Friday, February 22, 2013
So, yesterday was good. HUBS got a snow day at work, and I...
I GOT A FREAKIN' JOB, YOU GUYS!!
I know! I originally applied to this company late last summer, but kept in touch with the hiring manager. She called me yesterday and simply offered me another position. YES!
HUBS and I are cautiously optimistic, since I have been semi-burned before with freelancing, but this will be very good for my self-esteem. I'll be interviewing, writing and still working from home on a part-time basis.
Also, this means that I've been able to cross three things off my professional goal list just this week. I'm making money from writing again, I tried a podcast and I began to make honest work of one of my screenplay ideas this week by actually sitting my ass down and writing the damn thing.
I'M MAKING PROGRESS!
And progress deserves a reward, so let's see what's new!
1) I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of reading faster, thanks to Bill Cosby.
2) How did I just find out about The Fluffington Post? How!?!?
3) Ever wonder how companies like Evernote, Instagram and Twitter make money? Here you go...
4) Daria Morgendorffer has a point.
5) I might be obsessed with funny/cute animal pics.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I talked to my mom on Monday. It had been a while since I spoke to her, I probably called her a week or two ago.
Being an only child who sometimes neglects to call her mom on a regular basis, I have often considered myself not the best kid in the world. But when PT called me Monday, well, I realized just how shitty I am.
PT had, apparently, called me on Saturday and left a message, but I hadn't listened to it or even noticed that it was her that called me because I'm sometimes crappy about picking up messages.
She revealed that last week was hard for her. I said, "Have you been sick?" And PT replied, "No, Adrienne, you know mom died on February 16."
Oh, shit. I forgot about the anniversary of my grandmother's death.
Of course she had a shit week! And I wasn't there for her. Even though at the beginning of this month I reminded myself to call mom around anniversary time. But, I didn't put it on my calendar, so I was wrapped up in my own bullshit and let it completely slip my mind.
She didn't give me any grief over it, but I know she wishes I'd called her. I could hear it in her voice. And you know what? I forget every year.
PT and her mom were very close. I know how hard her illness and death were (are) on mom, but I can't remember to do this one very basic thing for her once a year.
I don't know why this is. Really. Is it just my never-ending mental crap? My general dislike for talking on the phone (thanks to my 9 1/2 years as a receptionist/admin)?
Who the hell knows. I put a reminder on my calendar so I won't forget next year. Though, it doesn't change the fact that I feel I shouldn't have to do that.
My grandmother was a cool, calm lady who bought me my first purse, gave me a love of hats, never cursed and "smoked" cigarettes by lighting them and letting them burn out in the ash tray. Every time I think about her I wonder why I don't miss her more. Then I feel bad about it. Then I push those feelings way, way down because I really don't need anything else to feel bad about.
Maybe what I really am is a terrible granddaughter.
How do you deal with tough family things you'd rather stay away from but know you shouldn't?
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I did something new today! I recorded my first ever podcast!
So, for my first (as yet untitled) podcast it seemed like a good idea to talk about something I know. Since I've been a film critic for almost seven years, movies are what I know. What I've done is watched Alex Cross, a film I've never seen before, and critiqued it as I watched.
Some things to keep in mind:
1) I'm new at this! Be patient with me!
2) This will be filled with spoilers, so if you had planned to watch Alex Cross and those bother you, wait until after you see the film on your own to listen.
3) I cursed a few times in here, so if that bugs you, feel free to skip my little experiment.
4) The whole thing takes about an hour and 43 minutes. I do an intro, watch the movie and then wrap things up at the end.
5) I used Dropbox to store the file online. Follow the link below to download the audio or add it to your own Dropbox account and then play it.
6) Title suggestions? Love the idea? Hate the idea with a passion? Have ideas for movies I should watch for the next podcast? Give me your opinions in the comments!
Click here for A Movie Podcast #1.
Thanks so much for listening! I'll be back tomorrow with a post about something sort of delicate.