17. Run A 5k

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Today I ran the Jack Kerouac 5k in Lowell, MA!  Overall, I'd say it went well.  The weather was pretty raw and rainy, but I would take that over hot and sunny any day.  I left my zip up on which I quickly regretted but you live and learn!  The race was very well organized so we were able to get there and get ready with just the right amount of time.  I started off running too fast which I knew would happen and I still did it anyway.  That, of course, meant that I was struggling later on but again, live and learn!

My final time was around 32:00.  I was hoping to do a little better but considering I took a month off in preparing for this race I think it went as well as can be expected.  It also motivates me to work harder for the next race!  Now I just need to find the next one.

At the start before getting all gross and sweaty
Crossing the finish line!
Here's the rest of the week's workouts.  Starting my new job kind of got in the way towards the end of the week but I think once I settle in there I'll be able to get back on track.  The office also has a gym so I might try to take advantage of that.
Also, don't forget to check out what else I've checked off my list of 25 in my 25th!

5. Get A Job

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Big news!! I have a job!  It really came out of no where.  I'll just quickly recap the last few days for you.

After applying to my 51st job online, I was getting pretty disheartened.  I had heard back from a couple companies, but none of them were exactly what I wanted so I started thinking that it was time to regroup.  What do I do when I need to regroup? I make lists.  I started with lists of "things I like" and "things I don't like".  After a few hours of list making and online research, I got (what I think is) a brilliant idea for my own business.  After talking my parent's ears off for another hour or so my Mom finally said:

"I think it's a good idea but you know now that you have this great idea you're going to get a job offer tomorrow."

I laughed and went to bed.

I woke up the next morning to two voicemails asking me to come in asap for an interview.

See, back in July I gave a friend my resume to give to his mom who worked in a company nearby.  I had heard that she put my name in for a couple of jobs in accounting and finance but I wasn't that eager to get a job in either of those so I didn't follow up on them.  There was a new job opening though and they wanted me to come in an talk to them right away.

 So within 3 days I went from completely giving up on the path I chose, to finding a job and already getting my first day under my belt!

  • This job is in HR (which is what I was hoping to get into).
  • This job is about 15 minutes from my house (no crazy commute into the city).
  • This job is an assistant position (I'm overqualified, but it will allow me to ease into the HR field).
  • This company is big enough that they have several people in HR alone, but not so big that I'm just working with one department (I get to experience every aspect of HR and see which area I might like best).
  • The people I work with seem very nice (hopefully no more mid-life crisis bosses to deal with).
  • The company works with the government (something I used to want to do) but is private sector (won't have all the red tape).
  • I think I'll be able to become close to the people I work directly with (but the company is big enough that I'll see new people each day).
  • And most importantly...
  • I get to tease my friend when I see his high school senior picture in his mom's office every day.


This job fits almost everything I was looking for.  Of course I would have been willing to commute an hour for a good job, but to have a good job and NOT have to commute is even better.

There are, of course, some down sides.  For one, this position is temporary.  I am filling in for an older woman who has taken an extended leave to care for her sick husband.  They've told me though that they are unsure if / when she will be coming back but they think I'll be around until at least the new year so that's three solid months of employment.

They've also mentioned that if the woman does come back they can see if there are any other positions open and (if I do well in the next three months) they would consider keeping me on.

And while it being a temporary position is a downside, I also see it as a plus because it allows me to see the field of HR without having to commit 100% to it.

If I decide after 3 months it's just not for me... well, I still have that awesome business idea lying in wait!

The Unemployed Life

Monday, September 24, 2012

I'm really slacking with the blogging these days.  That might be due to the fact that I'm unemployed and spend most of my day sitting on my couch watching the same 5 news stories a dozen times and/or watching several hours of mindless tv.  

My first race is coming up this weekend.  I have to say that I'm really excited!  I was nervous that after coming home from Dublin I wouldn't care to run anymore.  I have found it's harder than it was in Dublin, but not as hard as I thought it was going to be.  I realized my childhood paper delivery route is the perfect area to run.  For a while I was trying to run to my old high school and back but no sidewalks combined with dozens of busses did not work out.  This new route is perfect and scenic.

