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Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Subject:HP Party
Time:11:41 am.
Hi people, looks who's back from the dead.

Or from being busy.

In SC for the holiday. It is freaking cold.

Anyways, I'm here to let you know that Syl and I might be having a party for the release of the final HP. Something to keep in mind if you are interested.

Gotta go now, but I'll be on here more often than once every 6 months.
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Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

Subject:Knitting Group
Time:5:53 pm.
Hey ll. So I started a knitting group in Jax. I kinda accidentally had a meeting scheduled for the Saturdau after Thanksgiving. Once I realized when it was, I decided not to advertise it too much, but still went. I wasn't surprised when no one came.

So, when I scheduled one for this week, I was very surprised when not 1 but 4 people (besides me) showed up! W000t! I know, it's nerdy. But I'm not really good at planning things or meeting new people. I put up 1 flyer (it was at Panera and was actually seen by someone who came. Yay!) and advertised on meetup.com. I really only advertised starting Weds because we threw a little kind of party.

The next meeting is probably gonna be the second saturday in January. Maybe I'll have one in two weeks. But everyone may be so busy by that time, who knows. Anyways, I have my printer now, so I can actually make more than one flyer so I can put them somewhere but Panera.

Other than that things are going pretty good. I had a pretty bad cold for a while but it went away. Trying to keep up with everything, but whenever I think I'll get some time I get sick or someone's visiting or a car breaks down. Haven't had a weekend to myself in a while, but this weekend, really, I'll have some time. I swear.
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Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Subject:Haloween Pics
Time:9:05 pm.
Mood: calm.
Ok, so here are the pics from Halloween. Yeah, they're late. I just got my own computer set up.

It's Bat-DogCollapse )

Anyways been crazy busy recently. Just took another certification test. This is the third time I've taken this one. Sadly enough, that's not too bad. Better be the last.

If you watch Grey's Anatomy, you probably saw an episode where a girl burnt her hand on purpose to get out of taking the bar exam for the fifth time becuase she was afraid of failing again. DR and I watched it. That night, I slipped in the shower and almost broke my hip (I thought that only 70 year olds are supposed to do that). But it was good for a laugh when I was trying to convince DR that I got the idea from the show.

Anyways, hopefully I will have some free time to get to work on knitting Halloween presents.
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Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Subject:Starting A Knittig Group
Time:4:56 pm.
Yeah, very busy. But not so busy that I can't start a knittng group. Yeah, you heard me. So far, I have been having a real problem finding knitters here. So, I am starting a knit up. Probably like once a month for now, depending on how oftern everyone wants to meet. That is, assuming that I get anyone to join. If I don't then oh well. I'll just go on annoying all my non-knitting pals with my yarn talk.

The new puppy went to the groomer yesterday. DR brought him in, and for those of you who don't know, DR is just about the least effiminate male. Ever. And, he isn't gay. But I guess that the groomers didn't know that, as they gave the dog back to us with a bright rainbow of a scarf. It makes me laugh to think what people think of him with such a cute little woosy dog. It's amusing (and wrong) that people make these kind of assumptions.

Speaking of how wussy this dog is, he is actually terrified of cats. Not to mention other dogs and school buses. It is hilarious. He is just so cute that is hard not to spoil him. Where there are things like other dogs, it is just instintive to pick him up and not let him have a chance to be frightened, but then he doesn't have a chance to make friends with the other puppy, or learn how to act around them. So I am being careful that he doesn't turn out too spoiled (like my cousin).

His hair is so soft. It's funny, becuase I have heard of people keeping thier dogs and cats hair and making yarn out of it to knit things. Naturally, I thought this was slightly creepy, and not something I would ever be temped to do. But the first time we brushed our puppy and i felt his hair, I reconsidered my position on this. DR suggests I make him a puppy sweater out of his own hair. Ha ha.

Anyways, I guess this is all for now.

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Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Subject:New Puppy!
Time:8:06 pm.
The newest member of the familyCollapse )
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Saturday, September 9th, 2006

Subject:Moved to Jacksonville
Time:10:22 am.
So, I haven't been online or even checked my email since Columbia. It's been busy.

