This is a public service notice that Stephanie is in a grumpy phase and feeling frustrated about...oh, pretty much everything lately. So you might want to steer clear, and I won't blame you for it. I will try to focus on positive things, for instance that my (probable) impending move will mean meeting new peeps and maybe spending more time with the familia, or that having 5 presentations to prepare means I'm going to learn some interesting things, or that house sitting this month means hanging out with a very affectionate cat who looks like Tinkerbelle's younger sister. But, by and large, it feels like moving means leaving people and places I like for a currently unspecified job that may or may not be interesting, and presentations and house/cat sitting take up a lot of extra time each week and I don't get to see said people I like, which is more frustrating and disappointing than it might normally be since I'm (probably) leaving soon.
The grumpiness was mitigated by M&Ms and a ride to the train station after church earlier. :) Amazing how far chocolate and a ride will go! I remember when I was an RA in college, if someone was having a particularly bad day (usually evidenced by long, quiet, teary phone calls sitting on the floor in the hall), the girls would take up a chocolate collection to cheer the person up. Whether it was the chocolate or the caring attention, it worked wonders.
On the job front, I'm applying for a couple jobs in Editing this week. They're located in Boston. I've always wanted to visit Boston, and while I don't really want to move there, at least the jobs genuinely interest me. I'm also applying for a communications job with Legacy Health in Portland, and I might apply for another communications position, also in PDX, but the problem is this company has already turned down my application for 4 or 5 other things in the last 9 months. I'd like to work for them though. What do you think--is it desperate or just persistent to keep applying as things come up? Someone said the worst they can say is no, but I think the worst they can say is "GOOD GRIEF! What a thick-skulled so and so who can't take no for an answer! We'll NEVER hire her," and that, of course, is worse and more permanent than simply "no."