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Jul. 15th, 2010

Question of Time

Meme

First thing in the morning, because I'm just not feeling it today.

Ever have a near-death experience?
I almost choked to death on a nickel when I was 5.

Name an obvious quality you have.
I'm easy-going

What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
Calico by Alien Ant Farm

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Apr. 22nd, 2010

Zwan

Another one of those updates, tea-el;dee-are, etc etc and so forth

This post is kind of for lebenketten because outside of Facebook and the occasional tweet she doesn't have any updates on my or anyone else's life. You know, since she's on the opposite side of the world right now. I also promised wishiwerel33t a mega figure skating picspam but LJ hates me right now.

So I am leaving for Nigeria in less than a month. For those of you who don't know, I'll be working for the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Nigeria (or the Idaho of Nigeria, as I like to call it) as an assistant director of HR. My contract starts June 1st, hence I should be there by that date, but I've been trying to negotiate pushing my arrival date back by a couple of days so that I can visit family in Indiana for Memorial Day. I don't think it will be a big issue considering June is the start of the "off-season" for the university and the new president is fine with it. But she doesn't start until July, and I will still need to get approval from my direct supervisor. He on the other hand has been really bad at responding to my emails (because that's the only efficient way to contact people in Nigeria these days, the phone connections are terrible). I think he will be fine with it, but I need a concrete answer before I book my flight. I also need to discuss with him some ... discrepancies regarding my visa paperwork. Oh, and I want to see about spending some time in Abuja before continuing to Yola. I think a day or two in a big city to get my bearings would be good before dumping myself directly in the bush. I've been a city girl all my life, so that will be the biggest thing to overcome, going from noise, traffic, hundreds of people to quiet and virtually no social life. But I luckily have work to keep me occupied. I kind of feel bad for the spouses (of ex-pat faculty/staff) who come in and are initially left on their own in a very foreign and hot environment, with spotty connectivity to the outside world. I imagine it can get lonely and depressing really quickly.

Right now, I'm trying to force myself together to start packing and wrapping things up here in DC. I'm moving out of my group house May 15th, so I have to help my current roommates find a replacement. I also need to talk to my landlord about the security deposit. Luckily I've decided to get rid of a lot of my things since I won't be taking them to Nigeria, so that will reduce the amount of stuff I have to haul back to Philly (and hopefully the costs of the vehicle rental as well). I don't know what I'm going to do about my sister's bike - since she keeps harassing me about it I've half a mind to tell her to get her ass out of Pittsburgh and come get it (lol). But I can probably take it apart and stuff it in a trunk instead of dealing with a bike rack.

I'm also helping my boss find a replacement for me. I decided to do this for two reasons - the first is because I want to make sure the person filling my current position is competent, since I will have to work very closely with them. The second is because I actually like my boss and want to take some of the pressure off his shoulders. AU has a really good HR department and they've virtually taken care of everything for us. All we need to do is provide when we're available for in-person interviews and they will set it up for us. It's pretty nice, actually. This is one of the many things I want to bring to AUN, because right now their HR department is a hot mess and pretty useless. I've been trying to take some HR training courses at AU but the one that I'm interested in has been TBD for the past two months. I need to follow up on that, because I think it would be a great intro to HR protocol and more skills/knowledge I could bring to the table. Right now I consider myself the "visa expert" (seriously, if you ever need a visa for Nigeria I'm your girl) but I would like to be able to offer a broader view on how things work here, and how we can implement a similar system at AUN. I just hope my future co-workers are open to my ideas. You never know when working with different people, especially those who come from a completely different culture and who may not look to fondly on someone who is younger, less experienced, and foreign.

Other than that, life has been relatively the same. I'm spending WAY too much time on ontd_skating. It has consumed my soul, but it keeps me entertained and happy so whatever. I'm also trying to spend as much time with friends and family here in DC before I leave. That, on the other hand has been taking up a lot of my evening and weekend hours but it's worth it. I'm not too crazy about going home and staying in my room after work so any opportunity to get out and live is good. Because of this, I'm sure I've gained 10 pounds and probably spent too much money, but the way I figure it, I'm about to go to a place where I will have no happy hour, no rock climbing, no random coffee shop hang-outs, no walking around aimlessly around monuments, no salsa dancing, no obnoxious drunken moments, no super-sweet treats or cheesy indulgences, no perfect weather, no public transportation (even the blasted bus), barely any internet, and no people who I've known for years who "get" my fangirl tendencies and who I can harass when I'm bored. So fuck it, I'm gonna live this up for my last few weeks, because I can.

