Posts Tagged ‘Life’

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The One About My Interview

Friday, January 16, 2009

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
~Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

I really need to get back in the game. While I haven’t been posting much, I have been keeping up with everyone else’s blogs (thanks to Google RSS Reader!). So when Ivanhoe at From Ohio With Love asked her readers who wants to get interviewed, I thought it would be a good way to try to jump back into the swing of things. Thanks Ivanhoe!

Here we go! Ivanhoe is asking and I’m answering.

1. What have you been up to these last couple of months while neglecting blogging?

Yeah, I have been kinda neglecting it, haven’t I?  Well, I’ve been busy putting together my package to become a Direct Commissioned Officer (DCO) in the United States Navy Reserve.  More specifically, I’m putting in to become a Public Affairs Officer (PAO). It’s highly selective and usually 1-4 people are selected each year from a group of 2,400 (or so I was told by my recruiter). This year, however, they are selecting 19-24… so odds are 10x better… but they are still a 1 in 240 chance!

Anyway, it’s a long process with lots of paperwork, photos (to make sure I’d look good on camera) and the like. I also had to do interviews. Interviews with current/retired PAOs are the best and with as high-ranking as you can is even better.  I managed to get three interviews (only one was set up by my recruiter) with three PAO Captains. In fact, I was able to score–by myself–an interview with a Captain at the Pentagon. And yes, I flew to D.C. and actually interviewed at the Pentagon.

I’m also trying to lose about 10 pounds before I get weighed in (if I’m selected) and trying to do better physically. See… I can do a total of ONE military-style, proper push-up in two minutes. I need to be able to do at LEAST 15 but 19 would be better. I have to do AT LEAST 47 sit-ups, but 54 would be better.  And here’s the kicker: I have to run a 1.5 mile in less than 15:45… but 14:53 would be better.  I’m not a runner. Even when I was in the best shape of my life with about 7% body fat, I couldn’t run more than 1/2 mile without walking. Running will be the death of me.

So I’ve joined my gym’s “body boot camp” and it’s killing me… in the first week. Heck, we had to run/walk a 5K on Tuesday and I’m still feeling it. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything more than a 1.5 mile run EVER. And it took me 49:36 to complete… definitely needs improvement!

2. Can you give us an update on your three awesome dogs?

Dogs are fine. They are HATING the cold. This morning, we finally found a temperature that ensures Mr. Skah of-the-fuzzy-butt returns inside immediately after doing his duties outside.  That temperature would be -5 with a windchill of -25.  At that temperature, the fuzzy, fluffy puppy ceases to play “catch me if you can,” “I can run faster than you” and the most favored game of all: “I’m not coming in and you can’t make me.” It is at that temperature that we the humans don’t even have to go outside and encourage him in… he runs to the door himself.

Speaking of the fuzzy Great Pyrenees puppy, Skah will be turning ONE YEAR OLD next Wednesday. One year! I can’t believe it. He was 92 pounds back on Thanksgiving when we found out he was deaf (see previous post for that info) but two months later, I’m thinking he’s around 105 or so. We’ll get him weighed on his birthday to see.

Chase and Lulu, the Greyhounds, are hating the cold, too. Lulu is my snow puppy but the last few days of negative temperatures have made BOTH of the Greys hesitate to go outside and painfully limp back to the house immediately after doing what they need to do. The snow is so cold out there that it’s physically painful for them to walk on.

3. What book did you read recently and what it was about?

The most recent book was “Amazing Gracie.” It was written by one of the guys who founded Three Dog Bakery and was about the Great Dane puppy they got… who was deaf. It was because of this deaf puppy’s unique food preferences that they started the bakery. I got the book and read it when I was still trying to find more information about living with a deaf dog.  It’s a great read, though, even if you don’t have a deaf dog.

4. If you won a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Um, right now… anywhere warm. I’d love to take a vacation to a sunny, beachy place. Of course, I’d love to go somewhere where there was some great history and I could tour the area (a WARM area, of course). What’s warm right now? Is southern Spain warm? Really, anywhere where I’ll finally get the feeling back in my feet and my fingernails won’t be perpetutally purple.

5. What is the first thing you do when you come home from work?

The first thing I do is take the dogs outside. They haven’t peed in 8 hours, so they need to go! Then I generally sit on the couch and love on them and calm them down since they act like I’ve been gone an eternity.
Now if you’d like to be interviewed:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Easy, eh?  Get to it!

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Friday Fill-ins: 1st Edition

Friday, September 19, 2008

It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
~Author Unknown

Well, I’m going to try a new thing… Friday Fill-ins.  I read it on Just a Blog and thought it might be fun.  So here we go!
1. There is no need for elections to go on this long.  I believe Europeans have 30 days for election hype and it works just fine.

2. Where in the heck did the last five years go?  How am I 26?  How did my little brother turn 23 yesterday?

3. Some days, just hanging on and trying to stay on the ride is all I managed to do.

4. Prospects for job opportunities are slim to none right now.

5. Love is the message.

6. Simplicity and tranquility are things we should all strive for.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to spending some time with B and baking a cake, tomorrow my plans include horse back riding for hours on end and Sunday, I want to get some winterizing stuff done around the house like caulking!

