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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 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.
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