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Undecided

15 Sep

I feel like I should explain my long absence to you, my readers.  And really, there’s no real reason for it.  And I don’tDMB-balloon visit 022 want to get into a whole big thing.  So I’ll skip it–cause I can.

And I feel like I should talk about my visit to Nevada, the DMB concert (great seats!) and the Reno Balloon Races (fun and is it possible to make this an annual adventure for us?!) but it would take a long time.  And I just spent three days uploading, editing, labeling, and commenting on maybe hundreds of pictures from the week.  And I don’t think I could remember everything.  And I don’t want to have to sit here for half the morning trying to get it all down, when I want to run the 11907763_10207633660144071_7762108476951423202_nneighborhood and rain is forecast soon.  OK, mmaybe I’ll post some of the pics on this blog so you get an idea.

So just know the decade-plus wait was not unwarranted, the balloons will probably go down as my favorite moment of 2015, with the Brandi concert, DMB, my parents’ June visit, and our first visit to SLC rounding out the top five times of 2015.  This paragraph is more for me (on December 31st) then you.

Anyway, I have a problem.

I guess I’m being a little apathetic.  And it’s probably out of fear.  But as a loyal person, I don’t want to get locked intoDMB-balloon visit 036 the wrong thing.  I never again want to feel miserable, trapped, and stuck.  As such, I’m not making any commitments or decisions.  Which ironically, is also a form of being trapped.  Here’s the things:

I HATE not seeing Cool very long on weekdays.  I enjoy hanging out with her.  I like running 11944908_10207474531919882_1900213810_nwith her, and also know she gets it done when I’m with her.  I like eating meals with her.  It’s easier to have an equal amount of chores when we’re together.

I like having the entire sunny part of the work day NOT being at work.  It feels like I have more time.  And businesses are open if I have to run errands.  And I see the kitties more.12004734_10207633662344126_2347145285946816352_n

I LIKE having both Saturday and Sunday off EVERY week.  All day long, two full days in a row.  I’ve NEVER had that before, and I’m hesitant to give it up.  I will be so sad and jealous if Cool still gets them off and I have to go to work.

11997021_10207474432557398_305078299_nMy coworkers range from dud to douche.  And I don’t feel a part of any team, but I don’t have open hostility with them either-I just go about my business.  It’s not optimal, but it’s fine.

I know my boss would screw me over in half a second.  But I don’t have to deal with DMB-balloon visit 060management all that much.

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I thought I had made my decision to leave and find a day job.  BUT I actually LIKE the work itself.  Pretty much all of it.  There’s no part I hate (except maybe for DMB-balloon visit 070splitting the stool sample, b/c it’s creepy) and that’s never happened to me before.  I wouldn’t want to take a chance of getting into something else and not liking it, or hating a part of it.

I’m afraid of applying and interviewing for jobs, because I feel like my education and experience aren’t good for anything but veterinary work.Reno Balloon Races 008

I absolutely do NOT want to work at vet hospitals anymore and will try to only go back in emergency (financial) situations.

My finances require at least 25 hours per week, and that’s very tight (maybe impossible when my 3rd undergrad loan comes off deferment), 30 would be better.

130 AMRight now I am an “as needed” (PRN) employee.  And they’ve thus far (5 months) given me a very consistent schedule of 25 hrs/wk, but that could change at any point.  I can work 25 hrs or 0 hours, it just depends who else is on vacation, sick, or quits.

As a PRN employee, I can get ANY day off.  Because I’m not guaranteed work at all, I can always say no if asked to work.  It’s a double-edged sword.

As a PRN, I may have to work some weekends, just to meet the hours.  This is them doing me a Reno Balloon Races 014favor (not sarcasm) and trying to keep my hours up, even if the demand isn’t quite there.

If I go full-time, I get health insurance, extra pay for working nights, and maybe even a raise (they can count my experience).

11998342_10207485094263934_1273252602_nIf I go full-time, I will see Cool 30 minutes a day (if she doesn’t have to work late, and if traffic allows it) and I won’t like that at ALL.

I’m nervous about going full-time, because 40 hours a week seems like too much.  30 would be perfect, but my current employer rarely offers that (though Cool had that and she’s now Reno Balloon Races 028upstairs).  And I don’t want my life to become ALL work again.  I don’t want to be tired all the time.  And I don’t want my week days to only be all about working.  I also wouldn’t want to be pressured to work over 40 hours–I’ve been there before.

I could apply to other jobs, but I’d have to hope to get something with just 5 months experience.  Also, I’d have to take my chances with the schedule, the location, and the work itself.  What if it’s 21175298470_8865b1eb52_cworse???  I also wouldn’t want to burn my bridges at the current job, because I would want to fall back on it if at all possible.

