepoint and must have something going on because she constantly needs to assert her dominance. Both are fantastically wonderful little kids; both are rather challenging to read to.
December 2012 - Decided to continue pursuing accounting and applied to Portland State University's Post-baccalaureate program to get a second bachelors degree. Basically, it's waving Gen Ed courses because if you have one degree you already took breadth requirements. Accounting is a one-year program, requires that I take three more accounting classes, Stats I & II, and Micro- and Macroeconomics before being admitted into the program. Decide to keep going to community college for my 7 prerequisites and apply for PSU Fall 2013. Use Jessica's Cliffnotes books of Algebra I and II to re-teach myself two years of high school algebra in 10 days in order to place into Stats I.
- Also found out for my Entry Level Accounting Certificate I have to take "Career Planning" - a no-unit class that shows that if I'm taking classes as part of a career change that I do in fact know how to write a resume and get through an interview. Since I already do, the teacher very kindly agreed to meet with me once a week on an individual basis so that we can cover the syllabus of the class but at my skill level. What I got was Rene, an awesome Dr. Who fan who cheered me on with job and career goals and gave really helpful advice on how to tighten my resume now that I'm looking for more high-level stuff than my usual customer service gigs.
Christmas 2012 - Ian met my family, formally proposed to him after a month of trying to get him to take the damn ring. (He insisted on talking to my folks first, even if it was asking for permission to say yes rather than permission to ask me.
January 2013 - My good friend Melissa who quilts all my quilts on her long arm quilting machine told me her fave coffee shop is expanding, do I want to contribute to a quilt show there? We're thinking coffee-themed wall hangings. I would love to! In all my free time . . .
- Signed up for another 5 classes; both econ prereqs, an accounting class, Stats I and 10-key (it was only 1 unit and seems like a useful skill.)
- Ian gets fired from his job for making a stupid mistake. Since he was fired with cause, no unemployment.
- Ian and I decide to have a 100 person wedding in his cousin's acre backyard, wedding plans begin.
February 2013 - Nina visits and meets Ian's parents and some of his aunts/uncles/cousins, more wedding plans and opinions and thoughts. With everything that's going on, I start to slack on my Stats class and drop from an 87% to a 77% grade after bombing the second midterm. Frustrated that it's hard and I'm doing poorly, I struggle to get motivated enough to catch up, the result being that my coming midterm this Saturday is a serious stresser. (Hence the LJ updates rather than studying. Five year olds aren't the only ones good at procrastinating.) Also, I'm maintaining A's in accounting and Microeconomics, a high B in Macroeconomics and passing the 10-key class (it's graded on a pass/fail basis). Went out and bought a Cliffnotes book of Statistics to help me pinpoint where I'm struggling so I know what to study up on and reinforce what I do know.
- Battle fear that Ian will never find a job again and become like his roommate, who sits on the couch all day and generally refuses to leave the house and waits for a judge to rule in favor of giving him disability because of his various personality disorders, which he will live off of for the rest of his life because he "can't" work. Talk to Ian about these fears, he assures me that he will find a job and not become like his roommate. Relax. Get pissed off by his roommate's poor social skills (read: being a dick), get nervous again about Ian becoming like his roommate. Talk again. Am reassured again. Wonder if I should get a full time job so that there is income, feel guilty for not wanting to get a full time job while still in school and planning to be in school for the next year and a half. Ian tells me not to get a job, it will make me crazy, he will find something, it's only been a month. I struggle with my own control issues and how much of this situation is outside of anything that I can influence. Ian and I talk more.
- Apply for a full-time position at Powell's as an Inventory Specialist. They end up hiring someone who ran inventory at both Barnes & Noble and his local library, but told me of all the applicants I was the most fun to interview and the one who got the interview process the most, and should definitely apply for more higher up positions since I was clearly smart and could be an asset with the company.
- Set a self-imposed deadline of finishing the Coffee Quilts by the end of February. Find an easy and awesome looking pattern, adapt it, make two in the same pattern (easier than coming up with a whole new pattern and this way I have two).
- Get a nasty cold on the free day I set aside to finish quilts and study statistics. Miss two more assignments because of not understanding even the instructions. My comprehension is not helped by the instructor's many typos (he may be ESL, that's fine, it still makes it hard to read) and the textbook's "clever" flavor text like "why is the demoninator n-1? the easy answer is, to make you crazy. There is a real answer, we'll get to in in a few chapters" and "humans are prone to errors in judgement. *Footnote: for example, here you are in chapter 13 still reading footnotes." I'm trying to just understand the flipping calculations, I feel like I understand the logic but the math is stumping me, but I'm good at math how am I getting a C in stats and worried about passing the damn class?
That went on for longer than I meant. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad thing to start journaling again. I'm moving the lists of accomplishments to their own post.