Monday, October 30, 2006
the trip. Some of you will know that I spent last week visiting various people. I started off from Escanaba last Friday, drove to Ann Arbor where I stopped for dinner with Corey, Jenelle, and Anthony. It was a nice dinner and a great break for the driver. My jaw was on the floor the entire time because of all the young people all over the streets in AA. It's just not like that here in cold, elderly inhabited Escanaba. Back in the car I headed towards Cleveland. Aimee (my college room mate) lives on the Southeast side of the city, right next to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and works at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. We talked a lot, spend a day at the zoo, went to a play, went on a seven mile hike, and watched baseball. We also went to Starbucks twice. No, it's not only about the coffee. Need a nice place to sit with decent atmosphere, newspapers, and internet? Starbucks, where great coffee is a bonus. :) I picked up a brochure about emplyment there. I have looked at their website already. I'm thinking international market research; send me to Timbuck Two and I'll feel out the locals with my ethnorgraphic research methods. What's the local variation of 'Pumpkin Spice'? Do they have speacial holiday flavours like eggnog? It could happen!

Back from that tangent. The trip continued back through Ann Arbor. Corey and I shopped for Mom's b-day, had lunch, fudge, and what may come to be a tradition, CHOCOLATE COVERED MARSHMELLOWS ON A STICK. They now come three at a time with white, milk, and dark chocolate. It doesn't get much better than that. At his apartment, I got some much needed and much appreciated interview advice; in the nick of time! I'm ready with my hose (panty, not garden) and new mid heal shoes and of course intelligent answers to any question. Too much Indian dinner put me back in the car on the short drive to Lansing. Jacqueline and I talked a lot, I did some needed shopping in a real town, we had dinner with and I visited Grandma Bruno, and I had several appointments at State. I talked with a career counsellor at James Madison College. He was great and had a gozillion ideas about international careers because he's lived and worked overseas for many years. I also met with my favorite prof, Beth Drexler, caught up, and got some more ideas. It's awesome to have met and gotten to know such a person in the melee that is State. I guess it helps that I took a class with her nearly every other semester.

Now comes the exciting part. I had a phone interview. It went really well. I don't have the academic qualifications (statistics), but I do have the international experience, understanding, and a drive to break into the 'International Assignment Services' industry. So we'll see.

I'm back in Frieghterville using the internet and preparing for the next term of employment. Maywood's innards need paint. And I'm out. Lot's to research and do.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006 has been an incredibly slow weekend preceeded by a decent week last week. it snowed, the marina officially closed, i had an excellent conversation with a woman who does what i want to do. yada yada. !

this woman is awesome. she's crazy busy, yet took at least a half an hour to talk with me about different avenues to get into the 'international assignment services' field. she has great ideas and some great contacts at various places. i should have a phone interview with her company, D&T sometime soon. so things are going, though slowly, but moving along in the job hunt. i hate the thought that it could take awhile to land a job that i really could love, but i guess everything that leads to it is something.

the marina is closed for services, but we are still working everyday because there is winterizing up the wazoo to do. today we pulled about forty steel ladders off the docks and carted them to the storage area. we have another forty to go tomorrow. there are bouys to remove, docks to fix, power stands to lock, and any number of other things. it's cold work outside with a bunch of guys, but it's entertaining and good most days.

the exciting news is that Friday i depart on a week long trip to visit people. i will drive to Cleveland and spend four days with Aimee. hopefully she'll take me to the zoo and i imagine i'll be hoarse from the non-stop talking. then perhaps i'll see Corey for a day and then Jacqueline and Grandma B in lansing. it looks to be a great trip. :)

ok. onwards to more reading of websites of companies recommended.
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Tuesday, October 03, 2006
ok, so i am the baddest blogger ever. i move back and think it doens't matter anymore. though i know everybody and their brothers are curious because every body asks! WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? well, other than working at the marina, occassional work at Maywood, and spending time on the internet researching jobs, companies, etc; nothing. yes i run, eat, sleep, and mow the lawn typically once a week, but other than that things are pretty slow. this is fine with me because i really need the time to plan and make sure i don't make a false step towards a career that i don't want. the 'global relocations' or 'international assignment services' industry is huge and full of people willing to talk about stuff. i haven't had any offers or interviews yet, but these things take time. it will happen. meanwhile, i know everything about everything at the marina and if i'm not offered something by early to mid november, i'll be moving to an actual city to find something else to tide me overuntil that dream job comes along. cities in consideration are Minneapolis and just today, Cleveland. my best friend/roommate from college, Aimee the relief keeper lives there and just moved into a huge condo; to live with her again for awhile would be heaven! (i have to talk to her first, so don't go getting too excited about the idea.)

anyhow. Non, the mysterious Thai boyfriend of mine is in Singapore with i guess his best friend. the friend got a free ticket and decided they should go. it was meant to be only for two days, but that was four days ago, so i don't know. for me, this is awesome. it is a huge step in the right direction for a Thai person to spend time outside of Thailand. they are a very faithful, don't leave home for too long or go too far away from the parents type of people. i asked quite a few Thais if they would ever live outside the country and nine out of ten times the answer was no. so for Non to be exploring and exploring the idea of living and working in Singapore is awesome! it's nothing like the windy city during winter, but it's a start.

well i'm sure that many have given up hope of me writing; so those that haven't thanks. my life seems so much less interesting to me, that i don't want to bore other people also!
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