I haven't been on here since March. The biggest news is that David finally proposed in June when we were on vacation in Gulf Shores. He only waited 4 years and 4 months to pop the question lol. Thank God he did. I feel like I was starting to lose hope there. Anyway, so glad he finally asked!! Been trying to get ahead of the game early on with the wedding planning, since I won't have much time once the fall semester starts. It'll be my last semester, and I'll be graduating in December. I have a scheduled full of upper-level high-intensity writing classes AND an internship. So far, I've already got my dress, veil, and proper slip. We've decided on a date (June 1) but we still need to put down the money for the venue (will be doing that and ordering the Save the Dates in the next couple weeks). Found a minister to marry us too. Been playing around a lot on Pinterest (my profile is here) and figuring out what I like for decorations, cakes, flowers, hair, and all that jazz. Trying our best to find good deals on stuff to keep it all in a modest budget (which is kinda hard, because the costs just keep adding up!). David's friend does wedding photography, so we got a really great price on that. Still need to look around and price compare for cake, flowers, DJ, food and whatnot.
Other good news- David will start teaching this month! Well, that's all for now.
For one of my classes, I have to read "When the Little Things Count... and They Always Count" by Barbara Pachter. Go figure the first time I bother to crack it open, I find myself appauled by how sexist it is! Here are a few quotes from the chapter on how to dress for work (office) that reeally stood out to me.
"'Sally, one of our field representatives, showed up at the office on a hot summer day wearing a low-cut sleeveless blouse and very short skirt. We were shocked. We are a very conservative organization and we thought Sally understood this. I lost all respect for her that day." I would've done the same thing. Sounds to me that she was dressed for the weather. I wear sleeveless on sweaty days to avoid dealing with underarm sweat rings. And I really don't think anyone's respect should be hanging on what they choose to wear.
"Know what message you're sending. What is your clothing saying about you? Does it project the image of a serious professional? If a woman wears a sexy, tight, seductive dress to a company party, what message is she sending? You want to be viewed as someone who pays attention to detail and is ready for work." First of all, I'm not sending a message with the clothes I wear. I'm just putting clothes on. Secondly, by wearing something that looks good on me, that it showing that I do pay attention to detail, that I notice what does and doesn't look good on me. And if what I'm wearing is "sexy" suddenly that means I'm not ready for work? What's that supposed to mean? That I'm ready for something else? By dressing sexy, I can't be ready for work, I can only be ready for... sex? Fuck that.
"Women need to avoid very high heels- a 2'' to 2 1/2'' heel is appropriate." What shoes I choose to wear don't inhibit my ability to sit at a desk and do paperwork. Plus, in my experience, cute shoes don't come in a 2-2.5 in heel. Cute shoes come in flats, kitten heels, and stilettos.
"Be prepared. Men should keep an electrice razor for five o'clock shadow. Women should keep an extra pair of stockings and a nail file." Not many women wear stockings anymore. And if I were wearing a pair that got a bad run in them, I'd just take them off. And why do women need to keep a nail file? How is a lady snaggly nail any worse than a man's snaggly nail?
"Don't dress too sexy! Showing too much leg (even really good ones) and revealing too much cleavage (no matter the size of your breasts) is never an appropriate way to dress for the office. This is the kind of mistake that can severely damage a woman's credibility in the workplace." Some of this seems to be reiterating an early point. And I'm just gonna throw this out there. I work hard to look the way I do. If you've got it, flaunt it! Seeing someone good lookin' ain't gonna hurt nobody.
"Long hair on a woman in the workplace is too girlish, sexy, or distracting. If you choose to wear long hair, pull it back or put it up." My hair doesn't get in the way of sitting at a desk and doing paperwork. I'm not modifying my hairstyle for the tard who can't wrap their pea-sized brain around the idea of the length of my hair.
Just needed to rant. Thanks!