We moved to Jax and I started work. Our apartment is pretty nice. It's so much huger than I've been used to for the past few years.

We have seen so many of our friends recently that we hadn't seen in a while. A few days after we moved in some friends drove in from Tampa. It was crazy getting this place together for that. Then some old friends got married last weekend, they called us Weds. to invite us. So we went back to Satellite for that and saw just about everyone, since all of these people haven't been in town at the same time for about 4 years. Even though we were at my parents', I didn't really get to see my family that much. It was a wierd little reunion, and I've realized that DR was friends with all of the popular people in High School that never really accepted me, so that was akward.

Work is pretty cool. I have a cubicle. Right now I'm sitting with a different department, so I'm kind of isolated from the people that I should be working with. But a cubicle opened up in the middle of everyone else, so that will be fixed soon.

I found a yarn store less than 10 minutes away from me. That's just dangerous.

We're hopefully getting a puppy. We found a mini-lab. It is a lab mix, only about half the size of a regular lab. It looks so much like my Oreo when she was a puppy. I wanted to take him home right then. But he sheds and is still a little bigger than we want for the apartment. So we're still looking.

That in a nutshell is pretty much the last two weeks.
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Friday, August 25th, 2006

Subject:New Apartment
Time:7:17 pm.
So we moved to Jax. DR and I are finally living together without roommates after more than a year of being married, and it's freaking awesome! The apartment rocks! I'll post pics later.
We have done all of our major moving and shopping. Tomarrow we are going to look at puppies, and then go to Tampa to visit some friends.
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Friday, August 18th, 2006

Subject:I ate fried Okra!
Time:1:25 pm.
OMG, I am not in South Carolina 24 hours before Kemper calls and offers me a job in Jacksonville! Sweet. Then we were just sad that we lost the awesome apt we found becuase the price had supposedly increased, and apparently it just went up a few dollars a month.

I got a call from the HR manager at Kemper, and I thought they were calling to tell me to find someone else. I had to stop myself from saying "You're kidding" when he said they wanted to offer me a job. I was genuinely surprised.

So yeah, living in Jax at these apts, where I am just a few hours away from everyone. It is actually right in the middle of all of our friends and family, except one friend that is probably moving to Ft. Worth.

I didn't pass my certification test, missed it by one point, but W00t, the job search is over! At least for a while!

Now I am going to buy some yarn!
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Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Subject:Moving and Anniversary
Time:9:41 pm.
Mood: hopeful.
So, yeah, for those of you who don't know, I am moving this week. To South Carolina, with my inlaws. Yay.

Kemper put me off, again. For another 10 days. It is getting pretty unprofessional, and I had been really impressed with them. But we're pretty much getting kicked out of here. "You can stay here as long as you want" my ass.

But DR and I celebrated our first anniversary Sunday. We had the house to ourselves! We ate one year old cake that wasn't bad at all (I am so getting my grandma's recipe). He got revenge for the frosting incident at our wedding. For those of you who weren't there, when we cut the cake, he was nice and just fed it to me, while I smeared his honker big time. So on Sunday he got me good. I deserved it. It was a nice evening.

Well, back to packing.
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Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Subject:Knitting Group/ Last Minute Job Interview
Time:1:49 pm.
Mood: impatient.
So Monday morning I get up and check my email first thing in the morning as usual. No important messages about jobs. I figure I'll take the day to fill out some of the 30 odd applications I have listed. Luckily, after lunch, I rechecked my secondary email, because there was a message there about an interview that I had supposedly scheduled for that afternoon. A company based in Tampa came to UCF for interviews, and while I had asked the girl who was coordinating it for an interview, she never got back to me with a time. She sent me an email 4 hours before the time she had scheduled me for. Luckily I had a resume, some decent interview clothes, and no hard plans for the afternoon. I went, and the interview went alright. I asked the rep when they were planning on making a decision. He says soon, probably September or October so the new person could start before the holidays. The insurance industry seems to view time like geologists, (i.e. man is a relatively young species). I'm not waiting around on that one, becuase by the time they get around to hiring me, the revolution will have occurred, and after Canada overtakes the United States, the men of the world are consumed by dinosaurs, then women die out because of the inability to breed, and the earth is dominated by a plant called the Song of India. (Seriously, you can't kill those things. After the world's nuclear power plants explode, they will outlive the cockroaches.) And by that point, I figure I really won't need a job. OK, sorry for the rediculousness.

