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Lackadaisical Wednesday

May 11th, 2011 at 02:52 pm

Yesterday I drove an hour south to do a focus group on kitchen remodeling. It was 2 hours long and I walked out with $125. Nice. On the way home, I hit a Petco and got 2 free cans of Halo cat food. Then I went straight to my sister's house to pick up a 6-pack of broccoli seedlings she had offered me. A day full of freebies and money!

Today was a very leisurely day; I had trouble getting going, again, because it was cloudy and cool outside. I had a phone meeting with the assistant of my oldest freelance real estate client; she gave me 3 new jobs to do, 2 press releases and the third assignment is a personal request from the assistant to interview and write a story about her best friend, who has stage 4 breast cancer. The copy will go on a website to help raise funds for her medical expenses. I did my prep work today and will call her in a day or two. If I were working, I would like to do it for free, but I really need the money; she didn't ask for my price, but I will try to build in a smaller discount.

I planted my broccoli and gave the veggie garden a good watering. The lettuce is just starting to come up. So everything is planted now. This year's garden includes: tomatoes (cherry and beefsteak), bell peppers, yellow wax beans, green beans, swiss chard, cucumbers, acorn squash, spinach, broccoli, parsley and basil. Each year, i like to try something different. What's different this year is the Swiss chard.

I made some rice pudding. Instead of using 3 cups of milk as the recipe directs, I wanted to use up some leftover light cream I had used for a Mother's Day recipe (cream of carrot soup) and a pint of hazelnut creamer which is just milk and sugar, basically. (I don't drink coffee but I had a free coupon so I decided to get it and use it for a purpose it probably wasn't intended for.)

The recruiter called me and said that Anthem BC/BS job went to someone else. She said the other person had less experience than I have but got the job because she had a health care background. See what I mean? It's easy enough to say change fields if you can't work in your own field, but actually convincing employers you can do that is nigh impossible.

4 Responses to “Lackadaisical Wednesday”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    You sound like you've had a fun day--and I always find my garden--especially at this time of year--seems so full of possibilities. It lifts the spirits!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I agree with you about the changing fields thing. In this market, it seems employers ALWAYS choose someone with experience in the field because there are so many applicants. They don't have to look outside the box, and they imagine they won't have much training to do. It's laziness, I think.

  3. Jerry Says:

    I think that is crazy about the insurance job -- just because someone has a health care background does NOT mean that they can do the job well! I mean, maybe she does it great, but I would feel safer going with a more experienced person. Sorry I wasn't the one making that decision, because it would have lead to a gig for you!
    Jerry

  4. patientsaver Says:

    Thanks, Jerry. You always say such nice things.

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