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Jan. 1st, 2025



My journal is Friends Only but don't take that to mean I am opposed to making friends. I welcome new people. Leave a comment if you wish to connect and/or friend each other. Do not just randomly add me without commenting because odds are I won't notice and will not friend you in return. Introductions are vital. Thanks! ♥

For Salesssss

Okay, so here is the first batch of stuff I have culled from my closet that is fit for resale.

Let me know if you're interested in anything and I will snap a photo for you. Feel free to make an offer!

Jewelry
- Sterling silver sun pendent (small) on an 18 inch chain
- White fan/shell earrings
- Pink rose earrings
- Clear, red and blue crystaled "silver" Playboy Bunny necklace (ball chain)
- Clear crystal (with blue crystal eye) "silver" Playboy Bunny earrings (never worn)
- "Silver" chain with sun charm and moon and star charm
- "Gold" dangle sun earrings
- "Silver" dot earrings
- Small gold shell earrings
- Small gold knot earrings

These next 2 would be good for a young girl, if you have a daughter or niece.
- mouse and mousetrap earrings (one side is the mouse and one side is the mousetrap)
- dalmatian and bone earrings (dalmatian on one side and bone on the other)

Sweaters
- Faded Glory, hot pink, turtle/cowl neck sweater, size M (worn 2-3 times)
- Tapemeasure, cream, lace-weight, hooded, v-neck sweater, small pockets on front, size L

Jeans
- Liz&Co., petite, stretch, dark wash, classic jean, size 8 (tags on)

Sweats
- U.S. Polo Assn., red sweatpants with gold stripe down the outside of either leg, number 3 on left hip, size L

Capris
- Gap khaki cargo capris, size 10
- George, bright green, blue and white striped capris, size 8, stretch
- Mudd jean capris, size 9, stretch (fit small)
- The Limited, Drew Fit, chocolate brown corduroy capris, wide legged, cuffed, size 6, fit large (worn 2-3 times)

Shorts
- l.e.i. jean shorts, button and drawstring, size 7

Tops
- I.C.E minty green with flower pattern cowl tank, gauzy/flowy, size M
- Victoria Secret - Moda International, crimson tank, spaghetti straps, lace/chiffon details, size S (never worn)
- a.n.a. dark paisley print tank, brown, red, teal, green, black, pleating detail, gauzy/flowy, size S, fits like a M or L (never worn)
- Attention lined linen "jacket" (not heavy), denim colored, short sleeved, button front with tie at waist, cute pocket and button details, size 10 (tags on)

Dresses
- Jordan, light pink, cocktail length bridesmaids dress (could be worn for any fancy occasion) can be worn with spaghetti straps or strapless, beading under bust, chiffon overlay, ruffled hemline, chiffon scarf, size 10 (never worn, tags on, originally $140)
- Dark blue "velvet" floor length dress, slits in both sides, glitter flower pattern along hemline and up to approximately knee height, spaghetti straps, form fitting, tags have been removed but I would guess it's about a size 8
- Alyn Paige black, floor length dress, spaghetti straps, flower embroidery in black and gray along left-hand side from bust to waist, chiffon overlay, somewhat form fitting, chiffon scarf, size 5/6 (worn 4-6 times)


Let me know if you have any questions or want to know more about anything!

Oh and I unlocked this post in case you know someone that might be interested.

Final Day Sale

Toady is the last day to get free shipping (for you or people on your FL) on any order from my etsy.

In addition, TODAY ONLY, I will be giving a 15% discount on all orders!

There is still a lot of great stuff available!  At least I think the stuff is pretty great!  For example, this dark purple scarflette with flower pin, this lovely charcoal gray scarflette, these pearl and crystal earrings, this monkey print dog collar, and this pearl and crystal bracelet.

ETA:  Use coupon code 15OFF to get 15% off your order and use coupon code SHIPFREE to receive free shipping!