I also successfully ran on the treadmill today!  I had to concoct a contraption so I could watch a show while running since music doesn't entertain me enough while on the treadmill.  I don't think I'll ever voluntarily choose the treadmill over the road, but I wanted to see what kind of time I might be expecting this weekend and I don't have a functioning watch, so treadmill it is.
There was a 90% chance this would end in disaster
(Luckily it didn't!)
So other than the occasional run, there hasn't been much going on in my life.  I've been applying to jobs like crazy with some phone interviews here and there, but I still have yet to find one that I desperately want.  I'm still waiting for that magical moment when I suddenly realize what I was meant to do in life.

Oh, my grandparents also had their 55th wedding anniversary on Saturday.  We went to mass and then dinner with almost the entire family.  They are so wonderful together.  I hope I can have something like that some day.   No job, no car, no boyfriend.  Sigh.  I did get a free candle from some real estate company today... things are looking up!
55 years and still going strong.

Liebster Award #3!

Friday, September 21, 2012

My amazing cousin Kayla over at Simple Bliss has nominated me for another Liebster Award!  I think I've shared every remotely interesting fact about myself before, but I love answering questions so I'm going to focus on that!

The questions Kayla gave me are:

What are you passionate about?
I wrote a post a while back about how I didn't really feel passionate about anything.  I love traveling but it's not something I think about all the time when I'm not traveling.  I also love reading and writing but, again, I'll go a while without doing either of those sometimes.  I wish I was one of those people who knew exactly what I wanted to do and loved it but I'm just not.  The upside of this is that I try and experience a lot of different things in search for that one thing I might be passionate about!
Cozy night in, or crazy night out?
Cozy night in... almost always.  I enjoy going out once in a while but my favorite nights involve a good tv show or movie and maybe some wine if I'm feeling crazy.
Wardrobe must-haves?
Scarves.  The one accessory I've invested in. (They were a must have when living in Dublin!)  A nice scarf can spruce up any outfit which makes my struggle with picking out clothes much easier.
Jeans & a Tee, or decked out diva?
Jeans and a tee.  I wish I was more of a fashionista but I hate shopping.  I've considered trying to find someone to be a personal shopper for me because I'd love some nice outfits but I don't want to have to put them together myself!
What is your drink of choice?
I'm a beer or wine girl.  If you asked me in college those would have been at the bottom of my list, but I avoid hard alcohol at all costs these days.
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pizza and ice cream.  Healthy, I know.  I would be sick to my stomach for the rest of my life but they are too delicious to pass up.
Are you a crazy pet mom?
I would be if I had a pet!  I've been obsessively looking at dogs online and I do plan on getting one soon.  Be ready for numerous pics of my future pet!
What are your 3 favorite places to shop?
-Target to get everything in one stop
-My local used book store
-Can't think of a third... can I say the ice cream   stand? 
What is your favorite book and why?
I would have to say Harry Potter (I'm counting the whole story as one giant book.)  Those books defined my childhood so even if I've read something better it still couldn't compete with the impact HP had on my life. (Dork, I know.)
Coffee or Tea?
I always start my day with at least one cup of coffee and then I'll have several cups of tea (green generally) throughout the day.
When you get married (or if you already are) do you want a huge, extravegant wedding or would you prefer a simple and intimate wedding?
In between.  I definitely don't want anything extravagant but I want to make sure that all of my friends and family are there and that we have a big bash.

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Before leaving Dublin a lot of people asked if I wanted to stay and get a job there.  When I said that I had decided to go home it was hard for me to really describe to them why I'd prefer home over Dublin. Obviously, it was in part because my family was there, but there were so many little things I have here that I didn't in Dublin.  These are just a few of the things that I get to enjoy now that I'm home again.

Those beautiful neon lights
My Hammock and Backyard
The beach!
The seasons (especially fall!)
Football! (And my niece, of course!)
Things I didn't miss while living in Dublin? Sunburns and mosquito bites...  I forgot all about those while across the pond.  I could definitely live without them!

