Lately and etc

I am writing this blog because I have something rilly RILLY important I’m SUPPOSED to be writing and can’t get into it. Some of you might notice that the beginning of my blogs always starts out all “Ahh..Um…Well…” and ends “…and THAT is why me and the President had to swap shirts at the party.” That is because my brain is hinky in the sense that it gets too confused when it is starting a new project. Too TOO many ideas start flowing and it’s hard to pick one and move in that direction. I find though that if I start a project suddenly and even aimlessly (even if I’m not ready), my brain gets into gear and goes, “Oh duh this is obviously what we should be doing.” So right now I am writing this blog to get my stubby fingers warmed up to the keyboard and have my brain fire off some thoughts and witty repartee in order to get into what I REALLY need to be doing.

That being said…Things are going really well here in LaLa land so far. I am SO. DAMN. HAPPY. LATELY. I don’t mean to rub that shiz in but I am happy and I don’t care who knows it! I know I’m all nouveau riche LA right now…but I just love this place. It’s like the perfect mix of everything I need in one place. It’s like as if the universe said, “Let us take the contents of Coleen Barr’s head and crap it out onto the planet and we shall call it the City of Angels when we want to seem clever but really we will call it Los Angeles!” It’s a city! By the sea! Near the mountains! Where vegetarian restaurants are aplenty! And pets are not frowned upon! And where for some reason my skin tans without burning or peeling! Where I am somehow able to live for two months without the benefit of income! And Roseanne is on the TV in marathon format every day! IDK, it’s just amazing to me. The one thing that sucks is that our family and friends are not here. The one good thing is that although they are not here, we live in a vacation destination which will likely draw said family and friends TO us and already has…YOU! The OLD ONE! Come closer…closer…clooooser…

And it’s not expensive here, not really. Well that’s not all true I spose. It’s only approximately as expensive to live here as it is in Kearny. Gas, food, electric, hot water, all pretty much the same. The cable and internet are waaay cheaper. There aren’t tolls on the roads all over the place…IDK. Like getting us here was way more expensive than living here. Oh! Speaking of which…I’m going to post exactly how much it cost us to get here, pretty much broken down to the penny as soon as I think of it. Then you can all move here. YOU! THE OLD ONE! Come closer…

Oh yeah and so far here are the celebrities we have seen:

Daisy de la Hoya AKA Daisy of Love

I feel like there is another one but I can’t think of it. And we saw a red carpet yesterday but it turned out to be nada. BUT we finally saw Paparazzi which is something I’ve never seen before. I’ve seen tons of celebs and even red carpets in New York but never once a Paparazzi before. In the last two days we’ve seen two clusterfudges of them. Yippee! For some reason I expected more like…seasoned professionals? Instead it was a bunch of like dudes my age just standing around with DSLRs around their necks. I wonder if I showed up in cargo pants with my DSLR if I am qualified as a Pap?

Whatever. Oh I have another non-what-I-am-sposed-to-be-doing-thing to write that I am going to put in a separate post. Booyah.


Alone. Nary a plumber to get underfoot. Kristyn went to train for Job #1 at the pet sitting place. And here I am, all alone…*sigh*. I felt like I was sending my kid off to her first day of school. We’ve both been unemployed since the last week in August so our new “normal” has been waking up, eating breakfast, drinking our tea and watching a lil tv before starting our day. Said day usually consists of looking for jobs, running errands, cleaning something, dinner, then primetime tv. It’s not thrilling but this “job training” is definitely a little jarring haha.

And so here I am, lady of leasure, watching the View and writing this. The Duggars were just on, I believe she’s pregnado with her 19th kid? Oh my god. Goodonya lady. I guess it’s good to know what you want in life and go for it…Just amazing though.

Also, we decorated for Halloween yesterday! Finally. I’ve had this on my agenda for like two weeks and it’s not like we didn’t have the time…The part I think we both dreaded was taking the boxes out of the closet. We only just got’m IN there. I think we were both phobic about what mess taking them out again would lead to. But now it’s nice and cozy in here…two decapitated heads swinging noiselessly above the living room couch…a severed hand clutching the drumstick on the drum set for Rock Band, a severed foot on the pedal…(Kristyn’s clever doing)…an animatronic maggot writhing on the record player. Ah home sweet home. Makes me wonder what my Nana is doing right about now.

