Monday, June 16, 2008
I know it was yesterday, but I got caught up with getting ready for my interview today.
Which reminds me, I really need to be getting ready.
But I want to dedicate today to my father, my brother, my father-in-law and my brother-in-law.
My Dad is a funny guy; he's the office jokester. He wears a bowtie and everything (it doesn't squirt water, though). But he's serious, too, and is an inventor, with over 30 patents to his credit, in electrical engineering. He's also devoted to my mother. My husband and my sister-in-law are, in some ways, also his kids. When his brother passed away recently, my cousins became his kids, too.
My brother is smart; he's an Ivy League graduate and has a PMP certification. He's also a fun guy and is incredibly lucky to have my sister-in-law. He's more religious than me and is the Treasurer of his synagogue. I don't think anyone will be prouder when my older nephew is Bar Mitzvah'd in September.
My father-in-law is also a retired engineer. He's musical; he's played the saxophone and the bassoon, which is how he met my mother-in-law (they both played bassoon). He's lost an inspiring amount of weight (I have no idea how much but it's easily over 40 lbs.) and has kept it off for years, mainly by swimming at the Y. He and my Dad are both Korean War veterans.
My brother-in-law is an Italian citizen and lives with my younger sister-in-law (Mr. J's sister) in Siena. He works for the Italian telephone company and drives a motorcycle. He's charming and kind and it's a joy to see him with my younger nephew. He and my sister-in-law met when she went to Siena to study. Who wouldn't want to stay for that?
So -- you daddies everywhere -- here is my heart.
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.
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