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Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!



April 25th, 2010

I love weddings! Drinks all around!

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Went to my first wedding since my own last year. Unfortunately I had to go sans-husband, since work took him away at the last minute, but I got to hang out with my parents, who I haven't seen since Labor Day, so that was nice.

What was especially great about this wedding though was I got to see my cousin Jen who I haven't seen in probably ten years. Maybe more. I only saw her sporadically as we were growing up - apparently her mom wasn't too fond of my family (I don't know if it was just my mom she disapproved of or if she tried to keep her husband from his entire family) so family gatherings were few and far between. I didn't hear anything about her for several years until my uncle divorced his wife and started talking with my mom and grandparents a lot more.

What I learned then was my uncle was having a bit of a hard time with Jen, because Jen was living with a woman - the woman she married last night in a beautiful ceremony in Baltimore. I reached out to Jen last February to invite her to my wedding and made very clear that while I knew some people in our family were less accepting than others, I was behind her 100% and very much wanted to meet Sarah. Unfortunately the timing didn't work out so Jen and Sarah weren't able to attend my wedding, but Jen and I friended each other on Facebook and we've talked periodically since then.

So when I heard she was getting married, I made sure to clear my schedule so I could get out there to support her. My uncle is still having a hard time accepting her, but he put on a brave face and was there for the wedding, along with her mom and her brother. My parents were the only other family members who attended from Jen's side, a combination of distance (the rest of the family is in Michigan or parts farther west) and disapproval of "the lifestyle."

But I was happy to be there for Jen and Sarah's big day. Jen was totally geeked to see me, which was nice, and I can now confirm that Sarah is a lovely addition to the family (omg, she was soooooooooo cute when it was time for her to say her vows. She was totally choked up with all sorts of emotions. And Jen was so cute supporting her. A fantastic couple!). Despite being in Baltimore for several years, neither Jen nor Sarah have been to New York City, so we're hoping that over the summer they can come visit for a few days! It'll be great getting to know Jen again in person, and Sarah for the first time.

Really, Facebook has been awesome for my family. Both of my mom's siblings have fallen off the radar for us sometimes, and they both started having kids before my parents did, so even when I did see my cousins they were a couple of years older than me and usually didn't want to hang out. But now that we're all grown up and the few years separating us don't matter nearly as much, we're all friends on Facebook. We don't really have in-depth conversations that often, but it's nice to keep in even casual contact with each other.

This is a totally rambley entry, for which I apologize. My brain's still a little scattered from spending so much time on buses in the last two days. NYC to Baltimore wasn't bad at all (we left 5 minutes late but got to Baltimore 15 minutes early), but the trip back really sucked. Left late, stop and go traffic the whole way and obnoxious air conditioning all made for a miserable trip that lasted an hour more than it should have. But now I'm back, and on Friday I get to head to Ohio for another wedding - my brother-in-law's this time.

April 8th, 2010

Ugh, workouts

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Took a spinning class tonight for workout #8. NEVER AGAIN. I was miserable, and really it was just embarrassing how I had to keep dropping out. My legs would lock up and my knees would start twitching, it just wasn't a healthy situation. So. Skipping that FOREVER.

Billy and I also had a good talk on the way home. We've decided we really need to cut at least one day out during the week so we can have some "us" time. For the past week it's been I get home around 5:30, we eat and chill a little bit, then get to the gym by 7:30-8:00, workout for an hour, and get home around 9-9:30, when we're hot and sweaty and often too tired to do much of anything substantial. So while we're proud of ourselves for working out a lot, there really is a point when it gets to be too much. So we're thinking that we're going to skip tomorrow's workout in favor of walking to the movies (about a mile walk there, so not a shabby workout in itself). I'm lobbying to go see Date Night 'cause Tina Fey is my hero.

