Internships (And Other Woes)

•September 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Hello everyone! As proto-deathling and good friend Bethany likes to tell me, I’ve been seriously neglecting the blog. I promise you that I have extremely good reason to! It’s only the third week of classes and I’ve only just gotten a chance to relax today. (Seriously.)

My grandmother passed away the week before my RA training. I tweeted about her quite a bit, if you’ll all recall. She was a lovely woman, but she was old and very ill. Her service was wonderful and I got to chat with a bunch of the funeral directors, who all wished me luck. It was, actually, not an altogether unpleasant experience. (Though apparently my niece asked my sister if anyone was going to get into the casket with grandma, and my mother tripped on the church stairs. This being the same church she got married in, I asked if it was history repeating. She swatted me with a prayer card.)

RA training was basically a series of mornings waking up way too early to eat munchkins and talk about write-ups and what to do in case of various crises. Then we moved the freshmen in. CHAOS. Then the returners came. More chaos. Classes started. The book came out (not available on Amazon yet, I know. I’m slacking. But I’m busy!). I founded the Rainbow Alliance club and joined Mortuary Club. I’m on duty from 7 to midnight on Mondays, and it doesn’t seem like a long time but boy, lock yourself in a booth for five hours with just an embalming textbook and a walkie for company and you’ll start to go bonkers real quick!

Embalming class was cancelled tonight, so I went home for the day. I decided, after listening to many woeful tales of people supposed to start their internships three weeks ago still scrambling to line something up, that since my resume is complete, I felt confident enough to start cold-calling funeral homes to look for an internship. I called three funeral homes who promised to call back (probably not the smartest idea to call during standard funeral hours, but hey), and on the fourth: behold! A miracle. One of the directors happened to be in, and told me to gather my paperwork and call him next week. Bring him my paperwork, call up, come in for a meeting and then he’ll try and talk me out of it. Har. Not the point! The point is, I pretty much have my internship. 

I’m pretty excited about all of this. When I see Doc on Thursday, I’m going to have to ask him for some paperwork. :)

[As a fun aside: I met a freshman who asked me if I knew about a blog called ‘The Mortuary Student’. I asked him why, and he said that he emailed “the girl” and asked her about the school and she said it was tough but worth it. I started laughing and he asked me what was up. When I told him that it was me, he didn’t believe me because I look nothing like my picture! I showed him my WordPress dashboard and he was baffled. The universe is so small.]

Buy my book!

•August 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Buy my book!

We are having some difficulties getting distribution through Amazon right now (delayed proofs and whatnot), so I’ve decided to offer my book at 10% off through the Lulu store! You can read an excerpt here!

Go on, pick up a copy. You know you want to. 

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!

•July 29, 2013 • 2 Comments

I know, I always say that, don’t I? Just call me Farnsworth. (Except no please don’t do that.)

So, as i have been spouting all summer, my book “Flowers In Your Soul“, will be available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble on August 25. As a result, I’ve kind of kicked myself into gear regarding marketing myself.

In addition to my twitter page, you can now Like my author page on Facebook! BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! You can also visit my brand spanking new website

I am extraordinarily excited about these developments, as you can imagine. 

So don’t forget to by your copy of my book and keep up to date with my new pages!

BIRDY, OUT.

Accepted Students Day

•July 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

(Is basically useless.)

But it’s a neat little day to meet up with a bunch of other incoming freshman, tour the campus, get free food, and get your ID settled up.

I remember being TERRIFIED of Accepted Students Day. I don’t necessarily like being thrust into situations with a bunch of strangers, but I still went. The point of this post is that if anyone is swinging by tomorrow for this freshman pizza party, you’re going to get a tour of the campus.

And you’re going to get shown my dorm room. I’ll probably be sitting on the couch in my lobster jammies. Feel free to say hello! But don’t feed anyone, this isn’t a petting zoo. 

BIRDY, OUT.

Some general updates.

•July 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Mostly a post to let you know that I haven’t been spirited away and I still stay up until four in the morning.

RIGHT. 

I hope everyone is having a really great summer. I’ve tried to maximize my fun-quotient in between classes since this will be my last summer off ever; lots of beach trips, going to the movie theater to see the same movie more than once, sleeping until noon. You know. The life. I also tried somewhat desperately to get a job. I applied everywhere I could, pretty much. I guess most places just don’t want a funeral director in training to be flipping their burgers. At this point, summer is half over and no one in their right mind is going to hire me for a few weeks anyway. What can you do!

I had my first meeting in an official capacity regarding my position (come fall) as a resident assistant. That should be new and exciting and different. I’m mostly excited to have a paying job. As you all should remember, I have a book coming out in about a month! So if you’d really like me to not live off microwave meals for the next six months, help a future funeral director out and buy a copy.

I made a few changes to the blog regarding layout and the “About” page. I don’t look one thing like the picture I had up there, so I dated it and added another one. (Selfie nation, amirite? Don’t answer that.)

So I hope everyone is doing really well. If any of you are at Comic Con, do me a favor and get me an autograph from Chris Evans? I’m wearing a Captain America shirt AS WE SPEAK.

Marissa

In case anyone was concerned about what I was doing this summer.

•June 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

In case anyone was concerned about what I was doing this summer.

Mostly making pastries.

… and licking the beaters.

I have a novel coming out in August though.

VIVE LE NERDERIA

•June 8, 2013 • 10 Comments

VIVE LE NERDERIA

IT’S TOTALLY OFFICIAL YOU GUYS.

I even have a pin and everything!!

 
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