June's stupid life, Proofreading/Copy editing

$ (maybe)

I have a job interview on Monday! Eeek!

Job interviews do not make me nervous. I enjoy getting to sit around and talk about myself while wearing heels.

I did not tell all y'all–and I really have to stop saying "all y'all" and I hope I do not say it during the interview–about this potential interview because I didn't want to jinx it. Because there is such a thing as jinxes. At any rate.

Three years ago, when we first moved to North Carolina, there was a job opening at this same place, and I interviewed there and it was really cool and hip there with cool and hip offices and cool and hip people who wore saint necklaces ironically and stuff. Have you seen those? I like those, although they seem like they might be kind of disrespectful, although who's to say if you are wearing them ironically or meaningfully?

So I met with four people and after it was over one of them emailed me and he said, "I'm just gonna tell you straight up, it's unanimous; we all really liked you best." The boss and I talked salary and everything.

But then I withdrew my candidacy, because the job was at the time 100 miles from where we lived. We didn't live in this area then. And it was October, so I'd have had to live away from Marvin all school year. The more I thought about it, the dumber of an idea it seemed.

Well, they had another opening advertised last week, so not only did I apply, I sent emails to the manager I met with. The email bounced back, so I figured he left. Then I sent an email to the senior copy editor. Bounced back. I am not worried about this because this particular field turns over. A lot.

Finally I wrote the guy who had written me, who is another copy editor like I would be. He wrote right back. "Not only did I see your resume, I flagged it, because I remembered you fondly," he said. "I passed it on to the powers that be."

That was on Wednesday, and I spent two agonizing days wondering if the powers that be were going to see my resume and pee on it or something. But yesterday afternoon they called!

My mother said she'd buy me an outfit to wear to said interview, so yesterday I got a little cropped pin-striped jacket at Anthropologie marked down from $118 to $29.

JacketI'm gonna wear it with black pants, and I have to buy heels because Tallulah ate all my heels.

This is so exciting! We could actually pay all our bills again and, you know, eat what we wanted and maybe get a couch that is not third-world country dirty!

Oh, but here's the thing. If I DO get this job? I have FIVE textbooks that I have to proofread first. FIVE. Two that are due immediately, and three that were due in July and August, which is why I was sitting on them. Not literally.

Four of the five have been in a box in my room for months because they weren't due. Who hates herself for not getting on them early?

I estimate that's about 160 hours of work. What the Sam Hill am I gonna do? It's times like this I regret not being a meth addict. Do meth addicts stay awake? I think they do. It would help my jokes if I knew better from drugs.

At any rate, I had better go because I have TWO DEPOSITIONS to proofread and did I mention I should be a Valium addict?

Oh, and comment of the week goes to that funny Aunt Becky.

37 thoughts on “$ (maybe)”

  1. Methinks you apply for jobs so that the universe will send you more books to proofread. It makes perfect sense on Planet Terra.

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  2. Jessica who mocks the chirrens with disdain but secretly longs to try the adderall and clean her house. says:

    Adderall. You want adderall. It’s what all the chirrens are using these days. Somehow people managed to get through college for hundreds of years by actually studying of their own free will. Now the kidlets just pop or snort a pill and they are up and crazy focused for hours!

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  3. Oh my. Just checked out the Birdman. Just oh my. That has to be the creepiest picture yet of that guy. He looks like he’s naked running toward the birds. I love how the neighbors don’t want to make enemies with the crazy man so they are all ‘well, it is messy, it is hard to clean up, but what a lovely gesture.’
    Let’s plan a June Road Trip 2010 to LA. Let’s go beat this guy senseless… with a dead pigeon.

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  4. Good luck! Break a leg! Of your interviewer if you don’t get the job.
    Going to check out your bird friend, thanks Dad of Cosmo.

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  5. The job sounds like a sure thing – good luck, June!

