This will be our year

Took a long time to come

July 27, 2009

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Know how I start new blogs a lot?  Well it happened again.  Here’s the link:



July 9, 2009

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This will be super short.  I found the perfect roommates/house on CL tonight and I sent them an email and I hope they like me!  I really really hope.  I’m on the verge of praying!  The house looks nice, it’s in an awesome location, and the girl who wrote the ad is a self-proclaimed nerd with a cat and a netflix/HBO watcher!  Please.  I have never wanted anybody to like me as much as I want these people to like me.  Seriously.



You are so sweet, dancing and moving to that beat July 6, 2009

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Today would be my mom’s birthday if she were still alive.  Whenever I make decisions (other than what to eat or wear), I wonder what I would be deciding if she was still alive or if I would even be in the position to make that decision in the first place.  Would I be moving to Chicago if she was alive?  Would I have gone on the trip to Chicago last November?  Would I have looked for jobs there?  Would I have gone to grad school here?  Would I have lived in the house I’ve been living in?  Who knows?  I’m reading The Life of Pi now.  Pi was describing what it’s like losing various people in your life:

“To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures to people the tree of your life and give it new branches.  To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches.  To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above you.  It’s like losing — I’m sorry, I would rather not go on.”

I’m listening to Regina Spektor’s new album, Far.  I’m on the third song and, so far, it’s not that great.  Oh-4 sounds kind of nice…Nevermind.  5 is not good. “Dance Anthem of the 80s” is okay.

Finding roommates is a pain in the butt.



You always were a cunning linguist, James. July 5, 2009

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The 4th of July hasn’t ever been a holiday I’ve gotten excited about.  In general, it annoys me more than anything else.  It’s just so incredibly loud.  Don’t get me wrong-I love freedom and all that stuff, but I also like quiet time.

Anyway…I watched the Tour de France today.  I didn’t really know who to cheer for.  What really confused me was the teams.  It seems that in most competitions, teams are divided up by countries, but that’s not what cycling is like.  The Astana team is the one with Lance Armstrong and a whole bunch of other people.  And they’re super great.  The guy that won Stage 1 in Monaco today is Fabian Cancellara-he’s Swiss, not on team Astana, and I think I will be cheering for him for the next 3 weeks.

Hm.  I’m watching Tomorrow Never Dies right now.  A couple of weeks ago I watched Marnie, a Hitchcock movie from the early 1960s.  Sean Connery was in it.  So dreamy.

I don’t have anything else to say…

Things that make me happy: James Bond, pork tenderloin

Things that make me not happy: nail polish bubbles, hot weather


P.S.  Today I found out that Liberace’s mother was Polish.  That’s all.


National Blog Posting Month July 4, 2009

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I have run out of books to read in the Cary house!  I have two books waiting for me at the library, but guess what…It was closed today, even though it’s only the 3rd and not the 4th.  Whatever.  So I looked on wordpress and saw a post that talked about the blog posting month thing and basically it’s a challenge of sorts to update your blog every single day for a whole month.  I’m going to be pretty bored for the next month, so this works out fairly well I guess.

In my last post I wrote about how I didn’t know what to do about my job offer situation.  But, be ready to be proud of me, I finally made a decision!  I picked the rehab company!  When I called the HR guy, who I have been in contact with since I first sent my resume and who was also one of the people who interviewed me (and said that I present myself very well), he asked me if I was going to make his day.  That made me feel wanted and special and wonderful.  The other person who has made me feel so great about myself was the other SLP (my former supervisor in grad school) that was at the school I was a sub at.  My start date is around August 3rd and I hope to move a couple days before that.  For a long while I contemplated living by myself or with other people.  I thought I was tired of living with people in general, but in truth it’s just that I’m tired of certain types of people and their “quirks.”  If I were to live by myself I would probably end up in a studio apartment that was tiny and still expensive.  But for the same price, or even cheaper, I could live in an actual large apartment with other people.  My best living experiences, both in undergrad and grad school, were with people I did not know prior to moving in.  Also, I will meet more people if I don’t live alone.

Know how a super long time ago and on a different blog I had something along the lines of things that make me happy and things that make me not happy at the end on my posts?  Well, here you go:

Things that make me happy:  Belgian waffles with fresh peaches and whipped cream, shopping, and Away We Go (it was a wonderful movie)

Things that make me not happy: shin splints, people in my neighborhood that set off fireworks on July 2nd and 3rd


P.S.  I know you awesome readers do not like to participate, but I think you should tell me what has made you happy (and/or not happy) recently.  Do it!


I NEED ADVICE July 1, 2009

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There was a point at which I thought I would end up turning down all my offers.  Many were Early Intervention (birth to 3 years) that would require home visits.  And I don’t want to drive.  The rehab place with all the Polish people told me it’d be really hard for me to do without a car.  BUT they’ve been talking to me for the past few days and said they could change around their schedules to give me clinic visits so it could work out.  And they’re supposed to call me so that I can give them my final decision today.  So at the same time I have been trying to look for school jobs BUT all the positions are too far away from Chicago.  I had been emailing/calling the Chicago Public Schools’ SLP managers, but nobody ever got back to me.  UNTIL an hour ago.  They said that they got my resume and would like to meet with me!  And so now I don’t know what to do.  I know schools and that’s what I’m good at.  I love being in the schools.  But in Chicago that would be a caseload of about 50-60 and very few white kids.  At the rehab place, I’d be seeing lots of teeny kids (I’ve never worked with kids that young).  But the caseload would be 25-30.  And I’d be around Polish people.  AND I’d get to work with Polish families.  So I don’t know what to do.  Plus, just because the school people want to talk to me, doesn’t mean that they’ll hire me.  So I could end up with nothing!  Email me and tell me what to do.  It’s the first two letters of my first name, followed by a dot, and then my whole last name,



June 20, 2009

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I don’t have a whole lot to say about Chicago other than that it was awesome.  I got offers at all 3 places I interviewed at, but I’m only considering two of them because the third seems like a bunch of boring older ladies.  I have, however, run into a small problem.  You see, these positions are mostly early intervention, which requires lots of home visits.  And public transportation, though excellent in Chicago, would take quite a while.  I don’t want to learn to drive and have a car and learn to parallel park!  So I’m going to see if maybe I can negotiate or something with the place I like more (the awesome one with all the Polish people).  Sigh.  I also found where I want to live-Lakeview.  There’s people my age, it’s not too expensive, and it’s pretty safe.  I still can’t believe how expensive decent apartments are, but whatev.  I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo.  I went to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.  I did a tiny bit of shopping (I can’t do anymore because I need to save my dollars).  I went to a show at The Second City, which is this comedy club where a whole bunch of people who are famous now got their start (Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Chris Farley, Dan Akroyd, and loads more!).  It was super funny.  On my way from the hotel to the subway/train, I saw Martin Short filming something for TBS with a great dane-I walked right by and was like 2 feet away.  On the plane from Chicago to Raleigh, a little kid sat next to me (he was like 8 or 10).  His mom and younger brother sat across the aisle.  He offered me some starbursts!  It was adorable.  I was also reading one of my vampire books and on the cover it has a drawn girl sitting on a flying tiger with a vampire looking on.  He kept on leaning over to try to look at it.

The End