Thursday, March 22, 2007

It must have been the new clothes

Today, in honor of my interview, i skipped class in the morning and went clothes shopping instead. i dont have too much "business attire" and some that i do have is now too small and others are old. a pair of pants i normally wear on interview i had origionally bought for my grandfather's funeral. i've worn them for everything business like all through college and beyond. the pants are 6 years old. they're grey (on purpose) and tired looking. and a shirt i normally wear with it is probably about 3 years old and though theres lots of color in the shirt, pair with the pants it all looks lifeless, drap, unfashionable, boring. since i feel all those things in that outfit i decided i wanted to go out and buy a new outfit. one with color. one that makes me feel good and confident. and i did. black pants, of course. theres nothing wrong with a good pair of black pants, a pink striped shirt and a beautiful robin's egg blue sweater. i felt good.
and my interview went good too. i was complimented on my dutch and they seemed pretty ready to hire me on the spot with one concern: am i up for the heavy work that comes with the job?
well i think i am but one can never really know how hard it is to carry a horse head , legs, butt, whatever until they do it, right? so on monday and tuesday i'm riding in with my boss*(!) to try it out

* one of many bosses. the assistant to the head honcho of the department live in Rollegem--IN MY STREET . he has a dog which i go to visit with roxy every morning. WE'RE NEIGHBORS!

only problem is, is that he doesnt go in as early as i would have to every day because he has to drop his kids off at school. and the problem with that is the public transportation to the facility is poor. its not actually in the city of gent but more of a suburb of gent called Merelbeke and apparently i would have to take the train to gent and then a bus to Merelbeke and i hear theres only about 1 bus an HOUR going to and from there. and normally i would have to start at 7.30. thats very early for public transportation. they said probably with public transport it would take 2 hours to get there, from a 20 minute car ride. depressing.
but we'll see how it all goes

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

weekend recap

1. Saturday night went to a friend's house who we haven't visited in a while to eat junk food and play card games.

2. i won two games.

3. i had to drive home, and i haven't driven in quite a while so i was very stressed out.

4. i didn't stall at all and i actually did quite well aside from my hyperventilating.

5. Sunday morning i was treated to a surprise breakfast.

6. Gregory had ordered a basket from his baker friend. in it was rolls and croissants, 2 freshly hard-boiled eggs, fresh cheese, fresh butter, a small jar of jam, juice for me and chocolate milk for Gregory, and 2 small packages of candy and chocolate.

7. it was delicious. i felt like it was my birthday.

8. later we had a drink at a bar for a friend's birthday.

9. she was hosting it beginning at 11am!

10. but we didn't go until 12.30

11. we still managed to get a good buzz going

12. and then the crash from the mid afternoon drinking was horrible

13. in the evening a couple of unexpected guests came by.

14. Roxy, for the first time ever, didn't try to maul our guests. she was perfectly behaved because of a new training method i tried out

15. we figured out she cant make eye contact with anyone for now because that's what freaks her out. we're trying to get her comfortable with being around new people first before having anyone make contact

16. then i began to have symptoms of what was to become a 24 hour stomach bug.

17. come to find out the friend we visited on Saturday had the same thing, and its suspected that he gave it to us because he was feeling a bit under the weather before Saturday.

Tales from the crypt

hey everyone,

I've been idle for quite some time. not much had been happening in life this past month. however, life is beginning to pick up once again.

starting Wednesday I'm beginning a new class. its dutch for administration professions. I've been waiting since the summer to take this class but they keep changing the times or canceling the class altogether etc etc. but i got a letter and a call from the actual teacher, not the class coordinator (who doesn't do a very good job of coordinating) and its for sure on Wednesday. finally.
and then on Thursday i have an INTERVIEW! that's right and actual interview with an actual job. its been 1 1/2 year since I've had an actual job (not making sandwiches) so everyone cross their fingers that i get it. its in the city gent, where Gregory and i used to live. its in a university doing autopsies on animals. I've never worked on animals before so I'm a bit nervous but we'll see how it goes. I've applied to a few other places in the last week as well so if this job doesn't go through i still have a couple of things that could work out for me. so I'm very excited for my interview and i hope it goes well.
i also hope I'm healthy by then. Gregory and i keep getting sick. first it was a fever, chills, cough, snotty nose-a virus that's been going around. i still cant get rid of the snot in my nose. then, yesterday we both came down with the stomach flu. nasty stuff coming out of both ends at the same time is NOT fun. but today i do feel a bit better.
that's it for now.
I'll keep more in touch again.