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New job.  Restaurant.  Making money.

Subbed one day, haven't been called again yet but I'm hopeful.  I need to schedule more tests to get my IL license.

It's almost Christmas.  I'm about done with my shopping, which is nice. 

Today I got called off work, which I'm fine with because the snow sucks and Josh is off too.  I made pancakes and sausage and now we're just being lazy.  Hot cocoa to come soon.

Josh and I may go to Ireland for our 30th birthdays next year.  We were born 12 days apart, so it works well for birthday trips!  If Ireland doesn't work out, definitely a cruise.  We start saving money after the new year.  I'd be perfectly content with Las Vegas, but he's never been out of the country, so we're going to try for Ireland.

Back to watching Temple of Doom!

Now it's famine.

Restaurant didn't work out (they hired another girl and decided it "just wasn't working out" with me, which I take to mean that the other girl was thin and I am not so I was no longer needed).  Still working doggie daycare, but probably reducing my hours because the dogs don't listen to me and I'm not doing a good job, so I'm only going to work receptionist shifts, but there are only 2 open for me to have.  I have applied to close to 50 jobs in the last 2 weeks, not a single call back yet.  If I don't find more work soon I don't know what I'm going to do, I'm making so little money that I moved out of my apartment and in with Josh because I can't afford to pay rent. 

I want a stable job.  I want health insurance.  I want a hair cut.  I want to not worry how I'm going to buy groceries or gas or pay the back rent I owe my landlord.  I want to stop being a complete and total loser.

Ok, I will try and put some positives in this post.  Living with Josh is actually pretty great.  I won Ingrid Michaelson tickets this week, so we went to her show on Wednesday.  She was awesome, it was so weird to see her in a large venue with a full band backing her up.  I've been to the gym twice this week, and going a third time today.  The new Jewel opened yesterday and they are having a beer tasting with Goose Island, so I will get groceries there today ($1.49 gallon of milk FTW!).

That's all I've got right now.

Feast or famine.

I have 3 jobs!

Job #1: A new Italian restaurant in Evanston, which is terribly sexist (I'm one of 2 women working on the floor) but great money so I just work and go home. The guys I work with are really nice and respectful, the manager is a bit old fashioned and it bothers me. But, for $300-500 a week in three days of work, I'll deal.

I'm also working at my friend Amanda's doggie daycare. It's a cageless boarding facility. I will be working on Saturdays and Sundays. I've trained for 3 days so far, and Saturday I will start working the 8am-6pm shift. Two days a week pays my rent and car payment. The dogs are great, I'm learning how to discipline Jax more, which is always a good thing. I also get to spend time with Amanda, which is fun- we haven't been spending as much time together in the last few months because of our crazy schedules, so it's nice to see her more.

I'm also picking up shifts at Hala Kahiki when they need me. I worked this past Sunday and I'll be working again in 2 weeks. The funniest part about this past Sunday is that on Monday my friend Caitlin found this:

That's right kids, I'm the subject of a missed connection.  I emailed him and said I was flattered, but I have a boyfriend and I'm sorry if he got the wrong impression.  I'm a waitress, I smile a lot, and apparently that gets me in trouble.  Either way, I found it amusing, as did Josh.

Speaking of...things are going great.  Still ridiculously happy.  This is from my cousin's wedding a couple weeks ago.

Jeavon came home for a couple weeks and we had a great time.  We drove to New Jersey and back, went to the beach, hung out with my awesome cousin and her fantastic husband, along with their adorable kittens and Shar Pei, Ryce.  On her last day in town I made pesto with freshly picked basil, then we went to Green Mill and stayed up until sunrise with Josh and Brian, his best friend.  It was a great day.

I lost my job and my Nana died within 15 minutes of each other.

You tell me how I'm doing.

Hello again, LJ!

Alright, so the School of Rock never called me again, so I guess that other girl is working out.

Work has gotten MUCH better. We have a new manager (#5 if you're keeping count), and she's actually a manager. We've gotten busier, I'm making more steady money, and I feel secure in my position. I'm no longer fearing being fired every time I walk in the door. I am a valued employee, and I've even been training new employees. I still would like a guaranteed steady income, but hopefully that will happen soon.

