November 20, 2008

How I've Been Spending My Time

1) Tending to my job search: scouring online for openings, tailoring my résumé for individual positions, sending in résumés and filling out web-based applications, participating in phone interviews, having in-person interviews (x2), getting really excited and then really let down when I don't hear back at all on positions I'm super-excited about.

2) Playing videogames: Fallout 3, Fable II, Lego Batman, Wii Sports. And special mention needs to be made of the New Xbox Experience (NXE). The #1 attribute of this for me (besides the avatar creation which is a fun thing) is the new Netflix streaming: instant access to a lot of tv shows/movies on Netflix - some in HD - that we can now watch on our tv instead of in the office on our computers. First thing yesterday morning I set it up and did a trial run on an episode of 30 Rock, and as it was determining our bandwidth available, it quickly said "Presented in HD", and WOW! Was it ever! It wasn't jerky, there were ZERO hiccups in the stream. And the interface is super-easy to use and it takes all of 5-10 seconds while buffering before program starts to play. It's like magic. The future is here, people!

3) Losing weight: I've been eating really poorly. Since we moved up here, really. Call it a nesting instinct or whatever, but I've seen a sizeable weight gain recently, and decided to nip it in the bud and really do something about my... my... heft. So two weeks ago I joined Weight Watchers. And I've lost just over 5 pounds so far.

4) Spending time with the dog: Our Boston Terrier, Zippy, is SO SPOILED now that I'm here most of the time. He hates it when I leave the house, and because I've been doing that less often, I fear what he'll go through when I go back to work. But I don't wanna think about that too much right now. He's well-rested and is having so much fun playing during the day.

5) Staying warm: Not too warm, you see, but this is our first winter with a gas furnace, and our last electric/gas bill this month totaled just shy of $200. Now, I don't know if that's good or bad, as I have no historical info on that, but it doesn't bode well with our budget-flexibility over the next few many winter months - especially factoring in my unemployment. While we have double-paned windows through most of the house, our windows are BIG, and our house gets a little drafty. We don't really have the cash reserves to hire an efficiency expert to assess and fix what needs to be done right now (like, while we have double-pane windows, we know that at least two of them have seals that are shot, and they're kinda old), so we'll have to endure any heat-loss and higher usage for the time being. I've been trying to help, but Erik says I absolutely cannot have the heater set at 63º all day.


posted by julie at November 20, 2008 12:29 PM

things people have said

63º is fine, if you like that sort of thing. just put it back to 65º before i come home ;)

so said: erik at November 20, 2008 02:51 PM


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