Wow. This has been a day.
It's actually been a very long day. But in a good way.Synchronized skating nationals
started today-- well, official practice did, anyway. I had my first volunteer shift, guiding teams to their dressing rooms, then to the ice, then back to their dressing rooms. Was on my feet for a solid four hours. And I have three days of this ahead of me-- eight hours on Saturday! But it was *all* good, because I got to watch a ton of skating, and interact with skaters and coaches and other volunteers and even got fed lunch. *AND*-- and!-- one of the teams I was assigned was my old team, the Metroliners. All of the girls I used to skate with have aged out, but my old coach is still with them. I walked right up to her and said cheerily, "Hi, Amy!" And she sort of did a double take and said, "Oh my gosh, Caitlin!" And we hugged, and we were happy, and she told the whole team who I was, and we did a little bit of catching up. I'll definitely see them more throughout the weekend. I also found out that two of my former teammates are now skating for Miami's collegiate team, so perhaps I'll get to see them this weekend too.
Then-- I checked my UCSD email, and I had a message from UCSD's costume shop manager. (I've been volunteering there once a week since the start of school in September.) She asked if I was going to be here this summer, and did I want to work in the costume shop-- for pay! AAAAHH! How cool is that!? I wrote her back and said that my grad program was year round, so I'm expected to work full-time in lab, but I could probably work out some schedule so that I could also work part-time in the costume shop. Eeeeeee!!!! I would be *so* happy to actually get paid to sew. Foot in the door...
Now I really need to sleep. Long few days ahead.