Protected: One more thing…

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Protected: Happy Birthday Anthony!

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She’s all growed up!

May 4, 2007 at 7:28 am | Posted in family, Happy | 8 Comments

From her first days of school to her last–which happened to be yesterday–this little girl kicked academia’s ass. We celebrated Laura’s last day of exams, celebrated that she is getting her masters in nursing from Yale (whoa), celebrated celebrating on a Thursday night. We went to Bar and ate potato pizza, washing it down with some nasty stout beer and dirty martinis.

Congrats Laura Margaret. We’re so proud of you!

The race and pedicure

April 29, 2007 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Employment, family, Friends, Happy, Photographs | 7 Comments

Oooh. Today was lovely. It was a family day with lots of fresh air and pampering. Sean’s brother-and-law Scott ran a race, as he is known to do, so we took the kidlets out to watch their daddy run. A, who is two now, has started calling me “Auntie [Wawen] Lauren!” and soon as I enter a room he screams my newfound title and smiles a big toddler smile. And Sissy, now seventeen months, reaches up for that please scoop me up and love me hug. Oh these children make any cloudy day less grey.

After the race, we let Scott take the kids and spent the rest of the day as a girl day. Sean’s sisters, extended “family” (the neighbors that lived next door for most of Seanie’s young life), and me had pedicures and manicures and spent most of the late afternoon eating and laughing at old memories.

I start my new job tomorrow. I don’t plan on working there long as it is a temporary placement and they want me to work weekends. If I wanted to work weekends, I would’ve stayed at my terrible post office job. There are new job prospects underway, but I will tell you more about them as they happen. For now, know that I will be working at a friendly place which may or may not turn out to be a lot of fun.

On a side note:  download Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t worry, be happy”.  Nothing could go wrong when you’re listening to it.

Paint and riddle

April 18, 2007 at 8:35 pm | Posted in Employment, Friends, Happy, silly pants | 6 Comments

Today I helped paint Anthony’s den green.  It was lovely.  He was going to go with a beige or white but I convinced him to go daring.  Be bold!  I told him.  And the end result was absolutely awesome.

Here’s an almost finished picture of part of the room.  The trim still needs to be stained and put back on the walls and the corner is still wet in this shot.  But the color is fantastic for Anthony’s earthy personality.  Bold but not ridiculous.

Have I mentioned that I love to paint.  Holy cow do I love it.  I will paint any of your houses for free.

Oh the job front (ugh, you’re thinking, is she really still talking about employment?) I have an interview on Monday with a highly recommendable engineer for a boss.  He sounds wonderfully cheerful and personable on the phone.  I simply can’t wait to meet him.  I’ve come to the realization that not only do I love to paint, but I also love going on job interviews.

I’m going to leave you with a riddle.  80% of kindergartners get this riddle and 5% of Stamford graduates figured it out.  Here goes:

What is greater than God, more evil than the Devil, poor people have it, rich people don’t want it, and if you eat it you will die?

When opportunity knocks, it pours

April 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm | Posted in Employment, Happy | 20 Comments

This is a happy post.

I hate being unemployed. It’s lonely, and boring, and although I can sleep in as late as I want I find myself wanting nothing but to be in a tiny cubicle grunting under my breath about how unfair the work environment can be. I wouldn’t mind being hired by a fast food chain at this point. I’d make a good dog walker or paper clip organizer. I would do anything to relieve this boredom.

So I decided to try out a staffing agency to further along my job search. They hire people on a temp to hire basis and I figured any job at this point would boost my energy level.

My interview with the temp agency was for 11 this morning. Upon my arrival I noticed that I was the only hopeful wearing a business suit. Some applicants were even in jeans and sneakers. No problem, I thought as I handed my watermarked resumé to the interviewer.

But after filling out some forms and speaking with the interviewer for several minutes, she informed me that there would be no openings for me because I didn’t have at least two years of office experience. Hmpfh. There is nothing more fun than being told that you are pretty much a lost cause at the start of an interview.

She asked me if I still wanted to take the computer tests–typing, data entry, basic spelling, alphabetizing–to see if I had any chance of getting an office job. The chances were slim.

