January 27, 2010 - 10:00 PM
It has come to that point in the term where the joy of going to class and the relaxation you find during the weekend is replaced with stress and pure panic. As I look over this week, I realize I have only gotten about 12 hours of sleep over 3 days (and if you know anything about me and my sleep, we need to spend at least 8 hours a night together or else I don't function well). This lack of sleep is a due to the merging of two roads: midterms and procrastination. (Next week, I have two big deadlines for my BA 453 class: a midterm on Tuesday and half of my final project due on Thursday. Also due next week is the first half of my SBUS 452 business proposal. This means lots of group meetings and my nose in a book).
As I walked home from class today, I felt completely overwhelmed with it all. Spending over 12 hours in Lillis each day has started to take a toll on me. I had to consciously tell myself to breathe as I calmed down from a stressful week that is almost over. When this level of stress hits, it is really hard to stay motivated. It is easy to want to give up and just go to sleep as soon as I get home. However, I realize all of the time I have spent so far and realize that in only 5 ½ short months, I will finally have my degree!
After a couple hours of homework tonight, I have completed everything that is due tomorrow. I have therefore decided to go to bed early now, and give myself a much needed night of relaxation.
January 25, 2010 - 11:30 PM
This weekend, I went with my sister to the Oregon Bridal Show at the Salem Fair Grounds. I was amazed at the number of vendors there and all of the services that are offered for weddings. There were some vendors that I expected to see, such as the cake bakers, the vineyards, the caterers, and the photographers. There were a few, such as the invitation specialists, videographers, purse vendors, and photo booth rentals that surprised me. Although my sister is not planning to get married until June 2011, all of the vendors were very anxious to start talking to her and to get their name out there. And my sister, likewise, was excited to talk to them and start planning.
Throughout the show, I was fascinated at how each vendor tried to stand out and differentiate themselves from their competition (Keri Sime: Marketing student, will travel). We would walk around and talk to a photographer, then move directly on to talk to different photographer. It's a marketer's worst dream being that close in proximity to your competition. After four or five photographers in a row, we would have to stop and say "the photographer that had X, Y, or Z...which one was that again?? Some vendors had TVs set up, couches and chairs to sit down on, photo albums and picture frames full of their work all crammed into a 10' by 10' cube. My favorite vendor was one of the videographers. We were talking to him and stopped us a few times to show us one of his video clips and would then tell us a personal story about one of the brides he worked with. With this industry, you have to feel a personal connection to the people you hire since they will help capture the most important day in your life. One consistent marketing theme was the bride's biggest dream: free giveaways! Every vendor had a contest for a free widget or a free hour of service to collect your contact information. I will be interested to hear how many of them follow up and contact her. Since it is such a competitive market, my guess is a majority of the vendors will.
Once I took off my marketing hat, I decided to put on the maid of honor hat (my little sister, Katie, will also be a maid of honor). The rest of the afternoon my sister and I discussed the vendors and the details of her wedding: the location, the colors, the dress, the table settings, the music, the guest list...even down to the flower girl and the photo booth she should get (and yes, there WILL be a photo booth there. I think it was my favorite part of the bridal show!)
Should be a great time helping my sister plan the wedding of her dreams. The process is just getting started, and I look forward to all of the bridal magazines, the dress fittings, the wedding showers, bachelorette parties, and then the actual wedding that are all soon to come!
A quick shout out to my little track start sister, Katie! Congrats on your PR this week in the hurdles, and keep working hard at pole vault! Love you and miss you and hope I can come up with mom and dad to see one of your meets soon!
January 22, 2010 - 12:15 AM
There are few things you look for in Eugene when trying to find an apartment. Personally, the priority list went like so: (1) affordability, (2) location close to campus, (3) cleanliness/upkeep of the appartment, (4) bonus features such as a dishwasher and washer/dryer. When I chose my first apartment last year, I lucked out and got most of the items on my list, and have someone managed to survive without a dishwasher or washer/dryer unit. The good news is I pay about half of what most of my friends pay and can walk to class in under ten minutes (five minutes if I power walk).
In the year and half I have lived here, I have had very few issues. Well...there was the time I got fleas two days after living here, the time I woke up to a pile of poop on my stairs and that other time that a creepy meth dealer knocked on my door wanting to come in...but those are stories for another time.
My latest and greatest story involves the invasion of mold into my apartment. Although it was never an issue for the first year, it suddenly has overtaken my apartment with its magical powers. I always think of mold as the stuff that grows on my month old bread (green and stinky), but this kind of mold is taking a new form and playing more of the silent-but-deadly approach. I never really considered it was an issue because I couldn't see the mold-if I can't see it, it can't be there, right? Wrong. To my best guess, the mold is either underneath my carpet or within the walls.
