Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hola from the void!

So, I've graduated and moved home. Graduation wasn't exciting. It was very quick. Up onto the platform, across, shake, smile, down. The End. Graduated.

The weather was very nice, though, and the student speaker was actually very good! (And I'm not biased because she's my friend. She happens to be a very inspirational person.) So, nice ceremony.

But that's done.

Fast foward to home.

My room is still somewhat of a mess, but the risk of tripping has gone down by about half since last week. There isn't much to report because mostly I've been doing house things, as opposed to job search things. However, I have been very productive! Let's see just how productive I've been, shall we?

Since moving home I have:

1.) cloroxed the deck
2.) powerwashed the porch and half the driveway (I'll finish the other half tomorrow)
3.) used part of my graduation money/giftcard :)
4.) seen friends (i.e., not been a hermit) and had nice dinners/get togethers on my very clean and shiny deck
5.) done various gardening things that involve sweating
6.) begun planning my next novel

...okay, maybe that's it. But that's things. Many things. Six is many. Just because I haven't sent out my resume to anyone-

But I'm not talking about that. By next week I will made a list of all the places I want to apply, and maybe I will have written a cover letter or two.

I just found out that I scheduled my garden party for Father's Day. RAWR!

Well, that's not really a problem, w/e. It's just that if I can't have it then I have to wait 'til after Mum's procedure +recovery time and then people will be busy with... jobs. Yeah. Maybe I'll be one of those people! And I'll have something exciting to write about!

Right now I'm very inbetween things. I feel like I shouldn't be goofing off and having so much fun, so I'm making myself feel unsettled, which is STUPID. So I'm going to keep busy and make a battle plan and not just read those careerbuilder.com emails and actually DO something about my future!

Like decide what I want to do.

That would help.

I'm so glad I can live at home.


Thursday, May 04, 2006

If I'm about to pass out at midnight, does that mean I'm getting old?

Maybe it means I shouldn't have gone out last night. Oh well. It's the next to last week of college and I only have one paper to write, and naturally that will get done at the last possible minute. So, when I get invited out for drinks, even though I don't drink, of course I'm going to go. ^_^

And there's always the hope that chugging ice water will help me forget that I haven't written a decent cover letter yet. But I'm not really worried. After all, I have a plan.


1. Graduate.

2. Finish moving stuff home. :(

3. Help Mom while she recovers from a probably not so bad surgery.

4. Mooch off Mom and Dad. Yay for awesome parents!

5. Plan a graduation garden party.

6. Choose a loan repayment plan.

7. Get a dog!

8. Clean stuff from middle school out of my closet (and get rid of other junk from my youthful life that I've forgotten I have and don't use).

9. Do house projects, for example, sprucing up my room to make it feel more spacious/finding things around the house to paint/spackle/sand/fix.

10. Apply to jobs.

11. Get an AWESOME job that pays me money, and a car that runs (my first), and meet a man who isn't a pansy or creepy and fall madly in love and get married and move/transfer jobs to Texas, buy a cute house, and save for a Corvette (dark blue 1968, mm mmm).

*Watching reruns of The Nanny will happen repeatedly prior to #10.

**Watching out for eccentric rich Brits with children and wondering if I should give up on that writing/editing idea will occur between #10 and #11.

This is why. I was on a campus bus last week when I overheard a girl say that she was going to Japan for two weeks this summer. 'Japan!' I thought, 'That country where they wear legwarmers and speak Engrish! Lucky girl!' The girl explained to her friend that she was a nanny to a family whose mother is Japanese. The family was planning a trip and decided to take her along.

I began to drool.

Of course, leaving the country for any extended period of time right now is not a good idea for various reasons that probably are valid. Maybe I'm scared to live in a country where they don't know how to make pizza and where I could only hold a conversation of substance with a five year old. "You like anime? So do I! I love Sailor Moon!"

Right, so the point is, I'm not going to Japan. Yet. But I want to do something exciting and interesting! ...But I don't have any career goals.

I do have a few vague aspirations. I'd like to be useful and do something not illegal and not entirely boring. Great, that's helpful.

I have more than a few skills. I can edit/proofread, and I can write. Great! But the jobs that I'm finding are generally freelance, and I want stability. Also, most of them are for medical publications, and even if I had the requisite knowledge of medical terminology I've had enough of hospital stuff in the last few years, TYVM.

I guess if all else fails, and it turns out the 'rents can get along without me, I can move to France and teach English and get looked at funny for not being French/remembering how to speak their messed up language. Or I can give tours here for Japanese businesspeople; I think I know enough Japanese for that. (I was about to write something related to that in Japanese, but I drew a blank. Nevermind.)

Maybe I should take things one day at a time.


New plan.


Tomorrow - Hit the mall with galpals. Buy nothing because I'm being responsible and saving my last bit of money. Really.