Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Good news!

I received word the other day that a poem I wrote is forthcoming in the 2013 print edition of Big Pulp!

Of course, I am appropriately excited and can't stop smiling about it.  Even the way I found out about it was perfect: I had a day off and was heading back to my boyfriend's house after a sushi dinner when I got the email notifying me.  I could have possibly been in a better mood.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

This weather is insane.

Unexpectedly on October 30th, the sky opened up and dumped 20 inches of snow onto all the lovely trees.

The trees that, although their leaves had changed color from green to the pretty autumn shades we all know and love, had NOT shed their leaves yet.

When 20 inches of snow hits unprepared trees, it weighs them down.  This in turn snaps off the branches, and knocks down power lines in the process.

Example:

(Credit: Tim Jensen)


Due to all of this, I have been without power at my apartment for nearly a week.  My job was closed for three or four days, and now they're impatiently demanding that I return.  I have told them repeatedly that returning to work would be unsafe for me at this juncture.  (I live far away and most gas stations are out of fuel--additionally, I have NO food at home (it's all spoiled due to the power outage) and no way to clean or keep myself warm.)

Luckily my boyfriend lives slightly south and his town received only rain and was spared all this destruction.  I'm staying with him where it's warm!

I know many people are without power and really inconvenienced by this storm, but I'm very fortunate that I had somewhere to go.  (Before coming down here, I had a generous friend with a generator save my ass for a few days.  Let me tell you, I know exactly where I'm heading in the event of a zombie apocalypse--that family was more prepared than you could ever imagine!)  I've been taking this time to apply for jobs like crazy.  It's very frustrating, to say the least, but I've been job hunting for so long now that I feel like a new prospect has to be right around the corner...

That, and I really don't know how much longer I can take my current job!  I've given it more than a fair chance, and it's really just not for me.  I'm tired of doing the work of two (or more) people while being promised they'll hire an assistant "soon".  I think they're just lying to me at this point.  I do NOT want to be there when Black Friday rolls around.  Ugh.