Tuesday, January 31, 2006

My Schedule Today

9:00 am - Interview with RadioShack

1:30 pm - Interview 1 with Sabre (Travelocity)

2:00 pm - Interview 2 with Sabre

And hopefully....
5:00 pm - receive notification of acceptance into 2nd round interviews with Sabre (2nd round is tomorrow)

So if you think about it at any of those times...pray for me!

Friday, January 27, 2006

And now for a real dream...

Okay, so I never really had interrogation interview nightmares. But the last 2 nights I have had really weird dreams. Dreams are usually really weird anyways, with locations magically changing and such, so I'm not counting that kind of weird. They have been particularly weird because they have been a steady stream of cameos from people from my past. People that I haven't seen in years, so its not like I'm transferring a sighting of them into my dream or anything. No ex boyfriends, so its nothing like that, just random people. For example, in one part of my dream last night, I was walking through Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood with Valerie Yanaros (a girl I was a cheerleader with in H.S. but not best friends or anything) and Kat Boone (former ISCC camper and fellow Kojie at ACU) when we ran into Jonny Bartee (pretty much everyone who reads this should know who he is I think...). It is just stuff like that all night long. Any interpretation attempts?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

My Newest Nightmare....

I'm sitting in an interrogation room, 3 gray walls, 1 wall of observation mirrors, 1 cold, steel table, and a faceless person. There are people on the other side of the mirror, and I know that they will soon be deciding my fate. I'm sweating, dreading the next hour or so and trying to figure out how I got here in the first place.

Then the faceless person starts throwing out the questions, straight up Jack Bauer style: "Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it!" "Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way!" "Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker!" "WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK HERE??" "ANSWER ME!!!"

Before long, I'm in the corner, crouched in a fetal position, shaking with terror. I can't remember anything I've ever done or any jobs I've worked. I am certain that at any second they're going to figure out that I'm a fraud and drop me off in the woods to be eaten by coyotes. Or at least killed by Trey's "meeting ninjas" that decide to storm the interrogation room. I really hate interviewing. I've gone to 3 in the past month and have about 4 more lined up over the next couple of weeks. If only the meeting ninjas would come and put me out of my misery right now!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Lindsey, This One's for You!

Last night, I went to a concert that was so up Lindsey Holder's alley she would have seriously died of happiness...I went and saw a band called the Spazmatics. They are an 80's cover band who dress like geeks and are hilarious. First of all, they are REALLY good. A lot of times, cover bands will butcher songs so much that it makes you sick, but they were incredible. When I finally got in the building (had to wait in a line outside for 45 mins.), the first song they played was the song that makes me, Katie, and Lindsey happier than anything - George Michael's "Faith." When they did that song justice, I knew that it was going to be a fabulous night! Secondly, they are fun! Their dance moves are classic and hearing a guy sing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" better than Cyndi Lauper made me really happy! I went cause I was invited by some new friends that I've made recently and it was made even better by my friends that met me there - Nichole came in from Dallas and my cousin Allyson was there too. We had so much fun and I only wish that Lindsey and Katie could have been there too!! Here are some pictures that Allyson took. I would like to point out that my favorite Spazmatic is the one with the helmet simply because it reminds me of the fabulous party Lindsey and I went to last year. He's also wearing a backpack that you can't see in the pics. Yay for the Spazmatics!!

Friday, January 20, 2006

I ate Goat.

So Lindsey is going to kill me if I don't write a post about this. The rumors are true. I ate goat. My friend, Doug, decided to have a barbecue at his house in Granbury and invite our whole MBA class, but wanted to have a little spin on it - he wanted to cook goat. At first I thought he was kidding, and then I realized that it was Doug and he would be insane enough to actually do it. He then promised that he would have "normal food" for those of us that didn't want goat. I was thinking he would grill some hot dogs or hamburgers or something. So I make the 45 min drive out to Granbury, craving a hamburger. I get there and see what the "normal food" was....the side dishes. He had crackers and cheese and fruit, macaroni and cheese, and corn casserole. That was it. Besides the goat. So if you wanted to eat, you ate goat.

