Work week is over, fucking finally. Hiking tomorrow with my cousin and a friend from high school. Sadly the fiance won’t be able to join, because it’s going to be a great day.

I love my job but today was shitty. We had an accident and ended up air lifting a kid to the hospital. I haven’t gotten any recent updates, but I believe he will be alright.

This is the second time I’ve been on scene for an accident serious enough to warrant life flight, and both times I’ve felt as though I was completely useless and/or actively screwing up. I know most of that stems from inexperiece and not knowing what to do, but I still hate not being more useful on scene. This time was better than the first, in that I did not have a panic attack when told to call 911. However, I felt unsure of how to handle traffic/bystanders. I obviously didn’t want to give them the full scope of the accident, but I felt awful when the helicopter showed up after I had told a few people that it was a minor accident (in an effort to get them to move and to stop prying). Someone sitting in traffic called me out on it and I can’t help but feel like I was in the wrong. Ultimately it didn’t affect the outcome of the accident and I know better for next time, but I still feel as though I should have done better. I’m seriously looking in to first responder/emt classes now, because I know this won’t be the last time I find myself in this situation.

Things are really good right now. My job is challenging but overall rewarding, my cousin is staying with us while he looks for a job and an apartment and I’m really getting to know him for the first time, which is awesome. We scored a great couch from craigslist and I’m relaxing on it now after a crazy week at work. I’m looking forward to my two days off and catching up with a friend tomorrow. I have pictures from my park that I’ll try to post as well, and a longer update on the way.

I’m watching Orange Is The New Black and I’m so glad someone finally punched Larry in the face. I’ve been wanting to do that since the first episode.

aljazeeraamerica:

Partners in Progress: initiative creates one-stop shops for needy families 

LOS ANGELES — At the Youth Policy Institute here in an East Hollywood strip mall, low-income moms study for the GED while their kids are in day care in another room. One Hispanic immigrant mother takes her school-age children for after-school tutoring and computer classes.
In another corner of the center, a poster trumpets the progress of the Our Families Save program, which teaches the poor the importance of good credit. It encourages them to open a savings account by matching funds if they maintain it for a year. About 1,300 families are participating so far.

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aljazeeraamerica:

Partners in Progress: initiative creates one-stop shops for needy families 

LOS ANGELES — At the Youth Policy Institute here in an East Hollywood strip mall, low-income moms study for the GED while their kids are in day care in another room. One Hispanic immigrant mother takes her school-age children for after-school tutoring and computer classes.

In another corner of the center, a poster trumpets the progress of the Our Families Save program, which teaches the poor the importance of good credit. It encourages them to open a savings account by matching funds if they maintain it for a year. About 1,300 families are participating so far.

Read more

illusionaryish:

Imagine if the whole, beautifully paved world looked like this.
These are solar panels that, if placed in the place of roadways and other paving sites (parking lots, parks, etc) can produce more renewable energy than the entire country produces. 
It’s currently in the prototype stage with amazing results. Plus, they can be used in all weather situations that will also make icy roads a thing of the past. Heating elements will melt any ice and snow that sits on top. Another thing, they come with LEDs inside so that you’ll have a better view of the road as you drive. All powered by solar energy. 
I Fucking Love Science posted an article about it and it’s also raising money on indiegogo, which is disgustingly far from the goal. They have some pretty sweet gifts, including bumper stickers, a necklace containing pieces of the prototypes, and an entire working prototype of the plates.
BONUS: The prototypes were made of 10% recycled plastic AND can still handle the heaviest trucks. Imagine what the final product could do.
I urge everyone to at least reblog and spread the message so that hopefully this reaches the goal at May 31st. Projects like this hit me right in the heart because of my passion for renewable energy, which is what I hope to deal with once I’m done with my Engineering degree. I would gladly work on this project if I could, but for now I’m going to settle with donating as much as I can and spreading the word as far as possible.
So, signal boost! <3

illusionaryish:

Imagine if the whole, beautifully paved world looked like this.

These are solar panels that, if placed in the place of roadways and other paving sites (parking lots, parks, etc) can produce more renewable energy than the entire country produces. 

It’s currently in the prototype stage with amazing results. Plus, they can be used in all weather situations that will also make icy roads a thing of the past. Heating elements will melt any ice and snow that sits on top. Another thing, they come with LEDs inside so that you’ll have a better view of the road as you drive. All powered by solar energy. 

I Fucking Love Science posted an article about it and it’s also raising money on indiegogo, which is disgustingly far from the goal. They have some pretty sweet gifts, including bumper stickers, a necklace containing pieces of the prototypes, and an entire working prototype of the plates.

BONUS: The prototypes were made of 10% recycled plastic AND can still handle the heaviest trucks. Imagine what the final product could do.

I urge everyone to at least reblog and spread the message so that hopefully this reaches the goal at May 31st. Projects like this hit me right in the heart because of my passion for renewable energy, which is what I hope to deal with once I’m done with my Engineering degree. I would gladly work on this project if I could, but for now I’m going to settle with donating as much as I can and spreading the word as far as possible.

So, signal boost! <3

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dontbearuiner:

accio-rollerskates:

superbator:

hungry-horny-feminist:

shannibal-cannibal:

inkyubus:

sandandglass:

President Barack Obama at the White House Correpondents’ Dinner. 

OBAMA HAS TOTALLY STOPPED GIVING A FUCK AND IT’S THE GREATEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN

this shit was brutal

THE LAST GIF, “lord that felt good”

Next job? Stand up comedy.

Oh my god. Zero fucks given. Perfect. I don’t even.

Rly doe about that stabd up comedy joke. Yes plz.

Every Home Depot and Lowe’s in the DC area is suddenly out of inventory on shades.

Obama used them ALL.

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Finally!

I know I’ve been kind of insufferable on here over the past 8 months (or more) with my bitching about not having a job and stressing out over job interviews, etc. I was really frustrated when I made my last post because I was turned down for a position that I was both well qualified for and incredibly excited about. I was tempted to cancel my next interview and just focus on my boring new data entry job while planning my next move. I’m so glad I didn’t, because I had a great interview and I got the job! It’s a seasonal park ranger assistant position, but it’s in my field, it pays more than my data entry position, and I really love the park I’ll be working in. I’m so excited! Thanks my lovely followers who stuck with me and chimed in with encouragement/advice…I fully expect to be more positive and more interesting now that I’m not so preoccupied with finding a job.

thestreetsarepavedwithcheese said: Don’t give up! Take the job but keep trying

Thank you! I was really, really bummed when I posted that. I had had a pretty bad first day at my new job, and finding out that I didn’t get the position I was super excited about was super disappointing. Your encouragement helped, because I almost cancelled an interview that I had lined up for a temporary seasonal position in my field but I didn’t and I just found out today that I got that job!

Good news, bad news

I have a (not great, low paying) job that is not in my field. I was holding out hope for a position I interviewed for a few weeks ago, but I just got a rejection phone call for that job today, so I accepted the other position.

I don’t even know anymore. At this point, it’s pretty clear that I’m not cut out for environmental ed/interpretation. I’ll always support and volunteer for EE and interp programs, but it’s obvious that it’s not going to be a career. I feel horrible for wasting my advisor’s time, funding, and resources for two years, but I don’t know what more I can do to get hired. I have a master’s degree and I can’t even get an Americorps or camp counselor position. I have a good resume and good references, so the problem lies in my interview skills and presentation. I really think it’s just time for me to move on and find something else. I’m pretty disappointed with myself and disillusioned with my career path, but there has to be some field out there that I can do well and contribute to. For now, I’m really grateful that I have a job that will help pay the bills and give me some breathing room while I figure thing out.