Tara
05 September 2014 @ 08:16 pm
So turns out I'm anemic, and have virtually no vitamin B12 in my body.

That...explains a lot, actually.

Also, my former employer - the ones who went bankrupt - can die in a fire. They were apparently pocketing our insurance premiums that came out of our paychecks every two weeks, because the insurance company has gone back to our doctors saying 'hey, we paid you for this and we need the money back because this person wasn't insured after all since their employer never paid us the premium.'

I owe $600 that I know of so far. There could be more coming...depends on when exactly they stopped paying the insurance company. Of course, this had to happen right when I got back into therapy for the childhood sex abuse, and I got a call from my doctor today about the letter he got from the insurance company. So I owe him for at least four visits from a two week period in January just prior to my layoff.

And I got off light. My friend got pregnant at the end of last year, and her doctor came to her with over $6500 in bills from all the stuff insurance reimbursed them for during her prenatal care.

And because of the order in which debts are paid in a corporate bankruptcy, debts owed to employees are last on the list. There are people who I know that are still owed wages for hours worked. We'll never see our money - wages or insurance. But holy hell, I want them blacklisted in the state. One of the owners was an attorney! Scumbag pieces of shit.

ANYWAY HOW ARE THINGS WITH YA'LL?
 
 
Tara
09 August 2014 @ 07:19 pm
Upon seeing the name of my recipient when I got my hd_erised assignment today:



...because I LOVE THIS PERSON but oh man, slightly intimidated to write for them.

Aaaaaand I have no idea what I'm doing for her. Usually the first look at the sign-up gives me ideas, but I've got nothin' as of yet.

Probably because of the aforementioned intimidation.

dysonrules I WILL BE PESTERING YOU FOR BRAINSTORMING HELP VERY SOON.
 
 
Tara
13 July 2014 @ 12:01 am
SMOOCHFEST REVEALS ARE UP!

I particpated this year. :D

Not My Boyfriend was the fic I wrote for blithelybonny for her movie prompt based on Weekend.



I said pretty much everything in my author's note regarding how much I loved this film, but let me reiterate....it is so wonderful, and it breaks my heart to see people commenting that they won't watch the film based on the sad ending (of course, I changed all that...good thing about that fest is it demands a happy ending).

Honestly, give it a chance. The ending will break your heart, but I swear it's worth it. IT HURTS SO GOOD. And, yanno, it could be interpreted as open-ended...it's not a closed door. It's on Netflix, and it's also on Amazon for streaming (used to be free on Prime but it's not anymore - no idea why, apparently things don't stay free on there forever, which makes no sense to me). I don't buy a lot of DVDs these days, unless it's something I absolutely must have because I love it that much. Weekend is definitely mine.

And, yanno, I'm not normally into guys like him - or guys with facial hair, really - but Tom Cullen? Fuck yes.

Some great stills and gifs here.

ANYWAY, yeah that fic is mine and I struggled....oh God how I struggled. There exists on my hard drive an entirely different version of the story, the one I'd spent weeeeeeeks on and ultimately ended up scrapping the day before it was due and hammering out the finished product over the course of like ten hours. My other version was your basic run-of-the-mill re-telling, but that was my big problem with it. I just felt like I was too close to the original product and I needed to shake things up a bit, so I ended up changing my POV and doing it a whole other way that, for me anyway, made it better. Made Harry and Draco better. But I've also never written in that POV before and oh God I'm sorry if there are still mistakes because I rushed my beta through it so fast that I'm going to go through it line by line now that reveals are up and fix any errors.

ALSO, I'D LIKE TO HEREBY ANNOUNCE THAT I AM THE ' T ' MENTIONED IN THE AUTHOR NOTES FOR THE DARKLIST, SO YOU'RE WELCOME, FANDOM. BECAUSE IT'S SO FUCKING BRILLIANT AND OMG I LOVE THAT SHOW SO MUCH AND REDDINGTON AND dysonrules TURNED DRACO INTO RED SO EXPERTLY.
 
