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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!



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.

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 ;-)

June 24th, 2009


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You know your evening is going to go to hell in a handbasket when you turn onto your street and see no fewer than three firetrucks parked in front of your apartment building.

When I got to the front door, there were two firemen there talking with a guy from the gas company. I asked if we were allowed to go inside and the gas guy said sure, sure - wait, what apartment did I live in? I told him and he was like "Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner" and got on his walkie talkie to tell someone that the "occupant was on her way up to the unit."

So...I pretty much ran up the stairs (my grocery bag of milk, bread and ice cream banging against my knees) to find half a dozen fire fighters crammed into my hallway, standing with the door to my apartment wide open.

Turns out there was a gas leak in my apartment. Not the building, my apartment. When the super took apart the gas hose that connects the stove to the gas pipe in the wall, we found a giant hole in the hose. As he told Billy later last night, it's a wonder we're still alive, what with the size of that hole.

I spent a good part of the evening freaking out because I couldn't find any of the cats (I think I was looking for something to focus on rather than the fact that I could have died from the gas). The firefighters all said none of them had run out into the hall, but they had also opened the window screen so one of them could come in that way (...but they did that after busting down my front door. So now I have a sticky lock and a giant dent in the door that is a little disconcerting). So I was freaking out that a cat or three had decided to make a run for the fire escape.

Coyote turned out to be hiding behind the refrigerator. Gopher...I have no idea where he was hiding. I looked into all of the usual hiding places before coaxing Coyote out, not finding him, but after I shut Coyote up in the bathroom (with the window wide open, of course - I had to leave the door to the apartment open for awhile and didn't want to risk anyone running away after the gaggle of firefighters left) I came back out into the living area and Gopher was walking across the rug.

Cricket I didn't find until everyone had left and I'd turned on the light - it was only then that I could see a faint bit of light reflecting from her eyes from underneath the far corner of the bed. She didn't come out until after we came back from dinner that night.

So at the moment we have no gas. The gas company is going to come between noon and six today, but Billy has to leave for rehearsal by 3, so who knows if anything's going to get done. He's also in class all day tomorrow, so if they don't show up by three then we're not gonna have gas again until Friday. Balogna sandwiches and hot dogs for dinner, I guess.

Oh, and ice cream. I did pick that up yesterday, after all.

June 13th, 2009

I saw a man with a cat on his head today

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Subject = totally true. Was walking down Fifth Avenue with Diana, and we walked past a guy with a real live cat on his head. In the rain. It was the world's most chill cat.

Day started at the Big Apple Con which was...kind of underwhelming. A packed room full of comic book sellers, and then another room that was the artists' alley/autograph area...with 99% of the autographers being scantily clad Playboy models. Yeah. So Diana and I and another friend of hers hung around for a little while, said hi to the people she knew, and then Diana and I took off to...wander.

We ended up at the Fashion Institute and since it was starting to rain we went inside their free museum to see the exhibit on "Seduction" which was really interesting. The idea of a museum exhibit about fashion and its role in seduction/sexuality is awesome. It was a rather limited exhibit in some ways (only covered from the 1750s-present) but man oh man were some of the shoes sexy. And FIERCE.

Then lunch at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, wandered through Madison Square Park and the BBQ Block Party, before heading down to the Union Square area where we stumbled upon an awesome bar. Lillie's is an Irish-Victorian bar that we stumbled upon because they had a cool little band playing early in the evening - fiddle and banjo and flute and probably another instrument or two. We shopped around Union Square a little bit before heading back to Lillie's for a drink. Excellent bar menu with really reasonable prices for imported beers and ciders. I had an amazing Swedish pear cider. So fun.

Probably could have been improved by seeing that cat on the guy's head again. 'Cause that was really freaking cool.

Now going to watch Season 3 of Voyager with Billy. Very nice end to the day :-)

April 9th, 2009


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Worked another 12+ hour day yesterday, thanks to my unholy combination of jobs. I am SO TIRED right now. And I blame Billy - if he hadn't had a full pork chop dinner waiting for me when I got home, I would have been asleep an hour earlier.

