Thursday, February 26, 2009

Help me.... Help St Jude Kids

Hello all! My station's St. Jude Radiothon is going on right now!

Please consider becoming a Partner in Hope.... call 1-800-942-8680.

This hospital is amazing and does PHENOMENAL things for children and cancer research. I had the honor of visiting the hospital last month... you can read about it on my blog.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Why so serious?".....

I'm SO glad Heath Ledger got official recognition for his work as The Joker.

Personally, I'm a HUGE Batman fan. I love all the movies and really enjoy this new set. They scare the crap out of me, but I just love them. Heath's performance left me with nightmares for about a week after seeing it.

There was a lot of talk about what this role did to his psyche. He, apparently, got slightly messed up by trying to get into The Joker's mind. I'll tell you, I can see why. You never *really* were told why The Joker was the way he was. He was just plain psychotic.

Beyond Heath's work and tragedy, I'm so glad that a mainstream movie won something like this. I haven't seen ANY of the Best Picture nominees. Nor have I seen most of the films for acting, etc. Like when Julia Roberts won for "Erin Brockovich" or Cuba Gooding Jr for "Jerry Maquire", it's so nice when someone is recognized for a role that the general public actually found entertaining. One of my favorite bloggers, Newlywed Next Door, did a post about whether or not the Oscars were irrelevant. In some ways, yeah, they can be. But, when someone like Heath wins, it's like we're winning too, you know?

Just to add.... I'm TOTALLY enjoying the theatrics of this year's broadcast. Hugh's doing a great job. I really am enjoying the song and dance numbers. OH!!! And, isn't the set GORGEOUS?!

Why did the pink flamingo cross the road?

.... because it was walking in the LW Mardi Gras parade.

Yesterday we were in the parade and WOW.... interesting.

We were behind a band of belly dancers. Again.... interesting.

FYI.... one must have enough beads for a Mardi Gras parade. We had 720 and ran out 1/3 of the way. I crawled into the back of the van and found whatever I could, as to escape the mobs of people who wanted things thrown at them.

We ended up throwing keychains. Once those were out, we tossed cups. When those were gone, it was bumper stickers. Blessedly, it came to an end.

Today, my arm feels like I got a shot in it. I'm not used to tossing things for an hour straight.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Update.... kind of

Still no official word about the job :(

However, I'm receiving a lot of support from everyone here and I'm getting great feadback about the job I'm doing now, during the interim. Tunie left last Friday, so I'm completely on my own, lol. It's a little overwhelming... trying to get everything done, but I'm managing.

Hopefully, I'll know something soon! Thanks for praying and keeping your fingers crossed!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Phew! Interview OVER!

So, I had my official interview today. Thank goodness it's over. I HATE interviewing. I don't know why.... I just do.

The odd part was (again, small company) I had two meetings with them, plus the monthly birthday party before my interview. It was just so strange to me, lol.

Overall, I think it went well. They asked some tough questions, but I hope I answered them to their satisfaction. On my end, I had the advantage of knowing the company so well, I could give real examples. And, when they asked the "hypothetical" questions, I knew exactly what/who they were talking about.

Also, I was able to express to them sort of why I've hung around as long as I have. I've had some talks with them before, but I was really able to explain how I got there and more of how I worked my way up... from my side of the fence. At the very least, they've heard my story, if you will.

Once the interview was basically over, they all let me know that they've noticed me and my efforts over the past 3 1/2 years. It was nice. They acknowledged that I consistently put forth 150%, even when it's not asked of me or expected. In fact, one of them said the exact words, "I know it seems like no one was noticing, but we were. And, even when no one was going over to you and saying 'Good Job' you still did it. All of this on top of the other jobs you were working. We've seen that and we know what an asset you are." I really appreciated that.

I should know within a week or so, so please cross your fingers and pray for me!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

And, once again....

Jess is labelled "the good girl."

I don't know why this bothers me, but it does, lol. Tonight, I went to a charity event that benefits Volunteers In Service To Elderly (VISTE). There were a couple of people from work there.... one whose wife I absolutely adore. I sometimes call her "Mama B" because she reminds me a lot of my own mom and she gives such great advice.

B, myself, and this guy from work were all chit-chatting when the subject of relationships came up. The guy and I are both young and single, so Mama B was giving us advice and saying how she doesn't understand some young females of today. Then, she pops out a "Jess, that's we love you so much... you're such a good girl."

Arrrggghhhh.... I hate that. I know, I know... it's supposed to be a compliment. But, a lot of times, "good girl" can ring as an insult. It gets translated into "prude" and "untouchable", neither of which I am. Don't get me wrong, I get that technically, I am a pretty "good girl." I have high standards and values. However, the label irritates me, lol.

On a positive note... I did enjoy myself. I saw a couple of people I haven't seen in a while. Plus, one of my bosses was there. She and I had a great talk, which kind of made me feel better about the whole job situation. If you're out there and you're reading, please pray, because my official interview is Monday.

(Note... if you're confused about my irritation... or, perhaps the title of my blog, read this.)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You

Last night I went to see the highly-anticipated (well, by me) movie, based off the book.....

I think I'm officially in love with this movie. I love films that center around several different storylines that all intertwine... 'Love Actually' is one of my all-time favorites.

Anyway, I realize it's cliche and the book has been talked over and over. However, we (I) must not have gotten it into our (my) heads, yet, because the movie still rings true. Why do women constantly feel the need to pine after men who just aren't interested? We always accuse men of wanting the chase.... but, aren't women more than guilty of that?

