Shaunna Faye

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Totally writing this on my new (used) MAC. So far, so good. I'm just getting used to the feel of the keys. It's very different than my old laptop.

The Emmy's are on and it's freaking awesome so far. I love Jimmy Fallon. And I love TV. It's my most favorite hobby. And yes, TV can be a hobby. Some people knit, some people paint, I watch TV.

Tomorrow is my first day in the Alpharetta office. That's all I want to say about that. Ugh.

Martha found her feet today. It's so cute. They're like toys that are always accessible.

Also, she freaking loves the apple flavor rice cereal. She has not been a fan of the regular flavor, so I'm happy apple works for her.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The race is on and here comes pride in the backstretch.

I've been in contact recently with the Attorneys that I used to work for. They've all happily agreed to be listed as references for me in my current job search. One of them even has her own firm now and said that if she was hiring she would ask me to come in for an interview. I told her to keep me in mind and that I'll be at my current job until I find a position at another law firm.

With a paralegal certificate and a few years under my belt, I will hopefully be able to snag a job making at least $8K more than I'm making now. And with a few more years of experience, I'd easily be able to make at least $10k more than that.

I'm kind of excited about getting back into the legal side of things. Technically, I work with legal documents every day right now. And it doesn't hurt that I can list that company on my resume. A lot of firms actually use that company for information.

I'm hoping to get my paralegal certificate from KSU just as soon as I figure out how to come up with the $3k that it costs. Unfortunately, HOPE doesn't cover it.


As of Friday I will officially be a MAC user. My laptop has been slowly going to crap for a while now. A few days ago it got another virus. One that will not let me open anything. Not the internet, not a document, nothing. So, I'm currently using Chris's MAC for my interneting needs. This means that I've had to ask him a lot of "How do you..." questions. Learning to use a MAC is pretty easy so far. You just have to have someone around to ask questions. Like, instead of control+c for copy, you do command+c.

The deal is - Chris's work bought him the new iPhone. BUT - Chris had already bought himself the new iPhone. Chris's friend Zach wants the new iPhone. Zach also wants to upgrade to a new laptop. So, Chris traded his iPhone for Zach's old laptop, which is almost the same computer that Chris has (that I'm on right now). As soon as Zach's new computer gets delivered on Friday and he transfers all his stuff over to it, they'll make the trade and I'll have a computer of my own again. And everybody's happy.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Here we go again.

I went in for my school program interview today. Funny thing - I don't want to get in. Rather, I want them to accept me and I want to turn them down. I've taken classes to prepare for this and now I want nothing to do with it. Luckily, I've only spent money on books for these previous classes, or else I'd be a little pissed at myself.

Here's the thing... I would have to take out about $20k in student loans for my 1 year program. I'd be unable to work during that year because of the demand of time the program requires. When I finish school and go out to get my job, I'd be paying back about $200 a month in student loans for the next 10 years. My starting salary, which most likely will be about the same for the first several years that I'm in that job, will earn me what I'm making now plus about $250 a month. So, um, what? I'm doing all this for a $50 a month increase? Really?

Chris and I talked it over. I don't even really care about being a surgical tech. I decided on doing it a few years ago because all jobs in healthcare are in high demand, I know I can do it, and it seems interesting. After hearing the ins and outs of the job, I don't want to do it. I'm sorry (I'm really not sorry) but it doesn't sit well with me that I would have doctors and nurses treat me like I'm the lowest of the low. But that's what you are in the OR. You're the least educated, making the least amount of money, and you're treated that way.

One of the questions in my interview today was "Do you cry easily?" That's it. I'm over it. If a requirement of my job is that I have to have thick skin as to not cry all over the operating table because I'm being yelled at then I don't want to have anything to do with it.

So yeah, I'll stick with what I do best - being an office drone. But ya know what - I'll be a head office drone. Someone that's in charge. I won't be the least educated or least paid in the room.

No, this won't be at LN. I see how unhappy my manager is. I'm still deciding if I want to go the Healthcare or Legal route. Business Management is the way to go. I have more experience to get my foot in the door at a law firm, so I'm thinking that might be my best bet.

Anyway, that's what's up. I'll be notified next week if I am accepted into the Surgical Tech program. If it's offered to me, I will decline. If it's not offered to me, then that's a sure sign that I'm doing the right thing.

Either way, it's time for me to get on track to something bigger and better. I will work my way to the top (with some education along the way). No more sitting around just doing my job. I have something to work toward now. Got to get the ball rollin'.