Monday, June 26, 2006

By The Numbers: Emily's Golf Edition

2 Friends that bailed on our game (including the one who knew what she was doing)

9 Holes played at the Benbrook Par 3 golf course

98 degrees farenheit yesterday

0 Areas of shade on the course

4 Golf balls used in my game

3 Golf balls lost in the "lake"

7 Average strokes it took me to get the ball in the hole

27 Par for this course

66 My score on this course

1 Guy on the course (and a lawyer at that!) that asked me on a "golf date" for next week! :)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Look out Annika Sorenstam!

About 5 years ago, I was dating a guy who worked in a golf pro shop as some of you may remember. :) Somewhere during my 1st semester of college that year, I decided that I should take golf class at ACU because he wanted to go play with me. I had to take an Exercise Science class anyways...and this one didn't require the horrific ACU exercise science uniform. So that Christmas, Didad (Maggie and Katie's grandfather) made me a set of golf clubs and I embarked on my golfing journey. One semester later, I vaguely knew how to hit a golf ball and played my first game in which I shot a 97....on 9 holes. Other than hitting golf balls at a driving range one time during finals my sophomore year when I was in a really really bad mood, that was the end of my golf career.

Until now.

Last semester, Christina, another girl named Vineeta, and I decided to take golf lessons through TCU continuing education. We took 6 lessons (actually I only took 5 - I missed the last one) and our teacher was absolutely fabulous! I started off only slightly worse than I left off 4 years ago...and to be totally honest only ended up slightly better than 4 years ago! But tomorrow, I'm venturing back out into the world of golf to play my first real game since the end of my ACU class. And let me tell you, its going to be a really funny sight - Me, Christina, Vineeta, and our friend Jasmine (who actually knows how to play). Ironically, we're playing at the course that the afforementioned ex worked at that started this whole mess! How's that for life coming full circle?

Me tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Its Official

I got the scholarship. Its a little overshadowed with the whole Mavs thing...but its still good news! :)

Monday, June 19, 2006

Is that a "yes" or a "no"?

Last semester, I got nominated for the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship, a scholarship for MBA students in Texas (I know, stating the obvious). Two Thursdays ago (June 8), I finally had my interview, the last step in the application process. My interview was really funny in itself...i'll make another post about it right after this one. But for now, I need your help in deciphering the letters that I just got.

Saturday, I checked my mail and had a letter from the TX Bus Hall of Fame. It was a small envelope, so I was pretty certain in was bad news...and I was right. "Dear Ms. Tate....I am sorry to inform you that you have not been chosen as a scholarship recipient this year....." I was a little let down, but okay.

Today, I checked my mail and had another letter from the TX Bus Hall of Fame. Small envelope again, and I thought to myself "What, did you feel the need to rub it in?" I almost throw it away but then decide to open it so I can post on my blog about getting rejected twice....but it says, "Dear Ms. Tate, On behalf of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, I am pleased to be the first to congratulate you on being chosen as a 2006 Scholarship Award Recipient...."

Both letters are dated June 15, 2006, so I can't even claim that the later date is the real one. Did I get it? Did I not? (I'm assuming I got it until proven otherwise. Ha!) I have included pictures of both as evidence. Can you pull any meaning out of them?

And if you're still with me...keep reading! My interview story is actually really funny.

The Interview

When I first got nominated, I was told that interviews would be conducted in April. May comes, and we haven't heard anything. So the MBA program administrator makes some phone calls to find out what was going on. MANY emails later, we move the date around about 5 times and set it up for June 8th. The email confirming the appointment gave me the name of the man who I would interview and the address of his "office."

So I take the morning off work, get all dressed up in my suit (with the hems still held up by safety pins!) and start following the mapquest directions to Dallas. I get in the area, and cannot find the street Manchester that is supposedly off of Northwest Hwy. I drove up and down the street for about 30 minutes, had my cousin Allyson on the phone trying to figure out where it was, and I was going nuts. This was a huge interview and I was late - a MAJOR faux pas. I finally realize that it is not called Manchester when it intersects NW Hwy and find where I am supposed to go. I get there really upset, and realize this isn't an office....its the guy's home address!

Another girl that was interviewing was already there and said no one was home. So we called his office and found out that they had given the wrong address! His office was in Lincoln Center right off the tollway. He had been waiting thinking that we had forgotten or didn't care or something! So we drive to his office (I'm feeling very lucky because I have been given a 2nd chance after being 30 min late for my 30 min interview!) and I go in to interview.

I am flustered after the events of the morning, i know i'm going to get back to work an hour later than planned, and although the interview went well, I knew that the other girl in the lobby would be a really good interviewee and I'm sure that the other candidates are great as well. I had to set myself apart. So I decide to be bold. I still can't believe that I said this, but it just came out of my mouth. Right as I was leaving, I shook his hand and said "I just want to leave you by saying that I know that I am the best candidate for this scholarship. With my commitment to Texas business and drive to succeed, I plan on making a contribution big enough to be inducted in the Texas Business Hall of Fame someday, so why not give me the scholarship now as well?" He thought it was great! He started smiling really big and was like "That is just great. That is good to know." Did it work? Well....verdict's still out I guess!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

How I felt last Friday:

As soon as I got my pay stub from work, I immediately thought of this clip from Friends...particularly the line, "Who is FICA? And why is he getting all my money??" I'm still happy to actually have money, but in my first paycheck $700 was taken out in taxes, social security, etc.!! I knew a lot would get taken out, but by a lot I thought it would be like $300 or so. Welcome to the real world, huh?

Sunday, June 11, 2006

1 Year Ago Today!

My friend Ashley Bruner married a great man named Matt and became Ashley Lee! Unfortunately, this was also the last time that I saw her because we both got crazy busy and never have been able to get together! Hopefully that will change soon, but for today, Congrats Ashley and Matt!

I think this picture is fun....and probably not one that her real photographer got, so thought I'd post it instead of a typical wedding picture. :)