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How Do I Contribute to Society?

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 22, 2009

I’ve been feeling down lately. There. I said it. I won’t say I’m depressed because I know that is another world from “feeling down.” I think it’s a conflict of self worth. I never thought I was the type to tie my place in the world to a job, but I do feel like I’m not contributing anything to society. But what should I be contributing to society? What does my editing really do for society anyway?

And realizing that I tie my self worth to a job, where does that leave me with my long held dream to retire early and follow my passions for art, reading, writing and traveling? What do those contribute to society?


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Kicking Into High Gear

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 20, 2009

I’ll just say it. The Great Job Search of 2009 hasn’t been going so well. It’s not for lack of effort, I imagine competition is fierce. So I’m kicking it into high gear. I’ve retooled my resume and I’m getting it out to more place with better cover letters. I’ll let the universe do the rest.

On another front, I rolled over my 401k to an IRA and need to decide where to put the money. I need to totally rebalance my portfolio anyway, which is probably true for 99% of the population after the year we’ve had. I’m going to ruminate a bit more on my asset allocation before diving in.

Finally, I’ve turned into the craft queen over here. I’ve got the knitting thing down and now I’m working on a bunch of projects, I’m making window pillows to keep the cold air out (and boy did DC turn cold in the last week) and I’ve got some sewing to do to finish up my Halloween costume! And this year, my costume is cold-weather appropriate! Post-25-year common sense is kicking in too!

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Football Vs. Baseball

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 14, 2009

Almost everyday Jim listens to 610 WIP, a Philadelphia sports talk radio station. Most of the time I only catch snippets as I’m applying for jobs or doing my own web stuff. However yesterday, the sports jocks were discussing how most women were baseball fans, not football fans.

This started after a caller explained that he was watching the Phillies playoff game Monday night, and his girlfriend, who had built a fire in the room where he was watching, made him move to another room so she could watch Monday night football. For the record, she was also from Philly and didn’t have a huge stake in the Dophins-Jets game.

But I was shocked that the sports jocks assumed that more women were baseball fans than football fans (and even said they understood women being hockey fans, but not football). Why? Is it so physical that we delicate flowers can’t handle it? Too complicated that our female brains can’t comprehend the rules? If my friends are any indication, football is WAY more popular than baseball among women and I live in Washington, with the pitiful Redskins!

For me, baseball gets boring; there’s a lot of inaction. Waiting for a hit, waiting for a run or stolen base. Football, besides the fantasy aspect that might get a girl interested initially, is always moving. All of the players move every down. There are hits every down.

Where do you weigh in? Are you a football or baseball fan?

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My Time

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 9, 2009


I’m spending a lot more of my time as quiet time. TV off, maybe just knitting (did I mention I’m teaching myself to knit? Good unemployment activity) or listening to music. I didn’t realize how all consuming Mondo Beyondo would be. It’s in my thoughts and any time I turn my computer off, I wonder if anyone responded to my comments or said anything that I’m also feeling.

It’s exhilirating and a little overwhelming. There are so many members of the class that I can’t get to know everyone, but so many also have the same wishes and desires as me. I’m trying to throw myself into this class with a full heart and an empty mind ready to soak up all of the lessons. Where will I be after the next four weeks?

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Shopping Trip

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 7, 2009

Checking my Law & Order Episode count is enough to bring you back here each day? I’m shocked.

Not nearly as exciting, Jim and I made a trip to the ‘burbs (I know, I was horrified too) to hit Walmart. We tried to take my car, but the battery is dead. (Hey! It’s not my fault. No lights were left on or door open. The battery is simply 5+ years old and Jim assured me that was an appropriate amount of time to elapse before the battery died.) (Oh yeah and buying a new battery. Couldn’t have happened when I had A JOB!) Anyway, Walmart trip. We went to buy fabric and filling to make window pillows. In the winter, you can feel the cold air coming right in, so these pillows will help insulate.

Yummy pumpkin candleI got a new pillow and we got some Halloween candy and 2 yummy candles. Pumpkin spice, which I’ve lit already smells divine!

Don’t mind the candy wrappers. Someone got into the Halloween candy. It absolutely, positively, wasn’t me.

Also, ignore the dust on our table. The building next door is doing the equivalent of sanding down their bricks (they called it brickpointing?) and there is dust everywhere.

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On Mondo Beyondo

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 6, 2009

What is Mondo Beyondo, you ask? According to the site, “This five week online class complete with inspiring lessons, real life stories, secret missions, audio interviews and hands-on activities will help you take your dreams from the realm of wishing into everyday motion.”

So why did I sign up for the course? My life up until this point has been a calculation in avoiding risk and taking the easiest path to the end result. I majored in Journalism and Creative Writing in college not because I had a true passion for either, but because I liked them well enough and I could get good grades. I accepted internships to help me get a job, graduated early figuring I’d have an easier time getting a job, and took the first job I was offered.

I seem to do everything by the book and while I hope/dream of having more passion for what I do, I haven’t made any steps to make those dreams come true. I’d love to make a living writing, but I seize up with anxiety every time I sit down to put pen to paper (or tap, tap, tap on the keyboard). I would love to move away from DC, where I’ve spent 22 or the last 26 years, and live some place new, but it’s never the right time to pick up and leave and what if I don’t find a job in the new place…

So it’s time to stop thinking so realistically and start dreaming bigger and trusting that my dreams can become reality.

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The Last 12 Days

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 5, 2009

No excuses, just a recap of the last 12 days.

–Senior Skip Day with a bunch of people. The employed ones took the afternoon off, we got a keg and barbequed outside on a great sunny day.

–Cooking Day, made hot & sour soup when it was still chilly. Yum!

–Birthday. Turned 26. My parents took me to Brasserie Beck for a birthday dinner, then celebrated with my kickball team on the actual day.

–Kickball party, pho the next day to recover.

–Mondo Beyondo beginning. Yep, I’m taking the class to follow and believe in my dreams. I’ll post more tomorrow about my hang ups and why I think I need this.

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Happy Unemployment to You Too

Posted by saraherthanyou on September 23, 2009

So last week, as I was lamenting my first full month of unemployment, I also had my HVAC unit serviced. The two events weren’t related. So the service company comes out to do my fall servicing (that’s what she said) and I was relieved because it was covered under the cost of a yearly contract, which I had already paid.

Except it’s never that easy. See, while I replaced the HVAC unit in my apartment about 2 years ago, the rooftop unit is about as old as me. You can see where this is going. The service dude finds problems. The short of it is, we can either replace the rooftop unit now (and pay $2400) or pay a couple hundred to patch it up and wait for it to die. Knowing my luck, it’ll die in the middle of winter and we’d freeze for a few days before it could be replaced.

So I’m sucking it up and replacing it now. Not the best time for it and certainly not an expense I had budgeted for, but I might not be better off if it dies in a few months and I’m still unemployed.

Ah, the joys of home ownership.

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I’m Getting My Learning On

Posted by saraherthanyou on September 22, 2009

I had my first language class last night. In my copious amounts of time, now is probably the best time to learn a new language. I have the time to spend to really learn. I took 4 years of a language in middle and high school and remember virtually nothing. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t take it seriously.

So now, I’m starting over to learn everything. If I’m ever going to learn a language, this is my chance.

What are you doing during your unemployment to better yourself?

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Walking in My Shoes

Posted by saraherthanyou on September 19, 2009

It’s so nice and mild out today that I decided to take a walk. And boy, did I take a walk. I felt good so I just kept going and by the time I realized how tired I was, I was 3 miles away from home. Whoops. So 6-mile walk it is.

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