athenaltena: (adjust glases)
So my week filled up unexpectedly. In addition to the phone interview, which I think went well, I also have that interview for tomorrow set up, and then when I went out for a walk I got a call for another one in Waltham on Friday. When it rains it pours.

And some of the Italian guys in one store were quietly snickering when I butchered the pronunciation of “gnocchi” (apparently it’s “knock-ee”) and I was tempted to pull my very pale arm out of the sleeve and ask if I looked like I knew how it was pronounced. I think it's pretty damn obvious when you look at me that I'm primarily Irish.

And since it's about 80 degrees out this is the time of year when I start to get reminded just how very very pale I am, and I admit that I'm a little self-conscious about it since it causes people to make judgments about my lifestyle, for instance assume I never get out. As a matter of fact, the pedometer on my phone shows that I walk around a mile on most days, and today it was more like two and a half. And no, I will not subject myself to a concentrated dose of radiation just so I fit some standard of beauty. My family has enough of a history with cancer, thank you very much.
athenaltena: (relaxed)
Put some of my heavy winter coats away and changed my sheets to the bamboo ones, since we have a mini heat wave up here. I also took out one of the skirts since it's "too hot for pants" weather. It’s supposed to get up to the 80s tomorrow, but it’ll go back to the 50s or 60s after that.

I’m also gonna make soba noodles tonight and chill them, since it’s too hot to cook normally. I also feel better than I did earlier after I went out to get some ingredients. The guy at the vegetable store (it's not quite a stand since it's indoors) was nice because when I asked for spinach he asked if "a handful" was good, but what he actually gave me was closer to the size of my head. That's the "I know you and like you" discount you can get in the North End.
athenaltena: (adjust glases)
Oh, and I got a call from that staffing agency where I took that test last week, and apparently the company they submitted my scores to is "not interested in moving forward" in terms of interviewing me. Just great.

Also it's really hard to concentrate on applying to jobs when just going to to get milk feels like it takes more energy than I have. As annoying as it is, the fact that DUA makes you apply to at least 3 things a week does light a fire under my ass even when I don't feel up to it, like today. Luckily I have that phone interview tomorrow and I applied to one thing today, so I just need one more for the week. Normally I do far more than required but thanks to the aforementioned crappy feeling it's harder than usual this week.

And Kurt seems to have disappeared again, and I need him to pay me for last month's utilities. By now I'm just used to the fact that he tends to vanish for days at a time when he goes to visit his girlfriend, and she does the same thing when she stays here for several days at a time. I also need to consult with him about whether we should lock in our electricity rate now and risk it going up or take a chance in case it goes down. I have a feeling his response will be "whatever" but I figure since he's paying for half of it he should have a say.
athenaltena: (concerned)
Have that "someone tied weights to my limbs" feeling again today. Also had it yesterday and barely did anything as a result. I can't tell if it's allergies, a reaction to my new medication, or if it has something to do with how it's suddenly hot. Considering I also have a headache I suspect allergies, but I'll give my doctor a call if it doesn't go away.

The good news is that I haven't seen any ants since I put those traps out, so those seem to have worked.
athenaltena: (lethargic)
Well that didn't work. Went to take a walk to clear my head, and thanks to a combination of dumbfuck tourists, an overcrowded subway and the fact that the entire city turns dumber than usual thanks Marathon weekend and the Sox game I came back more pissed off than when I left.

Turns out I clocked in about three and a half miles total, which I can see thanks to a pedometer I installed on my phone, so at the very least I got some exercise.
athenaltena: (CC)
I think I might be coming down with something, since it was even harder to get up than usual and it feels like someone filled my limbs with lead when I wasn’t looking. Might just be the seasonal allergy crap and something piggybacking off it. Although I'm doing better than one of my friends, since his nose has been bleeding on and off for a couple days now. I told him he should probably see a doctor about that (and resisted making a snarky comment about how women don't tend to whine as much as he does when they bleed for several days at a time).

I also had a dream where a red-crowned crane showed up in my parents' backyard, and I was trying to get a photograph of it. Even in the dream I knew how improbable it was that a crane native to Asia would show up in New England. This was interesting since my great-grandmother did a painting of red-crowned cranes that's in my parents' living room, and she's a definite presence in our lives even though she died before I was born. I'm hoping it's a  good sign.
athenaltena: (Bored)

Well I have a phone interview sometimes next week. Still coordinating the details.

The one problem was that when I first got the email asking for time I'd be available, I couldn't remember the details of the actual job. Luckily I save everything I submit job-wise in a folder on my computer precisely so I don't get caught in this situation, and because I've applied to so many things that I know there's no way I can remember all of them. I did in fact save the cover letter I sent to them (labeled with the name of the organization so I knew which one it was) and just grabbed a copy of the job description off their website for my own reference.

