Popcorn And Panthers

Popcorn And Panthers

Hi, friends.

Today was weird, but otherwise okay.

Last week, I had an interview where I had to present my plans for the position for an hour. The presentation/interview went incredibly well – so much better than I ever could’ve dreamed – and I got a lot of crazy good feedback from the panel participants. I got a random call today from someone on that team who wasn’t able to be there for the interview and he talked to me for over an hour about how well-received my presentation was (according to the team chatter) and gave me more info on the position. He made it clear he has nothing to do with the hiring, but that if I don’t get this job I’d certainly get another job on that team in the future. It was a nice call, but it was just… strange. How often do you have interviews where you 1) get feedback at all; 2) get such positive feedback; and 3) have random team members calling you from Europe to introduce themselves, a week after the interview? The way the guy was talking, it sounded like I’m not getting the job (which I expect, honestly – it’s an enormous leap from my current position), but then again, he’s not involved with the decision. I really don’t know how to take that. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting to hear back about everything I’ve interviewed for recently, and I got another call today for a phone interview for yet another position.

Lots of balls, up in the air. Hopefully I don’t drop all of them.

A couple non-paying balls were recently taken out of my hands unwillingly, so I’m finding I have some extra free time and a whole lot of stress and pain to work through. Not to go into detail about the situation, but I haven’t been sleeping and I haven’t been all that interested in eating, and I’m just generally really miserable right now. The few people who’ve seen me since Monday and who know the story have been doing everything in their power to be supportive, but it’s hard. Really hard. One friend compared me to herself the year prior when she was going through her divorce. So needless to say, I needed a departure from reality for a little while.

Everyone has been telling me I need to see Black Panther, so I made a spontaneous decision to go see it tonight. Like, I got in my car and headed towards home, but something pulled my arm to the right and suddenly I was on the parkway headed towards Penn Hills Cinemas. I arrived just in time for the 7pm showing to start, and I decided to treat myself to popcorn as an incentive to actually eat food.

I’m happy to say that I didn’t check my phone once the entire time I was in the theater, so I had a bit of a break from the insanity. Additionally, I ate all of the popcorn (which was a small, but which seemed… not small), so there’s some food in my system once again. I enjoyed the movie a lot, and I especially loved that (like Wonder Woman) there were a lot of powerful women in it. I know that’s not the point of the movie and it’s not the only thing I got out of it, but I like that we’re seeing more of that trend. It was a great way to spend the evening, and it was nice to be “distracted” for the night.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to take some Tylenol PM so I can hopefully sleep a little tonight. #shambles

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My Knapsack On My Back

My Knapsack On My Back

Hi, friends. Going to work today was the best thing I possibly could have done – it was a much-needed distraction from some other stuff going on. It was kind of wonderful being in the office today, and I feel like I don’t say that all too often.

One of the best things about today is that a package arrived for me at work – a new backpack. I realize that sounds lame and boring, but I’ve been using the same backpack for the past few years and it’s destroyed to the point where I’m afraid if I carry my laptop in it in the rain, the laptop will get wet. The stitching has come apart at the seams in many places, and even my boss told me I should order a new one. I had some time on Monday, so I browsed our internal catalog and found the one that came today.

To say I’m happy with it is an understatement – I was downright giddy. So many zippers! So many pockets! It has this awesome functionality where it has a “hammock” for my laptop (so the laptop doesn’t get damaged if I slam the bag on the floor… it’s like they know me!), and the center of the bag unzips to lie flat so you can go through TSA checkpoints without taking out your computer. That doesn’t apply to me so much anymore since I have global entry (BEST DECISION EVER!), but it’s still a cool feature.

I spent a decent amount of my afternoon today multitasking the discovery of my new bag and the cleaning out of my old bag while kicking butt on some customer calls. The lasting effect was that everyone was happy – customers, me, and even my boss (now that my logo’d bag isn’t shoddy).

Hooray for Wednesdays and shiny new things, lame as they may be!

