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Strange Conversation

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The strange conversation is between me and my PC. Or, rather, it's one-sided. Only I am doing the talking. If the PC was answering, well, you'd be justified in calling a mental health professional.

The conversation goes something like this:
Me: Where the HECK is my job search notes document?!?!?!? Where did you hide it?
PC: ___
Me: You deleted it?!?!?! You couldn't save it so you deleted it??!?!?!
PC: ___
Me: Vista stinks!
PC: ___
Me: I'm calling Bill Gates!
PC: ___

And on and on it goes.

Yes, I lost my notes page. I actually lost it twice, and think it was a combination of a bunch of things. The PC was having an issue with IE 7 and IE 7 had to close so that started it into the mode of -- stuff is wrong and things need to close. Then the zip disk I was using was possibly filling up too much (although if you look at Properties, it's only about 2/3 full). Plus I needed four upgrades to Word, upgrades that it had not cared about before.

I am a lot calmer now than I was about a half an hour ago. I have my notes redone and they're a lot sparer. I'm not missing anything crucial (I had a bunch of stuff on paper and in email). I have a new zip disk. I have a whole backup folder. All is basically well.

And, I'm being submitted to yet another place. This is a perm position, and looks very nice. It's in a brand-new building in downtown and everything. More details to follow if it goes anywhere.

Oh and today I had the layoff phone call with my agency. Not so bad, I got everything I wanted. They will pay me some severance, plus I won't have any impediments wherever I try to apply for work. I got everything I wanted from them -- except a new assignment.

And another thing -- despite my anger and frustration, I did not turn to food. I did, however, swear at my PC.

Bill, please forgive me.

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JESPAH 5/8/2008 12:42PM

    Oh I know, and I normally do. This one basically had just gotten away from me. No more. :)

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TREPPILS 5/8/2008 12:14PM

    I know this advice comes a bit late, but save, save, save!

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JESPAH 5/8/2008 8:59AM

    Verra true. However, I do take pleasure in making fun of his haircut.

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EMMASMART 5/7/2008 10:17PM

    If Bill cared about people swearing at the computer he'd have turned it into a mac long ago.


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JESPAH 5/7/2008 9:42PM

    Most o' m'blog entries contain tuneage.

I even take requests ... :)

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MUPP1970 5/7/2008 9:35PM

    I love James.

Great idea putting a link to some tuneage! BRILLIANT!!!

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JESPAH 5/7/2008 3:37PM

    That light saber would come in handy right about now.

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LADYJEDI 5/7/2008 3:33PM

    LOL. That blog made me laugh for real! I'm smiling over here glad that I'm not the only one who uses "verbal tools" and sometimes "percussive maintenance" to fix my computer!

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JESPAH 5/7/2008 3:09PM

    Definitely gotta tell that computer who's boss. I'd pitch mine out the window but I wouldn't be able to get on SP otherwise. There is the old XP PC -- a reliable old workhorse but a lil slow. Hmm. Perhaps I'll threaten this computer with a retro replacement ....

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TRUTALLICA 5/7/2008 2:48PM

  I agree with Heatheirlynn, it's all justifiable, I've told mine I was going to throw it out the window if it kept it up and switch to a Mac.

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    Swearing at your PC is completely justified and actually required. Bill will get over it cuz his computer never ever crashes. No, really, it doesn't. And, he doesn't care if ours does or he'd do something about it. Turning to food would be it sounds to me as though you did realllllllllly well all things considering!!!

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Calling on in Transit

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Right now I'm in transition. And I don't love transitions, not generally, so I tend to have odd dreams and somehow my subconscious is attempting to make sense of it all which means things come out even weirder.

A lot of this was precipitated by getting a notice from my agency that tomorrow they are going to call me and we'll discuss my separation from the company. I get to ask all sorts of lovely questions like how much vacation time are they paying me, etc. etc. Not unexpected, of course, but this gives it a sense of finality.

At the same time, I've been submitted to yet another company -- this time for a permanent position, which is what I'd like -- and am also in the process of figuring out whether I'm going to take a one-day class (it depends whether I already know what they're going to teach) in about a week.

So it's a lot of transitional stuff. Good stuff, I suppose. For the past two job searches, I didn't get an actual offer until I had taken some class and now I'm going to (probably) take a class so hopefully I'll be able to tease out an offer a lot more quickly.

A good offer, that is, not like the one I got which felt like they wanted me to work 24/7. In the meantime, I'm still feeling okay about things and all, but tomorrow will be bittersweet. I didn't love that job and it never felt secure but it was decent and I've had far worse, plus I am getting concerned about the economy even though I know it'll probably be fine and I'll be settled soon enough.

It's the unsettled part that gets old rather quickly.

Enjoy REM.

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JESPAH 5/7/2008 2:11PM

    I bet a job search wake would work. Hmmm.

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SISNAMIL 5/7/2008 10:36AM

    I know what you mean. I always felt like the time between an interview and getting (or not) the job was like the time between a death and a funeral.... NO FUN!

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 10:07PM

    Thank ya shweetie.

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JCROWG 5/6/2008 8:42PM

    Got my fingers and toes crossed for you. Know you're tired of being in limbo and can't wait to get through this transition phase. Jeannette

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 7:10PM

    Thank ya. Every time I see your avatar, I think of that song "Santa Monica". Even if you don't live there. Humor a gal, willya? :)

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    Hang in there, Chica... Keep a positive attitude and all will be fine!