 
Tara
08 June 2014 @ 07:52 pm

http://youtu.be/MH6TJU0qWoY

One of the greatest songs ever written.
 
 
 
Tara
19 May 2014 @ 10:43 pm

http://youtu.be/U3mavXrlYCA

Still irritated they cut this scene.

This August will mark 13 years with Harry for me. I love him today more than ever, and I'll say the same thing tomorrow. It's funny, isn't it, the things that stick with you versus the things that end up being just a passing fancy.

I would have never in a million years thought that a series of books about a boy wizard would have such a deep, lasting, and profound affect on my life.

My baby.
 
 
Tara
18 May 2014 @ 03:41 pm
I've never been so afraid - like legit scared - to read a story in my life before the way I'm afraid to read firethesound's Stop All the Clocks fic. I don't think my heart can take it, but it's firethesound whom I adore and who writes some of the best fic ever but omg the stuff I'm hearing about how this story has just destroyed people for days...

I have issues, seriously. The way I get consumed by things? It's not good. I lack perspective sometimes.
 
 
Tara
18 May 2014 @ 02:27 pm
From vaysh... "Everyone post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously)."

These are listed in no particular order:

1. The Breakfast Club (I wish I could just say THE HOLY TRINITY OF HUGHES MOVIES aka Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink).

2. Harry Potter and the... [doesn't matter which one, really, BUT HARRY POTTER IS OXYGEN so to love me is to love Harry]

3. Romeo & Juliet (specifically the Franco Zeffirelli version...how beautiful was Leonard Whiting?? OMG)

4. Somewhere in Time (lol chickadilly is the only one that would expect this on the list...the music still makes me cry, all I need are the first few notes and my eyes start to burn...I first saw this at a young, impressionable age, and I think it's responsible for turning me into a total angst whore when it comes to fic...)

5. Penny Serenade (sigh, Cary Grant)

6. East of Eden (I know it's not what Dean is known for, but it is my absolute favourite of his. CANNOT WAIT for the biopic with Dane DeHaan to come out)

7. Pride & Prejudice (I actually really love the Matthew Macfadyen version)

8. The Secret of My Success (alternate title: Alex P. Keaton goes to NYC)

9. Flowers in the Attic (not that miniseries remake, either, I'm talking the 1987 version...no one does evil Grandmother like Louise Fletcher...also, I paid an obscene amount of money many years back for the musical score on CD from ebay. It's haunting.)

10. The Haunting of Julia (who on my flist has seen this? This is so unknown that IMDB doesn't even have a poster for it...one of Mia Farrow's earliest movies, and has an equally haunting score. You can watch it all on youtube. Never released on DVD. Cult classic.)

Honorable mention: International Velvet (aka the movie where Anthony Hopkins was actually kinda hot in that Professor kinda way)
 
 
Tara
11 May 2014 @ 06:19 pm
So I didn't listen to every single Eurovision song, but I feel like this melancholy ballad has been overlooked...overlooked on tumblr, at least...but I adore it...


http://youtu.be/2LBOjxBty8U

The lyrics are fantastic.

I think it reminds me a bit of this song, which I heard in an episode of The Blacklist (RED ) and immediately had to have...


http://youtu.be/ic-QgV3hbaQ

*From probably my favourite episode to date - 'The Stewmaker.' SERIOUSLY, I FREAKIN LOVE THAT SHOW. NEVER LEAVE ME, JAMES SPADER

I'm also just a sucker for a good ballad.

Not much else has been going on. I lost two hamsters in a two day period a couple weeks back (one expected, the other entirely unexpected), so I'm down to just two now. I think I'll wait a bit before taking in a third.

But I'm working on my hd_smoochfest fic, and that's taking up most of my free time. At the risk of possibly giving myself away in advance, it's non-magic AU, which I've never done before but have always wanted to. I actually think we'll get a handful of those this year just due to theme alone, so I don't think I'm really outing myself in that regard. But yeah. I hope people like it.

Job is still great. Still can't believe they're paying me as much as they are to do what I do. I had my first set of audits done Friday, too, and got perfect scores on all of them. :D That upped my confidence significantly...there's so much policy, and exceptions to those policies, and exceptions to the exceptions...oy vey. So good to know I'm not screwing things up royally LOL.
 
