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Another month of me disappearing would hopefully mean some good news right? …YES! I’m here to deliver my good news: I got into optometry school!!! I’ve been complaining about applications and taking entrance exams and work and internship and all kinds of stuff for ages – it never seemed like it was going to end – but I finally made it in!

Backtracking back to my interview with my 1st choice school: Since I applied so late during the application cycle, I had a 2 week notice before my interview (it was the last interview day that the school would conduct). I spent practically an all-nighter the night before my interview prepping because I was busy with my human anatomy class exams and work in the previous two weeks. Honestly I wasn’t even sure if I’d land an interview so I never did interview prep in advance…I gathered/wrote up Q&As for about a week and did actual mock interview prep in less than 24 hours, lol.

Because of that all-nighter, I was obviously very, very tired on interview day. Interview days last about 5 hours, too, so it’s all very draining. You spend all that time having lunch with other interviewees/current students, taking a tour of the school, listening to a presentation about the school, having a student panel talk to you and answer questions, having a financial aid briefing, talking to admissions committee about any missing requirements, etc, and then finally the interview.

Our interviews were not only at the end of the day, but I was also in the next-to-last group to interview. You can imagine how crazy my nerves were while I was just sitting in the hallway waiting to be called. Some interviewees had two interviewers, but I ended up having only one, and he was a very nice fellow. It felt like I asked him as many questions as he had asked me! I’m super thankful I thought up of a bunch of questions I was curious about because I feel like if I didn’t have them, my interview would have been half as short. My boyfriend took me to my interview that day and stayed with me for support (so grateful ^_^ ). He told me I was in there interviewing for about 40 minutes; I still wonder how long everyone else’s interview was.

My interview went pretty smoothly except for 1 question where I blanked out, so I ended up making something up instead (even though I actually did have a real experience to talk about that I practiced beforehand!!!). Later that day when I was home, I ended up crying because I felt like maybe I didn’t do the best that I could have done, and compared to all of the brilliant people I briefly saw before interviews, I felt like I didn’t have a chance. On my interview day, all of us interviewees knew that all 100 seats for the incoming class were already full. We applied too late. But, we all had impressive enough applications to be asked to come for the last interview day, and those who did well on our interviews, would be put on the waiting list.

I would check every day to see if I got into the waiting list yet. One week after the interview, I found out I was on the waiting list. From then on, they would score all of our interviews and rank us within that waiting list to see who would be given priority to seats that open up.

About two weeks after the interview, I asked to see what my ranking was. I received notice in the morning that I was in the first group of the waiting list and that it would be unknown how many seats would open up yet – I was so excited yet scared. It could be that no spots would become available all the way up until orientation day months down the road. However, that same evening, I woke up from a nap (I just had an anatomy exam) and received an email that congratulated me for being accepted!

To be honest, I thought it was a dream when I found out because I was so disoriented from my nap!

I was so happy and so scared all at the same time. I still am. It’s going to be the next biggest challenge in my life for the next four years and I’m going to be in major debt $$$. I really hadn’t planned on getting in this school year, so I originally had planned just working the next year and saving up money…but now I’ll just have to go for it! I worry about the money, but my parents worry more about me getting “old” every year and are happy I can finally continue towards my career. The funny thing is I wrote up a big list of goals two years ago and although I strayed from it a bit, I still ended up on track. I’m getting there, guys :) There’s nowhere left to go but forward!

Word spread around fast at work (I work at an optometry office) haha. I’m going to try and see if I can continue working there at least on weekends because 1) I really would miss that place if I leave for good and 2) I really need the money plus I can’t imagine anywhere else that would would be so generous with my schedule. Once I finish my human anatomy finals this week, I’m going to start working a lot more these next 3 months before I begin school so I can save up at least a little bit more. Not to mention I need to mentally prepare myself too. When I start my journey I’m definitely going to update my blog about it. ^_^

I’m in. And in at my 1st choice school. It’s a crazy feeling.

Depending on what the water is like where you live, you might get that gross, green ring of buildup on your faucets. It’s super stuck on there and a gentle scrub will not do. Vinegar might do the trick though! And vinegar is super cheap! One thing I’d be aware about is whether or not vinegar will damage the finish on your faucet.

Take a ziplock bag – or any bag that works really – and pour some vinegar into it. I didn’t try it myself but I think warm vinegar might work even better? Submerge your faucet into the bag and make sure the vinegar is covering the nasty stuff. You’ll see it sizzle – it’s working! The minerals are being dissolved by the vinegar (an acid). I would let it sit for a few hours if the buildup is bad. Maybe even longer if it’s super bad.