Thankfully I predicted my own shortcomings on this one and set up a paper trail that's easy to follow, or I'd have serious egg on my face. In fact, I could probably even spin that into a weakness I'm working on if they ask that question.

One benefit to saving all the cover letters I send is that I can then cross-reference which ones got responses and which ones didn't, and in the process figure out what did or didn't work. I think I'm much better at writing them now than I was even a few months ago because I've been doing that.

athenaltena: (Bored)
I'm not sure I ever really woke up today due to allergies. I also can't tell if my face is puffier than usual or if I'm just noticing it more than usual. The good news is that I was with it enough to go to the staffing place and do a computer test, so they can submit my scores to this one job. It was some basic stuff like if you can copy a passage, listen to a story and then remember some important details, and know the difference between certain words like dessert/desert*. According to them I did a lot better than most people, including the spelling part, even though it had a few words that always trip me up like (ironically) embarrassment. I can never remember how many Rs are in that word.

When I went out to do some laundry I also had a surprisingly deep conversion with a local guy who works at the laundromat about that Zimmerman asshole, since the news conference where they announced the charges they're bringing against him was on while I was in there. This local guy had a great line when the reporter said that Zimmerman's gone set up a webpage asking for donations and talking about how scared he is, to which this local guy responded "That's funny, I bet that's how that 17 year old black kid felt right before you shot him!" The Italian folks up here do not seem particularly sympathetic towards that guy, including another guy who works in that same laundromat who looked up from his paper just long enough to say "fuck that guy" the last time I was in there, and I agree. We also made some snarky comments about how we wouldn't trust a Fox News poll further than we could throw it.

Right now I'm catching up on the second season The Wire since it's OnDemand, and I watched the DVDs of the episodes before the ones OnDemand while I was out in Western Mass. Cross-referencing a lot of things I like, including Games of Thrones,  I seem to be drawn towards stories with huge casts full of characters with complex motivations and relationships and very grey morality. Makes sense considering that's also the type of story I tend to write. And since I'm working on the backstory of one character who's more or less an antagonist I realized that I'd started picturing him as Jimmy McNulty from The Wire, which makes sense since this guy is basically what would happen if McNulty got away with everything. I actually came up with the character long before I ever saw that show, but they're definitely in the same mold.

*The trick I always use with that one is "I'd rather have two desserts than one desert."
athenaltena: (Rakka)
Had that doctor's appointment, and was pleasantly surprised by how well and how quickly it went.

Read more... )

Oh, and yet another nurse commented that the veins on my arms are very visible, which made her happy even though they didn't do any blood work today. I've probably heard variants on that half a dozen times from different health people.
athenaltena: (adjust glases)
Now that I've had a smartphone for about a month I can tell why once you get one you never go back. Especially since I've been using more and more things on it, like a grocery list, a pedometer (mostly because I was curious just how much I really do walk around here) a checkbook*, apps that tell you when certain MBTA buses and trains will arrive, calendar, alarm clock, and of course Google Maps and Navigator since I am absolutely hopeless when it comes to getting anywhere, including not being able to tell left from right most of the time**. Though it was kind of funny when I was trying to get somewhere and the GPS was apparently a little wonky since it was convinced I was walking in the middle of the Charles River. Not quite. Oh, and I also have something that can identify what song is playing in the background of somewhere like a store since if I recognize it but can't place it exactly it will drive me nuts.

Besides the disaster yesterday, tomorrow I've got that doctor's appointment and then Friday I'm trying to figure out if I can get in both an interview and hopping on the bus back home for Easter. At this point I definitely am going home, it's just a question of when and whether it's the long way or the short(er) way.

* which for the record is not actually connected to my actual bank account, so anyone who stole it wouldn't be able to get my account information
** apparently this also happens to my grandmother, so I wonder if it's genetic
athenaltena: (lethargic)
I’m only now realizing how strange my day actually was since at several points someone dressed in a banana costume asked me if I was okay and/or needed help. For the record the banana costume made sense in context (basically, this was a health fair and for some reason one of the groups had someone dressed as a banana, I'm pretty sure they were handing out condoms or something, was too busy trying to get the damn equipment to work), but yeah, that was kind of strange. If I was anyone else or in a different situation I might've wondered if I'd accidentally ingested something I shouldn't have, but the weirdness of that only sunk in just now.

