I start my assignment at Schawk (formerly Ambrosi) tomorrow. The nerves are starting to get worked up. It’ll be off to bed soon for me. Wish me luck!

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A Potluck Entry

I don’t know about you, but the opening ceremonies blew me away last night. China does not play around when it comes to pyrotechnics. I LOVE watching the Parade of Nations. Yes, it takes hours, but I enjoy watching the outfits and the different faces and the different people. Amazing. At first, I was grumbling because there were many times that Bush didn’t seem to even TRY to be looking interested, but when I saw other world leaders SLEEPING, I stopped being so critical. At least W stayed awake, even if he was checking his watch. Sigh.

In a little over a week, I start a temp assignment at Ambrosi, an advertising firm. I am very excited about this assignment. Not only does it pay really well, but I get to look at some really cool stuff. I’m nervous, of course, but I’m also excited. Plus, the train stop is right across the street from the building, and there is an Argo Tea downstairs! One of the best things about having the chance to temp this summer is the fact that I am getting so much experience in different fields. When Ambrosi is completed, I can say I have agency experience (I actually do have a little bit with Trisect and S2) as well as educational publishing experience. Not to mention the flexibility that comes from being able to state my availability. It’s been quite a blessing.

I love when I’m lying in bed, and I feel a little thump next to me, then tiny footsteps walking across my legs and back. I know that means Helena is settling in for the night, or at least a few minutes.

I recently decided that I wanted to get used to wearing contacts again because I do not want to bother with glasses (other than sunglasses) when I am in Disney World. So, while I was out yesterday, I stopped at an America’s Best eye clinic to see about getting an exam. I hadn’t been examined in two years, and I knew that my glasses were not as effective as they used to be. :( My vision did deteriorate a bit, but it’s still not too bad. Anyway, now I have new contacts coming in, and soon, I’m going to go get new glasses. YAY. Let me tell you, it’s weird wearing contacts again–not having my glasses on and being able to see clearly all the way to the back of the apartment. I pick up my boxes of contacts in a few days, but he gave me a trial pair to wear home.

I love it when I’m sitting on our new loveseat, typing away on my laptop, and Crookshanks comes and curls up right next to me. Yes, he usually plops his big butt right where I need to move the mouse, but it’s still very sweet.

I finally got to read Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr. I thought the book was beautifully written. I got to meet Melissa in April of this year at an author signing in La Grange, IL. It’s so easy to see that this woman LOVES writing and creating stories, that love definitely comes through in her writing. I really enjoyed this book. I did have a hard time with all the faery names–trying to work out pronunciations in my head and such (and she thankfully has a guide on her site), but that didn’t make the book any less good.

I also FINALLY read Rainbow Party and while I can understand why some people were like “whut” over it, I think the book handled the matter in a very responsible and well-written way. Other books I recently read include Meg Cabot’s Airhead and April Henry’s Shock Point, which is actually a re-read because I enjoyed it so much the first time around.

My allergies haven’t been that nice to me. I have a hard time sleeping because of all the gunk in my throat, or the itchiness. This was probably not the smartest time to try wearing contacts again, seeing as my eyes get itchy and tired too. I’m constantly sniffling and clearing my throat these days.

And here is something interesting I’ve found out. Some groceries at Target are a lot cheaper than the grocery store, even my beloved Strack & Van Til! What a nice, pleasant surprise. Although this particular Target is SCARILY crowded, and yesterday, I remembered WHY I hate driving in Chicago. Seriously, UPS trucks and random SUVs that park and take up whole lanes REALLY irritate me. I usually end up behind those idiots and I can’t get around them because everyone behind me sees that I’m stuck and they just jut on out, thus keeping ME from getting around those losers. I also hate that it takes 25 minutes to go four miles because of all the stupid traffic lights. This city is NOT driver friendly at all. Especially not to people with Ohio license plates. :(

I didn’t get a lot of normal groceries yesterday, just snacks/junk mostly. And cereal. Edy’s Dibs were on sale, two for $5. Trix was $2. Doritos were two for $5. I also got us some treats. Reese’s miniatures and Pop Tarts. Yeah, not the most healthy of foods, but I wanted them. Ha.

Anyway, I want to go relax a bit before Adam gets back from the farmer’s market. ‘Til next time!

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A Potluck Entry

The end of another week draws near. Tomorrow is my last day at the law firm where I’m temping. I really enjoy working there, and I get a lot of compliments on my work. I’ve asked them to consider me when they go to staff the position permanently, if I am still on the market. They treat their employees well, and that makes me want to perform well.

Adam got a new computer and gave me his old MacBook. I spend most of my time on the computer Andy got me for Christmas because I’m definitely more familiar with it and the way it works, but I’m having fun playing with iPhoto on the Mac! So far I’ve mostly been using it for photo manipulation.

We’re cat sitting this week. After a rocky start, Ophelia and Charlie are relaxed and making themselves at home. They’re eating, using the litter box, and letting Adam and me pet them. Aidan is terrified of them because they hissed a lot when they first got here. Ophelia reminds me of Lucy with her temperament and the way she acts: timid but curious. She’s a lot more vocal than Lucy, though.

I miss having more than one cat around the place. I know that Crookshanks will be welcoming to a new kitten. I just want to be sure that I’m ready to start again. The thought of going through another pet death scares me. But the thought of not having another kitty makes me sad. Is this normal?

I’m slowly going through Cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model. I watched most of it while it was on TV, but Adam taped the marathon for me at the beginning of June. So I’m watching it again. :) The episode with the music photo shoot is on now.