Job interview update: the interview on Tuesday went extremely well. Of course, all of the others went well, too. This time the interviewer explicitly told me I'm an excellent candidate, which she hasn't been able to say about too many others. She sent me home with homework (just like the editors did way back in February) where I had to create a marketing plan, which sent me into a minor panic. I'm an extremely quick study and am totally confident I could pick up marketing with ease, but since I've never actually done marketing, I was a little bit at a loss as to what exactly I should be doing. But with a little help from a friend who works in international marketing at another publishing house, my trusty librarian friend who got me my first interview back in the day, and Google, I think I put together something passable. I supplemented my marketing ideas with a thorough explanation of why I thought it would be effective, so hopefully that will make up for any deficiencies in my style.

April 2nd, 2010

Feeling good...

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Went to the gym last night for essentially the first time in my life. I worked out in the rec center in college a handful of times, but got easily frustrated. Either my workout partners would really lay on the fat-shaming ("omg, I'm so fat! Angela, you're sooooooo lucky - you don't need to work out!" None of the people I went to the gym with were actually fat, BTW) or I'd get bored on the eliptical machine after 15 minutes and call it quits. At one point Billy and I played raquetball with some regularity, and that was kind of fun, but then schoolwork and forensics would pick up and raquetball dropped to the bottom of our list of priorities.

But when Billy went back to Ohio for a month to work with his dad, he started working out every day. We've been talking for awhile about getting a gym membership and that was the impetus to finally get one when he came back.

We worked out for about an hour. Spent some time on the weight machines and the free weights, where we discovered that my left arm is ridiculously weak. Like, my right arm can lift a ten pound weight like it's nothing, but put even a five pound weight in my left arm and it was a struggle. Looking in the mirror I could even see that I was lifting the weight wrong - my elbow would automatically jerk out no matter how hard I concentrated. It was kind of hilarious, but also a little frustrating.

I also felt like a total interloper in the free weight area, since it was dominated by all of these really buff dudes lifting my entire body weight essentially.

After the weights I hit the eliptical machine for 15 minutes - I was planning on going longer, but Billy wanted to head home. The cardio machines are kind of awesome, because they all have TVs attached. It's been a long time since I've watched TV in real time - I think it's been over a year since we got rid of cable. Part of me's wondering if I could handle two hours on an elliptical or a bike so I can watch Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow every night, lol.

Billy kept warning me that I was going to push myself too hard and I would wake up today totally sore. My arms are a little achy, and my legs didn't want to climb the stairs out of the subway, but otherwise I feel good and can't wait to go back tonight!

In job search news...I'm preparing for interview number three on Tuesday. First was for the editorial assistant position...then the executive assistant position two weeks ago...and now I'm interviewing for a children's marketing assistant position. This time I got a recommendation from the president of the children's group to interview for this one, so hopefully it will carry some weight and this will be the last interview. It's great they apparently really like me and all, but I would prefer it if they would like me so much they would actually hire me, rather than shuffling me from interview to interview. So that happens first thing Tuesday morning, which is great because I don't really need to make up an excuse for work - if I'm late I can just blame it on the trains! Half the time my bosses don't notice when I come in anyway.

March 6th, 2010

Job Update

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So...last post was about my interview, right? Well, learned on Monday that I didn't get it. Maybe I did come across as over qualified. I don't know.

But! On Thursday Joanne from Human Resources called me back and said they have an executive assistant position opening up. Assistant to the president of the children's publishing group.

No one that I talk to can quite figure out if this is really a step up. On the one hand, it's the president of the children's group rather than the editors of an imprint I'd be assisting. On the other hand, the last interview would have included actual editorial work among the assistant duties (what I'd really like to do) and this would be much more assistant-ing, with the occasional research project thrown in (no idea what kind of research projects, but I'm a huge nerd so when Joanne said "research" I perked up). As an executive assistant I would get to see a lot more of what happens at the publisher than I would have just being in editorial, so who knows, perhaps I'll find a totally different field that I want to end up in.

