September 4th, 2008

OK, Alice, I’ll Play Along! 7 Random & Weird Things about Me

Much to my surprise, Alice Seba tagged me the other day with the 7 Random & Weird Things about Me meme. Ah, the price I pay for commenting on someone’s blog! 😉 Some ways I dread memes, because it’s often hard to decide what to say, but I occasionally participate. Like today.

Here’s how this one works:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog; some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on each of their blogs. (I’m going along with Alice and leaving this part out!)

All right, here goes.

1. I pick my daughter up from school and drop her off by walking each day rain or shine. It’s a nice bit of exercise, and this being southern California, it’s mostly shine, sometimes way too much sunshine. Doubly so now that I’m pregnant enough to really feel the heat.

2. I read a lot, mostly science fiction when it comes to leisure reading. But if there’s reading material and spare time, I’ll read almost anything. We have a shortage of space for hanging family pictures because my husband and I have so many bookshelves. He shares my addiction.

3. I was very much the “shy girl” in school. You know, the one shaking and almost in tears when called upon, even though I almost always knew the answer. I’ve done a lot of work to get past that kind of thing.

4. I regularly try to push past my comfort zone. This is a big part of how I got past the worst of the shyness. Went away to college when all my sisters stayed in town. Tried out to be an expert on working at home for a local TV show once. Didn’t get it, but I tried.

5. My current pregnancy was a complete and poorly timed surprise. But sometimes statistics get you like that.

6. Despite living in southern California, I’d rather be in a place with more rain. Probably comes of living here almost my entire life, discounting those years away at college.

7. My son is one of 3 boys born on my mother’s side of the family in the past ~50 years. The other two are about a year and a half older than he is. All 3 of my sisters have daughters and no sons. I’ll take whatever I can get with this baby, but I have plenty of people cheering for another boy. Should be finding out within about the next two weeks.

And now the part I’m really bad at… tagging people. Hey Alice, are there tagbacks? Just kidding. Let’s see who’s been commenting around here…

Vered
Cath Lawson
Melissa
Charlene

Just if you want to, of course, folks. And anyone else who feels like joining in.

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March 26th, 2008

Wordless Wednesday – Cthulhu, the Easter Octopus

easter octopus

Destroyer of worlds, hider of eggs. Sometimes it’s hard to go wordless.

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March 5th, 2008

Wordless Wednesday – Peeling an Egg

peeling an egg

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January 31st, 2008

13 Job Hunting Tips

With my husband hunting for a new job, I thought I would share some tips this week for others in the same boat.

  1. Think hard about your goals.
    This is an area I’ve made sure my husband has worked hard on. Being laid off means to me that he may as well try to pursue some of the dream jobs he never really had the time for before.
  2. Don’t settle until you have to.
    While my husband will have to take a job soon, that doesn’t mean he must settle for the first job that opens up to him. If he were doing that, he could well be working at Home Depot already. On the other hand, a point will come where we will really need that income to stay where we are.
  3. Network.
    I’ve been utterly shameless about telling people about the layoff. I’ve gotten ideas from a few people.
  4. Get help with your resume.
    One of the few good things to come of this layoff is that his former employer did contract with an outsourcing company that is helping him really put a better resume together. With any luck this will help him land a better job than what he had before.
  5. Check Craigslist.
    While scams do land on their job boards, so do a lot of legitimate jobs, especially if you’re not talking about working at home. We’ve seen some really interesting ones there.
  6. When in doubt, apply.
    This one has been a bit tricky for my husband at times. In the past he has been too willing to say he’s not qualified for a job over small issues. This time he’s letting the potential employers decide if his qualifications are close enough. Of course, the one that he was a great match for except they wanted him to be able to speak Mandarin Chinese we skipped over. Some qualifications really do matter.
  7. Post your resume online.
    Indeed, LinkedIn, etc. This may not get you much of anywhere, but there’s always a chance.
  8. Know how much risk you can afford.
    A lot of the employers we hear back from on posted resumes are commission-only types, and potentially high pressure as well. If you don’t want to do that kind of work or risk not earning enough, don’t bother with them. But if you think you could do well and can afford the risk, go for it!
  9. Interview, even if you don’t think you’ll get the job.
    Sometimes you will. Sometimes you won’t. Sometimes the interview will help you to realize that the job wouldn’t have been a good fit for you anyhow. And all interviews are good practice for the one that gets you the job you really want.
  10. Pay attention to the details.
    Spelling counts. Grammar counts. Your appearance counts, even if you’re just dropping off your resume.
  11. Dress appropriately.
    Know in advance how you are likely to need to dress for the job you’re applying for. You can dress a bit nicer than that for the interview, but dressing worse can be a big mistake.
  12. Turn off your cell phone during interviews.
    You need to show that you understand the interview is the priority.
  13. Do your research.
    It can really pay off to be able to talk coherently about the company you are interviewing with. This is especially relevant if they’ve recently released some big news.

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January 23rd, 2008

13 Toys I've Tripped Over Most Recently

No, the place really isn’t that much of a mess. But when you have kids, you have toys to trip over. It just a fact of parenting. Don’t worry too much about the mess… this is over several days!

  1. Part of my kids’ wooden train set.
  2. Rocking horse.
  3. Tricycle.
  4. Toy laptop computer.
  5. Dragon
  6. Lincoln Logs
  7. Wooden tool set
  8. Play dough container.
  9. Duplo blocks
  10. Roller skates
  11. 10 ft tall stuffed toy bird (thanks, sis!)
  12. Tractor
  13. Toy cars

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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