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Date: 2014-04-02 23:46
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Well, the flat tire put a crimp in my plans for the evening.  I was supposed to head out to my old high school for a reception they were holding for the secretary who was retiring.  She was there while both my brother and I were in school, and her son was a year behind me.  I had hoped to see some old friends.  Cruising down route 287, there was suddenly lots of noise from the rear passenger tire.  I pulled off to take a look--pancake.  I was on the phone with Firestone emergency service when not one, not two, but THREE NJDOT emergency service trucks pulled over.  They changed my tire and sent me on my way.  It was now too late to make the reception.

It was not too late, however, to turn around, pick up a cake and surprise my brother at fight practice for his birthday!

I managed to get in, get the cake uncovered and candles in place without him seeing me.  His new man-at-arms provided the lighter for the candles.  I stepped in and called out "Hey Jan."  He had his back to me and was in the middle of a conversation, so he just put his hand out behind him with a finger up to say, "I heard you, give me a minute"...and Sir Doug Henry just started singing "Happy Birthday" at which point, he turned around, dumbfounded to see me walking in with the lit cake.  It was priceless!!

So, plans changed, but I still had a blast.  I hung out and chatted with his new man-at-arms to get an idea of his musical background.  He wants to start doing SCA music (and do it right!), but can currently only read bagpipe music.  I'm going to get him started on a recorder to learn to read and then we can indoctrinate him with shawms!!  MWAH HAH HAH!!!!!
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Date: 2014-03-09 14:36
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So, I haven't really been looking at the Kingdom calendar recently.  With the lack of full-time employment, I've been keeping close to home and not spending the money.  Last week, I got a note from my laurel asking me about going to bardic champions.

I hadn't planned on it, but she obviously wanted me to compete.  I didn't have anything prepared, so it I just went with pieces I know.  It was an interesting day.  I stayed up way too late the night before, hanging with my friends (kls_eloise and family) who were giving me a place to crash.  I was tired, a little hyped up on caffeine and apparently VERY hyped up on adrenalin.  I am almost never nervous performing...unless it's a competition.  By the time the second round came up, my vocal control was SHOT.  Thankfully, since I was singing a very emotional piece, that masked a lot of the control issues and people loved it.  I came away with several tokens and a lot of people came up to me to thank me for that performance.  Later in the day I was talking to someone who asked me if I had even realized that I had received a standing ovation.  The queen had asked me a question as the applause began, and because I was leaned over to talk to her, I hadn't even seen it.

For the final round they asked me to play something.  It kind of put me at an instant disadvantage.  While I am a perfectly competent instrumentalist, I don't have virtuosity of some of my friends (I'm looking at you hudebnik), and I don't play the amazing range of instruments of others (like shalmestere who plays EVERYTHING well).  I chose a line from a de Lassus ricecare to play on tenor recorder, which was lovely, but did not have the punch of the drinking songs and comedic tales requested from the other finalists.  There were also a couple of blips because I didn't have anywhere that I could play through it beforehand and adrenaline makes my fingers go places I don't always tell them.  So, I wasn't surprised when they chose others as the winners.

I was actually perfectly happy with this outcome.  I didn't really want the responsibility, but I did want to let people see what I can do.  The SCA can have a really short institutional memory about these things and I haven't done much solo performing recently.  My laurel was happy with how things turned out, though disappointed that her class kept her from hearing the second performance.  Afterwards, I headed back to my friends in CT where I enjoyed a lovely dinner and even better company.

This morning, it was up an out early so I could get to mass.  What a great musical morning that was.  We started with our schola singing an introit before the hymn.  During mass we sang the Kyrie from the Palestrina Missa Brevis, an Anglican chant style responsorial psalm, the Allegri "Miserere," and the Paulus "Pilgrim's Hymn" for communion meditation.  All of it was just glorious.

Here's the Paulus for those who don't know it...



Now I'm home with the kitty curled up next to me on the couch.  I was going to go back to church for a recital this afternoon, but getting off of the highway by my house, the car started acting up, so I'm not going anywhere but straight to a mechanic in the morning (sigh).  I'm grateful that it waited until I was at a point that I could stay home.  I think I'm going to take a nap with Sunny and chill for the rest of the day.
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-02-25 22:22
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So, today I had an interview with two people who obviously did not know how to conduct an interview.

