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Jan. 28th, 2011


Graduation day...

So today was my last day of training for the new job.  Sunday I start my "real" shift, and meet the team to which I've been assigned.  I'm excited because it means now I get to show what I can do and have a chance to earn bonuses and such.  Honestly though, I know it will be a month or two until I work out all the bugs and get call times more in line with the experienced techs.

The weirdest thing about today was knowing that I won't see the people in my class anymore except for the occasional passing-in-the-hall.  It's not like we were lifelong friends, or anything, but you know... I think I already miss most of them.  And I'm a little blue to know that those relationships are (realistically), over.

So yeah.

I'm trying to be optimistic that I'll make equally good relationships on the new team.


Jan. 25th, 2011


Black sheep solidarity!

Right, so just to make sure this important fact is not lost in the body of this post (And I need to say for the record this was not solicited or in any way a bribe to get more baked, uber-snackage.  Sincerely.)...

My sister is awesome...

Over the holidays, she baked and mailed me stuff so I'd have non-store-bought deliciousness to snack upon.  And it was great.  I shared my holiday largess with the guys, and Michael especially liked her Chex-mix.  So when I called to tell her how much everyone (I took some of her fudge to work to share with my fellow trainees) liked what she sent, she offered to send another batch.

Now I've always been sort of the black sheep, but after I fled the parental Bastille, my sister sort of inherited my black sheep status.  So when last year I reconnected with her, we became pretty close.  You'd think that holiday baked goods would be enough to pay tribute to black sheep solidarity on her part, but no.  She buried the needle on the 'awesome' gauge when she called me today to tell me she'd bought me some things for my new apartment that she knew I didn't have.

I now have towels, trivets, and assorted kitchen and everyday living stuff.

Honestly, I feel a little guilty that I haven't found a way to show her how very much I appreciate her and the things she does for me.  She's an amazing person, and I don't feel like I've done enough to pay back her incredible sweetness and decency.  But she does read my LJ, and I hope this is a start.

I love you, girl.


Jan. 24th, 2011


This must surely...

...be the most boring week of posts from me.  Apartment this, apartment that.  Temporarily broke.  Renter's insurance.  Move-in date.  Blah, blah, blah.   *laugh*

Unfortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it), it's taking up the lion's share of my time.  The only other thing really noteworthy, is that the ' h ' key on my laptop seems to be failing.  I'm... unhappy about that.  I have to watch any word with an ' h ' in it to be sure that it appears, and sometimes I have to go back and tap that letter several times before it complies.

So yeah.  Not the best time for laptop issues.  But maybe I just got something sticky in it somehow.  : /

We'll see.

Other than that, not much to report.  I'm hopeful that this week goes by relatively quickly so that I can get to "move-in" week.  : )


Jan. 22nd, 2011


Seriously? NOW?

So, yeah, my leasing agent (Lauren) called me to tell me that I'm their newest resident at the apartment complex.  She asked briefly about a prior address I had, and then assured me that there were no other problems.. "my credit was great".

Ummmm, really?  I didn't know what to say to that.  I was surprised she got back to me so quickly.  And NOW suddenly, I'm nervous.  I was really excited about everything, but I have to admit that I told myself that with no credit history other than the Bug, they'd probably tell me I didn't qualify.  I think I told myself that so I wouldn't be too crushed if they wouldn't let me have that apartment.

Now that it's looking like a reality?  Nervousness.  Living alone for the first time in forever.  What if I lose my job?  What if I slip in the shower, knock myself out and drown in an inch of water?  What if it becomes too easy to just stay in my apartment and slide into internet addiction and give up on the idea of trying to be social forever?

Yeah, I know that none of those things are even remotely likely.  But that's the issue-laden mess that is my brain.

I think I just need to take a bunch of deep breaths and try to recapture the excited-thing, because the nervous-thing sucks.


Jan. 20th, 2011


Where I hang my hat?

So yeah.


I filled out the application and I'm waiting to see if my significant lack of a credit score is going to prevent me from having it.  It's a freaking amazing place.  Very posh.  Stone tile in the kitchen and bath.  Granite counter tops.  Cherry cabinetry.  Double paned glass in all the windows.  Garden tub.

Oh my god, just thinking about it is making me get hyper.

The only downside is that they only had one, one bedroom unit left to rent.  After all the apartments I've looked at (and there have been a lot) I really didn't want to risk letting this one that I like SO much, go.  So I filled out the application today in order to move in like a week and a half.  Oh, right... the downside being that I'm suddenly again poor after ponying up the admin and application fee.

But skating by on bologna and cheerios is nothing new.  It does mean, however, that I don't get to buy Kylie tickets saturday morning when they go on sale.  So I'm sure I'll end up with some seat way in the back, behind a pillar or something.  And yes, okay...  I know a good place to live is more important than concert tickets.  So I'm not devastated or anything, but that one thing is disappointing.

