Hi so I thought I’d write something personal on my personal blog.
This summer I’m working a paid internship through the Community Foundation and the ISU extension office. I work for both the Farmer’s Market and the local Main Street committee, of which my boss is president.
That’s what I say every time I get asked. It’s all very professional. But it’s really more like this:
This summer I’m waking up to text messages, emails, and piles of paper that I don’t understand, not getting paid until a month after I start, and sitting in meetings about things that only marginally interest me. Sometimes I pretend that I know a single thing about Wordpress or Access and generally I fake it pretty well.
But I’m enjoying myself, overall. I don’t know if I’m necessarily learning a lot, but I’m enjoying myself. I’m learning people things. Like managing all-over-the-place bosses so that they think they’re managing you.
I’m also working at my local theatre again. The only man who’d ever offered to take me back. (Hah!) It’s pretty frustrating—my boss believes that I have retained every facet of information I possessed two years ago, when I was a different person who knew different things, and has therefore failed to give me any sort of retraining.
My dad pays me to mow yards (not the house’s, that’s why they feed me), and my mom’s paying me to help clean and prepare hotel rooms. There are a couple house projects I’d like to complete.
I need to spend some quality time finishing up putting my survey results in an excel but it’s just so frightfully painfully inefficiently boring that I don’t know how I’ll do that.
I owe a professor two papers.
It’s summer, there are hardly any bugs yet, it’s been raining and keeping fairly cool, several of my friends are home for the summer, my best friend came to visit. I’m in Iowa. I love Iowa. I’m in my house where everything that’s important is the same and it’s clean and comfy and I can leave my things wherever I like and no one will think they are theirs.
I’ve driven all over Iowa in the last month, and I can’t get over how you can see the whole sky and so much of the ground at the same time because of how the hills roll. And if you look around enough, you can usually find rain off in the distance. It looks like a sheet of cloud dropping out of the sky. The corn is growing and everything is so green that I wonder how I concentrate on the road at all.
I bought a helmet ‘to protect my cabeza’ and once I get my gears adjusted I’m taking the trail to at least Cooper. I love bike trails covered by trees, punctuated by the occasional field and well-spaced benches.
So I guess what I’m saying here is that I’m having a lovely summer and I hope you are, too.