August 2011


I don’t know what the heck is up, but for the past few days, I have been getting this sudden burst of warmness in my upper left leg, a little higher than behind the back of my knee. Just out of nowhere it feels like that part of my leg is on fire. Every time it happens, I check to see if my leg is wet or bleeding, because it’s the same warm feeling you get when your pants get wet in a warm rain or something. It’s not hurting me or anything, it just really bothers me. And when it happens, my skin is still cool to the touch (it actually just happened as I was typing this out… bah), but it feels on fire from the inside. I’ll have to google that later to see what’s up. Bizarre.

Anyway,

I had a mostly productive day today. I applied for probably 7 or 8 jobs this morning/afternoon. (Later today when I was telling my mom about this, she asked, “How’s that going for you?” to which I replied, “Not so well, obviously.” I can’t believe I am still here in MN 😦 )

After being hunched over my computer for several hours with job applications, I needed a break. So, I played outside with the dogs for a bit and then played some Wii Glee Karaoke and High School Musical Sing It!. Somehow singing really loud always helps.

(And there goes that leg thing again… geez!)

This afternoon consisted of Yahtzee, reading and ping pong. Now I’m watching the Modern Family reruns. I’m looking forward to getting some sleep, though, to be perfectly honest. I miss sleeping through the night, though I am confident I will be able to do this once more somewhere down the road.

I think my mom and I might see The Debt tomorrow… I still have to check movie times, though.

Have a good one!

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But, before I bitch about work, here’s a bit of good news…

StarKid AJ Holmes is going to be in the touring cast of Young Frankenstein as Frankenstein from September to June!! Here’s the link to the schedule and tour info… I think the group of StarKids that I roll with are going to try and see the show in January… I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go to the same show with them, though, as I’ll need to be in NYC around that time to see one of my other favorite StarKids, Darren Criss, in his Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 🙂

Yay for StarKids 🙂

Okay, so I am going to bitch about work for a little bit.

Work was going so well today. I was covering my work area and a colleague’s work area because she was running late due to a family thing. No problem – work was slow, so I was easily able to cover 1/2 of the entire floor by myself.

Unfortunately, I had a huge sales goal, which was going to be unattainable due to the fact that I was only working 4 hours today. I kept busy, but I wasn’t super busy.

Toward the very end of my shift, I was super busy, juggling three sets of customers. During this chunk of time, my manager came up to me to discuss my numbers from a couple weeks ago (which I knew weren’t good). I was up on a ladder trying to track down stuff for my customers while my manager went on about how my sales numbers for that week were really bad.

Of course the were bad!

I tend to get scheduled for short shifts on days when my workplace is not super busy. However, on those same, often slow days, my sales goals are astronomical. For example, last week, I was scheduled to work 3 hours and my sales goal was almost $2000. Whereas, on other days, if I work for 3 hours, my sales goal is a more attainable $600. When I don’t meet or come close to meeting my sales goal, my performance numbers suffer. It’s hard to meet a sales goal when there is physically no one in the work area to sell to. I’m not a friggin’ magician. I can’t make customers appear out of thin air, let a lone drop hundreds of dollars on stuff.

I tried to explain this to my manager (not using the above wording, of course). She nodded her head and agreed with me, but it still looks like I’m not doing my job well. But, I know that I am awesome at my job, even though my numbers don’t quite show it. Colleagues tell me I’m good at my job. Customers tell me that I’m good at my job.

It also doesn’t help that I was told by one colleague (in front of my manager, luckily), that a $1000 sale I was working on today was taken by another colleague.

Yeah, you read that right.

So, today was frustrating because it just feels like my current job is forever setting me up to fail.

I know this isn’t going to be my career. But I also know that I like to be good at whatever it is I do. And I am good at my job. But since my numbers suck, I’m sure all my managers think I suck.

I got home around the same time as my mom. She was getting back from having a lump thing removed from her elbow (she’s fine – it’s not malignant or anything), and she had gotten us doughnuts on the way home. We sat at the dining room table with our snack (i.e. my lunch b/c I wasn’t given my break at work today… surprise, surprise) and I vented a bit. Not gonna lie, I teared up. I haven’t been sleeping well and I was just so frustrated. I told her I really was thinking that if I don’t get hired from any of the applications I’ve applied for thus far, I’m seriously thinking about quitting after Christmas and just moving somewhere because my current job is so soul crushing.

(End rant about work)

BAH

So, there was a Glee re-run on tonight, “Prom Queen”

I wrote a big ol’ blog post about it when it first aired. You can read about it HERE.

It was nice to catch this on TV again, though. Last time it was on, there was a huge storm and we missed the last couple minutes. So, when my mom and I watched it tonight, she still didn’t know what happened after Kurt and Dave were supposed to dance. It was so cute watching my mom… when Dave walked off, my mom was like, “Is Kurt going to dance alone?!” and then on the TV, Blaine was all like, “Excuse me. May I have this dance?” and my mom was like, “Blaine! [swats me on the leg] Saving the day!”

