wahlee: (Jo's fan. . . through and through)
This little idea has been rolling around in my head for the last couple of weeks, and I decided to write it out today. :) Do you all realize that it's twenty years to the day that Harry found out he's a wizard? Amazing.

Happy birthday yesterday to Neville Longbottom and today to Harry Potter and Jo Rowling. This fic is for you.

Unexpected Legacies )
wahlee: (Jo's fan. . . through and through)
This little idea has been rolling around in my head for the last couple of weeks, and I decided to write it out today. :) Do you all realize that it's twenty years to the day that Harry found out he's a wizard? Amazing.

Happy birthday yesterday to Neville Longbottom and today to Harry Potter and Jo Rowling. This fic is for you.

Unexpected Legacies )

Good news!

Jul. 19th, 2011 08:15 pm
wahlee: (Go me!)
FINALLY!

I have a temporary job! It's only going to be for 6-8 weeks, but it's to cover for two positions that they're currently hiring for, and I'm certainly in the running to be hired permanently in one of them. I got it through my cousin, who works in the same department and thought of me when her boss asked if she knew anyone who could do it. It's with the state department of education, so great benefits, and the pay rate is significantly higher than what I've been making. Crossing fingers and saying prayers that it goes permanent, but at this point I'm just happy to have a little bit of money coming in to cover my bills, so I'm not relying on my folks for every single thing I do.

YAY!!

In other news, DH2 was FABULOUS. I've seen it twice and want to go again. Saw The Music Man at the Utah Shakespeare Festival last week (using the last of my Christmas/inheritance money) and it was AWESOME. The family plans on going to see it later this summer, and I can't wait to see it again. And that's about it from me. :P

Good news!

Jul. 19th, 2011 08:15 pm
wahlee: (Go me!)
FINALLY!

I have a temporary job! It's only going to be for 6-8 weeks, but it's to cover for two positions that they're currently hiring for, and I'm certainly in the running to be hired permanently in one of them. I got it through my cousin, who works in the same department and thought of me when her boss asked if she knew anyone who could do it. It's with the state department of education, so great benefits, and the pay rate is significantly higher than what I've been making. Crossing fingers and saying prayers that it goes permanent, but at this point I'm just happy to have a little bit of money coming in to cover my bills, so I'm not relying on my folks for every single thing I do.

YAY!!

In other news, DH2 was FABULOUS. I've seen it twice and want to go again. Saw The Music Man at the Utah Shakespeare Festival last week (using the last of my Christmas/inheritance money) and it was AWESOME. The family plans on going to see it later this summer, and I can't wait to see it again. And that's about it from me. :P
wahlee: (Bryce Canyon)
I have no other words.
wahlee: (Bryce Canyon)
I have no other words.
wahlee: (Go me!)
I had a first-round interview for Dream Job on Friday. Interviewer indicated that they would be continuing first-round interviews on Monday, so I could expect a call Tuesday or Wednesday if I made it to the next round.

I didn't get a call on Tuesday. Nor on Wednesday. I was a quivering bundle of nerves all day, both days. Finally, at 4:45 PM yesterday, I e-mailed interviewer to find out what the status was. She replied that she was doing a final first-round interview shortly, and I'd hear tomorrow.

She just called. I made it to the next round! Nerves temporarily suspended.

Interview is tomorrow at noon MDT. Thoughts and prayers for me at that moment would be GREATLY appreciated.
wahlee: (Go me!)
I had a first-round interview for Dream Job on Friday. Interviewer indicated that they would be continuing first-round interviews on Monday, so I could expect a call Tuesday or Wednesday if I made it to the next round.

I didn't get a call on Tuesday. Nor on Wednesday. I was a quivering bundle of nerves all day, both days. Finally, at 4:45 PM yesterday, I e-mailed interviewer to find out what the status was. She replied that she was doing a final first-round interview shortly, and I'd hear tomorrow.

She just called. I made it to the next round! Nerves temporarily suspended.

Interview is tomorrow at noon MDT. Thoughts and prayers for me at that moment would be GREATLY appreciated.
wahlee: (Anne Shirley)
Hi guys. I haven't posted for a while because, frankly, my life sucks and I don't feel like writing about the various ways in which is does. But today I got some news on the job front, and it's ridiculously exciting news, but it's not a sure thing and I really, really, don't want to jinx it either by getting my own hopes too high or getting yours too high. So I'm just going to say that I could really use your thoughts and prayers right now, because something I've been hoping for for almost two years now might actually become a reality and I want it so bad it hurts.

