COLD!
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So why is it that my furnace always decides to go out just when it's really cold? This is the third time that it's gone out since we've lived here, and of course it picked the coldest week of the past year to do so. Currently it's 18 degrees outside, with a windchill of a whopping 4. I'm awake and in the living room working on a transcript due at 10:00a. Thank God that we actually have a place with a fireplace - it's been going literally nonstop since I woke up at 8:00am this morning. Unfortunately, since it's gas that means we've been burning money since nonstop this morning, but it's too damn cold to quibble about it. I've also got a space heater going right near me, too. And I'm still cold. If this goes on much longer I think we'll raid S.'s parents' wood pile - wood fires burn hotter, IMO, and don't cost money. :)

We already called our landlord, who has in turn called the home warranty company, who in turn has tried to call their vendors to have someone come out. But apparently this is happening quite a bit around town, so the vendors are stretched thin. They're supposed to call me back - if somebody doesn't call me by noon tomorrow today, then I'm calling the damn emergency paging service for the landlord. Although I don't know what the difference is there - is the landlord going to come out and fix our heater? Idk, idk.

Also, I fucking hate this transcript I'm working on. It's the longest one I've had, and it's almost completely indecipherable. The company knows it's almost completely indecipherable so they're giving me a 40% raise on this project, but it's still extremely frustrating and time-consuming. Argh. So I'm cold and pissy. Great. :\

ETA: I have errands to run, but I almost don't want to shower to go because it's going to be so cold when I get out! :(

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Well, I suppose a lot has happened since I last posted.

I got accepted into library school, which is awesome. My first day is January 11th. I'm very impatient and ready to start!

I started working as a volunteer at my local public library, which turned out to be much more useful and cool than I thought it would be. I thought they might only let me shelve books or something since I'm just a volunteer, but the library director knows I'm going to school to be a librarian so she's put me to work. :) I've been working the circulation desk, shelving, checking books in/out, answering reference questions - it's all very cool.

I had a job interview last week for a Library Clerk position. It's about 45 minutes to an hour from my house, but I'd really rather drive that far for a position that I'd enjoy and that will help my career than drive 5 minutes for a retail job that pays less, I'd hate, and wouldn't go anywhere. The manager I met with said she'd be making a decision this week (probably around Wednesday), so if I hear from her I've got it and if I don't then I didn't. I'm very, very nervous since I want it so badly. :\ I almost want it too badly, so I'm trying not to think about it or agonize over my interview.

I also ran the 5K I was talking about last time! That was last weekend. I couldn't run/jog the entire thing, so I had to walk in places. But I finished, and that is a big feat for me. I jogged for 10 straight minutes, which is absolutely amazing considering how out of shape I was/am. So that was a big accomplishment for me.

Yeeep. That's all I got.

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Well, I'm feeling very good about my living healthy/losing weight plan ATM. Yesterday I started the Couch to 5K plan (again) and I'm doing so much better on it this time. I think part of the reason is because I found these podcasts where not only does it have my kind of exercise music (upbeat pop) but in the intervals when you're supposed to switch from running to walking or vice versa it has a countdown to let you know. So that way I'm not constantly looking at my watch and counting the seconds until I get to walk again, or trying to remember what I should be doing at that point. I think it's helped a lot. I've taken Paris with me both times, and she starts to fall behind before I do! The first day I thought I was going to have to carry her 85-lb. ass home, LOL.

And I'm using Sparkpeople religiously - for some reason at this point it just clicked for me and is really helpful. According to the site I actually signed up in 2006, which means that somewhere along the way I had the idea but didn't follow through. But this time it's really helping me a lot. I track everything that I eat in it, even down to the meals I make at home. It helps a lot to see where I am calorie/nutrient-wise throughout the day, and I like the accomplishment of seeing that I'm within my calorie range for each day.

My goal for my Couch to 5K is that the 5K race that Steven runs every year aligns pretty perfectly with the end of the C25K program, so in a week or two I'm going to sign up for the race. I'm hoping that will give me even more incentive to continue with it since I'll have shelled out $20 for it. :) And if I make it and run the race - well, that's something I never thought would happen! I've never been an athlete or into exercise, so me running a 5K had never even occurred to me! :D

And I've lost 5 pounds! Which is not much in the scheme of things, but it makes me feel good. :)

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I'm so happy that fall is almost here! October through December are my very favorite time of the year - I love the weather, the decorations, the holidays, the smells, the food, the crafty and cute ideas in magazines, just everything about it! Even despite my extremely limited budget, I bought a few fall/Halloween decorations for my fireplace and mantel and they make me very happy every time I look at them. I have to keep reminding myself that it's still September, actually, and people will think I'm a crazy person if I start decorating outside with Halloween stuff. This is actually the first year that we've had any sort of walk or outside area at all - previously (aside from living with my family, which doesn't count since they're not my decorations) I lived in an apartment with only a crooked tiny porch to decorate, which wasn't much fun. So I'm excited! I found this neat idea in October's Better Homes and Gardens where they attached a little bit of twine/rope to these small pale yellowish pumpkins, drew bats on the pumpkins with a Sharpie, and then hung the pumpkins from shepherd hooks along their walkway. I totally think I'm going to try that -it looks awesome in the magazine (I can't find a picture online) and it seems fairly easy and low-budget.