So, things are going okay on the job-front. I'm beginning to get desperate to get out of my current job; I keep having weird personal friction with one of my bosses. I've never liked her all that much (it looks to me like she totally slacks off most days and then there's her liberal use of the word "retarded" to describe anyone and anything that doesn't go her way), but the last straw was last week when she called me a bitch.

I'm sure she was joking at the time, but we do not having anything even close to the sort of relationship where she can get away with calling me that. For one thing, she's my boss, and for another it's not like we've ever hung out outside of work so we clearly aren't actually friends. It was weird and really totally uncalled for. So I'm really looking forward to the day when I can give my two weeks' notice.

Things I'm also looking forward to: going to Ohio next weekend! The husband has been there for the last week getting some training for his new job with his dad's company, and next weekend I get to go visit. I'm adapting to having the apartment to myself, but it'll be nice to see him again, if only for a weekend. The cats have finally adapted too, I think; they were really quiet and subdued for the first few days and didn't even want to play and snuggle with me :-( But now they're fighting and snuggling and purring again, so life is okay.

February 18th, 2010

The interview finally happened!

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After being postponed twice last week, I finally got to have my interview today!

It was totally awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I'm half afraid I'm not going to get the job out of some sense of being "overqualified." :-( I'm not overqualified on paper - not at all - but within five or ten minutes of speaking with the editors, one of them said that since I knew so much about YA lit and with my blogging/Twitter/Facebook knowledge and my energetic personality she thought I might be a better fit over in publicity and she was afraid I'd be bored in editorial!

That totally threw me for a loop. First of all, I really don't think "energetic" is one of the adjectives that would generally be applied to me - I just know how to carry myself in an interview (thank you, forensics). And my intertubes knowledge really isn't all that impressive compared to other twenty-somethings, so I really don't think that would go a long way in getting me a job in publicity since I don't have any sort of PR/marketing/publicity experience. Now, if they want to hook me up with a job over in publicity, I wouldn't say no, but I'd really hate to be rejected for this position with just the nebulous suggestion that I should be focusing on publicity rather than editorial.

So I probably stumbled in the middle there as I suddenly had to change modes - not only was I trying to sell them on hiring me for the position, I now had to sell them on the idea that I really *am* interested in editorial work!

They sent me home with some homework - write some marketing copy based on a picture book manuscript. I gotta tell you, picture books lose a lot without their pictures, and it's really hard to write a summary when you're essentially missing half of the information of the final book. But I like challenges! Hopefully that made it through to the editors - I'm supposed to hear back sometime next week. ~crosses fingers~

February 3rd, 2010

Interview for a Real Job!

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I have an interview for an ACTUAL PUBLISHING JOB next week. It happens to be exactly a year after I started my current job. Sooooooooooo excited.

One of my old school librarians whom I'm still in touch with was apparently doing some schmoozing at ALA midwinter a few weeks ago and discovered Macmillan had a job opening in editorial in one of their kids/YA imprints - an opening they hadn't even advertised yet. She gave me the name and e-mail address of someone to contact directly, so I sent off my resume and a day or two later he e-mailed me back saying he'd sent it along to their recruiter.

Today Joanne from human resources called me! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!

9:00 am on Wednesday I get to go interview in the Flatiron Building!

Now I'm debating what I should tell my bosses. It's entirely possible I'd get in and out of the interview before my usual work time (9:30 - I'm only four blocks away from the Flatiron Building), but it's also possible I'd be late. I also know that they don't actually care what time I show up; when I was working two jobs and sometimes having to stay at my retail jobs super late they told me I could come in a little later in the day and they wouldn't care. But I still don't feel right about coming in late without prior notice.

So my options are make up some "appointment" on Wednesday morning that might make me late, or tell them I have an interview.