So thoughts and prayers would be appreciated. Greatly.
wahlee: (Anne Shirley)
Hi guys. I haven't posted for a while because, frankly, my life sucks and I don't feel like writing about the various ways in which is does. But today I got some news on the job front, and it's ridiculously exciting news, but it's not a sure thing and I really, really, don't want to jinx it either by getting my own hopes too high or getting yours too high. So I'm just going to say that I could really use your thoughts and prayers right now, because something I've been hoping for for almost two years now might actually become a reality and I want it so bad it hurts.

So thoughts and prayers would be appreciated. Greatly.
wahlee: (Guilt and Misery)
Hi, guys.

2010 was a year of advanced suckitude for me. I am not at all sorry to see it go. Not that there weren't a few good things about it, but there were more bad things. I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons I haven't been writing very much is that there isn't much to write about except depressing things, and who wants to read a journal from the depths of despair? But I've got high hopes for 2011, and I'm planning on being around a lot more. Not that I don't obsessively read my flist, 'cause I do. But I've been bad at commenting and even worse at posting, and that's got to stop. So.

The Best and Worst of 2010 )

So, going forward. I'm going to find a job, dagnabit. I've got another niece on the way in Februrary. I've got an idea for a non-fiction book (that could easily turn into a series) for the LDS market that has real possibilities. If I can get a job, I'll be in Orlando with my peeps for the release of DH II. They're doing The Music Man at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this year. I've got a membership to a gym and goals and plans for everything from losing weight to organizing my stuff to getting more knitting done. I got $400 from my parents for Christmas (passing on some of my mom's inheritance) that's earmarked for an iPhone once I have a job.

And you'll see me around a lot more. :)

Happy New Year, everyone.
wahlee: (Guilt and Misery)
Hi, guys.

2010 was a year of advanced suckitude for me. I am not at all sorry to see it go. Not that there weren't a few good things about it, but there were more bad things. I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons I haven't been writing very much is that there isn't much to write about except depressing things, and who wants to read a journal from the depths of despair? But I've got high hopes for 2011, and I'm planning on being around a lot more. Not that I don't obsessively read my flist, 'cause I do. But I've been bad at commenting and even worse at posting, and that's got to stop. So.

The Best and Worst of 2010 )

So, going forward. I'm going to find a job, dagnabit. I've got another niece on the way in Februrary. I've got an idea for a non-fiction book (that could easily turn into a series) for the LDS market that has real possibilities. If I can get a job, I'll be in Orlando with my peeps for the release of DH II. They're doing The Music Man at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this year. I've got a membership to a gym and goals and plans for everything from losing weight to organizing my stuff to getting more knitting done. I got $400 from my parents for Christmas (passing on some of my mom's inheritance) that's earmarked for an iPhone once I have a job.

And you'll see me around a lot more. :)

Happy New Year, everyone.
wahlee: (Bad eggs)
I just got let go from my job. They said they decided to go in another direction. Meaning they wanted to hire someone with a degree in accounting. They knew when they hired me that I didn't have accounting experience. I'm kind of upset at how they handled this.

Anyway. They gave me 2 weeks of severance and said that I'd done a lot of good things for them. Whatever that means. I still have no job.

I don't even know if I'll qualify for unemployment again. Since I've been working part-time the last three months and only full time for 3 months before that. Or if I can reopen my previous claim, which I had almost run out of money on anyway.

And now I have yet another job of a year or less to explain away. And none of them were my fault. I hate this. I hate hate hate hate this.

Excuse me while I go wallow in the depths of despair for a while.
wahlee: (Bad eggs)
I just got let go from my job. They said they decided to go in another direction. Meaning they wanted to hire someone with a degree in accounting. They knew when they hired me that I didn't have accounting experience. I'm kind of upset at how they handled this.

Anyway. They gave me 2 weeks of severance and said that I'd done a lot of good things for them. Whatever that means. I still have no job.

