So I am here in Virginia!!!!! Man how I missed the mountains! Currently I am eating a delicious blueberry scone and drinking a mocha at Mill Mountain coffee- SoOoOoO Good.
First off, my orientation for Anthropologie went well and I think I will enjoy the job. It looks like I will be working with a lot of women who are really nice- which is always a goof thing! Originally the meeting was supposed to go until 4, however I lucked out and was able to get out by 2:30PM.
Before leaving, I made sure to make sure my drum was secured (I decided to name it Tuney; it’s a girl), my GPS was secured (the suction cup no longer works, that’s why there is duct tape) and that I was secured. See Below:
As you can see, I was more than ready to go!
The trip was about 9 and 1/2 hours (I got in around 1AM) and I only made one pit stop (pretty good right?). Which, trying to not let my friend Alex wait up for me I thought I would just grab something easy to eat while I drove. Which was a very nice idea, however when I ordered the jumbo pretzel I didn’t realize that it was extremely salty until I was driving down the road. What ensued next was me coughing and hacking loudly, trying to grab for the paper bag I got the pretzel in and attempting to somehow get all of the salt off… while I drove. It was not the most safe moment of my trip, nor the most pleasant- though in retrospect my experience was pretty funny and not surprising that it happened to me.
Along the way I did run into some construction which kind of slowed things down, but once I hit West Virginia I was clear for an hour or two and got to go 70 MPH… I definetly cut my time down a lot. NY should get some 70 MPH areas :D
I listened to anything and everything on my trip. If anyone is curious as to what I listened to all the way to VA I will list some below. I recommend all of these (except Book of Mormon if you get easily offended):
- Book of Mormon the Musical (It was my first time listening to this and it definitely kept me awake; I was more so curious about what they wouldn’t say)
- The Moth Podcast: Episodes - ”James Foster & Kathleen Miller: SLAM Stories”, “Todd Hanson: Sloth”, “Mike Daisey: What Was Learned in London”, “Anthony Griffith: Best of Times, Worst of Times”
- NPR’s All Songs Considered Podcast: Episode- “Summer Music Preview”
- Bon Iver Cover Album
- My old Salem,VA mix I made when I was on my MT internship
- Lots of Queen, Bluegrass, Dixie Chicks, Reggae, and anything I knew all the words to so that I could sing and harmonize along.
I also left fun messages to my sister Susan and talked to my old supervisor and good friend Beth for a bit. I had a pretty fun and safe trip to say the least.
So today I will be visiting Beth at the Salem VAMC where I interned. I am so excited! I get to harmonize with one of my favorite people and I get to see some awesome veterans both familiar and new. Supposedly, some of them have been asking about me and want me to stop by when I get there. Knowing this just melts my heart and makes me feel pretty great as well. I will let you all know how it goes!!!
Oh and for auburnlegato:
The CMTE courses do cost money, it just depends on what you are doing and where it is located. The one I am going to be taking is about $350.00 (I had to pay an extra $25.00 to get the credits to go toward my certification). There are much cheaper courses of course, and there are even independent study ones as well that you can purchase for I believe $45-$60.00 from musicworx (I’d have to double check, but it’s still pretty affordable). If you have anymore questions let me know!