In other news, last night I went to a knitting group for the second time. (I completely forgot to post after I went the first time because it was the day before my Kemper interview.) All in all, it's a pretty nice group, but you know, I'm very shy sometimes. This time I sat next to people that had similar interests (Harry Potter, etc) and were generally younger/punkier, so we had more to talk about. The first time, pretty much the only things talked about were babies and knittting. Knitting I'm fine talking about, but babies aren't exactly my area of expertise, so I stayed pretty quiet for most of the first time. It is neat because there is a good mix of people, so almost anyone could fit in and find someone to talk to. It's a shame though, because I probably won't be able to go back, as hopefully I will be moving to Jacksonville this weekend. If Kemper will ever decide to just hire me.
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Friday, August 4th, 2006

Subject:Job Search Woe
Time:5:36 pm.
Mood: distressed.
Here's a convo with my hubby that sums up our success on finding jobs:

[17:32] sretske: no actuaries in new mexico on career builder
[17:33] sretske: i think they listened to george soros and got actuaries outlawed...
[17:34] army1275: haha
[17:34] sretske: "it's illegal to combine the theories of statistics and economics in order to more efficiently manage risk..."

There are plenty of UAV jobs in New Mexico. It's not even listed on the Society of Actuaries job website (the main job website for my field). This is my explanation. Pretty much anywhere you have UAV's, they have never heard of Actuaries, and vice-versa. Therefore, it appears that one of us is going to have to not work in the field they want for a couple of years. We pretty much have the agreement that we'll take the first high-paying job offered, the other will either go back to school (if it's DR), or take exams and work in a related field (if it's me). I found a position called "underwriter" that would be pretty relevant to what I want to do, and they have more positions (an insurance company probably has 10 underwriters to 1 actuary). Unfortunately, it isn't very high paying.

I had another phone interview with Kemper (Jacksonville) today. Obviously they didn't offer anything, given the previous statements. In fact, they aren't even close to making a decision, as the Chief actuary is out of the office until NEXT THURSDAY and they are not making a decision until he returns. And I know he's got about a billion other pressing things he's gonna have to do, so they may not even get around to telling me that day. Even if they tell me that day, it will have been two weeks and a day after the interview. That's a long time. I told them our lease is almost up, which is a nice way of saying that we are being kicked out, and I have been applying around. There is a good chance they may miss out, even if they decide to hire me, becuase I may not be available.

Pretty much, since we are being kicked out and neither of us have jobs and we aren't even sure of what city we'll be able to find decent work in, we are faced with the prospect of moving back in with parents. Not sure whose, although both have room for us. I really really hope that it doesn't come to that. (Kay, you'll understand one day.) Unfortunately, getting a job takes forever, so our best bet is still Kemper, even if it takes forever and a day to make a decision. We even have a place lined up should I get the job, but I'll post on that later.
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Friday, July 28th, 2006

Subject:Long Ass Week
Time:5:31 pm.
Mood: tired.
So, once again been pretty busy.

First, the inlaws came down this weekend. It was pretty fun. I managed to screw up dinner that I cooked for them, but they didn't know that my Chicken and Rice Skillet is more like pasta than soup. It tasted ok though.

Went to my first knitting circle. It was fun, but I am so damn shy.

Then I had a job interview in Jacksonville. Found out they had hired one of my classmates from UCF, but they are still considering hiring me. Hopefully I'll hear back from them soon. I hope I did pretty well in the interviews as I almost fainted, since I barely ate or slept for about 24 hours before the interview.

