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Obligatory fuck you 2010 post

 Well, after a less than stellar year to begin with, 2010 decided to end as horribly as possible, with me stuck in NYC for an extra week due to the blizzard and travel clusterfuck. That means I lost a week's worth of pay. Ugh. So fucking pissed off whenever I think of that. 

Once I got over that (which I never did, but okay) it wasn't so horrible having the extra time to bond with my brother and nephew. I took my four-year-old nephew to the Children's Museum of Manhattan and we walked all over the city all day, which ended up being way too much for him. But it was still fun, and I got a bunch of nice pics that made my grandma happy. 

The wedding that I was forced to come to New York for was fine. I got very drunk very early and got through it. Barefoot. I may have a head injury from a fall. But it's fine. It was the after that was so fucking horrible. UGH. Stuck outside in a blizzard for four hours just walking back and forth through Flatbush trying to figure out SOMEWHERE to go for shelter. It was harrowing. My aunt still hasn't recovered. 

So, basically, I was right. This wedding should not have happened. My sister married a douchebag who demanded they marry in New York the day after Christmas because he's a fucking douchebag. And I was the one to suffer for it. 
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I'm going to back to school!

So, my tenure here at DW didn't last as long as I had thought it would. But oh well. Anyway, previously on Julia, I was applying to USC and Michigan. Neither one even wanted to interview me. Poop. So I decided to apply to second tier schools. I picked Illinois and Wisconsin. Illinois's deadline was right around when I made this decision, so I quickly got my app in. They wanted to interview me right away. And today they offered me admission, plus a very small amount of money (about enough to cover housing, but no food). Meanwhile, Wisconsin's deadline isn't until February, so I haven't applied yet, but the deadline to give Illini my deposit is right around the app deadline for Wisconsin.

Additionally, Iowa wants me. A lot. They gave me a tuition waiver and are now flying me out for an interview. So I would guess they will offer me money. A lot. But I'm not flying out until the first week of February, about a week before Illini's deposit is due. So... Conundrum. But I have time. I'm going to get my Wisconsin app in ASAP and hope they will give me a quick response. This isn't the worst position to be in, but if it comes to Feb 10th and I still haven't heard from anyone but Illinois, I will feel like I'm risking wasting a lot of money. But I will probably only back out if one of the other schools offers me a nice package, so I'd be saving in the end? Maybe? 

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I had another interview today. Somewhere else. Somewhere totally fucking awesome. Somewhere I have been wanting to work for a very long time. Somewhere where the pay is shit, the hours are long, and the abuse is high, but I want to work there anyway. The interview was very last minute. I got a call at noon and went in at 4. They are interviewing for two positions, so I met with the two people I might be working for, but if I get any job at all, I could end up with either as my boss. I liked both, though I liked the second one more, just because she seemed more laid back and conversational. The first guy was nice and seemed like he'd be a great boss, too, but this is all a personality thing, and I feel like I nailed that part with the second one more than the first.

Dammit I want this job. 

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

The good: I had an interview today. I think it went well. It's not for something exactly in the field I want to be in, but it's at least in a place where there is mobility to a field I want to be in. And it is temp-to-perm, so hopefully I would soon have BENEFITS! INSURANCE! GAH!

The bad: If I do get a new job, I'm going to have to spend a buttload of money on a new wardrobe. My current office has an extremely lax dress code, and I need a ton of new clothes for a real job.

The ugly: Ugh. My stupid bitch sister's stupid bitch wedding is 15 days sooner than I thought it was. I have no idea how I counted so wrong. Ugh. I HOPE I will fit the dress in only 41 days, and considering I've gotten my waist to the right size in only 23, I think I can get my chest there in nearly double that, but ugh. I really wanted it to still be 56 days away. 

In more good, Parks & Recreation is coming back! HUZZAH! And NBC gave it the cushy post-Office spot! IT WILL LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER SEASON!!!!!!!

Also good: Boardwalk Empire. My god I love this show. I'm even starting to be interested in the politics and such. And I think we're about to find out who Jimmy's father is! (I have my suspicions, but I want to know for sure.)

Random: I was looking at my driver's license today, and it just emphasized how long my hair is right now. My driver's license pic is from a year ago, and my hair is just brushing my shoulders. It is currently halfway down my back. I need a cut, but I'll probably wait until after the wedding. That way there's lots of hair to work with for an up-do.
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Uggggghhhhhh. I think I'm getting sick. I powered through and shredded anyway today, though that may have been a mistake. But fuck it. And I'll power through and go to work tomorrow, too. I just need to stop somewhere and pick up a metric ton of vitamin C and zinc. And Dayquil. And probably a lot of pain killers, too.  

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Fitness and stuff

 So, I'm nearly halfway through the 30 Day Shred. I'm not really feeling a difference, but I know it usually takes a while until your body starts to acknowledge the fact that you have decide you don't want to be a fat slob anymore. I have over 2 months to go until the dreaded wedding, but I'm concerned that won't be enough time to fit in my dress. I should probably start thinking about other options.