One of my bosses, John, has talked openly with me about what I might be doing next. He's even said that if he hears of an opening at one of the publishers he'd let me know (so far, apparently, he's heard nothing). When they hired me last February they did ask how long I thought I could commit to the position and I said 6 months to a year - a commitment I've definitely fulfilled. So it shouldn't be a huge surprise that I'd be interviewing again at this point. On the other hand, it also feels *weird* to just up and tell them "Yeah, I want to go somewhere else." It almost feels ungrateful. Because I'm very thankful for this job and it's been fun in some ways and I love how laid back it is, but I don't really want to work in bargain books forever and I don't see a lot of room for advancement in the company. My position isn't a traditional entry level position in the company - it's a job that previously has been held by people who work part time and spend the rest of the time in college. No one starts as the showroom assistant and moves into the sales force proper - but none of those other people took on half as many responsibilities as I have over the last year, either.

Wow, this is a rambley entry. Guess that proves how conflicted I am about all of this, huh? Any advice is welcome, and please send me all of your good vibes on Wednesday morning!

January 29th, 2010

Blogger is dumb

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I was a responsible book blogger last night and wrote up the post I wanted for today last night. However, sometime between when I started writing and was ready to publish, Blogger went down. And it's been down for over 12 hours now. Down for everyone or just me confirms it's down for everyone, but Blogger is stupid and hosts its status page on their own servers, so if something happens to those servers, no one can actually find out what's going on.

So. Frustrating.

However, I was able to share this link over there before everything went pear-shaped: Controversies in Black Literature Prove Book Sales Aren't Color-Blind. Dude is full of fail, as evidenced by my take down in the comments. Unfortunately I can't do a nuanced follow up post BECAUSE BLOGGER IS DOWN.

January 4th, 2010

Well, hello there, blog

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I am a terrible person for all but abandoning this blog. I don't think I've ever gone this long without blogging in the ten years I've been doing it.

Holy shit. It's been 10 years since I had my first diaryland blog. I don't think we even had the word blog back then.

Anyway, it would be disingenuous to say I haven't been blogging at all for the past few months: I've been writing up a storm on my book blog. It's gotten some good publicity over the past few months - I was mentioned on the School Library Journal blog, and started a very minor tiny firestorm when I criticized an event at the New York Public Library. But no hard feelings apparently, because the woman who ran that event is the SLJ blogger (and the link came after the kerfluffle). Good times.

I hope to post more over here, especially since I'm really itching to get back into fandom. I'm going to participate in the Saying Yes ficbitathon on LJ, and I'm super excited that there are at least two other Animorphs fans there - seriously, nothing gets me more excited about ficcing that knowing that there are still other Anifans out there. And I'm glad the Ani fans are there, because I think I recognized one other fandom in the five pages of comments so far - and that was the new Sherlock Holmes movie, which I don't think I'm up to writing in yet.

I'm going to go post more prompts over there that don't involve anime-fandom. I missed the deadline (AGAIN) for this round of the [info]porn_battle, so I'll have to get my jollies over on LJ!

October 25th, 2009

FIC: Flash Forward - Disastrous (Janis Hawk, PG)

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OMG. It's been years since I've done fic. I actually had to look up how I used to do headers.

Title: Disastrous
Author: [info]moriath
Pairing/Character: Janis Hawk, with a bit of OMC and OFC
Fandom: Flash Forward
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2,100
Summary: Inspired by Janis' comment in the episode "Gimme Some Truth," about a disastrous high school boyfriend. Janis attends her senior prom.
Warnings: Underage drinking, some teenage shenanigans. Potentially spoiler-ish for episode 1.05 "Gimme Some Truth"

Disastrous )

August 27th, 2009

This has just been a terrible week.

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The last of my birth control was accidentally thrown out over the weekend. Was harassed by two men on the way to work Monday. Spent an hour and a half on the subway Tuesday morning (it should have been more like 35 minutes). Wednesday was just crazy with phone calls at work. Today had to unpack two dozen boxes and then run off to a gynecologist appointment, where the receptionist is borderline incompetent (Tennessee is another state, not another country), and I ended up just re-scheduling for next week.