I finally took my GRE, and I think I did okay. I scored higher than the scores that were listed as requirements for my grad school, so I suppose that will work. And now I have my immunization form, so I need to go get it signed by a doctor and finish my essay and then most of my application materials will be done! I still have two recommenders who haven't turned in their forms and such, but that's pretty much out of my hands at this point besides just bugging them every so often. I thought my essay was coming along pretty well, but S. read it and pointed out a few things and now I'm nervous to send it in. I think any criticism, even constructive, makes me so nervous because I really need to get into this program. I'm sort of pinning all my hopes on this one since there's no others in my state and out of state tuition is pretty much out of the question. :\

Still no job. :(

I finished watching all the season 2 episodes of True Blood that were taking up space on my DVR. I totally loved it - way better than Season 1, IMO, which I didn't like very much. But then, I really liked the books previous to the series even existing, so I think I was biased. This season it was easier to take the series on its own merit, especially since one of my new favorite characters (Jessica!) was introduced and because Alexander Skarsgard is AH-MAZING as Eric.

Must shower now. I'm going to my first ever baseball game over at Turner Field with S.'s Contracts class. Yay!

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Ahh..it's so nice to have a clean house. :DD I'm really terrible at housework almost all of the time - I'm lazy and hate to do it, which often leads to it just not happening. But yesterday we feverishly cleaned the living room in anticipation of my FMIL coming over, and tonight I did all the dishes that had piled up in the kitchen (it was insane), washed our drip pans (which never happens), and even cleaned underneath the stove top. Now everything is sparkling and clean and makes me feel so much better. I don't know why I can never remember this when I'm thinking about how much I hate to clean. :D

I was going to make some cookies, but the kitchen's so clean - I don't want to mess it up again. :)

Now, my bedroom is another story...that one's still messy. :)

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I don't think I've posted about this yet, but I'm in the midst of applying to grad school.

I know that I've talked about how lost I've felt about the direction my life is going (or not going...) which has only gotten worse the longer I've been out of work. Being unemployed is just a soul sucker in so many ways that you just cannot appreciate until you're unwillingly unemployed. :\ So on a whim one day I looked up the program requirements for a Masters in Library and Information Science (which means becoming a librarian!) and found out that there's only one school in my state that offers the degree, and luckily it's a 90% online degree that's designed towards students who still need to work - which is pretty much exactly up my alley.

And wonders of wonders, they offer spring semester admission! So many grad schools I've looked into for other programs only offer fall admissions, and I've felt like I needed something NOW to get me moving again. So the deadline is October 15th, and I'm already halfway there on my application materials:

  • Application
  • Ask for 3 recommendations
  • Essay
  • Take the GRE (planning on Aug 26)
  • Transcript
  • Resume/CV
  • Immunization forms

I'm studying really hard for the GRE...I'd forgotten a lot of the math portion and I'm basically just working my way through the review now instead of trying practice tests right now. Even the verbal portion is hard after being out of school for a couple of years...I imagine it's so much worse when you've been out of school for like 10 years. :O

Anyway. Yes. So that's going well, at least. Other things...not so well. But I suppose all of it will work itself out somehow. At least this one thing is on track for me.

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I don't know what it is, but all of a sudden I am deep into a dress phase.

For years (as in, until a few months ago) I hated dresses. I hated skirts, hated dresses, bleh. But a few months ago I found a dress at JC Penney's for a cousin's wedding and it actually looked good on me. I unfortunately carry excess weight around my middle, so the fact that the dress didn't accentuate that like a lot of other clothes was high in its favor. And I felt pretty!

So now I am all about the dresses. I got a few the other day, and through a recent post on beauty101 I found out about Modcloth.com and I'm hooked. I think I bookmarked like 20 of their dresses. :D That's the kind of dress I like - a little bit vintage, kind of 40's secretary.

So now I have something to lust over. Also this umbrella is adorable. Whee!

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Day Two of returned unemployment. *sigh* In late Jan/early Feb I got a temp job working for a large bank doing filing. Which sucked, but it was supposed to only be a 1-2 week job so I could survive it. But unfortunately my supervisor liked me so much she started farming me out to others in her department for more filing and assorted jobs. And one week stretched into two, and two weeks into three...and finally I couldn't stand it anymore. I fully needed the temp job, but I had to call the temp agency and ask them to get me out. :( It was undoubtedly not a smart idea, but not feeling the dread everyday to go there is worth it.

So now I'm unemployed again, and I've got to go back to the unemployment office to "reopen" my claim. I have a sneaking suspicion this means I'm going to have to go through all the same BS I did when I first opened the claim - the waiting just to speak to the receptionist, the waiting to go into their little seminar on "Unemployment: It can be easy!" and then waiting for a computer to actually file. BLARGH. It's sort of my plan for today, since I'd like to be able to file for this Sunday and they're not open on the weekends. And GOOD LUCK trying to get me to step foot in an unemployment office on a Friday - no thank you.

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For some reason, it has been like an episode of the Three Stooges whenever I step into the kitchen lately. The other day I put margarine instead of butter into an alfredo sauce, and Steven had to stand over it for 30+ minutes trying to fix it. Then I left three of our new knives that are apparently not stainless steel in a half-filled bowl of water in the sink and they started to rust...Steven nearly flipped his shit. Today, I tried to use our new blender for the first time to make smoothies; I twisted off the blender part but didn't realize the bottom is OPEN and blackberry smoothie went EVERYWHERE. Steven was outside on the porch on the phone and I screamed for him so he came running...as soon as he saw what happened he cracked up laughing. *sigh*

It's like my brain clicks off as soon as I step into the kitchen. Which is annoying, since I'm not normally such a moron. Although I did make baked ziti the other day and it was really, really good. Unfortunately it made an enormous amount - the night I made it we probably only ate like 1/8th of it! So I learned my lesson on that one.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

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