Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The world's most painful interviews.

As if job hunting wasn't hard enough with people telling you to just "find a job already"...

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 After sending countless resumes
you might get one call back, maybe two, maybe three.
Then you have to go to the actual interview.

The interviews that I have been on were some of the most painful things to experience.
Today, I will be sharing some of the experiences that I have had.

Interviewer: "Oh, interesting!  My wife was in the same sorority as you!"
Me: "That's awesome!  Small world!"
Interviewer: "Yea, she hated it."
Umm, what?  Then why even bring that up in the first place?
How do you even respond to that?
Especially when that's the first thing out of his mouth!

Interviewer: "What was your GPA in college?"
Me:  Told him my GPA
Interviewer: "Oh, that's kind of bad."
Me: "Umm I guess so.  I mean, I got into grad school with it and got a 3.4 my first quarter."
Interviewer: "Well, what was your GPA in high school?"
Me: Told him my GPA
Interviewer: "Oh. So you were one of those students that just slipped by doing the bare minimum."
Are you kidding me? 
Yea I'm a slacker that "slipped by" and then went on to college and then on to grad school. 
I'm so sure.
I nearly walked out of this interview because I was so offended because I do work really hard.

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Interviewer: "So your last job is the only REAL job you've had?"
Me: "Umm, I suppose so?"
I'm sorry that I was going to COLLEGE full time and couldn't have a corporate 9-5 job while attending! And sorry that my previous jobs weren't "real" enough for you.

Interviewer: "Could you please draw a diagram of the office you worked at last?"
Like, he was asking me to draw where everyone's desks were and the general set-up.
Me: "Sure?"
I drew it out for him and explained what everything was as I was drawing it out
Interviewer: "What's this?  What's that?"
Wait a second, was I applying to a graphic design position or some artistic job?  
No, no I was not.
And like, weren't you paying attention when I was explaining everything?  
It wasn't the only question where he asked me to repeat 
my answers since he obviously wasn't paying attention

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Interviewer: "So, you have a degree in English?"
Me: "Yes, I do.  I graduated a couple years ago."
Interviewer: "Hmm, shouldn't you be a teacher?  Shouldn't you be applying to that job instead of this one?"
(As if I don't already get that question enough!)
But, like...Really?
If I wanted to be a teacher, then yea...I would be applying to that kind of job! 
I don't..and I'm not applying to that kind of job...I'm applying to this job!

Interviewing isn't fun any way you slice it.
But, I definitely learned a lot.
And, yea I am sure that some use these tactics to weed people out,
For most of these (like all of them but #4)
 I just think how these questions or comments could even pertain to the job at hand?
but they actually made me not want to work for these people!

Any fun stories from your experience in interviews? I'd love to hear that I'm not the only one!

I got a job, I got a job, I got a job hey hey hey hey!

This is exactly how I feel right now!
After nearly 6 months of being unemployed and searching...
...I have finally landed myself a job.
Not just any job.
Not a job that I settled for.
But, the job that I have been searching for.
A career type job.
I am elated.
I am relieved.
I don't have to worry about running out my savings anymore.

And, I got this job all by myself.
I didn't have any one on the inside that got me the job.
I did it on my own,
and it feels oh so good!

 It makes me feel as though all of those horrendously painful interviews were totally worth it.
Some how.
I am super happy that I didn't get some of those jobs.
I learned from them, and I think that paid off in the end.

Tomorrow look forward to a post on all of those... interesting 
(I think that's the best way to describe it) 
interviews that I had been on.
But, for now I will look forward to the week and a half I have before starting! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Alaska Adventures: Mike and Derrick

I think it is about time for another installment of Alaska Adventures.  

We are just coming up from Roseburg Oregon, 
where we had stayed with some friends of Cheryl's that she had worked on a winery with up there.
We were heading up to Portland, and realized that we didn't really have anywhere to stay.
It had occured to us earlier in the trip that we should try Couch Surfing.
We tried to do it in San Francisco, but it was too short notice.
But, we found two guys named Mike and Derrick to stay with in Portland.

