(i am using this picture for this post because i was also snowed-in twice in the past month.)
All right. So. I disappeared for awhile. I've felt really guilty about it, but the couple of weeks have been something of a whirlwind of events and things just got away from me. It wasn't all bad, though, other than the fact that I missed you! I learned some stuff. For instance:
Wireless Routers Have Expiration Dates
This was my main reason for being away for a week. I've been complaining since winter break started that my Internet access was shoddy at best, but a recent call to Comcast and some further investigation confirmed that our wireless router is dead. Done. Kaput. It is a late router. Did you know routers only last 3-6 years on average and then they die? I didn't, but it's the truth. So I'm at my boyfriend's house typing this post.
Without the Internet, I Go Crazy
Being without it felt like this.
Traveling Six Hours for a 10 Minute Interview Can Be Worthwhile
Oh, hey, you guys! I got an internship for the spring semester! I'm dropping a class and replacing it with an internship with Worcester Magazine, a lifestyle/arts and entertainment magazine. I found out about the opportunity to get the position out of the blue, and in a whirlwind of events I ended up hitching a ride to a train station an hour away to take a half-an-hour train ride to Worcester, where I caught a cab and did a very brief interview that landed me, amazingly enough, an internship. It was a long, long day because from Worcester to my home there are always huge overlays between trains. Fortunately for me, it wasn't a complete waste of time and money.
Making Friends With Professors is a Good Idea
Halfway through my interview for my position with Worcester Magazine, the editor asked me if I knew James Dempsey. I do-- he's a professor of mine that I visit with relatively frequently and who I view as a sort of mentor. When he found out I was applying to Worcester Magazine, he sent a very kind e-mail on my behalf imploring the editor-- who I didn't know was a friend of his-- to hire me. She told me that his vote of confidence really helped me get the job, so it just goes to show that you never know who can help you out. And then he asked me if I'd work with him on his news website, Worcester Wired, which I'm really excited about.
There is No Such Thing as Too Much Top Gear
In my down time I've been watching a lot of Top Gear, which is a British car show that is simply hilarious. I'm not into cars at all-- really, I'm not. If I ever get a car, I want a Hyundai Elantra because they're small enough for me and the one I drive now is the best our family's ever had. I am not a car person, but you don't have to be to love Top Gear. If you're into dry humor and bumbling Brits, check out some of their specials, like this one, in which they drive and dog sled to the North Pole.
I Learned How to Play Mahjong
I am incredibly boring. The end.
Okay, so, anyway, I am back in my dorm room at Clark getting ready to start my final semester of college, and we have Internet here. It's going to be a busy semester, but I'll be able to post again now that I have reliable Internet access. Yay! I have some posts I'm working on, so it should be business as usual very soon.
How have you been? I missed you!