Of course, next week I'm going to be in the middle of my period, so I'm not sure how much of an examination the gynecologist will actually be able to do. But Monday is the longest I can go before I get more birth control; any more than that and I'll have been more than a week off of it and I would prefer not to have my hormones go any crazier than they already will be at that point. I've had the patch for almost 5 1/2 years now - my body is more comfortable functioning WITH those hormones than without them.

This week just really, really sucks. And I don't even get to relax and have the weekend to myself because Billy's family is coming to visit.

I'm really tempted to just flop on the bed and CRY at this point.

August 13th, 2009

I'm a grown woman. Seriously.

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So I've been ducking into various Verizon Wireless stores this week trying to figure out where I can get the best deal for my own cell phone plan. I've been on my parents' plan since I was 16 and really, it's at the point that I need my own phone plan. Now that I've got the raise at work (yay!) I can finally afford one (at least for me - we might be keeping Billy with his current plan since technically it's a work phone).

Walking by the new store by my apartment tonight I saw a sandwich board saying they were having a 3 days sale. Well that's interesting, so I go inside and see what it is. Apparently a bunch of phones are free for the duration of the sale and he wants to check my account to see if I'm eligible. I explain that I actually want a new plan because I'm on my parents' at the moment. He says that in order for me to get off that plan, my dad (and yes, he did jump to the conclusion that it was my dad who was the primary account holder. That happens to be true but I still don't like the assumption) would have to be there (physically, in the store) to authorize me to have my own account.

"But my dad's already done that," I explain. And he has - he had checked earlier this summer to see what needed to be done to get me off of their plan and had it put into the computer system that I could leave whenever I wanted.

This sales rep didn't want to hear it - wouldn't even look it up to check.

I got so, so angry I snapped "That's not correct," and stormed out of the store. I was actually mildly scared of how angry I was, but mostly I'm just PISSED. Because, seriously, that's bullshit. I don't think I've been told I needed my dad to do something for me since I was 10. Haven't needed my parents for anything since I turned 18 (well, haven't needed them for anything like getting my own cell phone - clearly I love them and need them on a regular basis, but for things like moral support and presents ;-). To be told that as a 24 year old woman I still needed my father's permission to have my own cell phone account just pissed me off to no end.

Guess I'm going back to that store in Manhattan that is giving away free Blackberries.

August 11th, 2009

Gah. Frustrated.

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In an attempt to organize my life and make sure I balance out Shit That Needs to be Done with Shit I Like to Do that has No Redeeming Value, I've blocked out a rough schedule for my evenings:

Monday: Library/reading
Tuesday: Writing
Wednesday: Video games
Thursday: Library/reading
Friday: Writing

It's a good schedule. Last night went well; didn't have to return any library books (because Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is boring as fuck thus is taking way too long to read and is keeping me from other, more exciting books) so I spent it reading and lounging with Billy (because according to the thermostat on the fan it was 89 degrees in the apartment - and that actually may be the highest reading on the thermostat, so it was probably hotter).

Tonight was supposed to be writing night. Writing at the apartment doesn't work - it's an unholy mess right now, which distracts me from my writing, plus the cats always want attention. Correction: Cricket always wants attention. If I'm on the bed, Gopher will hop up next to me and relax and Coyote will lounge on the end of the bed near my feet, but Cricket feels the need to hop up on my chest, pressing her bony little paws into my boobs with all her might going "Hey! Hey! Wanna pet me? Wanna pet me? You wanna pet me! Hey! Hey!" Not helpful. So I figured, hey, I'll do what all great writers do and head to a coffee shop. I've only got Starbuckses in my neighborhood, but that'll work, right?


Neither Starbucks in my vicinity has adequate seating. I passed one up because not only were there no seats when I arrived, but it was turning into a sauna thanks to the wall of windows facing the sunset. So I went to the other one, which I was sure was bigger, but I must have been mistaken. When I walked in there was one empty table, but only one person in front of me in line, so I figured I had a good shot at getting that table. So I ordered my Mocha Frappucino and buy a fruit and cheese plate ('cause omg I was starving), turn the corner from the bar to sit at my table...and there was another woman there already. NOT the woman who had been in front of me in line. I honestly have no idea where this woman came from. I stood around for five minutes, seeing if anyone was going to vacate one of the other tables (everyone had empty drink cups, so it wasn't unreasonable to think that maybe they'd be leaving), before I got fed up and left.

