Author: Autumn
•5/06/2010 12:28:00 PM
I had a quite a lovely week. I made some decisions that needed to be made, including the ones I wrote about yesterday, and I have started to be more proactive about having a social life. Go me!

Here are some highlights:
  • My friend Bridgette and I saw Awesome '80s Prom at the Omaha Community Playhouse on Sunday. It was hilarious! The theater was decorated like a high school gym, and the whole thing was very interactive. We did some dancing and voted for prom king and queen. All the high school stereotypes were there in all their '80s glory. We had so much fun.
  • Dressing up for work can be fun; I actually missed it. Being an aide was strictly a jeans job, but as a clerk I get to have more fun. It's nice to get some use out of all my skirts again.
  • I finally turned in my grad school application this weekend, what a relief to have that finished and out of the way. Now I just have many many weeks ahead of waiting for the results.
  • My boss wrote one of my recommendation letters for me, and she sent me a copy as well. It's always nice to read others' praise of you. It's a perfect little confidence booster.
  • One of my favorite people from Chili's is my friend Danielle. She is heading out of town for a few weeks. We had margaritas together this weekend and breakfast yesterday. It was great. Work will be less fun without her this month, but I will save money.
Have a great week all!
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Author: Autumn
•5/05/2010 04:44:00 PM
I have been back in Omaha for about a year and a half now. I have been living with my parents that entire time. When I first moved back here from Pennsylvania, this was going to be a very temporary situation. I came home to pause and figure out what I was doing and where I was going next. And to save some money while I did that.

A year and a half later, I have figured out exactly what I am doing next. And I am making great steps toward that. I have a job in a library, and I just submitted my grad school application a few days ago. I am hoping to get started on my master's degree in the fall.

Since I still have to work full time, I can only go to school part time, which means it could take me awhile to get my degree. So the goal I have set for myself is to get my degree before I turn 30. I turn 26 at the end of the summer, so that gives me four years to "git 'er done." I don't think this will be particularly hard or anything, I just wanted to verbalize that as a goal so I don't dilly dally. By 29 would be lovely, but NO LATER THAN 30.

This has brought me to the unfortunate realization that I am stuck in Omaha for at least the next three to four years. This doesn't thrill me, but it is what it is and it could be worse. However, it makes continuing to live with my parents not so ideal. I love my parents, and I get along pretty well with both of them. But anyone who has experience independent living will tell you that living with your parents after that is much harder. Even my mom agrees with me on that.

That being said, my most pressing goal now is to get my own little place in Omaha by the end of the summer. Half of my belongings are still in a storage unit in Gettysburg. They were only supposed to be there for a few months, but I haven't had a chance to get back there and get them.

Once I decided to move out, I was in an all-fired hurry to see it through. I was going to try to plan a trip out there in the next few weeks and get into a place by June. I have realized this is very unrealistic for many reasons. Summer is very busy at the library. We have the summer reading program starting soon and getting time off could prove interesting. I know my EEB back in PA is in the same situation. So, I am going to wait until August to go get my stuff, which is why my new plan is to be moved out and on my own by the end of the summer.

So to sum up: move out my end of summer, master's degree by 30. Good night (afternoon) and good luck.
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