I felt as if I was just told that I had a terminal disease and there was little hope for survival. I certainly wasn’t going to give up–although I thought about it–without a fight. I told the woman that I am a quick learner and can do any job that I put my mind to. I told her I’d like to take the tests, thank you.

So how’d I do? I scored a 97% on the alpha-numeric data entry, a 100% on numeric data entry alone, a 94% on the basic spelling (I spelled the words “occasion” and “necessary” wrong–I’m ashamed to be representing English majors everywhere), and I typed 60 words per minute. Basically, I blew the tests out of the water. The average percentiles ranged from 60-80% and I scored in the high nineties.

And so the interviewer’s tone of voice changed within seconds of getting the results. She offered me a data entry position for an imaging company and I start Monday. It feels good to have beaten the odds. Experience isn’t everything, especially for an English-slash-computer geek.

And on top of all that new job goodness, my buddy the photographer asked me if I can photograph a wedding with him in a few weeks. You mean I get paid to do what I love? Should I think about it and get back to you? My answer is yes.

The sound of opportunity is such sweet, sweet, music to my ears. Maybe now I’ll be able to come up with more interesting blog topics.

Let me sum this ramble up: I got a job. Well, two possibly–if you consider wedding photography a job…I consider it a lot of fun. I start this new job on Monday.

The moral: Don’t tell a feisty girl that she can’t do something. She may just get a perfect score on your silly data entry exam. It’s incredible what a person can do once told she cannot.

Sister day

March 29, 2007 at 8:48 pm | Posted in family, Happy, Love, Photographs, sisters | 6 Comments

I drove to the city to see Carrie-Lynn (and Titan the cat) today.  We went for a lovely hike and then to IKEA for lunch.  The weather was perfect, as was the Swedish food that we ate.

We had a little talk about how having a sister is a wonderful thing.  We are best friends for life and no matter what happens, she will always be there for me and I for her.

We’ve always been close.  Even when she broke my leg pushing me down the stairs, and during the countless times she kicked the crap out of me, or scalded me with hot water in the shower, or threw me out of her room for trying to hang out with her and her very cool friends; even when she put on my doll’s diaper and peed in it.

We were sisters when I threw her soccer trophy at her knee, when I hit her in her newly developing bosoms with one of her crutches, or threw a piano bench at her, or read her diary in sixth grade and screamed out YOU LOVE SO AND SO! in front of everyone during a fight.

We will always have that competition for the longer hair, as if the length of our hair symbolizes the secret power that we wish to hold over the other.  We will always look the same, confuse those who call us on the telephone because they can’t tell us apart, wear the same silly expressions on our face when we read poetry aloud.

We have a history.  A sister history.  And it is ours and only ours.  We will always have our memories, and each other.

I am thankful to have a sister like mine.

Who are you thankful for?

Finally

March 26, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Employment, Happy, sick | 9 Comments

Well, thanks to all of your wonderful thoughts being sent my way, I have two interviews scheduled with nationwide suit-wearing companies this week. One of the companies isn’t hiring, they just want to meet me because they think I’m cool. No, seriously. The other company is offering a plethora of positions and probably has as many candidates for the job so my hopes aren’t sky-high, but I’m pleased nonetheless.

Now if only I could get over being [half-dead] sick by my interview tomorrow morning, life would be perfect. I have spent the entire morning (with a few intermissions of watching The View and other meaningless TV) in the bathroom. I’m barely getting over the cold I’ve suffered through all week, and now everything else in my body has decided that it too would like to revolt. Thank you, body. I haven’t slept through a night in at least seven days and it seems that even NyQuil is no match for a restless Lauren.

But I don’t even care. I could lose a limb and would still make it to these interviews, because damnit, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and no sickness inducing bug is going to take my light away.

Happiness in comments. What makes your day?

I almost forgot!

March 16, 2007 at 6:52 am | Posted in Happy, Love, Video | 7 Comments

Here’s our 12th-month video.  I can’t post the video I made for the entire year because it’s 45 minutes long.  Yes, that’s what a person does when she has nothing else to do all day.

I love this song, Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban.  Which reminds me… did anyone see the premire of October Road last night after Grey’s Anatomy?  What a great new show!  I’m psyched.

I think I’m going to go back to bed for the next six hours and wait out the snow.  Enjoy the movie!

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