Monday, January 17, 2011

Things I Learned In My Two-Week-Long Absence

(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!


Jem said...

Glad to see that you are blogging again... I had wondered where you had run off too! If you like British humor, or just British tv shows in general you should totally check out the show Skins. I know that its coming to America, with an American cast, but the original is so much better. :)

Anonymous said...

That is the cutest picture of a dog and a snow dog I have ever seen. No lie. And I thought you had to be over 60 and chinese to play mahjong.

Kelly said...

Congratulations on your internship!! It's gonna be awesome.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the internship! Hope it's a ridiculously productive experience for you. :)

Also: I LOVE mahjong & used to play the computer version.


Anonymous said...

OMG Top Gun. I love it. Have you seen the episode where they road-trip through the South and very nearly get killed? It is horrifying and hilarious.

Marie A said...

So glad that you are back to blog! And congrats on the internship!

D. said...

Yay, you're back - you've been missed!
Congratulations on the internship!

Miss Peregrin said...

Things I learned in your two-week-long-absence: I really miss your blog when you disappear for two weeks! LOL. Congratulations on your internship.

By the way, Mahjong rules.

Madalyn said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a good two weeks (minus the shoddy internet part). Congrats on your interview! An internship with a magazine sounds so exciting.

My dad loves Top Gear; at first I used to scoff because I figured it was all cars and races, but then I sat with him through an episode... And needless to say my mind changed abruptly. (I particularly love the episode featuring Jeremy driving the teeny blue car around the BBC headquarters, amongst others.)

Never have played Mahjong before, but it sounds like a good game to play on a rainy (or snowy) day! Heh... I'm pretty sure the first time I heard of Mahjong was through an Agatha Christie novel, which piqued my interest.

Having said all that, I like your blog--it's so inspiring! I'll definitely be coming around more often :)

Vanessa said...

Jem: I've heard the American one is terrible, even though I've never seen either. Maybe I'll check it out :)

Mrs.Fatass: I'm old beyond my years... lol

Kelly: Thanks so much!

Anon: Thanks! And I'm glad I'm not alone in playing computer mahjong.

rubybastille: I've seen that one! It was TERRIFYING!

Marie A: Thanks a lot!

D: Awww, thanks!

Miss Peregrin: Awww, you're too sweet! I have motivation to stick around with lovely readers like you :)

Madalyn: I'm glad you like the blog, and I'm glad I'll be seeing you around! I haven't seen the tiny blue car episode, but my boyfriend and I are still on a Top Gear bender so maybe we'll catch that one at some point! (My favorite is Hammond, not gonna lie)

harbourmaster said...

Having graduated recently I've realised how beneficial it was being close enough to my lecturers to be asked to work on extra projects, definitely thanking them for their recommendations now!

The Australian national weekend paper publishes Jeremy Clarkson's column every week, it's secretly the bit I look forward to most.


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