 
Tara
30 April 2014 @ 11:33 pm
Halp?

So Firefox has been running really slow for me lately, so I decided to just shut it down after clearing my cache/cookies (because it's always open and FF has a tendency to hog memory) and reopen the browser.

Then it wouldn't re-open at all. Did everything the support comm said to do, nothing worked. Decided to simply uninstall/re-install (and I did actually go in to program files and delete it myself, before using control panel to uninstall that way to make sure EVERYTHING was gone).

Download the new FF29, bastard still won't open. Would sometimes open in safe mode (so no extensions/addons) but then would immediately go into not responding mode and I'd have to use task manager to shut it down.

And that's another thing....even when no browser window was open, it was telling me FF was running and using a lot of memory, like what you'd see if there were web pages up, yet I had no browser window open.

After trying absolutely everything, on a hunch, I temporarily disabled my AVG Free antivirus and BAM browser instantly working. So it has to be AVG. There was an update a few days ago, but I can't remember if the slowness started before or after that. Mind you, I've had zero issues with Chrome this entire time (and was obviously what I was using to do all my investigating) so SOMETHING with AVG now doesn't like Firefox and I'm irritated.

Can't find anything via google about known issues, and searched on both the Mozilla and AVG forums - can't find anything recent.

SO I EITHER NEED A NEW FREE ANTIVIRUS and I've no idea what's good or trustworthy, AVG is all I've ever used for, like, many years....or I wait it out and see if it becomes a known issue that they fix ASAP.
 
 
Tara
11 April 2014 @ 07:26 pm
Dan getting all his hair chopped off again makes me sad. :( I hate it super short like that.

GUESS WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING? CHANGING PASSWORDS. AND TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO MY ELDERLY PARENTS HOW TO CHANGE THEIRS. OH HAPPY DAY.

They're bitching aobut having to change, like, 6. MEANWHILE, I'VE GOT 37.

In case you weren't already aware....mashable has a handy dandy list of the ones you should change, and which ones you can leave alone. Cheers dysonrules for sending me this today. <3
 
 
Tara
08 April 2014 @ 11:47 pm
So I'm still in the process of archiving over at AO3, even though Skyehawke has returned. It's always good to have a backup, no? But man, I had forgotten about a lot of stuff that I'd written! Some of which was only ever posted to my LJ, so I'm still digging through old entries and bookmarking things to be posted. Damn I've been here for a long time. Anyway, I hope to be completely done by this weekend, and finally put up a masterlist entry here, then update my profile and sidebar links.

Work is going well. This week was our first week on our own and outside of the training environment. They have us assigned to a region that is fairly slow so that we can take our time and not get bombarded. My particular region that I'll be permanently assigned to doesn't roll out until end of May anyway, but once we get more comfortable with policy, they'll temporarily put us in established regions to help out until our own regions are up and running.

I really, really like my regional leader. Can't tell you how much of a relief that is. I think we'll work really well together. Today, she and I talked about the feedback I'd received from the regional VP's during that arduous interview process (4 interviews, remember that? Most of which were group interviews - me with at least 2 VP's). It was really great to hear all the things they'd written about me, all of which was positive. That whole process was SO STRESSFUL. But it's done now and I got what I wanted and it's all good. :D The parking still sucks ass, though. Hopefully that's remedied before next winter.

I got my vacation scheduled for this year. We only got shorted two days as we started in mid-March, but since psychobarfly can't come visit this year, that doesn't really bother me. I've spread it out evenly throughout the year, so I've got days off pretty much every single month. Lot of long weekends. :) We have Good Friday off, which is nice, and then after Memorial Day, I'll have my first vacation days in early June.
 
 
Tara
06 April 2014 @ 09:43 pm
I think I'm THE last person to do icmezzo's voice meme... I didn't wanna, and then I couldn't find my mic which I haven't used since, like, two years ago for school. Anyway, here ya go dysonrules and firethesound. Finally did it.


