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18 December 2007 @ 01:04 am
comfort and joy!  
So much xmassing! :)

Today I did first real shoppings, because I was at an interview right next to the Lloyd Center mall and, um, the promise of shopping was about all that convinced me to get up and go to it. So yay, shopping! Pressies! Stuff! Commercialism FTW!

I'm a terribly unorganized Christmas shopper and I LOVE EET. I don't even have a list of people. I just wander around for hours and buy gifts when something jumps off the shelves, which means I buy things for some completely random people I barely know, and at the end of the month I end up with a closetful of gifts for two people and nothing at all for the rest of my family. Oy! I still haven't found The Perfect Pressie for mi sister alosersdream (ever since she went and got a fianceish man-friend I'm wary of sending her shirtless posters of Johnny Depp, which was really my mainstay for her).

Apparently our office is doing Secret Santas after all, which makes me a little mad, because we said we wouldn't do it due to IMPENDING UNEMPLOYMENT AND DOOM and therefore I didn't order things that I would have ordered if someone had told me about this more than TWO DAYS before the exchange. I have no idea what to get for her on short notice.

And then I got home to more xmassing!! :) cnidarian, your pressie arrived and sister wrapped it before I could see! (So I will still pretend to be surprised, omgyay!) And thank you so much for CARDS which are now on my tree to alianne, jacksrubberduck and slm76!


In non-xmas news, I got official reject notices from a couple of jobs and am interviewing for a couple more. Today, I had a wonderful interview for a wonderful position that does not actually exist. They want me to come back tomorrow to meet more people for this entirely hypothetical position, which would be soooo exciting if, you know, they hadn't already told me there pretty much wasn't a job? They also want me to draw up sample marketing materials for them, for fun, maybe. Very confusing. I also have a phone interview with an industrial company who is disappointed that I do not have more experience with hydraulics. I don't know what a hydraulic is. I just looked at their website, and it really didn't clear it up for me at all. *feels rather terminally unqualified*
feel: pensivepensive
Stef: SG1 Sam Oy - by JoJostef94 on December 18th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Hydraulics? That is engineering stuff. And yes, their website =is= confusing. No clue what they do exactly, other than provide "power and hydraulic systems". But for what? Trucks?

I know that in trucks, hydraulic systems are applied for braking and possibly shock absorption systems.. and in lifting systems (cranes & stuff)..does that help you in any way?
Little Red: peanuts - thinking at typewritermylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Apparently they make things for airplanes, saw mills and industrial trucking.

So... ehm. Yes. Things with water and oil and things that move other things.
Stef: Nightfall - by exit21stef94 on December 19th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Fantastic.. sounds right up your alley *puzzles*

And as for the place that has no job for you but wants you to do work for them anyway: they'd better pay you for your marketing ideas!

Employers are weird..
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
The guy on my phone interview today was all: "You know? Hydraulics? Are not sexy. Real estate can pretend to be sexy. Hydraulics can't." It was pretty funny.
Stef: TWW Donna Not On Boardstef94 on December 19th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Hehehe, that is until you see the actual engineers.. at least, that's the case in my industry ;-)
I'm surrounded by geeks, not nerds, and they can be pretty hunky *g*
And somehow I don't think soil mechanics can pretend to be sexy any more than hydraulics can ;-)

Also, total confirmation of the workings of the engineers' mind: being totally humble about your craft and honestly seeing absolutely no reason to brag, ever ;-)

I *heart* the anthropological experiment that is my job ;-)
Havochavocthecat on December 18th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
*hugs* You're always so awesome. I'd have something more coherent to say if I wasn't exhausted and in the middle of getting ready for work.
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Awww! You're so nice for saying anything at all! :)

I miss talking to you, dewd! But it's good that you're back at work and what-not and not experiencing plague.
Havochavocthecat on December 19th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Being at work! Where I should technically owrk. But it's the week before Christmas. I miss talking to you too!

You should totally spam me on LJ. I love being spammed on LJ! My weeknights have been total burned!out!Havoc with too many things to do and me getting online with no energy to do anything but refresh my flist a lot and whine that no one's posting fanfic that I wnat to read.

Which is clearly a lie, considering that I just tagged two Sparky fics for my del.icio.us account tonight. But still. I whine anyway.

