Friday, August 7, 2009

Fragments - It's all I got


Time for Friday Fragments - the place to release all your pent-up thoughts, no matter how silly - or crazy - and set them free out into the blogosphere. Our resident Princess of Liberated Thoughts is Mrs. 4444 over at Half Past Kissin' Time. She keeps track of all of us random types, so go visit her and see what tidbits of brilliance you're missing.


* For the first time ever (at least since I started this blog) I went an entire week without blogging. Not only did I not blog, I did not READ any blogs. I went cold turkey on the whole blog thing. It was weird. I kept wondering how this person or that person was...how they were dealing with a certain challenge they're facing, how they were enjoying their vacation, their staycation, their break from kids. I realize how much I like my blog friends, and how much I miss them when I don't 'see' them.

* I didn't blog (or read blogs) for a couple of reasons. I started to think that I needed to spend even more time looking for a job. I already was spending 4-6 hours a day looking for job openings - on the internet, in newspapers, in employment periodicals, etc., but I'm not having much luck, as you all know. I decided that I needed to put all my effort into it, without distractions. So I did just that. I looked everywhere possible on the internet. I brainstormed a list of all the large companies within 50 miles of my house and checked their websites. I signed up with every possible employment agency, temp agency and recruiter that would talk to me. I visited the Career Center. I developed 5 new versions of my resume after two different experts advised me to 'dumb-down' my resume so that people would interview me. (Evidently my skills and experience might be working against me. Ha! Who knew? I thought it was just my age!) I read everything I could find on: resume writing, finding openings, better cover letters, how to walk the fine line between following up and harrassing potential employers. I even drove around the industrial park and wrote down the names of all the businesses. One week later? I'm still unemployed, but boy, could I give a seminar on how to go job hunting.

* The other reason I haven't blogged is that I don't want this to become a "poor-me, I'm still unemployed'' blog. Who wants to read that? I certainly don't. And I don't want to write that, either. Damn it, I WILL find something something to say that - if not interesting or funny - is at least not DEPRESSING AS HELL. Unfortunately, that was my reality this week, so I chose not to blog. Hopefully next week will be a better one.

* I have added a new thing to my list of THINGS I REALLY APPRECIATE. The new addition is: public restrooms that incorporate a long, winding hallway entrance, thus eliminating the need for me to touch a door handle that most certainly has more germs on it than the decomposing trash barges of New Jersey. If you add in good lighting, door latches that work, seats that aren't peed on, and sinks that work? I'm in heaven. I've become such a simple person, really. It doesn't take much to please me.

* I've been dog-sitting a bit lately. If only I could make a career out of it! I've made friends with several really sweet dogs, but I never think to bring my camera with me to their houses. This time, it was a one year old Golden Retriever (Ralphie) that was visiting me for a couple of days so I had my camera handy. We played a lot outside - he loves to play keep-away with a ball - but he was bored by my computer-job-hunting-frenzy. This is what he was doing while I was surfing:


Sometimes he switched couches:


* I was treated to another surprise, last-minute, 20-hour visit from Alex (and his girlfriend Tiana). Three weeks from now, he'll be back home - for the school year, anyway - and I can't wait. I've really missed him this summer. Here's a picture of the happy couple. Oh, to be 16 again!


* I've missed all my blog friends, and I want to say thank you for all the encouragement and advice you've offered. I can't wait to read about all you've been up to since last Friday. It will probably take a while, especially since the weather is supposed to be gorgeous for the next couple of days, but I'll get caught up with everyone. I hope you all have a glorious weekend.

18 comments:

kim-d said...

I'm so happy to read your fragments; I missed you. BUT...I, of all people understand the need for a "blog break" sometimes. There are those times--not many, with any luck at all--that there just is not anything good to say, and blogging would be a euphemism for "whine fest." Just know this...if you ever would choose to have a whine fest, I'll still be here ot commiserate with you!

And I can even do better than that; I can employ you. I NEED A RESUME AND COVER LETTER AND DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHERE TO BEGIN. Not-so-big-bucks goes to the person who helps me... There now; isn't that tempting? The answer to your prayers. :)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Awesome Ralphie pic. Awesome Alex and Tiana pic too.

Having just recently hung out with you, trust me when I say, depressed or not, your still fun to be with. :)

Hallie

Evansmom said...

I can't tell you how much I missed you! The bloggie world is so cool. Thanks for introducing me.

Caution Flag said...

I have missed you! You do sound like you know a thing or 27 about job searching. I'm still praying that the perfect job shows up soon.

Glad you saw your boy - even for a short visit. Now I'm thinking about what it was like to be 16. Wow...

...back to reality. We have sun today so I guess I'd better get the lawn mower moving.

That's life at 47.

Eternal Lizdom said...

Good to have you back!!

Ralphie is adorable and I soooo want to snuggle with him!

Under the Influence said...

Welcome back!

Becca said...

It's good to see Ralphie is gainfully employed doing what Goldens do best...

I am sorry you're down and frustrated. I have thought of a lot this week, wondering how you are doing. I really hope all your work pays off.

Kori said...

I just came her from Mrs.4444's place, so I didn't know you were gone. : ) But welcome back!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Welcome back! Good luck on your job search - hopefully something will pan out soon. Isn't it funny how you do have to 'dumb down' your resume so it's not too intimidating when you have lots of experience? :)

Ralphie is a cutie! He's looks so comfy on the couches... :)

Alex and his girlfriend Tiana are cuties, too! :)

Happy Friday! :)

Yaya said...

Good luck finding a job.

Unknown Mami said...

I'm impressed that you were able to go a whole week without blog activity and I'm even more impressed that you used the time so productively.

Good luck on the job front and don't get down on yourself. Being unemployed is hard work.

Abby said...

Glad you are back, I was missing you daily thoughts :) Have a great weekend!

claudia said...

I missed you too. I understand though, sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
Alex and Tiana are so cute! It's good to get in a visit.
Rest this weekend. Maybe next week will bring great prospects of the perfect job!

Mrs4444 said...

Good luck catching up-Blogger has been such a mess today, no?

I missed you, too :) Thanks for the update.

Keeping you in my prayers...

Lori Skoog said...

You are forgiven...first things first.
You'll have to tell us about that job offer from kim-d. Something is going to happen and pretty soon you will miss being home.

Vegas Princess said...

You are allowed some time away as long as you were productiove. And boy, does it sound like you were! Still keeping my fingers crossed for you about a job!

I want that puppy, he is gorgeous. :)

Merrily Down the Stream said...

Hey Girlfriend! I haven't been doing much blogging or reading either - but I've been out most of July. I gues we are up and at em again.

Andrew Scott Turner said...

At least your excuse isn't "Um, 'cause I didn't pay the bill"

You know, like some people you know?