Well, I am no longer at my old job that was not lining my wallet with enough I cushion and causing me too much headache. Thank God! It had been shit there and hurting me financially on top of being treated like crap since October. I am not at LA Fitness in Denton, and it is so much better there. I get a free tanning membership, people are nice, it's pretty relaxed, and I can work as many hours as I want. I only make 50 cents an hour there than at the previous job, but I also make commission, so it works out about the same if not better. Plus I get to workout at any location for free and can bring up to two guests with me.
Other than that, I dropped one of my classes, my feature writing class. It sounds like a great class and all, but I just don't have the time to give it my all the semester. They were talking about really spending time with the characters of our stories, like 3 days and whatnot. I just didn't have the time or financial security for that. I would have to have a steady job making enough money to be able to take that time off to work on that for school. But I was not working enough, so the time I wasn't working, I was really needing to spend finding another job. But next semester, it should be better, because David should have a regular teaching job, so he'd be making enough money, where I wouldn't have to worry about working so much and can focus on finishing school for my last semester.
I met with my advisor, and I am still on track for graduating my December. I was hoping I could graduate by August, but NONE of my journalism classes will be offered over the summer :(. So, over the summer, i should just have a biology lab and an internship, then in the fall, four upper-level journalism classes, then I'll be done. If I take the classes I want though, my schedule is gonna be all kindsa funky :/. Oh well. At least I'll be done soon.
In other news... My oldest brother, Ryan finally got married!!! I thought this day would never come. He is very lucky. His wife is a very nice lady (better than he deserves, if ya ask me). It was a small but nice wedding, and I was so lucky as to be the maid of honor. It was also nice, because I was able to make sure my sister and I didn't have to spend any money on shoes and dresses for the wedding, using what I had in my closet (lucky we're the same size), and borrowed some shoes from a friend for myself. Anyway, glad to have her (Skye) and her sweet daughter (Lynzie) in the family now. My little brother (Steven) and his girlfriend (Stevie) seem pretty sweet. They've been together for a little over a year, I guess. Give it some time. They're still babies.
David and I finally got our tax returns in. I got $1,609. I was a little bit behind with the change in jobs and not getting enough hrs, so my car payment was so late, that I had to make a double payment. Then I paid off my credit cards, and now I'm broke again :/. At least David got a good tax return and is making decent money on top of that. He's been working 7 days a week. He got a full time substitute teaching job at the school he did his student teaching at, and he's still working Fri nts, and Sat and Sun at Walgreen's still. He's now the bread-winner. I'm still not used to it. It's weird. I need to be making more money, damn it. But I'll worry about that after I finish school... Anyway, the hookah (and my boo) beckons...
Work has been dumb. A big chain competitor opened up near us last October, and sales have gone to shit since then, so my hours have been cut down from around 30 hours a week to only about 13, which is not enough to pay the bills, so I've been looking for another job. Plus, they've been treating me shitty on top of not making shit for money, so what's the point in staying? Job hunts suckkkk. Ughhhh...
This semester is looking to be like it'll be a better one than last semester. I had some easy classes last semester, and one really intense one that had me doing crap all the time, and I was working a lot and having a hard time emotionally since my grandma died last semester. So far, I like my classes. I'm taking my last Spanish class to finish my minor in Spanish, and I'm also taking Pilates, Personal Development, and two journalism classes (photojournalism and feature writing). I don't really feel like I'm the best with the camera, but I'm not the worst either. It also helps that the teacher is very helpful and available for extra explaining to figure that technology out. I lucked out, and my dad is lending me his fancy camera for the class. And in my feature writing class, I'm so happy and relieved to finally have a writing journalism class that encourages flourish of words and eloquent descriptions (whereas with the news writing, they wanted short and sweet, and dumbed-down language to a 5th grade level or something like that...). I'm enjoying Pilates and look forward to getting toned this semester.
David finished his teaching certification in December and landed a full-time subbing position at the school he did his student teaching at, and hopefully he wil get a teaching position in the fall.
We just celebrated our 4 year anniversary yesterday, and it was wonderful. Spent wayyy too much money, but at least we had fun. Looking forward to Valentine's, my favorite holiday. It won't be as extravagent, but I'll be happy so long as I just get to spend the evening with my man.