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Etsy

I was thinking that for the month of February, I would offer my LJ friends free shipping on any purchases from my etsy shop. Just mention your LJ name in the comments of your order. (AND free shipping on any commissions.)
   

I was thinking that I might also include a little surprise. :)

And and and if anyone from YOUR FL places an order, I'll give them free shipping too. Just have them mention their LJ name and yors in the comments of the order. (Thogh only my friends get little surprises.)
    

So... anyway... free shipping on my etsy for all my lovelies (that's you guys!) all month!
    
 
Feel free to cross-post and/or link my pics.

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Okay, because I had so many people on my friends list express interest - I'm totally going to make more dog collars!

Because you all have been so complimentary, I am willing to make each of these first collars a custom job - so that means you get to let me know what color and/or pattern you're interested in for your pup! Examples: bright pink, floral pattern; dark blue, star pattern; green, leaf pattern; red plaid. (Don't make it too hard for me though!) Right now I know I can find dog-themed fabrics (bone patterns, etc.) at Jo-ann. I know there are also holiday-themed fabrics, retro-patterned fabrics, and cutesy fabrics like cupcakes and cherries. Give me a first choice and second choice, just in case.

Here is what I have come up with!
Small - $12
approximately 7-11 inches long
3/4 in. wide

Medium - $14
approximately 10-15 inches long
1 in. wide

Large - $16
approximately 15-24 inches long
1 in. wide
(This is what Gage and Una were wearing.)

Extra-large - $18
approximately 19-30 inches long
1 1/2 in. wide

Black buckles, cast nickle D-ring.

If you need a size other than what is listed, let me know and I will see what I can do.

I will probably end up listing collars a little bit higher on my etsy, particularly for custom collars, but I wanted to give a bit of a discount to my first dog-collar customers. :)

Once I finish your pooch's collar, I'll list it on my etsy, reserved under your name and send you the link.

And now... time to work on some baby quilts.

FRIENDAPALOOZA!

Friendapalooza was super fun yesterday! We went to Dave and Budter's in Bethesda, MD, for a meeting of LJ minds for bellasmommy's birthday and it was super fun! I met buzzandbullies! Yay! She awesome and so super nice. She brought me toys for Gage and Una in a reusable shopping bag! How great is that?! I couldn't believe it. What a sweetheart. And now I can cross that off my Mission 101 list! (Or at least partially cross it off, as my actual mission is to meet 2 of my LJ friends, if someone else from the Friendapalooza friended me then I could cross off the whole mission!)

There were quite a few people there, most of them not on my FL but many of whom I have seen here on good ol' LJ. We wore nametags. LOL

And I took pictures!

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Books

I finally got our books up on our bookshelves. We still need more shelves but they are mostly all up there in some manner. There are still a couple of boxes of less important books that there aren't room for but oh well.

We have a very eclectic assortment of books.

A sample of our more unusual titles - " The Nympho and Other Maniacs," "Caesar and Christ," "The Laws of the Salian Franks," "Maritime New York in 19th Century Photographs," "No Bone Unturned," "The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare," "Songs of Innocense and Experience," "Don't Count that Chicken 'til Your Fingers Need Lickin'," The Male Experience," "The Second Sex," "The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu" and "Who Moved My Cheese?"

In organizing our books, I also came across some that we had duplicates of or that we weren't that interested in keeping. Below the cut is the list of those such books, if you're interested in one of them, make an offer! They are all used but in decent condition. I can't imagine that shipping on them would be more than $2.

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Corn Festival, Budd and mom, Dogs, Benny

Yesterday morning Andy and I got up and went to the Corn Festival in Shippensburg. Our main objective was to obtain a gift to give to my parents to thank them for all the help they gave us with the house and the move. The corn festival was huge. It would have been nice if we had had more than a couple of hours to walk around and see it but we had to be back home before my mom and Budd arrived at 1 p.m. We ate some food at the festival and also purchase a cute framed embroidered piece to give to my parents. I forgot to take a picture of it but it had a sweet saying about family on it surrounding a heart.

