Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Life without extended cable...


SUCKS! Granted, I'm used to it after living in Eugene with two guys for a year now without my favorite shows to waste away my evenings, but seriosuly, I think I'm being deprived. At lunch today I went into my boss's office to watch TLC's "What Not to Wear" only to realize how much I missed it. How great are Clinton and Stacy?!

And, on my flight back from Nashville, TN in April I caught up on four straight hours of "Little People Big World." Between TLC and MTV, I am being seriously deprived of some of my favorite entertainment just to save a mere $20/month. So, I have to wonder: is it worth it?

Comcast, as much as I hate to say this, "I need you!"

Monday, June 25, 2007

Biofuels

My quest for my last two tanks of gas have nearly left me stranded on the freeway thanks to my own stubborness. I started filling my car with E-10 (similar to filling it up with "regular" when you go to the normal pump) about a month ago or so. Since then, I try as hard as I can to make it those last few miles down the freeway to Exit 189 to the SeQuential Biofuels station where they keep a sustainable garden on top of their mini mart, just so I do my little part to help save the earth.

So far, I haven't run completely empty yet. But I have to say, with just one station to fill 'er up in Eugene, they don't make it easy. For a location near you, check out www.sqbiofuels.com/index.htm.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Let the summer reading begin...

So, last week my friend Jenn invited me to this book exchange party and I have to say, as nerdy as it sounds, it was great! I brought some old books I was ready to part with, threw them on the table, and in exchange came home with about 10 nearly brand new books that I had at one time or another considered buying on one of my many trips to Borders.

While I wasn't picking out great American novels, I did pick up some great girly, trashy, shopping, city-inspired fiction to fill my idle summer hours with excitement. Some people go to Paris or jump off bridges. I live vicariously through the lives of those in the books in hopes that some of it might rub off on to me.

To throw your own successful book exchange party simply send the e-vites, pick a signature drink and some finger food, gather a few good books you're finished with and voila!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Graduation madness

As the parents and suburbans begin to overflow the University streets and sidewalks, I can't help but think how fast the past two years flew by. And I wonder, have I really accomplished anything since June 11, 2005?

The class of 2007 is about to embark on the journey of the rest of their lives and I'm not sure they have any idea what they're getting themselves into. As a naive grad, I thought that with my abilities, motivation and hard work neatly packaged on a resume I would be able to find a job I liked that paid a decent wage because hell, I worked for it!

Well kids, welcome to the real world where decent salaries are merely a dream and the realization that your college loans won't be paid off for another 10-15 years.

So, where did I think I'd be in two years? Well, I can tell you it definitely wasn't Eugene. I guess I thought I'd be in Portland or San Francisco working at a PR firm or doing sports marketing. Turns out, I just couldn't leave the UO. My affinity for the University grew over the four years the more I became involved in club sports, the j-school, working @ the library and going to every Duck Athletic event possible. So here I am working in marketing and membership at the Alumni Association.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that geographically and professionally I never thought I'd be here. When I'm geographically in one place for too long I begin to feel personally and professionally stagnant. The toughest part I've realized about the real world is that a new term doesn't start every 12 weeks. As much as I'd like to, I can't just wipe my desk clean at the end of each term and prepare for a new set of assignments. And even worse, I have to sit inside on a gorgeous day when I'd prefer to be out on the lacrosse field in shorts and a tank top with the rest of the kids.

The great thing about this journey is that one good choice can lead to a series of amazing experiences. I'm just trying to figure out which choice to make. The moral of this story is, it's all up to me. And now, it's all up to the class of 2007. Where will their choices take them?

I never thought two years later I'd be sitting on campus when another class of graduates prepares to don their caps and gowns and walk with their classmates to "Pomp and Circumstance." And come next year, some of them may be thinking the same thing...

Happy Graduation!