Audio recording software >>

I hate the sound of my voice. And OMG it's nearly 20 minutes long. I apparently have issues shutting up.

I'm going to go listen to you guys now. :D
 
 
Tara
05 April 2014 @ 07:07 pm
This is still hilarious, even ten years later. potterstinks and just_harry, I miss you.
 
 
Tara
02 April 2014 @ 08:57 pm
You guys know that I love and adore this kid more than ever, right? CUZ I DO.

LOOK AT THAT PRECIOUS FACE.Collapse )

Also an article with 6 new pics from DuJour magazine here. Haven't read it, but some cool pics. Especially 5 and 6.
 
 
Tara
02 April 2014 @ 08:36 pm

http://youtu.be/ZFqaFu2maDg

LITERALLY DYING RIGHT NOW.
 
 
Tara
29 March 2014 @ 05:05 pm
So I am slowly starting to archive all my fics over on AO3 now that Skyehawke is gone (maybe not for good, who knows, but at this point, it's wholly unreliable as an archive even if it does come back). I'm fairly certain that I never had anything on Skyehawke that wasn't also somewhere else (way back in the day, I had my stuff over at FictionAlley), so I don't think I've lost anything for good. Many years back I had a computer die on me, and this was before the days of backing everything up, so those doc files are long gone. I'm taking the opportunity to do some editing on those really old fics, since I cared less about having things beta'd back then.

Job is going really well. Just finished up my 2nd week, and already I'm much, much happier than I've been (work wise, anyway) in a really long time. I know I've made the right choice. I will finally be able to rebuild my savings, since my monthly income has increased by about $600, and I hope to be debt free (minus student loans) and rebuilding my savings account by the time we roll into 2015. Today I set up a budget for the paycheck I've just received, plus the following three paychecks. Have some things I need to get caught up on, but I should be done with that by June and really able to start crushing my debt and putting some in savings every month.

Today is CLEANING DAY, which I loathe (as do my hamsters, because that means cage cleaning), so tonight I'll upload probably two more fics, and then tomorrow I'd like to work on my hd_smoochfest fic. I'd like to re-watch the movie it's based on once more before I get into the heart of it. I originally wanted to have it done before I started this job, but that never happened.

Other than that, life is boring. But that's a good thing.
 
 
 
Tara
22 March 2014 @ 09:56 pm
So I don't rec a whole lot these days, but this fic from the hd_familyfest is one of the most satisfying stories I've read in a while - and from an author I've never encountered before, so now I've the added benefit of digging through her archive for more.

Where Your Heart is Set by hazel_wand. Read it.
 
 
Tara
22 March 2014 @ 06:44 pm
hd_familyfest reveals are up, and A Second Chance at First Love was mine. :D

Loved the prompt, and am actually pleased with the end result (because, yanno, that doesn't always happen).
 
 
Tara
19 March 2014 @ 08:44 pm


Yes, Loki. Yes, you are.

SO. First few days at new job have been good. It's mostly all boring orientation stuff right now, and getting a look at the systems I'll be using. We did some shadowing yesterday, which gave a much clearer picture of the workflow. I think I'll like it, but I also think I'll get bored quickly (and by quickly, I mean like in a year or so). Note: I am TOTALLY okay with this, because after my last job where there was significant frustration every single day, I'm ready for some boredom. Plus, I think that in a year's time, things will have changed slightly. We're a new department, and they're still ironing out kinks as they roll out each region, and we'll eventually take on new duties as processes are improved, etc.

The culture, though, is great. Total 180 from where I was. I mean, I liked my old co-workers once I got to the department where I spent my final 8 months or so, but management (the exception being my manager, who was kickass) and the executives, as well as a large majority of the rest of the staff, were either grossly unprofessional, poorly suited for their role, or just plain lazy. It's why my department was so frustrated all the time - it was our job to clean up everyone else's messes. This place? Accountability actually exists.

The parking sucks, though. It'll get better later in the year. But so far, that's literally my only complaint.