I just added a couple of pages to the site. I decided to reinstate the 101 in 1001 program, redone completely, and I also made a page called 50 smiles.

I got my wedding dress! Well, it’s not a bridal gown or anything, but it’s a really pretty dress that I actually can’t describe, but you’ll see pix soon enough. Only 17 more days!!

I am starting to get the urge to scrapbook again. I haven’t made a scrapbook in almost three years! It’s been a long time. I still have most of my stuff, I have tons of pictures, so I should make albums. The thing is, I’m not sure what to make them of. I want to definitely make an Aidan album, a Ronni & Adam album, and well, I have a lot of pictures of “things” such as flowers and stuff. Do I want to make an album of that stuff?

Decisions, decisions.

When Aidan was smaller, he used to get so involved playing computer games that he wouldn’t go use the potty. Today, he wet his pants twice because of games, so he won’t be allowed to play games tomorrow. He definitely knows better, he’s just being lazy. And that’s annoying. He’s already out of clean shorts because of it.

Speaking of laundry, I really miss having my own washer and dryer. There’s a little room here, but it’s hit or miss and frankly, the room is too dirty for my tastes. Dropping a sock is not a good idea, if you know what I mean. So we need to make a trip to a coin laundry center because I have clothes that haven’t been washed since before I moved (don’t worry, I haven’t worn them either!) and that’s not right. I want to take a pile of money and just take a whole day to do laundry. Sheets, blankets, everything. Actually, I’d much rather do one of those laundry service deals. Then I wouldn’t have to deal with it! But we’ll see. That goes under the heading of “extravagant” and “luxury”.

Anyway, I’ve been writing this entry for hours now, and I’m about ready to get off the computer. Til next time!

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Up & Down (Pictures)

A week after I quit that job, I am now starting to feel the depression of not having full-time work. I know I did the right thing in leaving, but right now, that “You’re worthless, no one wants you on their staff unless they’re going to mistreat/underpay you, why can’t you just suck it up and deal with working in miserable conditions just like everyone else” voice is beating heavily into me.

This week started off so great, too.

Adam’s family, Aidan, and I went down to Millennium Park and to Cloud Gate, which never gets old for me. It was Aidan’s first time there, and he LOVED it. He’d been talking about seeing “the big bean” for ages now.

Fun at Millennium Park!

Aidan lifting the “bean”.

Fun at Millennium Park!

I realized that there were no pictures of me without a camera in front of my face, like this one:

Fun at Millennium Park!

So I had Adam take one of me:

Fun at Millennium Park!

Aidan got wet in the giant fountains. I mean SOAKING!

Fun at Millennium Park!

Fun at Millennium Park!

Fun at Millennium Park!

But he didn’t care much for the train ride home. He was scared to death to go underground (he thought it would be very dark) and the train was very loud. He cried at first.

Yesterday was a good day.

Today started off nicely, too. It was a beautiful day. Perfect temps, sunny, blue skies and fluffy clouds. My most favorite kind of day. I got to meet Adam’s business partner Troy, and I took pictures of the Weird Chicago guys down on the lake shore. Cassidy treated me to a manicure (hadn’t had one since prom) and a pedicure (hadn’t had one since 2006) and my toes look adorable:


We ate lunch at an adorable Italian place in Niles, IL. and acted silly when we were stuffed to the hilt.

Those Silly Kids

After popping into Target where I found out the gift card Ivy gave me was $40, not $25 like I’d thought, the Selzer’s dropped Aidan and me off and are now heading back toward Georgia.

I’m letting the little disappointments get to me. I got a little carsick today on the way to Target. Didn’t puke, thank God. The new pillow I got reeks and I have to return it. I feel like I’m letting everyone down for various reasons, and I honestly feel like crawling into a hole for a while. Everything’s eating away at my heart and soul and I know it’s a matter of time before I break down (again). But I have my little guy here and he loves me no matter what, so I’m going to hang on to that.

The job hunting blogs keep bleating the same thing. “YOU WILL NOT FIND A JOB SCOURING THE JOB BOARDS AND THE WANT ADS. THE ONLY WAY TO GET JOBS IS THROUGH CONTACTS AND NETWORKING.” Well, that’s nice and all, IF YOU FREAKIN’ HAVE CONTACTS. Guess who pretty much has ZERO contacts in Chicago. The agencies have been somewhat helpful. There is one here that I’ve had really great luck with, one that I’ve had OK luck with, and one that I’ve had a bit of luck with. But none of the full-time stuff I was up for panned out. That’s about as far as having contacts goes for me. It just seems like that “dream job” is always going to be out of reach. I want to do what I’m good at and what I love, and I want to be compensated well (or at least paid a living wage for goodness sakes) and treated with respect while I do so. I don’t want to feel like I’m wasting away while someone gets rich off of me while I’m away from my adorable little boy. But that won’t happen as long as I seek work for others… but I’m too scared to try to do this on my own on the self-employment route. I feel trapped and stuck and scared. Like I’ve gone backwards instead of forward or even lateral, and that’s the way it’s always going to be for someone like me, whose talents are a dime a dozen in one of the most competitive fields out there.

And folks, that’s how I feel now. Sad and tired (haven’t had a lot of sleep the past several days) and like the world’s biggest failure except when it comes to Aidan. And sometimes, I have my doubts about that too. :(


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Um… Wow

Just CATAPULTED myself back into the job search market. Long story, don’t want to go into it publically. Just know that Adam and everyone I talked to supports me 150%. And that means a lot to me.

Now I get to concentrate fully on the upcoming family visits this weekend! Aidan’s coming soon! :)

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