Prologue: Internship Start(ed)!

Approximately a week or two after I got my license, my engineering internship began over the summer. And it has been wonderful ever since. Well, now it has. There were a few ups and downs the first week!

I came in and I actually had pretty boring, uneventful first day. I went up to the Rosemont office to get orientated, even though everything to do with that building was basically irrelevant to me. Anyhoo, I show up at my actual office down on under around eleven or so am. I was told to read the Enterprise contract by Dave the Supervisor and got to it. But that document was a thuuuudaaaaa. It was sooo insanely huge. It took me a full four hours to get through most of it. ME. Ugh it’s a little embarrassing, but its definitely less interesting than most books I read, and suuuuper dry. I got let out early too at three, and that’s when I sat around for an hour waiting for my ride xD

DAY TWO however was a whole other story…

See, Supervisor Dave gave me his key to the office because he hadn’t had one made for me yet, and as he gave it to me, he said it was okay because I’d be in the office before him. He was right about that, but that sentence implied he was going to come to the office eventually, now didn’t it? DIDN’T IT?!

So as one could guess, I was just sat at my desk/taking advantage of the other intern, Brady, being away from the desk he was hogging which actually belonged to Scott (Phew. Confusing, yeah?) and having read through the given contract a second time, I sat around waiting for Dave to come to the office.

(I arrived at 8 am and expected someone to show up a little later, say around 9.)

9 am: No one. Oh well, maybe they start even later, like 10.

10 am: Still nobody. *Shrugs* Guess people are running late, or went on site first? Oh damn, but the silence is really getting to me. I guess I’ll pace around a bit.

11 am: Uh….why is it still just me?! Okay, wait, calm down. I know the silence is DEAFENING at this point, but calm down. Forget the silence for a second. Ugh, but now you’ve noticed your gut being ripped to shreds inside of you. If only I could curl up on the floor…No, can you imagine how awkward that would be if someone walked in? Focuuuus. People. Co workers that aren’t here. Maybe they had a meeting in Rosemont. Yeah. If they’re on their way back from that, they wouldn’t make it to the office anytime before noon. It’s all good.

12 pm: Maybe the meeting ran late. But someone SHOULD be here by now….Um, distress texting time. (As I crouch behind Brady’s desk because DAMN these cramps.)

After talking to Fatima, and mutually deciding I had been abandoned in the deserted office, I called Ammi and came up with a plan. I waited until 12:30 to text Dave the Supervisor of my uncomfortableness with being left alone and how I planned to leave if no one came in and if there was nothing for me to do.

No response. For a long time. I texted Ammi to come get me. Especially with all my texting and phone usage waiting for someone to come in, I had basically drained the battery. Of course, I was overconfident in my phone’s battery life and hadn’t packed my charger with me. (I’m a commuter. Have I learned nothing?!)

1 pm: I am furiously pacing back and forth through the office only to run into Brady walking in to use the bathroom and grab some gatorade. Anyhoo, I introduce myself and I kind of explain my predicament. He advises I leave and that it’d be no big deal. (He also mentioned how Dave doesn’t come  in on Tuesdays usually and I’m just- I don’t even know -.-” )

I still hung around, but I didn’t get a response from Dave until Ammi was here and I was packing up to leave. He said it was fine and apologized for there being no one.

The next morning, day three, I regretfully come in because I’m dreading being reprimanded for leaving early and maybe being thought of as a sissy and a little kid for being left alone…

But to my surprise, Dave was incredibly sorry and apologizing loads because appaaaaarently there’d been a huge misunderstanding between all the workers where everyone thought someone else was in the office with me. When in actuality there was no one xD

Day three wasn’t much of office work since Dave has been suuuper busy with some crazy projects recently, so I was allowed to go with Dobsin as he “took shots” which was engineer talk for taking height measurements at different points (based off of plans to correlate with elevations as I later learned and got to learn about). We were out in the field and it was super interesting- especially compared to how boring the office had been recently!

So I hung out with Dobsin the rest of that week and we get along pretty well. It was loads of fun and I learned quite a bit about it. However, come week two, I got dragged into helping Joe out, the other engineer who had Brady as his trusty sidekick on this year’s MFT project. That’s when I got acquainted with using the (measuring) wheel xD

But yeah, I’ve been floating between these two projects and still left to my own devices in to office a bunch. I think this is my third or so week right now…? Yeah, that sounds about right.

And now that the prologue has been completed, I can actually share some stories from work! ^_^ (Seeing as I’m not falling asleep for once!)