OH WAIT I ALMOST FORGOT. I SHADOWED A CO-WORKER YESTERDAY AND HE HAD A MINI TARDIS ON HIS DESK. I HAD TO TAME MY INNER WHO NERD BUT WE DID DISCUSS IT BRIEFLY. I CANNOT WAIT TO POTTERIZE MY DESK.

hd_familyfest finished posting last weekend, and I wrote for it. Anxious for reveals so I can reply to the LJ comments as myself. I've not put anything of mine on AO3 yet (though I've had an account for years)...can you reply to comments on there? I got way more there than I did on LJ. I do now see the downside to the ease of just hitting kudos and not leaving any comments, so I'm glad, in retrospect, that I never put hd_holidays on AO3 in those last two years. I mean, we do love getting feedback/reviews. I was always glad about the amount of anon comments the hols fics/art received, which it seems the kudos button has replaced.

Know what I miss? SLEEPING WHENEVER I WANTED. Unemployment isn't all bad LOL. Getting back on a 'normal' schedule has been haaaaaaaaaard.
 
 
Tara
14 March 2014 @ 09:28 pm
New job starts Monday. Am both nervous and excited. :D Just got home from grocery shopping for packing lunches (and of course, I sit here thinking of a few things I forgot....even had a damn list, and still forgot stuff....WTF TARA). Tomorrow will be spent finishing up laundry and general cleaning, then Sunday I will get everything ready for the week (gonna make some stir fry and also a mexican rice dish) so that lunch packing will be easy peasy and then just relax Sunday night.

Also, when you get a review from the person you were really hoping would like your fic? Day made!



Also, did I tell you guys that I joined a recovery/support group for childhood sex abuse? I did. This weekend will be my 3rd week (it's on Sunday afternoons), and I think it's helping a bit. I've only been to therapy twice since I got laid off (I have an appointment at the end of the month), but it was his idea because he thought it might help. It's a pretty small group, only like 6 of us. I thought there'd be more. But anyway, yeah. I may not go this week, just because I want to be in a good headspace on Monday, and the last two weeks I went, I came home pretty shattered.

Lastly...VERONICA MARS MOVIE. :D
 
 
Tara
13 March 2014 @ 03:33 pm
Okay, listen. I am NOT a boyband person. Well, does DuranDuran count? They were a boyband in their day. :))

ANYWAY, you ever hear a song and you're like 'yeah okay I can dig that' but you've no idea who does it, but you hear it repeatedly on the muzak at work or whatever....

Apparently I like a One Direction song without knowing it was a One Direction song.

Is Louis legal? Please tell me he's legal. I would not kick him outta bed.
 
 
Tara
11 March 2014 @ 12:44 am


http://vimeo.com/88671403

I loved this. It was sweet.
 
 
Tara
03 March 2014 @ 09:10 pm
hd_familyfest started posting today! I WROTE FOR IT!!

Not gonna lie, I don't love all my fics (we all have those that, upon re-reading, we side-eye ourselves pretty hard)...but I'm particularly proud of this one. Loved the prompt.
 
 
Tara
02 March 2014 @ 06:47 pm
Who cares about the Oscars when THERE'S A NEW TRUE DETECITVE ON TONIGHT!
 
 
 
Tara
28 February 2014 @ 11:39 pm
Looking for a fic - who knows this story? I swear one of you wrote it, and I loved it...but cannot for the life of me remember the title/author. I want to read it again!

Ginny dies in childbirth (i'm 99% that's when/how it happened), and Harry is left to raise the baby on his own. He's living at Grimmauld, and so is Draco...I think it was one of those 'Harry vouches for Draco, he's released into his care' situations? The Weasleys are not at all happy that Harry is raising the baby alone, especially with Draco underfoot. Molly might have even threatened at some point early on to take the child.

Harry and Draco get close, Draco ends up being quite a good co-parent to the child, and after a relationship develops, Draco's probation/parole/whatever is officially ended and Harry distances himself because he wants Draco to make a life for himself without being tethered to Harry. Has a happy ending.

