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I really can't think of anything very interesting to say, but it's been a while, so I am going to give this updating thing the old college try. I think bullets are in order.

  • I just finished reading Sarah's Key. It was super interesting, but the writing was pretty mediocre. It was a super fast read, though, and subject matter was interesting and important (the first half I kept having I-can't-believe-I-didn't-know-about-this feelings). The author is French, and she wrote from the point of view of an American journalist living in France, and I think there was a disconnect there. And as an editor, misplace modifiers and randomly placed commas really get my goat. It's a curse.
  • Since I finished my book club book in a week, I have plenty of time to read a book I've had on my night stand for a long time: Middlesex. I've heard nothing but good things about it. I am 80 pages in, and it is definitely very interesting AND well written. It is making me uncomfortable, though! This might be a long 500+ page book...
  • To answer the most-popular question I've been getting, work is good. Things are still pretty slow to start so far, but on Friday I got a big project that I can work on during any down time, and it's something I'm really interested in, so I'm actually excited for work tomorrow. Since I'm self-employed now, I just bought the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) with my own money. It was sort of liberating. It's my second-favorite style guide. J Nerd alert! I'm also working on landing a part-time freelance editing gig. Money-mo-mo-money! Money!
  • On the Greta front, things are good. One thing that seems particularly notable to me is that she was helping me with yard work today, and it actually felt like she was helping. Like, when she "helps" with things, it doesn't feel so much like help. But, today, I was making piles of dead leaves and she was grabbing it and putting it in the bag for me, and this went on for a good half an hour. She lost interest after that, but I think that was some sort of record. Yay for four.
  • Tonight the three of us went to Donuts Delite for the first time. I can't believe Pat and I have been in Rochester for 15 years and we've never been to Donuts Delite, but, anyway, it was okay. We can cross it off the list. We plan to go again in the AM sometime when the doughnuts are fresher, and then that will be the true test. Greta doesn't like doughnuts, but we ordered her one anyway. She refused to take a bite until right before we were leaving, and when she finally did, she made a face like she had just bit into a lemon. Such a strange child. Pat ordered a "white-cream filled," and the waitress brought him this. Apparently the only white-cream-filled doughnuts they had were in Cookie Monster's likeness. It's a good thing Pat is so secure in his manhood or he might have had to send it back.
  • In conclusion, Gene Simmons is on TV, and he looks like a caveman. He also seems like an amazing tool.

Fran

Frustration

Sorry for the recent radio silence. The last week has been more than a little annoying. Greta came down with a rather unpleasant cold, and she was out of day care more than she was in it. I then got said rather unpleasant cold. Job-searching productivity down the tubes. Then we got slammed with snow. Blah, blah. Then our Internet was out most of the last two and a half days.

I spent a couple hours yesterday morning at an internet cafe Panera, and then I decided that was for the birds. After you've gotten used to a cushy corner office, you can't sit at some table with dried who-knows-what on it from who-knows-when while you try to fight the overwhelming urge to pee because if you went to pee you'd either have to leave your laptop with your entire life on it out in a public place or take it into the bathroom (ew) and risk losing your food-crusted table while you're hopped up on coffee you didn't want to buy in the first place. And since the one and only positive thing that popped into my mind as I was sitting at a table with tears in my eyes, getting told I was being laid off, was that I would now I have time to paint my kitchen, I decided to paint my kitchen! I painted the ceiling yesterday and then put a coat of paint on the walls. So far it seems to be a tricky color and may need a few coats, but I will be sure to post pictures when the new kitchen is ready for its unveiling.

What else? As I mentioned, I haven't been very productive about the job search this past week. I will say that there are a couple solid tentative plans in the works, so I am not feeling super stressed right now. I have a lot of good people looking out for me, so I know this is temporary and that I need to enjoy this first break I have had from work since I started working at 15. I know it will be over in the blink of an eye (in the grand scheme of things). I will say the feelings associated with being unemployed are still...unpleasant. I went from saying, "I was laid off last week." to "I was laid off earlier this month." to now needing to say, "I was laid off last month." (Stupid short February.) I know why, but that has been a hard transition in my brain.

One more thing. It's almost that time of year again! Greta will be turning four later this month, and we're having two small parties this year so we made two invites. We took many pictures of Greta and luckily got two good ones. I thought people might enjoy some of the outtakes.

This is my personal favorite. Supastar!

Cutsie Tootsie

It was so unusually sunny we were stumped. Most of the pictures were waaay overexposed. Oh, she is doing "karate moves" here.

Princess Crooked Crown

Fran

Hi world, I'm okay!

File under: job search | unempolyed

Hi, all. This has been an interesting week indeed. It has been a week and a day since I was laid off, and I can't believe how quickly the time has gone by. I don't feel like I've made a big dent in Operation Find a Job that Doesn't Suck, but I have been making progress. It is amazing how much time I can spend tweaking my resume or on a probably fruitless endeavor such as searching for job postings on Monster or the like. Anyone who doesn't think finding a job is a full-time job is obviously not trying hard enough - or they're more marketable than me.

For the most part, I've been in very good spirits. It is exciting to look at my updated resume and see how much I've grown over the last few years, but yesterday I spent the majority of my day searching every site I could think of that lists job postings, and by the end of the day I felt deflated - very deflated. Things seem more promising today, after talking to one woman I used to work with who might have a lead on a job I am legitimately excited about. I haven't brought myself to actually apply for anything yet. I honestly haven't seen anything tangible I could fathom doing for 40-some hours a week. I am a picky girl, and over the last three years editing content I found extremely interesting, I got spoiled. One thing I can say with certainty is this: there are a lot of crappy jobs out there.

Not having a real income will not allow for me to get too comfortable, but I am finding joy in being home all day (and even in being unemployed).

+ This is my new "office." It is a corner office with windows! And every day is bring-your-pet-to-work day! And with the book case right behind me, a copy of The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath is never more than an arm's reach away, in case I need to feel like I'm at least doing better than SP.

+ I can make foods for lunch I wouldn't bother attempting to make at the office. This took me about a minute and a half to make, but I wouldn't have made it if I had to pack up the fixin's and assemble and prepare them at work.

+ No one will let me buy anything because they feel sorry for my poor soul. Two people have bought me lunch this week, and although I am so not a mooch and it pains me to let people buy me stuff, it is very nice. And I like food. And food you don't have to make or buy is pretty awesome. So is lunch with friends. And it's just a really nice gesture. You get the picture.

+ I can listen to This American Life and music without headphones, but, really I haven't felt the need. I really love quiet. I can totally deal with a somewhat noisy office setting, but quiet - sweet, sweet quiet - is divine. It is nice not to have to try to drown out any type of chatter.

+ I have talked to a lot of people I haven't talked to in ages, and I've talked to former coworkers on a more personal level than I have before. I have been in contact with so many people this week that it is amazing and even overwhelming to me. Yesterday, a former coworker called to say she missed me and that she "needed to talk to my Fran," and it was just nice to feel valued like that. It has also been nice to catch up with old, old coworkers and see what they're up to at new jobs, even if it doesn't lead to anything.

+ I can do laundry during the day. This has been a dream of mine for quite some time.

Happy Friday, peoples. I hope you had a nice week and that you have a salubrious weekend.

Fran

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