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10 On Tuesday!

1. Growing up, what was one favorite item that you had to have with you at all times?

I always had a book with me….I guess that hasn’t really changed!

2. Being an adult, what is one favorite item that you have to have with you at all times, and what happens if you do not have it with you? Do you lose your sanity or just go back home to get it?

I always have my cell phone with me….especially now that I inherited David’s old phone, and can actually facebook from my phone. I do feel lost if, for some reason, I accidentally leave it at home.

3. Where is your favorite place to be to just hide away from everything and breathe for a moment?

Hmmm….I love taking bubble baths while reading a good book.

4. What is your favorite thing about your partner? (If you don’t have a partner, then someone who is very close and will always be in your life)

That’s a tough one….I have an AMAZING boyfriend, so it’s hard to choose just one thing. I think if I HAD to pick, I love how smart he is and that I can have an intelligent conversation with him.

5. What is your favorite thing about your job? (If you don’t have a job, then what is your favorite thing that you do during your day?)

Well, I start Wednesday so I don’t have anything specific yet….however the store SCREAMS Christmas during the holidays….I LOVE Christmas, so needless to say I’m looking forward to being surrounded by holiday decorations, christmas music, and even Santa! 🙂

6. What is your favorite lesson that your parents taught you growing up? Looking back, is it something that you want to use to teach your children when they reach that age?

I think one of my favorite things is that my parents instilled a love of reading. I will definitely read to my future children, often and from a young age.

7. What is your favorite song, that will always bring a smile to your face and make you think of something happy?

I love “These Are the Days” by Sugarland. It makes me smile and reminds me of me and my boyfriend….especially the “two hometown hearts up against the world” line (we are from the same town and graduated high school together….)

8. What is your favorite things about being an American? (If you not American, what are you proud of in regards to your country)

Probably the freedom we have. I think a lot of times we take that for granted….the fact that we are free to make our own decisions and move about freely. I also love the fact that America has every kind of scenery you can imagine. I love that the different regions of the country vary so much….we have a little bit of everything.

9. What is your favorite meal that reminds you of being a child?

Fishballs and mashed potatoes. I know that SOUNDS really gross, but trust me it isn’t. It’s Norwegian and my grandma has always made it….it was my favorite as a kid. Hey, it’s STILL one of my favorites! 🙂

10. Name 3 things that other people would say are their favorite thing about you.

I put others before myself, I have a big heart, and I work hard.

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Country Girl?

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I got a job….yes it’s true. It FINALLY happened. I cannot believe how hard it is to find employment right now. I had heard it had gotten better….I really think it is worse. This isn’t a rant about the economy though, so I will get back to my point. To say that I am relieved to have found something is an understatement. I have had more pointless interviews, this time around, than ever before. I really hate when you take the time to interview and then you hear absolutely nothing back from the company (and of course they always end the interview with the assurance that they’ll let you know). ONE company emailed me to let me know that they went with someone else. I mean, really, there’s no excuse. How hard is it to send a mass email to everyone you didn’t pick?! It would be nice to be shown a little common courtesy. I REALLY hate job hunting.

I ended up getting a job at a department store in downtown Seattle. I’m going to be working in the fine jewelry department (!!!) and I start next week. I already did all my paperwork and went through the new hire training. I had a tour of the store-which is AWESOME by the way. I didn’t think I wanted to do retail but I think this is a really good opportunity. I will be “on call”, which means I can still nanny my boyfriend’s little niece….so hopefully that’ll all work well. I could see myself staying there for a long time. It’s a huge store, which means there will be opportunities to move to other departments, pick up more hours, or eventually go to full time if a position opens up. I also would LOVE to work in the human resources department there. As I was sitting in my interview, I was thinking: “I could do this! This would be fun!” I would love to interview people and decide who to hire. I think I would be really good at it actually. I’m awesome at reading people and seeing who they really are. I can spot fake people a mile away and can always tell when they’re lying. There’s an HR degree program at one of the community colleges around here, so I think that’s what I’m going to go for. I think it would be really fun at a department store. I think that route makes the most sense.

I’ve already spotted some jewelry that I want….of course it’s 3,000 dollars! Obviously it’s more of a wish and not something I plan to actually ever OWN. 🙂 In close proximity to the jewelry counter is the shoe department and the PURSES! Oh my goodness, I’m going to have to look straight ahead and not get pulled in by all the leathery goodness. New hires are given a coupon for 25 or 30 percent (I can’t remember exactly) off of one single item. It’s supposed to be used for something you can wear to work. Employees already get 20 percent off, so needless to say, that’s a lot of money off! I have already decided what I’m going to get….new boots! I’ve been wanting some forever but they’re pretty pricey and I don’t want to get cheap ones. I have even picked out the exact pair I’m going to get. They’ll end up being about $50 with the discount. Other than that, I’m going to try to keep an eye on the clearance racks. 🙂

I can’t wait to start….and especially to get PAID! I really miss having a consistent income….it has been really stressful, I’m not going to lie. I am so glad to finally be able to contribute monitarily to the household again. I mean obviously I contribute in other ways (cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc.) but I definitely haven’t been pulling my own weight lately. Thank goodness for my amazing boyfriend! Now we just need to find HIM a job he will enjoy….

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1. Favorite way to travel (plane, train, automobile, etc.)

I LOVE flying, but I haven’t in years. However, I do love roadtrips. Travelling by car is probably my favorite if I HAD to pick. I like that you get to see so much more of the country than you would if you were flying. PLUS, you can stop anytime you want.

2. Where’s your favorite place to travel to that you’ve been to?

California is ALWAYS fun (Disneyland!). I also love Leavenworth, but that is only a couple hours away.

3. Where’s the place that you want to go but have never been?

I really want to go to NYC.

4. Do you deal with traffic well?

Not really, no.

5. Ever had an emergency while traveling?

A car accident. Also, when I was 9 we went to Kansas and experienced 2 tornadoes while there!

6. Do you have a passport? What countries have you been to?

I do not have a passport. Sadly, I have only been to Canada….and it was just Vancouver (which is only a couple hours away and a lot like Seattle).

7. Are you’ve light packer or do you pack everything but the kitchen sink?

I’m somewhere in between. I like to have a few different options to choose from, when it comes to clothes.

8. Do you take the fastest route or the road less traveled?

Probably the fastest, usually.

9. Do any activities on the road? (like road games, reading, sleeping, etc. )

Sometimes I can read, but usually that makes me carsick. Listening to music is always good though.

10. Use a paper map or GPS?

GPS….on my phone. Such a great invention.

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