Also, I'm too lazy to fix my typos, because I and my CST time zone self are going to bed now. But spam me on LJ tomorrow! Not that I'll be able to answer until the afternoon, when ZOMG!SO!SELF!IMPORTANT! exec type leaves.

But pretty please? *flutters eyelashes*
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
I will try!!! I have been running around so crazy lately. I had three days off already this week -- TWO! -- and I have worked harder on all of them than I used to on regular work days going to interviews and craziness. OMG. I haven't even had time to wrap pressies or wash my sister's dishes or... EEEP.

Anyway, tomorrow afternoon I have an interview, but around that time I will talk to youuuu! :) I can also text-message you if you email me your phone #! That I can do between interviews even if I don't have a computer.
Havochavocthecat on December 19th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)


*wakes up and e-mails you*

*goes back to sleep*
miera_cmiera_c on December 18th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
They also want me to draw up sample marketing materials for them, for fun, maybe. Very confusing.

Um, no. You do not do work for people for free because they think they might have a job if everyone just claps really hard and believes. Tell them you appreciate that they'd like to see some of your work, but you simply don't have time to take away from your current job and your job hunt unless you're being compensated.

Damn people trying to take advantage of my sockpuppet! Only *I* get to do that! *footstomp*
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
You really should abuse your sockpuppet privileges and take advantage of me more often. ;)

How about this as a compromise? I'm not going to draw up sample marketing materials for her, but I'm going to draw something up for my dad's company that he can use (yay family business!) and show her that. That way I'm keeping the time and energy in the family. :)
miera_cmiera_c on December 19th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
That would at least make sense and you wouldn't be giving people free work.

You really should abuse your sockpuppet privileges and take advantage of me more often. ;)

Ha! Don't tempt me!

PS I've posted a new ficlet if you're bored
רותם שחר (Ro): miss txfroothekittykat on December 18th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)

hurray for fun shopping stuff! :D that is most happy :)

boo for them not telling you about the secret santa thing on time for you to actually get the things you wanted to get.

boo for stupid people not wanting to hire you.

That sounds strange that they don't actually have a job that they're hiring you for but want you to do all this stuff for them...
Little Red: peanuts - xmasmylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I managed to find a secret santa pressie! Hopefully she will "get" it in the right way. :)
רותם שחר (Ro): all cutelikeroothekittykat on December 19th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
hurray! congratulations :D

I hope so ;) what is it?
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: SG1 - Sam Hee - besydbesyd on December 18th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
OMG! Look who's looking in LJ! Me!

Check some of these sites out so you aren't completely in the dark about hydraulics ...

With cool animation

Simply put

More good info (and actually a cool site)

Really good info, and more of it

Stuff that makes me and Sam go ohhh

Oh! Oh! Oh!

Let me know if you need more. :^D (And yes, I will be reading all this.)
Little Red: peanuts - hugmylittleredgirl on December 18th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome!!! Thank you!! I don't have time to read all of the last two, but I read the others and feel slightly less dumb on the subject now. :)
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Little Red: peanuts - xmasmylittleredgirl on December 18th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Other sister! :-D The sister who lives with me is spectacularly easy to shop for. She likes everything.
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Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Yep! She is the baby. She lives with her sekrit husband in Massachusetts and she is completely awesome. We didn't get along too much as kids, but now she grew into the COOLEST PERSON EVARRR. She asked me to be her maid of honor when she does her big wedding!! :-D
you're thinking of mr wizard: Borg of Joycleverocity on December 19th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
*reads Wikipedia hydraulics page but is unenlightened*
It's weird that you mention the Lloyd Center mall, I think I gave someone directions there this morning in spite of the fact that I've never even heard of it before today. (There must be a T-Mobile store there.)

Hypothetical job! I hope they're going to pay you in non-theoretical moneys.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 19th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Re: *reads Wikipedia hydraulics page but is unenlightened*
No waiz! I was totally there today again! I think they do have a T-Mobile kiosk or store there...

mehhhhhh: [Janet] hugscnidarian on December 23rd, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yey, it arrived! I am without internet (woe) so only just read this. Yey for sisters!

Hope Christmas isn't too stressful *hugs*