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So Shed Those Dowdy Feathers and Fly - A Little Bit

Friday, June 13, 2008

I'm close to my ticker goal of 60 lbs. off, so that led me to think about the 1960s. Georgy Girl is a pretty neat movie, and one of the interesting parts of it is that, hey, Lynn Redgrave isn't perfect. It was probably pretty courageous in terms of her career for her to play unglamorous.

And it also reminded me of the song, which is quoted in the title to this entry. I haven't worn anything funky in a long time. Nothing really artistic or out there. I've just been in suits (for job interviews) or tees and jeans or more recently tank tops and shorts because of the heat.

Well, the heat has broken, and I fit into a nice pair of khaki capris with little side ties. I recall the last time I wore them in public, I was terrified that if I bent the wrong way, they'd split. Not any more. As for the top, it's actually a top that my mother bought for herself. It's one of those kimono-style things. I'd never buy it for myself, as I've found that when you go with something too trendy you can end up hating it the minute it goes out of style. Not to say that it's even really in style any more, but I figure, heck, it's close enough.

All signs point to us going out for Indian food tonight, and then food shopping. Not too many places to show my semi-trendy finery to, but so be it. I intend to look light and airy and fresh. I still have a good 140 to go, but that doesn't mean I can't have fun in the meantime.

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JESPAH 6/14/2008 10:43PM

    My pleasure. I love all of that stuff. :)

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AXISLADY 6/14/2008 3:16PM

    The hub and I watched the Seekers videos for 30 min. He, being a German boy from Minster OH, had never heard of them, me....I sang along. Thank you for the trip back...........

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JESPAH 6/14/2008 1:10PM

    Thank you, my sweet friends. :)

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THEOTHERHALF 6/14/2008 12:57PM

    emoticon That's the way to do it - nice outfit, good food and a hubby who cares - who could ask for more? Todd

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WOODLANDMYST 6/14/2008 11:24AM

  I can see your grin from here! Keep up the good work and that attitude will take you all the way to your goal!

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JESPAH 6/13/2008 10:56PM

    Thanks! Indian was lovely. And hubby liked my outfit verra much.

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REIGNWATER 6/13/2008 5:15PM

  Amen sister - no more dowdy feathers!

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CHERRYDOLL 6/13/2008 12:44PM

    great attitude! Have fun and strut your stuff!

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It Seems They Cannot Leave Their Dream

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I love this song but can't find a good recording of it that isn't a thousand minutes long. Or at least it seems that way. No matter.

It seems that yesterday's faux pas was pretty minor in the grand scheme of things. I got a reply to my thank you note, and either the interviewer didn't notice (entirely possible, as she was kinda scattered yesterday) or was too polite to say anything. In any event, she said she hoped they chose me, too.

So I guess all is well. I'll be there on Monday for the second round of interviews. It's supposed to rain, and I'm nuts. I'm not just going to the interview. I'm also meeting with two separate recruiters.

In a way, it makes sense for me, as all of that stuff is in Boston and right now I need to save the trips a bit as the back and forth wears me out. Of course having three things in a day is pretty wearing, too, but what can ya do?

So I've gone from a dead end to being incredibly busy with possibilities. On the way, I'm calling all sorts of recruiters, mainly to tie up loose ends on openings where I haven't heard anything. While I recognize that things are not yet at the winding down stage, if I get this one, I will most likely take it, and if I get the one that I'm up for with one of the recruiters I'm meeting with on Monday, I'll probably take that one, and the same is true of the one with the other recruiter I'm seeing on Monday, in that order of preference. Things are very much alive, and I'm thrilled that it's looking a lot like the things that I really wanted -- good public transportation commute, interesting work, decent pay, nice people to work with -- are all very possible.

I have no idea if I'll post an entry Monday as I'll probably be wiped no matter what happens. And, I wouldn't really know anything by then anyway. Right now the possibilities seem endless, stretching out on a seemingly infinite road.

Something will happen next week. With any luck, it'll be something good.

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JESPAH 6/13/2008 9:53AM

    Ha, that would be an awesome problem to have.

I have a friend who's also looking, but he's more on the QA side of things so I couldn't exactly say, hey, check out ___.

Ah, so many prospects, so little time ... :)

Thanks for the encouragement!!

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RATSAMONGUS 6/12/2008 11:01PM

    Hum... what to do if you get offered all three? :) That would be a nice problem to have! Congrats on your prospects and I hope you get to choose the one you like best. :)


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JESPAH 6/12/2008 9:35PM

    TH_NK Y_ _

Uh, I'd like to buy a vowel ...

