I am back from big adventures, both fun and scary.
A little while ago I was contacted by another Uni with whom we collaborate on a regular basis. They were interested in having me come in as a two-day consultant to help them get their new student support initiative off the ground. I was insanely flattered to be asked and hope that they now have enough going forward for success. I really just spent two days talking about my experiences, what worked, what didn’t work, and why. I asked a number of questions about their existing services and processes and made some recommendations based on their model. They were very happy and I wish them all the best of luck.
Aside from this career adventure, I also drove the round-trip on my own in the new car, about 3 hours each way. This let me tick a number of “new car” firsts off my list:
- Filled the tank for the first time (and the second!). I have great gas mileage, so actually could have done the round trip on one tank (it would have been a little too close for my comfort, though, so I refilled on the way home).
- Ate/drank in the car while driving (and spilled something- luckily the snack and not the drink!).
- Drove on the highway.
- Drove using only one hand (just for a little bit for practise).
- Drove in gusty winds. I did NOT like this part- the larger car feels the wind much more than my little sedan did. It was also nervous-making driving past trucks swerving from the wind- I was happy to get home! My shoulders were/are still sore for fighting the wheel.
- Got lost. Really, really, really lost. I made some guesses and managed to get back on track and to my destination in time, but it was insanely stressful. Reminder to self: if you print a local area map for just this situation, make sure that you packed it!
- Drove for first an hour without a break, and then two hours. This is good practice for driving down to visit my aunt in a week or two. I am super proud of myself!
I did realise that I really need a seatbelt adjuster, so I ordered one online. I could also use a little extra padding on the seat back- the angle of the headrest isn’t quite right, so my shoulders do not touch the seat if the back of my head is on the headrest. I have adjusted as much of the seat/headrest/angle as I could- a little extra padding for my shoulder should fix it. I had to stretch my hands and rotate my wrists periodically while driving or else they would start to go numb (also from clinging on tightly due to the wind, I’m sure).