Friday, June 26, 2009

What Should I Do With My Life?

As many of you know, I am graduating in December. Somehow I always thought that when people graduated from college they had their lives together. Hmph! What a stinking LIE! Perhaps I will figure it out in the next few months, but I highly doubt it.

I think my problem with deciding what career I want to explore is that I am interested in a VERY wide variety of things. I have always thought I would work for a non-profit. Well? Which one do I work for? Is there really ONE cause I care so much about I want to devote my career and life's work to? Nope. Not really.

I know for me, the point of life is to be happy, healthy and surrounded by those I love. So, ultimately a career isn't going to make or break my life, But! There are just so many things I want to do! Okay... well maybe too many things. How do I choose??? Below features a list of possible career options, albeit random, that have popped in my mind for consideration (serious or not). This may be a glance at the extraordinary mirk of my mind or a tribute to my ADD, but alas--possible career paths for Kristin are below. Oh, and don't forget to vote which one you think is most promising ;)

Wouldn't I be the best Old Folks Home Activities Director ? I am full of energy and enjoy planning things, I love spending time with older people, and have an interest in gerontology from the public health side. SEE! My life's calling! Okay, well the downside would be yucky smells, and potentially high turnover of clients, but seriously who doesn't wanna play that much bingo??

Or, I could be a Pastry Chef!!! Now that would be the life! I could start my own bakery, be my own boss!! AND-- how cute are cakes? Seriously, I want to do this for the cuteness. Think of the creative marketing I could do for a bakery. Plus, John already volunteered to by my personal taste tester!! Might not be so good for this whole losing weight thing though...

So much for the fluffy stuff, I should be an IRS Auditor! I have a friend who works for the IRS, it sounds like paradise in this economy. Farely good income with great benefits and tons of vacation days, plus they are everywhere so relocation might not be too bad. And let's face it, I am just that hardcore. Take a couple more accounting classes (so I hated those... whatever!) and I am game! So maybe everyone you know will hate you and then ask you to do their taxes. WHAT A DEAL!

Okay, last but not least... I should be a School Principal!! I want to go to grad school anyway, and I have always wanted to teach at some point in my life. I could work my way up to administration and be a principal! It would use my love of helping people (all those poor kids), need for management and leadership and provide a lot of cool ways to outreach to the community. Yep, that would be AWESOME. Who doesn't want to put those bullies in their place? So maybe my yard would be tee-pee'd a lot. I would be the BIG Man (WOMAN!) on campus. Now... what subject do I want to teach before my swift rise to administration???

So there you go, four great career options for Kristin. Which do you think is most promising? Any more not on my list that you think are a perfect fit?

Disclaimer: While I am considering these and many more options, this is more for fun than anything :P

Thursday, June 11, 2009

thrift crazed, deal loving, bride gone mad

Yesterday driving home from Dallas I was just in one of the brightest, happy-go lucky moods. I started reflecting- gosh why am I so darn elated?? Immediately I realized, it was because I got a deal!!

I am officially a deal dork. Nothing gives me a high like finding something I need, much lower than the market price (there's to my not so deal business education!)

Lately I have been doing a lot of wedding planning- and I find myself scouring craigslist (in any city I might happen to travel to) and I have to admit I am probably going to have a gorgeous wedding, for 1/10 the price of most people!!! Now isn't that just AWESOME? Okay, so you may not be a deal-seeker like me, but here are some good finds I have made lately.

Brown Silk Ribbon-- 20 cents a yard! helloo that is awesome!!

Hurricane Vases 8.5 inches tall-- $2 a piece. These are like $15 bucks retail my friend.

Silk Roses for about $.20 a stem! woah!! I am making my own centerpieces, bouquets, boutinieeres, and corsages. woop!

Feaux Coffee Bean Vase Fillers I want to add a brown touch to the centerpieces, so I thought I might use Coffee Beans that a lot of people are using. But coffee beans are pricy! So I am going to spray paint regular beans (which are cheap), that lovely dark chocolate cover. Brilliant! I know!!!

In other exciting thriftiness- I am making my own veil! They wanted $200 for one where I bought my dress (on sale of course)... but the fabric is like 50 cents a yard. So! My mom and I are making it. I just finished the trim, put it on the hair comb, and now onto beading!! I want it to look like this...
With detail something like below (ambitious much?)
I will probably spend $20 total on the veil. WAY TO GO!

Finally, in salute to my fine thriftiness, I have found someone in the ward who just got married and is going to let me borrow all of her organza fabric to make the church ceiling look like this. WOOOHOOOO!

Okay, that was too much fun. I have a ton more "thrifty wedding ideas" in practice-- will probably post more along the way!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lady, my sweet pooch

This is my sweet dog Lady. She looks like a puppy, but she is really just a squatty lab mix. Anwyay, my family got her 3 years ago (actually to replace me when I left for college). She used to be a bit nuts, but she has calmed down and is a really sweet, loyal and squirell obsessed dog.

Anyway, the point of this late night post is that many of you may not know the Texas Kristin... so hopefully a series of posts will teach ya a little bit about me :)

UP Next: Kristin the Grapevine Fabulous Fillie. Pictures will be included...
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