Sunday, June 15, 2008
Well, it's not a blazer, it's a jean jacket. And it fits! I can button it ALL the way, as in over my hips and everything.
I haven't been able to wear it that way for seven or eight years. It is a size 1x.
Today will be a little high with the sodium but I will drink extra water and then ... tomorrow. Even if I don't make my ticker goal I will not let that bother me for the interview.
Not a chance.
PS David Bowie is one odd dude.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The Acela is about the greatest train experience you can get these days, at least in the East, and Mr. J and I will be taking it during the first week of July. I'm gonna make the reservations right after I hop off Spark.
My folks live on Long Island (waaaaay out there) and my in-laws are in Manhattan (waaaay North) and so the trip is perfect. We'll go to Mr. J's folks, stay overnight and then rendezvous with my folks in Manhattan the next day and then off to LI for a few days. If we play our cards right, maybe my Dad will take us to Robert Moses State Park (it's beaches).
I'm already starting to think of the food/fitness strategy. We'll take the mat, my exercise book and the wrist weights as carrying the heavy weights is not gonna cut it for shlepping around train stations. Then when I work out I'll grab soup cans to add weight.
As for food, I'll take Crystal Light sticks, oatmeal packets and my water bottle, which has a nice carry sling. And I'll just ask the folks to keep skim milk, fruit and salad fixings on hand, plus some sort of protein, either chicken breast or tuna in water. I figure we'll go out a few nights but that will cover me for the meals during the day. And, if I go over a bit (more likely due to salt than anything else), I won't beat myself up about it. No one's trying to sabotage me but I do want to make it easier for both them and me and so I'm not looking for anything exotic or expensive.
So I'm pretty psyched. And, if I get a job before then, I'll tell them I can't start until July 7th (the following Monday). If I still have to look for work, I'll do it from those places as I'll have the cel phone with me and both sets of parents have Internet access so I can apply online. I won't have access to my resumes or cover letters but I'm set for that on Monster and Dice and on some company job sites. I'll take notes in email and just email them to myself. And I won't go nuts with the applying. Long as I do three job search activities in a week, I'm square with the Unemployment Office, and I'd still have the Sunday, Monday and most of the Saturday of that week to do that if I really wanted to just relax.
The next time we'll see any of them will be for our nephew's Bar Mitzvah in late September. This should be fun. Can't wait!
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.
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.
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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