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EMMASMART 6/12/2008 7:55PM

    I'm sending you wheel of fortune thoughts..

Big Money - Big money! It all sounds good to me.


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JESPAH 6/12/2008 5:18PM

    Thank you. I'm also trying to figure out how I'm gonna do lunch on that day. I'll brown bag it but it can't be anything that can spill. I might take a PBJ and some dried fruit and just resign myself to the fact that it won't be perfect. :)

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WOODLANDMYST 6/12/2008 4:03PM

  Sending all my positive vibes out your way! Glad to see things are looking better for you. You will find your spot. Keep smiling, Cyndy

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I Can't Stop My Brain

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

For the past couple of days, I've been going nonstop. I had a job fair yesterday but in the morning I met with a recruiter and then got myself to the fair. And it was awful weather, over 95 degrees and just horrid and it was not easy to find the place.

It was a good job fair although I didn't send my resume to too many places. They had someone reviewing resumes and offering suggestions and the two suggestions for me were really minor ones.

But when I got home, I was dead on my feet and overheated and then this morning I got up and went to an interview.

The interview was fine and they liked me and want to bring me back for a second round of interviews. But -- stupid me -- I misspelled the name of the company in my thank you notes.

Now, it's a foreign company so I have little doubt that they've seen this before. Plus, the interviewer was rather disorganized so I suspect she understands such things. But, man! How dumb! And the bottom line is, this is a data analyst job, so accuracy and attention to detail are the things I'm selling.

Argh, I hope this error did not blow it for me. I'm pretty angry with myself right now. Not turning to food, no (actually, I just need a nap), but disappointed and not happy at this. I haven't had a major faux pas in this job search process until now, and this is an important place.


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JESPAH 6/12/2008 7:54AM

    Exactly, and I have to keep reminding myself of that.

One thing I thought of yesterday is that this interviewer might end up not even noticing, she was so scattered. I'm also kinda wondering, though, since I will see them again on Monday, should I point out the error?

I realize that magnifies it, but at the same time I can spin it as me owning up to my mistakes and being willing to learn from them, which is a good trait to have in this field. I vacillate between wanting to do it and not, and may end up just punting when I'm there. What do you think?

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EMMASMART 6/11/2008 4:26PM

    Deep Breathing. Focus. Keep sending out resumes. No one position is it! You have to keep applying. After the interview assume you didn't get it and go out and apply some more. You know this! So this one mistake no biggie. After the interview, move on to the next thing. Keep breathing. I am counting on a job coming up for both of us momentarily. Getting your hopes up is BAD. You just feel bad. It's better to assume the worst and keep applying. That way when you get a position you are pleasantly surprised as you have already put it out of your mind after the interview. Remember to breathe and stay in the now. That's where all the action is anyway.


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Sometimes the System Goes on the Blink

Monday, June 09, 2008

It's a frustrating day. Or, rather, a frustrating week. I lost .2 lbs. Now, yeah, I lost. But it was miniscule, in particular as compared to other weeks, plus I had inch gains for most of the 8 measurements I take every week. And I know why -- I'm dehydrated because of the heat and while we are walking at night it's not very fast so there isn't a good enough caloric deficit being established. But going faster or longer is totally not an option, as I already come home red-faced and hot. I don't want to add heatstroke to the fun.

But it's not just the weight, which is really a very tiny part of it. It's that things are coming to a head with the job search. I have, officially, been looking since March 26, which is when I heard that my assignment was ending. I have not dawdled and I have been proactive. I'm not a passive candidate -- I call recruiters all the time, I actively go after jobs, I go to job fairs, I'm constantly working on my tailored resumes, my cover letter keeps improving, I always send thank-you notes, I establish good rapport in the interviews I do get and I actually work in an industry and an area where there are or at least should be openings.

So it's frustrating and annoying, and I'm finding that it's harder and harder to be upbeat for it. Perhaps it's the heat talking but I'm just tired of it all. I want it to be over and done with, and I recognize that that's a very bad attitude and I have to kick that, and right now I don't feel like I've got the energy to do that.

I've had a lot of cheeriness for the past four or so months, and that's been great, and I know it'll come back (heck, I was pretty cheerful yesterday). It may even come back tomorrow, but today feels just ... bad.

There was bound to be a day like this, and here it is. It'll pass, of course.

In the meantime, sometimes you've just gotta rant. Today was a good day to rant. Venting is, ultimately, a very good thing indeed.

