Lessons Learned, Halloween 2004 Edition

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1) Just living in a nice neighborhood does NOT guarantee a lot of trick-or-treaters. As it past years, we had only a dozen or so visitors.
2) Carve pumpkins Halloween morning. Remember how smug I was that we carved ours 192 hours before Halloween (that is equal to 8 days)? Well, by the time the second group of Trick-or-treaters visited, I’d thrown out one jack-o-lantern (mine!) because it was so far gone and nasty. A trash bag of pumpkins is surprisingly heavy. No, I didn’t bother to take out the candles. No way in hell was I touching those nasty moldy things.
3) When decorating for Halloween, buy real orange lights, not dual filament purple/orange lights. My house looked like an ad for gay pride. While there is nothing wrong with that of course, everyone else had regular orange lights and I felt stupid. My Christmas decorating plan is to get those pretty small wreaths up super quick, perhaps even Thanksgiving weekend. Do wreaths go bad?

Notes for Thanksgiving 2004: my brother-in-law and his wife won’t be able to venture south this year (she’s in the death throes of her Ph.D and is too busy, which is totally understandable), so we may end up having Thanksgiving with just the boy and Blanche. I wish my own family was doing something really awesome as I’d love to go home for the holiday. A few years ago my grandma hosted Thanksgiving at her house and I didn’t go and it is still a regret. That kind of togetherness will never happen again and I missed it 🙁

Interview is still tomorrow at 8:30 am. I don’t know what to do. I have high hopes about being offered a position and I’d sure love to leave my current employer. But for this? I don’t know what to do. Pessimistic Elaine keeps screaming “You’re always going to work crappy jobs and never going to have anything to look forward to!”, so that’s a lot of fun as well.

(I wonder why blogs seem so self-indulgent?)

If I have time tomorrow AM, I will update after the interview. If, for some reason, these people say “Why, sure, we’d love to pay you $30k to sit around and unlock cars from a distance!”, I do already have my resignation letter typed out. The file is titled “Pull for Emergency.” But what if this is throwing good money after bad, so to speak (or maybe not?)? I never thought I’d end up a total loser in a dead end job. Mom says I should throw in the towel and go work for a newspaper. She’s probably right but it’s not that easy.

A Cheeseball Message…

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A year ago today I was in Chicago for the wedding of my friend Julie. 10/31/03 was her bachelorette party, which we had at the Cheesecake Factory at the watertower. Julie, the other MOH Amanda and I started off the night at the bar. Julie, of course, was a good girl and mostly drank sodas or hot chocolate but Amanda and I more than made up for it (I hope I didn’t do anything to embarass the bride or her family). I remember crying because I was worried that being married would change my friendship with Julie. Tomorrow is her first wedding anniversary and I am so glad to say that I was wrong and lastly, I am so happy for Julie and Joe for making it through the first year of marriage.

Congratulations to them both 🙂

PS: I still have the Official Soundtrack as well :).

Well, it’s about damn time…

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(Sorry, Blogger was being really slow to let me type in a new post…)

Anyway! I have an interview Monday at 8:30 AM for a position in customer service. I would be one of the people to help you out if you have a vehicle equipped with the service. Awesome! If I can get my ass in gear, there are some huge plusses to this. The money would probably be the same as the paycut at where I am now (or maybe a little lower, but let’s not get into that) and it’s a call center environment, so it’s 24/7 which means a flexible schedule which means that if I want to go back to school it would be easier than working an 8-5 schedule, which is what I’m doing now.

Gene and I went to the Melting Pot for dinner last night. It was yummmmmmmmy. Swiss cheese for the appetizer, the entree had filet, NY strip, mahi-mahi, shrimp and chicken and the CHOCOLATE ( ahhhh) – milk chocolate with (sorry Coombes) Baileys mixed in.

No big plans for today other than figuring out WTF “business professional” means, because that’s how I have to dress Monday. I think I may just overshoot and wear a suit (I think I still have one that fits) so I don’t have to go shop for more clothes (too depressing).

Now I have to go to the bakery. It is a damn hard life.

Still a slacker!

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Well, I had an email back from the temp agency re: the position I mentioned yesterday. It’s taken…darnit. It was taken pretty quickly, I bet. The lady from the agency seemed to have a ‘tude….her email said “The position is taken. It was an immediate need” (yes, she used the italics).

Better luck next time!!

Elaine is such a slacker…

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Sorry I didn’t update yesterday! Lazy/busy.

