Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blog Name Change!

Seeing as I am not pregnant any longer, and I am sassy/snarky about things beyond parenting, I figure the blog name needs to change. So, in conjunction with my twitter account, I am changing the title of my blog to "Realistic Snark". Sure, I'm snarky and sassy - but at least I am realistic about it!

Eventually, I may change the URL, but I don't want to lose anyone with the name change. If the URL changes, I'll let you know!

My next blog topic: children's shows, and how they are written by people on drugs.

Happy Sunday!

UPDATE: As of 05/2/12, I'm movin' on back over here.  Wordpress can suck it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Can't Sleep - so it's Random Crap time!

I am currently unable to fall asleep, despite my entire house being dead to the world. Even the dog is snoring. This means it's Random Crap time!

1. Did you know that car door handles can break from inside the door? I found out the hard way yesterday when I attempted to remove myself from our 03 Kia, and discovered I was stuck. Turns out the mechanism inside the door snapped, so now I have to roll down the window to open the car door from the outside. Classy, I know.

2. Did you know that cockroaches can jump at you and stand on their hind legs? Now, I am pretty sure it was a cockroach - we currently have an infestation at work. Anyway, I got to kill what seems to be one of the larger inhabitants, and it JUMPED at me, scurried away, and then popped up on it's hind legs prior to be stomping on it 15 times. Sounds dramatic, yes, but it's true. I have witnesses. Megan = 1, Bug = 0. I believe the King Cockroach is still around, and that his name is Hernandez.

3. Scurried is a funny word, and I think about my Orientation friends at NODA in Waterloo, Iowa while looking for the Cold Stone Creamery. Thanks to Kendall, we went 1 hour in the wrong direction in a 15 passenger van around 9 pm. It was before GPS came standard on phones, don't judge us.

4. Did you know that in Nevada it is nearly impossible to build basements because of the ground? It's too hard. Very few houses have basements, and if they do, they are worth s lot of money.

5. I have yet to see the following things while living in Nevada (now over 3 years): Mosquitos, lightening bugs, June Bugs. Things I've seen a lot of: geckos, people who wear things they shouldn't, drunk people. Things that I've seen from a distance and run away from:

6. The drive between Reno and Las Vegas is over 8 hours long, has 1 restaurant along the way (Burger King), and two gas stations. The rest is nothing. It's worse than Kansas.

7. Places I want to visit: Ireland, the UK, Spain, Austria, Brazil

8. Man I wish wasn't gay: John Borrowman (from Torchwood). Look him up.

9. Thing I wish I would have done prior to getting married and having a kid: Study Abroad

10. This blog has had almost 2300 hits from 10 countries - amazing!! Share it with your friends!!

Still not tired. Sucky. Off to play with Twitter, I guess.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Decisions, Decisions!

So sorry for my long absence - it's been awhile since I've posted.  Oops.

Anyway, life is always full of decisions, right?  I don't mean the "Hmm, should I have the steak or chicken taco" or "Do you think I should dye my hair green" decisions - I mean the hard core, this is going to change your life type of decisions.

We've all had to make them - some decisions are harder than the one I had to make, so in light of that, I won't be overly dramatic.  However, trying to decide whether or not to do a PhD program is, in my humble opinion, a big decision.

Yep, I said it.  PhD program.

Truth be told, I am over Higher Education.  I really like the people I work with, but the functions of my position can be frustrating and limiting.  I want to work with people to improve the hard and soft skills that they need in the workforce.  I am "kinda sorta" doing that now, but in a weird, disjunct kind of way.  As frustrating as being a supervisor is at times, it is by far the most rewarding thing I do in my job right now.  I am able to supervise 20+ paraprofessionals, which, though challenging, keeps me on my developmental toes.

Sorry, I don't want to be an Enrollment Counselor forever - I have skills that can really make a difference in this city and state, and I don't think that I can make the difference that I want to make sitting behind a desk in the ESC.  Hence the PhD program.

Right now, the state of Nevada has a crappy workforce development program - meaning, they don't really have one.  Sure, they have a government agency, but that's run by the government, and we all know how well the government seems to be running these days.  Specifically, I want to work with community youth who choose not to go to college gain hard and soft skills for the workforce, specifically in Southern Nevada.

Let's be honest - I'm an education junky.  I think there are great aspects to college, and I wouldn't be where I am today without college.  BUT - it's not for everyone!  I am tired of education professionals cramming college down people's throats.  In essence, all Higher Education is is a business.  Sure "State Schools" are "non-profit", but to keep funding, they have to send out recruiters that really just act as salesmen to keep people coming into the University.  Bottom line - people who choose not to come to college deserve the same resources as those who are able to come to college in terms of development.

In a "perfect world", I'd like to start a non-profit in Southern Nevada that focuses on developing youth for the workforce in Southern Nevada.  It's a daunting task, and I am not completely sure how to do it yet, but you know me - when I put my mind to something, I'll find a way to do it.

Now, it's the question of if I have time.  I work full time, have a husband who works full time, and a rockin' 16 month old who keeps me on my toes.  I believe that I have grown enough in the past few years to understand how to keep things balanced, and after good conversations with Michael and Naomi, I think the best way to move forward is to start the program.

So, today I signed up for classes in the Workforce Development and Organizational Leadership PhD program at UNLV.  It's 2 classes a semester, and will take about 4 years.  Huge task - yes - but I have the ability to really make a difference in my city and state.  Who would want to give that up?

Now, it's so important for me to schedule my life accordingly - when Naomi is awake, she has my full, undivided attention, because she is still my number one priority.  Fridays will be my "date night" with Michael, and any other time I can squeeze in (lunch breaks, nap times, after kiddo goes to bed) will be dedicated to studying.  Let's be honest - having the chance to go for a PhD is much more rewarding than sitting and watching TV.


Stay tuned on developments in the life o Meg, back in school and trying to be a rock star at everything else too.  I'm sure I'll have many, many more rantings to come (Squeee, how exciting!).

Naomi Update:

Lady has an a.t.t.i.t.u.d.e.  My goodness!  However, the attitude can be so cute sometimes, so I have to hide my face while laughing.  She's 16 months old, and tries to crawl out of her crib.  She likes to sit on top of her toy box, climb on whatever she can (including the couch, chairs, and tables), and likes to press buttons on the electronics.  She loves bath time!  She also gets hurt (a lot) - just tonight just busted her mouth on the changing table, and drew a little blood.  Sister has already gotten her first bloody lip...just add it to the list!

She's also the most loving thing I've ever encountered.  She's my favorite thing in my whole life.  :)