I'm finally taking my certification exam for the teaching license. I took a year to just relax, and now it's time to finish it up. My old junior high is looking for an art teacher after the next school year, so I'm going to sub there for a year, kiss ass, and get a teaching job. My old music teachers are still there, my band director is the one who told me about the job, so I know I have them in my corner. So maybe by the time I'm 30 I'll have a real grownup job.

I'm still ridiculously in love. Josh is amazing. We just get each other, and we have fun even when we're doing absolutely nothing. He makes me laugh, he makes me smile, and he makes me feel like the prettiest girl in the world. When I meet his friends and he introduces me, he's so proud, like "look at this amazing woman that I'M dating". He's adorable. I am so so lucky. I thought for a long time that I'd never find someone again that was worth my time, but I was wrong. And I'm happy to be proven wrong.

I'm doing weight watchers again with some friends. I've lost almost 10 pounds. 50 more to go. I want to join a gym.

Mar. 25th, 2010

I have reached that point in my life where I am tired of not having a steady income.

Working in restaurants was supposed to be temporary while I was in school. When I graduated, it was the only work I could find instantly. Still, I said it was temporary until I started to substitute teach or find an office job or go to grad school even.

It's been almost a year since I graduated and I am just tired of it all.

I went through a 2.5 week interview process for a new job. It was part time to start, full time in May, and the pay was AMAZING- like, $18/hour. I'd be working with kids in a music setting and enjoying my job.

I found out yesterday they went with another candidate, but "If she doesn't work out you're the first person we're calling.". The girl that I would have been working for said she really wanted it to be me, and basically sounded like she's hoping the other girl doesn't work out, but it just frustrates me that I went through all this crap for these interviews (owner was 45 minutes late for an interview and then interviewed the 3 other candidates before me, meaning I was there for THREE HOURS for a 15 minute interview). I really felt like this job was the perfect fit for me, and it would have solved my money issues and job issue of wanting a real job.

Today I went to work and I was just MISERABLE. Does anyone know how crappy it is to feel stuck in your job, with no signs of a better job coming along? It sucks.

I've decided to take a few days off so I can visit school districts and sign up for subbing. I'm also going to a few temp agencies, and hopefully trying to find a serving/bartending job that is much closer to my apartment, because the commute to my work is killing me. I want to sell my car and be done with it.

In happier news, I'm very much in love. I'm bringing him home to my dad this weekend. We've been dating since November. In that aspect, life is good.

Per Amanda's Request

It's been a stressful month. Business is slow at work, so that means fewer tips, which means less money, which leaves me in a bind. I've been applying for new jobs, I thought I had one, but I didn't get the call I was waiting a week for.

I'm still seeing the same guy. We spend a lot of time together. Last week he and his friends taught me how to play Risk. Last night I cooked him dinner. I even play video games with him. I really like him, we haven't made any real set label of anything, but neither of us are seeing anyone else. So I'll leave it at that.

Jess and I got a tree tonight and decorated it. A real live tree. It smells wonderful. We put up some other Christmas decorations too. I really enjoy living with Jess, we have a lot of fun and laugh a lot at stupid things we do.

Living Single in the City.

So, I've been single for a few weeks now. I'm loving it. I've been on a few dates, spending time with one guy in particular, but nothing serious at the moment.

I feel like my life is coming together more and more.

My hair is red. It looks fantastic.

I'm fitting into jeans that haven't fit in over a year. I don't know how it happened, but it has, and I'm thrilled about it.

I got furniture for my bedroom. It looks like a grownup lives here instead of a college kid. It all matches.

Sep. 2nd, 2009

My secretary job is done at the end of this month.  I think I'm just going to go on full time at the restaurant, sign up for substitute teaching with CPS and see what happens there.

I move into my apartment THIS WEEKEND.  Justin is coming up with some of my boxes and the amazing Jax!  I can't wait to see both of them, and to show Jax his new home.  My friend is leaving me a bed and a dresser or two, so all I really need to find is a desk and maybe a TV stand, or else I'll hang it on the wall (flat panel tv).  I also need some lamps, so I think a shopping trip is in order this weekend.

I'm working Sunday night even though Justin will be here, but he said it was okay. He's staying until Tuesday morning, so we'll have all day Monday together, and I get off pretty early on Sundays.

I bought a travel french press mug.  I dont' know if I like it or not- I drank some coffee grounds, and that shouldn't happen with a french press.

Off to job hunt.  I kind of want to be a personal assistant.