Halp? ETA: The beautiful capitu remembered that it was Stain of Silence by brummel. Link in comments. :D
 
 
Tara
27 February 2014 @ 12:31 pm
Job update...Collapse )
 
 
Tara
25 February 2014 @ 07:51 pm
Success!Collapse )
 
 
Tara
25 February 2014 @ 04:28 pm
Gonna talk about food.

First of all, I just spent some precious dollars on pHresh greens. A nutritionist I know recommended it, and after looking into it for a few weeks, hear only good stuff about it (particularly from trusted food bloggers). I'll let you know how it goes. FYI, it's way cheaper on Amazon, but you may have a store near you that sells it. The site said one store (literally just one) near me sold it, but I went today and they'd never even heard of it. So call first. I have a hard time getting enough greens in, I won't lie. I'm a very picky eater, and while I like salad as much as the next gal, I get sick of it pretty quickly even when it's varied.

Secondly, who here has made spaghetti squash? I'm talking about this fascinating veggie, in case you've never heard of it. It's supposed to be a great alternative to pasta, so I'm guessing the gluten-free folks on my flist will have at least tried it. I bought one today, and plan on making it this week. I have some shaved parm just waiting for it.

Thirdly, this salad has had me salivating for days since I first saw it. I'm not even a big fan of kale, but damn I would eat the hell out of that. I also got some field greens today (spring mix, whatever you wanna call it) and I'm going to make a variant of this with the aforementioned shaved parm, spicy walnuts, and a vinagrette. I might put some roasted corn in it (roasting corn, that's another thing I've never done).

Lastly, have I ever told you guys about Larabars? They're awesome. I used to buy them all the time, then got out of the habit, and when I saw some on sale a week ago, I bought more. My favorite is cashew cookie. Know what's in it? Dates and cashews. That's all. Seriously, that's it. They have a range of bars called Larabar Uber, which is whole nuts and fruit (the original is more of a crushed nut and pulverized fruit combined to make a uniform bar) that I'm anxious to find in stores. If you like Kind bars (omg the coconut and almond), you'll like these, I think. Psst, Kind bars are also available on Amazon by the box for less than you can usually buy in the store.

I made chocolate chip cookies last night, which totally defeats my 'stop eating junk food' plan. But hey, at least I didn't make the entire batch. I'm very much the 'make the dough, bake a few, put the dough in fridge' kinda cookie baker. Because I prefer my cookies fresh, and with homemade dough in the fridge, you can have melty warm cookies on demand in the time it takes to preheat the oven.
 
 
Tara
20 February 2014 @ 11:10 pm
Dane Dehaan as James Dean...Collapse )

ALDSKJFADK IT'S HAPPENING!
 
 
Tara
19 February 2014 @ 08:23 pm


I just watched the trailer for this movie because it was named in one of the prompts over at hd_smoochfest and OH MY GOD IF I DON'T SEE THIS MOVIE RIGHT NOW I MIGHT DIE. I need to see if it's on either Netflix or Amazon to stream on my television.

Also, I can't stop thinking about the fic that I wrote for hd_familyfest - it's not often that a story I write sticks in my brain like this. I know that some of you, once a story is finished, tear up your notes or whatever and just move right on to the next thing, but I can never seem to do that. I'm really proud of this story, though, and can't wait for certain people to read it (looking at you, capitu) because I want them to love it like I do.

OKAY BACK TO SMOOCHFEST PROMPTS, BECAUSE I KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING ON THERE THAT I'LL WANT. Seriously, some really kickass ideas on there that I wish I had the talent to pull off.

And just because it's all I talk about these days, no update on the job front yet, but they were closed Monday for the holiday, and I suspect that I'll get an email from HR in NYC by Friday or Monday with the additional info request so they can prepare the offer, and this is the fun part because it's when I have to decide what number to put down for salary.
 
 
Tara
15 February 2014 @ 03:06 pm


LET ME COUNT THE WAYS IN WHICH THIS IS WONDERFUL...

 
 
Tara
14 February 2014 @ 07:49 pm


That's legit.
 