Good news! I got an email about a position as a “Leave Administrator” for a company here in town. It’s a temp to hire position where the pay maxes out at 30k (which is what I make now, before the pay cut). I emailed back as soon as I got the email that I’m interested, so hopefully we can set up a meeting or at least I can hear more about this position and wow the hell out of the temp agency so they will give me some other luscious position.

It could happen! I would like to first thank my best friend Brandy, whose email that said it would all work out…apparently worked. Awesome!

In other news, my company has a temp coming on Monday who can do all the job tasks that I can (or am supposed to be able to do with the payroll position). Since no one has told me when I’m going to be expected to do anything with payroll, I’m really pretty concerned. If it’s just me being paranoid, my plan is to kick some major effing ass when I do start doing payroll to wow the hell out of them …. and make them that much sadder if I resign. (My fear is that they’re waiting for me to resign so they can get out of paying unemployment or a severance).

So, cross your fingers for me!

Patriotic Chore — Check!

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The state I live in allows for early voting, so after work today Gene and I went to the library (he visits exactly every 4 years) to vote. Glad that’s over with! I did not repeat the mistake I made last time and voted for Kerry.

Onto more pressing topics. Have you seen the Ashlee Simpson SNL clip? If not, check out http://www.collegehumor.com/news/ashlee_snl.wmv Oh, my. I can’t get enough. I really enjoy schaudenfraude. Especially the fraud part.

Also: Why hasn’t every carved their pumpkins? Gene, the boy and I carved ours Saturday evening, but when we drove through the neighborhood I saw tons of uncarved pumpkins all around. Am I early? Is it not less than a week before Halloween? Am I some sort of heathen (well, yeah) who doesn’t get it? Meanwhile, I hope they don’t turn moldy and gross. (remember when we carved our pumpkins too early as a kid and they got soft and moldy, Mom?)

To Ponder…

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1) Something I don’t get: the band Coldplay. WTF? Their song “Clocks” was on the radio when I was driving back from picking up linner (Wendy’s…blehh!) and I just totally do not understand them at all. I have heard them compared to the Beatles and maybe U2 and I just. don’t. get. it. Is it maybe the fascination with Gwyneth Paltrow that draws fans to this band? With the prominent piano line in Clocks, you’d think it was a shoo-in for me, but it isn’t. I will say that the lead singer’s voice reminds me more of Nick Drake than anything else, especially the Beatles.
2) The boy spent part of the drive this morning trying to convince us that the song Macarena was a #1 single for 60 weeks. When Gene told him that that would break records set by the Beatles or Elvis, I promptly informed all that “If that’s true, it’s not a world I want to live in!”
3) So as I noted earlier, we usually get the boy back to HEM by 3 pm on Sundays. It allows for a leisurely lunch with Gene’s mother and all is well. Today the boy had a school project so he had to be home early. When the boy called Saturday and did the usual “What time do I have to be home by?” thing with HEM, Gene (gasp!) did the manly thing and spoke to HEM about why this is. (Often they demand him home early because they want to go shopping for something weird and we usually end up keeping him later, score!).
Anyway! On the way home, HEM calls us and asks us about this whole thing. The boy told her that Gene was “Pouty” (her word) about the going home early thing. Now Gene’s ticked.

So let’s talk about something that’s more fun before I go do chores (boo!)…here is a quiz I lifted from The Knot’s AOL boards:

IF YOU COULD BUILD A SECOND HOUSE ANYWHERE IN THEWORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE? I would move this house to the lake and build a second house in Indiana. Ooh! Or maybe buy a Boeing Business Jet — it’s big as a house!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING? My stripey flannel PJ pants. I wish I could wear them to work.

THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT? :::cocks head to the side::: CD? Buy? Oh, god…I buy about 4 CDs a year (when you listen to the same bands as you did in 6th grade, it’s cheap!) Oh, criminey. It was that 2 disc Jackson Browne CD I bought over tax-free weekend when we went to Best Buy to get Gene a new computer. It sucks.

WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Alarm goes off at 6 am Mon-Friday, but I usually don’t make it out of bed until 6:30. If it’s any later I have to sacrifice showering and that’s just nasty.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE? That suggests that I cook, which I don’t. I use the kitchen telephone to order food in, does that count?

IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I would love to play the drums because then maybe I would have a sense of rhythm.

WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SPORTS CAR OR SUV? Both! I want a Porsche (mmmmmmmmm) and a Toyota Highlander, both in black.


FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK? A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett or Corduroy or the Madeline books or Curious George. Least favorite is the Cat’s Quizzer by the Cat in the Hat guy. It takes for freaking ever to read to a kid.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD ITBE? Not a super power, but I would really enjoy a license to kill.


