So Sleepy…

I am tired.  I have got to stop staying up late reading romance novels.  It is killing my productivity at work.  Seriously.

Or, it could be the fact that I’m super busy this week.  Take tomorrow, for instance.  After putting in an awesome 8 hour day at the office, I will jaunt over to the consignment sale that I’ve been working so hard to get ready for and FINALLY get it all checked in.  After that, I will race to get my daughter from after school care, run home, fix some mac and cheese while attempting to help her with her homework, kiss the hubs as he walks in with our son, grab my stuff for my kickboxing later that evening, and run off to attend the City Council meeting.  Hopefully, what I’m waiting for isn’t too long into the meeting and I can leave so I can actually ATTEND my kickboxing class… because that is the kind of stress relief I need this week!!

Consignment sale: This is the engineer side of me.  I think to myself, “I bought it for $2, used it for 3 years, and can now sell it for $1?!  Sign me up!!”  It has only consumed my life for the past two weeks.  And my poor husband is left at home, hanging on to the kids for dear life as I whirlwind out of the house in the morning, yelling, “Don’t forget there’s Girl Scouts tonight!”  I hope I make some buco bucks this time around.  I’m entering the most I’ve every entered into this thing.  We are done having kids and getting to the point where we can clean out some closets, and we did!  My goal every time is to break even with how much I make vs. how much I spend.  It’s a really cool sale run by some really awesome people.  Here’s the website: Kids Closet Connection

I had better get back to work.  Or sleep.  Whichever comes first.  Maybe I’ll make a trip down to the first floor to get me a Diet Dr. Pepper!


The Stars were not with me…

The stars were not aligned with me this morning.  After I dropped my daughter off at latchkey this morning I thought, I’ve got plenty of time to stop at Walgreens and get me some of those Wasabi and Soy Sauce Almonds that I love so much.  Because they are the bomb.  They are really that good.

I pulled into the Walgreens parking lot, thinking about the other stuff I was going to get, like a two day supply of Diet Dr. Pepper, some dill pickle sunflower seeds, etc.  And then I realized that this Walgreens isn’t open 24 hours.  It’s too early for it to be open!  No problems!!  I’ll just make a slight detour on the way into work and swing by ANOTHER Walgreens, right?  Right.

And then there was a train.  I sat at a traffic light for 5 minutes waiting on a stinking train.  I finally get to the Walgreens, and guess what?  They aren’t open, either!!  I settled for going to QuikTrip and getting a fountain Diet Dr. Pepper and some sunflower seeds.  Oh, and lookey here, they have the almonds at QT, too!

The Things I Do

I just spent 10 minutes in various forms of contortion-ism trying to plug in my wall charger at work because my cell phone was about to die.  Of course, the one convenient plug for it happens to be behind my desk.  I was trying to plug it in from the top, underneath, everything, and it just would not happen!  Finally got it done.  I think I broke a sweat!

I need another Diet Dr. Pepper after that one… 🙂

State Names

I live in Kansas.  I have for most of my life.  Some people from other parts of the country think that I have an accent.  Just because the words “think” and “thank” sound the same when they come out of my mouth does not mean I have an accent!  🙂

In Wichita, there is a river.  It is called the Arkansas River, or the Ark.  There is also the Little Ark.  Also, there is a town in south Kansas called Arkansas City.  Unless you live in this region, as you are reading this, I bet you are pronouncing Arkansas as you would the state name.  I would say you are WRONG!  I learned this the hard way.  I am not a native Wichitan.  I moved here after college.  I mispronounced the name of the river within the first week of moving here.  I was made fun of, laughed at, and just generally embarrassed.  “Duh!  It’s the Ar-KANSAS river.”  Oh, excuse me, I bet when it crosses the state line into Oklahoma, it turns back into the Arkansas River.  Silly names.

I just had a conversation with a co-worker about the state named Illinois.  I pronounced it with an S sound at the end.  He said, “Are you kidding me?  The S is silent.”  Really?  Why would they put it there if it was silent?

My parents moved to Missouri when I was in college.  Missouri is a beautiful state.  For some reason when I say the name, it sounds like “Misery.”  Maybe it is only to my ears.  I try not to say the name.  Oh, if you live in Missouri, it is “Missour-Ah.”  That makes a lot of sense.  Maybe they got tired of people saying they live Misery, so they decided to start saying Missour-Ah.

I love my job, really!

I love my job.  I really do.  I really love my job!  I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t.  However, there are parts of my job that I do not love.  Calculating quantities is one of them.  Checking quantity calcs is another.  But, hey, you gotta do the crappy stuff to get to the good stuff, right?  Like storm sewer schedules.  I could get into a storm sewer schedule and be in high heaven for most of the day… but, I digress!

Quantity calcs, or take-offs, or whatever you want to call them, are a necessary evil.  Unfortunately, the contractor needs SOME idea of how much pavement or earthwork or pipe that they will need when bidding a project.  I wish I could just say, “Hey, go out there and build it, and whatever it takes is whatever it takes.  And bring me a Diet Dr. Pepper while you’re at it!”  But no, we live in the real world of responsible engineering, which means I have to be nice and give an estimate of quantities.

Hello world!

So, I’ve never written a blog before.  I’m not even quite sure what a blog is… but I am going to try.  🙂  Here’s a bit about myself:

I’m 35 years old.  <— GOSH!!  When did that happen?  I’m a practicing professional engineer in the civil engineering community in Wichita, KS.  I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a community activist.  I love doing what I do, and would love to share it with the world!

Why this?  I’ve been looking for a place to share my thoughts and ideas, and haven’t found the right spot, so why not make one?  I want to share what I do every day with people who may be thinking about going into engineering.  I have funny stories to share (I think so, at least).  I want to enlighten the younger generation as to what a civil engineer does.

My background: I grew up in a small town in Eastern Kansas.  My family was not wealthy, but we had what we needed.  I excelled in math and science in high school, and decided I wanted to study Civil Engineering at Kansas State University.  The fact that I didn’t exactly know what a civil engineer did never crossed my mind.  I had my ups and downs in college and FINALLY graduated 5 years later.  I haven’t looked back since!  My life has not been textbook, but I love where I’m at and how I got here.

Tata for now!!