You may or may not know this (depending on how well you know me in “real life”), but I’ve grown up Catholic. Don’t stop reading now– I’m not going to press my religion on you, I promise. There are few things that bother me more, so I’ll spare you.
For Lent, the BF and I decided to go to church every Sunday. We’ve only missed once since the start of Lent, and that was thanks to a snowstorm. There’s a church not too far from our apartment (this might ring a bell as to why I’m not pushing my particular “flavor” of faith, since it’s a big fat sin to live together before getting married, more or less) that we like, and the priest there is surprisingly cool. He’s been MIA since the first service we had him, though, owing to the fact that he “took a header off the Rectory steps” (his words, I swear) on Valentine’s Day and tore his quadricep from his knee. Seriously ouch.
But it’s a great little church, and it has some major promise for being *the* church when the time comes.
We’ve also visited a few others, including the one my mom and her side of the family frequents and another one where I previously wanted to get married. And in our travelings from church to church and Mass to Mass, we’ve come to realize what we like:
- A quick, snappy Mass
- No drums and guitars with the music: pianos and organs only, if you please
- A priest with a sense of humor and full shoes (no sandals, if you will)
- Very moderate temperature (I tend to overheat and almost pass out during Mass… it’s happened at least 3 times, and I’m hoping it’s not God trying to smite me while I’m at church… that might look bad, right)
And the church nearest us, once we get the awesome priest back, covers most of these bases. Some of the Masses have the full band, but others don’t, so we have to figure out which is which. And they really have to work on the temperature thing.
Dunno if you’ve heard, but the market’s tough. I went to a job fair on Monday that was a big fat waste of my time. It was all insurance and sales and insurance sales jobs, none of which really work for me. I’m not quite to the point where I’ll take anything, thankyouverymuch. I got to that level of desperation right before graduation, took the first offer I got, hated every second of the job, then got laid off. Go figure.
But I recently found a site that’s given me a few leads: hireculture.org. I’ve done a lot of nonprofit work, both volunteer and internship, and I’m definitely interested in making a career out of it. Don’t go stealing my leads, though! I need those!
I reinstated myself on the substitute teaching list in my hometown, and I’m already scheduled to sub this Thursday and Friday. It’s at an elementary school, so I’ll be with K-2 kids– how fun is that?!? Strangely, it would probably be fun to be at the high school, too. I was there myself just about 5 years ago, so I’m not too far removed.
What I’m noticing in the greater scheme of things is that there’s a lot of… what’s the word/phrase I need? I said it the other day… oh, there’s a big funnel. I think that’s it. You have to apply to approximately eleventy billion jobs to hear back from one. It’s gotten to the point where I check my spam filter just in case a response got stuck there. Not likely, but you never know.
My other beef is that it’s seriously frustrating to apply to a job and never hear anything back. I understand that there’s a ton of competition for each of these jobs, but even a generic “thank you for your interest in XXX position. Due to the large number of qualified applicants, we are unable to further consider your application…” e-mail is better than nothing. And even if you get that, it takes weeks!
Can someone in HR explain why there’s such a lag time for me? I’d really appreciate it!
Get ready. You might want to sit down for this one. July 18, barring anything else exciting going on (like friends of ours finally deciding to get married after 2 years of engagement already), I’m taking my cousin and a friend of hers to the Jonas Brothers concert! I’ll admit it, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a JoBros song, but I’m excited to take them nonetheless. I’m hoping it’ll take me back to my *NSync concert days. ::sigh::
The beer is almost ready! Just about another week to go, and we’ll be drinking it! Woohoo!
A friend of ours recently returned safely from his tour of duty (with the Marines) in Iraq. I’m so happy to have him back on American soil– now all the boys are safe at home! He’ll probably be coming up for a visit sooner rather than later, which is great. He and the BF are running the Boston Marathon on April 20, too, so I’ll have a whole apartment full of men! I’m just excited to see them, and I like makng big dinners for them. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
Once again, I’m reading my way through the Harry Potter series. The BF thinks it’s funny to start asking me if I’ve finished a book about an hour after I’ve started reading. He also thought it would be amusing to ask me how many times I’ve read them. Uhm… hello? I have no bleedin’ clue! His estimate of 30 sounds roughly correct, though, I guess. You know you’ve read a book a few times when you can quote the book, not the movie. And laugh at all the same parts– Gred and Forge gets me every time