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It always gets worse before it gets better:
September 8, 2008, 8:22 am
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I GOT THE FULL TIME JOB!

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Rainy day update
September 6, 2008, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Careers, Green, Uncategorized, Wedding

Tropical storm Hanna has been soaking Richmond since last night and it has recently gotten a bit windy here as well. I hope everyone has been safe and sound and continues to be while the storm passes through.

No big drug store or Kroger deals for me this week. Hopefully next week will be more enticing.

My job at the bookstore is now unstable. I am no longer officially on the schedule because they cannot afford to pay me to work as frequently as I was (which really wasn’t very frequent, usually about 2 or 3 days a week). The owner told me that I am still free to come in for 2 or 3 hours when I can in order to help them sell books online. They need to cut expenses in order to stay afloat and I guess I was first on the chopping block since I have another job to support myself with. I have wanted to quit working there for quite some time now because I don’t enjoy it there anymore and I feel my time is worth more than minimum wage, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I guess this can be considered an easy out.

Even though it wasn’t much, the extra money I got from working there definitely did help me out. I hope that I can will myself to go in at least once a week to help them so that I can get a few dollars, but I honestly don’t know if I will make myself go since I really don’t want to. I can probably make up for the money I’m losing by mystery shopping again and taking more online surveys and such, but there’s no doubt in my mind now that I really need this full time job I interviewed for recently. I lost my health insurance, the economy is crap, now it seems I’m losing my second job- if only desperation were an attractive quality employers looked for in potential employees.

I’ve been studying diligently for the GRE. I really hope to take it by the beginning of October. It looks like I’ll have more time on my hands now, so that goal seems more attainable. The verbal section is going smoothly, but the quantitative part is really making me sweat. Math wouldn’t be so difficult for me if I found it even remotely interesting.

Jake and I have decided on save the date cards and invitations. We are going to buy them from an invitation company that is dedicated to using earth friendly practices. I’ve been emailing back and forth with the owner about the design and I’m just loving her and her company to bits! I bought a vintage dress from an online store this past week. I’m not going to get too excited about it until it arrives and I can try it on. I haven’t told too many people about it because I’m waiting to see what it looks like on me. I’ve also been looking at vintage and earth friendly wedding bands. I found a band I like for myself, but Jake’s seems to be proving a bit more difficult, especially since we’re not sure of his exact ring size.

And so life is moving forward and dragging me along with it.



And it keeps on coming
September 3, 2008, 7:46 am
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Jake and I now have over $4,000 in our savings account!

I was also called for an interview for another job- not a full time one, but one that I would rather have than the ones I currently have.



Fingers crossed
August 28, 2008, 2:46 pm
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I had a job interview on Monday with a local university. Since then, I’ve heard that they have called two of my references (I haven’t talked to the third person I put down as a reference in a few weeks and I’ve been away from work email for a few days, so I’m not sure if they called her or not). They wouldn’t bother to call one, let alone two, of my references if they weren’t still interested in hiring me. Squee! They said that they hope to reach a decision by the end of the week, but HR could take a week or two to get paperwork and such straight.

I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high since I’ve had pretty crappy luck with getting jobs lately, but this is definitely a good sign!

(EDIT: My third reference called me this afternoon and told me that they called her too.)



Woot!
August 20, 2008, 1:10 am
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I’ve got a job interview scheduled for Monday! Full time with benefits, baby!



Hang overs were made for reflection
August 10, 2008, 8:34 pm
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Despite a few mishaps, the party was a success with a good amount of people who definitely warmed the apartment.

Today, I’ve found myself very frustrated with my job situation and our financial issues. It’s been an uphill battle, a struggle, this whole time and I’m about ready to coast for awhile.

I applied to three jobs just now. Who knows if I’ll get any of them, but the fact that I applied keeps me keeping on. Just another year of this, then I’ll be back at school earning a degree that will open up many more positions for me. Just one more year.



Recent thoughts and happenings
August 7, 2008, 11:44 am
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Jake and I are throwing a house warming party this Saturday. I’ve been buying snacks on sale and for free with rebates and coupons in order to decrease the impact the extra costs will have on our checking accounts.

I’m really sick of complaining and hearing complaints about how we have no food and yet we manage to throw away way too much of it. I’m thinking about writing up a weekly menu and setting up a strict budget so that we don’t keep finding ourselves in this situation.

I still haven’t gotten a health insurance plan. I have a dentist appointment next week that I’ll need to cancel because of my lack of insurance. I’m afraid I won’t be able to afford a plan, especially one with dental coverage. I need to get moving on this ASAP!

After a month or so break, I’m studying for the GRE again. Gosh, it is such a bummer. I’m thinking about taking it in late September or early October so I can just get it over with. I’ve put wedding planning mostly on the back burner until I get this test over with.

I just finished reading a book on green living that has really got me thinking about how green my life is(n’t) and what I can do to improve it. Too bad I can’t afford to do many of the suggestions I read about.