Home Away from Home

September 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff, Life) (, , , )

So here is sort of what my mid-week life looks like (yes, I like routine, so its pretty much like this every week)

Tuesday

Leave home about 3pm and drive to Phoenix.  Its a couple hours drive.

When I get to Phoenix I usually stop somewhere and get carry-out dinner.  Then go to the hotel.  TV and dinner are next.  Then I go to the lounge and check my email.  Around 8 I go to the pool for about a half hour.  Then its back to my room to unpack.  A little more TV, maybe go back online, and then bed.

Wednesday

Wake up at 7.  Shower, breakfast and email.  Around 8 I get dressed and check the weather (hot… I don’t know why I bother… ok, so really I’m hoping that one of Phoenix’s infamous dust storms will hit while I’m here, cause I’ve never see them in person).  I leave at about 8:50 to be at work at 9.  Midday, I come back to the hotel for lunch and an internet break and then go back to work until 5.  Pick up dinner on my back and basically repeat Tuesday night.

Thursday

Basically like Wednesday except starting a half hour later, we all go out to lunch, and when I’m done, I head home.

Oh, did I mention the pool is salt water not chlorine 🙂 No wonder its so nice.

Dust storm:

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I could get used to this…

August 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff, Life, School) (, , )

Well, tomorrow is day two of my internship.  I can’t say anything about it.  But so far it is incredible!  The people I’m working with are really nice and the work is really interesting.  I have wanted to work here for a really long time, but have had some doubts that I could do the work.  But so far, I’ve seen how much this really is what I want to be doing.  So, we’ll see…

Anyway, I’m driving to Phoenix every Tuesday, staying a couple days, and then heading back home.  So today was the first time at this place.  And I think I have found the closest you can get to bliss in Phoenix.  The hotel itself is a little funky (they advertise as not being a tan chain hotel, and they aren’t).

Because I’m renting a room from them every week for nearly 6 months, they are giving me a King-sized suite at an incredibly discounted rate.  The bed is super comfy and there is a big flat screen tv.  And the pool.  At 8:30/9pm (maybe even later, its open until midnight, but I have to be up early in the morning) it is perfect.  There are very few people (one guy swimming laps and another on his computer in the lounge area), the water is warm from the sun beating on it all day.  But the sun has set, so no worries about sunburn, no need for sunscreen, its perfect.  And there are little LEDs at the bottom of the pool which is a fun touch.  I spent probably 10 minutes just floating on my back watching the stars and planes (I almost fell asleep like that, it was so nice…)

So far there have only been three real problems.  The heat here is killer.  110 degrees today.  It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for problem two, car trouble.  The AC in the car doesn’t work.  And the little plug in the car doesn’t work (so no ipod, no charging my phone in the car, sigh…).  Problem three is the limited food options.  “Imitation” pizza (fast food pizza from a popular chain) just doesn’t cut it when you want fresh fruit 😦

Anyway, I’m off to bed before another great day tomorrow…

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^^^^ Lookie There ^^^^

August 14, 2009 at 11:39 am (Fall 2009, Fun Stuff, Life, School) (, , )

I would like to draw everyone’s attention to my countdown to graduation… Three hundred and sixty-four days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Less than a year to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, I have an internship starting on Monday. I can’t really talk about it, but I am super excited and really nervous (mostly about staying in the city by myself).

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Upcoming Classes

June 10, 2009 at 12:06 am (Life, School, Summer 2009, Summer Break) (, , )

Well its time for summer classes.

I am taking about 8 credits offered online be FEMA.  These courses are Basics of Disaster, Animals in Disaster, Special Events Contingency Planning, Household Hazardous Materials, Intro to Incident Command System, Livestock in Disaster, Special Needs Planning Considerations, Coordinating Environmental and Historic Preservation, and Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk.

Then at the end of the summer, I am taking Patrol Procedures and Officer Survival online through Maricopa.

In the fall, I want to take Crime Scene Processing and Intro to Digital Photography, both through Maricopa.  These will be in addition to the metorships through the other program

And then somewhere in there through in my internship.

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