These guys had a pretty nice apartment that they were kind to open up to us.
There was another girl that had stayed with them that week and she was on her way out.
She had an interesting story.  She was from Switzerland and went to Portland to build a bicycle.

We explored all of the city.  
Making sure to hit up Voodoo Donuts
getting caught in the rain, 
eating some delicious food from food trucks,
and taking a four person bike around the city.

Kylie, Me, Cheryl
 After our bike ride, 
Mike called us and said he was making some Sangria and was going to go drink it in the park.
He invited us along, and of course we accepted.
These guys were some of the nicest people we met on the trip.
They both were into traveling and playing practical jokes on their friends.
Mike had just gotten back from a trip to Argentina.

We were sad to leave them the next day.
But we got a text from Mike saying that we had forgotten something.
He said we forgot to take him with us to Alaska!
Fortunately, this wasn't the last time we got to see them.

Luckily for us, these guys were normal.
Many of the people we met on the trip were not.
Look forward to funny stories about those people!

Friday, January 25, 2013

On being creative.

I have always been one that would rather make something than to buy it.
Usullay though, it never turns out.  But, it's the thought that counts, right?
A few years ago, I tried my hand at crochet.
My scarf instantly turned into a yarn coaster.
How that's possible?  I have no idea.
I resolved that I was just not cut out for crochet.
Fast forward to a few months ago,
and ever since then
something clicked
and I have been a crocheting machine!

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 My new homemaking skill to master is going to be cross stitch.
I did it when I was younger, so I'm thinking that I am going to be able to pick it up quite easily.
However, the project I've chosen is quite the feat.

Luckily, it is a stamped cross stitch rather than counting cross stitch.
But, I'm thinking that I should start off with something 
a bit smaller
a bit easier
to practice
before tackling this big one.
I should have some time before it arrives in the mail.
I think I want to try my hand at this adorable little gnome!
Find it here
 I have a brilliant idea for this little gnome.
Now, I just need to get to the store for some supplies!
Hopefully, it will turn out just as good as I'm imagining it.

Need a little creativity music?  
Check this guy out!
Angus Stone: "Wooden Chair"

Ugh, can I just marry this guy already?

What projects are you working on?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sometimes you just have to brush that dirt off yo' shoulders.

Jay-Z: "Dirt off your shoulder"

Thanks Jay-Z because you are right, "Ladies is pimps too".  
I'm done wallowing (I think) and ready to start getting back to being myself.
Thanks for being a jerk... OK, seriously. I'm over it.  Moving on.
In these wise words:

Thanks Liz.
We're on a first name basis. Obvi.

I am now getting back on that fitness horse!
6 mile run yesterday and another planned for later today.
and by run I mean partly walk. And by partly walk I mean almost all walking.

 Find this shirt here

Gimme dat shirt!
And if you haven't seen Pitch Perfect yet...then you need to get on it!

My half marathon is in 115 days.
I need to get my mile time faster and my endurance up.
I think it's possible.
I hope.
I'm just going to start focusing on this more instead of other areas in my life that are bothering me.
Yes, that sounds like a good plan.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bad moods.

You guys...I've been in a bad mood for the past few days (which is part of the reason for my lack of postings), for one thing in particular that I'm not going to talk about (I know, I hate people that do this kind of thing)... Or maybe I'll feel up to talking about it in a little while.  But, I'll just say that this part from the movie "Elizabethtown" pretty much sums it up.

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Elizabethtown is one of my all time favorite movies, and it has an awesome soundtrack.  If you haven't seen it (it's on Instant Netflix!), get on that right away!

 Ryan Adams: "Come Pick Me Up"

Thursday, January 17, 2013

As if #operationredbikini and signing up for a half marathon weren't enough motivation.