Needless to say, the radio station staff got sent an email where I basically told them that alums like me are one of their most valuable resources but if they let stuff like this happen they're basically squandering it, since guess what? I'm pretty unlikely to ever say yes to helping them out with an event like this again! Because this did nothing but stress me out even more than I already was stressed out, to the point that I was being far less kind to people that I would've liked, humiliated me both personally and professionally since I was there not as a student but as an alum and a supposed independent adult, and basically wasted three hours of my life that I could've been using to do stuff like look for employment. Not cool. And for the record I managed to avoid using any words like "fuck" in my email though you can be that's what was going through my head. Although I've noticed that with me I seem to cycle from not using profanity, to using profanity, and finally if I'm angry enough my use of it just kind of tapers off. I think I was at that point. Also, I repeatedly tried to contact the people who are supposedly in charge of the station, but they either did not answer my messages or proceeded to suggest stuff I'd already tried, i.e. they collectively helped exactly nill. Oh, I also tried looking up the manuals for it online, but that didn't help much either since I needed to know how the room's audio setup was configured and no one, not even the school staff, could answer that. Fail all around.

Eventually even the coordinator of this event said that I could just go since I was basically staring at a jumble of cables with no idea what to do, and I agreed and packed the stuff up (better than it had been packed by the last person who used it, I should add). One person (not an official staff member, mind you, just a nice kid I know) from the station did heed my call and tried to help, but he was just as stumped as me. I later sent him a message thanking him for just showing up since it made me feel a little less abandoned. And the worst part is that this exact situation already happened once to us at Halloween, where we had no idea how to set up the equipment and it took over an hour for half a dozen people to get it up and running, and that was mostly through trial and error. At the time I suggested taking the time to outlining a step-by-step guide. I was told this was a good idea.

Obviously, they proceeded to learn nothing and never did it, so one person trying to do the same thing in three hours failed miserably. Figures. I know I've only been out of school about 3 months, but seriously, it's like dealing with a bunch of kindergärtners. I also put a message on the public Facebook wall of the group saying that someone, I don't care who at this point, needs to do this because besides being personally humiliated this made the group itself look really really bad. Inexcusable.

So after I left I started home, and then decided to go into a local brew pub because I was hungry, didn't want to deal with making lunch for myself and frankly wanted to be pampered. I managed to accomplish all three, and by the time I left I was considerably less stressed out. Also, beer, which I desperately needed after that (for the record I only had one, and it sufficiently took the edge off). And when I got home I took a nap, and now I'm much more clear headed.

So as Mom put it, I guess you could say today was totally bananas. *rimshot*

Well then

Mar. 31st, 2012 09:39 pm
athenaltena: (Rider)
I forgot to mention it, but the whole renewing the lease thing worked out, since the landlord is (as I suspected) willing to work with us if something happens that means one or both of us need to move out before the end of the lease as long as there's adequate notice.

And I'm already looking to have a busy week next week, since I'm DJing a school event on Tuesday (which for the record is not something I'm getting paid for except in reputation and seeing people I might not have seen for a while) since the particular timeslot for it is hard for people with classes to cover, and that's not a problem for me! And then Thursday going to this new doctor to try and get some answers on the low progesterone thing.

Oh, and an interview on Friday with a place I submitted and application to this week. That was a nice surprise.

I've spent most of this weekend cleaning up the apartment, especially since with this lease nonsense worked out it looks like I'll be here for a while longer. The other day I had a coupon that I used to get a tablecloth for the new table, but when I got it back home and put it in the room it was too dark! So today I went back and exchanged it for a lighter colored one, and it looks great. It was also two bucks cheaper than the one I originally got as a bonus, so they gave me that back (ironically, that savings comes out to just about what the fare to get out there was).

After I exchanged it I then went to my friend Lisa's and we watched a few movies, including Airplane! which neither she or her other friend Steven had ever seen. As soon as I found out they hadn't seen it I knew we had to watch it, and they seemed to enjoy it. Lisa was then going to meet up with some other friends of hers in Davis, and I considered going along but was too tired, especially since I walked from Bed Bath & Beyond to her place since it was a nice day (and to say T fair since it would only be two stops). I've also noticed that my sore throat seems to get worse at night, and I think it probably is allergies at this point, so that's the other reason I decided to go home instead. Plus I have stuff I have to do tomorrow. 
athenaltena: (relaxed)

Yet more evidence about the low progesterone thing. I just tried to stand up and had a moment of "where did my legs go?" even though I'm stone-cold sober and have had plenty to eat today.

I've got an appointment on the 5th, so hopefully that'll shed some light on this. 

And somewhat ironically, I just applied for a position today working with -- you guessed it -- women's health!

athenaltena: (writing)
"Executive Acumen"

When I saw this in a job description I literally stopped and stared at it for a minute as I tried to understand just what the hell it means. One Google search later and it's something to the effect of “keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a business."

And I'm still not sure precisely what that really means.

And of course every time I use a buzz word in a cover letter I gag a little at myself, since I generally speaking hate those, and try to avoid using them whenever possible in my own writing, especially since I follow the Robert B. Parker school of show don't tell, or at least try to. But they're a necessary evil in a job search, I guess.