So now I'm back home. An hour wasted. And Billy is apparently upset because he tried to call me when I was on the subway for some directions. Tonight is not my night.

August 7th, 2009

Weeeeeeeeeeeeird stuff today on the street...

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So today it took for fucking ever to get lunch. I went to the Bistro Truck, which I loved during their soft opening but today I swear it took 20 minutes to get a fucking burger. I watched FIVE people who ordered after me get their food before I did (one person ordered as my burger was put in it's cardboard tray...and then she GOT HER FOOD before they acknowledged my poor burger). They slightly made up for it by not charging me, and by having an effing delicious burger, but only slightly. I might try them again - but only when I take the subway down to Union Square. With the walking too much of my lunch time is taken up.

But after I got my burger and was on my way to the park, this woman randomly stopped me on the sidewalk to compliment my "look." I thanked her and was about to move on when she asked me what I did for a living.

I don't know how I feel about this, but I swear my first thought was "omg, isn't this how models get discovered?!" Not that I have any illusions about a possible career in modeling, but it was my first thought.

Turns out the woman was a Mary Kay "Independent Sales Director" and wants to meet with me to discuss being a Mary Kay sales assistant, LOL. Yes, the girl who hardly knows her way around a foundation compact should be selling expensive makeup. But I took her card and who knows what will happen?

Still, totally bizarre.

August 6th, 2009

What the hell?

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Is the [info]addme community incapable of recognizing capital letters? Because I swear there isn't a single post there right now that uses a capital letter. None at all.

It's a little ridiculous.

July 31st, 2009

There's a new Animorphs RP starting

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Kinda debating joining it - I've always wanted to do an RP but could never find one that fits. It's not using the original Animorphs, which is kind of a bummer, but it IS set in New York City, so I totally want to create a character that's straight out of my neighborhood, lol. Though if everyone else is in Manhattan, being a 30+ minute subway ride away from the action wouldn't be very practical.

July 27th, 2009

What a day :-)

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I just gotta say, today got off to a rough start. People are not meant to be awake at 6:30 in the morning - especially when they went to sleep at 12:30 (I put Sims 2 back on my computer yesterday and spent most of the day playing it). But it turned out pretty awesome.

Work had its stressful moments - I'm now in charge of finding substitute books when an individual title in an assortment is out of stock (in laymen's terms: sometimes a store will say "I want 100 kids books" so we put together an assortment of kids books - 32 titles with 3 books each and a 33rd with 4 books . But since we just grab randomly from our inventory, sometimes we'll come up with a title or two for an order that is out of stock or is being stored at a different warehouse. So now my job is to find replacements for those titles). I used to only have to find a book in the same category, but now I need to find books that match the category AND the same price, that hasn't already been included in the assortment. It's a tall order sometimes, but I'm managing.

Day was brightened first by getting ice cream at my favorite Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Doug, the guy dishing out the ice cream all day, is always SO cheerful and smiley. I don't know how he does it. And his toppings are always fabulous - blueberries with saba is my new favorite thing ON THE PLANET.

Day got a million times better when I came home and found a card in the mail from my cousin Jenny. Jenny and I were never close, because her mother's a little crazy and was hellbent on keeping her husband (my mom's brother) and her kids away from his side of the family (this came out after their messy divorce, caused by her affair with the band teacher). So we were never close, but I know in the aftermath of the divorce my mom and uncle have gotten close again and on the few occasions I've been back in Michigan for family gatherings I got to see him and Andy, which used to be rare.

I haven't seen Jen in ages, however, because she moved out to Baltimore 5 years ago, and it always worked out that when she would go back to Michigan for holidays, I had plans elsewhere. But I've kept minor tabs on her through my mom, and that's how I found out late last year that cousin Jenny was gay and living with her girlfriend.