As of now we still have no plans for Halloween. Halloween in LA is awesome and we have no dinero to take part in it if we wanna feed ourselves. There are TONS of Haunted Houses, Universal Studios is only ten minutes away and Disney is maybe twenty or so…but we have to keep our belts tightened and try not to be sad…

Goo news though! Tiffany, Cristina, Kathleen, Aleix and Sandra are coming this week!!!!! Yaaay! They’re flying in on Thursday and staying until Sunday! Unfortunately Kristyn starts Job #2 (Main Job, Veterinary Office) on Thursday. Hopefully they won’t make her work through most of the weekend. *fingers crossed!* Anyway, we’re gonna go to Griffith Park, Malibu, Pink’s Hot Dogs (we should do that on a weekday bc the line is WAY shorter…we passed it twice on Saturday night, once at 11pm and once at around 1am and the line wrapped around the building both times whereas when I’ve passed it during the day, it’s just long but not like mind-numbingly so), and Knott’s Scary Farms!!!! I’m SO excited to go to Knott’s Scary! We went last year when we were here (it was exactly a year ago a couple of days ago) and had SUCH a great time. So anyway, we’re looking forward to a fun weekend and seeing our friends, good times.

Okay well I’d better get to stepping on imbibing my coffee to give me the energy boost I need to job hunt. Away we go!

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P.S. I am watching the end of “A League of Their Own” and weeping. Awesome.

First day out of the workforce

So yesterday was my last day at Wiley. It was good in that it was like any other day. Less dramatic that way. This is probably the only job where I didn’t do melodramatic things like visit the kitchen area one last time or take a picture of a conference room “to remember” (although I did take one picture of my desk). It wasn’t that I didn’t like this job, I did. But I guess I’m just learning that nostalgia just kind of clutters things up. I guess I’m changing in that way.

Also, I have had about 20 jobs in my life. I think it gets a little easier to move on each time. Especially with all the social networking we are embroiled in, I know our paths will cross again. In fact, between facebook and myspace, apart from Wiley, I am still friends with people from six different jobs.

Here are some of the jobs I’ve held:
Hardware store
Counseling office
Waitress (twice)
Deli (twice)
The Gap (for a hot minute)
Bagel place
Hotel front desk clerk (four times)
Night auditor
Guest History Co-ordinator (whatever that means)
Roller coaster operator
Administrative assistant
Account representative
Assistant account manager
Production Editor

I’m DEFINITELY forgetting some.

And that’s a lot but I started working at 15. Some of them were for six months or less. But at least two were for approx 3 years, two for at least 2 years and about 5 for at least 1 year.

My Mom is forever asking me where I work NOW…haha. She was a dental assistant for about six months and then an RN for 30 years so this mentality astounds her. She got burnt out on nursing (she worked in the ER for most of her career) and took a job at Wal-Mart last year, just ringing people up. She found it relaxing bc even if people got mad at her, the likelihood of someone dropping dead in front of her was slim to none. This quality is always welcome in the workplace.

So now I’m unemployed. I thought I’d feel relieved but I don’t. It hasn’t sunken in yet and to be honest, I’m more than a little nervous. BUT, I’m taking a chance and if I didn’t, I know I’d be disappointed later in life.

One last thing, last night I switched into the Newark PATH train at Grove Street. I definitely looked like an idiot. Full grown woman carrying a stuffed bookbag (personal stuff from my desk at work), a plastic bag with hot pink sneakers in it and reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Slap a moron target on my pimpled nose.

Anyway, I got on and leaned against the wall. A young guy who was seated jumped out of his seat and kind of rushed to stand next to me. It was about 7:30 pm so the train wasn’t packed to the gills. I thought this was weird especially since the whole entire other wall of the train was empty…Maybe he just got up to let someone sit down? I forgot about him right away, so engrossed was I in my wee wizard fantasy.

Shortly after we pulled up at Journal Square (the stop before my stop), the conductor came up to me. I thought he was asking me to move to get at something I mightve been leaning on, they do that sometimes.

Instead he said, “Excuse me, you know this guy?!” Startled, I was like, “No, why?! What happened?!” I looked at the young guy who looked like he was going to defend himself. Before he could, the conductor said, “Back UP! Back up offa her dude! You’re standing too damn close!!” The young guy moved back a bit and looked guilty. I kind of gave the guy a dirty look and thanked the conductor.

I got off the train at Harrison and saw the conductor in the window of the next car. I said, “What happened? Was he doing anything?” He said, “No he didn’t do anything but I was watching him and he was getting way too close to you and I was pretty sure you didn’t know him. I just wanted to embarrass him and make him back up off of you”. I thanked him and walked away.

Serously how weird was that?! I mean the guy mighta been harmless but why had he darted out of his seat and stood so close to me? And it wasn’t bc he thought I was a hot piece bc I’d JUST gotten on the train and everyone knows that of you see a hot piece out in public that the odds of you actuallly approaching that person are slim-to-never-going-to-happen. I think I was some kind of target. I know he didn’t take anything from me but he definitely had something in store for me and I’m glad I didn’t find out what it was. Goodbye PATH train, you won’t be missed! (And thank you to that conductor! You WILL be missed, I think I love you!)

Here’s a photo taken 30 seconds after I talked to the conductor: