Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Go ahead, make my day

On Thursday at my weekly softball game, I struggled a little bit at bat. When I finally got on base, the first baseman from the opposing team looked at me and said "I remember you! You're the one who hit 'em over our heads at Idlewild!" We lost the game, but that made me feel pretty good.

Most of the team went out after, to The Wal, decked out in our softball clothes figuring it was Thursday night and graduation was the previous weekend and surely there wouldn't be many people out, right? Wrong. The place was packed with the college kids dressed like college kids do. At least there were a lot of us. I told Erin a story from earlier in the day about how I'd had an I'm-turning-30-this-summer-panic-attack at work, so she turned to another girl on our team and asked her how old she thought I was. "Twenty-three," the girl said. "When I found out you were married, I thought you were too young to be married." She is my new BFF.

But it's hard to feel that young when you look around the bar and notice things are definitely not the same as when you actually were 23. There were two girls dancing with their sunglasses on. Another group of girls danced in a choreographed fashion to a couple songs (maybe they picked it up from the videos - I don't know, I haven't seen a music video since ... maybe since I lived in Yuma? Not counting SNL digital shorts, of course.) And then, the oddest thing of all, the guys in the bar were not afraid to get out on the dancefloor. No prodding needed. Some of them even went out there on their own, when the floor was otherwise bare. Having come from softball, I didn't have my camera with me, but boy do I wish I had some videos to post here for you.
Sandor invited me to join him and some friends for the Aces game on Friday night, seeing as how I enjoy watching a game of baseball and was otherwise on my own with Chris in Vegas for work. (Are you sick of reading about the Aces yet?) We witnessed the first ever rain-delay and the sky was so pretty when the play resumed.

Some people didn't wait out the delay, so Sandor snuck us down into some seats right behind home plate. Highlights: Rusty Ryal changed his batting song to "Kaw-Liga," we saw Brett Butler give a ball to a little kid, and there were fireworks after the game. It was a good time.

The Weekend
Saturday I worked and had a relaxing night at home and watched "Doubt," which I thought was really good and I highly recommend it. (Incidentally, I finally got around to watching "Atonement" last week, which has been on our DVR forever, and I hated it. Did anyone else see it? Was it just me?)
Sunday Chris got home around noon and we ran a bunch of errands, had dinner, played Scrabble. Nothing too surprising there, but it was good to have the day to spend together because Monday I worked 7-3 and Chris started work at 3 so we didn't see each other until after 11. After work I watched "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor and absolutely loved it. I can't believe I never watched it before. Later, I hung out with Erin, Sandor, Na and Derek for a while. Erin decided she wanted to straighten Sandor's hair and this is how that turned out:

This morning I got up and was pretty excited to make some strawberry-blueberry pancakes for breakfast before Chris headed off to work. Just after we finished eating breakfast I got a message on my phone that I didn't get a job I'd interviewed for last week (one I actually was pretty excited about). So far, I've been turned down for two jobs that I've interviewed for since I was laid off, and before this I've never not gotten a job I've interviewed for. It's quite humbling. (Okay, actually, once when I was a teenager I interviewed at Stoney's Country Burgers and didn't get hired ... but let's think of that one as a blessing.) So today I'm spending my time looking at lots and lots of job web sites (why can't there just be one? ugh.) At least I know in three months I'll be in school and working on campus ... but that also makes looking for a job for now a little more tricky.
So, I guess this post was a little bit random, but aren't you glad now to know (almost) every detail of what I've been up to since my last post ;)


The Poty's said...

Now that you don't really have a job you keep me very entertained. Sad that I enjoyed reading every detail of your life, does that say something about me? While I was reading I just kept thinking what I would do with all the time on my hands if I didn't have kids. I know one thing my house would be clean and I wouldn't have to trip over a million toys just to get the computer.

Kat G said...

I hope that if you lost, you at least looked cute on the field!

As for the job thing, I had the same experience. I'd always nailed every interview and been offered every job I'd wanted until this last year.

Every job I went for I was turned down and not a little turned down, a LOT turned down. Like, not even a finalist. In some cases so NOT a finalist I didn't even warrant a phone call.

It sent me into a bit of a frenzy of depression and anger.

What I wish I had done, instead of calling my mom and crying was call the temp agency I called several weeks later. They were so nice and supportive. The job I have now is the one they sent me out to.

In hindsight, I wish I'd treated my jobless time more like a vacation time instead of frantically trying to scrounge up jobs that weren't really right.

And I started doing freelancing work so that if it happens again, I have something to fall back on.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Start submitting articles everywhere. You'll at least have more to put on your resume! Journalism is changing. Take the initiative and start twittering about Reno news, shopping events, sales, sporting events and start getting noticed. Follow other publications in the area there and on Facebook and social network your way into a gig.


Julia said...

I liked Atonement! I even liked the strange music. Why did you hate it? The sister?

Drea said...

Oh my...you liked Doubt?!?!?! Awful, I thought. And, and even bigger OMG...you didn't like Atonement!?!?!?! That is one of my favorite movies: clever, devastating, amazing costumes, great plot line, great costumes, interesting point of view, great costumes (I LOVED the green dress!)

On another note, I am sorry you are frustrated with the job hunt. I am sending a hug your way...

Tammy said...

Atonement ... I did love the green dress. But I just felt like something was really missing. Like I wanted there to be an immediate aftermath ... something between what happened and 5 years later. And I didn't like the end. But actually, I'm not sure how I felt about the end of Doubt, either. But I thought the acting was really good in it.