Mainly because I have the attention span of a little kid. Since my last blog post, I’ve graduated from college and well I guess that’s about it. Graduation doesn’t seem that exciting on the other side — you know, the side where you have to eventually find a real job and live a real life. It’s a good thing I’m putting that off by a year.
Now that it’s summer again, I have a new job (actually 2!) and am starting work on a new thesis/avoiding work on my old one. I am working three days a week at the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner and two days a week at Neighborhood Health Plan. I used to think that I was accustomed to the “working life” but now as I write this entry, I think I may have spoken too soon. I don’t think I will ever be a 9 to 5 person. It’s a good thing too because my boss at OHIC is not a 9-5 person either and expects things done outside the work day. 😦 Despite the fact that I’m super lazy and I love to procrastinate, I’m actually really enjoying work. I feel like I’m doing things that are affecting policy and inciting actions which is nice since I was struggling with this during the school year. Near the end of the school year (maybe because I was burning out?), I started to feel as if no one would actually read anything I’ve done in school (projects, thesis, etc.) but now I’m not as disillusioned mainly because I can see very tangible results from my work. I’m also super excited for my new masters thesis topic: an ArcGIS analysis of child immunizations in RI using NHP’s database. I’ve started work on it even though I haven’t sent it in to be approved… like I said, I’m a procrastinator.
To follow with last summer’s theme, I’m haphazardly running. I was super active during the Spring semester (for 3/4 of it) and then finals/senior/graduation hit and I’m finding it hard to get back into the mindset of exercising. I also really miss my studio mio/fake zumba dance classes. Maybe if the weather is nice this weekend, I’ll just go out on the Main Green with friends and dance around… no shame right?
Reading… well, I started Pillars of the Earth at the beginning of the summer but it got really boring about 2/3 of the way through. I finished it but it wasn’t that great. I started The World is Flat but the author was starting to really bug me so I may give that one another try later on in the summer. Now, I’m reading Down to Earth which was one of my (actually Dan’s) textbooks for my North American Environmental History class. It’s very well-written and interesting — definitely a good read. I’m hoping to order The Disappearing Spoon and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie soon from Amazon.
Since it’s now 10:08, my bedtime is fast approaching so I will leave this blog post be and upload some pictures of cooking adventures tomorrow. And yes, I’ll actually do it. I feel motivated (for now).