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Fingers Crossed

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am finally back from my brief blogging hiatus. I wish I could say that I am refreshed, brimming and bursting with news; however, I think that would be stretching the truth a bit.

My bum hand is largely to blame for my absence. Again, it is quite the task to type with one hand. Fortunately, I am slowly healing. My fingers are still puffy and purplish, but I think the swelling has gone down. Fingers crossed for a speedy rest of recovery, eh? Your fingers, not mine. I can’t yet. 😉

My computer has not helped maters either. Freezing on me, crashing, losing battery power at rapid speed . . . same ol’ thing. I know you are just as tired of hearing about it as I am with dealing with it. However, there is a light shining up ahead! I met with my bro, Gage, yesterday to take a look at some PC options. Maybe this one?

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That’s the ASUS R500VM-MS71

I love my Mac, but they are way too darn expensive. Anyway, I am hoping to have a new laptop in the next week or so. This will be such a relief to the small tech-loving side of myself. My wallet, on the other hand, will not be so jubilant.  Oh well, c’est la vie!

My week did kick off with some excitement, though. (Of the non-digital variety). I had my second interview with elitefts.net for their content editor position!

And . . . (drum-roll, please) . . . it went fantastic!

As soon as I showed up at the elitefts.net corporate office, I was immediately welcomed by several of the staff members. Everyone’s warm smiles made me feel at ease, and it was encouraging to see that everyone really seemed to be enjoying what they were doing. The atmosphere was incredibly down to earth—with everyone laughing and joking, eating lunch together, etc. Yet, with a 20% growth history each year since its inception, I know these folks still get it done!

The interview itself was actually really enjoyable. I know, an interview being enjoyable? I was surprised as well, but it didn’t feel like an hour-long grill-session. (Like most of the interviews I have been in before).  It felt like an actual discussion—a learning experience for both of us. Which is how it should be, shouldn’t it? I mean, yes, they are trying to find the best person for the job, but you also need to decide if what they are offering is the best fit for you. I think this is forgotten these days, but unfortunately there’s not much we can do, because of the sheer desperation for employment and all. :/

Anyway, I could truly see myself in that role. The scope of work sounds right up my ally- editing, proofing, AND fitness all combined into one crazy good editorial position! Heck yes! Here’s to hoping for a third interview!

I wish my Tuesday was as exciting and jam-packed as my Monday, but I guess I’ll take what I can get.

Ellie was certainly not thrilled this morning. When I grabbed her harness and leash, announcing that it was time to go get a hair cut and a nail trim, she hunkered down and gave me the pouty look.

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She needs it though. Look at that fur ball! And her nails are like daggers. Whenever she jumps on my legs to give me a hug, I am left with red scraps down my thighs.

Too bad dogs can’t have dental work. Ellie also has a mad under-bite.

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Haha! When her lip gets caught on her tooth it is even more pronounced. That silly goose.

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Oh! And I need your opinion. I saw doggie costumes at Target the other day, and I think I may have to get this one for Ellie Boo.

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What are your thoughts?

Decisions, decisions.

Well, I’m off to make the most out of this rainy day! I might even try to bake something one-handed for tomorrow’s girls’ night . . .

Question of the day:

  • Do you have any good (or bad) interview stories?

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To Fill You In . . .

Wow . . . it’s been awhile. As in, it’s been 2 whole months since my last blog post. It feels like even longer though, considering all that has happened. . . Even as I write this, it is difficult me to process all the little events- some high and some low- that have made up the last 60 or so days.

So, where shall I begin?

Well, I should probably start off with the best thing that has happened:

 Remember that “friend” who took me Frisbee golfing? The one I mentioned in my last post? Well, that person is Justin, and that was our second date! (I apologize for not saying anything initially, but it was still too new). And guess what . . . we are still dating . . . and he is my honest-to-goodness boyfriend! 😉 I can’t believe I have found someone else to put up with my craziness. That’s the true test too: he still loves me despite my weird quirks, silly voices, constant movie impressions, and OCD tendencies.

Justin and I have had a blast getting to know each other these last few months. (I think I can honestly speak for him in this instance, eh? I mean, if he was having a horrible time, I don’t think he would have kept me around!) I have had so much fun sharing my interests with him, but I think I’ve had even more fun getting to know his. From going to concerts, watching movies, being active, attending local events, and simply just being us, we have shared a wonderful few months together. Oh, but we can’t forget about the food. There has been lots and LOTS of GOOD FOOD! 🙂 Okay, okay . . . I will tell you more about my main man later. But before I move on to my next happening, I will leave you with this:

Look at that sexy man!