Other than that, I almost finished half of my mom's Xmas present... from last year. Hey, it's my first garment ever, and I have gone almost completely off the pattern and am now improvising based upon a shirt of hers that I barrowed and my idea for armhole shaping. This year, I am going to do better with my knitted gifts, as I am starting now. Err, as soon as I finished last year's, and get a job so I can buy yarn. But there aren't any completely new ideas being tried and I am following patterns for all but one, so they should be pretty simple.

This w/e the boy and I are going to a Fair Tax rally. Should be interesting. Then we're hangin with a friend we haven't seen since we moved in. And visiting my parents. I think I have to cook for them becuase my mom seemed a little jealous that I was excited about cooking for DR's family. It's not like I didn't offer to make them dinner everytime they were over here. You'd think she'd be happy that her hostess tendencies have rubbed off on me and she raised me to be polite enough to cook for guests. Oh well, I can ruin Sunday dinner if that's what she really wants. Asking me to cook is taking a gamble... :P
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Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Subject:A Scanner Darkly
Time:3:59 pm.
So, one of the things we did recently was watch A Scanner Darkly at the Enzian.

Why drive all the way to Winter Park to see a movie?
That's the only place it was showing in Orlando.

Anyways, the Enzian is totally cool. If you don't know, they serve dinner and drinks. I tried Woodpecker cider, not nearly as good as Woodchuck. My only recommendation is to go early, because you're seated at tables and if you get there late you end up in the back trying to watch the movie through some kids snow-fro (I just made up a word for a white affro).

The movie itself was incredible.
Live capture based cell-shading. Crazy beautiful.
Very trippy, but not so crazy that you don't understand what happened when you walk out of the movie. They do a really great job at differentiating between hallucinations and what really happens. But it is definately one of those movies where you have to just accept that you don't understand what is happening (plotwise) until the end, like most sci-fi films. Anyways, it is definately worth seeing if it's playing near you.

Now I have to read the book, although I have a hard time reading trippy books. I bet it is great though.
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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Subject:WIll Price Insurance Policies for Food
Time:11:50 am.
Mood: listless.
I was looking for pictures of female actuaries to decide how I should wear my hair for my job interview, and I found a picture of me in a few years with the way things are going.

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Yeah, funny thing is the job I am interviewing for is in Pricing. Hopefully I will get it. Otherwise we're moving in with another friend in Ocoee and I am getting an interim job at a yarn store, book store, restaurant or Publix. If I do that, it is going to be real close to where I live, otherwise I would already be at that A.C. Moore store that someone was nice enough to recommend.

Anyways, I've had a kind of busy couple of weeks. I took my sister to her first real show, with Taking Back Sunday. It was actually in a golf course. Well, a field near an amphitheater in a golf course. I'm glad I got to be there for the first time a crowd surfer fell on her head, and some drunk dude spilled his drink all over her. They grow up so quickly.

It was in Pompano Beach, which was close to where my older sis lives, so we crashed there, as I didn't feel like driving 4 hours back home. Luckily, we didn't have anything pressing to do the next day, so we hung out down there, and went to the mall. It has been a while since Kay and I did our part to keep Hot Topic in business. I found a really cute Sleeping Beauty shirt for me, and a Superman shirt for DR, although they didnt have the one I wanted to get him in anything other than a XL. But at least it's a start to his collection.
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Friday, July 7th, 2006

Time:4:17 pm.
OK, OK, sorry I haven't been around recently. I've been busy.

I have a car now. It is pretty and red. But the stereo on this one is stubborn and doesn't always listen, but I guess that beats the old haunted one.

Went to Tampa with the hubby for last w/e to see a recently divorced friend and meet said friend's new girlfriend. Very interesting. Plenty of alcohol was consumed Friday night, and the rest of the w/e was spent recuperating.

I have been in talks with an insurance company in Jax, which is where DR and I really want to move. This is because it is halfway between our parents' houses, we have another friend moving there who would be tolerable to live with, and the city itself isn't so bad. The cost of living is pretty low there, but my salary would be lower than normal too. Oh well, we'll see.

