Saturday, October 23, 2010
I remember when I was in college and interviewing for a part time job at The Picture People. It was a mix of experience questions and personality type questions, but my favorite was when they gave me some thematic words and told me to make up a story off the top of my head. Yup, a story. They needed to see that I could think quick on my feet so as to keep the kids' attention on me and make them smile. So, I made up a story. In like two seconds, I created a story about knights and dragons - my very own fairy tale. I must have done well since the manager interviewing me said she'd never seen anyone able to do that so quickly.
But this past week I think takes the take. I interviewed for a membership coordinator position at a scientific association. It started at 12:30 p.m. and ended at 3:00 p.m. It included an Excel test, an hour and a half conversation about my role in the organization and actual duties (no typical interview questions) and ended with an essay on what I thought the position was and how I could perform it. It was one of the most intense interviews I've ever had and I left feeling drained and kind of brain dead. (Thankfully, Hello Cupcake was on my way back to the metro!)
So what kind of interview stories do you have? Any tips for the unemployed girl? I could use all of the help I can get!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Silver lining. I was given a six week severance package as well as my health benefits through the end of November. The severance pay will allow me to look for a job that I really WANT rather than just one that I NEED. Although, this rational will likely change the closer I get to the end of the six weeks and I haven't landed a job. But I'm not going to stay on that thought for very long. I'm going to be positive and believe that I'll find one in plenty of time.
There is one small problem though. The computer that I use is the one my office issued me for telecommuting. I now have to give this back, which means that I won't have ready access to a computer. Most unfortunate, but I'll figure something out. In the mean time, if you're in the DC metro area and no of anyone looking for a very bright and organized individual to help them with their project management, let me know. Thanks! :)
Saturday, October 09, 2010
In other news, I'm still trying to finish my sister's baby blanket. I'm so close, but just have no interest in it. Instead, I've started on a little baby sweater for a coworker. I'm also working on putting together some swap packages. I always have such a great time trying to figure out what a person would like. Picking out just the right gift is one of my favorite challenges.
Not much else to report. Hope you've had a great week!
Friday, October 01, 2010
- Pumpkin - juice
- Owl - knowledge
- Leaf - crunch
- Weasley - Ron
- Quaffle - Quidditch
- Hallow - deathly
- Mad - rage
- Dragon - skin
- Crystal - doyle
- Trees - climb
- Hermione - smart
- Hogwarts - school
- Burrow - hide
- Dobby - ears
- Horcrux - pieces
- Ministry - magic
- Magic - wands
- Sirius - dog
- Apple - pie
- Juice - power
- Candle - flame
- Ghost - haunted
- Snake - slither
- Wand - cast
- Invisibility - cloak
- Tent - camping
- Spell - bind
- Umbridge - witch (with a b!)
- Dursely - muggles
- Prophet - futurist
Saturday, September 25, 2010
- The Wynn - OMG was this hotel FABULOUS!
- My bed - SERIOUSLY wanted to take it home with me!
- Criss Angel - this guy was amazing - still don't know how he does it!
- Our members - lots of really fun and kind people
- Food - I only ate at places at The Wynn, but it was really good eats!
- My bed - REALLY never wanted to leave it!
- My co-workers - we make such a good team!
- The cha-cha slide - thanks for reminding me of it guys!
- My bed - so good I have to mention it three times
- Coming home - ALWAYS the best part!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
But seriously things are feeling much better! I'm not going to lie, I've been in a bit of funk all summer and now that fall is coming I'm starting to perk way up. The temps are going down, the foliage is going all red, gold and orange and I soon will be able to pull out my fave blue sweater! Pumpkins and Halloween will soon be here (and Leigh Anne's wedding is only two weeks away!), my baby sister's baby will be here before I know it (which reminds me, MUST get that blanket done!) AND I'm back in the HSKS fold. So many things to be happy about.
And, with the return of HSKS, is the return of the "getting to know you" list. See below for what I've learned of my new family members.
- Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one). Clara Clovenhoof - knitter
- Someone who was born in the same month as you. Perenelle Tejedora - December
- Someone from a different country. Emma Wigworthy - England
- A new HSKS Family member. Schmutzerella Oglethorpe
- Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps. Fleur Sweeting
- Someone who has a bigger stash than you! Bella Shacklebolt - 110 to my 55
- Someone who both knits and crochets. Hermione Bagnold
- Someone who has the same favorite color as you. Vevina McFey - Blues
- Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as you. Lexi Lovegood - Christmas
- Someone who has the same favorite fiber as you. Delantrophy Grey - wool - even better is our shared love for Mmmmalabrigo! :)
Saturday, June 05, 2010
So back to my lack of focus. How can I get it back? I remember that when I was really good at what I do it was when I created daily to-do lists. I sadly let myself get out of that habit and now am paying the price. So, this one thing I promise myself - I start/end everyday with a to-do list. Ok... I'm feeling better already!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
But before I go, a bit of homework to tickle your fancy. I must say that I think this has been my favorite assignment. I LOVE me some SUDOKU puzzles! And Fleur was really nice and gave us really easy ones. Yay!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Who is new to HSKS this Term? Mystry Moonbleu, Gryffindor
Who has played Quidditch for their House this Term? Allitrya Spelling, Chaser
Who is working on the same project (WIP) as you? Andromeda Finch-Fletchley, February Lady's Sweater
Who has more items in their Queue than you? Fleur Sweeting, 80 items
Who has donated to SPEW this Term? Elladora Madley
Who has participated in Dueling Club this Term? Rowan Dragonsinger
Who lives within 100 miles of you? Winifred Hornswaggle, Baltimore, MD
Who is from a different country than you? Cel'eena Cree, England
PART 2: Comment on at least one blog from each of the other houses. List their names here and something you learned about them from their blog post.
Clara Clovenhoof made 22 hats in one evening for a charity project. Most were made out of acrylic - which she's allergic to. She's such a trooper!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
It started with breakfast (made in my very own kitchen) and Anastasia (I'm having a pseudo-John Cusack film fest). Then I did some cleaning. I know, not something that's usually included in a perfect day, but when it's your very first apartment (that's only yours), it can be kind of perfect!
After reading a bit it was time for the afternoon portion of the day. This included a pedicure with my bestie, Penny. Followed by lunch served by a great character of a waiter. Penny then came by to see my new place and left soon after. So, left to my own devices, I decided to take myself to see Iron Man 2. I also REALLY wanted to see Letters to Juliet, but I was trying to be good - then I decided, what the hell and went to see it anyway.
Let me just say that Letter's to Juliet is WAY better than it should have been. After a very romantic movie (which took place in TUSCANY - the best place EVER!) I really wanted to sit outside with some wine and my book. I lucked out and got the last outdoor table available at Cheestique. I had a lovely glass of wine with some great cheese and bread - all enjoyed in the beautiful spring night with a fun book.
So there you have it. A perfect day consisting of good friends, some pampering, good food and good entertainment. What more could I ask for? What about you? What would today's answer be for a perfect day?
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Take a picture of and list the ingredients and/or instructions to make one of your favorite potions that you have created.
This potion must have at the minimum, two ingredients to make it. Be sure to include you originality marker to prove it's yours!!!
For example it could be something as simple as your favorite coffee (with sugar or creme), or it could be an alcoholic mixed drink concoction that you have created. Your potion could also be an actual potion, oil, salve, or something else that you use as well.
Take one part dark, caffeinated brew, to one packet sparkly sweetener and 1/4 part creamy sweetness and what do you get?The powerful potion that keeps me sane and perky... COFFEE!
Answer the following potions questions:
1. Sneezewort, scurvy grass, and lovage are used to make what?
A: Allergen Solution
C: Babbling Befuddlement
D: Wandering Agent
2. Porcupine quills are to be added when to a Boil Cure Potion?
A: It is the second ingredient you add
B: Before it is removed from the fire
C: You don't add them, they aren't part of the potion
D: After it is removed from the fire
3. What potion, if brewed correctly, should change color numerous times throughout brewing including deep purple, lilac, and finishing clear?