Also, remind me to never write a cover letter when I'm really really tired. I found one I'd started writing late at night, and it's awful. So many goddamn stupid typos. I'm just glad I had the sense not to send it before sleeping on it.
athenaltena: (Celty)
The interview today went pretty well, and I realized as soon as I walked in that I was among nerds since they had a wall full of internet memes. Most of which I got. Because I'm a dork like that. It seems like the staffing company is mostly made up of like-minded people, and the guy I talked to was only a year older than I am. I'm also pretty sure he was flirting with me (or at the very least interested, but to his credit he kept it professional) but that would also fit since I know all too well that like-minded people are hard to find. I swear I'm not trying to be a heartbreaker for nerdy guys, it just happens.

He says he thinks I'm a pretty good fit for this position, so he'll submit my resume and let me know if anything else that looks like it could work for me pops up. I also told him about the whole debacle last week and he agreed that it shouldn't have happened, though I tried to be diplomatic and say that "somewhere along the line" a screw-up happened and I don't think it was intentional, though I did make it clear I was miffed.

And apparently if I wind up doing a job through them and refer friends to them I can get a bonus. Sweet. I got a generally good vibe from them, and even as I was walking around outside there seemed to be a lot of 20-somethings. The area this place was in was one of the ones that was only recently rebuilt, so it seems to be something of a tech hub. Maybe I'll get lucky through this group.
athenaltena: (Haruhi)
Every now and then I have what I refer to as "domestic binges" where I spend an entire day doing stuff like cleaning the apartment. Today has been that sort of day. First I went out to mail a letter, get stamps and get cat litter, and also picked up some other stuff I need.

I also spent 20 minutes reorganizing my pantry shelf so all of the legumes would be next to each other. Every now and then I get fixated on something like that, but luckily it’s pretty mild.

And the pantry shelf itself is me copying the one Jay, a friend of my family, has, since he has all sorts of jars on shelves full of things, and I really liked that for some reason. Mine’s nowhere near as big, but I liked the idea of being able to see how much of a particular thing I have at any given time, and it looks pretty.

And I was just cleaning out Mari’s litter box and remembering how I’ve heard some people who get so grossed out by dealing with their pets’ poop that they refuse to do it.

My take on it is that if you’re not willing to deal with their shit, don’t make the commitment.

And then I realized this is probably good advice for life in general.
athenaltena: (kitty)

She finally figured out how to use her cat scratcher, and now it's her favorite thing. I'd put catnip on it before, but she would just rub her face on it and didn't seem to get that she was supposed to scratch it. Something evidently clicked and now she uses it all the time. The one downside is that now there are little bits of cardboard all over the floor.


Mar. 15th, 2012 09:59 am
athenaltena: (Yuzuriha)
If nothing else, I've got a temp assignment for tomorrow and at least a few days next week. They told me that the guy who runs the place expects it to only be 3 or 4 days, but they've had people doing the same thing in the past who've wound up there for a few weeks.

The fact that I managed to get something is a major boost to my confidence.


Mar. 13th, 2012 05:17 pm
athenaltena: (adjust glases)
So apparently I spent part of yesterday with smudged eyeliner and green-tinged eyeshadow that made it look like I had a black eye, and didn't notice until I got home. Luckily I know it wasn't during the interview since I went into a bathroom soon after the interview, but that explains some of the weird looks I was getting on the train.

Oh, and some assholes decided to catcall me as I was heading back from the interview. I ignored them. I have no idea if it was related, but if it was, that's even more disturbing. And unfortunately that's pretty consistent with the area I was in, which is well known to be kind of shady.

Speaking of shady, I had two separate phone calls from companies wanting me to come in to interview with them. 5 minutes of digging later and it became obvious that both are very shady and/or a scam and the "jobs" are just door to door stuff that would require a car I don't have, never mind that I know from experience how terrible I am at that sort of thing, so I politely said no. Plus I'd have to go all the way out to Wellesley for one, and a little more digging showed that they've changed their company name several times, which is a real warning sign as that's mostly a way to avoid being associated with negative reviews, and said reviews say very bad stuff. I'm trusting my instincts on this one.

Luckily while I am in need of a job, I'm not gullible, but that's really quite disturbing.
athenaltena: (Reki)
Not sure how that went. Hopefully well.

Also, they don't call it Mission Hill for nothing. That's a hill we'd consider substantial in the boonies where I'm from. And I was in heels. But I made it up in time and didn't completely get out of breath.

It turns out that this position does not involve using the intercom if something happens to a kid, that would be the earlier shift. I'd still be calling people when their patients come in for clinical appointments, but apparently at the hours I'd be there it'd be really quiet. I also managed to slip in that I've been in some form of therapy for half of my life at this point, which hopefully tells them that I'd be sympathetic.

Need to call the staffing agency after I eat lunch to tell them how it went. I'm very hungry, and have some leftover macaroni.


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