So there you have it.  I am waffling.

I know I need the money and stability, but I’m just very hesitant and commitment-phobic right now.  My inclination is to wait and see, but my finances may demand sooner action.

I hate to say it, because I loved it for so long and was so passionate about it, but the veterinary world scarred me.

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Zoo [UU AuD Interview Part IV]

19 Mar

Post Interview Wind Down:

-As you remember, Friday evening I was tired and dehydrated from the 6 hours of interview stuff.  But we were in SLC and we were going to maximize our time.  It was back to the Cheesecake Factory for meal #2.  Friday night was the most crowded that we saw the mall/restaurant.  Our wait to get in was 60-90 minutes.  But our waiter was the best we had.  A nice and cute gay (I’m assuming) fellow who was prompt, and lovely.  I got the salmon rolls/sticks as a lighter meal since I’d overindulged to such an extent the day before, and since I’d already had a big sandwich.  It was good, but there were only 4, so I’m glad bread was involved.  The cheesecake was the lemon mousse one.  Which was also, obviously, good.

-We went to bed around 10PM.  You see how my sleep schedule got all messed up but I reverted to morning person almost immediately?

Saturday

I did pop up at 12:45AM and couldn’t get back to sleep for an hour.  Then I woke up at 4:45AM and had to coax myself into light surface sleep until 6:30AM.  The only reason I didn’t just get up is I knew I had to run first thing, and I didn’t want to do it (at all, really) in super-cold weather.

-I ran out in the EconoLodge parking lot for the 3rd day in a row.  Since it was later, it was slightly warmer.  But my shin-splints were terrible.  Also, I didn’t like people spectating–umm I can SEE you lingering around watching me.

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-Traffic was light–especially for 9:30AM on a Saturday when most other places are busiest.  I have no idea why no one was about, but I was glad it was congested and we didn’t have to mess about.  Mormons–what happens on Saturday that no one is driving around at peak weekend hours???

-the Zoo was empty–especially for a Saturday–I LOVED it for me.  It was great not getting pushed and blocked.  And there was no loud, unruly kids ruining my time.  It felt really chilly though.  The temp was probably 45-49 F, but the wind was whipping about.  I recognized that chilly NV wind, and I hadn’t missed it. . .

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-They had a lot of turtles–I always love a giant turtle, and this one had a baby next to it.

-I liked the pinned insect display that showed regions too.  UU interview 079

-I always like all the wild cats.  UU interview 080Sand cats are like kittens with big heads.

-Black footed cats are like tiny ocelots–smaller then Choco-Luv!  And they snuggled each other.

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-The male lions were sectioned off at the time (for cleaning?) and very unhappy about it.  They roaredUU interview 118 and it was so loud!  That would be scary out in nature.  The female lion started out alone, then they let another female out and they were so happy.  They chased and played, and it was cute.

-The bears were funny to watch.

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UU interview 041-Their wolf looked a lot happier then Woodland Park Zoo’s, as did their elephants.  UU interview 100

Rhinos are HUGE!

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-There were tiny primates with itty bitty faces and hands.  They ran amuk, but knew to pose for our cameras and did so with much experience.

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UU interview 072-The orangutans recently had a baby, who was 4 months.  The older sister carried him over to a window to see someone’s fast food.  She showed him off, and he was already climbing.  Seeing the two interact was really special.  It was also really special that instead of running, screaming, and pushing I saw two different little kids go hug the gorilla statue with love.

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-I want to get the sticks of lion shirt and the orange tiger ball cap some time.  As it was, my luggage wasn’t going to accommodate much more.

-At cheesecake Factory meal #3, Saturday was randomly the LEAST busy, as was the mall.  I don’t know if this is an anomaly, but I hope not.  Again, do Mormons do something on Saturdays?  I got the chicken scampi in a lunch portion (a mild dish to avert any stomach issues before I had to sit on a bus UU interview 009for 14 hours), and was super-confused when the sausage pasta was delivered.  Did they bring it to the wrong table or was my order wrong?  I don’t like wasting a perfectly good plate of food, and I’m OK with spicy sausage pasta, so I just took the plate they gave me.  Our waiter acknowledged my dish was wrong and asked if I wanted a free cheesecake.  The order was wrong, but I didn’t want to be all pretentious and make a big deal about it–it’s really not, and I liked both meals–so I said no.  Then I was regretful, because who turns down a free cheesecake???!  He should have just told me that’s what he was going to do, instead of putting it in my hands.

-I got the peanut butter, butterfinger, cookie(?) cheesecake and it was my favorite of the ones I tried.  It also turned out to be free which was awesome!  Well, I didn’t actually try it until we were on the bus Sunday, so I’ll tell you more on this later.