See that green ring?

When it’s been soaking in the vinegar for long enough, use an old toothbrush to scrub away the gunk. It will come off easily. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t very patient with mine, which was bathing in vinegar for 2 hours…I kind of scraped off the stuff that didn’t come off as easily. Which, I emphasize, you should NOT do! I ended up scratching the finish at the very tip of the faucet. Oops. Weeeell, I’d say it looks better than the gross green ring that was on it before at least. Learn from this girl’s mistakes. :p There are still a few spots left, but another vinegar treatment should easily fix that!

Major Improvement!

You can also do this with shower heads…especially if you notice the water has been running weaker than when it was new, or water is spraying in weird directions due to the buildup.

Sorry, I failed with the whole shorter-posts-but-more-frequent guideline, but I can see myself going back into that sooner than later! Some random tidbits from the past month…

  • I sold almost $900 at work for just one patient’s glasses job order last week. Thankfully we’re not on commission but if we were that would have been a good day (got a bonus though!) :p I felt bad saying the price so I just showed it to her on my calculator and she was all ready to pay it. The best of the best for: designer frames, progressives lenses, and anti-reflective coating = all super expensive especially when you don’t have insurance.
  • My boyfriend finally ordered me a graphics card for my fairly newly built PC! So….I am now an inhabitant in the world of Tera!!! It’s free but super awesome possum and I’ve been too busy to play much lately but I always crave to play!

    My Character :)

  • At my internship, the doctor really wants me to work for her besides doing my (free) internship with her, but I’m just too busy to accept it. She’s going on maternity leave so I won’t be seeing her for a long time and I’m going to miss her!
  • When my boyfriend and I went to the swapmeet one weekend, I snatched up a Mrs. Field’s Cookie Book for a dollar. I could always look up the recipes online but I feel all special having the book!
  • I spent one weekend at a friend’s new apartment in another city with some of our closest friends. It was super fun. We played Cards Against Humanity, had some drinks, had Thai food for dinner, went to this really awesome arcade place (it had everything including a bar, karaoke, games, photo booths, claw machines, bowling), went to a bar (they don’t serve food so they allow outside food – we brought in “Bold” chicken soft tacos from Del Taco), got late night donuts, and totally K.O.’ed at her apartment. I’ll also mention one of our clumsy friends accidentally kicked the weirdest looking bubble-gum-pink-looking vomit all over my pants and shoes. Yeah. *sick*
  • I finally decided to go with a new pair of glasses at work. I haven’t put in my order for them yet, but soon! They’re much bigger than what I usually wear – big frames are in right now – so it’s a big change for me but I’ll still be wearing my current frames a lot as well.
  • So far on Thursdays, I’m the only staff member working besides the two managers…last Thursday was killer…hopefully that’ll change and they’ll get more people working. Most of our staff is made up of college students so every quarter when they change their schedules, that affects our work schedule too. This chick brought her dogs in on Thursday and of course, one ended up pooping on the floor. She ran out without cleaning it up and that left my assistant manager very pissed off, lol.

I’m still trying to pull through in my Human Anatomy class. I can be really good at studying for science classes, but for the life of me, human anatomy is one of the hardest I’ve taken. The professor is ridiculously terrible in addition to the 4 hour class being at 8AM. None of us know what to study and when asked what should we focus on, the professor says “whatever I talked about.” But of course, sometimes he goes on hour-long tangents that are super beyond the scope of our class and then he says he just wanted to teach that because he thinks it’s interesting. !._. ARGH! So I’m just trying to get through this class…my next test is this coming Monday.

Additionally, I’ve been stressing over my optometry school applications. I finally pushed all of my recommenders to send send in their letter of recs for me. Put together a thank you gift to one of my recommenders (she is my internship doctor and the one who is going on maternity leave). I still have to give gifts to my other two. I finished sending in the centralized application, and sending in the supplemental application for my #1 choice. I still have to send in supplementals for my 2nd choice. The exciting news is I got an interview for my #1 choice next Saturday!!! So after I friggen get over studying for my anatomy exam, I’m going to focus really hard on practicing for my interview. Hopefully I won’t report back with embarrassing or regretful news about the interview!

