Wow, somehow we’ve reached the end of May already! I’ve got no idea where this month went, but June is just around the corner (I see you!) and I don’t think I’m really prepared.
Here are some things that went on in May:
- I received my final grades for the semester, and earned an A in my Vonnegut class!
- I moved into my new apartment
- I completed the 10,000 word writing challenge
- I finished week six at my new job (and I still haven’t repeated an outfit!)
- I participated in an X-Wing Store Kit
- I redesigned my blog theme (and I think I like it!)
It’s been quite a hectic month, so let’s go through this one little bit at a time, shall we?
The number-one thing I’ve always stressed about has always been my grades. In high school, I got a few Bs (mostly in math/science) but managed to come out ahead with a 4.23 GPA, graduating Valedictorian. In my undergrad, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.81 GPA, which made me really upset. However, as it stands now, I am going to finish my graduate career with a beautiful and sparkling 4.0 (unfortunately, graduate students don’t get academic accolades because they are expected to maintain a 4.0).
I don’t know how I managed to finish up my Vonnegut class with an A, but I guess my final paper was much more coherent than I thought. My mom had to turn it in for me, because it was due at 5 p.m. on a week day, in person, and so I gave it to my mom in a folder and she took it over for me. I wrote on the back of it, “Written in the Tralfamadorian Style,” as a sort of joke, but maybe that gave me the extra boost I needed to pass that line of an A. I hope. I’ll be posting the essay at some point in time in my Vonnegut series, probably the last one in the series.
I got a call on May 17 that I could move into my new apartment on May 19, and immediately started making plans and switching things around. Somehow we managed to get everything all moved in with very little fuss! Of course, I don’t have a couch or a real bed right now (still using my twin bed from my old apartment), because I’m waiting on my Rooms to Go gift certificate/signing bonus to come in. I’m really crossing my fingers that it comes in before this weekend, so my mom and I can go out and look at furniture! I’ve already got a couch and bed picked out, so it’s just going to be inspecting them in person and seeing if they’ve got them in stock.
My apartment is still pretty much a mess, but I’ve managed to get all of my plants in it and I think I’m just going to get a couple of bar stools instead of a dining room table, so that I can put a comfy chair in the corner where my plants are and have a little reading nook. Steven suggested it and I really liked the idea. I’ve got a popasan that I really like, but it is way too large to sit in the corner.
I have managed to get the majority of my living room walls decorated, so all that’s left is to decorate the walls in the bedroom, which I can’t really do until I get my new furniture because I don’t know where I want anything yet! I know I promised y’all pictures, but the whole place is a wreck right now, so it’ll have to wait just a little longer until I get the furniture.
I’ve done a lot of cleaning and purging in this move, and I know I’ve still got a ways to go. There are so many things that I can just get rid of, and as soon as I get all of my furniture, I’m going to help my parents with a yard sale and make a couple hundred dollars (hopefully) by selling off what I don’t need.
The 10,000 Word Writing Challenge
I know, technically May isn’t over until tomorrow, but was there ever really any doubt that I would complete this?
Yes, yes, I know I’m cheating by saying I “completed” it, but I really did. The challenge was to write 10,000 words in the month of May. I completely and totally blew past it. I didn’t complete my personal challenge, which was to write 10,000 words apiece on both my blog and my thesis, but I at least went above and beyond for the blog totals, so that’s something.
I think I’m going to continue to track my writing process, because it is really nice to look at a spreadsheet and see what I’ve done. However, I probably won’t do it so publicly (aka, at the bottom of every single blog post), but instead put a round-up at the end of each month to see where I ended up. That seems like the easiest thing to do, personally.
Six Weeks Down
I have now been at my job for six weeks, and I have yet to repeat an outfit. I don’t know if that means I have too many clothes or if I’m very good at planning ahead, but I have found a few things that I probably won’t end up wearing again. (I have also decided that I really need to find a secondhand washer/dryer somewhere.)
I’ve learned so much, and I’ve written my own little guidebook for myself if I ever get lost. It’s been really handy, and it’s probably something I would photocopy and leave for the person behind me were I to ever quit this job. (I’m not seeing that happen any time soon, though.) I just wish there was a way to go back and re-arrange the pages so I can put relevant things next to each other. As it stands now, a few things probably need to go with other things, but since it’s a collected notebook, that’s not going to happen.
This is my first-ever office job, and while I’m still ironing out the kinks, I think I’ve pretty much gotten it down. There are a few things I do so rarely that I’ll have to continue to ask about it when it comes up.
Q1 2018 X-Wing Store Kit
I know I’ve mentioned I play X-Wing before (I went to a tournament back in February), and now that I no longer work weekends, I can actually attend events! This was a relatively small one, with only fourteen participants. I ended up getting 7th place, solely because I completely whiffed on a few of my card-triggers in the first two games. Completely and utterly forgot that they existed. I could’ve easily been higher.
I did end up getting one of the participation prizes, and there are still a few kits left to go, so I’m hoping I can place even higher in the next kit tourney.
I’m sure all of y’all have noticed by now that I’ve redesigned my blog a little. I was getting a little tired of the background graphic, because it seemed more than a little messy, especially when scrolling through it on a mobile device. I decided I wanted something a little simpler and more minimalistic, because that seems to be all the rage in website design nowadays.
I thought about doing a white background with pretty florals, but then realized that the majority of blogs out there are designed like this. I decided to go against the flow and work on putting together something that felt like me. While I’m still working on getting a few more featured images made, and getting this whole thing to really seem like me, I’m really happy with what I’ve gotten together so far. I love all shades of blue, and this one just seems really calming to me.
So there you have it! Everything that’s happened in May (so far; there’s still tomorrow to throw me for a loop!). I’m feeling really rather accomplished, and I’ll be back in a few days to do a preview of June. I’m hoping I’ll be able to actually read something in June, because God knows I didn’t get to read anything this month.
Do you have anything you’ve accomplished this month that you’d like to share? Any tips for working in an office or how to declutter your apartment for me? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.