When it was time to send out wedding invitations, I knew I wanted to invite Jen and her girlfriend, but no one was getting me the girlfriend's name before the invite NEEDED to go out, so it ended up going to Jen & Guest. The day after the invitation went in the mail, of course, Mom called to say "Oh, yeah, the girlfriend is named Sarah." ~sigh~ So I sat down and wrote Jen a nice long note telling her that the "and guest" wasn't meant as some sort of slight, I just hadn't known Sarah's name! I assured them that, despite the wedding being in Holland, they wouldn't be the only gay people there and told Jen that I was bisexual.

So today I get the card from Jen, addressed to Billy and I and hyphenating our last names, which made me giggle. It was a big, solid card so I actually thought for a second it was a wedding invitation - Mom had told me Jen and Sarah were planning on getting married within the next year, so it wasn't out of the question. Instead it was a wedding card (plus check, also made out to Billy and I with a hyphenated last name - mine first, incidentally ;-) and a lovely, long letter from Jen apologizing for not RSVPing for the wedding, thanking me for the follow up letter, and updating me a bit on her life with Sarah.

I'm still grinning about it, and incredibly happy. I added her on Facebook so we'll be able to catch up without resorting to old-fashioned letters again, lol. Hopefully we can have something of a familial relationship, even if its in cyberspace :-)

July 21st, 2009

Real update

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I've been lax on blogging lately. My bad.

Last week was exciting. Billy was in a short play through school - it counts as a real, professional New York acting credit, which is super exciting. It was at The Players theatre, which happens to count Bill Murray among its members. He was in the building that night for some other event, but ended up wandering in to see the last of the plays (missing Billy's, unfortunately). But we were a bit star struck - it was our first New York celebrity sighting!

Actually, my first celebrity sighting period, unless you count young adult authors as celebrities.

My mom came into town to see Billy's play, which was excellent (both the play and Mom coming in). Poor thing got soooooooooooooooo overwhelmed with all the options of how to get from the Newark airport into the city that she finally just paid an extra $20 and hopped on the shuttle bus to deposit her just a few blocks north of where I work. So on Monday night we went out for dinner then saw Billy's show, and then on Tuesday she took one of those double decker bus tours, which had a stop in Flatiron, so we met for lunch when the tour bus swung through and then met again after work for dinner at Bluesmoke and shopping at Macy's (the Macy's). Then I got her back on her bus and sent her home. It was a short trip but fun - she'll be back with my dad over Labor Day weekend (Mom's been out here three times already in the past year and Dad hasn't been once).

Rest of the week was uneventful until Sunday when my awesome friend from college, Emily, took the train into the city to hang out with me. OMG, there are no words for how great it was to see a familiar face again. I was hardly the social butterfly back in Ypsi, but at the very least I could always chill in the forensics room to see people. Here in New York there's not even a handful of people I know socially, and thanks to us all being adults with jobs we have to plan ahead all of our get together. So Emily and I got brunch in the village, did some shopping and wandering, and got cupcakes at the famous Magnolia bakery. SUPER FUN TIMES.

Oh, last week I also attended a seminar panel on getting a media job. I figured for $25 bucks it couldn't hurt to check it out. One of the panelists was actually a children's book editor at Viking, so I figured at the very least I'd get some useful tips out of her. Overall they didn't tell me anything earth shattering - most of it I'd heard before. But they did encourage us all to really think about all the people we know and said that dropping an old acquaintance an e-mail to say we were job hunting couldn't hurt us. So I e-mailed a handful of people, including the woman at Perseus who interviewed me back in October and Sharyn November, another editor at Penguin who I met at ALA way back in 2002, and BOTH of them responded saying they were passing on my resume: at Perseus an editorial assistant position just opened up, at now my resume is on file at the Penguin HR office. It's such a boost to my confidence to know that there are a couple of people out here who are willing, in some small way, to vouch for me as a potential employee.

