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.



At 12:47 AM, Blogger ~A-Lo~ said...

Ariah is such a beautiful name!
And yes, what do you do with a BA in English :S


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