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JESPAH 6/9/2008 4:45PM

    Definitely wedded to a job in Boston. 'Cause I'm also wedded to a dude who works in Boston. :)

Actually, I'm feeling better, and I thank you all for your kindness and support.

This was one of those days where it stank until 4 PM. Then suddenly I go into the Inner Sanctum (the bedroom, where there's air conditioning) and figure I'll lie down for a while and do crossword puzzles until the heat dissipates a bit.

The phone rings. It's a recruiter. ___ Co. wants to interview you. I say sure. She hangs up. She calls back. Well, they already had your resume because of the job fair you went to last week. Okay, well, not a problem for me but the recruiter might miss out on her commission. Not that such things are my concern but I do make an effort to not burn those bridges. I apologize profusely and admit that at the job fair I was a lil overwhelmed. Which is the truth. Then the phone rings again. It's ___ Co. directly calling me for an interview. I take the opportunity to tout my buddy the recruiter and mention that it's all related and oops I was less than clear during the job fair. The company gal says that's fine. We agree on Wednesday at 9. Then recruiter gal calls back, saying she was just trying to reach me. Can I interview at 9 on Wednesday? I explain I just had a lovely conversation with company gal. Recruiter gal and I talk about that. Recruiter gal promises to send me directions and whatnot.

The phone rings again. It's someone else, a recruiter from a different company. They want to see me. So I arrange to meet with them for an hour or so before a job fair I'm going to tomorrow. Then, while I'm typing this, the phone rings yet again and it's the assistant of the dude who just called, they're looking forward to seeing me, etc. etc.

And, whew.

I need to go back to the Inner Sanctum.

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REIGNWATER 6/9/2008 3:18PM

  Jespah, job hunting is my least favorite thing in the world. It's really, really hard. Particularly on those of us who have some self confidence issues to begin with - I'm not saying you do, but certainly it can go hand in hand with weight issues. Hang in there! Are there any job search support groups nearby? Sometimes those are not only support but also a good source of networking info.

Are you wedded to a job in the Boston area?

Good luck!

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TUESDAYS 6/9/2008 2:57PM

    Look at it this way... you're avoiding all the LOUSY jobs to get to the one PLUM out there! If you connected with one of these others, you'd miss what God has for you down the line. He's sovereign. Gotta trust that. In the meantime, "bring it, Sista." We can handle the grumbles... it's human. We're cheering you on anyway!


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EMMASMART 6/9/2008 2:49PM

    Honey, you know we are hard to place. If everything is working well, we are expensive!


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EMELIA_BEDELIA 6/9/2008 2:20PM

    yep - that's what we're here for! Sounds like you have a lot of positive things going for you too - 4 months of cheeriness is something I envy!! And losing weight!! Even if it is .2 pounds! Like, Cyndy said - keep your chin up! you have many more cheery days ahead - remember that saying, it's always darkest before dawn.


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JESPAH 6/9/2008 11:45AM

    Thank you, Cyndy. You're a sweetheart. :)

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WOODLANDMYST 6/9/2008 11:00AM

  Venting is always a good thing - and your friends here at Spark have broad shoulders emoticon It is a tough job market at this time. Prices are going up on everything not just gas, and the media is doing its best to whip us all into a frenzy. Keep your positive attitude and envision yourself at your new job. Better days are ahead! Cyndy

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Birds Are Singing

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Well, they may not be singing much. It is HOT.

But it's nice, everything isn't wilted yet which tends to happen after a few days of 90s. I'll see if I've changed my mind tomorrow but right now everything looks and feels lovely. My husband is putting air conditioners in the windows and my shorts are loose.

And, I'm coming up on 60 off. Will I make it this week? I get the feeling that the answer will be no, but we'll see. Even so, as long as I make it before the end of the month (22 days from now, so plenty of time to lose 4 or so lbs.), I will have made my ticker -- and in half a year. As in, I'd be on a pace to lose ....

Well, I don't want to say it. Might jinx it, you know. Put the voodoo on it, the kibosh, the evil eye and all of that. So I say (in Yiddish), kinehura (which means, keep away the evil eye) and we'll see where the chips fall.

In the meantime, enjoy this blatantly lip-synched performance by Daniel Boone, of a song they play at every Sunday Red Sox game.

And stay hydrated in the heat!

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JESPAH 6/9/2008 9:12AM

    Thank you but it looks like despite my wacky precautions I ended up with a pretty nominal loss this week. Hmmpf.

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    Congratulations !!! emoticon

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