If We Were Having Coffee – July: Nailed it!

If we were having coffee I would thank you so much for sitting down with me. Last week was quite long but it was actually pretty good. This morning I am still buzzing from all the excitement and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I apologize in advance if I go on a bit too much.

If we were having coffee I would want to start with the highs of the week. Last week I was worried about having to bid my route for the year. I case I haven’t told you before I work as a bus assistant on the special needs school bus. Every year we bid our routes, which include the schools and the hours, in reverse seniority. As an assistant it means I also bid the driver I will be working with for 6-8 hours a day, 5 days a week, until next May.

There are ways to get off of a route you don’t like but then you can only pick from what is left over. The routes no one wants. You have to choose carefully in the beginning so you don’t end up having to pick from the pool of crap routes and hours.

The good news is I got my first route choice. The hours are good, the schools are good (mostly), and the driver is an awesome one. I was really worried about someone with higher seniority taking my choice but I lucked out. YAY!

If we were having coffee I would also tell you that the presentation I was so worried about giving last week went perfectly! My presentation was about transporting service dogs on the school bus. Last year I had a young woman on my bus and she brought her service dog everyday. We had so much fun and I learned so much from her that I decided to share it with my coworkers. I invited her to speak too.

Everyone loved it! My slides were well designed, concise, and informative. I spoke clearly and didn’t trip over my words. I didn’t even use the note cards I had. Oh and the young lady was a hit. She was adorable and so was her dog and what she had to say was just perfect. She even had a little joke in there too. Afterwards people were telling me they were so impressed. Some of them even cried!

I’m not often proud of myself but after that presentation I felt like I could do anything!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I also finished a book for the first time it months. I read the whole thing in a week. I had a goal to read 30 book this year and I fell behind very early on, which discouraged me. I gave up and now, more than half-way through the year, I’m trying to catch up again. I figure if I can read a book a week or so I will at least get very close to my goal.

The book I finished was Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. Next I’m going to read two short ones, The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus and The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. After that I will tackle Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I will try to write some short reviews after I finish each one. I wasn’t going to but I was disappointed in Rant and I need to vent. The other three are classics but I hope to learn a lot from them, then share that with you.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that, for the first time, I have submitted some writing for a publication. It’s a new zine called fēlan and it’s all about feelings. I submitted three of my poems and I will find out in a few weeks if they get used or not. Even though it’s a small thing I’m very nervous. I’ve never done something like this before. I really hope they think my writing is good enough. I can always use a confidence boost.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that some bad things did happen too but I don’t feel much like talking about them yet. I want to stay focused on the good things so I can get through today and start the week with some positivity. Maybe next week I will tell you about it if you feel up to hearing it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I hate to rush off but I am celebrating my girlfriend’s little brother’s birthday today and I have to start getting ready. I hope your week was a good one. Either way you should let me know in the comments :)

Original image via William Murphy

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

2 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee – July: Nailed it!”

  1. Wow, what a crazy, exciting week. Congratulations on getting past the presentation, and for kicking its ass. And good for you for submitting your work. That’s so brave! Best of luck with the reading… I love Jane Austin, can’t speak to the others. If I was trying to read 30 books in a year, I’d have to choose short ones. (:

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