It’s time for some random thoughts.
First, this job hunt isn’t easy! I’ve slowly started finding some decent things and I’ve filled out a few applications. But it’s not the process of the job — it’s waiting to see how the unemployment works, it’s paying your bills or talking to people to see if payments can be lowered etc. It’s a full-time job in its own right.
That being said … I’ve felt a lot less stress since becoming part of the unemployed. Though it’s still there — I need to work on something to make sure a check comes in — it’s also refreshing knowing I can take the time to find some jobs where my education and experience will hopefully be used. I look forward to seeing where this will take me and I’m excited about my future. I’ve sent a few applications out and I’m working on several others. I’ll be crossing my fingers a lot over the next few weeks.
I’ve spent several hours today on the hunt and have a handful of places I’d like to apply. The rest of the night will be working some cover letters and getting things ready for the mail or for e-mail.
As the HooHaa 52 — a 52-week photo project — starts to wind down, I find I am way behind. I need five weeks worth of photos to post to the group (including the current week’s theme). I’m hoping to get out with my camera soon and rectify the situation. I want to finish this project strong.
Speaking of photography, it looks like my 70-200 lens motor isn’t working. It recently got dropped (thankfully, my camera equipment is insured) and hasn’t been right. I need to send it in to get fixed and get an estimate. I have a $250 deductible, however, so we’ll see what the estimate comes back as.
Baseball is here!
Spring training has been going on and games are going to start soon. I love this time of year. Though the snow is still around here in the Northeast (with another 5-7 inches being called for Friday), games being played in Florida and Arizona make me hopeful that the spring isn’t too far away and that baseball will soon be upon us with games that count.
And, with the Phillies adding Cliff Lee and having Roy Oswalt for a full year to go along with Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton, I am very excited for the season.
The state wrestling tournament is this weekend. I’ll miss being there as a reporter as this has always been one of the most fun weekends for me. I love the sport of wrestling and it’s one of my favorite events to cover. I’ll keep an eye on things from afar, however, and if a certain wrestler from our area reaches the state final, I’ll head up with my brother to watch the championships.
If, by chance, he doesn’t, we’re planning on heading up to the Albany area anyway to catch a college hockey game. Quinnipiac plays in the the area twice this weekend and it would be nice to see my alma mater play.
For you journalists out there, the site Overheard in a Newsroom is an excellent stop.
One that it had yesterday made me chuckle — though it hurts as I know the feeling of having these during pay periods.
News Editor to fellow editor after looking at new time cards: “It’s never a good thing when your time card has a spot for furloughs.”
It’s the state of the business. That being said, at least some people are getting time cards. Just saying.
I recently ordered my new geocaching signature item.
For those who know me, my sig item for most of the time I’ve cached has been a wooden nickle. I’ve a few renditions of the coin, but I’ve usually had the coin to drop into certain caches. Alas, I felt it was time to try something new.
So, with my recent love of disc golf, I decided to go with golf pencils. (I actually would have loved to have gone with mini discs, but it would have been too expensive).
I found a place to order the pencils at a decent price. In fact, it’s only about $23 more than I would have paid for another 100 coins. And with these, I’m getting 720 pencils with erasers and three lines of text. Though 720 pencils is so many, I figured I’ll have them for several years. And I can also use them disc golfing.
My main online personal is softball29 — which combines that I play softball and my uniform umber. With these pencils, I attempted to mix my love of geocaching and disc golf.
This is what I am having imprinted:
Flick it, find it
The flick it is in reference to disc golf. The find it is for geocaching (well, likely could be disc golf, too, at times). I got some assorted colors, so I look forward to seeing them when they come.
Speaking of geocaching, I’ve started working on a couple of event ideas for this summer as well as a series of caches that I’m planning on doing with two other area cachers. That series will be a lot of fun as it will require a long bike ride (or some serious hiking) on a great trail system in our area. All flat and a nice long go, so we’ll be able to have a lot of new caches. I already have a ton of ideas for it and I have a spot picked out for the event, so hopefully it will go well.
That’s it from this trip inside my noodle.