life beyond the well…

it’s been too long


It’s a bit ridiculous that I haven’t updated my blog in a month. I should really do better. The sad thing, is that there is so much that I want to say, but my job is seriously taking over my life. Well, that and trying to still have a life while negotiating the real world.

I always thought that having a real job and being an adult was easy. Sure, you have to be at work on time, and you have work-related responsibilities; but you don’t have homework, papers, and presentations. Or at least that’s how I imagined it to be. I see now that I was horribly mistaken. I still have deadlines to meet, proposals to write, presentations to prepare for. There’s no more of the extended lunch hours, or making decisions on going to class based on the weather. Life is different. You don’t work, you don’t eat. I’ve become accustomed to being fed, having a roof over my head, being able to pay my bills, and buy a few other things on the side. I suppose I’m shifting from the “Quarter-Life Crisis” to really living life as an adult.

Part of my job consists of going to high schools to recruit students for college. If you all think back to your high school days, you may remember seeing college recruiters in the lunch room/cafeteria/commons area during your lunch. Now, I’m that person waiting for students to come and talk to me, to fill out a contact card, or to get more information about the school. While it’s not the most exciting part of what I do, I have found some entertainment in people watching. We all know that high school is such an interesting and challenging time for students; however, I promise you that I have seen some of the BIGGEST fashion mistakes from high school students. For example, who said it was okay to have hot pink/magenta/fuschia weave in your head? Or when is it ever okay to have your entire head slicked down with a jar of gel, only to have a long flowing ponytail of someone’s hair stuck to the top? I’ve seen teachers with rat tails, students have asked me for money, and I’ve witnessed a fight in the cafeteria. I’m confident that by the end of this recruiting season, I’ll have seen it all.

All that said, I do enjoy what I do. The travel allows me to see different parts of Georgia that I probably wouldn’t have seen by myself, and the college fairs have given me the opportunity to meet colleagues from a number of different schools. Of course there are challenges, but that is to be expected. Simply put, I’m blessed.

Peace and blessings…

PS- For those of you who check this, I promise I’ll update more regularly. Besides, I am certain that God is preparing me for some awesome things that I can’t wait to share with you all 🙂


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

9 thoughts on “it’s been too long

  1. Erin, how many times have you been hit on by high school boys? Don’t lie.

    I swear I see at least one jheri curl a week. I’m not lying. Grant it they are usually repeat offenders, but nevertheless it’s still a curl week after week.

    And there’s a dude at the mall with a high top fade. I saw another fashion-forward dude rocking one so maybe they’re coming back. I mean it’s only a matter of time before the 90s do come back. But anyway, last week the dude at the mall’s high top fade was kinda relaxed but still had some height … kinda like them dudes in the Garnier Fructis (sp) commercials. I just shook my head. We got to do better.

    BTW, you will eventually see that being grown for real is much better than being a student. Be encouraged.

  2. The reports, proposals, and deadlines through me off too! I was like, “clearly this is why I bypassed teaching or being a lawyer!”

    Gene, I am appalled by the number of jheri curls and high top fades and even “Ronald Regans” I’ve witnessed since I’ve been out in LA. I saw this one guy walking on Crenshaw who reminded me of Doe Boy from Boyz in the Hood. A shame!

  3. LOL…Y’all are SILLY!

    I’ve been hit on several times by HS boys…they usually think that I’m just a student, despite the fact that I’m wearing professional attire and a name tag with my professional title on it. Today, after explaining to a boy that I was an admissions counselor, he replied, saying, “oooh…you can COUNSEL me.” Jesus be a hormone suppressant!

    You know, I honestly can’t say how “fashion forward” some of that stuff is. I mean, are you really fashion forward when you’re looking a mess?

    And speaking of hair gone bad…the church school co-superintendent has been rocking an S-curled Gumby for the LONGEST. Apparently nobody loves him enough to tell him he looks a mess…including me.

  4. Erin, I’m glad I checked this while I was at home because it freed me to laugh as loud as I wanted to on high school dude’s game. You should have asked him to spell counsel. LOL.

    Somehow this dude I saw at Arizona State University’s high top fade made him look fashionable, not wack. You know what I mean?


    Ok, you had to be there. I think it was his outfit and swagger with it.

    The saddest thing about the curls though is that they SOOO don’t look good. I mean even a fresh curl is still …. a curl. This sweet older woman at our church HAD a curl. Like her ends are just jheri curled. Her roots are natural. Like she needs to touch up her jheri curl. Sad thing is I’m like, Jesus be some clippers and just cut the curl off and rock the little fro! THAT would be so much tighter. They just don’t get it.

  5. I’m so mad about the old women with the half natural/half curl. I mean, you need to make a decision on what you’re going to do and stick with it. The only thing worse to me is a curl that hasn’t had its dose of activator, so you see the hair trying to hold on to the last little bit of curl and juice that exists.

    Oh wait, I also don’t like seeing older people who don’t keep their hair touched up with color. I mean, why is the middle of your hair black, brown, and honey blond, and the roots are grey and natural. Sigh.

  6. Re: older woman’s hair:

    Choose ye this day, whatchu gone do!

    Yeah ,her hair is kinda blonde and grayish and some other color too. I think the natural is gray … or maybe it’s just dull. Or maybe the gray fades into blonde like a sunset before a rainstorm. I don’t know. I’m confused.

    *throws hands up*

    It’s a medley of hairstyles.

  7. “oooh…you can COUNSEL me.”

    Ahhhhhh. High School. Back when we didn’t know what sexual harrassment was. Good times.

  8. “its a medley of hairstyles”


    Jesus be color treated shampoo and leave in conditioner!

    Erin and Gene ya’ll are too much!! I am putting ya’ll on blogger comment restriction!

  9. jesus be a hormone suppressant?

    That’s a new one…

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