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Aug. 14th, 2017 11:22 am
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I just got contacted for a contract library tech job. I think I did well in the screening interview with the recruiter, so I'm hoping that by the end of the day, I'll get an offer to go to the face-to-face interview at the end of the week.

It's a contract position, so there's no guarantee of regular employment after the contract expires, but at least I'd be logging work experience. Plus, the pay is a lot more than I've ever made anywhere else.

In the meantime, if I get offered this part-time job I'm interviewing for today, at least it'd be money and employment until something else came through.

I'm feeling kind of lucky right now to have gotten contacted for two jobs after months of not hearing much of anything. I'm hoping this means that thing are going to start improving overall.

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Aug. 13th, 2017 11:01 am
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I almost feel as though I can write today. I just don't know what to write about.

I started updating my media blog, Orange Cream Milkshake Supreme, again. I still haven't figured out what kind of a voice I want to have with it - do I want to be deeply analytical, or do I just want to give my impressions? Or do I want to try to do both? And how much time do I want to spend doing that? I feel like I can go deeper with my posts, but I don't want to be too cerebral for fear of chasing off any potential readers. You know, if more than a couple of actual people read it.

I've been reading a lot lately. I have finished my 52 books for the year goal (that would have been a book a week), but it's only August. Granted, some of those books were manga and children's picture books in Japanese, but still. And I'm still working my way through my backlog. My currently-reading list is as follows:



  • The Neon Court (Matthew Swift Book 3) - Kate Griffin

  • Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan - John Roderick

  • The Mongoliad (Foreworld Saga Book 1) - Neal Stephenson & others

  • A Princess of Mars (Barsoom #1) - Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

  • Fudoki - Kiji Johnson

  • Monsters - David D. Gilmore

  • I Am A Cat - Natsume Soseki

  • War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

  • HTML & CSS For Beginners - iCode Academy (reviewing what I've learned)

  • Python Programming - iCode Academy

  • Deathless (Leningrad Diptych #1) - Catherynne M. Valente

  • Japanese Short Stories for Beginners - The Language Academy

  • Compleat Cat - Cleveland Amory



Anyway, that's what I'm reading and may eventually post reviews of on my other blog. We'll see.
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Aug. 10th, 2017 09:28 pm
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At the amusement park, they had funnel cake stands that smelled sooooooo good! But, I have intense objections to paying extortionist amounts for a little bit of fried waffle batter, so I made my own today. They were so good! I will probably regret eating fried food so late in the day, though, but they were so crispy and delicious.

I got some new slacks for the interview on Monday. I have seriously got to work on losing some more weight. I kept seeing nice pants and stuff on clearance, by they were about two sizes smaller than I am right now. Of course, when I finally get down to that size, I won't be able to find that size on clearance anymore, but it's something to shoot for. It's a pain to be around "average" size for this area because everyone else always snaps up the cute stuff before it goes on sale or before I get there. I also have a hell of a time finding size ten shoes because I think everyone else around here wears them. Bastards. I wish I had tiny feet - those shoes are ALWAYS on clearance.

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Aug. 10th, 2017 09:54 am
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I've got an interview on Monday for a part-time accounts receivable position. I had just put the application in about an hour before I got the call. At least it's confirmation that someone is actually reading these applications, at least somewhere. It's not a huge company - at least it doesn't seem to be so big that they have to rely on HR software - so I guess that's why my application actually reached human eyes.

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Aug. 6th, 2017 09:00 pm
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This weekend, we went to Busch Gardens. Today, I went on a roller coaster - willingly - for the first time. When I was a kid, my family used to drag me on the roller coasters when they went to King's Island, but I never really wanted to go on them myself. I finally worked up the guts to get on Verbolten today.

I...didn't really dislike it, but I can't say that I enjoyed the adrenaline rush, either. Also, I didn't know that I could scream like that.

Next time I go, I want to get on InvadR, which is a wooden roller coaster. I'm not quite up to doing the ones where you have to be in a special shoulder harness, and there's no way in HELL I can consider approaching Apollo's Chariot (so. very. high....). But, this represents at least a small step outside of my comfort zone and at least two or three points toward my Guts stat.

Today was super hot. I got sunburnt while waiting in line for Verbolten. I got cocky and didn't think I'd get burnt, so I didn't put sunblock on. Fortunately, it's not a very bad burn, but I'm definitely slathering myself in SPF 50 next time I step outside.

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Aug. 2nd, 2017 10:49 am
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My grandmother came to visit this weekend. It was nice to do touristy stuff.

I really get tired of the stories she tells about how her kids and grandkids got their jobs and stuff. They are literally the whole Baby Boomer "give 'em a firm handshake and look 'em in the eye" thing, or someone gets a super entry-level type job and the employer opts to train them or encourages/pays for them to go to school to progress their career. Or they got a degree and got a great job immediately after getting out of college. Or they were able to start out in a low position, make enough money to support themselves (granted, not like kings but at least they could cover expenses), and work their way up a path of advancement. You know, all those things that don't happen now.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 01:26 am
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I would love to get a decent sleep one if these days. I would like to not spend hours tossing and turning and ruminating. I would like to be able to just close my eyes and fall right to sleep like my cat does. Lucky little monster.