🙂

(btw – my mom calls Darren Criss “Blaine” regardless of what we’re watching that has him in it… or when we’re talking about him. Like, last night I was at Applebees with my parents for their Anniversary and I somehow managed to weasel StarKid stuff and Glee into the conversation. My dad commented how he didn’t think Kurt [i.e. Chris Colfer] was going to make it after Glee and both my mom and I were like “NO!” and then my mom was even saying how he was going to be in a movie [Struck By Lightning… which he totally wrote and produced too]. And then I was trying to explain how Chris Colfer and Darren Criss were the only ones who were going to make it after their stints on Glee. MMy dad looked at me like “who?” and my mom was like, “Blaine” and I was like, “you know, Harry Potter from the Harry Potter musicals,” to which my dad said, “I was not aware they were the same person.” Oh, Dad!)

So, 3 weeks till new Glee.

Well… I think I should probably sleep soon. I’m just so tired.

I have 2 days off now, which will be lovely. My mom and I might go a movie on Thursday. That’ll be nice 🙂

Have a good one

I had a long-ish post planned, but I am beyond tired and really don’t feel like typing. So, you’re getting this… sorry.

I went to bed early last night since I had to be up early for work and I slept worse last night than in a really, really long time. So, I’m way tired. I worked all day today and it was s-l-o-w going for the most part. I was supposed to have someone working with me for half my shift, but they took her away and moved her to another work space and I was left alone. Boo

My head was throbbing by time I left work. I just wanted to get home but the drivers around here are horrible. Boo times two.

I went out to dinner with my parents tonight because it’s their anniversary – 30 years! That’s a long time, man.

My parents are awesome and adorable. I tell them this, but need to tell them that more since they are awesome and adorable and are the greatest parents ever. I know I’m lucky to have the parents I have 🙂

My mom and I are watching Bachelor Pad right now, but only to find out who is on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars… so far I’m most excited for Carson Kressley (sp?). I loved him on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy 🙂

Well… I’m gonna log off my computer now and finish watching the show. Then I’ll read and sleep. Sleeeeeeeeeeeeep

Have a good one

I had full intention of being super productive today like I was yesterday. I still was productive, but not in the way I could have.

I woke up and found that my parents had gone out to breakfast, so I threw in some laundry, made some waffles and watched Glee (“Hell-o”). I used to super love this episode because it was the first appearance of Jesse St. James, but when I rewatched it this morning, I just wasn’t feeling it… probably because I don’t care anymore about any story lines involving Mr. Schue. Call me a bad Glee fan, but unless the plot involves Kurt, Mr. Hummel, Blaine, Coach Beiste or Puck in any way shape or form, I’m kinda over it. *shrug*

I can’t wait for the rest of Season 2 to come out on DVD and I can’t wait for new episodes to start. I need new Glee because I need new Glee songs. Now 🙂

When my folks got home, my mom and I played some ping pong, but we stopped after 3 games because it was smelling like cigarette smoke outside of our garage (pretty sure it was the neighbor) and I can’t function under those circumstances. (Cigarette smoke agitates me like whoa.)

I read for a bit and then ate lunch with my parents while we watched some Arrested Development.

After lunch my parents went canoeing/fishing. I folded laundry, read some more, and then baked some cookies.

I baked the most delicious cookies 🙂

We had a half-used can of pumpkin in the fridge, so my mom encouraged me to use that up if I could… I didn’t use the whole thing, but I did use a majority of it when I ended up making pumpkin/pecan/chocolate chip cake cookies with a vanilla frosting (all made from scratch – woot woot). My nose doesn’t work so well, but my parents got home while the cookies were still in the oven and my mom said you could smell their cookie goodness outside, as it wafted out the kitchen window (my words, not hers).

The cookies taste good, that’s for sure 🙂 (I’m having one right now as I type this… nom nom nom.)

I love baking. It’s like Chemistry Class, but instead of blowing something up, you get to eat the results. Baking is relaxing… measuring a bunch of stuff, mixing a bunch of stuff, making a nice presentation. Good times. Plus, I listen to music and sing while I bake. Makes it that much more fun 🙂

After I finished with the cookies and cleaned up the mess I made in the kitchen, I helped my parents make dinner.

My mom and I played some more ping pong post-dinner… I won 2 of 3 games. To be fair, though, my mom started giving up early in the 3rd game.

We’re watching some football right now, but not really. More like the TV is on and football happens to be on it. I’ll head to bed soon, as I have to be up early for work tomorrow. I have a long-ass shift ahead of me, so that kinda sucks. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be by myself… hopefully it won’t be a super slow day tomorrow.

Well… I’m gonna get going. Maybe read for a bit before I try to sleep.

Have a good one

Yay me, I was productive today 🙂

This morning, I scanned all of the entertainment articles I’ve ever had published (minus the two or three I don’t have physical copies of… boo). I needed some PDFs to send in for some job applications, but it was also about time I had PDFs of everything, just in case. Man, if I would have gotten a dollar for every article I wrote for those 3 publications, I would have, like, $20. (Plus, I wrote a bunch of articles for OU when I had my graduate associate position during school… but those articles won’t help me get an entertainment journalism job.)