In addition to the gift for my parents, we got new, handmade collars for Gage and Una. Until now Andy has made all of Gage and Una's collars our of leather (and from now on since I have one to look at and follow, I could make any number of collars for them from fabric) and we wouldn't normally look at buying a collar but there was one done in Penn State fabric that Andy really wanted to get one for Gage. And since he was getting one, Una needed to get one too, of course! Una's has polka dots, bones and hearts on it. They are ridiculously cute.

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Shortly after we returned from the festival, mom and Budd arrived. We gave Budd the tour and he was very complimentary about the house! Whew! I was nervous that he was going to find things to hate about it and would tell us we were idiots. (He doesn't hold back.) But he said that he really liked it, thought it just needed some painting to make it look really good and said we made a good decision! Yay for parental approval! Ha. Andy, mom and I walked down to the Appalachian Whole Foods Market (which I wrote about in my 'In shades of green' blog). Andy wanted to get some soy ice cream and I wanted to get some new natural skin care products. Mission accomplished. I also got a Thai Deodorant Stone to try. I am excited about that. Anyway, that's all in the blog if you're interested in my search for natural skin care/hair care products and such. We watched most of the movie "Swordfish," and then walked down to Market Cross Pub and Brewery for dinner. It was delicious. We all sampled some of their brews, including a hard cider and three beers. The cider was good but I wasn't a fan of the beers. And the food was just excellent. We had a great meal and our waitress was very nice. After dinner, we came back to the house and watched "Juno."

This morning we made breakfast together and just spent some time together before my parents had to go. We had a really nice visit with them. I am glad that they were able to come down. It was fantastic.

Andy and I plan to just take it easy for the rest of the day. We have no plans. Tomorrow we're going to hit Lowe's to get fencing for the backyard (finally) and also go to PetSmart to get new tags for the dogs and cats.

This weekend has been really relaxed and great. I am so glad I don't have to go in to AutoZone until Wednesday! I have an interview at Gannett Fleming on Tuesday for the technical editing position they called me about. I believe in addition to speaking with them, they'll have me complete some tasks to show my skills. I still haven't heard back about the marketing coordinator position even though they said that they would let us know by this Friday that just passed. I still want that job pretty badly.

I took some photos of the mess Gage made of his kennel yesterday.

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House stuff

My allergies are killing me tonight. I keep sneezing and blowing my nose. Hate.

Last night I finished washing down the walls of the living room with a half and half warm water and vinegar mix. I don't know whether or not it worked better than, worse than or the same as a commercail cleaner like Mr. Clean. Part of that problem is, I think, that the 3 walls that are painted with a matte paint, which doesn't wash well as you can just scrub the paint right off (gloss, satin, semi-gloss paints are much easier to clean). The wallpaper on the accent wall is in decent condition. The border around the top of the room is in decent condition. It looks good from the floor but up close you can see that it is pulling away from the wall a little. That is fine by me as, ideally, I'd like to remove the border. But I would like to remove the border without removing the wallpaper. The wallpaper seems much sturdier than the border, so it might be possible. If not and I have to take down the wallpaper, I will and I won't be too upset. The other three walls need to be primed (because the former tenants were smokers and I don't want any remaining grime coming through the new paint) and then painted. The trim should also be painted but there are a lot of layers of paint on the trim around the floor. It might need to be stripped and then painted. I don't know how much work that is though. My mom says that there are so many layers of paint on there that just adding another layer won't make it look any better. I am thinking I would like to paint the walls a cream (as the wallpaper on the accent wall is deep jewel tones, so it needs to be something bright and clean to offset that and not clash with the wallpaper or stained glass windows), so I suppose that the trim should also be cream. Though I think trim is generally painted an enamel. Though Andy shampooed the carpets before we moveed in the carpet in the living room is pretty dirty. I think if I get down on my hands and knees and physically scrub the crap out of it, I might be able to make it look nicer and not so grimy. Anyway, as I have straightened up and vacuumed tonight the living room, it is almost ready for my parent's to come this weekend.