-Frostie

DIY Custom PaperClips, Designs & Ideas

So today i did many things.

One of which was to FINALLY get Dan Brown’s Inferno in Hard-back, as my mother loves the author and was willing to pay for that. So thats GREAT.

While at SSB, i thought id also check out other books and maybe just maybe get Game of THrones book II (no idea what the name is =$ ) or just look around or maybe the Life of Pi. Unfortunately, as the book store has become eviler, they rearranged the book shelves. if they were something like this (birds eye view)=

I I I I I I
I I I I I I

before, now there something like THIS=

___ _____ _____ ______ _____ _____
___ _____ _____ ______ _____ _____ and it SUCKS. now i have no idea where the books i like are kept. and now youre wondering, ‘ok, great. so just ask those helpful guys who work there, duh.’ However, those guys are so not so helpful. they dont know where anything is kept in their own shop.

when i was assigned to read whuthering heights over the winter break for my literature class (an assignment i never did, btw) i spent a grand total of five minutes attempting to find the book. impatient as i am, i finally cracked and asked for “assistance”. It took them FIFTEEN minutes to circulate around the ENTIRE floor of the store (then it was two stories, now three. more on that LATER. funny tale, that…). all to come back to the shelf i had been sifting through. then another ten minutes to find the book. grr.

Soo yeah. i got the book and while i was at it, i was gonna get a clear paged folder in neon colors for my comics but due to surprise budget cuts as my brother got himself a new mouse (he installed an old video game that apparently requires a swivel mouse or something like that) so i had to leave them behind.

So instead i found post its, colorful thumbpins for my bulletin board, and PAPER CLIPS.

And here i am.

I remember WEEKS ago, on 9gag, i saw this cute picture to bend paper clips into heart shapes, and so i googled it, and found the pictures and used them to make a cute little pink heart paper clip that im using as a book mark now. (i love using paper clip bookmarks, their cute, colorful, jazz it up, and dont fall out easily =P )

since i had to google those pics only cuz i never saved them when i first saw them, and regretted that later, i saved them, and thought id post them here.

pink heart clips

And heres how to do it in an easy one two three step guide. well…its so easy that there IS no step three =D

How-to heart shaped paper clips intstuctns

and then, inspired, i searched for other shapes, like stars, or four leaved clovers or flowers, but couldnt find any =( when i do, they will most DEFINATELY be up here. so have no fear, i am on the hunt!

but i did find websites that sold already made fancy paper clips like leaf shaped ones (loved. very naruto =P not a big fan of that though. just find it tolerable NOW. before i used to hate it.) and speech bubbles, like in comics. those wouldve rocked. and loads of other designs too, like elephants, dogs, cats, swirly hearts, flowers, etc. just google for stuff like that.

i did however find some really cool ideas and came up with my own to design and customize a regularly shaped paper clip.

1. Like taking a jumbo paper clip and adding ribbons to one end to use as a griped reliabler bookmark or just to jazz up an assignment like so

simple bookmark paperclips

or something like this

BrillianglyBland-RibbonPaperclips

or as i found on another website, but didnt save the pic (sowwy), make a cute little bow and then loop that into position where these plain ribbons are tied, so it sticks out from the book your reader, or where ever else you decide to put it, like a card. and that particular blogger put buttons in the centre of the bows with some glue. i think DIRECTLY glueing the button, like a huge one, on the paper clip would also look cool.

or something very pre-school, or simple, with less hassle, would be to cut out two identical shapes on paper or stiffened fabric and cut out a cartoon character or design or letter or whatever and sandwhich the tip of the paper clip in between with glue.

or for the extremely lazy, or artistically challenged, or legit preschoolers as a fun little project to encourage reader (or other grades too. i just weally like kindergarten and preschool =3 ) use stickers with the same method =P

you could also add things like glitter, sequins, beads, and other gorgeously girly and artsy ideas =) even tiny little origami might work out great!

so yeaaaah. those are my little ideas and shit. gosh, this took so long to post, as the internet rebelled against this, and posting those photos was also pretty troublesome and nerve racking (esp. paired with the fluctuating helpfulness of the internet conection.. -.-” ). and as ive said, technology is not my forte =P

BUUUT yeaaaah, thats it, and great, im done WO-HOO!

freeeedooooommm

liberationnn

sleeppp…maybe. but ice cream first ❤

kay, then, laterrr!

-Frosty
that magical as hell snowman, bringing joy and inspiration to all~