As for work, I was applying a lot this past week. Like by the dozens, which gets difficult to keep track of lol. But I have it all written down, and out of the handful of places I've applied to, three got back to me. Two being family-ran businesses and the other being a corporate-ran business. I've already had two interviews, those first two being the family owned businesses.. and I believe they were both successful. One reason due to the fact I did get hired by one and will start working for them on Monday. The company is a local floral arrangement shop... who would've guessed. Which I feel like will be good for the experience, but as for pay, I don't know. Basically she said my days would be set, Monday and Thursday and according to the job posting, I'll be working 9a-1p weekly... at $9/hour. Do the math real quick.. that's 8 hours a week.. ouch! Luckily I've planned on getting two part time jobs just until the Fall semester starts up, so that way, I can get rid of one. I want to keep the floral position because I believe I could excel in that industry, but I also feel like I'd be working just to pay for the gas to get there. She did mention that I would possibly need to work an occasional Friday or Saturday, due to proms or weddings.. etc. Either way, it takes over $70 to fill my tank in this city.. and after taxes are taken out, I'll be making less than that a week at that job. So yes, a second job is NEEDED no questions. But I'll take any opportunity I can get. So I accepted the job at the floral shop.
Yesterday, I had my second interview. At a local, family owned breakfast/lunch shop. They sell things like donuts, bagels, and coffee in the morning and sandwiches and such for lunch. I can't even express how badly I want this job. The owners have amazing personalities, and the hours of the shop are 6a-3p.. which gives me time for night time classes. She said that the requirements for the job are you have to be a morning person, happy personality, and hard working.... I WANT IT! Lol. My kind of job.. and since I'm so used to the corporate world of things, which is super less personal than these places, if given the opportunity to take this job, I could be working full time here and she'd work with my school schedule in the Fall. Which school is my biggest priority, that meant a lot to me.. and everyone there.. which I'm just assuming was her and her husband, baby, and possibly teenage daughter, were very welcoming and she was easy to talk to and relate to. I'd basically want that job to work under her! Lol. Nothing beats awesome management. Oh! And both places, the floral and donut shop are super cute! Lol. The floral shop is all done up with flowers (really?!?) and stone walls and the donut shop is painted pastel yellow and is really cozy. She said she'd be playing fun and upbeat music.. and possibly might have to lure customers in with 'sign shaking' on the side of the street. Again, GIVE me that job! Lol. I'll know if I got it by Monday, which I plan on calling and letting her know I'm still completely interested.
And I'll just come straight out and say that my third interview this coming Tuesday, is at a Jamba Juice. Which of course I'd totally take, if I didn't have this donut shop opportunity. Luckily, I'm supposed to know Monday if I got it. And the Jamba deal is a first come, first serve 'interview fair'. Which I've done before for a Starbucks. And they really short and you've really got to make an impression. Group interviews are the toughest, especially when you don't have any experience in the field.
But I really hope I get these smaller company jobs, they seem like an awesome experience. Not so cut-throat and I could have more fun than usual lol. Either way, a job is a job and I'm not picky when it comes to getting a pay check. The biggest thing will be having the sense of actually doing something productive with my life. It's really funny though, cause since yesterday, I've only been out of work for a month, which is a short time, but everyday seems so incredibly long and tough. Not gonna lie, it's been really messing with me mentally.. and physically actually. I keep pulling muscles and feeling blahhhh. Typically, the house doesn't pick up until after 5. I get waken up by Vic's alarm at 6 or 7.. depending on when he sets it.. and I try and force myself asleep for at least two additional hours, just to take up time lol. Then I make me some breakfast, drink coffee as I watch YouTube, occasionally blog about my currently not so exciting life, and do anything extra. Like go out to look for jobs, run errands for my procrastinating brother (lol), and go hiking in the mountainy hills here. Which is one of my highlights since the last entry.
