Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Kids today!

Hold on to your seat belts!

WTF is wrong with people these days. In particular college students. Now, this rant does not include all college students. There are many I have worked with that have been wonderful and 'get it.' Then there are the others. They on the other hand, make my eye twitch.

The spring semester is the crazy time in our office. Seniors are graduating and freaking out, the rest of the undergrads are freaking about getting a summer internship. Everyday I am talking someone down off the ceiling and this is in between critiquing what seems like an endless number of resume and letters. But you know I love it. Why. Because of those students who genuinely listen and are thankful for your help. Nothing is more rewarding to me than a student that I helped come up to me and say, thank you, because of you I found that job and/or internship. On the flip side -- there are the 'entitlement' students.

These students come in expecting, sometimes demanding you 'find me a job or internship'

Hello, eye twitch.

This happened today. Student Butthead comes in, wants to see someone (now) about his cover letter, which he hadn't written yet. Tell him he has to have something to look at first. Asked if he has taken the writing seminar or watched the video (the video is our seminar and is available for those students who can't make the seminar times). He hasn't. Then he asks for alumni contacts for a very popular nighttime talk show. Told him we don't do that unless we sit down and talk first because these people volunteer to help students only if they are counseled by us on how to properly approach them. And here is the part he didn't like. He would have to make an appointment. He was pissed and said "You people are supposed to be here to help us." EXCUSE ME!!

I do believe horns popped out on my forehead and my head spun competlely around.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Two places that you know you aren't getting out of there for under a $100 bucks:

The Vet
A Mechanic

Today it was the mechanic. For a couple months my van's brakes were getting worse, and worse and worse -- squealing, screeching, and shaking as you stepped on the brakes. Not good. It got to the point that I was making it a ritual to make the sign of the cross and say a prayer before getting in the van to go to work.

Not anymore! Two new tires and a whole new back break system, alignment and oil change it is running like a dream. Granted an expensive dream. I am seriously considering sending the bill to the city of Syracuse.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Koo Koo for Coconut!

I've been dying to make this recipe for carrot cake in VwaV for over a year. What stopped me is finding candied ginger that didn't cost more than the mortgage on our house. Then last month at the farmers market I found a bag of candied ginger for $4!!! The minute I laid eyes on it I knew the time had come.
If you are a coconut lover then you will adore this cake. Now I am one big fan of icing, but next time I am going to leave out the icing in the middle because its sweetness overpowers the wonderful flavor of the cake. I can't believe I just said that.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Not a day goes by that we don't remember. The struggle. The pain. The lessons. The love and freedom. It has been three years, but it feels like yesterday. We pray you are okay and that you are on a wonderful journey that you so deserve. We love you and miss you, our brother.

April 9, 1966 to April 2, 2005