So work has been busy, but not too abnormally so, and I’ve been kinda busy this week with activities (but most of them fun/social-related), and for some reason I’ve been really stressed. At some points it’s almost like a minor panic attack – my chest tightens up a bit and I feel like I have to get up and walk around or something. I’ve never experienced this exactly before – I’ve certainly been stressed before, but it’s never had this physical effect on me.
Hopefully it’s getting better, though – I’m trying to force myself to relax and cutting back on caffeine (which I was off of for a while, but I’ve been having more again for no particular reason).
Also, when I was getting help removing my old hard drive from my work computer on Monday, I cut my fingertip a bit, and so it hurts whenever it gets touched. This hasn’t improved my mood much, although at least it’s healing now (I bled a little on my keyboard, which is pretty disgusting…)
The Virginia House of Delegates was busy yesterday, striking back against the two most serious problems of our time – allowing everyone to get married and people wearing low-riding pants. Yeesh…
So the Super Bowl was pretty exciting, although the Eagles need to learn how to play a hurry-up offense (Hint: when you need two scores with 5 or so minutes left, you should be in a no huddle offense. Also, if you need a field goal, and you’re at your own 5 yard line with 30 seconds left, do NOT throw to the middle of the field! The best thing that can happen is that the pass is dropped…) I ate too much, as expected, and so didn’t have a great day at Weight Watchers today. But, hey, it happens…
Blah – I thought I had something to say, but I guess I don’t, really. Oh well…
My hard drive unceremoniously died at work yesterday (the “repetitive whir of death”, or something), so the last few days have been a mad rush to get stuff off of it. Luckily, I was able to get the important things off, so nothing was really lost except my time. Anyway, between this and the TiVo hard drive that died, don’t let me near your data!
I like quizzes. This is a quiz to find your most compatible religion. Apparently I’m 100% Liberal Christian Protestant, and 83% Roman Catholic. And I’m not a Scientologist!
So the TiVo is back alive (albeit minus all of our old shows), and so I have my computer back, which means I can listen to music at work again (I stream my mp3 collection from home). Life is good!
So I went back to Rice yesterday to work the career fair there. Going back to Rice has always been weird for me for a number of reasons. Going back brings strong memories (which are less strong the longer I’ve been away) of being in college – for how busy I was and whatnot, I really enjoyed it a lot and miss it from time to time. Especially when I’m back there 🙂
I also just plain like being on college campuses. The college environment is very appealing to me – I guess a lot of it is camaraderie, which is almost forced when you live with people for that long. (it’s difficult to separate this feeling from the memories of Rice, but I feel this way even at other colleges) This is one of the reasons that grad school appeals to me on an emotional level, even though I know (and people tell me all the time!) that it’s very different from undergrad.
My first year after Rice I really liked going to the career fair, because I knew so many people still there. Now that I’ve been out for 1.5 years, I know fewer and fewer people, which is really kinda depressing, and made me enjoy this trip less than the previous few. I did see a few people I knew recruiting, though, and met some cool people who will be interning at the company this summer, which is nice, especially since I’m not so good at getting to know people.
In the end, though, it was a fun trip, although it was quite tiring (drive down to Houston in the morning, standing from 2-5 and 7-9, then driving back to Austin really gets to you…), and I had a nice drive down getting to know a fellow alum and employee.