Little Ms. Polymath

aka the know-it-all

sunday. January 30, 2011

I was up super early this morning to do our laundry, clean the bathroom and get my finances in order. Are you salivating yet? I even picked out all of my outfits for the week! Last week was a whirlwind — I was out of town for training for three days, and while I actually enjoyed it, it did cramp my style quite a bit. And I missed Jason’s birthday. I feel terrible about it. But maybe not so bad about missing the family dinner, which apparently served up the usual drama.

Last year if you’d asked me about going on a cruise I would have said they are germ-ridden death traps. But now that I’m learning about cruises and staring at photos and/or video of tropical locales all day long, I really want to escape. It doesn’t help that I’m drawn to the luxury cruises (would you expect anything else?) and checking out staterooms that are bigger than our apartment. Yes, I do need 24-hour room service and a butler on-call. Yes, yes yes!

Like most of you, I’m worn down from the cold and the bleak landscape and long for some sunshine, and the cruise porn doesn’t help much. But I’m adjusting to the 40-hour week much better than I thought I would. There are a few areas I’m behind on — I’m still writing and have clients who probably want some results, but I know I’ll get that situation righted this week. Thanks for your patience (especially you, Jenn!)

I’m looking forward to an afternoon of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. I think we’re getting pho today. Simple pleasures, people.


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catch up. January 20, 2011

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 1:16 pm
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So, what’s new with you? I’ve almost finished the second week of my new job — I am travel agent now. Well, not officially. I’m training to be a travel agent. Crazy, right? I have zero sales experience and while I’ve traveled, I don’t have any professional travel experience unless you count the summer during college when I worked at Vanguard Airlines booking flights.

I’m still not sure how I ended up in this job, but I think I’m going to like it. There are so many amazing places to visit, and I love reading about the cruises, hotels and tours.

The people at the office are fairly nice, though I think the other agents have their reservations about me because of my lack of experience. Of course this makes me want to trample them in sales, which is hard right now since I can’t sell anything. I was supposed to be in Illinois this week for training, but I got a call (literally five minutes before the Enterprise guy was to pick me up) that it was cancelled. It’s most likely going to be next week, which means I’ll miss Jason’s birthday. That blows.

The adjustment isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, mostly because I’ve been so busy. When there’s a lull, I think about my empty couch and unread book and get a little wistful. And looking back, I also wonder how it was I accomplished so little while I was at home. With no real schedule it’s so easy to drift and procrastinate.

Once I’m all official I’ll let you know — then I can book your travel for you. And if you have any hesitation about using a travel agent, know that I can get you the exact same rates (or cheaper) you’ll find online as well as other deals you can’t get through the online sites like Expedia and Orbitz. Plus, I do the research and save you time, put you in vetted hotels, etc. Believe me, I’ve got a pitch for you, if you’re interested. I never thought about using a travel agent until I became one — now I can’t image why anyone would travel without one.

PS- just a little FYI

“According to current research, in the determination of a person’s level of happiness, genetics account for 50 percent; life circumstances, such as age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, income, health, occupation, and religious affiliation, account for about 10 to 20 percent; and the remainder is a product of how a person thinks and acts. In other words, people have an inborn disposition that’s set within a certain range, but they can boost themselves to the top of their happiness range or push themselves down to the bottom of their happiness range by their actions. This finding confirmed my own observations. It seems obvious that some people are more naturally ebullient or melancholic than others and that, at the same time, people’s decisions about how to live their lives also affect their happiness.”

(Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project.)


jitters. January 10, 2011

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 1:06 pm
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So today is my first day at a new job. It’s been a year since I’ve been in an office, and more than four since I’ve started a new job with new people and unfamiliar surroundings.

I am a little scared of this change, and how it’s going to affect my life. There are plenty of good things that could come out of this, but there are bad things, too. How long do I give it? I suppose if I ever feel like I’m suffering, I should throw in the towel. It’s hard to delineate the boundary between being uncomfortable about change and the unknown or crossing over into being miserable because your situation will always be uncomfortable. Yes, this is what I worry about at 6:30 am.

I’m also nervous because I don’t really remember how to interact with people I don’t know — small talk, chit chat and all that. My foot spends a lot of time in my mouth as it is and I don’t want to come off as silent or snooty when I’m really just trying not to insult anyone with an inappropriate remark.

Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it goes.