Both bathrooms are also ready.

There is nothing good to say about work so I won't say much. The dread I feel each night for the next day's work is increasing and the anxiety I feel while at work is also increasing. I am not happy there. I am trying not to focus on it but I spend 10 hours of every weekday on my way to or from or at or around work. It's a huge part of my current existence. I haven't been sleeping very well. I am exhausted. I am waiting anxiously to hear from Gannett Fleming. I am so scared I won't get the job.

Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions as to where we could find window treatments. We needed curtains or shades for the guest bedroom as my parents are coming down this weekend and currently the windows are bare. I don't figure either mom or Budd wants to disrobe in front of the whole neighborhood. The window in that room is a bay window, so whatever we looked at for it, we needed three of. We checked out Walmart, Kmart. Target., Ross and TJMaxx but to no avail. We could not find anything we liked in the right size and colors for a price we could afford. We ended up ordering fabric shades from the JCPenney website summer clearance. These shades in particular in linen (which is pictured) for the guest room. I chose such a neutral shade as that room has a bright red carpet. The walls in there desperately need to be painted as they are a mess (the former owners pulled down wallpaper and then... stopped there... I think we're also going to paint the guest room a cream or an ivory as the carpet is red... I don't know what else would not either clash or be overwhelming) but that will have to wait. We also bought those shades in sage for doors in the mud room/laundry room. The price for those 5 curtains even with express shipping (which was expensive as all get out) was cheaper than the cotton tie-up shades at Walmart that only come in primary colors or neutrals. Check out the outlet at jcpenney.com if you need curtains they have some really nice ones for great prices!

Andy's first days of law school have gone well. He's enthused and working hard already. I know he's going to do great.

EDIT: I just opened a $222.36 refund check from our former cable company! Woo! Holy crap, that is so needed right now. I am stupidly excited and delighted by this.

Rest in peace, Want

This evening my grandma was out walking her and my grandpa's dog, Want, when another dog attacked Want. Want did not survive. My poor grandma watched as another dog grabbed her little dog, threw him into the air and grabbed him again. And now Want is gone.

I can't even believe that it happened. It's horrifying. I just keep thinking about how scared and in pain Want must have been and how terrified my grandma must have been.

My poor grandma is extremely distressed. My mom called me crying.

Want was just a little white Maltese. Maybe 7 lbs. He was so sweet tempered and was the perfect dog for my grandparents. He looked like a live little teddy-bear and was always happy to see me. My grandparents spoiled him so much because they loved him. He was my grandma's birthday present to my grandpa about 6 years ago. Just this past weekend, he was at our family reunions and I held him in my arms, cradled against me, multiple times. I never would have thought it would be the last time I would do so.

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Not being able to find my suit pants really inhibits the hemming and wearing of said pants.

ETA: Found them!

New phone and stuff

I checked out the Verizon website today to see if there were any specials on the phones I am interested in and I ended up order an EnV2 because it only ended up being $29.99 out of pocket. I can't wait to get it. So send me your phone numbers!

Last night Andy and I went to meet some of his new classmates. That was nice. We walked to the one girl's apartment and spent a few hours talking with 6 other law students. It started storming while we were there and we walked back home in a light mist of rain. It was nice but I was really tired by the time we got home, as it was about 10:30 p.m.. Andy is going out to meet them all again tonight at a local bar. I opted not to go because I have to get ready for the interview tomorrow.

As to the interview, I am going to make sure my portfolio is in order, look up directions (ETA: OKAY, GET THIS, THE GANNETT FLEMING OFFICE IS RIGHT NEXT TO HOLY SPIRIT HOSPITAL. SHEESH), hem my suit pants, compare my experience with their requirements and write down a few questions to ask my interviewers. Any suggestions as to questions I should ask or anything else I should do to prepare?

I have tomorrow off from AutoZone, so that's nice. After the interview, we are heading home. I am excited. I hope it goes well tomorrow.

