Time zones will be the death of me.

Tuesday afternoon. I'm in Hartford, South Dakota, working away on my laptop. Two interviews are in the can; the third is scheduled for 3 p.m., half an hour away, so I've got time. Or so I think. An email pops up, interrupting my work. We hope everything is okay. We waited at the shop for … Continue reading Time zones will be the death of me.

High on the Hog

Vegans, PETA, & the Squeamish Should Skip This Post I’ve done many interviews over the years. But never from inside a kill room, standing next to an enormous hog suspended from the rafters by a hook, blood seeping from its freshly slashed throat onto the concrete floor and sluicing down a drain. Until today. And … Continue reading High on the Hog

Gift Horse(s)

My muscles are aching like crazy today. Wish I could say it's the result of some super manly act like chopping wood or changing the spark plugs on my car rebuilding the engine on my car, but no such luck. It's an ice-skating injury. To be fair, I had never before taken to the ice (whiskey … Continue reading Gift Horse(s)

I Pray There is No Future

Four years ago - almost exactly to the day - I lost my job. I hate that phrase, though. It's not like I was walking along one day and suddenly misplaced it. "Hey! Where'd my job go?! It was right here a second ago, I swear!" More like, my position was eliminated. Out from under me. With … Continue reading I Pray There is No Future

Cashing in on Karma

I quit my job today. No, you are not reading that incorrectly. And it’s not a bad thing, either. In fact, it’s a very good thing. I’ll let the dust settle on that little announcement before continuing. But here’s what I am beginning to believe: I lead a charmed life. Either that, or I am … Continue reading Cashing in on Karma

I Killed The Elephant

20 months. 330 positions applied for. 19 interviews with 15 different companies. The statistics are staggering - and depressing. When I walked out the front door of my last employer on October 22, 2010 I never dreamed my unemployment stint would last so long. What was novel and actually sort of fun in the beginning … Continue reading I Killed The Elephant

Flutter By, Butterfly

Earlier this week, I had a job interview. I didn't write about it before, because I am leery of jinxing myself. I wrote all about Groupon and that fell through, and then dished about my interview with my ex's company. I prefer to keep these things on the down low now, just on the off chance … Continue reading Flutter By, Butterfly

Clarifying My Words

Saturday, I had my parents over for dinner. In an ode to my Hawaiian roots, I cooked up an island-inspired feast of kalua pork and chicken long rice. I even whipped up Mai Tai's to wash everything down with, and fired up my "Aloha Mix" on the iPod. I'm nothing if not detail oriented (although, … Continue reading Clarifying My Words