For those of you who will never have the joy of eating goat, it tastes a lot like lamb - very greasy meat with kind of a weird texture. It really wasn't bad...until I got sick the next day. I'm not saying it was the goat that got me sick, except to say that it was the goat that got me sick.

And now for the most disturbing part of the story that Doug swears is true and I really believe him. Doug has a 2 year old son, Alexander. Thursday Doug took Alexander to the petting zoo and he petted a goat. Friday Doug comes home with the dead, skinned goat that we ate and says "Look Alexander! This is what a goat looks like with no skin on it!" He claims it didn't affect Alexander in any way....I wonder if Alexander's therapist will say the same thing in 20 years...

What is the most odd thing that you've eaten? Have you ever emotionally disturbed a child?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Road Less Traveled

Tonight, I left my apartment to make a Target run. I pulled out of my assigned parking spot and turned the corner on my way to exit our gate, and my path was blocked by a fire truck and an ambulance. So I had to turn left down another row of apartments, weave my way around the back of the apartment complex, and exit on the other side of the property.

As I was taking this new path, I realized that I have probably only driven that way one other time, and that was before I even moved in. The rest of the complex looked totally unfamiliar to me! It was like I was driving through a totally new place, looking at different cars, different buildings, different people walking...but yet, we all live in the same place. It made me start thinking about living in the dorms when I was at ACU. I lived on the 2nd floor, and my "usual path" was down one half of the first floor, up the stairs, and onto the 2nd floor to my room. If I ever went onto the other half of the building or onto the 3rd floor, it was that same weird feeling - these people live so close to me, but yet their usual path is so foreign to me.

How is it that we can live so close to people for a long time, but never see the things that they see, and to be totally honest, never see them? I want to encourage you to take a different path today. Drive down the street that runs parallel to yours, walk down a different hallway or use a different stairwell. It is kind of a cool feeling to see a totally new world that has been within walking distance of you for quite a long time.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Observations from a Reality TV Junkie

Most of you know that my not-so-guilty pleasure is reality tv. If I don't want to watch a reality show, I can't let myself watch even 1 episode of it because I will be hooked, even if i hate the show (case in point...My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance'...hated it yet watched every episode.) Here are some of my thoughts tonight about the goings on of a few of my reality shows.

The Bachelor: I haven't watched this one in a few seasons, but tonight at the very end they showed a shot of some of the girls doing that thing where one person lays down and is the legs of another person sitting on top, most often used with a "fitness guru" skit. And the girls who weren't a part of it were hysterically laughing. Why do people still think that this is funny? I understand the 3rd graders at Iron Springs thinking it is hilarious because they've never seen it before, but seriously! Past the age of 8, its just kinda dumb, but yet there are always at least two people who feel the need to do it. I have been guilty of it at some points in my life and have the pictures to prove it, but the girls on here are my age and should know better by now.

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: As much as i have always wanted to go on reality tv, the thought of postponing my life for a couple of months is just out of the question for me unless it would fall on a summer break. These people have been reality tv people FOREVER! Seriously, they have a whole team of "veterans," people who have done more than 2 RW/RR challenges! Add in the actual season of real world or road rules that they were on, and some of these people have been doing nothing with their lives but these challenges for several years. How do you explain that gap in work experience when you finally realize you have to get a real job? "I spent 6 years as a contestant on Real World/Road Rules challenge, wasting any skill that I might have had at one point."

Survivor: I'm sad. I saw my first commercial for the new season that starts in February tonight. They are now having 4 tribes and the voted outs go to some exile island? You know a show is running out of steam when they start trying to throw in more and more twists to keep it fresh. Case in point: Amazing Race Family Edition. The great thing about reality tv is, the new people make it fresh - that is why The Real World hasn't ever really had to make any major changes to stay popular. The more complications you add, the less you get to see of interpersonal relationships and the more boring the show becomes (I'd also like to give kudos to the Bachelor...only minor changes to the format in 5 years).

