Wednesday, July 30, 2008


I'm gonna make it short and sweet because I feel like I've told this story many, many times over the last 30 hours, but I didn't get the job. I knew as I was leaving that I probably wouldn't get it because it seemed like I didn't have the right experience that they were looking for, and I got a call from HR today confirming that. I really appreciate that they called me so quickly to let me know so I didn't have to wonder. I'm sort of annoyed that I wasted my time/ink/nice resume paper/gas running to a post office that hadn't picked up the mail yet to send thank you letters. Oh well. I'm scheduled to take a civil service on August 18, so we'll see how that goes. This weekend I get to go to Rusty's and I must get drunk at least one night to reward myself for going through the ups and downs I've had over the past few weeks.

Thanks, everyone, for the well wishes. I have the best blog friends ever!


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Thinking Calming Thoughts

Today is D-Day. My interview starts at 1:15. I feel prepared, but I'm completely exhausted. After work yesterday, I went to dinner (I had fish tacos for the first time and they were awesome--I don't think Californians are crazy anymore) and then to Hersheypark with a work friend and didn't get home till a little after 11 and then didn't go to bed till after midnight, then I had to get up for an 8AM dermatologist appointment this morning. I just finished my coffee and I stopped at Burger King for a Croisanwich and a large Dr. Pepper, the breakfast of champions, so hopefully the caffeine will help me wake up.

Yesterday my coworker accepted a job, so when she leaves I'm going to be swamped unless management is organized and they replace her quickly (pause for laughter). I have a lot riding on this job and, I'll be honest, I'll be devastated if I don't get it. I'll let you all know how it goes when I get home! Thanks for the well wishes!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Job Update

My interview is scheduled for next Tuesday. I go in at 1:15 to go over benefits, meet with one doctor at 1:30, another doctor at 2:00, and then a woman who works in the position I'm applying for (I don't know if we'll be working together or if she's leaving) at 2:30. An almost 2 hour interview, good Lord!

One of my coworkers had the best. idea. ever. He said I should get on MedLine and find some research studies that these doctors have done. I found about 12, so I'll read over them this weekend and try to make some sense of them! Gotta love having access to Clarion's databases and inter-library loan!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Answers (Updated w/ B's questions)

From March:

1. Do you recycle as much as you think you can?

I'm pretty good about recycling, but I don't recycle at work since we don't have any recycling bins and if I have a can with really nasty stuff in it, I just throw it away instead of rinsing it out and recycling it.

2. If you could have any band play a party for you who is it and why?
Even though Depeche and The Cure are my favorite bands, they're not really party bands, so I'd like (assuming I can bring people back from the dead) Skynyrd or Zeppelin. They'd both rock out and then throw back beers with my party guests after the set. They'd also probably sleep with all of my friends.

3. When you were a kid what job(s) did you want?
I wanted to be a veterinarian, an interior designer, or an environmentalist

4. You see a person you laugh?
No, unless it's one of my friends and they aren't hurt.

5. Chewy Chips Ahoy or regular crunchy ones?
Chewy all the way!

6. What is the oddest thing you "knowingly" ate?
I haven't eaten anything too odd...I guess liver (nasty!), wild turkey (really dry), bear (tastes like chicken), and deer (mmm...deer bologna), but none of those are odd if you live in PA. Two of my favorite foods are brussels sprouts and pickled beets, and most people think it's odd to like those.

7. If you drink coffee, how do you like it prepared?
When I make it at home I use Dunkin' Donuts coffee that I grind myself with half and half and 1 packet of Splenda (but I'm going to switch to sugar when I use up all my Splenda packets because I'm trying to stop eating processed foods)...I make it the night before and put it in the fridge, when I do a Dunkin' run I get iced coffee with cream and sugar and a shot of hazelnut if I'm feeling saucy; if I'm getting a frou frou drink I get a mocha latte.

8. If we were dating, and I said you can't watch american idol any more would you break up with me? remember..I'd be the most awesomest B.F. keep that in mind..
First of all, Jim Halpert is the most awesomest bf in the world; second of all, I've been in too many relationships where I've compromised myself to make my man happy, so I would kick your ass to the curb and curl up on the couch to watch my AI boyfriends caterwaul their way through some of my favorite songs.

