Monday, June 28, 2010

So does this make me an official adult now?

I had been waiting to post this for the sake of some things to work out at my current job, but now that everything is in the open there....

I got a new job!!!!

A REAL job! Full-time! With benefits! And a bigger paycheck! In this economy!

I'll be the transcript manager at the university I graduated from a year ago. It involves not only sending and receiving transcripts, but also assigning academic advisors and working with professors to make sure final grades come in, and so on.

I think it will be a little strange to return to college not as a student but as administrative faculty. I'll have to call my former professors by their first names, and my relationship with them will be as an equal rather than a student.

My inner worrier and people-pleaser starts to surface with these thoughts. Will those former professors be disappointed somehow? Will they feel that I'm not living up to my potential because I haven't moved on to some successful big-city career? Am I just capitulating to my own expectations of whatever is supposed to happen after you graduate? But that's crazy anyway, because I've never been a stereotypical "ambitious career woman."

Maybe I'm disappointed because I haven't yet done what I originally set out do do -- become a writer.

But lots of people want to be writers. And the bills still have to be paid.

It seems that I will worry no matter what happens, so I intend to start my job with optimism and confidence, and awesome office supplies from Knock Knock, like these sticky notes.

Photo via Knock Knock

And who knows? Perhaps I will decide to pursue graduate school as well. With a full-time job. Now that's crazy.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mango with Chilli

I picked these up at an Indian store.

They were gross.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Illustration: Yelena Bryksenkova

I found the most amazing artist -- a young Russian-born illustrator named Yelena Bryksenkova. Perhaps I'm a little biased, but I love both the style of her art as well as the subject matter. So many of her illustrations remind me of Prague. In fact, some of her pieces are based on scenes from the Czech Republic, as well as other places in Eastern Europe.

Check out her website. Some of my favorites include "In the Flowers," "Elephant Dream," and "Ziegfeld Girls." Don't miss the Prague 2009 sketchbook.

You can buy prints at her Etsy shop. Check out this print I ordered spontaneously because I had a feeling it wouldn't be there long. It so reminds me of the kitchen in Prague.

"Kitchen" by Yelena Bryksenkova

I've been wanting to include more art in my home, but most of it is exorbitantly expensive. I really can't fork over hundreds or thousands of dollars for art. I can't really even spare $50 (but I might have to soon, because these Lost prints are amazing).

But for $10, I can put art like "Kitchen" on my walls.