January 29, 2009 - 5:00 PM
Today was a special day. Today I got to meet with all of the other UO bloggers! I unfortunately missed the group photo shoot, so I was feeling a little out of touch with the blogging project, but today brought me back into the loop of things. I have to say that one of my favorite parts had to be that all of us were provided with some of the tastiest chocolate cupcakes I have ever had. They had green frosting! How ducky! Although, this was probably one of my favorite parts because, if my blog hasn't shown it enough already, I have an intense passion for food - as in, I love it!
However, food aside, there were some other really great aspects to meeting with everyone as well. It was fun to read through everyone's blogs that had been printed out and begin to get an idea of what the website is going to look like and what a cool project we are all involved in. I was inspired by everyone's stories and I felt as though even though all of us in the group don't know each other that well yet, we still have a great energy and sense of connectedness. College can be tough sometimes, mentally and emotionally. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one struggling through all of this, but talking with my fellow bloggers helped me realize that I'm not alone in it all. Several other students in the group talked about the stresses of school and personal life and how this blogging project has really become kind of therapeutic for us. I am so excited to be a part of this!
It was also fun meeting in the EMU because we happened to be sitting next door to a room where all of the UO Ambassadors were meeting. I happen to know a lot of ambassadors, so it was fun seeing a bunch of friends of mine mingling around. I love running into friends on campus! It makes it seem smaller than it is when you start to see familiar faces around.
After the meeting, I was planning on booking it across campus to catch the bus on time so that I could get home and get my car and make it to work on time, but plans don't always happen. This is why I am a firm believer in the rough outline approach. You make a rough outline of your day and then you just go with it and everything unfolds as it should. I stopped to talk to my friend Kate before bolting out the door. She is an ambassador for the UO and she is incredible. I miss Kate. We met freshman year in the dorms, so I always got to see her and now that we aren't living together, I don't get to see her as much as I'd like. However, when we do see each other it's awesome.
My brief stop to talk to Kate turned into the most epic hallway conversation ever. We talked about life. We talked about emotion, angst, meaning. We laughed, I probably cried, we shared some of the best hugs ever. Kate is a fabulous hugger. There is nothing quite like a good hug, I think. We had to have been talking there in the middle of the EMU for a good half hour at least. I started to wonder if I would make it to work on time, but I just went with it. It was so good to see and talk to Kate. It was one of those conversations that just makes you feel a little bit better when you're done. I love those.
Finally, it was getting to the point where I definitely had to go if I was going to make it to work on time. So, I said farewell to Kate and power walked my way to the bus stop. As soon as I got there, my bus pulled up. It was perfect timing. I got on, got home, put on my staff t-shirt, and headed to work. It was all so well played. Rough outlines. They always work out the best. My advice to whoever is reading this - don't pass up an epic hallway conversation for the monotonous excuse that you have to stay on schedule. Instead, dive into it, embrace it, and the rest will manifest itself perfectly.