Gannett Fleming

I received a call this afternoon from Gannett Fleming asking me if I would like to come in to interview for the marketing cordinator position that I spoke to them about last Thursday. I, of course, said, "Definitely!" So I have an interview at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the firm.

The job advertisement reads as such:

Marketing Coordinator - (NV10510)
Job Type: Salaried
Requisition Number: NV10510
Location: Camp Hill, PA
Last Updated: 07/29/2008

Job Description:

Gannett Fleming Inc. is an international planning, design, and construction management firm providing quality, full-service, multidisciplinary engineering services in the U.S. and abroad since 1915.

The Environmental Resources Division in our Camp Hill office is seeking highly-motivated Marketing Coordinator for our growing solutions-oriented group. If you are looking for new and challenging ways to apply the latest technology come join our team of engineers, scientists, and analysts servicing a variety of Practices. Our team members have the opportunity to be involved in multi-discipline projects while developing diverse skill sets working with our company's engineering experts. Consider joining our team and contributing to our on-going success while setting the pace of your career.


Duties/Responsibilities may include the following:

-General qualifications creation and updates
-Service sheet creation and updates
-Brochure creation and updates
- Advertising
- Marketing materials database
- Marketing research
- Marketing Plan assistance
- Award submissions
- Website updates
- Intranet site updates
- Client contact database
- CRM
- Conference and/or trade show attendance

Education/Requirements:

- BA/BS in Marketing, Communications or related field
- Five or more years experience, preferably with an A/E firm.

In addition to excellent salary and benefits, Gannett Fleming, Inc. offers the opportunity to work with a nationally-ranked engineering firm in a highly professional environment.


While speaking to me, Nancy said that in addition to hiring a marketing cordinator, the Environmental Department will also be hiring a proposal cordinator. Now the job I originally applied for was proposal cordinator for a different department, so they thought they would speak to me about the Environmental Department proposal cordinator position when I came in, in addition to speaking with me about the marketing position. So two possible positions with one company! I am keeping my fingers crossed tight. The proposal cordinator position isn't listed on their site.

I also heard back from Portrait Innovations, which whom I applied for a photography position. But I can't tell if I think they are legit or not. There seems to be something hinky about them. I applied to their job posting on Sunday and they emailed me back yesterday to give me more information about what they are looking for and to invite me to contact them for further information and a possible interview if I am still interested. Their email is a form letter and very much comes across as a sales pitch.

Regardless, I applied to PetSmart tonight (as a pet training instructor).

Annual enemies, eternal friends

Pennsic Wars XXXVII is over. Andy and I had a great time at Pennsic, as usual.

Some highlights:
- Spending great time with friends who we don't get to see enough. I love the members of our household, even if we can all be a little moody at times. We have some great times full of laughter.
- Eating smores around a campfire. Making smores with friends who are your chosen family is one of the best things ever.
- Living in a community of SCA-dians for a little while. A group of SCA-dians are almost always very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
- A canvas tent and camp bed. These things made camping so much better, canvas tents are totally the way to go. SO much better than nylon. And I am so glad we didn't have to sleep on the ground. It did rain a couple of times over our Pennsic but our tent stayed perfectly dry. So worth the expense.
- Merc party at The Norselands. Partying with a bunch of mercenaries is bound to be entertaining. It was worth going if only for the bartender. He was funny as hell.
- Andy's first Pennsic as a fighter. He did great and received a number of compliments on his hole-making ability.
- Our fighters getting a lot of recognition for their abilities. Of course, you get some notarity for having a fighter in a wheelchair but everyone was noticed.
- Waterbearing was... not as enjoyable this year due to all the restrictions they placed on us. However, Nissan proposed to mirroreyes and I had someone call me a glorious creature and another fighter claim that I must be Athena. (People trapped in armor on a hot day are very grateful for water/gatorade).
- Excellent vendors and foods. I got myself an inkle loom (Yay!) and Andy bought me some brooches to wear with my viking apron dresses (Double yay!).
- Interesting classes. I went to one on steaming bread and another on weaving.
- Inducting new members into our household. Ally, Ryan, Steph and Sparky. Our household is really growing.
- Making plans to get a kit together and become a fighter myself.

