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Perhaps I'm a Charming Babbling Idiot?

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Well, I didn't get the job with the physics department (all I got back from them was a very short email that said they had hired the person they felt was the best match for the department and good luck with my career at the university), but that's fine since I ended up getting a job with the President's office.

After three interviews at which I felt went spectacularly (and I did get a very nice phone call back from the other department I interviewed in saying that I had "blown them away" at the interview but they needed someone who could work afternoons), I ended up getting the one job for which I didn't think the interview had gone so well. Go figure. Really, I didn't think it had gone well at all...for some reason, I let my nerves get to me and started babbling, which is what always used to happen to me during interviews. I was trying to avoid it this time, and I had been successful up until that last interview, which is the one I got. Again, go figure.

Maybe I'm just that charming when I start babbling like an idiot?

Anyway, the President's office was a little intimidating. After all, my last job was in a tech department in the basement of a community college, and there I was in the professionally decorated, well lit office of the President of a large university. Yep, I was tripping all over myself.

Oh well, I got the job, anyway, so I guess I shouldn't complain! I would have loved it if I could have felt that it was because I really nailed the interview, but at least they won't be expecting someone who isn't completely awkward. So I can just be my completely awkward self now and I won't blow their expectations, lol...

I haven't really been tracking my calories faithfully lately, since I've been so busy. I have been watching what I eat, except for yesterday. It's the holiday weekend, so I went back to my parents house for the weekend and we went to Fort Worth, to 7th Street (an entertainment district with shopping, a Movie Tavern, and lots of restraunts and bars). We got gilato before the movie (saw Our Idiot Brother), which was wonderful - I got coconut, mango-cucumber and lavendar flavored, my favorite of which was the mango-cucumber, which was dairy-free. Probably should have stuck to the small (the medium was quite a bit) but I don't really regret it. Then we went to one of the bars and I drank water and ate some popcorn. I had a glass of red wine during the movie, and afterwards we went to Fred's (a restraunt/bar which has been on Drivers, Diners and Dives). Since we don't go there very often, I treated myself to a very delicious cheeseburger and fries, although I did stick with the 1/4 pound burger, despite the fact that it cost more than the 1/2 pounder (1/2 pounder comes with fries, with a 1/4 pounder they cost extra, so it ends up being more than the 1/2 pounder). Anyway, I really didn't feel bad about it, since I haven't had a real cheeseburger all summer...

I think it's a good sign when you can treat yourself and not feel bad about it. I know I've already lost a lot of weight (I was at 148 the other day, which is almost back to the weight I was a year ago) and that I've really changed my eating habit this time, so I don't feel like treating myself on one day is going to completely thwart my plans to lose weight now. I know it's just a treat, and it's not going to be a problem to go back to eatting low cal the next day. Of course, I've got to be careful that I don't start treating myself too often, because I still would like to lose some more weight before Christmas. Anyway, I should be able to go back to tracking my food all the time next week, since I should be able to start settling into a normal schedule with my new job and won't be running all over campus to interviews.

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MIRDREAMS 9/7/2011 5:53PM

    Well done! And I agree one of my favorite things about being "good" is that when you do have a reasonable treat there's no guilt.

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STELLAR-LIGHTS 9/4/2011 9:26AM

    Dang skippy! If you're going to have a treat enjoy it! Glad you got the job, it sounds like it'll be a nice change, and it is good to have that settled. Cheers to happy new routines.

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    P.S. Congratulations on the new job! You probably did a lot better than you thought -- the university obviously thought so or they wouldn't have hired you.

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    Good job. I would worry if you CAN'T treat yourself now and then. We need to learn to live in a healthy way and what healthy lifestyle doesn't allow an occasional treat?

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VIMVIGOR 9/3/2011 10:47PM

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job and such a healthy attitude about having the occasional treat. emoticon

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Still Looking for a Job

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

So, I got this back from the performing arts department:

"Thank you for your interest and interview for the Events Usher position in the Arts & Humanities office. Your resume and skillset are impressive. At this time, the position has been filled. Due to your strong interview, I have your resume on file and will contact you, should another position with our department become available. "

Hmm...right. Oh well, I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

I had another job interview yesterday with the physics department, and I'm waiting to hear back from that one. I have a good feeling about it, but then again, I had a good feeling about the position with the performing arts department. So if that doesn't work out either, I have two more interviews on Wednesday, one with the School of Management career center, and one with the president's office. I also have someone I've been playing voice-mail tag with from environmental services.

Hopefully, by the end of the week I'll have a job. I'm not sure what I'll do if I don't. Keep looking, I guess, but since work study jobs for the semester are supposed to start on September 1st, which is Thursday, I'm not sure how much point there is in looking after that. I already applied for twenty different positions, which included everything I was even remotely qualified for, and I don't know if after this point any new positions would be listed.

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SLIMLILA 9/1/2011 11:31PM

    I'm looking for a job too. At least you are getting lots of interviews... I have sent out about 40 apps and only got 2 calls back - both from personnel companies...
Good luck

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MIRDREAMS 8/30/2011 11:30AM

    You could try finding out where the person you're playing phone tag with's office is and just stop by, which would be bad form for a job most places but at college I think it would work. Good luck with the hunt! You should see if your school has an America Reads, America Counts program. Because they send tutors into public schools they have a lot of openings compared with most of the financial aid jobs.

