With her advanced age and her newfound ability to enter drinking establishments at will (wherein she now texts me asking for beer recommendations), LO is facing the other event that early-twenty somethings face. Graduation and the real world.
LO isn't supposed to graduate until next year, but she only has one more full-time semester to get her degree and minor.
LO has no idea what she wants to do and the scientific job market - at least in terms of available internships - isn't helping. LO applied to something like 20 plus animal research/zoology internships nationwide with different organizations including museums back in February and she's been getting rejection emails steadily. She wrote to a few of the internships asking if they would have anything opening up later this year, and at least one responded citing funding cuts. The one thing she hasn't done is find herself a professor or lab on campus who she likes . "I'm not entirely sure I want to sit in a lab either," she told me.
On the upside, LO did get an unsolicited email from her internship last year the Philadelphia Zoo asking if she would like to return to a paid position for this summer. She is taking the interview tomorrow. She did well at her internship last year even though she wasn't 100% thrilled about zookeeping per se but she was even given access to researchers at the zoo.
If the science path does not work out this summer, LO is thinking of taking the LSAT. One of her BFFs is taking it, and I think LO believes she can do better than her BFF.
In other LO news, myself, LO and her roommate traveled to Dallas TX back in February because the service pup was entering into his Advanced Training program to become a real service dog. It was a bittersweet day when we had to turn him in, but the graduation service tugged at the heartstrings when 8 graduate dogs who had completed training were placed with their humans.
After that day, we stayed the weekend in Dallas and A) I don't think I need to return to Dallas anytime soon...we saw everything we needed to see and B) Kid found a party-size bag of coke behind the TV on our last night. We were staying in one of those Air BnBs. So what was fun. We disposed of it and swept the place in case there were more surprises lurking.
We didn't find any more substances but LO ended up stripping her bed to find a huge stain on the mattress. At that point, I was so annoyed I didn't care to check the mattress I was sleeping on. Mysteriously, the checkout instructions specifically asked us not to strip the beds before checkout. O_o
In other news, work is work.
There is some family drama that I was told about on Monday. My parents called me several times in a row (I thought something was wrong) and then when I reached them, they got chatty (they never get chatty). Them: So how are you and LO? Me: We're fine. Them: So how are you doing? Me: ? This went on for a good 20 minutes until...
So they spilled, they were at my brother's the night before for my sister-in-law's birthday. (Don't care, wasn't told about it.) And they were told that for my sister's 40th Birthday, both couples - my sister and her husband and my brother and his wife - will be going to Ireland to celebrate. They hadn't mentioned anything to me. My parents, on the other hand, were aghast this is going down. Anyway, I know what I won't be doing (watching their kids ever).
Also, the other gossip from the night is that my sister in law is going to quit her job and spend time with her kids this summer and then (allegedly) look for another job. She did this before and then bitched incessantly about how she "had to go to work."
Not much news on the dating front other than I stopped talking to the PhD Army dude because he was boring and never stopped talking about himself. I should have charged for the counseling sessions.
My current distraction has me searching in another city...at this point, why not? I have time.
|< So, this is fascinating.|