 
Tara
14 February 2014 @ 02:39 pm
GUYS. I THINK I GOT THE JOB. A;LSDKJFALSDKFJ

OKAY SO. I emailed the VP, my friend's boss, over at THE BIG JOB. I've communicated with him briefly because I'm in that predicament where I have to keep applying for jobs to keep my unemployment coming, but obviously if I get other offers I can only hold them off for so long.

So last week he told me to email or call him after yesterday's interviews because he would pretty much know then if I was gonna be on the final selection list of people to get offers later this month. HR in NYC obviously has to do their thing with the background checks and what not - my friend got hired there just weeks after filing bankruptcy for the 3rd time (!!) so i'm not worried about my less than perfect credit (thank you pay cut).

I emailed him about half an hour ago - and he just called me. Said "I have to be very careful about what I say and how I phrase things because obviously HR has to do what they need to do, but we'd love to have you." Said that the feedback my friend had given them was very valuable, and they got great feedback from the regions I interviewed with (pretty sure I'll be put on the mid-atlantic team because the Baltimore and NJ ladies I interviewed with yesterday really seemed to like me and they can pick who goes on their team).

BUT JUST KNOWING THAT AN OFFER IS LIKELY IS MAKING ME TWITCH. My friend called me after I texted her the update, and said that was the exact spiel he gave her before she got her offer.

SO I AM NO LONGER A NEGATIVE BALL OF NERVES. I'M A POSITIVE BALL OF NERVES.

 
 
Tara
13 February 2014 @ 11:22 am
So. Job stuff. I had a 3rd interview (!!) today with the big job that I've been trying to get since....forever. Really, it's been forever - since before Thanksgiving, even though my first interview wasn't until January.

This is supposedly my last interview. I met with two regions, one of which I feel very good about, and the other I couldn't get a good read on. The good one, though, said "if they give you a choice in region, I hope you pick mine." So that has my hopes up pretty high BUT my interview was the first of the day, so all my competition is coming after. We did, however, bond about the city where her region's HQ is, so I'm hoping my familiarity and love of that town gives me a little edge (it never hurts to actually know the area you'd ultimately be serving.

But I don't know. I hate to get my hopes up too high, because I want it too much and will be crushed if I don't get it. I did finally get actual dates, though - the training is from March 12 - May 7th. Apparently offers won't go out until the 28th. Ugh. THAT'S AGES FROM NOW. :(

I've started seriously applying for other jobs as well, because as much as I want to, I can't put all my eggs in this one basket. I have an interview next week for another executive admin job, which doesn't really thrill me but I do NOT want back in the mortgage industry. I refuse to look there.

Nothing else exciting is going on. It's still freakin freezing here (though we have a brief respite from the below zero and single digit temps) and my electric bill was sky high. Not the best thing when you're living on unemployment and nothing else. I did get some debt paid down, even though my last employer is screwing me out of severance/bonus.

I'm pretty excited about my fic for hd_familyfest. I love the boys so much. And I love that I'm still so into them. OTP 5EVER OKAY. I will never love another pairing the way I love them.

I'm going to take a nap (I got about 3 hours sleep last night due to anxiety over today's interview - I was really nervous this time, feels like everything rests on this one) and then head to the gym for some elliptical time.

chickadilly, I know I still owe you an email.
 
 
Tara
02 February 2014 @ 07:10 pm
Watching the tumblr/LJ fallout from the recent H/Hr and R/H dust-up courtesy of JKR...all I can feel is



Harry belongs with Draco anyway, but lol. Seriously, major lol.

Team H/Hr.
 
 
Tara
29 January 2014 @ 03:38 pm
SO. Had my interview today for the big job I want. Was with three people - interviewed with one guy by himself, and then a separate one with two women. They were folks from the regional areas that this department ultimately serves, so the company likes them to interview with candidates to get their feedback, although they aren't the final word on yay/nay.

I think I did better with the women than with the man, only because the guy was so reserved and quiet. I'm not really that way at all - I'll start a conversation with ANYONE (lol just ask psychobarfly). But I got a much better vibe from the women who interviewed me, and they were very interested in all the fraud classes I'd taken at University. I think that's a big point in my favor considering the job function itself.