I'm not going to concentrate on that though.

I have my own place.  Finally.  O_O


Jan. 19th, 2011



Kylie Minogue has a show in dallas in May.  A show.  IN DALLAS.

I got an email from ticketmaster telling me that tickets for this show go on sale saturday.  The DECENT (not "OMG GOOD!") seats are over $100.  And honestly, I'm totally going.  I already asked the training staff at work how likely it would be for me to be able to get that day off.  They all said it was far enough in advance that it's practically guaranteed.

So scheduling... check.

The problem is that like... with the Adam Lambert concert, I had SUPER fun, but I really wished that other friends had been there.  But also like Adam's concert, I appear to be the only one in my group that shamelessly loves Kylie (or Adam for that matter).  So I'm not sure what to do.

There's a tiny little inner voice that tells me I should buy an extra ticket.  I tell myself it's because I'm sure I can find a friend to go, even though they'll be all "concert... meh, sure, I'll go".  But honestly, just between me and my friend's list... that tiny inner voice keeps saying what-if-you-maybe-have-a-date-kind-of-someone-to-go-with by then.

And it's ridiculous, because I went all last year without dating, but the image in my brain that sees that possibility keeps making me smile like an idiot.  So... that.

But it's also hella disappointing to imagine the possibility of may getting here and me not having anyone to go with and having spent a bunch of money on a ticket that will go completely to waste.

So, yeah... also that.

I hate being insecure.


Jan. 17th, 2011


Tick, freaking tock...

Sorry about the title, it's an in-joke of some kind belonging to a new acquaintance of mine.  In his version, the word between 'tick' and 'tock' still started with an 'f', but it wasn't 'freaking'.  He explained it's origin to me, but we were both semi-crocked, so either he didn't explain it well, or I was having concentration problems.  *grin*

Essentially though, we're already halfway through january and I STILL haven't figured out where I'm going to live.  The guys aren't looking to evict me or anything, but I'm really-really-really-really anxious to have my own place.  I just keep finding problems once I start getting serious about investigating the apartment complexes I've already visited.

Still, I've found two more, super close to work that look promising, so that's where I'll be spending saturday.  I'm going to try and be optimistic and even fortune is kind perhaps one of them will be "the one".

As an unrelated side-note...  Green Hornet was mildly good.  It wasn't amazing, but it was camp-y fun.  I have no actual regret about the ticket price, and if they release a sequel, I had a good enough time at this one, that I'd go see it too.  Just in case you're wondering if you should bother.

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Jan. 15th, 2011


Weekend Update!

It's actually shaping up to be a busy weekend.  After work yesterday (first day taking live calls!) I headed over to my favourite bar and chatted with my favourite bartender (he is SO cute).  I had fun, and ended up talking to a nice older gentleman in the next seat.  We started talking by being curious about each other's phone.  *laugh*

This afternoon, we went out shopping.  I discovered two new things.  "La Roux".  She's a singer, and I've only heard one song of hers ("Bulletproof"), but I'm really excited to hear more.  And two?  Cashmere.  I don't think I've ever owned anything cashmere but sweet leaping gazelles, it feels wonderful.  I don't think I'll be owning a lot because it's damn spendy, but I bought the most super awesome sweater because it was on clearance.  Soooooo soft.

Other than that....  tonight...

The guys and I are going out "catting around".  Which means they'll flirt with dancers, and I'll stand a respectable distance away because I'm still WAY too nervous to talk to dancers unless I've had several drinks.  I know it sounds awkward, but it will actually be sort of fun.


Jan. 12th, 2011



Totally stolen from hotclaws .

"You and I wake up in jail together. Using only 4 words, what do you say to me?"

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Jan. 10th, 2011


That was... unexpected.

So yeah, it was a weird and surprising day.

Last night it snowed.  It's an uncommon enough occurrence that it made me happy to stare out at it for several minutes (until the cold outweighed the mystery).  I went to bed and when I woke up this morning there was a text message from my trainer that due to road conditions the call center was opening half an hour late.  Now I live FAR from work ("You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist..."), so I left at my normal time and drove slowly and carefully.

Got there early and in one piece.  Yay Bug.  Yay me.

During the day, I found out that we finally got our class ranking so we could choose our schedules when we finish training and start production.  How did I find out?  My trainer asked me to step outside the classroom with him.  It gave me a brief, sick feeling since I didn't know why, and thought maybe I'd done something wrong unknowingly.

No, he called me outside to tell me I was first in the class and ask me which of the available schedules I wanted.

*wide eyed shock*

Needless to say, I was freaking stunned.  I think I still kinda am.


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