But it was very sweet for him to make me dinner, so I'll forgive him.

Tonight I do the same thing, though hopefully I'll get out of work on time rather than at 10:30. If there's a perfect close tonight I might hurt someone - at least if they put me back in the sale section alone again.

At some point Billy and I are going to have a conversation about whether it's really worth it for me to keep working both jobs. We could certainly use the money, but it's also driving me up a freaking wall.

Dear economy: please get better soon so I can NOT be underemployed for once in my life. I think that would be a wonderful feeling.

March 21st, 2009

Spring cleaning/Happy anniversary

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As of today, Billy and I have been married for one month. Yay us!

And how have I spent today? Cleaning. I've been cleaning almost non-stop since ten, and all I have accomplished is cleaning the kitchen...which actually is an accomplishment because we had dishes a mile high. And I discovered the miracle that is baking soda+water. My stove gets very grimy very fast and absolutely NOTHING works on it...except baking soda, apparently. Take that, crazy expensive cleaners!

But now the celebrations begin - we're heading out to dinner and then possibly a movie (I'm hoping for Duplicity).

Tomorrow: more cleaning, then ginormous author signing at Books of Wonder! Going to head out early to buy lots of books, since most of the authors there I don't actually own any of their books, thanks to being recent library discoveries. Hopefully I can dig up one of my not-already-signed Scott Westerfeld books, too (I think all of Uglies was left at my parents', except for Extras which is here, but I picked it up after it had already been signed when Scott was in Ann Arbor last year. I should have Peeps around here somewhere!).

Anniversary dinner time!

March 19th, 2009

My sister-in-law, the athlete

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Somehow I managed to marry my way into a family of athletes. Oy vey.

But it leads to cool things, like seeing my sister-in-law in her own vlog on the golf channel website. And I'm 99% sure that a lot of it was filmed by my husband...the interviews with my father-in-law definitely were.

Carling is hoping for me to make it big with my writing so she can cash in off of my fame. I'm hoping for her to make it big with golf so Billy and I can cash in on her ;-)

February 18th, 2009

Wedding Post: Okay, now I can only laugh at the hotel

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So...after a long flight, Mom picked me up in Grand Rapids today. Of course we have to talk wedding stuff, because what else is there for a mother and daughter to talk about three days before the wedding?

And OF COURSE, there are more issues with the hotel. But this one...really, I can't be upset about. In part because I'm past caring about 90% of this bullshit now.

So, here's what's happened: A few months ago, a woman contacted the even coordinator at the hotel (our wedding coordinator). The woman had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness and wanted to plan her own funeral luncheon to take place at the hotel shortly after she died.

She died over the weekend. Which means the funeral luncheon is being held on Saturday. In my ceremony venue.


But apparently the people involved are all aware that there is a wedding going on in that room, and they will all be out of there by three o'clock, giving the hotel people two hours to set up the ceremony space.

Thank god I didn't want to get pictures done in the ceremony space (it is blah and boring - we're getting our pictures done in the reception ballroom because it's cool).

Billy is out at his bachelor party now. I'm glad he gets to have one :-) It really looked like he wasn't, since all of his friends are in the Michigan/Ohio area, but his new classmates are taking him out to some bar in Jersey City to celebrate. They're good people, his classmates; a few are kind of obnoxious (especially after some vodka), but they're also actors so I've learned to expect that.

OH, BTW: Of course, when we got home today, the first thing to do was try on my dress (!!!) Mom made me cover my eyes when she pulled it out of the closet, and when she said I could look all I could say was WOW. It is so gorgeous, better than I ever imagined. It still needs a few alterations, since apparently I am losing weight (or it's being re-proportioned - most likely) at an alarming pace (Mom took my measurements in August - when I tried on the mockup in December it was too big, when I tried on the final version in January, there were more alterations needed to make it smaller. Now the straps need to be readjusted...again!!!). But otherwise, wow, it's a fabulous dress, and my bouquet is also FABULOUS, and I cannot WAIT for everyone to see it on Saturday (and for the pictures, so all of my non-wedding-attending friends can see it too)

February 15th, 2009

So...WALL-E got it right?