9. What is your favorite artificial flavor?
I love anything strawberry, coffee, or hazelnut flavored.

10. You are at a salad bar..what "bad" things do you put on the salad?
Cheddar cheese and croutons

From B.:

If you had to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to?
Oh no! I'm so bad at thinking up names for things. Maybe "The Wayward Librarian." Or, let's be honest here, "Don't Read This; Not Worth It."

Name 3 things you can do better than the average person.
Speak Spanish, remember song lyrics, play time management games like Diner Dash and Cake Mania (these games are my crack)



Holy shit! I have an interview for my dream job!!

As you may remember, we were bought out effective July 1, and they have all these plans for me that they think I like, but in actuality, they blow. So I was putting my feelers out on Friday evening and found a Clinical Research Associate position at a local hospital. I thought, "I'm probably under-qualified, but what the hell?" I come home from work yesterday and have a message that the physicians are interested in meeting with me and would like to set up an interview. I was so excited I was shaking! This job would kick massive ass! I would be using my mad librarian skillz to help ER docs to research. I didn't get the message till after 5 yesterday, so I have to call after 8 this morning to set it up, but it just so happens that I took off Friday and Monday since Rusty came home. Everything's coming up Jenny!

It wouldn't be me without the downsides: I have to treat very lightly at work about this because with the merger they have to get rid of some people. They're not getting rid of me, but if this got out to the wrong people, well... Also, I have to go buy appropriate interview attire and I'd rather be torn limb-from-limb by a pack of wolves than go clothes shopping. I had 3 dreams about this last night: 2 were that I didn't get the job and 1 was that it only paid $20K. Wish me luck/pray/meditate/send me good vibes; I'll keep you posted!

On another note, I'm going to copy B. and open the blog to any questions about anything. I read March's questions to her and was like, "I want to answer those questions!" So ask away!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Simpsons Quotes

I've had this post simmering for a while, but considering I had a message at work today from a man named Seymour Butts (hand to God!), I figured now was a great time to post it. This is a list of my 10 favorite Simpsons quotes, in no particular order:

Mr. Burns: "Ironic, isn't it Smithers? This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes cost me the election, yet if I were to have them killed, I'd be the one to go to jail. That's democracy for you."

Skinner: "Nibbles, chew through my ball sack."

Kang: "Abortions for all."
[Half of crowd boos]
"Very well, no abortions for anyone.
[Other half of crowd boos]
Hmm...Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.
[Whole crowd cheers]

Shary Bobbins: "Hello Willie."
Lisa: "You know her?"
Willie: "Aye. Shary Bobbins and I were engaged to be wed back in the old country. Then she got her eyesight back. Suddenly the ugliest man in Glasgow wasn't good enough for her."
Shary: "It's good to see you , Willie."
Willie: "That's not what you said the first time you saw me!"

Troy McClure: "Hi! I'm actor Troy McClure and you may remember me from such self-help videos as Smoke Yourself Thin and Get Some Confidence, Stupid."

Ned: [Walking up, singing] Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the--oh my Lord! Something horrible has happened!
Homer: [Snickers, then laughs] Fooled you Flanders! Made you think your family was dead!

Ned: Oooh...That's quite a thing-a-ma-jigsaw! But it looks like you're missing a piece...
Homer: Looks like you're missing a wife!
Flanders: Heh heh. I walked right into that one.

Homer (singing to the tune of the Flintstones theme song): Simpson/Homer Simpson/He's the greatest guy in history/From the/town of Springfield/He's about to hit a chestnut tree!

Homer, in a video he made in which he describes Lisa: "My favorite book is magazines."

Homer: "Aw, twenty dollars! I wanted a peanut!"
Homer's Brain: "Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts!"
Homer: "Explain how!"
Homer's Brain: "Money can be exchanged for goods and services!"
Homer: "Woo-hoo!"

And a bonus:

Homer: "Are you saying you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?"
Lisa: "No."
Homer: "Ham?"
Lisa: "No."
Homer: "Pork chops?"
Lisa: "Dad, those all come from the same animal."
Homer: "Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal."

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