Most of my favorite bloggers are happily married. I adore reading about their sweet husbands, in hopes that I might one day be able to blog about mine, lol. The one fault this movie has is that all the men have some sort of caddish quality. Obviously, that's a generalization of men... not all of them are like that. But, dear heavens, when you're looking for "the one" it sure does seem like it, lol.

My favorite character in the movie is Gigi, played by the lovely Ginnifer Goodwin.

Gigi is the hopeless romantic, always thinking that the next blind date could be Mr. Right. While I'm proud to say that I don't go to such extremes as her, lol, I do relate. She does some pretty embarrassing things.... but when she turns herself into hostess at a party and then stays late to clean up... HELLO... me! Always trying to show that I'm amazing and helpful and basically trying to show that he can't live without me. Only... he can, lol. When you see it, the part after she cleans up.... I've never done, thank the Good Lord.

Alex comes along and is her tough love. He doesn't spare her feelings and she turns him into her sounding board. She finally starts to be ok with the fact that all these guys aren't for her. They may not be that into her, but she's really not that into them.

One of my favorite lines is:

Alex: He's not interested in you... run.
Gigi: So, I'm just supposed to run away from any guy that's not into me?
Alex: Yes.
Gigi: But, there won't be anyone left.

And, sometimes, it feels that way, lol. But, eventually it will all work out.

Without giving anything away, I have to share two more of my favorite lines from the movie.....

"Welcome to my world, asshole."


"You're my exception."

What did you think of the movie?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Love and Theft

So, if you like Rascal Flatts, then you may want to give these guys a listen....

Yesterday, they came by the station to visit and let us get to know them. Seriously nice guys... not to mention, hot... and they can sing, lol.

If you are a Taylor Swift fan, you'll know that guy in the middle as "Hey Stephen." Yep, he's the one that inspired "all these girls throwing rocks at your window, I'll be the one standing there even when it's cold."

Like I said, they are very similar to a RF vibe. Currently, they are being featured in a promo for One Life to Live on ABC!

Did I mention that they were hot?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More Giveaways and an Inspiration

Yay! More Giveaways! As a person in Promotions, I'm all about giving things away (as well as trying to win!)....

Erin from Blue-Eyed Bride (if you want to see one of the most beautiful weddings EVER, check her out) is giving away a Valentine's Day set of Hanky Panky panties. Erin talks about them and just RAVES about how great they are. Check out her blog to find out how to enter....

Also, I just found the Misadventures of a Newlywed blog and have completely been entertained by it! She's giving away some Lilly Pulitzer stationary to one very lucky winner! Check out her blog to find out how to win!

Next on the agenda....

As one of my first responsibilities in my new position was to go to a Chamber of Commerce dinner tonight. Actually, it was THE dinner of the year. Kind of an important event when joining upper management in the company, lol. After a slight freak-out session this afternoon, trying to decide what to wear, etc, the event itself went well.

We had a special guest speaker, Andy Andrews. I found him to be absolutely inspiring. He insists that he's not a motivational speaker. However, he had some of the most motivating and great things to say. Not only was he funny and quite refreshingly honest, he was so right. Basically, he talked about recognizing that "the little things" DO matter. "The little things" make up the big picture. So, rather than be overwhelmed by everything going on in life and in the world, try making one small change. Those small changes will eventually make all the difference.

I'm actually going to go pick up one of his books this weekend. I'll let you know what I think! He has a blog on his site... you may want to check it out.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Not Me Monday.....

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Here's what I have NOT been up to....

  • I did not eat with everyone at the Super Bowl party, skip out with some friends to see a movie, and then show back up just in time for the last 7 fun minutes of the game!

  • I did not go on a mini-shopping spree this weekend, buying two pairs of shoes, two pairs of pants and a super cute computer bag (black with a hot pink interior, and a pink "J" charm)

  • I most certainly did not go to pick up lunch for our staff meeting today, only to go to the wrong Crispers. That would be way too ditzy of me. Especially since the correct Crispers is only 5 minutes from the office.

  • I am not wishing that I was on "The Bachelor" right now because they are eating fondue and that sounds really yummy.

  • I am not also craving a Vanilla Bean Cupcake from Starbucks.

  • I did not go into my first Sales Meeting and call Bill Engvall and Frank Caliendo, "Bill and Frank" in front of the entire Sales staff.

  • I did not reorganize my closet yesterday, arranging my tops by "style" and then by color. That's way too anal!

  • I did not get giggly in front of our company owner, station manager, and operations manager at the end of the meeting and tell them a story about a frog named Fernando. I did not elaborate that Fernando hung onto the back of our van from the beginning of a parade until the end.... that he had an accent and a snappy Ceasar haircut. Nope, not me. That would completely destroy their illusion that I'm "too quiet" lol.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mojitos and Valentine's Day Brownies... plus a few updates

First order of business......

One of my favorite Bloggers, Mojito Maven, is having a super-yummy giveaway. It includes Fat Witch Brownies (the NYC based company that has been featured as Oprah's Favorite Things).

Head over to Mojito Maven's blog, if you want to enter!


So, when I first started this blog, I talked about how I work several part-time jobs. I was hoping for a full-time at the radio station.

Well, an opportunity has come up that I hope you will pray about!

The Promotions Director, my mentor for the past 3 1/2 years, is moving. She and her wonderful husband are headed to North Carolina. They asked me to step in, as the interim Promotions Directos, and officially apply for the job. They told me that they should know by the end of February, whether or not they're going to offer me the job.

My first day is tomorrow. I'm both excited and nervous!

Please pray! I've been working for this for 3 1/2 years now. I really love this company and want to continue growing with them. Please pray for God's Will, in this. Please pray that I will get the job, if it's in His plan. And, if it's not, please pray that I will figure out where He wants me next.