East… I thought you said Weast…

Yes I took the title from a spongebob episode… sue me.  Anyways, this past week I started my internship with Assemblywoman Russell and it has been a blast thus far.  I only did 2 days this week because well the legislature doesn’t believe in work on Fridays (yay 3 day weekend!) and Tuesday was too busy of a day to get me started, so Wednesday and Thursday were my two days.   So I guess I’ll tell you everything!

First off, no I don’t just run around and get coffee.  I made copies of things thank you very much. 😛 But that’s seriously only 1 of the many things I do.  I also; answer the phone, check the mail, bring bills and such to the appropriate committees and offices, bring things to Addie while she’s in session on the Assembly floor, sit in the Assembly and listen to the debates, research, and a few other odds and ends.

Mainly I’m around Matt the only other person who works in the office.  He’s wicked nice, he just graduated from UAlbany and is going to UVL in the fall.  He’s been showing me around the past few days and basically I’ve been following him around like a puppy.. but on Thursday I got to run a few errands on my own.  Which is the reason for my title, I’m actually starting to be able to find my way around.  I’m pretty proud of myself.

Also, I’ve learned a valuable lesson, flats are my best option.  Heels look pretty but they hurt.  So I’m going to be judging my 1 day a week in which I will wear heels, every other day… flats.

I’m just learning so much about the legislature, and the ways everything work and just getting all this info.  Plus, Addie is really great! She generally is concerned about me, she asks if I have questions, she makes sure that I understand what’s going on. I just like her.  But I’ll talk about that more another day.  I’m going to go take some Nyquil and go to bed, I’ve been sick the past few days and I’m attempting to get as much rest as possible.

So until later, TTFN.

What we have here is an interesting thing… you dig?

So ok, it goes kinda like this….. open your mind!!!! Anywhoser, Ra Ra and I are around each other quite a lot and by a lot I mean- like all the time.  So its only natural that we would end up either hating each other or actually being really good friends.  Well, it turns out that we are becoming very well situated with one another.  Weird I know!  But its efficient in terms of getting things done around the office and being comfortable with obnoxiously texting each other with questions about work stuff and the like (which is what I’m doing now), plus we have class together… I wasn’t joking when I said we were around each other all the time. 

Anywhoser, it’s a pretty sweet deal we’ve got going.  I enjoy it anyways because not only do I get a 2nd office (I commandeer his sometimes for homework), but I’ve got a new friend (I’d call him that).  He’s a pretty good guy, even though he doubts himself.  Irregardless, I’m glad I’m on the E-board and therefore have gotten to know him like I have.

Moving along, Assembly has been pissing me off….. Ok that’s not fair. Assembly hasn’t been pissing me off as a whole, only a select few people IN Assembly have been pissing me off.  They get mad because they don’t think I’m doing my job right/well and  public figures are always going to have good and bad opinions, but it’s still frustrating nonetheless.  So its been a stressful past few weeks, but thankfully Thanksgiving break is coming up.

I can’t wait to go home and eat me some home-made meals, sit on the couch and watch mind-numbing television, not have any classes, and not have anyone telling me I’m doing my job wrong and not having anyone asking for help 24/7.

Whew! I really needed to let that out. So yeah, you can basically say that I need break- badly.  On the plus side I’m running a race tomorrow for FUN!… on the negative side I haven’t really gotten a chance to run this week.  On ANOTHER plus side, I will be running another race on Thanksgiving day so I have a few days in between to start running again… Yay?

So yeah basically its going to be a LOOOOOOONG 4 days until I go home, but I’m just going to have to stick it out.  So hopefully in that time I can win myself a turkey at the race tomorrow- its a prediction race and whomever guesses closest to their time wins a turkey…. I want it. 😛

So until later, TTFN. 

I so solemnly swear……… that that was scary.

So last night I was sworn into office in front of the SGA Senate.  Not going to lie, I was a little worried I would screw up repeating my oath, but somehow I managed to make it through.  I then got to sit up where the E-board sits.  I felt super cool and powerful.  And I also felt seriously glad that I didn’t have to run meeting that night because I honestly don’t know if I would’ve been able to do it.  But moving on………..

Tonite was SGA Assembly, and Vice-President runs assembly.  I was under the impression that I would only be running the end part, well………. Ryan ended up telling me that I was running the whole thing about 2 minutes before meeting….. yeah………..  I’m not going to lie, I screwed up a bit in the beginning, I was kinda nervous.  Marcus (now current treasurer) sat next to me and helped me a bit.  So even though he probably doesn’t read this- Thanks Marcus! Also, one of the other now current E-board members, who sat next to me during Senate said I did a good job, considering not too many weeks ago I was asking him how to make a motion.  So coming from him, that’s high praise. So….Thanks Zack! Moving along, I have a gavel… well a shared gavel.

However, I was informed by Ryan (the old v.p, now current pres) that I can have my own gavel ordered.  So that is what I intend to do… I want a gavel ;P
Now going off of that, I received the keys to all important things today.  I got the key to my office, the SGA office, and the union.  So I’m a V.I.P now.  And all V.I.P’s need what? What you ask? Well they need offices!

This is me at my desk……… and my body-guard…… haha not a real body-guard, just my friend Victor trying to pretend to make me feel cool.  Not going to lie, I’m terribly excited.  It all feels a bit surreal, but I’ll definitely get used to it quick.  Don’t worry I’ll have more pictures of my office up once it’s organized and decorated. Ryan moved out today and the walls are pretty much bare and I legit don’t have anything in it.  So I shall save the pictures until I get settled.  So I believe that is it for now, I have a list of things that I must accomplish.  So until later, TTFN.