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Nutjobs

Nutjobs

LOL at these two, living it up in the great weather we’re having here. What a couple nutjobs! 😉

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Good Medicine

Good Medicine

Hi, friends!

I went to work for the first time today in nearly a month, and it really wasn’t all that bad. My boss’s boss came out of his office to greet me when I came in, and he made sure to tell me that 1) I can leave early if I want to since I’ve been sick – it’s okay to ease back into things and 2) there’s “medicine” in my desk drawer if I need it. “Medicine,” meaning whiskey. Sometimes I really love where I work. 🙂

I waited until about 3pm before I broke open the desk drawer medicine, and I poured the teensiest shot of whiskey into my coffee mug.

The funny thing is, my ears have been “blocked” since flying back from California – that’s when I first realized I was getting sick, because it felt like my ears needed to pop but never did. Until today, they still hadn’t. But no joke, I took that tiny swig of whiskey today and my ears instantly popped open. The effect was immediate. How crazy is that?!

So I guess it’s true that whiskey is the cure for what ails ya! 😉

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Squirrel, Interrupted

Squirrel, Interrupted

You know it’s time to go back to work (either work – the office or wedding bartending) when your supplies of free food have diminished.

Tonight I ate my last wedding cookie, from a wedding two weekends ago. Since we haven’t had an event in the past two weekends, my cookie well has run dry. (Yes, I frequently squirrel away cookies for weeks – sometimes months – at a time. I’m a pro at moderation!)

And since I haven’t been in my full-time job’s office since, oh, January 24 or so, I haven’t had any free lunch leftovers in quite some time.

I guess I’ll suck it up and go into the office tomorrow. Why not, right? It’ll be my first bus ride in February, and I’m proud of myself for working from home like a champ for the past however many weeks. 🙂

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Deliverance

Deliverance

Hi, friends. My day today was so full of irony, it’s almost not fair.

I decided not to travel anywhere – not really – because we had some flooding happening here in Western PA. When flooding happens, we have disaster assessment. And I happen to be a disaster assessment lead, so my services were very much needed today in some local communities around our region. So I filled up my travel coffee mug first thing this morning and headed to an office that I first traveled to last year around this time… but back then, it was for an interview. And I was so sure I was getting the job, but (spoiler alert) I didn’t. Fast-forward exactly one year later and I had to go to the same place, to meet with some of the same people. Oh, Alanis, it’s just too ironic for me.

When I arrived at the office, I got to meet with the executive who I was previously told “wouldn’t get along with [my] personality.” She was nice as pie and we even exchanged cell numbers, so that was clearly a lie (and it was far from the last lie to be told). I ended up taking charge of the situation in the absence of any staff leadership, and we divided into multiple vehicles to do our disaster assessment. I chose to go with a guy who just became a brand-new volunteer a few days ago, which was fortuitous because he had a ton of questions and I’m full of answers.

Throughout the course of the day, I learned several things that I can’t detail on here, but which I’m following up on via outside channels. Lots of opportunities for training volunteers, and lots of opportunities for continued engagement. It makes me a little sad that things aren’t running as smoothly as I had hoped, mainly because I wanted the job so bad and I would have been so good at it. But alas, that’s in the past. All I can do now is offer to help things get better from a volunteer perspective.

Anyway, I learned a lot, the volunteer I was paired with learned a lot, and we both got to see some interesting things… like a house that had life-sized models hanging around outside, Deliverance-style. What I didn’t think to get a picture of was the wood-chipper beside the guy leaning against the garage door. I’m not even kidding – life-sized models complete with a wood-chipper. It was too perfect, and too creepy. I think that was the desired effect, though. 😉

We had a good day, and it ended none too soon – as we headed back to the local chapter, it started to snow. By the time I’d reviewed all of the street sheets and compiled all of the info to send to our staff, there were a couple inches outside and the roads were covered (the area is within the “ridges,” or the snow belt). The drive home was… anxiety-inducing. But I made it back alive, and that’s what matters.

Now it’s time to relax and watch some HBO before I head to bed early. What a way to spend a Saturday night off from work! EXCITING!

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