It's nice to be back home and it was great to take an actual shower (we've been literally shower out of a hose). I missed the puppies and kitties so much. I have been cuddling them all day. Andy and I slept in today, I got my hair trimmed, we picked up some groceries and now we are just relaxing on the couch. I am going to dye my hair later.

I will post pictures as soon as I unearth my camera.

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Jul. 24th, 2008

I'm not dead.

I am glad it is nearly the weekend.

I have been kicking ass and taking names when it comes to sewing for Pennsic. I may actually look like a proper viking for the majority of the time. (Or as proper as Pennsic vikings are... which isn't very, it's just too damn hot to wear layers of clothes. Besides I'm completely improper anyway, odds are I would have been back then too. I just would have been punished for it.)

Speaking of sewing, apparently I may poke my nose into the upholstering arena and see what I can do about redoing a seat cover for a street bike (crotch rocket). Perhaps my calling is really in auto and motorcycle upholstery.

Work is going okay. I tried to tackle the afternoon alone on commercial. Dan played a practical joke on me because I'm still new and don't know anything. I had to hound Ken for help all the time but I did manage to get things done (though I didn't get to leave early because 2:30-4:30 p.m. was crazy). I didn't have a ton of calls but I had a few with some complicated requests that kept me busy. But I think, in the end, everything was okay. And I didn't burn the store down. Dan is really nice and I feel like I could call him for help with anything (he's in commercial at a neighboring store). I thanked Ken profusely before I left tonight and apologized for being a pain. He swore at me and asked me what I expected after a week there, perfection? I am on commercial tomorrow by myself all day. I am worried. Mostly because Ken won't be there. I'll be stuck with Ray (the store manager), old man Dan (my driver) and HeeHaw (yet another Dan but redneck does not even come close to describing this boy). I could always call Dan from the other store though, and I expect he'll call me a few times throughout the day to see how I am doing and offer his help.

Apparently Verizon changed their new every two deal and now one can only get $50 towards a new phone but you can get that after 20 months instead of 24? They just didn't bother to tell people about this, I guess. Lame. But it does mean that I could go get a new phone now instead of waiting until October, which is cool. It just sucks that I only have a $50 credit to do so. I'm not sure how their online deals differ from their in-store deals but phones that are in my price range (besides another Chocolate, which I am not sure I want) are the Juke, the Moto and the VX9400. I'd like the EnV2 but I don't necessarily have $50 to put towards a phone. What to do, what to do.

TEXT ME

My cell phone (LG Chocolate) has slowly been sucking out more and more lately. The battery has just stopped holding a charge. One short call completely drains it. My New in Two dealie comes around in October, so I'll be able to get a new phone then (Verizon has a deal where you get $100 towards a new phone every 2 years.). But until then I have transfered my number to another older phone that we had. This one is one of my mom's old phones that she didn't use for long at all. And it has a car charger, which I didn't have for the chocolate. Unfortunately, I can't use my blue tooth with it. But I'm not sure that will work anymore anyway as I accidently sent it through with a load of laundry the other day.

Anyway, my point is that I don't have people's phone numbers in my new/old phone, so send me a text (don't forget to let me know who it's from), so that I can save your number into this phone. If you don't have my number and want it, let me know.