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My Internet Finally Works!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I finally got my internet working this morning. I also got some measuring cups and spoons when I went out shopping yesterday, so I guess that means I have no excuse not to track my food anymore. Of course, I've still lost a pound and a half just in the past few days ^_^ Probably because of all the walking I've been doing around campus and going shopping on the shuttle (which I've done three times now this week). Also, I kind of wonder if I have a tendency to eat less when I don't track!

Thursday night I went out on an "Experience Dallas" trip with the university. We went to the arts district and got to tour the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Crowe Collection of Asian Art. It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait for more opportunities to do these kinds of things with the school. Everything was free, and they even fed us on the bus. My only complaint is that the box dinner included not only a very large grilled chicken wrap with mayonaise but potato chips and a double portion of dessert! Against my better judgement, I ate the whole thing. But like I said, I've lost a pound and a half in the past few days (I'm finally in the 140's!) so I guess it really didn't matter what with all the exercise I've been getting.

I had an interview for a workstudy job as an events usher with the performing arts department yesterday. I really hope I get it! I also have interviews lined up all week for jobs in other departments, all office clerk positions. I would much rather be an usher, I think ^_^;; I've done the office assistant thing, you know...and along with the programming and computer imaging and digital photograpy classes I'm taking, if I have an office job too, I'd be spending almost all my time at a computer :P The usher position actually does include some office work, but I would also get to work performances, so I wouldn't be spending all my time in the office. And I might still get to sleep in some mornings, since the performances are in the evenings ^_^ I should know by the end of the day on Monday. Hopefully I'll get it and then I can just cancel all the other interviews!

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STELLAR-LIGHTS 8/27/2011 8:17PM

    Sounds like you are getting settled. The tour sounded fun.

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Internet Cross Connection Fees, UTD Shuttle Bus Tours...A Very Tiring Day Indeed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So this time I'm sitting in the Student Union building using the internet, because I still don't have an internet connection in my apartment. It turns out I have to pay a $35 "cross connection" fee, I guess because of the "free" wireless internet that's in the apartment (I finally figured out how to get that, by the way, but it was running at about .25 mb per second, which I think might actually be slower than dial up...). Anyway, I have been told that my connection should be up and running by Friday at noon.

I haven't tracked my food for the last few days. I could track it on my phone, but since I still don't have any measuring cups yet either, it just seems like too much effort when I'm having to estimate on a lot of the quantities anyway. I'm still watching what I eat, but it's kind of become an experiment to see how I can do if I don't measure and use the tracker religiously.

I have been getting a lot of exercise just from walking around campus! It's also extremely hot here, which makes getting water in easy, too (of course, that's because I've been losing more of it, so it probably evens out, doesn't it?). And I've been using the pool at my apartment building. At first I was a little aprehensive about being seen in my bathing suit in public. The first time I went swimming at the apartment, I went in the morning when I thought no one (or very few people) would see. But now, I pretty much don't care anymore! This evening, I actually swam while there were two other people in the pool with me and one other person in the pool was so hot today I just didn't give a damn anymore!

Earlier today I went on a Campus Shuttle tour of the area around UTD with a group of international students. I was actually the only one on the tour who wasn't an international student, and I did get some "and why are you here...?" type questions ^_^;; (Actually, I don't think anyone minded that I was there, I think a lot of them were talking with me to practice their English, to be honest!) Anyway, it was very useful, since I don't have a car up here. They took us around the entire shuttle route and even up to the Bush Turnpike rail station, where you can get on the DART rail to go downtown.

After that, I actually took the shuttle to go grocery shopping for the first time, which wasn't bad at all! My food was actually still cold by the time I got back to my apartment, anyway. It will work! So, I probably will be selling my car after all, and saving tons of money on the insurance.

OK, it's getting late, and I still need to take care of a few other things before I go back to my apartment!

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MIRDREAMS 8/24/2011 9:47PM

    Living car free (if one can) rocks! I miss being in a city where I had easy access to public transportation. I went shopping a lot more frequently ('cause I didn't want to have to lug everything back) but I tended to buy only what I needed because I knew I'd be going again a day or so. I also used to walk a few miles a day without even noticing it, so that when we moved I put on about 10 pounds just because I wasn't moving as much. Not sure if that's quite your situation but overall it sounds good. Hope you have internet soon!

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Officially Moved In

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have officially moved into my new apartment at UTD. Yay! I even cooked my first meal in my new kitchen last night, which was frozen veggie pizza and champagne, followed by strawberries and more champagne ^_^ I didn't actually track my calories yesterday since I was so busy moving in (and since lunch was out, and not completely trackable anyway) but I probably didn't do so bad on calories. I'm back to tracking today anyway, although one of the things I haven't gotten yet in my new appartment is actually measuring spoons and cups, which makes things a little difficult because for now I have to estimate on things like half and half and olive oil. Oh well, it's on the list...

Second meal in my new apartment was this morning, turkey sausage and eggs which were kind of half fried, half scrambled. I'm going to have to get used to cooking on an electric stove again instead of gas.

I'm down to about 151 now, so I'm only about 6 pounds from my goal! Of course, I'm also only ten days away from the date I set for my goal, so obviously I'm not quite going to make it. But that's okay, because I've been doing so good anyway! My first goal was just a little over ambitious. Besides, if I'm just down to 149 by the time school starts, I will be more than happy. My second goal is still to be 135 by Christmas, and I think that should still be attainable.

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STELLAR-LIGHTS 8/18/2011 10:31AM

    Woo! Way to go!

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