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June 8th, 2011

06:46 pm
It's come to my attention that spammy comments have been left on this blog, and that some spam may have come from the email address associated with this account. I have taken care of the email issue. As for the rest, I apologize to anyone who read that mess! I don't want to delete this account altogether, since I do still pop back from time to time, so I guess I'll have to keep on checking for comments about miracle berries and sex tips.

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May 9th, 2011

07:04 pm
Wow, this still exists! It kind of fell out of my brain. (My poor knit blog suffered a similar fate.) For those few of my ol' LJ pals who may still be reading this: I am still in Chicago, although in a different apartment. I have completed my Master's degree, and, more importantly, I have completely my teaching certificate. I have been subbing since December. My amazing cat, who is shown in the icon here, died. I have another cat now, also black, who gets along well with my little gray cat. Various personal things have occurred, as things do, but none have significantly changed my life. (In grad school, several profs required students to write essays or journals detailing how they (the students) had "changed" over the course of the term. How many life-changing epiphanies was I supposed to experience?!?) I'm on Facebook a lot. I'm still alive.

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November 20th, 2009

09:06 am - Buddy, can you spare a crappy retail job?
Yes, I do still show up here from time to time, which means I still show up on various flists from time to time. I'm here to ask a favor. I need some seasonal employment, starting yesterday, and going on until sometime in maybe January. (If all goes well, that's when I'll start student teaching.) I know department stores are always hiring, but a lot of people are out of work right now, and will be running over to those places to beg for work. And I don't relish "Black Friday" at all. I went through a long period when I was the Queen of the Job Interview, so I know by now how things will go even before I walk in, even before I apply. While my "that won't work... nope, won't get that one..." and so on may seem defeatist, it's just me being realistic. I know what might be a real lead, and what won't. I also know that it's easy to overlook things. So, if any of you Chicago darlings have any good leads regarding seasonal work (that is, you actually know of a place that's hiring), I would appreciate suggestions!

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October 5th, 2009

01:55 am - Writer's Block: Agree to disagree
Have you ever stopped being friends with someone over differences in political views? Are there any issues that are so important to you that you cannot be friends with someone who holds a contrary opinion?
Not just for having different views, no, but I have found myself avoiding people who are jerks about it. You're not intolerant if you avoid people for awful behavior.

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May 21st, 2009

12:49 pm - I'm impressed
x-posted from my knit blog. Saw it on t.v., and it was so good I had to share.

There are lots of people who knit for charity. Cari Clement took it to a whole new level.

Rwanda Knits

Through a USAID grant to our sister Rwanda-based NGO, Rwandans Allied for Peace and Progress, Rwanda Knits has enabled over 1,200 women to earn a living through making and selling their knitted goods. The organization has provided over 600 knitting machines and training to women in 17 associations throughout the country. The project has been described as one of USAID Rwanda's most successful income-producing projects. Today these associations have formed 29 knitting cooperatives who are registering as primary cooperatives, soon to be forming the country's first Secondary (umbrella-type) Artisan Cooperative.

That? Is awesome. And they're not just selling their products. They also knit sweaters for local the kids' school uniforms.

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April 7th, 2009

01:02 am - The Inevitable Knit Blog
Yes, I'm still here. Sometimes. But as of today, I'm also here: http://theinevitableknitblog.blogspot.com/

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November 16th, 2008

02:14 pm - But can't you just shut up?
I seem to have fallen out of love with blogging.


I need somewhere to complain. So here I go.

I still consider myself "mostly unemployed", although I do work sometimes. I do freelance and temp work, but it's never consistent or predictable. I had 6 straight weeks of full-time freelance work, which helped me catch up on my bills and last through the beginning of the dry spell that came after that. I get a day here, maybe three days there, of temp work, but I still collect unemployment checks most weeks. Since my unemployment benefits run out this week, there's a greater sense of urgency, and I'm hoping to find something seasonal pretty soon. (In other words, I'm hoping that someone needs to bulk up their employee roster quickly, and won't be too picky.) Lots of people have offered suggestions, and while I'm grateful for the help, I get downright PISSED OFF at the implication that anyone can just go out and get a job somewhere if they "really want to." So, all those applications and resumes I submitted were ignored because I didn't really want a job? When a restaurant manager loved me on the phone, asked me to come for an interview, and looked disappointed the moment I walked in the door, that was because I didn't really want it? When I go through periods of sending out dozens of resumes per day, get one interview, and get no offers from that interview, it's because I just didn't try hard enough? When I take a half day off from hourly freelance work so I can go to an interview, thereby gambling guaranteed money against potential future money, it's because I wasn't putting enough effort into it? Oh, but I could just go get some food service job, or something in retail, right? Except that I've applied for lots of jobs like that, and not gotten them! Starbuck's? Doesn't want me. Borders? Nope, not them, either. Caribou Coffee? Kohl's? I lost track of all of them. (It's very telling that the people who say "But can't you just..." are nearly always people who haven't had to apply for a job outside their usual area of experience since they were just out of school.) The only thing I can surmise from this is that they don't want someone who hasn't worked in those industries in years, and obviously isn't planning to stick around very long.