CAN YOU JUGGLE? Not unless swapping things from my left hand to my right really quickly counts…


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DAY? Any day I don’t have to go to work.

WHAT’S IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR? A blue tub full of random things (magazines, newspapers), bug spray, a jacket or two, hopefully no food wrappers but there’s no guarantee with me.

WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SUSHI OR HAMBURGER? Sushi, especially from the sushi restaurant we went to for my birthday in San Diego.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? I loved the stargazer lilies in my bridal bouquet. One of these days perhaps I’ll make a silk bouquet of them.



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How did it happen AGAIN?? It’s Sunday morning and that makes tomorrow MONDAY morning. I just can’t do it. I just absolutely cannot get up tomorrow and go into work again.

We have to leave in a half hour to take the boy back home. Usually we meet my mother in law between here and where she lives (also where the boy lives) and have lunch, but today the boy has a big school project to re-do that is due tomorrow (that he didn’t tell us about!) so we have to have him home early. I was really looking forward to the lunch today, too. Oh, well. So now we have to race there and get back to have only left the puppies alone for ONLY 4 hours. I really, really, really hate leaving them alone for more than 3 hours, so I’ve got them outside right now to empty their little bladders and things. That’s one thing about a baby: you can take them anywhere and you can’t kennel them.

Huh. WTF was I trying to say? I guess I mean that it’s socially acceptable to travel everywhere with a human kid (hell, isn’t it socially unacceptable NOT to?) but people look at you funny if you arrive everywhere with a total of 50 lbs of barking puppies. Plus, we can’t bring them in restaurants, anyway.

Another downside to this thing is that I’m going to get home by 2 at the earliest, which is pretty late to start my laundry. I could stay home alone but I think Gene will like my company and I do have the November Vanity Fair to read (remember? the one with noted musician Johnny-Fucking-Depp on the cover).

Speaking of the VF Music Issue cover, I checked my 2001-2003 issues to see what made the cover in past years. Each year they assembled a group of musicians — one year it included Gwen Stefani and J-Lo (debatable, I know) but another year it included Jewel and Willie Nelson. Effing VF. I hope someone tears them a new one.

More later 🙂

Mmm, Friiiiday…

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The week is over! Are you doing a little dance, glad for the weekend? I sure as hell am!

Nothing new with the job search and Scooby seems fine. They both were checked out of Puppy Day Camp and appear unscathed. Scoob’s nails were even trimmed. I think the secret to them being OK is that I had them kennel them together in an XL kennel so at least they had each other. Right now, Scooby is apparently trying to maim his baby sister. They must have been talking some serious smack at the vet’s today. Also, Scooby’s eating fine. Clean plater tonight and yesterday. Tomorrow’s the last day of the medicine so hopefully that will stop the puking. Gene did his best to buy everything at a pet supply store today, including a 5-lb bag of Beneful. It really does have much less fat in it than the lustrous Bil-Jac, so we’ll see what happens. Our plan is to start the Beneful right after the Bil-Jac is gone, unless the puking continues and then it’s straight to the Beneful. For now, there hasn’t been any barfing so I think we’re OK for now. They had dinner mixed w/ some wet food that had VENISON in it. I have never eaten venison, but the dogs have. LOL

Sooner or later I’m going to get back to the Baby Dreaming. Yeah, I know I posted the other day about twilighting chances…shhh. There is a consignment store across from the parking lot I eat lunch in and they have all these gorgeous strollers lined up outside the store. Do you think it would look weird for a non pregnant woman to go ogle them? These are some serious strollers — good brands, expensive models (it’s a few minutes away from some seriously rich houses). I wonder if I could sneak one into the house, just in case?

Ugh, damned hormones.

No Gnus is Good Gnus…

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(That is, No Guh-news is good Guh-news).

Anyway, on my way home from work I stopped in the vet’s office and picked up the medicine for Scooby. Dr. Peterson told me yesterday that Scooby would have to eat every bite of his meals to make sure he finishes the medicine.

(hahahahahaha). Today I got lucky and managed to get him to eat everything (the last 1/3 of it was eaten literally out of my hand…). Tomorrow, Gene is out of town and both dogs are going to the vet’s office to be boarded, so I will be surprised if he’s a hearty eater. I may run into the store at lunch tomorrow and pick up some wet food (shhh) to mix in.

Nothing new in the job search. It’s disheartening, considering I actually used cover letters. I mean, most of it was…errr…co-opted from the web, but I put my own spin on it.

Last week I received the November Vanity Fair. It’s their annual music issue and it’s the only issue I always save (this will be my 4th) because it’s such kick ass research material. The cover this year — noted musician and songwriter Johnny Depp. WTF?

Good night!