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Well, fuck.  I had to take a bye for LJ Idol this week, because I've got nothing.  I was really hoping I could pull something out in the 11th hour, but it's just not happening.  Feh.

I got to go see The Nutcracker yesterday, thanks to Pete.  I haven't seen it live in YEARS.  It was magical.  I've always loved the ballet.  I need to really make a point of budgeting so I can see more shows.  And opera.  I haven't been to the opera in forever.

I felt like a little girl.  My godfather used to take me to the ballet all the time when I was little.  Years later, I heard "At The Ballet" from  Chorus Line and it hit me hard.  I never got lessons, but it still spoke so strongly to me.

What sucked was the one year we COULD afford ballet class, the bitch taking signups sent me home in tears because my body was "all wrong" and mom would be wasting her money.

*ahem*  Obviously, I've few good things to say about mother.  However, the one thing I will give her is that there was no way you were going to body shame her daughters.  She dieted obsessively and inflicted her weird regimes on us, but heaven help you if you called me or Steph fat, chubby, or used the dreaded "You have such a pretty face..."

Subject change before I make my head hurt.

I've got a couple of leads on jobs, including one I *really* want.  I've sort of given up the idea of a career and am looking for something that pays while I expand my skill set.  Weaver Street Market is looking for an apprentice baker.  I've got basic dough down (thank you, Old Chicago, you bastards).  This would be a chance to learn more.  And work for a bunch of hippies.

Working with hippies with benefits.  Um, hello.

(Not THOSE benefits.  At least I don't think so.  Who knows?  My life can get weird that way)

Sometimes I think I look at employment as a form of school.  I learn something new with each job, even if it's just how to not punch someone in the throat when they demand a 172 degree latte at 6 in the morning.

If I ever finish The Jillie Project, I think I'll write my barista stories.  And I want to write more in the upcoming year.  Plus, I've many nifty new pens!  They must be used!

First, though, is tackling the kitchen.  While the glaze for the ham was amazingly perfect, the dishes left in its wake are a bit much.  Forget superglue.  If you ever need to stick stuff together, use whiskey and maple syrup.


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Dec. 28th, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC)
What's "The Jillie Project"?
Dec. 28th, 2015 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's my novel. It actually started as a piece for LJ Idol and has taken on a life of its own.
Dec. 28th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ah. Best of luck with it!

Dec. 28th, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
nobody told you to line to pan with tin foil? ham glaze is always a sticky icky mess. i've cooked a few things where i stood there debating whether or not to throw the damn pan away, shit was stuck on so badly.

people demand their coffee be an exact temp? *snickers*. i dont do well in 'service' jobs. its very hard for me to keep my mouth shut when dealing with idiots...
Dec. 28th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is that I *did* line it with foil. Unfortunately, I was cutting corners and used dollar store foil, so it tore.

Never, ever, ever again.

Oh, coffee snobs are a special breed. Granted, the worst offenders were when I was working in NJ. Those are some speshul snowflakes.
Dec. 28th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
i've had good luck with this stuff: http://www.reynoldskitchens.com/products/pan-lining-paper/

its foil on one side, parchment paper on the other. its thicker than just foil and difficult to tear. i use it when i make lasagna. the pan comes out clean, and the lasagna comes out easy. i used to use just foil for lining the lasagna pan, but i kept ripping it too.
Dec. 28th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
This was weird--because of your userpic this time, I read a good bit of this post thinking you were GRR Martin. So then I checked your profile to make sure of who I was reading, and saw that you went to Radford. My nephew and his wife are teaching there now. Sounds like a great school.

Hope the job thing works out, and also the ham glaze removal...
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
I've had a couple of people make that mistake. I think Grandpa would get a kick out of that. :)

Radford was a good experience for me. The English department is aces.

What do your nephew and his wife teach?
Dec. 30th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
Nice looking Grandpa, for sure! He must have been a great guy.

My nephew is the tenured one. His actual research interest is in the neurology of bird's brains, but because of the popularity of the nursing program, he teaches a lot of anatomy and physiology. His wife just got her degree from Virginia Tech and is an adjunct in the same field. He has gotten to take some students on some interesting research trips to the Amazon in Peru with R.A.R.E.--he's the guy on the right in the red teeshirt in the top picture.
Dec. 28th, 2015 11:47 pm (UTC)

I had a ballet teacher tell both me and my mother that I had two left feet.

Years later, I had a client at the newspaper at which I worked who owned a ballet school. She invited me to class and I told her that I had a childhood teacher tell me I had two left feet. She was horrified that someone would say that.

Long story short -- after a few classes, she confirmed what I had already known (and according to her, the first time she had told anyone this) that...yes, indeed -- I had two left feet!


Dec. 29th, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
OO, that does sound like a fun job. Good luck!
Dec. 29th, 2015 06:15 am (UTC)
Sometimes I think I look at employment as a form of school. I learn something new with each job.
I think this is a really positive and helpful way to think about it!
Dec. 29th, 2015 07:51 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the ballet. I haven't been for a few years either. So lovely. And as for opera...

I would love to read your barista stories. I think I would kill someone within five minutes of starting. I must be one of the least demanding customers they have?

And the bakery job sounds good - free baps!
Dec. 29th, 2015 10:49 am (UTC)
Hope you get the jib you really want!!!! Boo in the ballet teacher! When i hit the fat stage people were not very kind.... So glad Hailey didn't have to go through that.
Dec. 29th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)

Fingers crossed for the job! xx

Dec. 29th, 2015 06:05 pm (UTC)
Best wishes on the job prospects!
Dec. 29th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
I just saw The Nutcracker for the first time two weeks ago in Budapest - it was my first ballet!
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
best of luck on the job hunt.
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