Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Le Sigh...

I haven't been feeling very organized lately. Seems like the perfect time for a list...

1. My job negotiations started today. I met with my new supervisor, her supervisor, and HR. It started out bad - they told me I wasn't going to get a raise. Well, CLEARLY they don't even know me. Like, at all. After an hour, I managed to convince them that a raise was not only a good thing, but the right thing. The good news is I'll probably get the raise I've been hoping for. The bad news is they have to start the process all over again to make that happen. I may have to wait up to six months before any salary change takes place. HR fell over themselves promising it wouldn't take that long, but I've been around enough HR people to know that I shouldn't expect anything until, oh... Christmas. Well, a raise is a pretty good present, I suppose. Meanwhile, I need to stay positive and keep my attitude in check and NOT focus on the fact that a lot can happen in six months - a very hard thing for yours truly.

2. I've been knee-deep in Alanis Morisette for the past couple of days. I celebrated her new album by listening to all her others before going to buy it. It was like my own personal Angst-by-Alanis Fest. Her lyrics are soooo amazing, even if they do make me giggle sometimes (I mean, talk about overwraught!). The new album is, as expected, incredibly wonderful. For me, it harkens back to her first two albums, in that it's so intimate and emotional. Alanis is one of my favorite song-writers because the emotions are so raw... she somehow manages to find that perfect emotional clarity... one can't help but relate. In fact, the new album is so deeply personal that I kind of feel uncomfortable at times. She's brave to expose herself through her music like she does. And seriously, if I dated Ryan Reynolds for even a hot minute and he dumped me and got engaged very shortly thereafter, I promise you I wouldn't be writing an album about it. I'd be too busy stalking him (I mean, have you seen him? Maybe I'll stalk him anyway!) and sending hate-poetry to Scarlett Johansson.

3. Have you heard of the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer? The receptionist where I work turned me on to them and I really hate to admit it, but I might be obsessed. Why am I embarassed? Well, it's young adult fiction for teenage girls. I don't have anything against young adult fiction (Helloooo... Harry Potter), but the fact that I love these books so much convinces me that I have the sensibilities of a 14 year old girl. I'm two steps away from prank-texting my crush and getting a subscription to Tiger Beat. There's hope for me, though - I'm still not into the Jonas Brothers. Let's hope I stay strong.

4. Let's talk about Garbage. Everyime I think I'm getting the hang of this domestic stuff, life throws me another foul ball, and by foul, I mean FOUL! Li'l Sis and I made fajitas the other night (they were fabulous, btw), and I was really stupid and threw the cooking waste into the garbage and forgot about it. Well, I got home today from work and the smell... Good GOD the smell... It was like an olfactory bitch-slap! I immediately took out the trash, but my apartment still REEKS! I Febreezed and everything, but now it just smells like Febreeze and Trash, which is not a good combo. I opened up my porch to air the place out, but I had to close up after killing the 9th giant bug. The worst part is I think the smell burned the inside of my nose. I smell landfill all the time now, regardless of where I am. Tomorrow I'll be paranoid that the smell is following me.

5. I'm super-pumped about *Wall-E* and am now accepting applications for a movie buddy. Bachelors Degree required. And please have all your teeth. I'll buy the popcorn if you'll drive.


Mary said...

Hi, Reeva - I saw Alanis'ssssss new video this morning. I've seen it a few times, but haven't quite caught all the lyrics. What I've been able to make out, I like. Alanis was one of those 90's golden children that I missed the first time around. Too busy having my own kids.

I have totally heard of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer as my daughter (who is older than 14) is totally into it - as are many of her friends. Teenage girls are typically more mature than teenage boys, so you've got nothing to worry about.

Sorry about the delayed raise and the garbage + Febreeze. I think they would all blend together into a nice festering pile of goo. Hopefully the raise comes through soon and the rest biodegrades into something pleasant.

Anonymous said...

I think you are my new best friend! I love the Twilight series. FYI, there are 2 other books in the Twilight series, New Moon and Eclipse. A fourth book will be released August 2nd, 2008, titled Breaking Dawn. *looks around* Obsession? Never! Oh, and she also wrote a book called The Host which is more in the sci-fi genre. All of the books she has written have been wonderful, in my opinion. I don't think you should be embarrassed about liking the books, I know a 46-year old woman who likes the books, so I think you're ok. Besides, who in their right mind wouldn't like Edward? I think I'm done with my fanatic ramblings now. I hope your raise comes through sooner than you expect it to since it's always nice to be happily surprised.

Reeva*Dubois said...

Thanks for the comment, Mary... Good news: I no longer smell trash, and I've discovered that those Glad Plug-ins actually DO eliminate odors, instead of just combining with them and smelling grosser than before, like Febreeze. That's just a consumer tip from me to you ;-)

Reeva*Dubois said...

To new best friend: Since posting this, I've read Twilight, New Moon, and I'm currently just past halfway in Eclipse. I'M LOVING EVERY PAGE!! Breaking Dawn is also pre-purchazzied with Amazon.

And right on about Edward... who in their right mind, indeed! But I really like Jacob, too. That Bella sure is a lucky tramp isn't she? Granted, I wouldn't want to be in the awful situation of having to choose between them, but shessh, what a choice!

Anonymous said...

I agree Reeva, that would be one crap-diddly-tastic choice to make. I like Edward better, and yet I'm no Jacob hater. They both have their good(and bad) qualities, but I have always viewed Jake as more of the brother type. The end of Eclipse is kind of an OH EM GEE moment, but I loved it. I think I can say I am obsessed with this series; I have had four tabs opened to Twilight sites at the same time. There are some great sites about the books that give you useful(in the eyes of a fan) information about the Twilight happenings, such as movie info.
(The two sites I recommend you visit) Enjoy the rest of Eclipse and don't die with excitement while waiting for Breaking Dawn!

-your NBF

Erin G said...

ok, I really do need to read those books.