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November 7th, 2009
public service announcement:
this has been aproductive lately. I've disabled email notification of pretty much everything from this site, and it's possible I won't be checking it for a while. this may or may not qualify as flouncing.
please be well.
Will Young - Home
so I woke up at 6 in the morning for no apparent reason, and returning to sleep seems impossible. I think now that I'm actually sleeping in a darkened room, I'm actually extremely responsive to light and am waking up naturally with dawn. weird. on the bright side, this song was in my head, instead of total eclipse of the heart (like the last 6 mornings...)
my friend wants me to apply to city year chicago with her. last year I applied to city year new york and convinced her to apply, then found out about earthcorps in seattle and was convinced I would get in there and like it better. I was accepted to city year new york, didn't tell them yes or no until earthcorps had told me no, by which time it was too late to say anything at all to city year. she ended up going to city year and I didn't, and she loved it, only to have her shitty room mate drop out three days ago, informing her he hadn't paid his share of this week's rent, so she had one day to find enough money on her volunteer's stipend to pay rent. she couldn't, and arrived back home in indiana today after a tearful fairwell to CYNY, with some very good recommendations from her NY supervisors to one of City Year Chicago's mid-year positions.
I'm tempted, except that this would be in January, which seems awful soon. I'm definitely tempted, though.
so I struggled out of bed for a job interview today at starbucks. I was early, and the interview went pretty well, I think. at least, it lasted for 40 minutes, I managed to get the manager to chit-chat with me and do two or three little bunny trails of conversation when he was trying to read me questions from a list he didn't like, and at the end he asked me how I fealt about being a shift supervisor, and generally being on the track to higher management positions. I was kinda suprised by the management question, I was just looking for hourly work, I'd get full medical, prescription, dental, and vision, just at 20 hours a week...but for move-out-from-parents-house kinda pay, hell yes I'm interested in supervising/management. I was talking to my mom about it and describing the interview. it opened with the typical "why do you want to work here" question. I responded with a discussion of their employee benefits, the company's support of fair trade and something I'd googled about forbes or a comparable magazine rating them the 2nd best chain to work for in the US, and threw in some shit about living nearby (I do live within walking distance) and liking the atmosphere as an afterthought. my mom chuckled and said "that would explain why he suggested you for management..." I'd given more or less the same reasons to my friend John when I told him I was applying there, so I texted him about my mom's reaction:
John: "haha yeah I didn't realize you gave those answers in your interview, they are management answers. "I like coffee" would have been more appropriate for the job you were applying for. Everyone likes you and your iq is about 30 points higher than necessary to run a starbucks so you'll get promoted."
I should probably make sure I get hired before I get promoted, but Aaron, the guy who interviewed me, said something along the lines of "just bring your personality to the second interview I'm recommending you for and you'll do just fine." I was surprised at how much the hotel job gave me to talk about. I guess dealing with everyone from wedding parties to an alcoholic coworker to homeless people to hospitals and the attorney general's office really was a kind of broad experience base. certainly gave me plenty to talk about as far as their form questions. I think I was graded on a rubric based on my responses. the guy interviewing me said he didn't like how impersonal the process was but he had to do it that way. *shrug*
anyways, they are fair trade, at least partially, and supposedly they are looking at going 100%. they provide full health benefits to gay partners as well as straight, and aside from being trendy and rather monolithic, I can't think of much to complain about them. I really rather doubt if I found a locally owned coffee shop that it would give me and a spouse full benefits on this scale...having spent one particularly joyful bit of the last few months too broke to treat either scabies or the flu, living on a futon in someone's living room, I can definitely appreciate health insurance...and as my last job interview was for the pooper-scooper position at the local vet's office, shift supervisor at starbucks may not be everything I've ever dreamed of, but rit's relatively respectable. apparently I'd also get a free pound of coffee or tea each week...my friends shall never be decaffinated again! oh, and 5% off at barnes and noble? other discounts too but I'm not sure of the specifics yet. I've heard rumors that you can transfer from one store to another, even out of state...so this could be very nice.
I just ordered the Veganomicon, the cookbook which contains recipes for this, this, this, and this! (not sure what order I just copy pasted in, but somosa stuffed baked potatos, pan fried seitan with vegan brown gravy, Smlove pie...egad, it's magic!) I am unreasonably excited.
I am home. nobody else is. it's nice to have my old blanket and a bedroom door to close. and to be able to sleep in the dark. it's not nice that apparently a few days away from neem oil baths means the scabies went to town and I now look like I've fallen down the stairs a few times, with large red/grey blotches all over my body. oddly enough they don't so much itch as just ache and make me profoundly uncomfortable. maybe I just have leprosy or something. fun times. I have a doctor here, though, so assuming it is scabies and not plague or something, I should be fine in a few days.
also, I'm definitely intrigued by the radiologic imaging sciences program at UAMS. I've always thought MRIs and things were pretty cool, and it occurs to me now (having talked to an egyptology major) that anthropology totally uses this technology all the time now.
I really just want to finish something and feel like an independent, respectable, accomplished adult. rad tech would be no longer than nursing, just as secure (if the bureau of labour statistics knows what it's talking about), slightly better paid, and without the piss shit and blood factor that sort of terrified me/brought me to the verge of fainting. it helps people, and its kind of wicked awesome (I tried to resize this to be an LJ icon for a while but failed), so I guess the last question is whether or not I would like it at all.
hmm. if the general associate's degree thing at UALR is a bad plan by itself...why not knock out a few pre-reqs to a UAMS program at the same time, and then go into some health related field other than nursing? their college of health related professions includes dental hygiene (no), diagnostic medical sonography (maybe, but not much in the way of job openings) genetic counseling (which just sounds cool but is a masters program so never mind) health information management (boring but secure), medical dosimetry (looks fun, basically you help the people aim medical radiation with computers), medical technology (also looks fun, don't drop the AIDS!), nuclear medicine (maybe), nuclear medicine imaging sciences (kinda fun in a "I wasn't using my irradiated sperm anyway" sort of way), opthalmic technologist (*yawn*), radition therapy (also cool, also a bit afraid to sit in a room with a giant radiation machine), radiologic imaging sciences (quick, I already have the pre-reqs, and would be secure and comfortable), respiratory care (maybe, not sure if respiratory therapist), or surgical technology (no.)