Thursday, May 27, 2010

The light at the end of the tunnel isn't so promising

I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and when I came out, there must have been a solar eclipse because there's not too much light coming my way. but you know what, I did it. I graduated. My school career is over for now and I can move on to bigger and better things.

These things include:
Becoming a working woman-- I sent out probably 80 applications and I got 1 response, I guess one is all you need because I got a job at Idaho National Lab. This would be wonderful if I had something to do at work other than reading articles for 6 hours a day and the other 3 hours counting the ceiling tiles, listening to this one guy laugh like he's coming to get me, and making friends with the robot mail cart. I'm hoping that they will actually start the supposed 'project' that I'm working on so I can actually have something to do.

Making new friends-- This one is hard because I hate small talk and I have the exact same conversation with every single person I meet 15 TIMES A DAY. It goes something like this:
"Hi, I'm _______, what's your name?"
"Hey, I'm Sharna?"
"...?? Shaa?"
"OOH OK! (i.e.: I still have no idea what your name is)" "Soo where are you from?"
"I'm from Denver(ish)." "What about you?"
"I'm from _______ (some town in Idaho that no one has ever heard of)."

"Great, so what are you doing in Idaho Falls?"
"I have an internship at Idaho National Lab this summer."
"Wow, so what are you doing for your internship?"
"I'm working on synthetic biofuels, ::glazed over looks incur:: The project I'm working on basically takes biomass like wood or any organic material and creates a more condensed version that is can be used for fuel just like coal. (Sorry, you asked)"
"That sounds really interesting (No it doesn't)" "So what are you studying to do something like that."
"I just graduated from SUU, in Cedar City, with an Integrated Engineering degree."
I try to condense as much information as possible so that it's harder for people to ask these questions, so I can talk about anything but this. It's like a little game I play.
"What is Integrated Engineering?"
And on it goes, one horribly identical conversation after the other, talking to people I don’t know, about things they don’t care about and won’t remember even if they did."
That's why I hate meeting new people. It's always the same. I would rather find out who people are, and not just what they do.

Playing the ukulele-- yeah, so what if I’m the trendy kind, I like it. The best part is that I didn’t have to buy one yet (I know Nick would kill me if I tried to steal his little baby). So I can pretend to play and when I feel accomplished enough that I could justify a purchase of such a precious instrument I will gladly do so. Until then, I'll rival in free things.

Wearing a Jean Jacket-- I recently purchased a favorite gem from DI last week and have worn it just about every day since then. I think it's a wise purchase, I feel like a jean jacket says, "I’m kind of cold, but I don’t need a REAL jacket, just a light one will do," as well as, "I know the 90's were horrible and painful but let’s face it, the jean jacket is the only good thing that came out alive." The only thing that is one of my pet peeves is when people wear jeans with a jean jacket (and I'm the one who keeps doing it!) So, as long as I can keep my own rule, I still say, good buy.

FINALLY reading Atlas Shrugged-- Jona and I started reading it last summer. I got to page 40, which felt like page 122 because it was exceptionally boring, and I have since started reading again from the beginning since I love torturing myself I figured it couldn't hurt to read it again. I am now at the same place I left off; it only took me 1 day this time compared to the month it took last summer to get to the same spot. I better not be disappointed this time.

Sister time!-- Since moving to Idaho Falls, I have definitely taken advantage of my sisters being 20 minutes away and I think that has been my favorite thing so far. I never get to see them so it's awesome being so close!