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She Taught Me Little Things

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Big ones, too.

Like how to be a professional woman. How to be gracious. How to read. How to appreciate reading. To be politically active. To be good to people (something I strive for but to her comes so naturally). To give of herself.

I'll be calling her today, of course, and we'll be calling Mr. J's Mom (also a wonderful woman), and my sisters-in-law.

Thank you, Mom.

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JESPAH 5/12/2008 9:54AM

    Awesome. Those are important life lessons.

When my folks were first married, my father was bugging my mother while she was making dinner (Can I help? Can I help?). I can totally see him doing that. She got so frustrated with him she handed him a pot of (still-raw) green beans and told him to count them. He got to about #19 by the time he'd figured out what she was doing.

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SISNAMIL 5/12/2008 9:33AM

    My mom was a full-time homemaker and besides the wonderful, people skills your mom imparted, she taught us to play really great practical jokes! She didn't want us to have to learn it on the streets. emoticon

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JESPAH 5/11/2008 8:00PM

    Heya :)

My Mom (and Dad) live there, on LI.

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WOLFKITTY 5/11/2008 2:37PM

    My mom is in NY this Mother's Day too! I read your DYKT after I posted my own, what a coincidence. :)

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Feathered Canyons Everywhere

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A lazy, cloudy day. Reminds me of Joni Mitchell, so enjoy Both Sides Now.

In the meantime, I need to get some lunch.


It's a Magic Day

Friday, May 09, 2008

Well, it might be.

I had the interview -- it was actually two interviews as there are two openings. I am quite sure I got the lower level of the two. The question is whether I got the higher level one.

The commute wasn't too awful but I can see how snow days would stink unless I went by train. I also learned that they'd let me go home and work via VPN client, or work at home, on occasion, when it gets mucky.

They were lovely people and I could definitely see myself working there. It's one of these situations where you bring order to chaos and I tend to thrive on stuff like that.

I have to go write my thank-you notes.

I'll hear next week.

Meanwhile, enjoy one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Joe Jackson.

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JESPAH 5/11/2008 11:48AM

    Well, good your fingahs are back to normal. :)

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EMMASMART 5/11/2008 12:31AM

    Whew that was a close one!

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JCROWG 5/10/2008 10:54PM

    Nah, I've got good insurance, plus don't think ya gotta worry about me goin' to the doc anytime soon. Last time I went was for my six weeks checkup after the birth of my youngest daughter and she's 26 now. I get a mini check up every eight weeks when I give blood. Jeannette

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JESPAH 5/10/2008 1:19PM

    {Now wondering if I'll be paying Jeannette's medical bills. What happened to you? Oh, my fingers were crossed too long and they stayed that way ....}

Thank you! :)

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JCROWG 5/9/2008 10:04PM

    Well good, maybe I can uncross my fingers and toes now. My feet were starting to cramp and I keyed in some strange things at work trying to keep my fingers crossed. I am so happy for you, know it's got to be a relief to find something that suits you so well. Keep us posted. Jeannette emoticon

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    Glad to hear that your interview went well! Keep us posted on what you find out!

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I'll Live Around It

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I had a very interesting phone call this morning. With an employer, of course. And while they are outside my commute zone the job is so good I will consider it.

The icing on the cake: I can take a commuter rail to the next town over, and they have a shuttle bus that would pick me up. I imagine they've run into this before, where someone in the Boston city limits balked at the commute.

The commute will still be kinda ugly but not as bad as I feared. I had been afraid I'd be driving every single day (which I hate), including in blizzards. Instead, here's how the commute would go:
1) 6:40 AM grab bus that stops in front of my house. Take it to the end of its line.
2) Grab trolley for 2 stops.
3) Grab 7:37 train and take it to the approved stop. It arrives at 8:22 AM. I assume they have an 8:30 pickup.

Since this is the first train of the day it'll probably be loaded with folks doing exactly what I'd be doing, but by the time I get on it's only the second stop. So chances of me getting a seat are very high. Plus I have 2 other decent bus-trolley-train options for before about 10 AM. The reason for there not being too many trains on the schedule is because this is the reverse commute.

Another option is occasionally working at home. So even in blizzards I could be home, and then otherwise just do the above. It's not perfect -- nearly two hours each way is a long time. But I suspect they'd give me a laptop or at least a Blackberry.

Why am I so confident about what they'd give me? Because, heh, there are 2 openings, they are dying to meet me and -- wait for it -- one of the openings is to be a Team Lead.

We'll see how it goes, and I am certainly not counting any chickens yet but to be a paid manager (I already manage a website, but that's on a volunteer basis) would be amazing.

The in-person interview is tomorrow at 10. I'll drive there as I don't want the stress of wondering about all of that transportation. I'll leave at something like 8:15 and bring stuff to read as I'd probably be early but it's good to have a huge time cushion for something like this.

I am excited and a tad nervous. My suit is ready, the car has gas and I have directions.

If I get the original #1 job, the one I interviewed for a few weeks ago, I'll still take it. But if they don't act before this place (hopefully) makes me an offer, I suspect I will find a way to make this work.

Aside from the commute, the whole thing is fabulous. It's the perfect match to my skill set. It's a job where you bring order to chaos (which I like to do). It would be management. The company is practically recession-proof and is regularly named as one of the best places to work in the state.

No chicken-counting allowed!

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THEBLUEGIRL 5/8/2008 9:50PM

    Rock the interview tomorrow!

The nice thing about commuting on public transport is you can read, listen to your ipod, knit, or even nap.

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JESPAH 5/8/2008 6:24PM

    Thank you all.

We won't leave the casa, though -- we love this house, it's a good commute for Mr. J (hey, he's got a say in this stuff, too), plus we love being in the city.

Not to mention that property values ain't what they used to be.

I'll figure it out. Right now I'm practicing my "why, I can do that!" look. :)

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    Well at least you have options you know. That was great you being able to look into it before the interview. Go with your gut!! Your gonna be in the right place.

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CJSTRIP 5/8/2008 2:20PM

    Sometimes the opportunities we don't consider at first turn out to be the very ones that are best for us!

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the RIGHT job comes your way soon!


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EMMASMART 5/8/2008 1:52PM

    Don't forget to ask for what you are worth. Oh boy oh boy... If it's good could you move closer?


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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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