Monday, April 11, 2011

Exhausted from Walking

Just to summarize the rest of the Washington D.C. weekend, Martin and I went to a few more places and headed home on Sunday. Friday was all rain, rain and more rain. Our first stop for the day was the National Museum of Natural History. A guy at the door offered a discount to an IMAX showing of the Grand Canyon.  It was fun as well because we saw it in 3D. Later in the afternoon, we met Martin's friend in Alexandria, VA. 

On Saturday, we went to the National Air and Space Museum, The Capitol and National Zoo. Later in the afternoon we met up with a Shaina, who I met in London through Wendy at Dupont Circle. In the evening, we attended a free concert of bagpipes and drum at the Kennedy Center of Preforming Arts.



Animals!

ELEPHANTS!


Kennedy Center

Millennium Stage
All in all, good trip. I think I need to lay off the traveling for a bit and start saving again.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

As Spontaneous As I Get

Inspired by Grams' trip to DC, Martin and I decided to make a trip down there ourselves too. I think this is as spontaneous as I can get. We planned it in less than a week. No idea what we will be doing down there, but since it is Martin's first time we will definitely go to the "must see" places. Hopefully the weather will hold off cause forecast is rainy when we are here. 

Today was another early start day. We had caught the Bolt Bus at Newark Penn at 8:15 AM. It took awhile, but by 1 PM we were in D.C. A half hour walk to our hotel ended up being worth it. After resting a little and catching our breathe from the hike to the hotel, we took a nice stroll down to the White House. We also saw the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Unfortunately, recent news is heading towards a Government Shutdown. Oh dear...

Chinatown in D.C.

Pretty Cherry Blossoms

Washington Monument

Path to Lincoln Memorial 

Lincoln Memorial

With Mr. President Lincoln
Hopefully, we will be able to see a few more things before the government shuts down tomorrow. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How Things Change Quickly

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard
... but time does fly quickly. 

It already more than half way through my second semester in Newark and many decisions have been made. A little over a month ago, I was panicking like all my fellow classmates about internships. Who will offer me an interview?...When will I have time to prepare?...What will they be asking me?...Will they like me?...Are they going to hire me?...When will I find out?... and the list goes on. This list no longer bothers me, my new list is...Will I like my job? ...Will I want to eventually work here?... What will they think of me?...What opportunities have I given up?... Do I want to do Supply Chain instead?... Where do I want to work in the future?... (sometimes I ask myself) Will I be living somewhere else?... Will I move out of the country? and so on.

But in a span of three weeks, I was interviewed, given an offer, accepted the offer and then my summer was set. I never expected to have anyone give me a chance to prove myself, but I really appreciate someone seeing potential and ability through my minimal experience. What I do know though is, by the end of the summer, I will have the experience that potential employers are looking for.

The next quick decision was finding out where Martin would end up during the summer. He received an offer to intern back in Germany, although it is far it is an amazing opportunity with a top consulting firm. However, he recently also interviewed for J&J, another amazing company. * We are keeping our fingers crossed. *

On to my layout, Eric and I met on a family trip to Maine. Our families did a group vacation about 5 years ago on a bus tour from Chinatown to Maine. Not exactly the typical, cool type of trip for the Winter, but our parents dragged us, so we went.

I reached out and found him working in NYC. We decided to catch up over a meal last summer. It was so nice to just see what he was up to after graduating. Randomly I picked a restaurant called Cooper's Tavern, that was close to Eric's office at the time.




Materials:
Recollection Purple rhinestone flower
Making Memories Mat Stack
Jolee's Picture Corners

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Two Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway

I have this small obsession with buying more and more supplies for scrap-booking. It is so bad that I have products that I will never use and have never used before. I have a feeling that someone else will have better luck with these items. So I am going to do a GIVEAWAY. I have this feeling that no one really reads my blog other than the few good friends that check in every now and then. So in an attempt to see if anyone else bothers to visit me and are interested in scrapbooking, I guess this will tell. It will be a bag of stuff: patterned paper, stickers and tools.

Easy Entry Steps:

  1. You need to be a follower of this blog. Click on the "follow" button on the page.
  2. Post a message to this blog telling me how did you find this blog by April 9.
  3. Must live in the United States.
  4. One entry per person.
  5. Leave me your email address contact.
  6. The Winner will be selected at random on April 10.

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Pursuit of Happyness

It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.~ Philip Green

Starting the MBA program gave me the opportunity to reinvent myself. I could be anyone I wanted to be or wanted my classmates to think I was. No one knew much of my messy history, drama filled relationships or my academic career. My name was Mandy and I was a brand new person. However, a semester and a half later, I realized that I was still the same old me. Nothing really changed, I didn't magically become a more out-going or out spoken.

What I did do, was rearrange my life. I slowly learn to re-prioritize the different aspect of my life I wanted to keep. I was working and still working on finding a balance between schooling, relaxing, socializing, meeting people, making time for myself and family and anything else I wanted to squeeze in.

When I finally made a decision last January about what kind of a person I needed in my life, I anticipated the void would not be filled for awhile. I will admit, I did not stop looking, but I did not go hunting for someone to fill that gap either. I appreciated that I was doing all right on my own and that I had supportive friends and family around me. Six months ago, I integrated an aspect back into my life that I was not sure if I was really ready for. Now six months later, I am glad I did and I am enjoying every moment of it.


Materials:
Making Memories Sabrina Decadent  Edges
Making Memories Sabrina Tiny Alphas
Making Memories Slice
K&Company LLC Smitten Heart Stripe Flat Paper
Target $1 Paper Lace Heart
EK Success Phrase Cafe