Any and all reality shows: Why is there always one person who goes on reality tv shows hoping to further their acting careers? It is just so ridiculous! Like anyone would want to work with someone who they've seen acting like a total idiot (because everyone looks like an idiot at some point)? Colby is the only one i can think of that has gone on to have a "career" if you can call guest star on Joey a career....learn from other people's mistakes and just give up acting if you have to go on reality tv as a last resort.

And those are my thoughts for today. Let the "reality" roll!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Emily's Reasons Why Not

Has anyone seen this show? I have to admit, I only decided to watch the first episode because the main character and the title have my name....I didn't even know what it was about. The show is actually rather corny and the acting a little over the top sometimes in my opinion, but the premise was eerily close to my heart. It's about a single girl named Emily (similarity #1) who is frustrated with the dating world (sorta similarity #2), always falls for the wrong guys (eh, I guess I haven't found the right one yet, so similarity #3). Now for the part that was freaky because I actually do this in my head and didn't realize it until this show - with each new guy that she likes, she has decided that after she discovers 5 reasons "why not," she has to let him go. I've never set a limit for myself, but while I was watching it, I started thinking about the guys that have been in my life recently and how I have thought of reasons why not. I have talked to a few of you about a particular person that is "All wrong for me on paper" - translation: He actually has 6 reasons why not and I didn't realize that I was truly making that list until I watched the show.

Some of my reasons why not for various people I have encountered are very valid reasons that need careful consideration (not a Christian, has cheated on past girlfriends, etc.) while some of them are admittedly a bit superficial (not tall enough for me to wear heels with, a democrat, etc.) Sometimes my reasons why not serve well to help me get over someone who is all wrong for me or who nothing will ever happen with so there is no purpose in continuing to think about him, but in other cases I realize that I have been talking myself out of something that could be really good because I was still hung up on someone I shouldn't be. I honestly don't know where I'm going with this post now...I just thought it was interesting that a show with my name could be so closely related to the actual me. Is anyone else out there neurotic enough to think of reasons why not? Or has anyone gotten past the superficial reasons and turned it into something good? Okay, I'm really done talking now. Have a great day.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Arson Ban

Ever since the infamous wildfires started in Texas, those electronic warning billboards have been flashing "Statewide Fire Danger" and "Burn Bans in Effect" and then a number to call to report violations. To be totally honest, these signs were the first thing that I ever knew about the fires - I hadn't heard it on the news or anything until after I saw them. Well today when I was driving, I noticed that the 2nd message had changed: "Arson/Burn Bans in Effect" Boy, am I glad they added Arson to the list of things that are banned! I mean, until this point, I think the general public thought it was okay to purposely set other peoples' things on fire. In fact, I was on my way to set Katie and Stephen's house on fire until I saw that sign, but it made me realize that arson is now banned. Seriously, don't you think that most people would assume that if its illegal to have a barbecue right now, starting larger destructive fires would be off limits as well? Thank you, State of Texas, for stating the obvious.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I'm not getting old, am I?

This week, in the spirit of getting "healthy" and not wanting to either pay for a gym or battle undergrads at the TCU rec center, I have started doing simple exercises at my apartment...you know, crunches, jumping rope, calf raises, lunges, and the like. Well, while doing lunges, I noticed that my left knee was cracking with every movement. I know, joints pop and crack and stuff, but usually they'll pop once or twice and then whatever kink was in there goes away and the noise stops. But not this knee. It pops every single time it moves. It doesn't hurt and I can barely feel it, but it keeps happening over and over and over again.

In the couple of hours since I stopped exercising, I have really noticed that it actually does crack almost every time it moves, not just when I'm exercising. And now it is creeping me out. I can't walk across my living room without noticing it. I have a perpetually popping knee! Is there something wrong with me? Or am I just starting to get old?

Monday, January 09, 2006

I've Said NO!