-The 2nd nice outdoor shopping center was cool, and featured a nice fountain.

-At the Walking Company they test your feet.  I didn’t know I have super high arches.  And apparently I pronate, which will eventually hurt my knees.  It doesn’t bother me yet.

-We went to the Planetarium, but were too tired to pay to watch a show–I would have fallen asleep in a dark room with a comfy chair.  The planetarium was busy and had a lot of interactive things, but I was soon paranoid of germs–a sanitizing station would have been good.

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-Just like people in my program said, the homeless were all congregated in one area 400 x 400 (outside the planetarium).  I liked that we didn’t see them everywhere like we do here.

-We initially set out to find the coffee shop by my program, but forgot a road, so ended up driving around.  It was good to explore the city.

Next up:  Our long, long, long journey home.

The German: Wish Agenda

29 May

We visited The German our first 3(?) years of living here.  It’s a lot like historic Virginia City near my hometown, but not x-mas lights 2013an authentic, restored tourist attraction–it’s just a themed tourist attraction.  Oh and it’s not old west like V.C. it’s Bavarian.  We love it–the whole place is like a 24/7 festival with costumes and art and vendors and cute little shops and festive food.  Everything I like.  But we didn’t go last year because we picked up Goose on Memorial Day weekend (one of the few times I had a string of 3 days in a row off to actually leave town).  And we didn’t get to go over Christmas, because  I was no longer eligible for time off of work, and because Cool had no money.  And it didn’t work out this Memorial weekend (happy anniversary Goose!) just because I don’t wanna spend ANY money while I’m unemployed.  Which I want to mention it’s never fair how when you have money there’s no time, and when you have time, you can’t spend money.

And I think even though the Germans are beer-centric, it has enough other stuff that not drinking wouldn’t be a huge deal.425758_10151408175891833_918939663_n  I’d still like to go one day–in the winter actually.  As they have a tree-lighting ceremony, snow shoeing, and *BIG DEAL* you can lead the sled dogs.  I have been wanting to do that for ages.  Maybe Colorado Utah has something similar when we’re there next year?!

steamboatI hope so, because leading the sled dogs is on my bucket list, and I would be really disappointed if we lived this close and never got to do it, and it wasn’t available anywhere else.  OK, I’m going to look it up–I need to know

For now, I’m looking forward to TWO days at Labor Dave Weekend at the Gorge on Labor Dayampitheatre 6 weekend, and that will have to suffice as far as travel goes.  And that will be spectacular because this year Brandi Carlile joins DMB–just what we requested.  If you noticed my writing sucks a little (more) today, and I’m starting a lot of sentences with “and” it’s because I’ve just spent a substantial chunk of time interviewing for a job, driving, then working on my personal statement.  I’m hungry and my brain is FRIED.

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Just Another Quick Note

13 May

The German by Laurel 009I am glad I quit drinking in November. It was inadvertently the best time I could have picked to maximize success. It was after the fall season, which features the best beers, festivals, and prior to school really gearing up. And holiday drinking really isn’t a “thing” for me, since family is far away, big parties have never happened on the big 3 holidays of the year, and studying is mostly on my mind in that time frame. But I have established firm habits now. Which apparently used to be prime drinking season.

As the weather gets warmer, I realize we used to drink during this time. As celebration for an accomplished semester. As enjoyment of the beautiful weather. As an end-goal for walking on a sunny day. And now I sort of miss it–but I have too many sober days in a row to ruin it. I will in no way allow myself to fail.  Not to mention I want my actions to align with my goals–and there is no place for alcohol in that equation.

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And even though I in no way want to ruin things by drinking, it’s still kind of a let-down and a bummer abstaining during this season.  I still want to have a lot of fun and enjoy the weather and treat myself and let go a little during summer break, the only real time I don’t have to study so hard.  So here’s some things to enjoy instead:

-celebrate a good grade/GPA with a special meal or an activity or a coveted item.

-get food and take it outside to a park, instead of enjoying a brew on a patio as before.

-don’t walk anywhere near our old standby places–this means all the greatest restaurants in Spokompton (which doesn’t have many choices in the 1st place) are off limits.

-keep busy with games, crafts, books (as well as obviously my to-do list, but we’re talking fun things right now, not punishment).

-make our own smoothies/healthy drinks and take them on walks in a thermos so we can indulge still.

-drink out of our fancy glasses at home instead of the plain ‘ol waterbottles all the time.

-get some fruit or herbs to dress up water.

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No Guilt

17 Dec

Meh, I should be doing. . .  Reading/outlining of text, scholarship essay and app, CV, letter writers cheat notebook, cleaning, thinking about getting ready for work and going in early.  But I am not–and I am on vacation, so it’s OK.  I can take a break every once in awhile too.