In the end, I don't really know why I can't find anything steady. I've dropped all but the following standards: 1) Nothing naked, 2) Nothing involving direct sales, because I'm terrible at it, and I'd get fired anyway, 3) Nothing involving multi-level marketing, for obvious reasons, and 4) Nothing illegal, harmful, or dangerous. And 5) I will not work in a nursing home. I don't know why this is a problem for me, it just is.

A big part of the problem is that work from the temp agencies has dried up. Like anything else, it goes through cycles, but this has been a long dry cycle, and not just for me. The recruiter from one of the agencies told me they're just not getting as many requests for workers as they usually do. That's the other problem- fewer jobs over all, and more unemployed and underemployed people trying to get them.

That's it. That's all. I'm just frustrated with well-intentioned but ignorant people who think they're helping me when they suggest I apply for a job that involves a 2-hour commute and for which I'm not qualified, or when they ask me why I haven't tried something I've already tried, or when they suggest I do some commission-based sales job of the sort that has never gone well for me in the past. Or when they say, as one person did, "Why don't you try playing to your strengths?" Oh my god! I never thought of that! Play to my strengths! Because all this time I've been deliberately playing to my weaknesses! *headdesk* That's right up there with "What would you do if you didn't have to work?" (Nothing that would translate into an obvious career path, that's what.) "But there's always stuff being advertised." (I know what you're talking about, and those are scams.) "Can you go back school?" (I'm in school, but I still need to work while I'm doing it.)"I get e-mails about jobs all the time!" (You got one e-mail, about one job, and that e-mail was sent to 5000 people.) "But you have a college degree!" (It's worth a lot in life experience, but still won't get me hired.) "Can't you just sign up with a temp agency or something?" (*headdesk*)

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October 8th, 2008

10:26 pm - She lives!
Busy girl has been busy. More later.

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August 21st, 2008

07:30 pm - Curtains!
Was it a bad idea to spend $60 on curtains when I'm behind in my car payment and also have to pay my fall tuition in a few days? What if they were $200 curtains? And I really needed thicker curtains in my bedroom? And I can move the old bedroom curtains to the living room and layer them over the ugly blinds? Is that okay?

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August 20th, 2008

11:21 pm - Should I?
I'm thinking of applying for this job, since it obviously matches my skill set, but I'm a little worried about potentially having to move.

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August 18th, 2008

05:04 pm - WANT
If such a thing existed, I would definitely start jogging again.

Victoria's Circuit

The idea of an energy-generating bra isn't as crazy as it might sound. A company called Triumph International Japan recently unveiled a solar-powered bra that supposedly will generate enough energy to power an iPod. But I live in foggy San Francisco and prefer not to walk around in my underwear in public. Could someone design an iPod-powering bra for me?

Boobie physics? Jiggle power? Whatever. I'm in.

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August 10th, 2008

05:33 pm - I can do this... right?
Aug. 1: 218 lbs. (my "personal best")
Aug. 10: 215 lbs. (okay, there was some tummy trouble, but I'll take it)
Goal: 5 lbs. per month, for a year

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August 8th, 2008

06:26 pm - Peer pressure, dammit, peer pressure!
I finally caved in and joined Facebook. (My oh-so-sophisticated and grown-up Mensa friends made me do it!) Nice to have a new distraction, I think. Seems my sister, cousins, and mother are all represented there.

Yes, you heard me, my 60-year-old mother is on Facebook. I will give no credit to arguments that old people can't handle computers.

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August 6th, 2008

07:30 am - Well said

(ganked from that place with all the pictures)

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August 5th, 2008

08:38 pm - Cheep cheep cheep...
A friend installed an IM system called Pidgin on my laptop. It seems to be related to AOL in some way. (I signed in using my old AIM username, which was also my AOL username, way back when.) I've got it, and I want to test it, but the few people I know who use Pidgin don't seem to be online. So, if you can communicate using Pidgin, or AIM, or whatever this hting is based in, my username is my actual first and last name as one word. (If you don't know my actual first and last name, e-mail me and I'll tell it to you!)

