Friday Roundup 8.18.17

higher ed happenings //

wishlist //
  • I’m ready for fall weather, but I live in Georgia, so I probably won’t actually see fall weather until January. This open-cardigan with faux-suede elbow patches is just making me crave cooler weather even more.
  • I have an empty corner in my apartment and I think a bar cart would be the perfect way to fill up that space.
  • Mornings are not my favorite and more days than not I find myself having a lot of trouble waking up. I really want to get this alarm clock to try and make my morning wake ups a little more pleasant

hallthatjas updates //
  • It's been a long week, y'all

Office Essentials

I love my job, but I also I spend a lot of time at work which means that I like to have some comforts throughout my day. Throughout my two months at my current office, I have found some items that the work day would be terrible without.

Wireless Headphones: My office is really lenient about using headphones while we are working, which is great because it helps me get through the day. I love to use them to listen to podcasts or music while I’m working.
  • Podcasts: Podcasts are great when I am having a slow day at the office. Working on light tasks like editing social media posts or pulling data to create various reports allows me to focus on the host(s) and stories. I find that podcasts really pass the time if I feel like the day is dragging along. Some of my favorite podcasts include: Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellasai, S-town, The Read, and of course the podcast that started it all for me, Serial
  • Background Music: The temptation to sing along while listening to familiar music when I am trying to work on projects is way too strong, so I like to listen to various lyric-less background music throughout the day. This Coffee House Jazz playlist on Spotify is my absolute favorite work playlist. Just like the name implies, it really makes you feel like you are just sitting and working in a cozy coffee shop and really ups my productivity.
Throw Blanket: I get so incredibly cold in my office. It is outrageously hot outside, so obviously I can’t wear heavy winter clothes indoors. I (along with most of my office mates) keep a small throw blanket to cover my legs at my desk for the days where I feel like I will die an icy death at work.

Tervis: I actually keep two different Tervis cups at my desk: one 16oz mug for my coffee and one 24oz tumbler for my water. I like to make coffee as soon as I get to the office so I prefer using a Tervis with a lid to keep it warm while I get busy and situated in the morning.

Planner: I am a diehard fan of my outlook calendar, so I don’t use my planner to plan my day. Instead, I use each day’s page as a list of things I have done during that day. For example, if I have an important email I have to send I will put it down in my planner once I’ve completed it so if someone comes by and asks when/if I’ve done something I can go back and reference that I have actually done it.

Snacks: I got to Sam’s Club every so often to buy bulk, pre-portioned snacks that I can bring to work to get me through the day. They are really helpful since I don’t typically eat breakfast (which is bad, I know) so I tend to get a little peckish before lunch time rolls around. Some of my favorite workday snacks are apples, granola bars, and goldfish crackers.

Friday Roundup 8.11.17

It's been a week of poorly lit mirror SnapChat outfit selfies.
higher ed happenings //
  • I really enjoyed reading this article about the support Ace Hillard, member of Sigma Lambda Gamma, received from his sorority sisters throughout his transition.
  • Are institutions finally taking charge and cracking down on prestigious professors involved in sexual misconduct/sexual harassment? Most notably, University of Washington professor Michael Katze was fired following an investigation which showed that Katze was paying a lab administrator a higher salary in return for sexual favors, as well as sexual harassing two lab assistants.
  • Did you know there are many different scholarships available for undocumented students in pursuit of higher education? Check out this list for deadlines and information about these opportunities.

wishlist //
  • I have spent the last two weeks scoping out the Lo & Sons OMG Bag. I am going to be doing a lot of traveling for work in the next few months and I feel like this would be a great bag to own, but I just can’t justify spending SO MUCH money on a bag at this point in my life.
  • I finally ordered a new set of contact lenses which means that I will finally be able to start wearing sunglasses again (I don’t own any prescription sunglasses). I stumbled across these purple aviators on Amazon one night and I just think they are so cute.
  • I ended up finding this skirt  that I talked about in my last wishlist post for $9 off Poshmark and I really like it! It is a nice alternative from pencil skirts because I did not have the problem of it twisting around all day. The elastic helped it stay fitted to my waist while not being too tight on my thighs and butt.

hallthatjas updates //
  • I’ve got so many flights booked at the moment it is absolutely insane! I will heading to Cleveland, OH at the end of this month and then to Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL at the end of next month! It’s going to be a fun couple of weeks traveling around.
  • Tomorrow I am heading out with a few of the lovely ladies I work with to explore some more parts of Georgia. I hoping for nice weather, because it has been really rainy and dreary these last few days.
  • A friend tagged me in this article and I thought it was a really realistic view at some of the struggles moving somewhere on your own.