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And I am free! Ish. For the next two days. (Look, it's something, all right? XD)

Basically this weekend is my first set of two whole days off in over a week, since I covered a shift last week on Friday. I only work 20 hours next week, which is kind of nice (not from the monetary point of view, I suppose, but from the getting other stuff done in my life point of view), though it's over the course of three days which means all long shifts. But you know, now that I think about it if I have to go all the way up there, it might as well be for a good long shift, right? I think I would rather do three long shifts than five short ones. Though we'll see how I feel about that next week.

I did work both Thanksgiving and this morning, though both were short shifts (four hours) during the morning. Thanksgiving was actually a lot of fun - busy but not overwhelming. I helped hang up Christmas lights around the drive thru window (which excites me - I mean, if I have to spend a lot of time there at least I get lights!) and the shift manager wanted everyone to make "hand turkeys" (you know, where you trace your hand on paper and make a turkey out of it), which was entertaining - especially considering all we had was neon-colored paint. I also got to do a little cleaning and restocking which was a nice break from being on register the whole time. Today was busy, as expected, with a huge rush right around the time I got in and then pretty much just steady business the whole rest of the time. But at least it made the time go quickly! (Yesterday was not so busy, but it did sure drag even for four hours).

Um... as for actual Thanksgiving, Mom and I went over to Suzanne and Jerry's, who are family friends and used to know my grandparents (like everyone in the world, it's starting to seem!). They had two of their good friends over and another mutual family friend, and it was a good time - we even watched the Lady Gaga Thanksgiving special, that should tell you how cool they are (and they're in their sixties!).

On the plus side of things, the guys are not here working on the yard today so I can have the windows open. On the minus side, I spent most of the afternoon waiting for different guys to show up and run some final checks on the new AC/furnace that was installed last month, so I got home from work and couldn't shower or run until they showed up... and then they never did. They were supposed to come sometime between 1-3, but when 3:30 rolled around I tried calling the company only to find out their office was closed. I know they were supposed to come today, I confirmed the date, but by about 4 I gave up and went running and now I can go take a shower, yay! I guess I'll call and reschedule on Monday.

At least the lock-box has finally been taken off the front door so I don't have to worry about people just coming in anymore! \o/

I also just realized that my "writing" tag is misspelled. That is... so pathetic, self. PATHETIC. I should look into fixing that.


Nov. 26th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
*giggling at the misspelling*
Nov. 26th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)

Oh! But it looks like I DID have a writing tag that was spelled correctly! The misspelled one was only on one entry, I must have typed it in myself and gotten it wrong. WHEW. XDD

Edited at 2011-11-26 04:37 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
I am so very relieved. XD

I do also like how LJ has made editing/dealing with tags so much easier over time~
Nov. 26th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)

that is all <3
Nov. 26th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
also I hope you had a good thanksgiviiiiing \o/
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
XD I did! <3 And you?
Nov. 27th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Good XD

It was up and down (THANKS DAD for not warning me there'd be like 30 people there and all from your girlfriend's family) but I survived! And Saturday Dad and I went to a ton of yard sales together, it was nice <33


also I got a ps3 for my (a bit early) birthday \o/
Nov. 27th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, at least there were ups with the downs? And yard sales sound fun! ALSO PS3~~~ (AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! It's... tomorrow, right? :D;)
Nov. 28th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
True! Yesss yard sales. It's almost a tradition whenever I visit, now. \o/

YESSSS it is <333 Thank you! I'm gonna set up my ps3 then and there will be much rejoicing \o/
Nov. 28th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
You can find some great stuff at them!

That sounds like an excellent birthday plan~ :D
Nov. 28th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
Yessss. Last time I got a wool fedora, a pair of italian leather shoes, and a cool vase for less than 5$ total \o/

Nov. 28th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Nov. 27th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
What's a lock box?

Guess who has furniture :D
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
It's a little box with a combination attached to the porch door. It has a key inside so people who know the combination can get into the house - and means a lot of workmen would ring the bell at way too early o'clock in the morning, and in the time it took me to roll out of bed and throw on a robe, they were already letting themselves into the house because they assumed no one was home. NOT COOL.

Ooh, fancy! Furniture FTW!
Nov. 27th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hmm, yes, not cool indeed!

And yes! I am sitting at a desk. SO EXCITING. Sadly, it didn't inspire me to start my Japanese homework earlier. Oops.
Nov. 27th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Definitely! D:

Ooh, desks! Well, they have been known to inspire both productivity and procrastination...
Nov. 27th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the workers not coming, but it sounds like you had fun times at work! Hand turkeys & lights :D We definitely don't do that sort of thing at my workplace :/ (Oh, cubicle-land... and your enduring, boring beige-ness...)
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh well, at least it was only for some tests, not to fix anything! But I did have fun on Thanksgiving, yes~ (Well, maybe your office isn't as cool, but I'll bet you sure as heck get paid a lot more! <3)
Nov. 29th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Well, there is a NASA installation at Moffet, which is just a little ways down the highway from where I live. Maybe they'd like to hire you? :D
Nov. 29th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Maybe a NASA NPP could help you get into Moffet! (below). And if you are geographically close, maybe you could even arrange to meet a potential advisor to arrange a project!


The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, lunar science, or astrobiology.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before
beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U. S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. An H-1B Visa status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program.

Stipends for Postdoctoral Fellows start at $50,000 per year, with
moderate supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain
academic specialties. Funds are available for relocation expenses,
up to a specified limit, and health insurance is available through
the program. Fellows also receive $8,000 per appointment year to
support travel to conferences, meetings, and other activities that
directly support their research.

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1,
and November 1.

For further information and to apply, visit:


Questions may be submitted by e-mail to nasapostdoc@orau.org

Edited at 2011-12-29 03:09 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Huh - that is so very useful, thank you! I will be sure to take a look, I appreciate the info!