Monday, May 23, 2011

Growing Up?

That question mark was definitely intentional. Just the other day I was confident; I was going for a job interview at a government agency. I was wearing a suit and heels, purse in hand. A clipboard, paper, pens, an agenda and three printed copies of the resume in hand? Check. I was ready to take on the world.

Cue the rest of the day. Me limping around the city in these heels, attempting to find a pair of wearable shoes that I can afford. Hop on the bus change, then head back downtown for my unpaid internship. Thankfully this internship allows me to ditch the suit and replace it with jeans, a t-shirt and of course my winter jacket since it is officially -50 in the building. On the other hand, I believe it was in that moment that I forever decided against growing up if it means I can no longer wear jeans to work. 

I woke up the next day with the best of intentions. I made eggs. I searched job boards. I got dressed. I didn't get the position I interviewed for. Okay, small set back, but you know at least I still have my goal of never leaving my jeans intact. Life was looking good. 

Of course fast forward a few more days and I'm at home on my parents couch trying to ignore the fact that I'm unemployed with oh so few options. I filled out that application at Starbucks. Nothing back yet. My brother is loving having me home. I've taken up permanent residence on the couch and there is no way he's regaining control of the remote control or computer anytime soon. Or at least not until Tuesday, when I travel back to my apartment. 

Today I hit a new low. The day you know you've reached the bottom of the unemployment barrel when you don't get out of your pyjamas all day long. The afghan and couch were definitely my two best friends and who knew PVR could be so addictive. Do I want to watch The Break Up for the fourth time today without commercials? Why yes in fact I do. It gave me the chance to talk through different sections each time. How could I not keep replaying it? 

So while I'll be heading back to the dorms in a few days post long weekend I'll be doing so with a slightly new attitude. Gone is the wear nothing but jeans approach. It is dead, replaced by my let's aim to change into street clothing before 6pm. Maybe I'll even start setting the alarm again. Maybe. Hopefully at that point I'll have a brilliant new idea detailing how I'm going to make a billion dollars over the course of the summer. If that fails, invest in lotto tickets? Meet a brilliant, successful lawyer/doctor hybrid on Craiglist? Sue craigslist when said doctor/lawyer turns out to be a psychotic serial killer?

Maybe I'll do all that when I stop tearing up at hearing Roy Orbison songs on TimeLife commercials while reading Missed Connections and get up off this couch. I can say one thing is for certain. I certainly don't feel like I'm any closer to adulthood right now. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Work in Progress

I have an ugly dorm room. I've always meant to fix it up. In fact, that was the original purpose of this blog; I wanted to talk about ways to fix up a small space with unpaintable walls. Unfortunately I never seemed to find the time. It's been over eight months and I still haven't fully moved in. I still have dishes in boxes.

I think I can say that that's problem number one. Boxes littering the room because I still haven't unpacked. It's not the main problem though. No, the main problem is the walls. The paint is peeling all over the place. Their are huge areas where the drywall is showing through. The tenant before me must have used super glue to put up posters.

Posters are the only thing I can think of to cover up these patches, but I really don't like the idea of them cluttering up the wall. I also thought of colour blocking canvases and creating a pattern on the wall with them, but again I'm just not sure. Draping fabric wouldn't work with the space because of some awkward corners. I'm really undecided and I'm not sure when I'll have time to figure this out. Originally I was going to post some pictures, but it's also incredibly messy and nobody needs to see that.

As of now, my room is fairly unlivable. I need help.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wish List

I am one of those people who absolutely needs to write everything down. I wasn't always like this, but then I got involved in theatre as a stage manager. Organization was not optional. I write every minute detail down in my agenda and throughout the year it grows post-it notes, colour coded of course. If it weren't for that agenda I would get nothing done.

Currently I'm using The Original Student Calendar. It's basic, it's functional, it works. I'll probably stick with it for at least another year. However, some other agendas have caught my eye.

These planners from Present and Correct are adorable. I love the patterns, especially the bold yellow and pink cover. I'm currently in love with the idea of colour blocking and yes, that trickles down to my planners.

I'm also loving the Tomorrow Planners from Poketo.

To make a decision I think I'd have to see them in person and compare them to what I'm currently using. Is anybody using any of these planners? I can't be the only one who's an agenda freak. 

Things I Love

Hearing a male singer hit a high C. That blew me away today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dreary Days

The weather has been anything but springlike in these parts. All season has been marked by gray drizzle, umbrellas and winter coats. Yes, it's been that cold. Some days you don't want to venture outside it's so bad. Today was one of those days. Fortunately for me I don't have to. No work, no class, no internship. It's a totally free day and I've been utterly lazy.

Currently I'm curled up on the couch in front of my lap top watching an old Audrey Hepburn move (Paris When it Sizzles); it's not my favourite film, but the colours are gorgeous. Half the time the movie feels like one huge ad for Paris in the sixties, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The scenery, the clothing, it's all so glamourous. I think that's the appeal for me when I watch some of these older films. Pure escapism.  It's putting me in a more spring-like mood. Of course, it's also making me want to travel far far away for the summer

Wouldn't you love to wake up to something like this every morning for four months?

This image is taken from this website advertising Naxos, Greece. I've wanted to go there for years, but haven't had the opportunity yet.

While I dream of Europe, I'll be working on my next script analysis, distracting myself with the glamour of the cinema. Maybe some tea will help along the actual work?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Job Hunting

So I think my major problem with job hunting is that I get caught up with the things that don't really matter until I actually send a resume out, things like what to wear to an interview. Obviously, that's not a problem unless I actually get an interview which won't happen if I never send out a resume.

That having been said, I did manage to land an internship in my field this summer. Unpaid of course. But the networking opportunities have to be worth something right? I would like something to fill up my time and give me some money though. So I'm still looking, still applying, still hoping that someone somewhere will like my resume enough to overlook my ridiculous schedule. Let's hope this mystery boss is actually out there. Maybe one day I'll  be able to buy some of the products I post on this blog.

...........Paying my rent and buying food would be nice too though.

Monday, May 2, 2011


So did you? Did you really? The polls are closing out East, but there's plenty of time to cast your ballot out West. If you don't know your riding just head to voter information services on the Elections Canada website. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wish List

Clog Sandals

1. Modcloth Sunset Beach Heel 2. Creatures of Comfort

The seventies are back in a big way this season and I'm loving these sandals.The height, the colours, they're calling to me. If only my bank account agreed with me spending right now.