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Artist's rendition shows 12,000 pieces of space junk around Earth

I saw the image on the MSN main page and immediately thought of the opening of WALL-E. Which actually looks much more photo-realistic than this artist's rendering, lol. Of course, it probably showed a lot more than 12,000 pieces of junk.

And also had a musical soundtrack (seriously, WALL-E won me over in the first frame by using "Hello, Dolly!" songs. My mom and I looked at each other and just started laughing, which irritated my brother because he didn't get it).

I called into work today with "wedding." Seriously, there's so much crap around here that needs to be done before I leave on Wednesday it's ridiculous. Number one is getting this place cleaned up so it's presentable when one of Billy's classmates comes to look in on our cats. I've been cleaning on and off all day today - need to put in another burst of work soon. For some reason I've been watching episodes of Deep Space Nine (Surf the Channel is almost as much of a timesuck as TV Tropes...which for your own sanity I won't link).

Making a turkey dinner to celebrate our last Sunday as single people, lol. Billy is off shooting another movie today - and this one has a sex scene! Poor Billy was so nervous last night that they were going to expect him to get naked for it - I tried to tell him that if they had wanted that they would have said it at the first production meeting. (At least I hope they would have - I suppose they could be giant douches) So he'll have a nice warm dinner to come home to - provided that this shoot doesn't last until midnight like his last one.

February 14th, 2009

Serious countdown time...

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The wedding is in less than seven days at this point. At this time next Saturday, I will have been married for four hours, and looking forward to wrapping up the party so I can start that fabled wedding night ;-)

The disaster with the extra charges is being worked out. The gratuity would be more like $700 vs the $1200 I was calculating, and instead of making us pay for the minimum 100 guests, we'll only have to pay what our final guest count says (which is going to be in the 85-90 range), so the difference works out to us paying just about what we originally owed. Billy and I are fine with that, especially since, according to my mom, the wedding coordinator is totally recognizing that she's inconveniencing us and this is the millionth screw up she's had to deal with in the transition from the original coordinator to her.

I'm still not recommending anyone else have their reception at this hotel. Even though they've made good on all of their mistakes, this is still way more shit than any person should have to deal with leading up to the wedding day.

Work all day at Banana Republic tomorrow, ugh. I have a feeling I'm not going to stick with that job much longer - my "real" job spoils me too much by giving me paid lunch hours and letting me go home early on a Friday afternoon when there was nothing else to do (yet letting me put down my full hours on the time sheet). Then Monday and Tuesday at the new job, and Wednesday I fly back to Holland!

And...happy Valentine's day, everyone. Not that Billy and I hold the day in any high esteem, lol. I think the most elaborate Valentine's we've ever done was the one that was actually a week before we started dating, when he constructed this awesome "claw machine" out of random stuff from a late night Meijer run (Billy had a slight claw machine addiction early on in our friendship). Since then we've always just waited a week to do romantic crap so we didn't have to deal with the Valentine crowds.

Tonight we did get ice cream, though. It's been months since I've had Cold Stone, so this seemed like a good time to do it. Going to restrict myself to eating really healthy food this week - I can't crash diet because my mother would kill me if I lost (or gained) enough weight to require altering my wedding gown, but I can make sure that I hold steady so I look fabulous in one week.

Because let me just say it one more time, I'M GETTING MARRIED IN A WEEK.

February 5th, 2009

Productive day led to unproductive evening

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So last night I braved the bitter cold to attend the CW Post open house.

Yeah, I'm not going there.

The awesome dual-degree program is designed for people who want to be subject specialist academic librarians, which is pretty far from what I actually want to do. While it's awesome that I wouldn't have to take the GRE, and would get a discount on the cost per credit hour thanks to my undergrad GPA, it's way too expensive considering they don't have a program that focuses on what I actually want to do. Not that I really know what that is, but I think the Queens College library science program, with a certificate in children's and young adult services is a lot closer.