It'll be another week or two before I know. With training starting at the end of February, I figure they'll have offers out by the week of the 10th in order for those who are still employed to give a customary two week notice.

Now I just wait.
 
 
Tara
22 January 2014 @ 10:13 pm
Man I feel like shit already. Wasn't expecting this until tomorrow. DAMN YOU FLU SHOT.
 
 
Tara
22 January 2014 @ 05:31 pm
This might be the greatest webpage ever in the history of the internet.

If you love hamsters, that is. Which I do.

ALSO, I got a 2nd interview scheduled for the 29th at the big job, aka the one I'm really holding out for. I'm going to estimate from their timeline that I will know by mid February if I have that job, simply because I know the job starts at the end of February, and they have to get offers out in time for those who are actually employed to give a two-week notice. So I've got a lot of waiting ahead of me.

Got flu shot today, and I know it'll make me feel like crap for a couple days so I'm on a mission to get my apartment cleaned up tonight so I don't have to think about it the rest of the week, and I plan on spending the next 4-5 days finishing my fest fic so I can give my beta plenty of time to go through it before the Feb 8th deadline.

I still have not caught up on my flist, but I'm going to do that tonight after cleaning is done and dinner has been eaten. I swear I'm not ignoring any important events in your lives, I just don't know about them yet.

I'm so sick of thie cold, particularly the below zero cold. I used to love winter when I was younger, but the older I get, the more I hate it. I'm dreading my heating bill the next two months. I don't keep it on that high, and am a big fan of space heaters and blankets, but I can only keep it down so low before it gets uncomfortable for my babies.
 
 
Tara
21 January 2014 @ 11:59 am


I had no idea I was in here! There's an alpha list if you want to see if there's a thread for you. Some people have two threads, so check first before starting a new one.

I am woefully behind in checking my flist. Like, really really behind. I had forgotten just how busy you are when you're unemployed by tryng to, well, get employed.
 
 
Tara
17 January 2014 @ 04:14 pm
From the WTF file....



BRB HAVING NIGHTMARES.
 
 
 
Tara
16 January 2014 @ 06:58 pm
UGH. DECISIONS. Of course there are way worse decisions to have BUT...

So, just got an update. My friend who works at the big job that I've been wanting (man, wish I could use names, but the one that's not the law firm) called me. Earlier today, I'd texted her about getting a 2nd interview at the law firm. Unbeknownst to me, she took that info to her manager. This isn't the manager that I interviewed with, but ultimately he would end up being my boss. So I've never met the man.

However, he told her that I was on the list to get called back for a 2nd interview, which would likely be week after next. The job itself wouldn't even start until end of February. But he told her to reach out to me and that if I were to get an offer from the law firm, that I should call him and they will bypass the normal routine (because they are hiring like 25-30 people for this new, consolidated area) and he will interview me personally.

So I guess the woman I interviewed with last week liked me enough to say 'we need to get her back in here' and that's great, but the whole time my friend is telling me this, I'm wondering why her manager didn't just pick up the phone himself and call me. Not that I don't trust her, like she isn't telling me the truth or anything, but I just think it's strange he's using her as a point of contact when really he should be reaching out to me himself. So I don't know how I feel about that. He might just be, yanno, one of those managers. He knows we're close friends, he knows I'm talking to her about my job situation, and maybe in his mind, that's good enough. They are slower in the hiring process, which I already knew, and so they obviously don't feel the sense of urgency that I as an unemployed person does.

ANYWAY, interview tomorrow, no idea what I'm wearing, etc etc etc.

Thanks so much to everyone who has been sending positive vibes and wishing me good luck. I know that I'm very fortunate to have even these two things in the pipeline.
 
 
Tara
16 January 2014 @ 11:32 am
Guess who has a second interview tomorrow at the law firm? ME!!
 
 
 
Tara
14 January 2014 @ 10:03 pm
EXCUSE ME WHILE I SWOON.
 
 
 
Tara
11 January 2014 @ 09:42 pm
SO. INTERVIEW.Collapse )