People always say Step 1 is identifying the problem. Step 2 is fixing it. Well I identified my biggest problem in my last post - not saying no - and today I began to fix it. I turned down the 2nd interview I got with Alcon. Seems crazy, I know. But when I went to the 1st interview I found out that I was not only interviewing for a summer internship, they wanted me to start next week. Seeing as I am starting what a lot of people think is the hardest semester in the TCU MBA program and have already taken on 2 extra projects, I just don't think that I could add in a part-time internship and be able to give anything the best effort that I think they all deserve. I would be setting myself up for failure. So I am sticking with what I have committed myself to already and focusing on quality. I hope I don't regret it as I now have to interview with other companies and hope to get a good internship!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Is there an Insurance Agent in the house??

After working on this project about creating an insurance company owned by TCU for almost 2 months now, I have come to the realization today that I don't know a thing about insurance companies! I know, you'd think I would have figured out that I have no clue what I'm doing a little earlier than this, but I was so focused on studying TCU's alumni that I never got around to actually learning about insurance! So now I'm sitting here staring blankly at a 37 page Standard & Poor's report about the Property and Casualty Insurance industry not understanding a word of it. And I was supposed to have a summary of it to my team 2 days ago. The words are seriously just going in one ear and out the other (I don't know if that analogy really works for reading, but whatever). Underwriting profits, earned premiums, written premiums, balanced line underwriters, regulatory pressures....couldn't tell you what any of it means. And I'm only on page 2. Who's bright idea was it for me to get involved in this anyways? What was I thinking? Oh for February to come when I can be rid of this and the other consulting job I got myself into. One of these days I'm going to have to learn how to say no.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The New and Improved Blogroll

So today I finally got around to doing what I have been meaning to do ever since I figured out how to put links on my index - finish my blogroll and *tear* delete those who have fallen from the fold. When I made my first list, I had to stop because my parents called me to ask if I wanted to come to dinner and I had to leave right then and never finished. As a result, I have consistently felt bad that some people weren't on my list yet cause I read their constantly (MC, Megan, this one is you...) and I have wanted to add new ones that I have really enjoyed reading (aka, Courtney Newberry, Holly Root) . And also Trey Laminack. I didn't really change anything from his, but I wanted to include his name so that he might actually read a post....not that this is really a good one to read, but apparently he just scans posts for his name now.

If you aren't on my Daily Checklist, 1 of 2 things has happened:

1. I wish I knew what your blog is, but you never comment so I don't have a link. I like other peoples blogs! Even if they're totally random people (I seriously stalk one blog that I haven't gotten up the courage to even comment on, but I look at it every day! I know, I'm creepy!)

2. I just forgot yours tonight, but I might remember it again soon.

Let the reading (and posting, for that matter!) begin!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Quote of the Day

As stated a long time ago, my old roommates and I had a quote board in our apartment where we would record funny statements. If I had a quote board now, the conversation that took place tonight while watching the Rose Bowl :( would have definitely made it.

Adrian: Seriously, the Lockheed parking lot has more trucks than I have ever seen in my life!

Chris: Like a truck dealership?

Adrian: Worse! A truck dealership at least has used cars!

I don't know if you think its funny...but I did! Have a happy Thursday!

***Extra Note***
I found the decorator bag! I made myself lunch today and when I put something down the disposal and turned it on, it made a VERY unhappy noise. Turns out, by using the smallest bag I had (8 in. bag - normal ones are 12 in.), it allowed it to slip down the disposal completely, thereby facilitating the mysterious disappearance. I knew I had put it in the sink!! Amazingly, the bag is fine, but the tip I was worried about was not so lucky. Its completely crushed. But I have also remembered that the #3 tip only costs 99 cents whereas the 8 in bag costs over $2. So I'm okay. And very ecstatic to know that I haven't gone nuts!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I'm Bored

I have spent the last 2 days doing absolutely nothing. Seriously....I have hardly left my apartment. So unless you want to hear about all of the horribly melodramatic MTV shows that are on right now, about my thrilling trip to the dentist, or about the 30 test text messages I sent to John while he was at Cingular trying to get his phone to work, I have nothing. So until I get my inspiration back, I hope this game will entertain you. :)


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