I have to brave pre-holiday WalMart today 😦  WalMart is never awesome, but especially not between HalloweenWal-Mart 1 and Valntine’s Day.  I hope it is not terribly busy and stupid (of course it will be).  I need computer ink and some stocking stuffers for Cool.  I like to buy ALL the school supplies I will need for a semester, b/c once classes start-Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That.

Cool had taken 3 vacation days (these next 3 days) when we were supposed to go to the lighting ceremony and winter x-mas lightsdog sledding at The German.  I am so mad at her irresponsibility!  I NEED to guide some sled dogs and we have been planning to do it since we moved here.  It’s not that easy to get time off work, and I managed it.  But then she got a really, really dumb speeding ticket, which took all of our trip money and we can’t go this year.  But she didn’t UN-DO the vacation days–which I think is a little wasteful.  Especially since we will want to take a scouting trip to Colorado before we move there. . .  But none-the-less, what’s done is done.  And maybe I still have tomorrow off of work–because I also asked for the day off way back in the spring before my schedule changed.  I’ve heard nothing of it, but I’ll check today.  That would be a cool surprise.  At any rate, work or no, we can still do fun things in the day/evening since Cool doesn’t have to leave in the 3s for swing shift.

That does put a bit of a kink in my productivity.  But I guess I’ll have time to do some things even w/the fun distraction of Cool being home.  And I guess if not, it’s not the end of the world.  I always have more goals then time.  That’s good though.  When you run out of things to do, there’s no hope/life left.  When did my posts become snippets of my internal ramblings and struggles instead of themes and actual topics?  I might go back to a more structured approach, but for now I seem to have things to say.

In other news, I caught up in my music listing.  Now I’m going through and putting best songs on the end of the circle view at Friday Gorgeyear list.  And I’m in second quarter for that–there’s a lot of good stuff.  Unfortunately (for my pruposes) music is more substancial and the average song length has increased to 4 min.  It takes a long time to get through all the songs that way.  It’ll be a surprise which artists appear most often.  I’m getting excited to write all my end of year blogs:  Best music, best moments, resolutions, etc. . .

Well, I’m back to thinking about impending work.

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Camping. . . At Home

23 May

When you can’t take a proper vacation, you have to make your own fun.  And this summer, that is what I’m determined to do.  Aside from spa weekend, we will have a future at-home music festival, and some geography-theme by Cool.  Here is what we did during in-apartment camping weekend:

Sleep on the air mattress in the living room.

Eat shish-ka-bobs of steak, potato, pineapple, and red bell pepper.

Watch “The Great Outdoors” with John Candy and Dan Akroid.

Eat oven banana boats (hershey bars are better than chocolate chips, marshmallows, add coconut flakes).

Stay up late.

Eat microwave s’mores.

We should have watched “Blair Witch” or something scary in the wilderness.

And un-true to the camping theme, we showered during the weekend.

We also did not start a fire in the living room.  Though we did turn on the 3 lava lamps–which is almost the same 😉

Spa Weekend Deconstructed

16 May

After a traumatic first week of summer break, Cool and I needed some pampering and distraction.  We decided to unleash our second theme weekend–Spa at Home.  Here are the details for us to reference later:

-We pre-gamed at the Grocery Outlet, buying all their cheap masks and gloves and conditioning treatments.  As well as a boat-load of produce.  It was cheap!

-I would buy the produce differently next time:  Look up recipes first, then shop for the specific cut outingredients.  Because once we got a cucumber home, I didn’t really know what to do with it, didn’t have other items to mix with it, and had a time-crunch problem to find a use before it rotted.

-We did no cleaning, organizing, or work that weekend.  None.  This was difficult for me as I have a perpetual to-do list and it was looong.

-Picking out spiritual, healthful, cultured movies made the weekend more retreat-like.  We watched:  a documentary about Buddha, the biography of Beethoven, A food documentary about limiting mass produced phony, preservative-laced foods and increasing healthy stuff, and we watched a documentary  about being human that profiled two guys being homeless for a week, visiting a Leper colony, doing community service in South America, etc. . .  The movies really set a good tone for the weekend.

If You Can't Make It Here, You Can't Make It Anywhere-Scalps were massaged, facial masks were applied, we wanted to make a homemade backne mask (but settled on an old mud mask), a foot soak and pedicure were completed, and a relaxing deep massage was given and received.  A very good start, but next time we will do manicures and other procedures to flesh out the weekend.

-And of course we ate.  Smoothies, veggies, stir-fry, salads, and new recipes (including the best crepes of my life!) were attempted and consumed.  Avacado/coconut/kiwi smoothies need refining. . .

All in all, it was a success that we should try to improve upon in the future.  And a LOT cheaper than the real-deal.