Highlights.. which are pictured below, Saturday, Vic decided to treat me to a special lunch, due to the fact he had some money left over from his pay check/refund and he just paid off a bill completely... he took me to a legit Italian restaurant. I believe it may have been the best meal I've had in a while.. everything was perfect. So much flavor that I've never experienced. After the meal we were planning on going bowling, but it was getting later and he was getting lazier, so he wanted to go visit grandma (which he never does). So we went there and talked for two hours, just about anything. She told us stories about how she had some of her children on the living room floor lol.. she had ten btw. She said she thought she just had a stomach ache on number five and before she knew it, she was having a baby and couldn't make it to the hospital. She added that even before any doctors got to her house to do a check up on the new born, she had already got dressed and went to the store and back because she was out of bottles lol! That was my favorite story. And she had 10 babies.. and which the maybe two last ones were in a hospital because she had to get sewn up. I find myself getting more freaked out by medical procedures as I get older. I don't even want to get my wisdom teeth pulled.. ahhh.
Sunday, I finally got to go bowling. I was way rusty.. and of course lost. Felt like a doofus cause I hadn't bowled in forever, so it was just weird. Before bowling, I ended up tearing apart their kitchen with his mom. We just really got into this mood and pulled it all out and threw stuff away and she wouldn't stop! Lol. Even after I stopped cause I needed to shower for bowling, she kept going. She even reorganized her drawers, after seeing how I organized Victor's drawers, she went on an organization spree.
Tuesday was another highlight.. finally some sunshine and hardly any wind during the hike. We went on a super steep hill, higher than the last. Going downhill is my LEAST favorite part. I excel in going up, but due to my shoes not being hiking shoes, I tend to slip around sometimes, so I'm super careful when going down. This time I got blisters on the tops of my middle toes. Such a weird spot. She asked me if I wanted to go again yesterday, I really wanted too, but my toes were somewhat 'raw' feeling still and to me, it was super cold outside. So, it was a no go this time. Haven't really used my shoes since I was really active in early November. So I'm having to break them in again, and besides the weird on top of toes blisters, I'm having the same feelings as before. Oh well. Really can't wait to get to a gym. I know I can work out here and jog around the block, but I want to get something for myself which requires me to leave the house daily. My own little hobby. Hopefully my jobs will get me enough money to contribute to my diet and exercise.
But I'd better stop before I keep going.. feel like I've covered most of it all. Plans for this weekend, are to maybe see some friends who are coming through, now depends on money cause we/he just paid his bills and that left him broke, he just barely has enough for gas. Sunday we might go to San Bruno with his mom to see some 'great-aunt and uncle' figures. They haven't met me yet and we really should go see them.
Anyway, here's pictures of the dinner and sunny hike.. (I will apologize now for spelling errors and not so glamorous photos)
The first part, my FAV, oil and vinegar with bread. And we split a bottle of merlot, probably my second favorite merlot I've had
Appetizer, Salmon Bruschetta, and Mozerella Caprese
Main course, he had a filet mignon in some wine sauce, which is why it looks burnt or black in the picture.. it was the best I've tasted. My dish was chicken tortelli, so amazing
Dessert, mine of course was chocolate, basically a chocolate ice cream 'pie' with chocolate sauce and chocolate chips.. and hes was the same except strawberry, with strawberry sauce and white chocolate chips. Both were equally amazing and we had a double shot of espresso along with these.
This restaurant maybe possibly my new favorite!
Sunny and cloudy, pictures don't do much justice, but we were at a higher point then previous postings. Straight ahead is Mt Diablo
Love looking at my surroundings during these hikes. They are definitely challenging, but completely worth it. Love how the hills kinda look soft. Again, it's difficult to express through camera phone, if only you could smell the fresh air and the warm sun as well.
Easily amused by being able to see the spots where the clouds are covering land
Previously pictured before.. Part 3 of my horrible downhill hike
You can really tell here, but my MOST favorite part of this hike was the 'pack' of wild turkeys. Just about right in the middle of this picture, there is a male turkey with his feathers all fluffed out. These weren't even all of them! There were SO many of them. The noises of their 'gobbling' were such a crazy sound. And the males were HUGE.. the females were fairly large as well and definitely took up most of the group lol.
I should probably type more often like I used to, but then I feel like there isn't much to talk about. So hope no one got too bored with this crazy long post..
I wonder how many times I say/type that...
Till next time!
I wonder how many times I say/type that...
Till next time!