I am not lacking in the motivation department for losing weight.
I am lacking in the execution part...obvi.

However, I was talking to my cousin the other day,
and she is going to do a mini roadtrip version of my Alaska adventure.
I think she is only going as far north as Seattle,
although I am trying to convince her to go up to Vancouver, Canada at least!

Well, at the end of her trip, she is stopping in Las Vegas, Nevada and San Diego, California.
Both of these are only within a few hours drive time for me.

So, obviously I invited myself along.
Whoa! double whammy for motivation!
Tight dresses, hanging out by the pool, laying out at the beach?

Vegas 2011
San Diego 2011 with one of my Best Friends
 I need to get my booty in gear!
Any one want to be accountability partners?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday #2

So, it's only my second Weigh in Wednesday...


I wasn't going to do this post, but I like to show the good, the bad, and the ugly.  
Today turns out to be the bad...and the ugly. 
Here's how my fitness routine went this past week:

So here's some more ugly:
Goal weight #1: 158 
Highest weight: 178
Last week: 164.4
This week: 165.4

Seriously?  Why can't I figure out how to flip these!
Welp.  There it is.
I'm not going to let it get me down because I didn't do anything to change it.
But, this is a new week!
I'm gonna kill it!
Maybe some motivation will be to do a giveaway for you guys when I reach my first goal weight!
What do you think about that?!
Hopefully in a couple weeks...I already know what I want the prize to be!
Here is some motivation for the week:

This weeks work out song:
Like for realsies...I am going to workout this week!

Marina and the Diamonds: "How to be a heartbreaker"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to not give a F***

First, I'd like to preface this post by saying:

And also, that I really don't say the F word too many times, but I thought this post was necessary.

I kind of realized that I am really good at not really caring what people think about me,
This isn't to say that I never get self-conscious, but I've just learned to deal with it differently.
and I thought that I would pass this along to you dear readers.

I think it started when I was just a little girl.
I got picked on a lot... a lot. a lot.
so I had to learn that other people's opinions are not what I should use to form an outlook on myself.
Once you learn that, 
and are comfortable with yourself, 
and your skin, 
and who you are, 
and where you are going,
then you will no longer care what other people and society expect from you.

Let me tell you a little story from when I was working in an office composed of 95% women.
Women are catty. 
Like I can't even stand it.  Whatever.

Two girls in my office got pregnant.  One girl was married.  One girl out of wedlock (not that I'm judging) was with the bosses son... who she swore she wasn't dating.  
Dun dun dun. Drama drama drama. I know.

So, two other girls in the office were kind of making fun of them a bit.
The thing about the office was that there were no cubicles.  
Just a big open space for all the desks.
So, my desk just happened to be within listening distance.
These two sets of girls already didn't like each other.
I didn't care about either of them, so I got along with both of them.
Until this day, where the preggos thought I was making fun of them too.
Say what?
I was at least 10 feet my own desk...not even talking.
Now, what do you think I did?
I didn't give a f***!

I didn't care if they liked me, and I really didn't care if they didn't.
I was there to get my own s*** done.
I was too busy to even gossip.

They were not the end all be all of my opinion of myself.
Lot's of girl drama.  So glad I don't work there anymore!

All I'm saying is that there will always be people that will try and strong arm you into feeling bad about yourself, or to try and apologize for things that you shouldn't.   
Be strong and confident in who you are, and you will reap the benefits.
Holllaaaa to a substantial raise for my hard-work and staying out of office drama!

Doves: "There Goes the Fear"

It's hard for me to understand why people care so much about other people's opinions, 
so this might be hard for you to put into practice.  
But, you will be so much happier when you are confident with who you are all the way around.
But also, please note that I am not saying there isn't always room for improving yourself, 
but that should come from you yourself, 
and not because you are trying to please other people.

Also, linking up for Tell me about it Tuesday!
Helene in Between

Monday, January 14, 2013

The weekend when your parents go out of town.