I'm also thinking about what to do when the 30 days are up. I can't really start again, unless I just want to do level 3 (or level 2 and level 3, since I hear level 3 is actually easier than level 2) every day for another month and a half. I might order another Jillian Michaels DVD. Maybe No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. But maybe not. My fear is that I'm not going to be willing/able to do an hour a day instead of half an hour a day. I may get Shred It with Weights. I'll have to ask the mother if she wants to sponsor my weight loss, since she'll be the one paying for a new dress if I can't fit in mine. $40 or so for a few DVDs and a kettlebell seems like a steal compared to the cost of a dress fit for my sister's goddamn wedding. 

The other option is trying to start running again. I'd like to do this at some point, and I understand that once you have built up some muscle and lung capacity that running is easier. But I don't think I want to waste my half hour a day building up my running ability, at least not until after the wedding. 
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Warning: Some mention of politics

(I feel like if I'm actually going to use DW I should get some more icons. But... effort.)

Honestly, I kind of don't want to know who wins tonight. It's going to be depressing, I know, so I'm just sticking to watching the California results, and trying to tune out everything else. I accidentally saw on Twitter that Feingold lost, and that has me upset enough. 

In California, exit polls look like wins for Brown and Boxer, so, if that holds, I can be happy, a bit. But Prop 19 is going down. :( I am 100% drug free (other than those prescribed to me) but I am strongly in favor of decriminalizing pot. There's no reason for it to be illegal, and it was only made illegal originally because of the fucking cotton lobby. It's all ridiculous.

I haven't seen any projections on Prop 23, but that better fucking be voted down. That's the one where they suspend the implementation of air pollution regulation. Yeah, because in this state we really need more pollution. Ugh.

Anyway, in happier news, I watched Boardwalk Empire finally. THAT'S what I should get icons for. I'm really loving the shit out of this show. And I HAVE A SHIP!!! It's been a long time (pretty much since VM) since I really cared about a ship in more than a passing fashion. (Yeah, Leslie/Ron Fucking Swanson all the way, but I don't actually care if it happens or not.) But Nucky/Margaret is just so wonderful. And fucked up. And he's totally going to marry her and they will have lots and lots of babies and none of them will be premies. I'm still waiting for the explanation about his obsession with premies, but I assume his wife died in childbirth with a premature baby. And after this week, I assume he blames the death of the baby on his wife not being there to nurture it.

In completely unhappy news, my commute to work just got fucking horrible. It's usually 25 mins door to door, but they closed down my exit for the next month and a half. I'm going to have to try out some different exits, because today I took the exit after mine and it took me 45 minutes to get from my exit to work. And my office is literally ON the highway. It normally takes me 2-3 minutes from the exit to pulling into a parking space. So, blah. So fucking annoying. 
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Applications are in

I have submitted my second and last application for the first round. Two schools, $350. It's insane. But it's over and there's nothing I can do to change it now, so all I can do is wait.

While I wait, I watch TV. I just watched The Walking Dead. The first half hour was everything I hate about zombie movies - one guy alone. It's the lack of other people that scares the shit out of me. Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, etc. they all had groups of people nearly the entire time. That's what I like.  But luckily this wasn't like that the whole time. And the hook at the end totally caught me. So I will be back next week.

I still haven't watched this week's Boardwalk Empire. I am loving the show, but my friends are all unavailable tonight, and I was going to watch it alone, but I prefer the company. I like talking about it while watching. 

I'm on level 2 of the 30 Day Shred and it's ridiculously hard. If I don't fit into my dress after doing this for two months, something is seriously wrong.
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So much pain. I need better painkillers, I think. I'm stuck with Tylenol, which I hate. Must go get some Ibuprofen. 

It's all for a good cause, I know, but how long do I have to do this before my muscles remember that they are supposed to work and stop hurting? 

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Kill me now

So, my sister is getting married in 79 days. That's the day after Christmas for those who don't want to do the math. In NYC. Ugh. I hate that bitch.

Anyway, I have this gorgeous dress (my profile pic on Facebook) that was custom made for a friend's wedding. It was ridiculously expensive, but I didn't have to pay for it. And I love this dress. Problem is, it was made when I was at my skinniest post-Celiac diagnosis weight. I tried it on a couple of days ago and it doesn't fit anymore. I'm guessing that to be safe, I need to lose 20 lbs. So I am doing the 30 day shred. I have time to fit it in twice if I do it everyday. I'm on day 3 and I am in so much pain. I know it will get better as I continue to do it, but still. Kill me now. I can barely walk. Those goddamn, motherfucking lunges are what did it. My calves would like to just detach and leave, thank you very much.

So that's what I'm up to right now. Still waiting to hear about second interview for awesome job. The guy was out of town this week as well, so I was told I would hear by the end of this week, so hopefully today. They do still want to see me, so that's good. And I'm going to visit USC next week. And then there's still my Halloween costume to get. So much stuff to do.

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