Monthly Archives: August 2008

Thursday 13– 13 things about Moving

I’m moving this weekend so I thought I’d write about the things I’ve learned about moving this time round…(hopefully the last time in awhile…)

1.  Sometimes, you just have to go back and ask your parents and the family-cavalry for help… once again.

2. Moving makes people grumpy and have tantrums.

3. You will realize you’d bought way more stuff this round than you had the last move.  Seriously, where’d all these books come from?

4. It can make you realize just how big of a packrat you really are.  You will throw out a lot of stuff.  Bags full… of junk that were once upon a time thought to be important and useful for the future but were never touched.

5. You will search whatever hallway there is at work, even talk to warehouse individuals about giving you the boxes they don’t want then lug those awkward boxes around on the bus.

6. You will have to wonder about whether your apartment is in good shape or if the superintendent will want you to pay for damage .

7. There will be cleaning adn things will get lost.

8. Whereas it used to take only one bus to get work and home, it will now take 3.  Not because it’s farther but because the bus routes are shorter.

9. You will wonder where to pack certain more “personal” items from curious eyes.

10.  Maps will have to be printed to make sure that the proper directions are given to find the new place (yes… yes I’m that directionally challenged, even if the new place is just 12 mins away.  I need a GPS.  Thank you to my brother for printing out a map for my parents).

11. There will be boxes to be thrown at the end.  Tons and tons of boxes.

12. The process of unpacking will begin, though I actually kind of like this part.

13. In the end, it will be a new beginning.  A new place by myself for the first time ever.  Even when I was away at university, I had a roommate.  That’s kind of scary but exciting all at the same time.  24 and on my own… it will be interesting.

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Job interview jitters…

I don’t dare pretend that I like interviews.  I’m what you would call a trip-over-my-tongue-word-stumbler.  I blank.  I will admit I don’t prepare myself as wel as I should.  I work with the public in the fast food business (well until wed I do at elast… last day. YAY!)  I deal with people all the time, but slap an ‘interview’ tag onto it and that’s the end of it. 

And I have one tomorrow.  I’ve applied for a position that would be really good.  Experience-wise and career-wise.  From prepping and re-writing my resume and coverletter until I thought my eyes would bleed, and then walking to HR and getting over the nerves of handing it over, I waited.  And didn’t wait long.  From handing in my resume Friday afternoon at 2:30 to yesterday morning at 9:30, I’d already had a call from the interviewer  wanting to see me for an interview and for a copyediting test.  Crap… and did I mention I haven’t honed up on my copyediting yet?

I’m nervous.  ARGH!

Thursday 13– 13 things I need to pack for the trip

So tomorrow I’m off. Off to Timmins, Ont to visit my family. I haven’t seen my grandma and aunt (who are coming from British Columbia) in over 6 years since before I started University so I’m stoked. No work. For a whole week. I can relax and not worry about anything. These are just some of the things I will be bringing with me.

1. Clothes. Duh. This includes undies, shoes, a dress, etc.
2. Books. A full week off? Um, reading time! Oh yeah. It will be ggggrrrrrrrreat! Not sure all the ones I’m bringing yet.
3. Music. Ok, I’m not hip. I don’t have an ipod or mp3 player. No… I’m still back into the discman age where my Panasonic black and yellow cd player is my best friend when it comes to listening to music on the go.
4. Hair straightener. I’m one of those who doesn’t like their hair. I have natural curly hair but I like straight. So… I must bring this with.
5. Toothbrush/hairbrush/deodorant/all other small items.
6. Food. 10-12 hour bus ride? Um yeah food is a necessity. Usually I don’t like to get out much at the bus stops. There’s usually 3 stops. One is for lunch but I don’t like going in line at Harvey’s because I’m paranoid that the line will be long and the bus will take off without me. Bathroom breaks is enough. Snacks on the bus keep me going.
7. Work. This includes emailing myself the manuscripts and reviewer lists etc so that if they have a question or need something, I can get it to them. Fatal Visions doc also has to be sent to myself. Cause um… why wouldn’t I write?
8. Cell phone/camera and respectable cords. Another duh.
9. Bus ticket! after spending $140 one way to get home, um, I think I’m going to need that one.
10. A pad of paper and pens. To write of course!
11. My College Diploma. They already have my University Degree so they need this College one too.
12. Money. Another self-explanatory one here but you never know when you will need cash while travelling.
13. The travelling book of course!