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  6. Gorgeous jacket! You’ll do great and you crack me up every post. I’d say I’ll pray for you, but my husband told me today that I needed to pray more for our family and less for the people I meet on Freecycle so I think my dance card is full 😛

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  7. Yay June!!! I’m Sending LOTS of good thoughts and vibes your way, but they won’t be needed because I know you will knock ’em dead with your smarts, charm and good looks.

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  8. Dee
    You scored (!) with the jacket and you’ll score (!) with the job!!

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  9. My mom gave up caffeine years ago but whenever she visits her brother, who is a bit lax in the housekeeping department, he hands her a cup of caffeinated tea and they have a lovely visit while my mom cleans like a maniac. She still hasn’t caught on to his scheme.
    Non-drowsy Sudafed makes me feel like I’m doing the Thorazine Shuffle and the night time stuff makes me want to power wash the house and scrub grout with a toothbrush.
    The Birdman of Silver Lake is a whack job.
    Knock ’em dead, June. If you need references, just send your interviewers to read your comments section of your blog.

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  10. It’s probably best to wait until after the job interview before trying the meth of Valium. God luck!

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  11. Great jacket. You will look fabulous. Aren’t moms great? Mine recently bought me an interview jacket!
    Good luck!

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  12. Best of luck with your interview. That is a sharp-looking jacket. Can we go shopping together sometime?
    Speaking of shopping, I’m going to the Vermont Country Store next week. Can I pick you up anything?
    As for getting things done, might I recommend some Sudafed? When my sinuses get themselves in a tizzy, I take Sudafed and don’t sleep for days. Yeah, I’m tired and cranky, but damn! my house looks good!!

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  13. Oh! I am so excited for you! I will be sending you good thoughts for a successful job interview and hoping that you love your new job!!!

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  14. I was going to mention to you that if they have an Anthropologie near you-you should look there! They have good sale items and great clothes! Also got a bathroom mirror there. As far as the interview-just be your charming self!

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  15. How could they not hire you? With your bangin’ new jacket & straight teeth & all. You will fondly be hired…I can feel it!
    I’m with Paula H&B…Aunt Becky’s comment should be on some swag. I’d buy that shirt. I’ve been hating mornings since 1966!

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  16. Well stated, Becky. What was I doing being up at 7 on a Saturday? Oh, it’s those TWO STUPID CATS I ADORE.
    I think you’re a shoe-in for this job, Junebug. It’ll go great! And you got a new outfit out of it too! It’s always best to have one good interview outfit. Except if they call you back for a second interview…I always hate that part.

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  17. Good luck June!
    Maybe if you get the job you won’t be as stressed anymore and can quit beating the dog. Everybody know fruits don’t give animals black eyes. Vegetables? Maybe. But not fruits.

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  18. Couldn’t agree more, Aunt Becky!
    I am sending good energy juju for success at your job interview. Although you won’t need it. You’ll knock them dead. But don’t do that because then they can’t hire you.

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  19. I was thinking speed, too, and then wondered if anyone does that anymore? I never hear about it. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and really look forward to my eight hours of sleep.
    Your jacket is a winner! You’re going to get the job and then you’ll be working all the time and trying to finish up the books that Henry uses as a booster seat and we’ll never hear from you, except for maybe a card at Christmas. We’ll miss you.

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  20. I think Aunt Becky’s comment should be on the BBP swag.
    Good luck with the job interview!! The deal on the jacket was A SIGN … job is totally yours.

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  21. I think Aunt Becky’s comment should be on the BBP swag.
    Good luck with the job interview!! The deal on the jacket was A SIGN … job is totally yours.

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  22. I think Aunt Becky’s comment should be on the BBP swag.
    Good luck with the job interview!! The deal on the jacket was A SIGN … job is totally yours.

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  23. Oh I do hope you get the job! Love the special of the week as well. I have no wit this early in the morning.
    And, because, um, yeah, speed would be your drug of choice to get everything done. Not like my 80s self knows anything about that.

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