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Job stuff

So my testing day at AutoZone was this past Thursday. I had to go in and take some tests on their computer. I had to do a couple of them over again because I failed them the first time (and the second time on some of them) because I know hardly anything at all about cars/trucks. roses_in_may finished a couple of them for me. Ha. I asked her whether or not I was supposed to be retaining information from these tests. I am scheduled for two days this coming week, Tuiesday and Thursday. I am scheduled as driver, which basically means I'll be working for roses_in_may making deliveries and such. I thought it was kind of... silly... to put the girl who just moved to the area as driver since I don't have any clue where ANYTHING is but oh well. The time I'm not out driving I'll just hang out in the store, I guess. I'm not sure what to think about the job there yet. I definitely don't feel comfortable. Mostly because I feel like I have no clue what I am doing. I know I can learn but I'm still stressed and anxious about working there. I was there for 3 hours on Thursday and got paid for 8, so there's at least that. My title is parts sales manager. I don't know what that means. Ha.

On Friday I interviewed at American General Financial Service for their secretary position. I think that the interview went well. I was there for an hour and a half. I interviewed with the lady in the office I would be working most closely with if I got the position and after meeting with her, she had me meet with the head of the office and interview with him as well. It is a small office (4-5 people) and there would be days I would be there alone if I were secretary. I would mostly be maintaining databases and reports and such. All stuff that I know I could do. They have very good benefits and I know it pays more than $12/hour. And it's closer than the AutoZone job by like 10 min. I should hear from them by Wednesday.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., a lady from The Patriot-News is calling me about a custom publications clerk position I applied for. I guess it will be like a mini-phone interview. She didn't call it that. Just said she wanted to call and talk to me for about 15 min. about the position. I almost desperately want to cling to the idea of getting that position because it's with another newspaper and I feel like that's all I know anymore.

I also still have to redo the copyediting test I took for the copyeditor position for the medical book company. I flubbed it up the first time and have to go over it a second time and resubmit it. I don't know if I'll do well enough the second time to get offered a copyediting position with the company but I am not to proud to try for it again, even if it means failure. I have to give it a go. I think working for newspapers and proofing AP Style has screwed me up for other writing styles.

Upheavel

So, the move was chaotic. Big time. We have so much stuff. My family was a fantastic help. Unfortunately, we did have a few casualties. The serving bowl that matched my dinnerware broke during the journey and our most expensive sheets (that we were given as a wedding gift) were ripped. Also, our full couch (it's a sectional) doesn't fit into our new living room. A couple of things that were meant to go upstairs were unable to make it up the narrow, steep stairway. We had to cut our box spring in half to get it up the stairs and the dresser to our bed set is now in Andy's dad's basement (the top of the dresser with the mirror and shelves is in our basement). That big beast wasn't making it to the second floor at all. And there wasn't really a place for it up there besides. But most everything else has found a place and we managed to get most things we needed to up the stairs.

Saturday through Tuesday we spent completely exhausted and sore. Moving into the new house was challenging because we did not have nearly so much help unloading the truck as we did loading it. Thankfully bellasmommy stopped over to help and bring us sustenance on Saturday. Sunday we went back up to the Valley to collect a few more things and the dogs and cats. We brought them all down on Monday. They seem to be settling in well. The cats have settled in just fine and are doing dandy. Una is doing really well adjusting too. Gage is still a bit uncertain about everything but he'll get there.

My mom came down Monday through Tuesday to help us get things set up and she was a tremendous help. She and I get the kitchen cleaned and arranged. It's almost completely done. With her help we also got the living room and dining room mostly arranged. We did some cleaning in those rooms but there is a ton more to be done. The house is pretty filthy. I don't know whether it is because the people we bought it from didn't clean often or because they were smokers. Either way, there is a lot of grim.

Today is Andy's first full day back to work. He got up early this morning and left. I tried to sleep some after he left but couldn't really. Today I go in for training at AutoZone. I went to Ross yesterday and got some cheap black pants and shoes. The shoes have pink on them but I think they will be okay. I have an interview for a secretarial position in Mechanicsburg tomorrow. If they like me, I'll have to go in again next week.

There is so miuch to get done around the new house and so many things we need to get but we don't have the funds at all. The move really drained us financially.

Tomorrow is Andy's birthday.

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If everything is supposedly working out and moving forward and all that, then why am I so depressed?