It all started over the summer when I had a mold outbreak. I took all the necessary steps and cleaned the visible mold off my walls and everything went back to normal. When I started living in Eugene for the school year again, I developed this sick-nasty cough that wouldn't go away. Four weeks later I decided to get it checked out and discovered I had pneumonia. After the pneumonia was cleared up, I was instantly diagnosed with a sinus infection. I am a generally healthy person and couldn't understand why I kept getting sick. From the moment I moved in until the moment I went home for winter break, I was having constant respiratory issues. But after 3 weeks of rest and relaxation away from Eugene, my problems were solved.
When I returned at the beginning of this term, I found myself instantly developing the same symptoms as before. Knowing something wasn't right, I headed to the health center where I was diagnosed with a mold allergy.
I decided to contact my property manager to hopefully with me on the problem and to try and eliminate the threat of further mold related sickness. Although as of right now it seems they are willing to work with me to solve this problem (like FINALLY replacing the broken seal on my window that I have been complaining about for six months), I also have some hesitation that they may not be totally convinced of my concerns. My property manager has told me they will investigate the issue, and re-paint my apartment if necessary. I hope this story has a happy ending, because I cannot afford to be sick during midterms once again. If anyone is a mold expert or has experienced a situation before, I welcome any comments on how to address and fix this problem!
I am looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend. I will be going home to watch the dog while my parents go out of town. Hope to do a lot of research for my BA 453 and SBUS 452 projects and start applying for post-grad jobs! I will also be going to a bridal show with my sister to get ideas as she starts the first steps of planning her wedding.
January 17, 2010 - 10:15 PM
This week, I have been having some major issues with my cell phone. Although that seems like something very silly to worry about, my phone is my main form of communication. While my parents both have a home phone, a work phone, and a cell phone, I only have one phone. (For those of you that want some extra-credit reading, one of my favorite columnists, Mark Penn, writes about this phoneless home here).
The main issue with my phone right now is the texting, which is a bummer considering that is by far my most used feature of my phone. While my phone allows me to receive texts, it will not let me send them.
Being a business student, we have talked a lot about the different generations and how they interact with each other. Technology is one area where there is a HUGE gap in the level of comfort and usage, giving the advantage to the younger generation. In a generation where information is demanded instantly and even newspapers are too slow, texting is the perfect way to communicate. In under 160 characters, you can quickly and easily talk to multiple people while, for example, sitting in a lecture hall with 250 other students doing the exact same thing.
The moment I noticed this issue, I headed to the Verizon store. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do for me at the store, so they quickly shooed me out with a 1-800 number and shouted "NEXT". After a 20 minute phone call, Verizon decided to send me another phone in the mail. Not only will this take about a week to come, but it will be a refurbished phone. I was very disappointed in the customer service I received at Verizon, because the man helping me seemed not very concerned about my issue. I tried to explain to him the importance of texting and my dependence on this sole form of telecommunications, but he insisted the 1-800 numbers could fix all my worries.
Although I am upset that I have to wait a while to get my new phone, this illustrates the instant gratification phenomenon I was talking about earlier. I was becoming anxious that I would be practically phone-less for one week, and my mom gently reminded me that "back in her day..." they didn't have cell phones. So for now, I have no choice but to chill out and wait for my phone while exploring new ways to communicate.
January 15, 2010 - 11:30 PM
Here at the University of Oregon, we are known for our excellent athletic programs. There is a lot of controversy about how much money is spent on athletics, however (even if the University of Oregon Athletic Department is a separate entity from the University). For example, does the Football program need over 300 uniform combinations? Or X-Boxes in the three million dollar locker room? The latest flashy addition to the Athletic Department unveiled last week: The John E Jaqua Athlete Center
The Jaqua Center, located on 13th and Agate at the entrance of campus, is a large glass building almost exclusively for athletes. Although there is a lecture hall inside open to all students, the main purpose of this building was to act as a resource for athletes: tutors, team meetings, and study space.
But, again the question gets raised: WHY? Why was millions of dollars put into this building? Italian leather seats, glass elevators, photos of Phil Knight etched into the bathroom mirrors. Will all of the flash and glam of this new center help our athletes be better students? I can understand the ability to attract new recruits, but to me Oregon has once again gone too far over the line.
Although I haven't been to the center yet, I have heard though the grapevine that it is amazing. Anything associating the University as a whole with innovation, style, and boldness can only increase the reputation of the University of Oregon. I hope that this center will be used to its full potential and will help our athsletes succeed on and off the field.
Here is a great Flickr site with some photos from the Jaqua Center. Enjoy!