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Beep Beep Toot Toot

Monday, May 05, 2008

They say that weighing in the 300s is like living in the "Tri-Cities Area". And weighing in the 100s is "Onederland". And the 200s? Why, that's "Two-Ter Ville".

I have left the Tri-Cities Area for good. It's official. I am now a resident -- and I will be a temporary resident, although that temporary period can take a good year or so -- of Twoterville.

I have done it with alli.
I have done it with dieting.
I have done it with portion control.
I have done it with aerobic exercise.
I have done it with weight lifting.
I have done it with drinking water.
I have done it with changing my relationship with food, from one of obsession to one of appreciation.

The road isn't ending, not yet. There are plenty of stops along the way, and there may be some detours. But the road back to the Tri-Cities Area is shut. Dynamited away. Can't get back there. Radiation, you know. Bad things. Nothing I want is there.

My little car is driving in Twoterville now, on the way to Onederland.

And that's definitely something to beep about.

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 10:06PM

    A higher compliment I could not have asked for. :)

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    You rock, Jes!! Congratulations!!!

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MUPP1970 5/6/2008 2:23PM

    Hi there!

I was doing my visiting friends of friends of friends pages and came across yours... first.. LOVE the cartoon on your main page...

Second... I love your DONENESS! I am on the Done Being the Fat girl team.. it is an amazingly fabulous group of ladies who are DONE and have DONE it.. just the way you said.

Come check us out! You are already DONE... might as well come drink the koolaid with us!

:) Beep Beep!

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 2:12PM

    Thank you, Your Quirkiness. :)

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JCROWG 5/6/2008 1:59PM

    Hey,way to go!!! We're so very proud of ya'!!! There's no stopping you now!!! Jeannette emoticon

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 12:22PM

    Ah, then my work here is done. How go things on Tatooine?

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LADYJEDI 5/6/2008 10:44AM

    Congratulations!! That's so exciting!

By the way, I got a chuckle out of the city names. Thanks for making me laugh today!

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JESPAH 5/5/2008 3:31PM

    Thank you -- you're all a big part of this.

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TCEDEROTH 5/5/2008 1:36PM

    Congrats Jes. You've worked hard and stayed strong, kept the tractor rolling and got the seed all planted.

Here's to a bountiful harvest.

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EMMASMART 5/5/2008 1:26PM

    Hey I know what you can do with your big clothes. SEND THEM to ME!


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JESPAH 5/5/2008 11:51AM

    Is that Arnold Ziffle and friend swimming in your avatar? :)

Thing is, the Tri-Cities Area at least sounded a little less, well, rube-esque. Although more Rubenesque, I suppose. :)

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SISNAMIL 5/5/2008 10:59AM

    Welcome to Two-terville! Be sure to say hello to Eb and Mr Drucker. But avoid Mr Hainey at all cost.

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Off for the Weekend

Friday, May 02, 2008

My folks are here. I'll be back on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the Cranberries and think of your own family. :)


And One Day the Axe Just Fell

Thursday, May 01, 2008

In a fit of nasty karma, I lost the post I just made. Never mind.

The main thing is that yes, dear reader, I have been laid off.

Now, I figure I'll be fine. Even though I'm personally concerned about my situation (like anyone else would be or should be), the Mass. economy is chugging along just fine. See:

But it still stinks.

In any event, I'll be looking more, and trying to leverage the 10 or so opportunities I've currently got open. These include the dream job which I'm still waiting to hear about. I'll call them on Monday if I haven't heard from them by then.

Time to get more active again -- the 10 prospects (seven of which I've been submitted to) are nearly all due to recruiters finding me and not the other way around. Next week, after my folks leave, I will crank it up to 11.

Meanwhile, enjoy Bob Dylan.

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JESPAH 5/2/2008 6:38PM

    Aw, thanks hon. :)

Got my folks here this weekend -- so won't be on much -- then it's back to lookin'.

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EMMASMART 5/2/2008 2:22PM

    Laid off means you get unemployment and in Massechusettes that no small thing. So that gives you space and time to find the dream job... Please have some fun on your work break. (If you go to Disney world one weekend sparkmail me and maybe we can meet!) You are the most prepared for this of anyone I have ever known.


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JESPAH 5/2/2008 10:54AM

    Thank you very much. Everyone -- except for the gal who laid me off yesterday -- apparently thought I'd be retained a few more weeks. So perhaps the company is hurting financially (I don't know this for sure). This certainly seems to be a symptom of that, as is the fact that they had very little to offer me, and nearly all of it was out of state. Which is crazy because Massachusetts is boom boom booming.

Shrug. Onto better things. Thank you all for your support. It means a lot to me.

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CANNOTFATHOM 5/2/2008 10:42AM

    So sorry! Keeping good thoughts for you! Hang in there!


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SISNAMIL 5/2/2008 10:00AM

    That's just stinky! You will bounce back though. Go get'em tigress!

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CJSTRIP 5/2/2008 8:24AM

    Well...that does stink!

I'm glad to read that, though concerned, you seem to have a great outlook!

Crossing my fingers for you!!!


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