Archive | September, 2013

An Informal Offer: The Struggle

13 Sep

As if job searching in today’s tech-crazed world and in this job market weren’t already confusing as hell, I’ve come across yet another difficulty! Or should I say awkward situation?

Recall a few posts ago when I revealed my potential move to Morgantown, WV. The only thing I needed was a job…and a dresser! Wonderful news: the job has finally come my way! After traveling 6 hours to WV from NJ to interview for the position, I got a call four days later. Yay!

So what’s the issue? The offer remains informal. The HR rep said, “We would like to offer you the position, pending a background check. Once that is complete, we will schedule your start date.” Needless to say, I am thrilled. This job is perfect for me and it would really jumpstart my career. I’m so ready! But as I anxiously wait for the information to process, I’ve found myself obsessing over anything and everything about the hiring process.

♦What if I fail the background check?
♦3-5 business days – but it’s been 7! What’s going on?
♦I have more questions. Should I contact HR? Or my future boss?
♦My current job doesn’t require 2-weeks notice. When should I tell my current boss?

The list goes on. I can’t stop thinking about what this all means for my job and my life. However, I can’t really make any decisions until the offer is formal and final. This is what we call

The Struggle

I did some research and found some great insight on what to do and how to feel in this situation. Isn’t the internet a beautiful place? Here’s what I found:

Responding over the phone

Don’t make life changes YET

Don’t jump the gun, they’ll understand

In the meantime, I’ve been secretly designing a moving announcement to keep myself busy. Hoping for some good news SOON!

Anyone else have stories about informal/contingent job offers? OR anyone have suggestions while I wait? I’d love to hear from you♥

10 Fall Must-Haves

13 Sep

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant

What isn’t there to love about the fall? Nature’s beautiful colors. Back-to-school buzz. Pumpkin coffee. It is a beautiful thing!

As the Autumn season of 2013 quickly approaches, I figured I’d offer my fall must-have checklist (complete with photos!) Enjoy!

Navy blue and white chevron infinity scarf

 ♥Perfect with those brown leather riding boots and a green military jacket!

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin ANYTHING!

♥You know how much I love coffee! This is the best time of year for coffee…PUMPKIN! Dunkin has the best flavor. Not too sweet, not too thick. It is definitely worth a try, even if you’re not a fan of pumpkin.

Tickets to an athletic event

♥Sure it’s cold but it isn’t too cold to get out and do something! This article in Women’s Health Mag said couples who attend baseball games are more likely to stay together. There’s football, baseball, basketball and more!

A good book

♥When the days get shorter and the nights get longer, there’s no better feeling than cuddling up with a good book. End of story.

Wood

♥Tis the season for bonfires! Find some old wood. Bored on a cold Saturday? Wood is an excellent resource for all kinds of crafts.

Oversized sweater

♥These are absolutely adorable! So stylish and they match everything. Plus, they’re warm and you don’t have to try to look skinny.

New pair of running shoes

♥There are tons of charity runs/walks/races as the school year kicks back into gear and also for October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wine, Wine, Wine

♥Because why not? “The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” – Benjamin Franklin

Autumn-scented candle

♥A special place in my heart is reserved for the love of fall candles. So warm and relaxing. Definitely a must have!

Clever and original Halloween costume

halloween♥Spend $65 on a costume? No. Clever costume ideas can be found everywhere, even on the cheap! Goodwill provided a detailed guide on Halloween costume shopping in their stores. Here’s a list of last year’s best trick-or-treaters:

So there you have it, my friends. This is what this fall means to me! I’m looking forward to it. Hope you enjoyed my list.

What are your fall must-haves this year? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Take me Back to the 90’s

13 Sep

Hi there! Today’s post is dedicated to some good old 90’s music! Don’t you just love it? …and miss it?

Seriously, don’t you miss it? The mainstream music of today just does not compare. Don’t get me wrong; there are some great songs out there from the past decade (The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army, Beyonce, Crazy in Love, Train, Drops of Jupiter, and more) but there hasn’t been that ONE band that I can call my favorite since the 90’s (Matchbox Twenty!) The music of the 1990’s was exciting, fresh, it was real and talented! My fellow 90’s babies will agree that the music industry in recent years isn’t the same. Here’s why:

One-hit wonders

The 90’s were full of one-hit wonders…and it was AWESOME. These stars may be washed up, broke, or even on some poorly written reality tv show now but they have left us with the lyrics and melody to infamous songs we’ll never forget! Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bittersweet Symphony, Closing Time, the list goes on! One-hit wonders provide that ONE song that everyone drunkenly shouts at a wedding or that song in your car you just can’t skip. They are the anthems of our childhood that never get old. Here’s a full list of great one-hit wonders of the 90’s. But today’s stars who couldn’t hold a note to save their lives are pre-molded, branded, packaged for fame. If a music career doesn’t work out, they could always release a perfume, right?

Lyrics

Okay, okay “I’m too sexy for my cat” probably isn’t the most brilliant lyric ever written. Understandable. My point is that in the 90’s lyrics mattered. Songs were ABOUT something. They told a story, a moral, a point. Many mainstream songs today aren’t about anything at all, really. Prime example: Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand…Who thought this was a good idea? Call me old school but I’m just not running to the itunes site to pay nearly $2 for a song with less than 20 words. Third Eye Blind’s “How’s It Gonna Be?” details the pain involved in a breakup and The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Black Balloon” tells the haunting story of a woman suffering from heroin addiction. Meanwhile, today we have Robin Thicke singing “Blurred Lines” a “story” (hardly!) about…the boundaries, or lack thereof, when it comes to sex. Yes I am overlooking great lyrics of today like Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Bruno Mars “It Will Rain” but these are so hard to come by.

Instrumentals

Short and sweet point, here. 90’s music for the most part was actually composed by real instruments played by real band members (that’s right, kids, they didn’t make music with garageband). Most music of the 90’s wasn’t produced with a button. It was played. So it was with heart, with passion. EDM and rave music isn’t about the music or the talent, it just provides a good time…at a club or a gym. I will say that I have a lot of respect for DJ’s who produce EDM but the music just doesn’t have the same fan response. As soon as your beat gets old and a new, hotter beat comes out, your fans will move on.

Along with many, many more reasons. I’m no music major and certainly don’t consider myself an expert on 90’s music. Maybe I am living in the past.

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