Sunday, September 30, 2012

Everyone with Badges, Salary searching, Morning Glory

I came to Virginia on Tuesday.  I'm living with my aunt and uncle that are hilarious and wonderful and their three darling kids.  I feel super lucky.

My uncle Mike was so sweet to take me into DC the day before my job interview so that I could see how to get there.  Yipes yipes yipes.  The city is massive!  I just kept oogling out the window muttering things like, "Holy smokes I can't believe I'm here."  And "This is unreal.  Is this real life?!"  Yes, this is real life.  I just passed the pentagon on the way to my interview like nbd.  Oh, the Washington monument, yeah it's right there on the left side of my vehicle meaning, it's time to get off the freeway.  Seriously, what fairytale land do I live in?  Oh yeah, Virginia.  It's awesome.

After I learned the route on how to get to my job interview, Mike and I grabbed some lunch.  I was dying that everyone was dressed in shirts and ties and had badges!  An avid alias watcher, obviously my mind is going crazy with what all of these people do for work.  Spaz, admitting to being a spaz.  Mike says the people that actually have cool jobs don't wear their badges where you can see them.  haha Again, mind blown.  haha

I had a job interview on Thursday with a really cool company for a job that would pretty much change my life.  Alas, I am unsure about how the first chap that interviewed me felt.  The second guy was wonderful and seemed to have a good read about who I am.  I've never interviewed for a salary position before.  The last place that I was employed, I kid you not, the Fun Park.  haha I haven't heard back from this job interview yet.  You would be accurate in assuming that I have varying dosages of freaking out in my system.  I've been trying to find other places to apply but it's very berry overwhelming.  I know that something will come together.  I know that I'm supposed to be here.  But yeah, while the future is exciting, it's also stressful because I have no idea what's in store.

Aunt Jane took me to Wegmans.  It's a grocery store out here that's practically a cultural experience.  Exotic cheeses?  They've got it.  Sushi bar in the middle of the store?  You betcha.  Gluten free section that makes the one at home look Old Mother Hubbards cupboard?  Yeah.  Real.  I honestly just walked up and down the aisle in awe.  Bless them for having a nice gluten-free selection.  The everything intolerant me is very berry grateful.

I went to two wards today.  Woke up at 5, showered up and drove into the city.  I'm trying to start going to one of the singles wards that I'll be going to once I find a big swanky job.  So...I'm just glazing over the big swanky job for today and going to meet people.  In one of them, the bishops wife served her mission in Italy.  Yeah, we spoke Italian for a bit and I'm pretty sure I was beaming.  I have missed speaking Italian.  The wards are great.  I can't officially move my records or anything until I move into their boundaries and I can't do that until I start getting paychecks.  In the words of Leon Marvin, "Babysteps".

So I'm obsessed with the movie "Morning Glory".  I love it.  I love that Rachel McAdams is this darling, adventurous, smart single lady that moves to a big city and has a great career.  I love this movie, in part, because I kind of want this phase of my life similar to hers.  My co-workers from my hilarious temp job and I would tease that I am going to meet a darling chap in the elevator--because she does it and....he's not unattractive or repulsive in personality.  Win win.  haha  So signing out from the girl that's on her way but with a few little road bumps.  Here's a song that I adore from the flick.  Love you from Virginia,


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Insanity--a workout vid and also my life

I've been procrastinating blogging.  Not because I don't have loads that I should be posting about, but because I'm stressed or something.  I can't offer you any awesome explanations...just acknowledge that I'm aware of the lack of posting and apologize.

I got home from Africa.  It's crazy being home.  There are white people everywhere.  I'm struck by how selfish and spoiled some people are.  Yeah, that sounds mean.  But there was legitimately some reverse culture shock happening.  Kids freaking out at their parents because their earphones to their IPOD weren't working very well is just hard for me to sympathize with.  haha It's fine and I totally get that things and life are different here but it's just fascinating for me to process the things that are complained about here (and I'm positive I do it too) that just don't exist in Africa.  It's nuts.  Upside:  LOVE seeing my friends and family.  It's been a long four months and I've missed erbody.  Though, let's not talk about all the cute peeps in Uganda I miss.  That's for another post.

One of my besties had a baby!  She gave birth just a couple of days before I came home from Uganda.  I visited her in the hospital, got emotional...because apparently I think that's cool or something...and she and her husband are darling parents.  And her daughter is adorable.  See pic below for proof.

THEN Thursday, another of my bestest friends got sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.  She looked gorgeous and so happy.  He seems wonderful and I'm both blissfully happy for her and selfishly sad that our relationship will have to change because she has someone else to make plans with.  I can't just steal her anytime I want now.  haha  I found out that my temple recommend was expired the morning of her sealing.  Who's the dummy?  Me.  It's all me.  After stressing out and crying (seriously, I told you I've been crying's awkward) I somehow managed to get a new temple recommend and run to the temple sealing just in time.  Miracle.
I got a temp job filing papers.  6am-2pm.  It was hysterical.  Never in my life did I think I'd graduate college and then work as a temp filing papers.  So funny.  But it was perfect.  I needed a random job to work in the few weeks I was home until my friend Mindy got married and it was perfect.  My co-workers were hilarious and again, I could write an entire post about them and our adventures in the warehouse.  In fact, I might do that.

Saturday, I went to visit my sister Kim.  She and her family are so wonderful.  No amount of time with her is ever enough.  We went to the zoo, aquarium, and had so much fun making yummy food, playing with her sweet children, and walking around the mall just because we can.  She's become one of my dearest friends and it's brutality how fast time flies when we're together.  In fact, we're kind of like the Olsen twins because we both posted blogs about our time together at the same time.  haha She really is one of the most amazing human beings I've ever met in real life.  I really look up to her and still feel like a ten year-old sister in the sense that I want to be just like her in so many ways.  I love that any time we're going to talk on the phone, a fifteen minute slot of time will not be enough.  We talk for hours on the phone and I enjoy every second of it.  I love that lady.  Yep, so much more than a little.

Tuesday I flew to North Carolina and then to Virginia.  My Aunt Jane and Uncle Mike have graciously agreed to let me sleep in their house while I'm job hunting in the DC area.  We spent so much time with them growing up that they really feel like immediate family.  They're hilarious, kind, wonderful people and I feel so lucky that I get to stay with them while I save up a few paychecks until I can move into an apartment.

Uncle Mike took me into the city today to help me practice getting there on the crazy freeways.  It's so surreal that these last few months have all happened.  It has all happened so fast.  I drive around out here looking out the window and I'm completely fascinated and intrigued.  I've never spent time out here on the east coast and the concept that it's going to be my home blows my mind.  It's beautiful and green, the old parts of down are so darling and the people seem very berry friendly.  I love it here.

I have a job interview tomorrow morning so I really need to go to bed.  I have no clue if I'm going to get the job...I sure hope so obviously...but I'm trying not to get my hopes up (amateur defense mechanism really).  I will be posting more pics because holy smokes I want to photograph everything!  And I really need to be better about posting on here.  New years resolution in September?  okay.  Also known as a goal, however.  Hmm...Anywho lots going on but I'm happy and excited about this ambiguous future ahead of me.  I know I'm where I'm supposed to be.  I don't know why or what the future holds, but I'm calm and excited at the same time.  Hope everyone's well.  Love, Mals