A: The Draught of Living Death
C: Calming Draft
D: Elixir to Induce Euphoria
4. This ingredient in the Draught of Peace, would likely bring you permanent peace since it is poisonous, what is it?
5. Chopped daisy roots, skinned shrivel-fig, sliced caterpillar, one rat spleen, dash of leech juice are all ingredients to what?
A: Swelling Solution
B: Deflating Draught
C: Shrinking Solution
D: Sleeping Draught
Go around your house, outdoors, for a hike, or wherever and take pictures of 5 different plants, herbs, or flowers that might be used in potions. Make sure to remember your originality marker for these. Also, include the names of these (if you don't know their name feel free to make one up) and the description of potential use(s) for each.
Here we have mint leaves... great for making the potent potion called a Mojito!
Ahh... a row of lavender. Great for relaxing potions/lotions.
I know this looks like a daisy, but it's actually chamomile. Great for putting restless mind to sleep!
Lemongrass, great for adding a bright note to a marinade.
Here we have a dandelion. I know, you're thinking, "it's just a weed!" However, did you know that it also makes a very fun and yummy wine?!
Saturday, May 01, 2010
So, yeah, the first week has been really good. Still very exciting!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I'm reallly excited about this move. My new home will be at The Calvert, back in Del Ray. I'll be on the tippy top floor and though it's an efficiency, it has a kind of hidden bump out where I can put my bed so I can kind of "hide" it away. It has a lot of light, pretty new kitchen appliances and built-ins in the walk-in closet.
The best part is that it's MINE! I won't be sharing with anybody, I won't have to worry about any roommates or unwanted guests. I can decorate it how I want it, too. I'm really excited about all of these things. (Although, I think my mom is MORE excited!) This time around I've hired movers to move the majority of my stuff - which my mom, stepdad and little brother are VERY greatful for!
So, this all means that I will be away from the internets for the next few days as I move and get set up in my new home. Wish me luck and I'll talk to you soon!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
- Football helmet - must protect the face from claws and teeth (well, to a certain extent).
- A bottle of water - working around dragons can be a bit dehydrating!
- Snorkle - to help with breathing under water (b/c I haven't mastered the Bubble-head Spell)
- A CD of soothing, classical music - because they say music soothes the savage beast
- Wellies - caring for magical creatures is messy business, better to have footwear that can handle it
Ok, pop quiz, hot shot! How well do you know House Elves (or rather, how well do I know House Elves)?! Yikes!
- Please describe the physical appearance of a house elf.
A house-elf is short of stature. They have large bat-like ears and enormous eyes.
- Kreacher is the house elf of which wizarding family?
The Black family
- What is Hermione Granger making for the house elves?
- How do you free a house elf?
By giving them a piece of clothing.
- What does S.P.E.W. stand for?
Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Hagrid's Rock Cakes
Friday, April 02, 2010
The three that I've chosen are Ginny Weasley, Fleur Delacour and Nypmphadora Tonks. All three a strong and intelligent women - two characteristics that I strive to emulate. But each has unique characteristics as well.
Ginny Weasley: I love Ginny. Growing the only girl with six older brothers can only make you a stronger person, I just know it. She's clever - and is subtle about it. People are always surprised by the things she can do and I like that about her. She is way smarter than her brothers, but doesn't rub it in their faces. She's courageous and stands up for herself. All good things!
Fleur Delacour: Fleur has such great style! She's elegant and sophisticated and I want to be like that. While she's a bit of a snob and very arrogant, she's also extremely loyal and can see the beauty underneath. I love how she stays by Bill's side after his bite from the werewolf. Shows true stength of character.
Nymphadora Tonks: Now Nymphadora has to be one of my all-time faves! She's not afraid to be herself (hello, constantly changing faces and hair!) and relishes being a black sheep in the Black family. She also has a bit of a stubborn streak and isn't afraid to voice her opinion.
So, there you go. Three strong characters from the Harry Potter world. So hard to pick only three, I know! Who would YOU pick?!