Friday, February 13, 2009

killer life

I'm stealing this idea from Facebook (which I still haven't joined). 

25 things about me (well, 5 anyway)

1. I like saying the word 'liquor.'  This started in high school and never really stopped.  It's also strange since I'm not much of a drinker
2. I'm terrible at keeping in touch
3. I was ahead of e-mail's popularity by about one year.  E-mail accounts weren't given out at the college I attended and in desperation to e-mail I would use random computers in the library, open 'Outlook Express,' and send off e-mails.  Sometimes the messages made it through and sometimes they didn't.  What's more,  no one could e-mail me back.
4. I play video games  
5. I am a cereal junkie.  My favourites are 'mini wheats' (cinnamon streusel), 'oatmeal crisp' and 'life.'  I try to only eat the semi-unhealthy breakfast cereals but have been known to buy 'Fruit Loops' and 'Corn Pops,' etc. when they're on sale.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

best of me

On second thought, it should be called 'fruit and vegetable spread.'  This is in reference to my idea on how to market strawberry and rhubarb jam.  'Spread' makes its sound less sugary then jam.  

So, yes, I am still unemployed but I'm not worried.  I have absolutely no regrets in leaving my previous job and have applied for some interesting positions.  I am however trying to think of some daily 'unemployment challenges.'  For example: drinking 1 and 1/3 cups of water every hour on the hour between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00P.M.  Or, trying to see how long I can drag out a conversation with the numerous telemarketing/ collection agencies (they keep calling for the previous owner of our current phone number).  I am also looking for children's story publishers; I wrote a story and waver between being too cowardly to send it off and curious to see if it could get published (or at the very least, curious to see a rejection letter).  Maybe that, and the water, will be tomorrow's challenge.  

Monday, February 09, 2009

oxford comma

I went for an interview this past Friday for a position with the University of Toronto.  It wasn't the worst interview (I wasn't asked to sing, and no part of the conversation was conducted in French) but I never felt like I really connected with the interviewers.  It was the first (and hopefully last) interview I've experienced where I was told to make a presentation.  A few days prior to the meeting I was given a scenario by an HR person; she also said that I would have access to AV equipment, PowerPoint and a laptop.  Whether I presented the 'right' information remains a mystery but I guess it was good experience.  I have the feeling that any candidate who didn't use PowerPoint would be automatically out of the running.  It will be about a month before they get back to me with a decision.

I've been thinking of how to remarket certain products, here's one:
Strawberry/Rhubarb jam could be sold as 'Fruit and Vegetable' jam.  Any child who loves pie, but hates vegetables, could eat this delicious combination and get a full serving of fruit and vegetables (in about 1 cup of jam). 

Alright.  I'll be back tomorrow.