Yes, I live at home.
Yes, I get super excited when they go away for the weekend.

Conversation with my dad before they left:
Me: "Which car are you guys taking?"
Dad: "Mom's"
Me: "Oh good, because I ordered like 3 kegs for the party and I'll need the truck to be able to pick them up."
Me: "Oh please dad, you know I don't have any friends to invite to a party anyways!"
Mom: "Don't forget to get some dancing boys!"
At least my mom understands my humor.

So, what did I do with my weekend then?
Friday: Nothing. I sat and watched TV and cuddled with my pup.

Saturday: I had a tea brunch in the afternoon, then I met up with some girl friends out in Newport Beach.  We watched the game- Yay Niners!
Then went out to a couple bars.
Not to self, I am no longer in my early twenties and able to drink as I once did.
Although, those fireball shots were delicious.

Sunday: Recovery day.  Movie watching, crocheting, and puppy cuddling.

 Breakfast Burritos are the best after a night out.  I'm glad Ryan appreciates that.

I don't know if you guys can handle how out of control crazy I am.  I really might need an intervention soon.

Linking up with Sami and Leann

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Sunday Gotta Get Down on Sunday.

Isn't that how that song goes?
To be completely honest, 
finding the video for this post is the only time I have listened to the song all the way through.
OK I lied, I couldn't get past the chorus.

Yesterday I had a sisterhood event with the alumi chapter of my sorority.
We went to a tea house brunch.
Is that cliche of sorority life?  I couldn't tell you.
But, I quite liked my outfit.
I'm posting it here because I don't normally put outfits together.
Although, I wish I did!

I also wish I could tell you where I got everything, 
but I'm pretty sure that everything I'm wearing is at least a year old.
Minus the earrings.  
I got those for my Birthday from Forever 21.
I can tell you that it is a combo of Forever 21, H&M, and Target.

Also, as penance for making you listen to Rebecca Black-
Please enjoy this song.

 A Fine Frenzy- Electric Twist

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

We all have that person that drives you mad.

This woman drove me crazy when I was little.
I have no idea why.
Maybe it had to do with the fact that she couldn't get anything right.
And maybe I felt bad for her in a sense because of that.
But, I'll tell you...
...I've never wanted to shake some sense into somebody more than her.
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Drove. Me. Nuts.

But then, I just had this realization today.
And I have no idea where it came from since I haven't seen this movie in forever.
But, Ben Stillers character in Meet The Parents made me feel the same way.
I hated that movie.
Only for the fact that I just felt so bad for him.

Poor guy.
I have no idea what brought this on,
but I felt it necessary to post it.
Who is the person that drives you absolutely batty?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday #1


This is my first weigh in Wednesday!  
I am so excited to be participating to get some motivation from all you fantastic ladies!

I didn't take a picture of the scale last week because...well I didn't know about this challenge haha! 
But, you can take my word that I weighed in at 167.6.  
Today I woke up at:

Argh!  I can't figure out how to flip it!

Although it is sideways, it reads 164.4.  
But you darlings are smart people so I'm sure you could have figured that out on your own.
That 3.2 pounds down! 
What the heezy?
I have no idea how I lost.  
I haven't really been doing done anything.
I need to start getting out and exercising.
My plan is to do the Ease into5k running plan for the next few weeks.
And also the Insanity program.
And eating better of course!

Workout song of the week:

Jessie J- Do it Like a Dude

 What is your plan of action for this week?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Ok my dear friends, 
I think I have found the bathing suit that I want for the #operationredbikini challenge that Kassie is hosting.


I would really like your opinions on this one because I kind of put it together on the Victoria's Secret website through their bikini builder.
So, this could possibly not work.  
But, I kind of liked the miss-matchy-ness of it.  
What do you think?

Are any of you lovely ladies participating?
Let me know because I'd love to follow your journey!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Oh no. Look what I did.