It started off with an outline of what the position would entail.  Good enough.  It would actually be pretty cool, because this group in the company really hasn't had anyone working with them so I'd get to establish their branding myself and not have to fight against pre-conceived notions.  It would be very cool to be able to start fresh and get things going.

Then they asked, "so what do you do?"  Wow!  When you've been a department of one, you do everything, so that was a really broad question.  I tried to take my cue from what they told me about the position as much as possible, so hopefully, I did okay.  They also asked to see samples of my work, which I did have.  They didn't ask me about the samples at all, which I found odd.  I tried to give them a bit of background on things.  Those were the two questions they asked aside from the standard, "do you have any questions for us?"

I was there for about 45 minutes.  I'm pretty sure that they had someone they took late, because I saw one of my interviewers go with them a few minutes after I got there.  The second interviewer came in 15 minutes later, so I think she stayed with the first person which meant that was half an hour.  She didn't ask me a single question.

So, it's hard to judge because they just didn't give me much with which to work.  We'll see what happens.
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-02-21 20:39
Subject: Well, damn...
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So, totally unrelated to the agency interview yesterday, I got a call today on a resume I sent out a couple of weeks ago.

The amusing part of it is that it's from the architecture firm that both built the building where my office at my old job used to be and employs our former seneschal, who is a good friend.  In fact, I was driving home from his house where I had gone to feed the cats while he and his wife are away when I got the call.

So, think good thoughts on Tuesday at 3 PM.
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-02-20 15:56
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I like this agency.

They work specifically with marketing and creative personnel and this branch handles the small to midsize companies.  They do, however, share with the rest of the company that works with bigger clients.  The person I met with actually created an online profile in their employer searchable database for me from my resume.  She included a write-up that she did based on our interview which was really pretty good.

Within 20 minutes of walking out the door, she called me about a position that I could very well wind up interviewing for in the next couple of days.  They've also been known to go to a client they think is a good fit and say, "I have someone who can do X. Y and Z for you that I think you should meet," even if there isn't a current opening.  Companies have created positions for talent they really like.

So, hopefully some good will come of this.
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-02-19 11:05
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Woohoo!!!

Interview with an agency tomorrow.  
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-02-10 20:22
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So, while I have the time, I've pulled out the 50 or so pages of a novel I started years ago and have been typing them into my laptop (20 year old disks just don't work anymore!).  I will simply say that working on a story whose main character is named Elizabeth when the "z" key on your computer sticks can be a bit frustrating.

In the meantime, I've added another entry to the Sunny blog.  It's a lazy Monday post...http://sunnycatsworld.blogspot.com/2014/02/only-40-winks.html

Enjoy!
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-02-05 14:03
Subject: Rant Ahead...
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Okay, I would post this on FB, but I can't afford to have potential employers see it...

To every pansy-assed weather wimp, who whined about the cold and wished for the winter to be warmer, I would like to say a hearty FUCK YOU AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON.

Had it actually been nice and cold it would have been 8-10 inches of fluffy white powder that was easy to move.  Instead, I just spent the last hour killing myself to move six inches of sopping wet, ice covered crap, with a nice layer of pure slush underneath.  I'm only halfway done and I haven't gotten to the end of the driveway where it is TWO FEET DEEP thanks to the plow runoff.  We'll see if I am capable of standing up straight when I finally finish  I had to stop for a break because I just couldn't deal with the stinging of the freezing rain hitting me in the face.

Okay, I have ranted and feel marginally better.
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-01-26 20:34
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Okay, for those of my friends here who are not on FB, I thought I would share my new project.

I decided that in the world of internet feline fame, I would share the stories of my spoiled little baby.  So, if you're interested, you can check it out here:  http://sunnycatsworld.blogspot.com

Enjoy!
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isabeau_lark
Date: 2014-01-10 20:28
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Okay, I just had to post this to share.  A friend put this link up on FB and I LOVE it.  It's making me wish I had a bigger house and money to burn.

When I finally get to doing something with my front porch, I want to make something like this with one of those basket perches in front of the window.  I'll have my chaise in the corner opposite the doors and Sunny and I will be able to hang out together in the nice weather and watch the world go by.
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