So, I scanned for literally two hours this morning, then watched some Arrested Development. (One of the greatest television shows of all time.)

After lunch, I spent a couple hours typing up a cover letter, fine-tuning my resume and turning some of the jpegs from earlier in the day into PDF files to send in for a job application. I finally sent it in… I hope I hear back from them! The job I applied for would seriously be perfect for me.

After that, I played some ping pong with my mom, watched some more Arrested Development/ate pizza, then played more ping pong with my mom, then watched more Arrested Development.

Tomorrow I have off again, but I’ll need to do some laundry and apply for more jobs.

And really that’s all that went down today…

So, have a good one 🙂

I do not envy the people in the path of Hurricane Irene. As much as I want to be an East Coast-er, I’m glad to be living in the middle of the country right now as there is no threat of hurricane anything here. I have some friends in NYC right now and other family and friends up and down the coast, so I will be keeping up with the weather there. I just hope everyone stays safe and that the hurricane isn’t as bad as it could be.

What a semi-productive day…

I had a fitful night of sleep last night (woke up around 4:30 worrying about jobs and whatnot) and then dragged myself out of bed by 8:30. I had some breakfast and then dragged myself back downstairs to apply for some jobs. I think I applied to 6 jobs today… everything from being an assistant to an open position at DC Comics. Tomorrow I will send out more applications. Something’s gotta happen!!

During lunch, I popped in my Rent DVD and watched the scenes with the songs I like the most. I saw the stage version twice – once before the movie came out and once after. I love the stage version, but cannot say the same about the movie. The movie is okay, and I like being able to see the actors faces and whatnot, but it just doesn’t quite have the same spirit as the live version. That, and the people are all way too old to be playing those parts. (Just sayin’…)

I worked this afternoon. I was by myself for the most part and was fairly busy the whole time. I dealt with a lot of nice people… it’s easier when it’s nice people. I didn’t get my break, though, so even though I was dealing with nice people, at the end of my shift I was ready to knock down anyone who was standing in the way between me and my car. I was dehydrated, my head was spinning and I just wanted to get home. There was an accident on the highway I take to get home, so that slowed things down a bit. That, and the driver in front of me was super inconsiderate. *And* when I got into my neighborhood, the sun was right in my eyes and there were a couple kids sitting on bikes in the middle of the street. Good thing I saw them as I was turning, or I would have hit them. They didn’t even move as I approached and passed them… idiot kids.

I watched an episode of Glee to calm myself down while I ate dinner – “The Power of Madonna.” I like most of the music numbers… plus this is the first episode we see Kurt in his Cheerios uniform. A-frickin’dorable.

I played some ping pong with my mom. I won one game and she won two. woot. I’m sure there will be more of that tomorrow.

It got too dark to be playing ping pong in the garage, so we went inside and put on the Packers/Colts game. I’m not a huge football fan, but I don’t mind either of those teams. I have cheered on the Packers since I was in elementary school (I like the cheesehead hat), so I will continue to root them on.

I have the weekend off, so that’s nice. I will try and sleep in tomorrow 🙂 And then apply for more jobs…

Have a good one

You can obviously tell what I’m watching right now…

Community is one of the best shows on television. Right now it’s the rerun of “Paradigms of Human Memory” – the faux clips show. Such a brilliant use of montage of stuff that never actually happened on any other episodes of the show. This was a ridiculously smart and well written episode, among all of Community‘s entire canon of ridiculously smart and well written episodes. How this show has not been formally acknowledged by the entertainment industry is beyond me. Where are its Emmy nominations for this amazing ensemble? Or the writers? Huh???? I can’t wait to listen to the commentaries on the DVDs for Season Two.

God, I love this show.

Today was a semi productive day. I ran a bunch of errands this morning. I returned some pants at Kohls. Got a few books from Borders. Got half of my parents Anniversary present. Got some black pants and skinny jeans at Old Navy. I was unable to find shoes, though, which was a bit disappointing. But, you can’t win them all 🙂

I got home from errands and watched a bit of Starship with lunch. (Really I just watched the scenes on the first disc of the DVDs that had the songs “I Wanna Be,” “Hideous Creatures,” “Kick it Up a Notch,” and “Status Quo.”)

“Status Quo” is one of my favorite songs from Starship, but as much as I love Joey’s version, my favorite will still be Darren Criss’s version from when he did that Livestream:

The song is just great, though, regardless who sings it 🙂

I played some ping pong with my mom. I did some job hunting (which will, of course, continue tomorrow… I need to find some of the articles I wrote for a pop culture magazine I wrote for when I lived in Indiana and scan them so I can show that I am capable of writing entertainment stuff). I helped make dinner. And now I’m watching some TV with my parents.

I have to work for a few hours tomorrow afternoon, but that means I have the morning to job hunt and the evening to maybe watch a movie or something (I got Deer Hunter out from the library… I know I should have seen it by now, but I haven’t).

I’m looking forward to a nice weekend w/my family. I hope you have a nice weekend ahead of you as well

Have a good one 🙂

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