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I don't talk a lot about what goes on in my life. I guess I don't really think that the little bits of my everyday existence are worthy of documentation, I guess.

I'm still on my diet, and I've lost 40 pounds. I'm actually back to the weight I was when I met the hubby, which is rather nice. :3 I fit back into twelves, which feels like quite an accomplishment! I still have another 30-40 pounds to go, but I'm feeling quite a bit better since starting it.

Things... haven't been going that well fiscally, unfortunately. I'm still working the long-term temp job, and the hubby actually got a job as a caregiver this month, but we're still fighting to stay afloat. So... I'm going back to school. Taking an online course for medical coding and billing, which should pay a helluva lot more than my current positions. And if I'm going to be doing oodles of paperwork like I do now, it'd be nice to get paid the going rate.

So.... that's what's going on in the World of the Squirrel right now. Don't know if I should update more often, but given I did the first module of my course this evening, it felt like a good time to do it.

...stuff.

Sep. 5th, 2010 08:24 pm
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Okay, so I've been sort of incommunicado for awhile. This is probably a bad thing, but a lot's been going on.

I've been at my new job for... ten months now. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster, and because of it I actually got some treatment for depression that I'd sort of... ignored... for way too long. Ignoring your mental state is bad, boys and girls. Don't do it.

Anyway, things on the job front are good. I can't talk a lot about it, thanks to HIPAA, but rest assured it's going well. I even got a bit of a raise this last paycheck, yay!

I now have two cats, Simon and Sierra. Sierra's a two-year-old tubgutt whom I love, and Simon's a mini black panther kitty - half Siamese, half black kitty. So cute, and such a little asshole. I'll have to post pics sometime.

Aaron and I are seriously contemplating having kids soon. It comes up a lot in conversation, we just... have to finish with some bills. >.< Damn money problems. However, Aaron is getting his woodworking business off the ground, so hopefully business will be booming soon.

I'm trying to work on my novel again. I'll probably try and write a scene again here tonight. Whee! But as it is, I'm out. Peace, all.

Adulthood

Feb. 2nd, 2010 10:09 am
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For the last 24 hours, I have owned a home.

It feels really weird, being an adult and not only being married, but owning the place where I live. (Well, technically. Yay mortgages!) I don't feel like an adult; I feel like I should be worrying about getting to class, or hanging out with my friends, or taking a really irresponsible trip to somewhere cool and awesome for a weekend. Instead, I'm here at my desk, designing materials for a hospital while intermittently typing this post during brain breaks.

The town where I live is small, all things considered. It's maybe the size of where I went to high school, which originally scared me. Let's face it, I don't really have that great of a track record with small towns. :/ But the people here are incredibly friendly, concerned about my well being, and relatively tolerant of my desires to bring change to the office. ^^;;; That's what I get for having plans regarding making this place more efficient, I guess. My boss is amazing, though, and of everything I'm dealing with right now, work is the least of my worries for the first time since I joined the workforce.

We're looking for a church home right now. The one thing that really gets to me in a small town where I don't know many people is a lack of interaction with other people my age. Let's face it, I'm young -- 24 in less than a fortnight -- and just starting out in this place. With a median age of 40, there's not many young adults in the area for Aaron and I to socialize with, unfortunately. :/

Kids have been on my mind a lot, too. I know it was one of the smartest things I ever did, to wait to have children until I'd been married for longer than a few months, but it's kind of hard to keep waiting. We have credit cards to pay off, though, and some savings to build up before we even start trying. And I don't even know if I can have kids or not. :( Given my history, I really have no idea if I can even get pregnant.

But that's a depressing thought. I'll probably see if I can't post some pictures online later, of the house and how we're decorating it now that we own it. It's really amazing, actually owning my home. Now come the trials and tribulations of keeping it in repair, right? XD It may be 95 years old, but it's a good house.

I should probably get back to work on the lipid poster I'm designing. Whee, informational postings! :D I really do love this job.

o.o

Sep. 9th, 2009 12:34 am
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I just submitted two projects for consideration to a possible employer.

Freakout in 3... 2... 1...
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Random Girly TMI. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. )


In non-TMI news, I've had an interview at a county hospital here in Iowa... and they want me to come back for a second interview! This time, it'll be one-on-one with the woman who'll be supervising me if I get the job!!!

So! Excited! EEEEEEEE!
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It's my first full day being unemployed, and I'm already really sick of it. My husband and I have had to wrestle with our apartment complex (They want almost four months' worth of rent in notice and fees! WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS.), we've been calling Iowa Legal Aid and I've tried to get enrolled with the Iowa Workforce, we're still completely unsure of when we're moving, and good luck trying to get a job where we currently live. GAH, so annoying!

Since the hubby and I can't do anything about anything until Monday, when we tell the apartment complex they're welcome to try and get blood out of a turnip, but turnips still don't bleed, we're currently at his parents' place. I've decided that having no hobbies and focusing entirely on work is not particularly healthy for my sanity, and thus may pick up crocheting sometime soon. Still looking for work, anywhere is preferable at this point.

Though I must say, it was very strange not worrying about the shift I was originally supposed to cover for the night. :D
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Today, the United States and most of the world watched in wonder as the first African-American was sworn into the highest elected office in this nation. It was riveting, and exciting, and no one will forget where they were when it happened.

I know I won't. I was waiting to find out if I still had a job.

This afternoon, at 2pm, ClearChannel radio terminated my position at the local AM radio station, along with three other workers. My position was the most expendable on the AM side; while I did do board operator work, my main role was as a reporter, which ClearChannel no longer needed as they are weeding out local news coverage. I was given my last three weeks' worth of pay, and a nice severance package for the next couple pay cycles.

Tomorrow, while millions of people wait to see how Obama's first full day in office goes, I will be speaking with my apartment complex, packing boxes, and trying desperately to find employment in an economy already drained to the dregs. My husband and I will be moving in with my mother-in-law, and trying to get our feet back underneath us.

I'm actually rather excited about the prospect. My previous job was the only thing holding my husband and I in the area, and now that it's gone, I see several doors opening. But that doesn't mean anything in the next couple months is going to be easy.
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I just applied for an Interactive Features Reporter position at The Gazette.

Wish me luck.

**crosses fingers. And toes.**

PSA

Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:21 am
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I am about to go to bed after approximately eleven hours of work and commuting.

I have to be at my other work in eight hours. Followed by another shift at the station immediately after I'm done.

If I'm incommunicado, this is because I am collapsing against my husband due to extreme exhaustion.

Me go ded now. **THUNK.**

This message brought to you by: two part-time jobs with crazy hours.
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So, remember all those jobs I applied for?

I GOT AN INTERVIEW!!!!

It's at Yellowbook, so it'll be a sales position, but right now, I'm taking what I can get.

The interview's Wednesday. Wish me luck!!!

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