Okay, now for the next bit of big news. So, remember from my last post how I had an interview with UPMC in Pittsburgh? Well, I went . . .  I interviewed . . . I got a call a week later for a second interview! Yes, little ol’ me got a call back for a second interview! With more higher-ups in the company! I went back a week later- yes, all the way back to Pittsburgh- and went through another nerve-wracking hour+ interview. Coming out of it, I was not as confident as I was after the first. One woman even asked me why they should choose to hire someone so inexperienced (OUCH!). Yet, the following Friday I received a call from HR, and they offered me the position! (Oh, by the way, it was for a Communications Specialist position).

I was actually at the gym when the HR woman called, and I think my heart practically stopped while I was on the elliptical machine. It must have been an odd picture: sweaty me kneeling on the machine trying to control my excitement. Hmmmm . . . no wonder other YMCA folks were giving me odd, double take glance/stares. Haha! But I was THAT ecstatic. I immediately called Justin. He was truly happy for me, for which I cannot be more grateful, but I could definitely hear the mix of disappointment and concern in his voice. This job would mean lonnnggg distance relationship. :/ Despite this fact, I knew we could make it work. Yes, I am really that in to him 😉 No distance could keep me from this guy!

Anyway, so I had pretty much made up my mind that I was going to accept the offer. That is until I saw the paperwork. . .  Now, I don’t think of myself as greedy by any means, but when I saw their offer my heart sank to my core. I loved the sound of the job, but I had to face reality. The cost of living in Pittsburgh is considerably higher than where I am now. Along with having to pay more to rent in the city, I had to consider food, transportation, amenities, etc. in my budget. Plus, I would have to cover my moving expenses. By the time I sat down and tallied my monthly budget, I would have had nearly no wiggle room to have fun or cover unexpected emergencies. More so, I would be struggling to save anything. Basically, I would be working to live and living to work, AND I would be 3 1/2 hours away from Justin and my family.

I thought about it all weekend. I mean constant contemplation . . . it encompassed every inch of me and absorbed all my thoughts. Have I told you that I am a chronic worrier? Well, I am. To the max. In just one weekend my face broke out like a pubescent high school girl’s, and my back became so tight and knotted that it felt like it was covered in a layer of marbles. Anyway, I kept going over every angle and possibility. My parents tried to be supportive, but they were at a loss of what to do as well. I mean, they loved the idea of such a great opportunity for me, but they were more than concerned about the financial situation it would cause. Finally, I sat down with Justin, and we came up with a counter offer. Again, I cannot express how supportive he was through all of this. I don’t know where I would be, or what I would have done without his advice.

So, on Monday I made my first-ever counter offer. (I am singing that pampers diaper commercial, but instead of saying “kid,” I’m inserting “girl.” Wow. . . told you I’m weird).

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Anyway, I did not get a reply until Wednesday, and they really did not budge on their initial offer very much. 😦 I was absolutely crushed. I continued to worry and fret over it for the night . . . but finally came to my decision before I went to bed.

I just couldn’t take the job.

Although the position sounded perfect for me, I just had too many doubts. There were actually way more cons than pros when looking at it logically. (Yes, I might have made a +/- list . . . ) Plus, the whole dilemma was making me so unhappy, and that would not have improved significantly by moving away to an unfamiliar city– far away from my friends, my family, and especially Justin. I would have been miserable being so far from him.

I can’t say I really regret my decision. I mean, how can you regret choosing love???!!! However, it does cross my mind occasionally . . . that I could be working in Pittsburgh right now, typing away in some cubicle, 50 some floors up in the U.S. Steel Building. But then I think of what I have right now: an unbelievable boyfriend, a loving family, a cute dog, and amazing friends. I know I’ve made the right choice. It can’t be my only opportunity at starting a career, eh? God must have something else in store for me.

So, for now I am back to pounding the pavement. Oh, and of course whipping up some delicious eats. Despite the whirlwind of activity, I have not stopped my foodie love. It will never die my friend.

Alright, this post was longer than I had intended. More recipes, photos, and re-hashing to come soon! Don’t worry, I will not leave you hanging too long this time. 😉

Question of the day?

1. When faced with a major decision, do you go with your gut or logic?

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