My dream school (around here, anyway) would be to go to NYU Steinhardt and get my masters in Media, Culture and Communication (with a concentration in cultural and visual studies), but after that I really feel like my only option is to stay in academia. Which is where I would love to end up, because I'm a huge nerd, but I don't know if trying for that makes financial sense right now. At least with an MLS, there's a specific job connected with that one - still have to work my ass off to find it and get it, but you can look at the degree and see exactly what my education qualifies me for. With an English bachelor's and a Media Studie's master's...well, what the hell do you do next?

Billy says I need to stop being so practical and just do what I want. But I'm really tired of scraping the bottom of the barrel for money and it would be nice to have the knowledge that at the end of school there would be real opportunities for me to find an awesome professional job.

February 4th, 2009

Getting shit accomplished!

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So today I got an unexpected day off from work. I showed up an my manager (who usually loves me) looked all disappointed. He'd apparently been trying to get hold of me because they needed to cut hours majorly today, and once I was there and clocked in they can't make me go home for four hours. So I volunteered to leave. He was reluctant to let me go, but I assured him that since I have a real job starting next week, it's not like losing today was going to be a huge blow to my income. Plus I have stuff here at home to do.

Cleaning is not one of those tasks, however. It should be, but considering there is no water in the building right now (it was shut off this morning right after I realized that I hadn't shampooed my hair while I was in the shower).

However! I have heard back from the bar people regarding our Friday-night party, talked to the photographer about how long to allow for pictures, and set up hair appointments for myself, the bridesmaids and my mom (Billy's mom doesn't want in on the awesome hair-styling action - I'm not snubbing my future mother-in-law). Now I'm going to let the bridesmaids all know this, and let them know we have to be at the salon by nine in the morning (apparently getting hair done takes four hours, because we want to be out of there by noon).

Yesterday was also a productive day, because we got Billy his tux! We got the whole thing - tux, shirt, vest, tie, and shoes - for less than $170. Which is not "cheap," strictly speaking, but is a lot less than buying a suit and all of those components would have been (at this point - a dedicated bargain shopper could have picked things up in bits and pieces over the last year, but considering getting Billy to do anything wedding-related is like pulling teeth, it's a miracle we got the tux before the two-week deadline).

Billy is still sick. He keeps telling me he thinks he has bronchitis. I have told him he's not allowed to have bronchitis, which really should be the end of the story, right? And I have threatened him several times that this marriage may not happen if he makes me sick.

February 2nd, 2009

To do list

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This entry isn't going to be of much interest to anyone; I just feel the need to write out everything that has to be done in the next three weeks:

  • Create "guest book" (hopefully my idea will be as awesome in practice as it is in my head)
  • Create programs
  • Finalize ceremony
  • Write vows
  • Get tux for Billy (currently planning on doing that tomorrow, but may be pushed to Thursday if Billy is still sick)
  • Buy ties for the guys
  • Buy shawls for the girls
  • Figure out who needs corsages/boutonnieres
  • (Perhaps most important) Catch up with the last two weeks of Battlestar...and last week's Lost
  • Get my Banana Republic work schedule changed so I can start at the new job
  • Buy plane tickets
  • Ask parents for more money to facilitate all of this buying stuff.
  • Figure out makeup for the day
  • Set up hair appointments
  • Find out how long the photographer thinks pictures will take, so I know the right time to do the hair appointments.
  • Continue making calls to people for RSVPs

I think that's it...I could be completely wrong, however.

I haven't slept well for days. Three of the last four nights I've had some wedding nightmare or other. I rarely used to have nightmares - now they're a regular occurrence. Combine them with Billy being sick and coughing/tossing and turning all night, and I haven't been getting any rest. Oh, and all of a sudden I have four zits on my face. It's been ages since I've had more than one at a time.

I can't wait until this is all finished...

February 1st, 2009

Oh god - it starts

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So Mom requested that we invite a bunch of her cousins (whom I've never met) to the wedding - not because they would actually show up, but because she wanted them to know it was happening.

One of them was kind enough to send us a check along with their decline RSVP.

The check is made out to Mr. & Mrs. (Billy's last name)

I'm going to be getting that for a long time, aren't I? (Billy and I are each keeping our own last names - at least for now. It's possible when kids come along in the future that will change - though I'm advocating for hyphenating their last name, but whatever - but for now we're both being stubborn about our names)

January 18th, 2009

An important message from the bride-to-be:

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I don't know how many people who are invited to the wedding actually read this blog, but if you do and you've received your invitation, I have an important request:


The due date is Thursday. I know I won't get all of them by that date, considering I couldn't send some out until two days ago (so those people probably won't even get them by Thursday. Oy, postal service. OY), but there are a lot of people who got their invites back around Christmas and I haven't heard from them yet.

I'm trying very hard not to freak out.

In the mean time, I'm working on cleaning my apartment and keeping an eye out for my spare phone charger. For whatever reason, my usual one isn't charging my phone now. I'm really, really hoping it's just something wrong with the charger (and I can find my other one) and not something wrong with the phone, because I can't afford to buy new phone stuff right now.

Billy's gone for the day, doing some film stuff. I can't tell you how weird it is to have the apartment to myself after having Billy underfoot constantly (in a good way) for the last four months.

January 6th, 2009

Wow. Not cool.

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So I've decided that everyone's doing their own makeup for the wedding. Hiring a make up artist seems like a silly expense, and I've decided to go with the highly recommended JC Penney's salon, since my maid of honor knows a stylist there and they're giving us lots of coupons to take the price down for everyone's hair.

Since I'm no expert on makeup, I decided to go to a MAC makeup counter today and get my makeup done so I could get a little sheet showing me where the makeup was placed as well as see stuff on me before I bought it.

OMG. I walked out looking like the love child of a cheap hooker and a raccoon. And no guide sheet. And $78+ poorer, since their requirements for the makeup application thing is to buy five items, as opposed to other places that require spending $45.

I'm returning the makeup tomorrow. Even if I had really liked the colors, the lipstick dried out my lips and the eyeshadow irritated my eyes. I really don't want to have red, watery eyes on my wedding day (or if I end up with them, I want them to be from tears of joy, rather than my makeup).

Tomorrow Billy starts his first day of grad school. So I'm taking him to school (lol) and while he's registering I'm running down to a different Macy's to return the makeup. Then later in the afternoon I'm making my first trip to Planned Parenthood so I can get a new birth control prescription, and then work at night. And then Thursday morning I fly back to Michigan to start the wedding planning extravaganza weekend!

December 12th, 2008

I feel old

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Every other post on my flist is about people finishing their exams. I MISS HAVING EXAMS. All I have to look forward to now is working for more than a week without a day off (which is, granted, my own fault: I volunteered to take four hours of someone's shift on Sunday. But that's four hours where I'll be getting paid, rather than being tempted to spend money, and money is something we need pretty desperately right now).

Life is nothing but work and reading right now. Wedding invitations are on hiatus until I can actually get ahold of my mother again and just confirm some details over the ceremony time. Also I would like to confirm the time with our officiant, who I haven't heard from since I met with her in August. I e-mailed her on Wednesday and haven't heard back yet, which is rather worrisome, because she's always been very prompt before. I'm going to e-mail her again tonight or tomorrow, and then I'm calling her on Monday. I am days away from freaking out, OMG.

I set up that book blog I was talking about earlier this week. It's over on Blogger (I hate signing in and out of journal services, hence why it's not on IJ): Bookish Blather. So far it only has one review, but whatever, I've been busy. I'm not going to cross-post here on a regular basis, 'cause that's too much for me to remember, but if I read another life-changing book like Hunger Games, then I'll make some sort of post here linking to it.

Billy has an internet radio station on. It's apparently playing The Worf Song (a corollary to the badass Picard Song). I like it.

And now I'm going to go finish making dinner. Mm, food.

December 9th, 2008

I've seen my wedding dress!

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Well, an unfinished white cotton version, but still! It's more than I've had before!

Mom came to New York on Sunday afternoon and left this morning (well, actually, I don't think her plane has even taken off yet, but I dropped her off at the airport at 11). On Sunday the first thing we did was go to her hotel room and try on The Dress.

It was pretty much exactly what I wanted :-D The dress needed to be shortened in some areas (because she was cobbling together several patterns that turned out to be more ridiculous than they originally looked, she just made the dress as the patterns said to, rather than trying to miniaturize the patterns on the fly for me), but nothing drastic. The way my dad has been carrying on for awhile, telling me that Mom was freaking out about the dress, I was beginning to think I had to start shopping for a back up dress.

Nope. It's going to be sweet.

We also figured out how the beading is going to work. Hopefully that will turn out as awesomely in real life as it looks in my head right now.

Yesterday we went sightseeing. I took her to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and then we went window shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue before we went on our tour of Radio City Music Hall. We both agreed that it was much more enjoyable for us than going to see the actual show would have been. Now, I'm sure the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is, in fact, spectacular, but Mom and I are very academic types, so getting to hear about the history of the building and seeing the fabulous architecture up front was a treat for us (especially since Mom is a huge fan of the art deco look).

After that we went to Times Square since there was "a comic shop" there that Dan wanted her to find and take a picture of. Of course, he didn't give her any more details, but luckily I have actually visited an awesome comic shop in Times Square, so we went to the one that I knew. We were also going to go through the Garment District to find some netting for my veil, but we showed up at the information kiosk at 4:05 when it closed at 4. Boo on that.

It's been a fun couple of days, but tiring as well. Thankfully I have the rest of today to slack off and hang out with Billy before heading back to work for the rest of the week (three days in a row of eight hour shifts - it's been weeks since I've worked one eight hour shift, let alone three days in a row!).

November 20th, 2008

Yay, Billy!

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Billy found out today that he was accepted to the New York Film Academy's master's program for Screen Acting.

Now, I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, it's great for him. He really wanted to get in, it'll get him out of the apartment (he doesn't go far unless I'm dragging him with me), and hopefully he'll qualify for student loans that will help defray a lot of our living costs.

On the other hand, as part of the program he's required to spend his second year taking classes in California. He's super excited about this, because who wouldn't want to be studying at Universal Studios? But this will mean either I have to pick up and follow him out to California (DO NOT WANT, for multiple reasons, some superficial [I <3 NY] and some practical [I've already made one cross-country move; I don't want to make another]), or I live on my own for a year.

I really, really don't want to be away from my husband ('cause that's what he will be in THREE MONTHS OMFG) on our first wedding anniversary :-(

Also? I've honestly never lived completely on my own. I know, it's kind of ridiculous, but it's true. I went from my parents', to the dorm (even when I had a room of my own, I spent the majority of my time - awake and asleep - at Billy's dorm or apartment), to an apartment with Billy. I don't know if I know how to function on my own!

In completely unrelated news: my dad called me today to say he's sending my mom to visit me for a few days after Thanksgiving, lol. She's been pretty depressed lately, so as a combined birthday/Christmas gift, he's shipping her off to New York, with the request that I take her to Rockefeller Center, I'm assuming so she can see the Christmas tree, since that keeps coming up in conversations with my dad. Considering I work at Rockefeller Center, and am thus becoming far too acquainted with it, I told him it wouldn't be a problem.

Still waiting to hear back on whether or not I'm getting my real job. The e-mail from last Tuesday said the hiring woman would know "by next week" and tomorrow is the end of that week. It'd be awesome to know tomorrow so I can a) change my schedule at Banana Republic/give my two weeks' notice and b) arrange my start date so it wouldn't interfere with Mom's visit.

And now I'm really hungry. Time to rustle up some food.

October 17th, 2008

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I got my first pay check. And the direct deposit went off without a hitch!

It's sad that seeing my bank balance at $77 make me happy. Unless you consider that my previous balance was #3.73.

This means I can actually get Billy a birthday present! Happy birthday, sweetie :-)
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