For the 4th, we visited my family, then went to a friend's family, then to the house of a friend of a friend. It was awesome, they were this family of engineers with a plane in their garage and Star Wars memorabilia in the living room. We were in a pretty rural area so we shot off a lot of fireworks. A lot. One kid shot a bottle rocket into DR's chest from about 10 feet away and managed to actually draw blood. He's ok though. It was just a little mark, and he wouldn't even let me fuss over him about it. Good times were had by all except the next door neighbor who kept coming outside telling us it was unsafe to have bottle rocket wars and threatening to call the cops.
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Subject:Oi Vey!
Time:5:51 pm.
So, things are interesting at the house. It's a three bedroom house with a two car garage.
Anyone wanna take a guess as to how many people are living here? Collapse )
Something else to make you smile. This comes from one of the 10 forwarded emails or so I get from DR's grandfather. "I am thankful when my clothes fit a little too snugly, because it means that I get enough to eat."
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Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Subject:I </3 Being Unemployed
Time:3:47 pm.
Mood: distressed.
Just wanted to post the most redundant thing I came across in my job search:

"All Purpose Insurance, Inc. is a full-service insurance agency... Our benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance..."

Damn right if you work for an insurance company they will provide you with insurance.

Anyways, spending today going through 16 pages of insurance companies names, looking online for a job. Like 95% of those listed are insurance agents rather than companies (they sell insurance that other people provide). Of the ones that aren't, like 25% don't hire for the position I am looking for. Of the ones that do, 80% don't have offices in Orlando or Tampa. And I have to find a company with an opening, that doesn't require experience.

This is really damn hard.

I should just give in and go back to Publix, there is one just down the street here. :/
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Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Subject:Bein' Kinda Productive
Time:5:02 pm.
So, these past few weeks, I have been pretty busy and even a little productive.

DR finally moved in. A married couple living together, pure madness.

I had my certification test for my field and my have passed it. I definately did not get a 0 agian. (0 doesn't mean that I didn't get anything right, it just means I got less than half of the score required to pass. Leave it to actuaries to design a crazy grading system like that of the SOA.)

DR made a desk which can also be used as a desk, and it is georgeous.

I knitted a tie for a father's day gift to my dad. Can't beat a father's day gift for $1.50 that he will absolutely love, I hope.

Girls' night with Syl and co. was awesome.


I love ibar, and the fact that you can dance ballet to Bjork there. I was going to post about it yesterday, but I was sooooo hungover I couldn't concentrate on the computer screen. Blasphemy, I know. But at least I wasn't too hungover to start Kingdom Hearts.

Anyways, lots of pics to come, of desk, tie and girls' night.

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Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Time:7:23 pm.
What is that girl up to?Collapse )
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Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Subject:I </3 Moving
Time:3:02 pm.
Mood: drained.
So, yeah, I've been w/o internet or free time for the past week or so.

The internet hasn't been working at the new house, and it still doesn't seem to be 100% reliable.

Also, I have had like a billion things to do to unpack and move in, and it seems like I'm only about half done. The good news is I am getting rid of a lot of junk that I don't need (I am such a pack-rat).

Then there is the job search. Blah. No one in their right mind would hire me, I should have just taken that Assessment job at Housing. I mean, yeah it would take me further from the field I want to be in, but after I had a few years of experience I might be able to get a decent actuarial job. Then again, I don't want to get by on favors from people. I should just give up, take my bachelors degree and work at the Publix down the street. They may let me work office staff (and get to handle customer compaints).

I have been able to eat better, (its easy when afraid to go out to eat because your car may die at any moment), and I have been able to find a few moments when no one else is home so I can do a Pilates video. Hopefully I will be able to fit into some of my skinny clothes by the end of summer. I am starting a workout journal (on paper - no need to let anyone know how fat I am, and no one cares what workout video I do or how far I jog). I have been really unhealthy for the past few months and that needs to change.

So basically, I'm feeling old, fat, and lazy.
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