Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Game on

My feet are sprouting blisters because I chose "boots with the fur" over comfort this morning. My heart may or may not explode due the the two energy drinks I downed in a desperate attempt to stay awake in meetings today — adjusting to early mornings is not the business — and I have been running around all over the place with a to do list as long as my forearm. But all in all I had a great second day of work. I didn't tell a lot of people when I was offered the job, doing outreach at UVU, back in mid-December. I just wasn't really sure I was going to take it. Driving to Orem everyday is not on the top of my list of things that flip my skirt up. Plus, did I mention I hate HATE Utah County. But by the second day of work the list of pros has quickly overtook the cons...

UVU doesn't suck as bad as I thought it did. It has some good things going for it.

When I was in college I got used to the staff in offices like parking, enrollment, admissions and pretty much the faculty as a whole treating you like crap. So when I walked into the parking office today to get an employee permit I braced for attitude. But when I got up to counter and they saw I was an employee they were shockingly pleasant. They even apologized profusely for ME not having a form I needed to have and offered me a temporary permit anyway. In short, being on the other side doesn't suck.

I am outfitted with 17 inch MacBook Pro with a 3.06GHz processor (translation very VERY fast) loaded with every program you can think of. I mean I love my own little MacBook, but this one is the big daddy.

I have a nice spacious office with my own little fridge.

I love what I am doing - outreach to under-represented populations for the Career and Technical Education program. Fun stuff. Interesting projects. Neat people.

I have been managing my annoyance with Utah County folk by being amused instead of appalled by their Utah County-ishness. e.g. When a girl I was talking to said she wanted to go to U of U eventually "but you know how scary Salt Lake is, I don't want to get murdered my first day of school." And of course my favorite was asking me if I could sing because "all you brown people can sing. You can sing right? I know it!" I couldn't even get offended at their wide-eyed sincerity if I tried.

GREAT benefits. Good cause. Great mascot - the wolverine.

I will miss waking up whenever I want, going to the gym during the day, having mid-week slumber parties and having my social life be priority one. But it is nice to be back contributing to society again. Plus my robe and slippers were starting to wear out. Good game.


Clint and Elle Stallings said...

Wow that is amazing! I'll admit I'm a little jealous, sounds like a dream job for me! Well looks like a lot of fun. I'm glad things worked out for you. I'm curious, did you sing? haha

Anonymous said...

Two things:

1) I look forward to the blog post announcing to the world that you have stocked that mini-fridge with Propel. And by "look forward to" I mean I look forward to punching random holes in the nearest wall.

2) In re the "brown people" comment I wish, in a southern drawl, you would have said, "No! But we think we are the best dancers."

Erin said...

Yay! I'm glad you finally took my advice:) Sounds like a great job, even if it isn't in D.C. with me.

PS - You can sing, by the way.

Stacy Fusitua' said...

I'm so glad that you are warming up to Utah county! You may get so warmed up that you might want to do a grad. program with that blue and white school!! HA HA LOL! Yeah right!

Tracy said...

You are the totally awesomest brown person I have ever known...

Seriously...they really said "Brown Person???"

My oh my.

And seriously . . . you really are the totally awesomest brown person I have ever known.

BIGjun said...

i wish i was an awesome brown person... oh wait... i am