Work yesterday and today was extremely chill. One of my bosses is in Tennessee until Thursday so it's just me and John, who's super laid back. He told me to go home an hour early yesterday (but still put regular hours on my time sheet) and today he felt bad for actually making me work, so he bought me lunch. I have absolutely no problem doing tedious work at work - it's actually more exciting than my fall back inventory project - but John always feels super guilty about it so he buys me lunch. Not that I'm complaining ;-)

BBYA follow up

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If anyone's curious about what happened at ALA last week regarding BBYA, I did a follow up post on my book blog. (Short version: proposal to sunset BBYA was changed to a discussion item, lots of discussion happened with no decision made as to BBYA's final fate - that's for another board meeting another time)

July 10th, 2009

YALSA proposes to eliminate BBYA list

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I know there are some people on my flist who are working in libraries/studying to be librarians, so I thought this might be of interest to some of you.

This weekend at the ALA conference, the YALSA board is going to discuss the possibility of eliminating the Best Books for Young Adults list. I wrote up a long and somewhat emotional response my book blog over here that explains a bit about what's going on (and provides links to people who are actually involved with ALA/BBYA/YALSA/other-abbreviations who can give more logical insight) and how BBYA has affected me as one small bit of argument for why the list should continue to exist in something akin to its current format.

June 26th, 2009

Updates, updates...

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It's a slow day in the office, and no one else is here at the moment, so I figured messing around on IJ is a legitimate use of my time :-)

Update on Epic Gas WTF 2009: Twitter/Facebook followers know that the gas company showed up mere minutes before Billy had to leave for rehearsal on Wednesday. And then proceeded to tell Billy that the stove/oven was still broken (it was unclear where the leak was actually coming from still). When I got home I asked the super to look at it, and he determined the regulator was broken. So the stove guy came by yesterday (allegedly - I had to leave my key with the super because Billy has class all day Thursday), but didn't have the right part. Hopefully he comes by today with the right one because I'm tired of not being able to cook (we had a huge batch of groceries delivered on Monday and I don't want my veggies to go bad!). Luckily, my boss took pity on my yesterday and gave me $20 so Billy and I could order pizza for dinner, rather than repeating the balogna sandwich dinner of Wednesday evening.

COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF MY TIME AT BANANA REPUBLIC: Got my schedule for my last week and it doesn't completely suck! 11:15-6:45 on Sunday, then the usual 6-10 Monday and Thursday. And then I'll volunteer for a short shift on Saturday because it's holiday pay and it's not like I have any other plans for the 4th. Only working a morning shift though - not a chance in hell I'm volunteering to close on my last day.

Computer update: Computer started acting extremely wonky last week - clearly had a virus, the type that doesn't let you open up Spybot or Malware Bytes. Downloaded AdAware which would run, but never cleaned out the virus for very long. Bought Norton AntiVirus, which did better, but there was also one pesky program that would never leave. And then sometime overnight Wednesday my computer froze and whenever I tried to restart it on Thursday it would go to blue screen of death immediately after I booted it up. And Safe Mode wasn't an option - I can't remember the last time I actually got safe mode to work on my computer.

So Thursday after work I selected the non-destructive recovery option on the computer and reinstalled the whole OS while all of my files were saved on another part of the drive. Woke up early this morning to start fiddling with settings and the like - running my antivirus program again (since whatever virus I had was probably backed up with my files), messing around with Google Chrome (really, really love the concept of the browser. Hate that they don't have an efficient adblocker, so I'm sticking with Firefox for awhile longer). As of 9:00 am this morning, the computer was looking good - Norton had found a virus during its quick scan and got rid of it with no problem. Still can't run Safe Mode, though, which troubles me and probably signals that before too long I'll have to replace the computer. Can't afford to buy a whole new machine right now, though I'm hoping to get a Netbook soon for writing (and free wifi over in Madison Square Park intrigues me), or perhaps I'll hold off until the fall to see what these Android-powered smartbooks are like.
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