Saturday, September 17, 2011

Progress Update

2 months ago I posted about the run that was coming up: Dirty Girl Run.

Well it is officially here in 1 week! I am both very excited and very nervous at the same time. As of right now the excitement is outweighing the nervousness, and I hope it stays that way all week, but no guarantees! Today 6 of us met up at Washington Park to do a trial 5k and to get to know some of the other girls we hadn't met. First off, that park is amazing. I can't believe I have never been there before. Colorado is beautiful, and we have so many active things to do here that I am mad at myself for never taking advantage of them. That is definitely going to change.

I had a fantastic time with all of the ladies on our team and each one of them is incredibly supportive. Plus all of them have lost a lot of weight and made the change to become healthy awhile ago, so they were very inspiring! It was also a nice change to go out and do something active for once, rather than just go see a movie. The perimeter of the park has a gravel trail that is approximately 5k. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't jog as much as I had hoped to, and I was much more out of breath than I have been doing it on a track. I guess the even leveling of the track tricked me a bit. I'm glad we did it though because I'm going to assume the Dirty Girl event won't be on an even surface either.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Public Bathrooms

I have been drinking a ton of water lately and as a consequence I have to use the bathroom a lot. Since I can't stay home permanently I have to use public bathrooms every once in awhile, like I did tonight while grocery shopping. 2 of the 3 stalls are locked for some unknown reason and the 3rd is occupied by a foreign lady on her phone. Not wanting to crawl on the floor to get into the locked ones, I waited for the foreign chick to exit her stall. She finally emerges and as she does (while still on the phone) smiles at me. I personally find it awkward to make any kind of eye contact with someone when you're going to use their stall or they're using yours, but maybe I'm just weird.

I close the door behind me and look into the toilet (you know you do it too) and there's pee in there still! At this point I'm just annoyed but realize that it happens all the damn time. How often do you use a public bathroom and have to skip over a few stalls because of the following:
1) it's jammed with toilet paper
2) theres pee on the seat
3) theres pee and poo in the toilet still
4) there are other weird things in there that you don't really know what they are.

I know I could be the bigger person and just flush the toilet but dang it, that's not my responsibility. I flush the toilet after myself (and make sure it clears) before leaving my stall, why doesn't anyone else do this? Are they afraid to touch the flusher? If so, you're supposed to go wash your hands after anyways. And don't just think the automatic one will flush it for you either. You better wait and watch for it to happen, or just push the little magic button on the sensor to do it yourself if you're in a hurry. I really am quite confused as to why this is such a hard concept for apparently a lot of people to grasp.

And for those who drip on the toilet seat (I'm not entirely sure how this happens either ladies, are you peeing standing up?) take a piece of toilet paper and wipe it up! We bitch about men who do it, so women who do it aren't exempt either.

The moral of this post is flush your toilet. Check to make sure everything is good and clean for the next person after you, so that if they do happen to make akward eye contact while heading for your stall, you'll know you have nothing to be embarrassed about.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall Semester

Classes started up once again last week and as I count my credit hours after each semester I am convinced I will be in school for the rest of my life. I don't take a full course load during busy season at work because I'd just go batty and be uber stressed out and grumpy and nobody needs or wants to see that.

I get to pretty much only take classes relevant to my degree now, as I got most of the basic core requirements out of the way. So this semester I am taking a class on Business Law. I was super excited for this class because business legal issues are always interesting... until I saw the syllabus for it. The professor was kind enough to require the newest edition of a Business Law textbook, which sells USED at about $200. I know in the grand scheme of textbook prices that $200 isn't bad, but I have become an expert on finding super cheap textbooks every year. I searched every textbook outlet I knew: amazon, ebay,, etc and managed to find the cheapest copy at $195 with shipping. My college fund and I both cried a little inside.

After receiving my overpriced textbook that will be outdated in 2 years (no, I'm not bitter), I opened up to the case assignment I was supposed to review and analyze. If you've never read a case briefing, you may not understand why this was frustrating. The case notes were approximately 3 pages and I had to reread it 4 times to finally understand what the heck the case was actually about. The first time I figured my mind had wandered and forced myself to focus on it. The second time I realized that I didn't understand what half of the words meant and was royally screwed. There was so much law jargon in it that I had to flip to the glossary for every 4th word. After about an hour and a half, I finally had a semi intelligent analysis of the case problem that should have taken 20 minutes.

The good news is if I sell my textbook immediately after this semester is done, I can probably get a good portion of my money back. The bad news is my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer has officially been shot.