I used to be a sandwich girl…I ate packed sandwiches 5 days a week for about 7 years of my life when I was in school, but during 7th grade I put my foot down (boy was I tired of sandwiches) and started buying school lunches instead. Come college life, I went to bringing homemade food and leftovers for lunch. Nowadays I still try to do that, but there isn’t always food to bring, and I haven’t really had the energy to cook lately. Do you know what that means? Yup, back to bringing sandwiches at least 2-3 times a week. That brings me to the question of…how do you spice up a boring sandwich? How to solve the problem of boring sandwiches? Here are some ideas I’ve either tried, or am going to try really soon:

  1. Add sriracha. If you like spicy, it is bomb! It literally spices up your boring sandwich. Of course, you could also go with any other spicy sauce. Maybe sambal-oelek?
  2. Add an egg. I’ve added over-easy and over-medium eggs into my sandwiches before and it makes the sandwich fantastically creamy. It’s like a beautiful breakfast sandwich. (Try it paired with ham and sriracha…so good!) The only thing about the over-easy egg, though, is how unsafe it might be if you’re not going to eat it right away. The next suggestion, then, would be to add an omelette! I threw a sandwich-sized chunk into tupperware, and microwaved it before sticking it into my sandwich. Think of the possibilities! Mushrooms and bell peppers and in your omelette. Mmm.
  3. Add pickles. Pickles or relish can add that crunch to your sandwich and also an extra tasty factor to it. You could change it up with sweet pickles, sour pickles, and even spicy pickles! The pickles can be added directly to the sandwich, or you could just take along one long slice and eat it alongside your ‘wich.
  4. Try different kinds of mustard. Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, honey mustard.
  5. Add pickled jalapenos. Or other pickled peppers like banana peppers.
  6. Add pesto.
  7. Add dressing. Ranch, Italian, etc.
  8. Add humus and roasted bell peppers.
  9. Try themed sandwiches. Make some stovetop stuffing, stovetop gravy, buy some cranberry sauce, turkey slices, and you’ve got a really savory sandwich if you enjoy Thanksgiving food. And you can enjoy it any time of the year.
  10. Avoid soggy bread. Toast your bread ahead of time or if prefer not to since you like the bread fluffy and soft, make sure you add the sauces/condiments between slices of meat or cheese, rather than having them actually touch the bread. You could also bring wet ingredients in separate tupperware but I’d rather avoid more tupperware to wash or trash to throw away.

Today I went shopping but I went shopping on a major budget. I practically spent nothing. :p

I got this super cute bow clip for like 50 cents at H&M because I used the $6 certificate I got from Wrapp (it’s free). The bow was $4.95 and I needed a minimum of $6 in order to use the certificate so I grabbed a star necklace on sale for $1.50 (it’s actually pretty cute but it was on mega sale because it’s missing a clasp). I also used a coupon I got in the mail for a free Victoria’s Secret undie (valued at $9.50 but no purchase necessary – thankfully, since all their stuff is pretty pricey and I probably wouldn’t get it otherwise). And (the most random in the bunch), I got a coupon for free feminine pads that I bought as well, haha.

Since I didn’t spend anything today, I decided to buy the brush-tip liquid liner from Physicians Formula and some cotton pads for eyeliner removal for $13. I have Asian eyelids that fold in, so I have had no luck in finding eyeliner that won’t smudge. I tried ULTA’s Gel Liner and it’s the first one I’ve used that does not smudge – it’s great! However…their only black color comes with glitter in it. So sad. I like glitter, but not on my lash line…I believe it’s the glitter (or it could just be the eyeliner), but every time a glitter particle falls into my eye during the day, I blink my eye in major pain and surprise. It makes my eyes red too… Just when I finally found a gel liner that doesn’t smudge, I find that it irritates my eye.

Hopefully my experiment with Physicians Formula goes well. It’s supposed to be hypoallergenic, paraben free, etc etc for sensitive eyes, and a lot of reviews report long-lasting wear time without smudging. Honestly, I normally wear zero makeup on my face. Eyeshadow and eyeliner are only when I’m out clubbing like twice a year. Otherwise, I stick to just lip color. I would like to wear eyeliner more often if I could just find one that wouldn’t irritate me or smudge. We’ll see!

On top of all of that, I ended up returning my oxford shoes I bought in December from an online sale at ALDO; I realized I would never actually wear them so I returned them. Thank goodness ALDO has such an amazing return policy!!! They allow returns within anĀ unlimited time frame as long as you haven’t worn the shoes yet. Not in-store credit either…they refunded me back onto my credit card. Awesome. So in the end, I got back more money than I actually spent. If you ever get a chance to stack up your freebies and coupons, I highly recommend you have a cheap shopping day! It’s super fun, satisfying, and really friendly to your wallet. 8-)