30 March 2010

"You can't expect to take the right road every morning" --Little Feat

Okay, show of hands... who bought two suits in the last three weeks? Anybody?

Just me? Oh.

And for what, you ask? (Thanks for asking. It's nice when you pay attention.) To have two updated looks when I applied for a job I didn't need. That's right. With all the people out of work, I wasn't satisfied with the perfectly lovely job I've got. No, I had to go after another one.

So, last week, I spent one afternoon being interviewed. Hours of it. They tag teamed me. Two teams of two. Which sounds way hotter than it was.

And I totally flubbed the interview. I did not get advanced to the next round. No need for the second suit.

Hm. Maybe, when asked about my proudest accomplishment, I shouldn't have brought up the blog?

And, really, where I am terribly proud that anyone reads this (much less YOU, I mean how great is that?!), I feel like I've been phoning it in lately. I just can't seem to get my blog mojo working right now.

It's not you, it's me. I've loved the new underwear you bought and the new scent you tried. What is that aroma, anyway? Wet horse? Heaven.


No, there's no other blog I'm secretly spending my time on. Believe me, the last thing I need right now is to disappoint on two blogs.

Bear with me. I think our relationship can survive this rough patch. And... what the hell... go ahead and book that Poconos getaway with the champagne glass-shaped hot tub. Maybe it's just what this blog needs.

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with this deep thought...


Kate said...

Two years ago, there was this sweet job open with the Health Plan of the company I work for and after the second really awkward answered question, I just wanted to get up and walk OUT, I knew I had already screwed my chances. sigh.

The Bug said...

I keep looking at other jobs (I'd like to work closer than the current 40 miles from my home), but it's that darned interview - I just don't want to MESS with it. I would if I hated my job, but I like it. So I'll just eat the gas for now.

Really, any little morsel you want to feed us is just fine - so don't sweat the blog!

Liebchen said...

I've definitely thought about possible new jobs, but it just feels so daunting. And yeah, I feel guilty that I already have one, so why should I look for another?

Anonymous said...

You should've mentioned the blog - it is fantastic!

In college, I applied to be a Fish Camp counselor which required a peer interview. Peers interviews are tough and I'm shy and was so nervous. They asked "Tell me about a time you've perservered" and, unfortunately, the first thing that came to my mind was "What does perservere mean?!". Needless to say, I was not a counselor that summer.

Anonymous said...

I bought two suits last week for my twin boys for the B'nai Mitzvah. Does that count?

restaurant refugee said...

I know the feeling - both of them actually (my tailor was in town and I had a couple of summer suits made.) And I feel like I've largely ignored my blog too.

The feeling will pass for us both... I hope.

brad said...

You did 30 posts in 30 days. Also, you have a whole cache of awesome archives to prove your greatness. You totally deserve to spend time doing other things if you want to or because they just happen that way (not that you need me to tell you that).

Bowie Mike said...

After not interviewing for a while, the first interview never goes well. I think it's a law or something.

I remember one of my first interviews out of college, and the guy asked me the following:

You're in a boat on a lake, and you have a rock in your boat. You throw the rock into the water. What happens to the level of the water in the lake?

I said something like, "Umm, I don't think anybody would notice any change in the level of the water in the lake." I didn't get the job.

hannahjustbreathe said...

I feel like lots of people are in a blogging desert these days. I'm attributing it to these last, lingering days of winter sapping the energy and motivation right out of us!

It'll be gone soon enough. Thank bloody god.

spleeness said...

Definitely mention the blog! It tells employers many things: not only a glimpse into your personality, but also that you are a self-starter. I mean, this is an effort you pour yourself into for free; what better example is there for an employee that knows how to motivate themselves?

I can't wait to see your other blog. :) (unless it's a secret until publishing or something... then I'll just have to hang in there. Glad to hear you're writing!)

Brutalism said...

It is encouraging to hear that others lose their blog mojo occasionally. There are times when I feel like I might never write again, and then I freak out and then I write and all is okay with the world for a while.

Glad you're not cheating with a second secret blog (which would make you a blog-amist).

You're welcome.

Alice said...

i vaguely remember what it's like to "post" on my "blog"... maybe it's just this time of year? :-P

Jen Alien-Spouse said...

At my last job interview I discovered that someone had already helpfully told them about my blog, which was worrying; then I got the job and found my spontaneous posting severely curtailed by self-censorship. Just in case.

However, if I don't post regularly my Mother assumes something terrible has happened to me, so I find myself filling post space with anecdotes about my cats. I never intended to be that blogger, but sometimes the latest Edith craziness really is the only thing I can think of to write about safely!

Mike said...

Ahhh the old joke, 'You know why dogs lick themselves? Because they can'.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Wait. You bought 2 suits without passing the first interview?


I've stopped laughing.

Sorry, but what you don't realize is that you rarely see the same set of people and you can use the 1st suit multiple times and swap out the shirt.

Just think of it this way, you'll look hot going to your local CVS to pick up chapstick.

Kate said...

We still love you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder ... or something trite like that.

Barbara said...

I can identify with your Blog lethargy (or whatever it's called). I haven't had anything great to say in a long time, so I have to ask why in the world I don't take a break and wait for some inspiration. Probably because I'm thinking I might never get inspired.

Keep writing! We'll continue to read whatever you throw at us and truthfully I have no complaints!

rachaelgking said...

If window-shopping's a crime,


lacochran said...

Kate: Right? You just want to say, "This isn't working... I'm just gonna let myself out..."

The Bug, Barbara: Thanks. I appreciate your encouragement.

The Bug, Liebchen: You have to get so "up" for an interview. Exhausting.

HKW: Thanks, but I never would. And I wouldn't think fish would be so particular. Huh.

Anonymous: Absolutely. And mazel tov.

restaurant refugee, hannajustbreathe : In the words of my people: "from your mouth to god's ears."

brad: I do sometimes wonder if the NaBloPoMo was too much for my wee blogger brain. (And, thanks, that means a lot.)

Bowie Mike: I would have said the same thing.

spleeness: I think sharing non-industry blogs with potential employers is a mistake. Especially if you want to write about workmates. ;)

Brutalism: A blogamist! Ha!

Alice: The great outdoors does have a siren song.

Jen Alien-Spouse: At least you *know* they're reading and can tailor your posts accordingly. The rest of us just wonder...

Mike: A classic!

Little Ms Blogger: I'd suggest that guys can do that. Women? Not so much.

Kate: Awww, thanks! And something trite right back atcha! *hugs*

LiLu: You can stop at the window? You're a strong woman indeed.

Dmbosstone said...

Luckily I am going to start a job where in the interview they wanted to know everything about my blogging habits.