Monthly Archives: July 2009

Good Ol’ Crowders


Ok so we’re never doing both peaks at Crowder’s again. It was great, but our feet hurt and it was a long day.
The fantastic part was there was NO ONE on the main peak when we got there. It was the first time we’ve even been able to see the main vista. The second peak is a long way up very rocky, steep, hill/mountain. Which was also nice until some ass decided to whip out his iphone (note we only take one phone with us, and it is turned off while we hike) and started playing “Take on me” by Ah-ha. Dude its 8pm, YOU”RE ON A MOUNTAIN, and you decided to be a jackass… no one wants to hear that, we want to watch the sunset in peace. Weenie. Though the church group singing with their guitar and enjoying the nature was nice.

Today, I am sore. Talked to J4. Miss her. Told her that mom had her appendix removed. Caught up on happenings of life. She’s moving to CO within the next year or so. Told her that J2 was joining the Navy or trying to. We went to sports authority, scoped out a bench and some dumbells and then left with insoles for our hiking shoes and new socks for me. Walked around the mall for a little bit and I pointed out that the new coach store would be where our friend “A” would be spending all her spare time. Ten feet later I hear “OtherJ and J?” yep… there is “A” with her friend. Right outside the store… so weird. Met her friend, talked a little while, then headed to get milkshakes/smoothies.

Now is winding down time. OtherJ is playing video games with a friend from PA. I’m uploading pictures and reading postsecret. Very pleasant weekend.

Crowder's Mountain 0709

Random thoughts


I have a google voice number. I’m using it on job applications and going to give it to Grandma so she doesn’t have to call long distance.
I like coffee.
Little Bunny likes vanilla candles.
Applying to a lot of banks lately. Must be a family thing.

Job Search


In addition to my normal job search rounds I’ve started looking for internships. Some are paid, some are not, and most are not anywhere near here. Most are also geared toward college students and are offering credit for compensation. I do not need credit. I need something close that looks good on a resume. So there are also volunteer opportunities – which will get me out of the house, might look ok on a resume and will not effect my unemployment. I’m also looking into retail – not actually sales cause I’m terrible at that – but support. Maybe the people who do inventory for large stores or the one who changes the signs and stuff.

customer service =/= sales, if i’m looking for a customer service job i’m not looking to SELL ANYTHING…

Anniversary Weekend 2009


Friday – Spent the day in Winston-Salem. Visited the Tattoo Archive and Old-Salem

Anniversary 0709

Saturday – Hiking with G&M and their niece. Naps then sushi for dinner.

Uhwarrie Trail 0709

Sunday – LAZY wonderful Sunday, we did get grocery shopping done. OtherJ was able to sort and convert pictures. If you notice on Friday he took all the pictures because we borrowed a higher end camera from his boss. Saturday pictures are mixed between our little point and shoot and the borrowed camera. (which has created a bigger monster than we had before – looks like we’re going to start saving for the nice camera)

Other News: My friend from high school is pregnant with TWINS… silly fertile friends. =)

You Fail


Normally I like the Fine Living Network… but today they had a segment that made me wonder what era I was living in.
Smart tips: Leaving Dad in Charge” – the name itself should prove to be an indicator of why this made me angry.
Included in this blob of 50’s era bullshit were these –

# Before leaving home, cook simple prepared meals that are easy to heat in the microwave. It will give you peace of mind as well as provide nutrition for the family.
# Write out a schedule of the kids’ daily activities to help keep Dad on track while you’re away.

To me if both parents don’t already know HOW TO COOK or the schedule, then you both fail. It should not be one parents sole responsibility to keep track of these things. “Mom” fails cause she’s a control freak and “Dad” fails cause he’s lazy and can only use the microwave, apparently. Now I get that “Dad” might not cook every night and might not be the one to normally cart the kids around but he should not have to have instructions like a baby sitter would in order to take care of his own spawn. You fail as a parent if you do. You are not a parent you are a babysitter who gets to hump mom.

Another gem from this segment:

If you have small children, lay out their clothes a head of time (so “Dad” doesn’t have to worry about it).

WHY IS “DAD” INCOMPETENT? Maybe its just me, I had an involved Dad who did part of the cooking, house chores, picking out clothes, EVERYTHING… Maybe I’m just used to a family that was in things together and didn’t segment their roles in the family. Something needed to be done, someone did it. Maybe it was this way back in the day…ITS NOT BACK IN THE DAY… Seriously if you have to treat your spouse like a child, you may want to rethink your whole relationship.

(note this includes families where everyone lives in the same house – those where one parent usually only has custody on weekends could be an exception for a schedule off appointments/classes)



I hate not having a job. Right now I have enough saved and OtherJ has a good enough job to support us for a while. No huge rush, we’ll eat just fine for a while. I could go back to my old job. They like me, I have friends in middle of the road positions that want me back. I would not have to worry about my interview. I don’t necessarily want to go back, but it is tempting.

I should be enjoying my lack of something to do, but its really driving me insane. And its not like I’m not trying I put in more applications than i know what to do with. I want something I don’t have to bring home or think about other than when I’m at work. I’m good in an office, keeping other people organized, keeping me organized, on the phone – not fantastic at sales, but if it is something they need/ I like I can make it happen. I have no idea what I actually want to do with my life but that doesn’t bother me – I just want a way to pay my bills. I’d be happy working part time at a coffee shop or answering phones.

Going to a temp agency tomorrow to interview, maybe something will come of that. I’m not whining, just frustrated. Its not like I could be doing any more than I am now really. Its just a rough time to be unemployed. This will be ok, its just going to take some time. All else fails, if I have no job at the end of the month I will really look into going back to my old job.

Brought to you by the letter J


Gin tastes like pine needles because it is made out of juniper berries. Juniper is an evergreen. True fax.

Listening to Modest Mouse/Ugly Casinova. Sometimes drunkin’ drug induced lyrics are better. I have to pee. I finished my book I got on Monday.

My foot has some weird funky buBbly stuff on it. I have deemed to be a form of eczema. I was using some ex strength steroid cream on it and it was really helping and then I lost the stuff and it came back with an ugly vengance.

Hiking tomorrow. Lazy weekend to follow.