I don't even know if I'll qualify for unemployment again. Since I've been working part-time the last three months and only full time for 3 months before that. Or if I can reopen my previous claim, which I had almost run out of money on anyway.

And now I have yet another job of a year or less to explain away. And none of them were my fault. I hate this. I hate hate hate hate this.

Excuse me while I go wallow in the depths of despair for a while.
wahlee: (Go me!)
Apparently, that is. I started a nice long review of the Shakespeare Festival, and promptly lost interest after describing and critiquing one play. :P I guess finishing my thesis has sucked all my long-windedness out of me. Or something.

So, giving up on that idea. Instead, I shall complain about my job. Because that's what an LJ is for, right?

cut for emo whining )

I need to get out of here. Go somewhere where I can be busy and productive and valued. Because this just isn't working.
wahlee: (Go me!)
Apparently, that is. I started a nice long review of the Shakespeare Festival, and promptly lost interest after describing and critiquing one play. :P I guess finishing my thesis has sucked all my long-windedness out of me. Or something.

So, giving up on that idea. Instead, I shall complain about my job. Because that's what an LJ is for, right?

cut for emo whining )

I need to get out of here. Go somewhere where I can be busy and productive and valued. Because this just isn't working.
wahlee: (Default)
I feel like such an LJ failure. I used to be so good at it, taking the time to post an entry even when I didn't really have the time. Now I'm overflowing with time, and I still don't post. What is wrong with me?

So. New goal. Two posts a week. I can do that, I think. Yes.

Quick catch-up:

Life has still not returned back to normal following the deaths of my grandparents, because now we're (well, my mom specifically, but how she spends her time directly influence how I spend mine :P) trying to clean out my grandparent's house enough that we can get it on the market. Both my grandparents were collectors and packrats, so it's taking a while. I have thus far inherited my grandmother's sewing box, a Roseville vase (Grandma collected pottery), a duck (Grandpa loved them, especially decoy ducks), and possibly one of my grandma's original paintings (she was actually quite talented, I think). Plus several small things I'd given them over the years, like hand-knitted slippers and stuffed dogs. I told my mom to keep the shawl I knitted for my grandma; I think she'll enjoy it more, and it'll eventually get back to me anyway.

It's hard to think about them in the past tense.

My work cut me back to part-time for the summer (I really can't blame them, as I usually only have about an hour's worth of actual work to do on any given day, hence the plenty of time to write LJ entries) which has thrust me back into the job search. Even if I go back to full time in September, which was hinted at, I simply can't take the chance that they're just going to do it again next summer. I've had a few interviews, several of which seemed promising, but none of which ended in offers. One more today. Not getting my hopes up.

The day of my grandma's funeral, I had tickets to see Keane in Las Vegas (so did my sisters and two friends). My mom and her siblings felt bad that I had to rearrange my plans (the funeral had to be held that day due to some family drama), so they and my parents chipped in to fly us down after the funeral. They were going to pay for round-trip airfare, but I just couldn't justify taking $900 out of my aunts' and uncles' and mom's inheritance for the sake of three $35 concert tickets. But I also felt like my grandma would have wanted us to go, and would have offered the same deal. So we reached a compromise-- we took a plane to Vegas, then my parents came and picked us up the next day. It was an awesome concert-- general admission with no seats on the ground floor, and my friends had gotten there early enough to get really good spots only 4 rows back. By the time the concert ended, though, we'd moved up to the second row. Nothing like being mere feet from Tom Chaplin as he sings. When mom and dad came the next day, we stopped in Cedar City and took in a play at the Shakespearean Festival-- Pride and Prejudice. It was excellent, and, I think, a good diversion for my mom (as was the whole weekend).

Two weeks later, I, my sister, and our friends Sarah and Carolyn met up with [livejournal.com profile] angua9 and [livejournal.com profile] connielane for a real Shakefest experience. My next post will be a write up of the whole trip and the plays especially. I convinced my mom and dad to go back to see The 39 Steps, and we're taking my Auntie Anna, my Aunt Jeanine and Uncle Steve, and my Grandma By with us. Next Friday night. I also offered to watch the kids so my married siblings and their spouses can see it too. Ben and Laura have already taken me up on the offer, and I think Ben and Amanda will do the same two weeks from today. It seriously is the funniest play I've ever seen.

