Thursday, March 27, 2008

Unemployed and BORED!

So, I don't remember if I posted this before-- I probably did-- but the company where I was working and really enjoying what I was doing was sold in December. Well, as of March 7, I have been "laid off" as a "redundancy" meaning the new company already had enough people doing the same job as me.

Since then, I've been looking for jobs. Now, I don't have to pound the pavement, but my fingers are sore from typing so many emails to companies! At least I've completed my resume pretty accurately and completely, (I hope). Today alone I've applied for 3 jobs, and received one phone call for an interview next week.

I also attended a career fair yesterday at the local university. Surprisingly, there weren't many opportunities available for someone with my experience. Many of the positions were internships and/or entry level type positions. I still took names, emails, flyers, pamphlets, and business cards, etc, because you never know, right!? Network, network, network!!!!!!

Anyway. When I'm not applying for jobs or trying to figure out my unemployment benefits, I've been playing a video game that was a Christmas gift. I'm on the final leg of that, and can't wait to be done with it! It's a great game, but I'm just getting bored :-/

Saturday is TCGC regional A championships. We have to leave at 6 am to be there by 8:30 (yes, 2.5 hours away). uggh. I'm not looking forward to it! :-P

After that-- who knows? Have a great weekend!

Now playing: Marilyn Horne - Una voce poco fa
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, March 13, 2008

South By Southwest begins

I live in Austin TX. This is my 2nd year in this city/town (to me, it's way too small to be a city, but according to population it is one). Last year I kept hearing about this thing called South by Southwest, which I didn't really understand, but basically breaks down this way:

Sunday-Wednesday: Film and Electronics festival== showings of unreleased films, peaks at yet-to-be-released video games.

Wednesday-Saturday: MUSIC -- live concerts in small venues. Some big names, but mostly unsigned or "close to being forgotten" bands.

There is some overlap of course, as we went out on Monday night and some of the bands had already begun arriving to play at local bars. And of course, the movies will continue playing throughout the week.

Anyway, today we went downtown to watch Sarah Bareilles (Love Song) for free at a local record store. There was a fairly large crowd-- so large they had to stop people from trying to come in during the concert. Here she is live on Colin Ferguson's show. In my opinion she sounded better today (piano/keyboards, an acoustic guitarist and a drummer), but this is a good idea of her style of music:

I can't wait to go back tomorrow to see Carbon/Silicon (Mick Jones from The Clash and Tony James of Generation X) and Half Japanese. Judy will be at some other thing with a friend of hers, and then on Saturday I'll be at a free concert to watch Ice Cube (of NWA fame) while she goes to watch Rachel Ray do something somewhere. Then we'll meet up and cruise 6th Street or the Warehouse District (4th street), which we haven't had a chance to do since we've moved here. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see one of my fave new rappers-- Dizzee Rascal, who is also playing for free at a show here somewhere.

So, yeah. It's almost as fun as Philly here sometimes! Now I just need to find a new job-- got laid off on Friday because our company was sold and my division was pretty much shut down, but it's kind of nice to chill for a week during such an interesting event.


Monday, March 3, 2008

Two endings...

It's the final month of indoor guard season for my regional A guard. We've received a lot of positive feedback from the judges and from people who have seen the show, and I think the girls really appreciate that.

Unfortunately, 2 girls quit and 1 girl was sent to alternative school last week, so our last show was performed with 3 holes, which didn't help the show look as pretty as it should. However we finished the show on Tuesday and even with the holes still ended up in 8th place (out of 13) and won equipment! Woot! This week we go back to adjust the major problems caused by the missing people. Luckily, we have found 1 replacement and may be getting another one after spring break (in 2 weeks). So, although the season is winding down, there's a lot to still get done.

I was informed last week that my current position as an editor was being eliminated due to downsizing and reduced work flow. That sucks! But, it's another opportunity for me to try something new. I'm looking forward to having time to do some actual creative writing again!

Now playing: The Glove - Punish Me With Kisses
via FoxyTunes