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August 4th, 2008

07:57 pm - If you live in Logan Square RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!
The National Weather Service keeps breaking into the Colbert Report to tell me that a tornado is headed directly for DuPage and western Cook County, so OMG RUN FOR YOUR LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFE! Except that they always say "Cook County" instead of "Just that little part of Cook County all the way out to the west" and they also say "The National Weather Service in Chicago" instead of "Really, what we mean by Chicago is Romeoville, because that's where the office is located", so I

Oooh, never mind! I was just going to type that it has nothing to do with me, but the teevee says it's heading right for the middle of the north side LIEK OMG PROTECT NAVY PIER!!!!

Seriously. There are perks to living in a basement apartment. Just hope my neighbors don't want to come down here. This place is a mess. Note to self: clean apartment in anticipation of future tornado parties.

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07:54 pm - Knitknitknitknitknitknitknitknit
Dear Knitting Designers:

If I'm supposed to base my project size on my high-hip measurement, please say that in the pattern. Otherwise, I will take the term "hip measurement" to mean the fullest part of the hips, because that's what it means, and I will knit the wrong size.

And, who gets 5 stitches per inch on Cascade Pima Tencel? I'm getting 6.25" stitches per inch. Who measures this stuff, anyway?



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July 30th, 2008

11:07 pm - Class of '93
Found an old diary today. Entries were few and sporadic (for someone who wanted to be a writer, I didn't write much) and covered mainly 1989-1991, my 9th and 10th grade years. I was surprised at how many things that now stand out as very important memories never made it to paper (but then, I only journalled now and then) and how many things seemed crucial to me then that have since faded into a long blur of old memories. But there were a few entries that made me laugh, and a few that reminded me of how far I've come, and one or two that let me know I'm still the same person. Although there are fewer than 30 entries, I can see that forceful optimism I had when I started high school fading into the pervasive sadness that would follow me around into my 20's, and finally break me. And I can see a tiny glimpse of the person I hoped I would become, hiding inside someone who was busy perfecting the art of hiding. Boys, boys, boys, and feeling mortified because my brother knew which boys I liked. Reading The Outsiders, wondering if not having a date to a school dance made me, like, totally lame, and learning how to ask boys to dance. (Well, I didn't have a date! I wasn't going to just sit there!) Going to a New Kids on the Block concert (yes, really). A girl at my school killing herself on the baseball field.

This was the period in which I really started to come into conflict with my parents, but I usually only recorded my feelings, not the events that led to them. And the worst of it happened in the 2-year interval between the penultimate entry in 1991, and the final entry, from my first year in college, in 1993. I honestly don't remember if I kept another journal during that time. Oh, I was great at angsty poetry, though. That notebook has yet to surface. :)

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July 25th, 2008

02:56 pm - Proposed Chicago Law May Require Spay/Neuter
The Chicago City Council is set to vote on an ordinance that will require all pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs. This is a copy of the e-mail I received from PAWS Chicago regarding the ordinance: 

I do believe that people should spay or neuter their pets. I do NOT believe that it should be required by law.

This is the e-mail I sent to the alderman sponsoring the ordinance, as well as to the alderman for my ward:  

I'm aware that my opinion is extremely unpopular in certain circles, but I feel the need to make my thoughts known. Please make your own opinions, either for or against the ordinance, known by contacting your alderman!

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July 24th, 2008

03:57 pm - Um... yay?
That's weird-  the numbers say I should have a B in macroeconomics, but the system lists an A for me. Maybe the instructor adjusted the grades on some kind of curve? Not that I'm not willing to take the A, and I can see from the listed averages that I beat the average score on 6 out of 8 assignments, but... this is odd. I feel a sense of... what is it? Acheivement? No. Pride? Not that, either. Slightly less self-loathing than usual? Yep, I think we've landed on it.

Also, Geography: B. Coulda been better, but I'll take it. 

Dear All My Future Instructors: Amy doesn't test well. I have poor memorization skills, especially in the short term, and poor concentration, and also I get things all out of order, especially numbers, except, strangely, when it comes to calculations related to money. If you're going to insist on basing the entire course grade on exams, this is the best I'm going to be able to do. Next time, maybe some nice essay assignments and such, please? Especially the kind where I can overanalyze trivial things, and maybe make some pretty graphs. I love that stuff. Love and kisses, Me.

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