I desperately need to clean my room and do a major stuff purge. Anyone have any recommendations for good books on organization?

I bought the Costco 24-hour Fitness prepaid 2-year membership at the end of June, but haven't gone once. Such is the craziness that is my life.

I'm really trying to reign in my spending and actually live off an actual budget. So far I've done well for a few weeks and then not so well. I need a full-time job, gosh darnit. How else am I supposed to get ahead instead of just treading water?

Can't wait for Mockingjay. :D
wahlee: (Default)
I feel like such an LJ failure. I used to be so good at it, taking the time to post an entry even when I didn't really have the time. Now I'm overflowing with time, and I still don't post. What is wrong with me?

So. New goal. Two posts a week. I can do that, I think. Yes.

Quick catch-up:

Life has still not returned back to normal following the deaths of my grandparents, because now we're (well, my mom specifically, but how she spends her time directly influence how I spend mine :P) trying to clean out my grandparent's house enough that we can get it on the market. Both my grandparents were collectors and packrats, so it's taking a while. I have thus far inherited my grandmother's sewing box, a Roseville vase (Grandma collected pottery), a duck (Grandpa loved them, especially decoy ducks), and possibly one of my grandma's original paintings (she was actually quite talented, I think). Plus several small things I'd given them over the years, like hand-knitted slippers and stuffed dogs. I told my mom to keep the shawl I knitted for my grandma; I think she'll enjoy it more, and it'll eventually get back to me anyway.

It's hard to think about them in the past tense.

My work cut me back to part-time for the summer (I really can't blame them, as I usually only have about an hour's worth of actual work to do on any given day, hence the plenty of time to write LJ entries) which has thrust me back into the job search. Even if I go back to full time in September, which was hinted at, I simply can't take the chance that they're just going to do it again next summer. I've had a few interviews, several of which seemed promising, but none of which ended in offers. One more today. Not getting my hopes up.

The day of my grandma's funeral, I had tickets to see Keane in Las Vegas (so did my sisters and two friends). My mom and her siblings felt bad that I had to rearrange my plans (the funeral had to be held that day due to some family drama), so they and my parents chipped in to fly us down after the funeral. They were going to pay for round-trip airfare, but I just couldn't justify taking $900 out of my aunts' and uncles' and mom's inheritance for the sake of three $35 concert tickets. But I also felt like my grandma would have wanted us to go, and would have offered the same deal. So we reached a compromise-- we took a plane to Vegas, then my parents came and picked us up the next day. It was an awesome concert-- general admission with no seats on the ground floor, and my friends had gotten there early enough to get really good spots only 4 rows back. By the time the concert ended, though, we'd moved up to the second row. Nothing like being mere feet from Tom Chaplin as he sings. When mom and dad came the next day, we stopped in Cedar City and took in a play at the Shakespearean Festival-- Pride and Prejudice. It was excellent, and, I think, a good diversion for my mom (as was the whole weekend).

Two weeks later, I, my sister, and our friends Sarah and Carolyn met up with [livejournal.com profile] angua9 and [livejournal.com profile] connielane for a real Shakefest experience. My next post will be a write up of the whole trip and the plays especially. I convinced my mom and dad to go back to see The 39 Steps, and we're taking my Auntie Anna, my Aunt Jeanine and Uncle Steve, and my Grandma By with us. Next Friday night. I also offered to watch the kids so my married siblings and their spouses can see it too. Ben and Laura have already taken me up on the offer, and I think Ben and Amanda will do the same two weeks from today. It seriously is the funniest play I've ever seen.

I desperately need to clean my room and do a major stuff purge. Anyone have any recommendations for good books on organization?

I bought the Costco 24-hour Fitness prepaid 2-year membership at the end of June, but haven't gone once. Such is the craziness that is my life.

I'm really trying to reign in my spending and actually live off an actual budget. So far I've done well for a few weeks and then not so well. I need a full-time job, gosh darnit. How else am I supposed to get ahead instead of just treading water?

Can't wait for Mockingjay. :D
wahlee: (Poppies)
My Grandma J passed away a few minutes ago, a little more than a month after her husband. I will miss her terribly.
wahlee: (Poppies)
My Grandma J passed away a few minutes ago, a little more than a month after her husband. I will miss her terribly.

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