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The One About Personalities

Friday, September 19, 2008

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart.  I am.  I am.  I am.
~Sylvia Plath

I found this personality test and thought it was interesting.  Try your own… what does it say about you?

Results

Your answers suggest you are a Provider

The four aspects that make up this personality type are:

Summary of Providers

  • Warm, caring people who value order and tradition
  • Loyal workers who follow through on commitments
  • Think of themselves as sympathetic, easy-going and steady
  • They don’t feel comfortable with radical change

More about Providers

Providers like to make plans with other people and then to work with them towards achievable goals in a fun, harmonious environment. They support people that are important to them and respect their individuality.

Providers have traditional values and support order and responsible behaviour. They enjoy social events, particularly family celebrations, and often help plan them. Providers work hard to avoid conflict, but they will state their beliefs when they think it is suitable.

In situations where they can’t use their talents or are unappreciated, Providers may doubt their abilities and focus solely on the needs of other people. Under extreme stress, Providers may withdraw completely and become excessively critical of themselves and others.

Providers prefer warm, face-to-face communication and often express their ideas by telling stories from their own lives.

Provider Careers

Providers are often drawn to jobs in education, health care or religion.

It’s important to remember that no survey can predict personality type with 100 percent accuracy. Experts say that we should use personality type to better understand ourselves and others, but shouldn’t feel restricted by our results.

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The One About Wordless Wednesdays- 27th Edition

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.
~Pepper Giardino


It’s Wordless Wednesday again!

Hurricane Ike arrived in Michigan over the weekend.  Downtown Kalamazoo, courtesy of the local hospital.

Downtown

Downtown

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The One About Wordless Wednesdays- 26th Edition

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.
~Sharon Ralls Lemon

My senior picture with Sam

My senior picture with Sam

Story coming later!  Many of you were correct!

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The One About Being Down

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
~Henry David Thoreau

Now, I’m not one who is usually down.  I may get disappointed about things, but I can nearly always see the brighter side and know that if something doesn’t work out, it’s not meant to be.

But that doesn’t stop me from feeling down every once in a great while.  And right now, I’m in a kind of funk. I’ve gotten thisclose (read: final interviews) to two jobs that I would have really enjoyed… and one was a dream job that would have allowed me to be back in a hospital setting and still work where I work now (if they let me) and have time to try to start freelancing.  But I got the e-mail this morning telling me what, in my heart, I already knew a few days ago when I had yet to be contacted and offered the job.

Right now, I’m feeling:

  • A bit like I don’t have what it takes (though I know I do).
  • Disappointed at what might have been but won’t be.
  • Worried that it’ll be worse when I try to find a job in Washington.
  • Stressed because money is getting tighter and tighter each month so that I can barely pay the bills.
  • Resigned to the fact that I’m going to have to get a part-time job like waitressing on top of a full-time one just to make ends meet–not something I had thought I’d have to do ever again.
  • Frustrated that B hasn’t made that huge last step in our relationship even though we both know and have agreed that we’ll be married by April.
  • Stressed again that because of B’s procrastination, I’m going to have to be stressed to plan a wedding in less than 6 months… most likely in the next 2-3.
  • Melancholy because I feel as though I’m in a job that isn’t fun anymore, the atmosphere is different and the best boss in the world quit two weeks ago.
  • Like my job is a go-nowhere type thing.  There’s no room for advancement.  No room for much of a pay raise, if any (and definitely not enough to even cover the cost of living hike) and it’s the same old thing, day in and day out.  I hate repetition.

But I know I’m lucky to have a job, to have benefits… and to have B.  I just want to curl up in a ball and cry it out and be done with it.  Luckily, tonight is the night I go to the hospital (yes, the same one as the interview) to do pet therapy.  That always cheers me up.

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The One About Thursday Thirteens- 25th Edition

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.
~Franklin P. Jones

It’s time for the Thursday Thirteen again. If you have a Thursday Thirteen of your own, leave your website in the comments section and I’ll try my darndest to visit it )

Thirteen Things I Need to Do to Get Ready For the Yard Sale This Weekend

  1. Sort through all the stuff in the basement and figure out stuff of mine to keep and what stuff of B’s to keep.
  2. Figure out which clothes to sell.
  3. Washsaid clothes.
  4. Determine what I’m going to ask for for each item and price mark it.
  5. Oh, that reminds me, we need to get pricing stickers of two colors—one color for me and one for B.
  6. And we need to get big posterboards to put up signs at the corners.
  7. I need to bring home the balloons and streamers from work that are left over from a co-worker’s birthday so I can put those up too.
  8. Clean all items.
  9. Try to borrow some tables to put stuff on.
  10. Try to get all the stuff outside (washer/dryers are heavy!)
  11. Get lots of change and small bills from the bank.
  12. Find a change box or something to use as a cash register.
  13. Pray that people show up because I need stuff gone and could really use the money.

So what are your plans for the holiday weekend?