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Jul. 19th, 2017 11:32 am
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I left the ALA group on LinkedIn. Most topics were usually from vendors with agendas, and any attempt to engage other librarians in conversation went nowhere. Other topics quickly became dominated by this one retired librarian with a massive hate-boner for Millennials and change in general.

Am I just generally unwelcome because I'm under 40? I mean, I can't do anything about my age or lack of experience. Should I just kill myself and get it over with so that more deserving Boomers can harvest my organs to prolong their obviously more superior lives? That's kind of the feeling I'm starting to get from the world.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 02:32 pm
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I'm so tired of everything. I'm tired of the endless job hunt. I'm tired of endless rejections or silence. I'm tired of hearing old-farts spout off at the mouth about how horrible millennials are and how they lack everything that made the Baby Boomer generation "the best ever" (so great they tanked the economy twice in ten years and are working on a third time). I'm just....tired.

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Jul. 12th, 2017 03:46 pm
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Wow. Three rejection emails in one day. That's gotta be a new record.

You know, it's really hard to stay persistent at this point. I mean, what do these assholes even want from me at this point? Blood? A kidney? Do I need to hire an assassin to pick off a few people at the top to free up some space?

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Jul. 7th, 2017 11:03 pm
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It's so weird how things get linked together in your head sometimes. For instance, I associate the feeling of holding a fish-hook (and having said fish-hook poke me in the finger) with a tough decision I had to make. There's nothing obvious about the two except that I was mulling over that decision at the same general time frame as the experience with the fish-hook. Now whenever I think about that decision, I get an almost tactile sensation of how thick the fish-hook was as I held it (though thankfully not the pain of getting poked).

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Jul. 7th, 2017 10:51 pm
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I have returned to Tumblr because...well... I don't know. Well, I mean, I decided I wanted to get this new screenname and.... anyway... I'm pentacleknight on Tumblr now.

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Jul. 5th, 2017 09:14 pm
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As stupid as this sounds, grinding personal stats in Persona 5 has sort of inspired me to try to grind my own real-life personal stats. I just...need to figure out how.

The stats are:

Knowledge - kind of self explanatory
Guts - courage, willingness to take risks
Kindness - empathy and emotional intelligence
Charm - attractiveness and... I guess "social" intelligence? Charisma, I suppose
Proficiency - Physical dexterity and skillfulness

So, I guess I need to brainstorm for what daily habits I can do to "grind" those stats. Any suggestions?

I should probably start by determining what my "baseline" stat is for each category - for instance, I think my "knowledge" is pretty high, but my "guts" and "proficiency" stats are much lower.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 12:02 pm
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I have applied for an open posting in Texas. I'm...not really sure about living in Texas, since I have only ever driven through there, but... it's a job and I have to go where the job is, right? And, the city is one of the major metropolitan areas, so I'm sure there will be tons of stuff to do. And it's not on a coast, so I'll get away from all the crazy coastal weather. And it's beef country, so I'll actually be able to get a decent steak (seriously, living on the coast sucks because all these places specialize in cooking seafood and crappy steaks).

But, we'll see.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:20 am
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I always say to myself when I go to the used bookstore that I'm just going to trade stuff in... and I always end up lying to myself. But, I got three new books to look forward to eventually reading. One of them was a Peter S. Beagle that I hadn't heard of, so I'm kind of excited about reading that. Alas, they didn't have the sequel to Mortal Coils.

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Jun. 21st, 2017 09:37 am
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No matter how frustrated I am with the process of trying to find a library job, no matter how discouraged and hurt I felt about not even being interviewed for that paraprofessional reference job at my local library, I just...can't stop looking and applying for library work. It feels like I'm beating my head against a brick wall over and over, but my head is hard and brick can only hold up against so much, right? Or am I just crazy and wasting my time, energy, and forehead?

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Jun. 20th, 2017 10:42 pm
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There seems to be entirely too much negativity both in my personal life and in the world in general. It's getting too easy to get sucked down into the dumps, or worse, to fall into complete apathy. I think I need a change of pace... but what?

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Jun. 18th, 2017 11:23 am
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Okay, so, personal confession time: the line from Forrest Gump - the one everyone quotes about the "box o' choc'lets" bugs the everlovin' daylights out of me. Unless it's extremely cheap and shitty chocolate (which all tastes like wax and disappointment), you always know what you're going to get because there's a goddamn chart printed on the box lid.

I just...really felt like I needed to get that off my chest.

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Jun. 18th, 2017 09:37 am
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I rediscovered my Five Finger Death Punch the other day. I really, really needed something I can growl along with, so...yeah.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 09:22 am
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I stayed up way too late, but I finally beat Persona 5. Now it's time for New Game +!