25 in my 25th

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I've seen these popping up all over the blogging world and I've decided that I might as well do a list of my own.  Here are 25 things I hope to accomplish during my 25th year of life.  Wish me luck!

1.  Start a garden
2. Get a puppy
3. See the Grand Canyon
4. Get a new wardrobe
5. Get a job
6. Send out Christmas Cards
7. Get a car
8. Become a runner
9. Knit something
10. Go skydiving again
11. Finish at least one of my stories
12. Start a skin care regime
13. Invest in accessories
14. Go paintballing
15. Visit a psychic
16. Purge my room
17.  Run a 5k
18. Do a wine tasting
19. Go away for a girls weekend*
20. Start planning a cruise
21. Visiting a shooting range
22. Be and extra in a movie
23. Volunteer somewhere
24. Fly in a hot-air balloon
25. Learn to surf

*I know I'm cheating with this one since I had my girls weekend before I turned 25, but it was put on my list before I knew when we'd go so I'm counting it anyway!

New Beginnings

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's my birthday! A quarter of a century old!  I always have a hard time celebrating my birthday because there are so many more important things to think about on this day.  This year, however, I've been trying to focus on new beginnings.  I skyped with my old college roommate last night and she was talking about how she felt like this month was going to be one of a lot of big happenings.  I can't help but agree with her.

As sad as I was to miss a majority of this past summer, I'm already getting excited for fall.  I was lucky to get a few weeks of hot weather but the moment I saw a red leaf on a tree I couldn't stop thinking about the fall.  Fall has always been full of fresh starts for me.  Whether its starting school or a new birthday, I always feel like September is the true start of my year.

I had a phone interview for a job today.  Even if I don't get past this round I still feel like that interview marks the start of a successful job hunt.

I've also got back into my running and I've been enjoying it.  Seeing how I felt during those weeks I took off has made me realize how good I feel when I'm consistently running.

So, overall, a new birthday and a new year.  I have a good feeling about this upcoming year and I think a lot of great things will be happening.

Girls Weekend!

Monday, September 10, 2012

My closest group of girl friends have not all been in the same state / country at the same time for almost three years.  We all scattered for college and then after graduation people went abroad to work or traveled away to grad school.  We would see each other as often as possible but we were never able to get all six of us together at once.

This past weekend was the first time we were all together and we decided to make a weekend of it.  We had several things to celebrate including an engagement, a birthday, a few master's degrees and several new jobs.  My friend's aunt has a campsite on Lake Ossipee and she was nice enough to let us use it for the weekend.  I was only about a mile from where I camped last weekend but the area is so nice that I could see myself going up there every weekend if I had a place to stay.

We spent most of Saturday at the beach enjoying the late summer sun.  I even managed to get my first sunburn of the summer.  Whoops.

We spent the night cooking, drinking wine, playing games, and chatting.  My friends were sneaky and had bought a cake while they distracted me at the grocery store and I was completely clueless until they were placing the cake on the table in front of me.

We also managed to fit in a quick hike on Sunday before heading home.

It was a wonderful weekend and it was so nice to have the time to just relax and hang out.

Watching the sunset over the lake

Reconnecting with childhood

Labor Day Weekend

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I'm home relaxing now after a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.  Those family members who are  employed took Friday off so we could get up there early.  After a quick set up, it was time for 3 days of relaxation.  It was much cooler in New Hampshire than I was expecting it to be, but it was still a beautiful weekend.  I spent about 90% of the time simply sitting around a fire with family eating delicious food so there aren't too many details to cover so I'll just share pictures instead!
The warm sun shining through the trees
Campsite all ready! 
Smoke ribs = so delicious!
Three weeks old and already a camping champ!
Campfires galore
A beautiful and delicious hamburger cake 
Getting cozy when the weather gets cooler
Adorable pups- a camping must have
Hope & I
...an our poor man's cooler
Me and my cousin Kayla
Heading home after a wonderful weekend!
Now it's back to my busy schedule of watching HGTV 24/7 and playing with my beautiful niece!