Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve been here. A lot has happened – too much to catch you up on, but the main thing is I’m back in NJ/NYC!
Living in NJ working in Brooklyn – doing what I’ve wanted to do for years! I’m loving it, but holy mackerel! What a week! Professors are all bombarding me because it was the first week of school, it’s the first time in 2 years they’ve had an Instructional Technologist to go to, and for many of them it’s the first time they’re using the new LMS. I survived the week by doing things like starting out with a cold caramel macchiato, getting banana pudding for dessert and focusing on the positive (a professor invited me to observe her photography course for 6 weeks!). When I got home last night I started thinking about how my training room and office needed some sprucing up and feng shui. (Def stuff only white people say.)
Luckily someone didn’t show up for their training so I got to escape and run to a flower shop in the neighborhood. Since my research started last night, I knew a couple shops that were walking distance from work.
This morning it was 55 degrees. I kept thinking about how I missed this transition last year and how good the crisp air felt. By the time it was lunch time, it had gotten to 70 degrees but still felt brisk walking to the flower shop. I walked past the cacti and thought to myself how pretty they look, but I’ve had enough cacti in my life for a while so I kept looking around. After a while I realized how indecisive I was being, I walked up to the florist and told him I wanted a plant or two or three or four for my office and training room. He asked me if I have windows – I said yes – so he highly recommended – you guessed it – the cacti.
Well, even though cacti remind me of being homesick, I didn’t want to seem close minded and discriminate, so I whipped out my phone and Googled to see if there are benefits to having a cactus in the office.
I found that cactus spines catch negative energy radiated by computer screens and they are used to shift a stressful energetic experience to something more comfortable – seems perfect for a room filled with technology, training, and panicky professors! Here’s to a new school year filled with less panicky professors and more positive energy in my work environment!