Aug. 20th, 2017 03:50 pm
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I've been baking! Yesterday I made a delicious Kentucky butter pound cake. I don't have a pic because a bit of the top broke off despite generous shortening and flouring (I think my bundt pan has a weird spot b/c the last cake broke in the same way). *BUT* today I made the most beautiful apple pie!

So, despite not having a job yet (and all of the fuckery going on in the U.S.), my personal life is great and I am enjoying the time to bake and cook. I'm applying for a county-wide substitute teacher position, though, so keep your fingers crossed that I'm accepted and that I won't have to color my hair a *normal* color!

Also, I both sadly and excitedly watched the final episode of Orphan Black a couple nights ago. I feel like it's the end of an era. Here's hoping Underground gets picked up after being dropped by WGN. It's the only show that sucks me in the same way Orphan Black did. Not even Game of Thrones is as captivating (well, except maybe the recent "The Spoils of War" episode... and The Red Wedding, of course).

Here are some happy apple pie pics. Can you smell it through the computer? Yes, yes you can...

Job Search

Aug. 10th, 2017 08:27 pm
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I've been trying so hard to find a job and have been focusing on jobs that I REALLY want, such as mentoring college students (I'd love to find a position mentoring queer, first-gen, or otherwise marginalized students) or working at a non-profit that focuses on marginalized populations. It's been months and I've started to think about applying for just ANYTHING, but I know that if I do that I'll be ridiculously unhappy. So, I'm thinking about revamping my resumé, seeing if I can do some networking (so difficult for this introvert), and keep applying.

However, I'm also pretty set, now, on returning to grad school for a PhD at the end of next year (if I'm accepted, of course - then again, I already have some good networking going on there). SO, the question is, do I focus on a job that fits in order to get some experience doing what I love and that may benefit me after graduating with a PhD, OR do I just take anything to have some income and be able to buy a car that isn't falling apart?

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So, I cook... a lot. I love it. It's one of my creative outlets besides writing and, just recently, embroidery. Since I don't have a job yet (after graduating with an MA in March!), I've been cooking the food of my childhood. Namely, cheap. But just because it's cheap doesn't mean it can't also be delicious. Enter beans and cornbread. My kids love it; it's super inexpensive and, cooked right, can be ridiculously good. The kids even got in on the cooking action tonight!

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I've been writing since I was a kid - poetry, short stories, daydreams that never made it to the page, night dreams, or what I like to call Nightflix, with threads woven out of both the mundane and the fantastic - images I can never seem to capture once I've woken. A good chunk of my whole life is lived inside my head where, much to their chagrin, I create pedestals for the people I love. (Luckily I'm not too attached to those concepts. No one has to be who they are not. I merely take the best that I see in them and elevate it in my mind.) I have long lived on what-ifs and maybes and supposition, and I find that, at the tender age of nearly 36, it's time to put those brain games on paper.

So, I'm working on writing a novel and it's happening sloooooowwwwly. But I'm pretty sure that's just going to be the nature of this character-centered, complex, dystopian story of struggle with its diverse, intersectional cast of characters. I've got a framework down, I daydream about it daily, and now I'm working on getting to know my characters (and forming a plot as I go along). We'll see if this venture leads anywhere. It's definitely more material than any of my other attempts.

I'm also looking for a fucking job. It turns out that a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in gender and sexualities don't translate well into the job-finding real world. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!

And in other news, the kids just returned from a 3 week sojourn with their grandparents and father. Somehow, over just the last two days, the bathroom is again full of toys, there are crumbs and sticky drops of who-knows-what on the kitchen floor, and silence has fled. We're so glad to have them home!
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So, this day is trying to kill me. It's windy outside so I go out to close the big sun-shade umbrella and there are wasps! Luckily none got me as I flailed and screeched and ran away. THEN, I'm roasting a chicken and smell burning (keep in mind I'm a hobby chef) so I open the oven to find out WTF and FLAMES SHOOT OUT singeing my hair and eyebrows. Protip: Make sure to cook the alcohol off of cooking sherry before using it in the oven. I'm PRETTY sure that's what caused the flames (even thought it's never happened with any other wine).

Anyway, dinner seems to be coming along fine now. I've washed my hair but can still smell it. And I'm unsure of how I'll reopen the umbrella without a bee suit. Any suggestions?


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