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What it don't get, I can't use

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Of course it's not the only thing in the world, but it is helpful (particularly because the microwave decided to die yesterday). Anyway, today is a mixed day. I apply for Unemployment but also interview for my new #1 choice.

And, I'm going to call my old #1 choice. Essentially I will call everyone there who I have a number for until I get a warm body who can at least tell me something. Or at least from whom (Is that good grammar or not? I can't tell) I can extract a promise to get some sort of information out of them about my status. I'm about 99% sure that I didn't get the old #1 choice but I would like to actually hear that from someone who's semi-official.


Now's The Time to Teach Me Everything

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I've got an all-day databases class today, so I won't be on much. In the meantime, enjoy Rockpile.

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JESPAH 5/14/2008 5:21PM

    Hyperion (Brio) 8.5. Do you know the tool? I've been using it for about 7 out of the past 10 years. It's a big part of why there's employer interest in lil ole me.

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EMMASMART 5/14/2008 2:22PM

    OOOH oooh what are the covering. I'm jealous here.


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Who's Gonna Pay Attention to Your Dreams?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I left the interview in the sticks and, unless they really, really offer me mad money, there's just no way. I got home and, truthfully I'd only been out about 1/3 of the total time I'd normally be out if I was working there, and I'm already beat.

Plus I can see how it would totally wreak havoc with everything in my life. My husband! My sleep schedule! My exercise routine! My meal plan! My website! My writing (yes, I write)! My family!

I met with a recruiter after I had been to the sticks (this is about the new, current #1 choice) and he said that I'm not being ridiculous, that a 4-hour daily commute shouldn't be foisted on anyone.

Thursday, I'll be interviewed at the new #1 place. Onward to better dreams and a better life. I don't have to settle.

PS In a way it's a pity as the place in the sticks is nice, the people are lovely and the work seems challenging. I'd like to try to keep contact with the guy who'd've been my boss as he and I hit it off. I would gladly go work for him if he was closer. Perhaps someday the company will move.

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JESPAH 5/14/2008 5:20PM

    I could totally see myself backsliding. Not wanting to, but it happening anyway. After all, it would be unlikely that I could work out much except for the weekends, then who knows how eating would be (I'd bring lunch and breakfast, and snack and suddenly you're eating all of your meals at your desk, which stinks), plus recording could turn out to be very difficult, etc. Oof, not worth it.

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SISNAMIL 5/14/2008 9:54AM

    I understand completely. I currently do a 12 -13 hour day six days a week and you are right. It wrecks everything!

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JESPAH 5/14/2008 7:13AM

    You said it, sistah! :)

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EMMASMART 5/13/2008 11:55PM

    Proud of the Not-settling girl. 4 hour commute would only be acceptable with a 5 hour day..


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JESPAH 5/13/2008 4:38PM

    It's still early, so I feel good about doing this. If I'd been out of work for several months to a year, I'd be singing a different tune, but for now, bye bye to the sticks.

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CJSTRIP 5/13/2008 3:34PM

    You are don't have to settle!

4 hours out of your life EVERY day to go to work would be so challenging to every other area of your life!

I'm glad you still have options...


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The Place Where Fish Sleep

Monday, May 12, 2008

In the continuing saga of me looking for work, a new wrinkle. The place I interviewed on Friday apparently only wants me for the lower level job. That makes them less attractive and I have something else to grab my attention which seems a lot better and certainly would not knock me around with a two-hour commute each way, every single day.

The other place -- which also wants to interview me -- is right downtown. It's a permanent job, the money is good and the work looks interesting. If I get it, I will most likely take it. Even if the work stinks, it beats the heck out of four hours of planes, trains and automobiles. We'll see how it goes.

The week is totally full. Tomorrow is my third round of interviews with the place out in the sticks, Wednesday I have an all-day class and Thursday I'm hoping to interview with the place I mentioned above. Then Friday Mr. J and I are leaving town. No way am I interviewing on Friday. We'll be totally without 'net access, the whole nine yards. Won't be back until Monday, another day when there's no way I'm interviewing anywhere. So if Thursday doesn't work out, it'll have to be next Tuesday.

Oh, the song? It's because the fishmonger guy (who looks kinda like the actor Chris Elliott) said I was one of their favorite customers. Is the fish guy hitting on me? I dunno, aside from a cabdriver downtown while I was running to an interview (who looked me up and down and asked me "How's it goin'?"), I haven't had anyone other than Mr. J hit on me since, oh gosh, who knows how long?

And I won't be seeing the fish dude this week because we're going on vacation. Will he pine away and drown his sorrows in pike? Will he commit hari-kiri with a frozen flounder? Will he talk to a tuna, pretending it's me? I have no idea and I'm sure I'm making more of this than it is but, heh, it feels good to be noticed, even if it's just for ordering a half-pound of trout.

Next week: As the Salmon Turns.

Stay tuned. Er, tuna'ed.

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JESPAH 5/13/2008 2:09PM

    Then my work here is done, LadyJedi. :)

Trep -- I agree -- there's no way I'm taking that one unless they offer really mad money. It's a pity as it's a nice company, the people really are sweet and I would like the work. But that's a lot of life to let pass away either sitting in traffic or enjoying the company of my fellow commuters.

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LADYJEDI 5/13/2008 11:26AM

    LOL. You're so funny. Your blogs always make me laugh.


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TREPPILS 5/13/2008 9:43AM

    Jespah, I commute 1 hour each way. It really is old. What a colossal waste of time! Not to mention the gas now that its $4/gal!!!!!! I would give anything to be 5 minutes from the office.

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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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