A Texas Summer

This posts is obviously over-due, but where to begin?! It has  been an amazing summer so far and it’s flying by. I have so many mixed emotions. I feel blessed to finally experience living not only outside of my hometown for the first time but outside of my home state as well! Texas is a blast, but I’m definitely missing Kansas. But they’re not kidding about it being it’s own country.

Things I’ve learned about Texas so far:

  • Turn signals are optional
  • If you’re not driving 10 mph over the speed limit you’re slowing down traffic
  • You can make a one stop shop at a gas station to get everything you need, including groceries via Buc-ee’s
  • Everything really is bigger in Texas (again, Buc-ee’s) #gasstationfordaysBuc-ee's
  • In a typical neighborhood, you can stand between two side-by-side houses and touch them both at the same time (what happened to having a yard, or privacy for that matter?!)
  • Boots. Everywhere.
  • Top 40 radio stations play the Top 10 over and over and over and over (variety please?)

I’m sure there’s more I’ve noticed but that’s what comes to mind for now. On to life as an intern! It’s interesting and not so interesting. See, I have projects… but they’re at a stand still a lot. I feel like they weren’t really prepared to have interns–at least in my department. There’s no director currently so I report to a couple managers who are way too busy trying to be managers and filling in for the director to have time for me. And I have to present what I worked on all summer and have no completed projects yet. 3 more weeks….

The plus side is, since there’s no director, I get the director’s office! Movin’ on up!

office

There are 12 interns so it has been awesome getting to know all of them and making friends. I’m also rooming with one of the interns who just so happens to be from my school as well! We had never met before this internship.

The interns decided to go on a road trip down to New Braunfels one weekend to float on the river. Floating on a river is sooo much fun. Just remember to wear sunscreen! Apparently I thought my shins didn’t need any because mine ended up lobster red and there were visible finger lines on my knees where I stopped applying the sunscreen. Whoops.

Overall, it’s been a good experience but I’m definitely missing Kansas, my beau Daniel, and all my friends and family back home! You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

I have lots more to update on, especially my workout regime which has been very sporadic lately, but I just thought I’d update on my life and why I’ve been MIA for a while. It’s mostly been because I haven’t had internet for half the time and the other being that my macbook needed a new battery AND a new charger so I wasn’t able to turn it on for a while. But I’ve also been busy making memories and learning my job.

Expect more to come in the next couple days! It feels good to be back writing. Since my sister’s big fat Korean wedding is at the end of this month I need to kick my booty into high gear and start working out so I can be sure to look good for the photos! :p

It’s Netflix’s Fault

I’m a liar! I said I’d be back at it, and I’m completely dropping the ball. Part of me was using the excuse that I didn’t want to post until I had all of my followers moved to the new site (btw if you’re an email follower and you get duplicate emails, I’m sorry! I’m trying out a new carrier so feel free to remove yourself from one of the deliveries), but I was also busy and lazy. If you haven’t seen the show Dexter, you should! It’s crazy good and exciting and has been consuming my evenings when I’m not studying.  Which is probably why I haven’t been working out like I should. Let that be a lesson to you, tv show addictions and work out plans don’t mix! Especially when the episodes available on Netflix. Thanks a lot Netflix!

But I really did have a crazy week. Ok, not that crazy, but very busy! I ended up going running only once (I fail). But I’ve made progress in other aspects of my life. Like prepping for my future career! I was in Dallas yesterday having an interview for a business analysis internship. It’s with a financial holding company. And it looks like that’s where my home will be this summer! They called me this morning to offer the position. I’m so excited to actually see how what I’m learning in grad school can be applied in the corporate world. I’m a big kid now =)

I flew down there for the interview and on both flights I had great conversations! First was with a lady going to Alabama to visit family.  She was so sweet and inspiring and told me how she firmly believes everything happens for a reason and if I get this internship then it’s meant to be. How sweet!

The second was a lady coming back from visiting her mother who is 104! Can you believe it? I told her that was amazing and that her mother is an inspiration! She told me her mom eats mainly fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and lots of salmon (she’s from San Diego so she can get it fresh). Her mother also lives in her own home and walks lot and keeps her mind active. I am seriously in awe. I would love to be that healthy and active when (or if) I’m that age. To be honest, this conversation was probably the highlight of my trip. She was a pleasure to talk with!

I love meeting new people on my plane flights. I’m always a little hesitant to start the conversation but once I get comfortable it’s so fascinating to learn about others’ lives in that brief moment that ours cross paths on a plane. Sorry I’m getting all philosophical on you guys, but it’s really amazing to learn about a random stranger’s life. Right? Ok, it could just be me. But you’ll never know what kind of wisdom they possess if you don’t talk to them!

Alright, back to the regular programming: What have I been eating lately? Surprisingly fairly healthy despite having pizza on Saturday.

My go-to has been veggies wrap such as this. A little hummus spread on a tortilla with cucumber and red pepper.

veggie wrap

I’ve also been enjoying the occasional veggie burger. I topped it with spinach, a little cream cheese, mustard and ketchup. I love the chunks of veggies in the burger! Yum!

veggie burger

I’m currently obsessed with these:

Snack time!

The coconut one is really good too! Don’t bother with the strawberry though. It’s just strawberry yogurt with granola. Buying granola and strawberry yogurt separate would probably be cheaper. But seriously, this one really does taste like key lime pie!

Then we attempted to make our own version of the “crazy noodles” we had at the International Food Festival last week. Here’s better look at it from Daniel’s plate that night. They’re the noodles in the top right corner.

crazy noodles

Sorry I don’t have the website where we found a recipe, but we didn’t really follow it that much so it’s kind of our own creation. In it was chicken, tofu, bean sprouts, bell peppers, cabbage, fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, red curry paste, and peanuts! They’re also known as drunken noodles so you can look that up too if you’re interested in a recipe. It turned out delicious! We’ll definitely be making this again.

Thai Crazy Noodles

 

So I’ve been eating pretty good as you can see! Oh wait, I almost forgot about the pizza. Saturday night Daniel and I were lazy so we hit up AJ’s Pizzeria. We went with the Manhattan Magherita:

Manhattan Margherita Pizza

 

It’s topped with tomato, basil, mozzarella, and maybe onion or garlic? I can’t remember the last ingredient, but it was so tasty. We ate that entire pizza. Well, I did take my last slice home, but I finished it off later during Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (still educating him on HP).

Alright, now time for Dexter! 😀

Question: Met anybody interesting on a plane flight lately?

Not Dead

Hey guys! Still alive here.  Just uber busy.

I’m doing that whole applying for internships/career fair/interview/better-do-your-research-to-impress-employers thing. So as you can see I don’t have a life right now.  But don’t fret, I’ll be back with the regular programming soon!  However, my evenings are pretty full.  One of my applications suggested a cover video and I’m actually extremely excited to make one.  Except it’s due friday…. nothing like last minute!

But I just have to tell you real quick — I went on a trail run today! It was soooo much fun!  Way better than running around in circles at the park.  If you have any fun trails near you, take advantage of them!

Alright, bed time so I can stock up on energy for my busy day tomorrow. Have a great night!