Feb. 4th, 2010

Question of Time

What is this I don't even...

User: Do I have to go to the dentist today?

Cleverbot: Of course robots don't have organic tissue but they can still be destroyed.

I'm bored and have to get my teeth drilled in less than an hour :(Collapse )


Cleverbot
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Feb. 1st, 2010

Me

Randoms

Changed the color of my background layout. Finally gave in and switched to S2. It's so green. I'll probably customize it later but for now it's fine. Also created a new icon, with a camera flash smudge because I'm no photographer.

Been spending way too much time on twitter, but that's because I've added a few more musicians to stalk.

Speaking of which, my love for LP is back. I haven't listen to them in at least 5 years, since Meteora came out (which was not that good). Call them lame, nu-metal, whathaveyou, but back in the day I loved the shit out of them. And I still have mad respect for the band as individual artists, because they are some talented bitches. I've been listening to The Little Things Give You Away from Minutes to Midnight. Probably one of their best songs to date. The harmonies are just so perfectly on point, and I love the guitar solo. Lyrics are pretty deep too, considering it's a song about Hurricane Katrina.

I signed up for this au pair website a while back, and lately have been getting calls from Germany about working for families. Kinda on the fence about it, mainly due to time and pay. Well the former I can work out, the latter would be a stretch because I have way too many bills that a modest au pair wage would barely cover. So we'll see, but it's good to have options.
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Dec. 2nd, 2009

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Jimmy

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Nov. 13th, 2009

Question of Time

Meme Time

JUST 2 THINGS
Delete my answers and type in your answers. I might have done this already but can't remember so I'm doing it again lol. Stolen from FB, no tags so up for grabs (I made a rhyme).


Two names you are called that are not your real name:
1. Buffy
2. صديقي

Two things you're wearing now:
1. Clothes
2. Hat hair

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Sep. 29th, 2009

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Obama

I'm just fed up with people bitching about every little thing the man does.


He takes his wife out to dinner and people complain he's spending money in a recession.

He pushes for the Olympics and people whine that he's not focusing enough on OTHER issues.

He takes pictures with world leaders during the G-20 summit and people think that he's a media attention whore.

He addresses the youth of America and parents are upset that this black guy dressed up in a President's suit is talking to their children.

He can't complete a full year in office without someone blogging that he has yet to become fully Commander in Chief.

He wants to make change and people are against anything that comes at a cost to them, regardless if it's for the greater good.

This man could fly to the damn moon and back and people would still complain that he isn't doing anything worth a dime in their eyes.
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Jul. 7th, 2009

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I'm getting a bike

I think I'm breaking up with the red line and getting a bike. I'm done with the rush hour delays that will probably go on for the next two years. I would probably bike half way then take the bus the rest of the way to work because AU sits on top of a huge hill. I'm not sure if I'll survive riding down Michigan Ave and through Adams Morgan but dammit I'm willing to take that chance. I'll probably head down to Arlington after work Friday and check out the used bike shop. I've already placed an ad on freecycle and browsed Craigslist. I thought about stealing my sister's bike but it needed too much work and for the money I would have spent I'd rather get my own.

Also, while browsing websites and blogs on biking in DC I found out about the original metro line that ran through Dupont and other parts of the city. No wonder the Dupont Metro station is so far underground - there's an old station right on top of it. I thought it was pretty neat.
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Jun. 23rd, 2009

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Fail is an understatement at the moment

This is just so unacceptable.

I just can't stop shaking my head at this. It's amazing that in the short amount of time that I've been here, Metro has had more crashes and issues than any train system I've ridden (and for Septa, that's saying a whole lot). 7 people died, and though they haven't figured out the real cause of the accident they're saying it may have been an old mechanical problem. Completely unacceptable.

And Mayor Fenty, you just fail on all levels.

It's just freaky that it happened 1.5 stops from mine. My station was shut down this morning and it took 3 buses and an hour and 45 to get to work. My boss still hasn't shown up yet, and he lives 10 mins away by bus :|

I guess now is a good time to start investing in a bike.

Jun. 19th, 2009

Question of Time

One of these days

One day, I'm just gonna let loose of all inhibitions and shave my head.

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