I think I am suffering from temporary insanity. 
I just signed up for my first half marathon! 
It is going to be on May 19, 2013 in Portland, Oregon!  
Anyone interested in doing it as well?  Sign up here!

I am really excited to go back to Portland, and better yet to do my very first half marathon there!  
I might wake up tomorrow regretting this decision, but for now I am stoked!  
Anyone thinking of doing it as well or even training for a half marathon right now?  
I could use some tips and motivation lol

At least I am making progress on my 2013 goal list!
Now, I will need to book a flight!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Cake Stand Tutorial

Happy Friday friends!  
Today I'd like to do a little tutorial on the cake stand that I made for my Birthday.  
This project is so easy, and you can say that you made it yourself!

I first did this project a couple years ago with my friend, so I can't take full credit for this brilliant idea!

What you will need to get is a plate and candle stick holder.

I got these from the thirft store... I did a little thrift shop shopping... 
what what what what? 
Savin' my money and I'm hella happy that's a bargain, bitch.


 I digress. 

You will also need some epoxy glue.  
I had originally used hot glue, but when I went to wash the stand, it fell apart in my hands.  
So, don't do that.  
My dad said he got the epoxy glue from the 99 cent store!

Make sure to mark out on the plate before applying the glue where you will want the candle stick to go.  Measure it for the middle or else it will be lopsided.  
Not that I learned that the hardway...good thing the hot glue didn't work. haha!

Put some glue on the candle stick 
Make sure its enough, 
but not too much so that it won't get all over the place when you push it down on the plate.
Put it on the mark you made. And wait for it to dry. 
Ta-da!  Cake stand!  

For the one pictured above, the plate was too top heavy.

  So, I added a plate to the bottom and it worked like a charm!  
I made two because they were so darn easy and pretty cheap!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

It's OK Thursday #7

Time for It's OK Thursday!

Its Ok Thursdays

But, can I do something a bit different and do It's NOT OK Thursday? I am going to say yes. 


It's NOT OK...

...That my best friend is going back up to NorCal.  She's a teacher up there, and came down here for the holidays.  But, now she is leaving again to go back home.

...It's not ok that I have 2 HUGE pimples growing on my face...and painful too.  Didn't I just have my 26th birthday?  Why is this happening to me? (1:36) Is this going to be forever?

... It's not ok that this post is a Debbie Downer.
I love when SNL cast members can't keep it together!

OK I'm gonna make this post more postive.

It's ok...

...that my best friend is going back home to NorCal in a couple days.  
It was great to hangout with her for 2 weeks!

...It's ok that my face is harboring painful pimples because I have make-up and Advil.

... It's ok that this post is no longer a downer!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Resolutions? More like guidelines...and NYE

I tried to make my post title a bit Pirates of the Caribbean reminiscent,
Who wouldn't want to be in Pirates of the Caribbean?  Can you say Orlando Bloom?
I don't think my "wittiness" worked out as well as I thought it would.  
Partly because the title should be, "Resolutions?  More like goal list"

Ok let's get down to the point of this post:

My friend and I make a goal list for each year.  
Past goals have included:
Road trip to Alaska
Go Zip Lining
See the Grand Canyon
Have a dinner party
Grow an appreciation for red wine

Those items were taken from my 2010 and 2011 list.  
And they have all been completed.

It's not the kind of typical resolution list because we agreed that it could carry over into the following years (hence me making a goal to have a dinner party in 2010 and not completing it until 2012!), 
as long as you are continually working on it.  
If that makes sense? 

What's going on my 2013 list?

What are your goals for the year?
Also, how did you ring in the new year?

I didn't do anything too crazy,
I just went out to a local restaurant/bar with some girl friends.

Can I tell you what happened to me though?

This has never EVER happened.

A guy sent me a drink from across the bar!
The bartender was like, "This is from the guy on the end."
And I was like, "Are you sure it's for me?  For ME?"
"For you." He said.
What the heck?  Chivalry is not dead my friends.