Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas is Coming

Well, sitting here (taking a break from) job-searching and not really enjoying the cold. I think this is because I have no socks. Lack of socks is never a good thing on a cold, blustery day. At least it hasn't snowed yet!

I've been thinking about Christmas gifts. I love to give gifts. I really do. It's a lot more fun for me to give than to get. Lately, I've been thinking on what to get people for Christmas when I have no money -some people are getting drawings, others just cards and a Christmas IOU... One idea I really like (but will have to wait until I have money again) is getting Christmas 'gifts' through an organization like Heifer International. The cheapest gift is $20, but it seems like such a great idea. Instead of getting myself more stuff for Christmas, I could actually give back. I realize I might sound self-righteous here, but I'm not trying to... Or rather, I'm trying not to. I just thought it would be something really cool - and as I rarely get what I want for Christmas, no loss! ;)

Well, back to applications I go. Judging by the success rate of my job-search, I could well be back in school before I ever find a job... Stupid economy.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias

Hi Guys!

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you guys are having a great day. Mine's going pretty good so far. Been up since about nine doing last minute prep on the food. More pictures will come (the pie and the turkey are not done yet), but I wanted to post pictures while I had a chance right now.

My first homemade pie crust!


Cranberry Sauce in the making


Red Velvet Cookies (Thanks to Sarah for the recipe)


Finished products: galette, cranberry sauce, and artichoke dip

Monday, November 23, 2009

I Got The Sun In The Morning

Hello, friends on Blogger!

Well, not much happening here. Still job-searching. Still dog-/house-sitting. Exploring Indianapolis, getting lost (inevitably). Listening to Betty Hutton sing "I Got the Sun in the Morning" from Annie, Get Your Gun. Classic. :)

"Got no diamonds, got no pearls. Still I think I'm a lucky girl...
Got no butler, got no maid. Still I think I've been overpaid...
Got no silver, got no gold. What I got can't be bought or sold"

Ok, so that's half true. I'm not overpaid (I'm just not paid for the most part) and I often am never grateful for the little that I do have. I like this song. It's like my untraditional Thanksgiving song. Sung with a little bit of grovel and in a fringe-covered coat.

Oh wait! There is one thing to be thankful for! After six weeks (SIX WEEKS!) of job searching, no money, and carefully written appeals... my unemployment has be reinstated! Yay! So excited, merely because now I can pay bills for another month or two! This is a huge answer to prayer and one I seriously had no hope for because Michigan is so overloaded with people claiming unemployment that I figured they'd cut out as many as possible. But they didn't cut me! So, bill collectors, just hold your horses because you will not be calling me this month!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Coupon Clipping and Starbucks?

So, had a discussion the other day with my mother and it started me thinking. I mentioned something about wanting to get a Kroger card because of the discounts, then that got us on to the subject of coupon clipping and I started to talk about a few of my friends who are getting into it. Her observation (not verbatim) was how odd it was that 'the-generation-that-will-pay-out-the-nose-for-Starbucks' would like coupon clipping.

My thought is that a lot of the Starbucks-goers are middle-aged business people. Yes, there are a number of college students, but in my experience it's split about 50/50 depending on location. Next thought: I enjoy getting the good deals because it then enables me to treat myself every once in a while (i.e. stuff like Starbucks). Granted, I've cut down (A LOT) on my Starbucks consumption, but I just thought it was an interesting thought.

What do you think? Either about Starbucks (and the outrageous prices) or coupon clipping?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving

So, I'm trying to think of fun/cool things to do on Thanksgiving since I'm pretty sure I'll be on my own. Here are some ideas I've got so far, with the help of brainstorming and some Google searches.

1) Do Thanksgiving Dinner in miniature (this is pretty cool because, as I love to cook, this is a real treat and I can also cut out the holiday foods that I don't like!)

2) Volunteer - whether it be at a soup kitchen, a church dinner, or something else this would be a great way to be around people and get to make some new acquaintances around the holiday season. The work is generally easy and all it takes is a willingness to help and a smile, so I might have to try this one if I can find stuff around here (working in a new area is a bit challenging).

3) Movies - treat myself to a movie on Thanksgiving day! This sounds like a fun time to me. Whether it's a holiday movie that I rent (I'm thinking "Holiday Inn", "A Christmas Story", "White Christmas" or "Miracle on 34th Street") or one that's in the theatres, this can always be fun and a good way to kick off the holiday season.

4) Go out for Thanksgiving dinner - I never really thought about this before, but there are a number of restaurants that -for a certain amount and with reservations- do a mean holiday meal. Granted, I like cooking, but this might be a fun new way to experience Turkey Day.

Hope you all are looking forward to the holidays and (hopefully!) some sort of break. I for one am just very thankful that I am NOT working Black Friday. After working two Black Fridays at one of the largest outlet malls in the midwest, I have a new appreciation for retail workers and a strong desire never to do that again.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blah Humbug

Ha! I like my little idiotic play on words. "Humbug" because, as a former retail worker, holidays (especially Thanksgiving and whether I'm working retail or not) come with a fair bit of angst (I still do not know what possesses people to go out and shop on Black Friday) and "blah" because I will be bored and alone (A-L-O-N-E) on Thanksgiving. Granted, it's not that big a deal. Done it before and will do it again, but it's rarely fun. Anyone want to drive all the way to Indianapolis and spend the holiday with me as a dog sit?????? I'll cook! Come on, you know you want to!

Leaving tomorrow for Indianapolis to a) go to a concert (I hope!) and b) dog sit for my family as they all go down to Florida for Thanksgiving. Won't actually be that bad, I'll get a gigantic house to myself and a new city to explore. Maybe I'll even get a job out of the whole ordeal. Who knows. Getting pretty discouraged about that. Looks like Cleveland doesn't have much more to offer than any other place does, so I'm off to my city-of-last-resort: Indianapolis. We'll see what happens.

If I don't 'talk' to you guys before then, have a great thanksgiving day!

Anything in particular you're thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my farmer's market (yes, I'm a dork), a car that is miraculously still running (fingers-crossed!), and finally being done with my BA (despite my lack of a job).

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cleveland

Ugh. I hate being sick. I have this monster headache, a high fever, dizziness, and lots of other crap and Ibuprofen is not helping a bit. I've been snoozing off and on all day because I was up sick all night.

I was supposed to go return all my applications tomorrow, but I don't know if I'll be able to now. All I want to do is crawl under a rock and die. Blech.

In other news, I am in Cleveland. Job-searching and enjoying a bit of a (very cheap) vacation since I am still jobless. Halloween was a blast. Went to my (second? third?) cousin's first birthday party which was a costume party. I have some cool pictures and will hopefully get them up once I'm back in Michigan as I've left my adapter up there... I went as something between a goth and a punk rocker. Dark clothes, flat-ironed the hair, super thick eyeliner, midnight blue (HEAVY) eyeshadow and the deepest red lipstick you have ever seen - which only reaffirmed my "I-Hate-Lipstick" stance. The best part of my costume were the tattoo sleeves that I picked up at JoAnn's on sale. Seriously, so hysterical. Half the people at the party thought they were real!

My dad went as Bill Clinton (complete with McDonald's paraphernalia), my sister went as a witch, Patrick was a pirate. Grandma and Grandpa went as Lady Liberty and Zorro. My family got quite the kick out of taking pictures with 'Bill Clinton' and 'Lady Liberty'. Got to go trick-or-treating for only the second time in my entire life. Granted, I was merely an escort because... well, even though I'm a kid at heart, that doesn't cut it for the adults handing out the candy.