Well, remember the friend I was supposed to hang out with, who I was worried I have to answer questions about my life. Well, that was a bust this friend of mine never called me back or texted or facebook messaged or anything.  I never even got a response that was a lame old excuse and obviously a lie. I would have preferred a lie over radio silence at this point.  Then things get weird the day after this person blew me off I get invited to their birthday party. If that is not sending mixed messages, I don’t know what is. Their is a good chance I might not be able to make it since I am broke anyway (and the place this person picked is oh so expensive), and there will be enough people there that I will want to hide in a corner. I like interacting with people on an individual level, but ten to fifteen people will make me want to curl up in a ball.

Their is a good chance I will just treat this person to coffee since I can afford that, in lieu of spending too much money on a dinner with people I hardly know.  Part, of me doesn’t even want to do that because they have flaked on me so many times over this past year. Oddly, have the reason I suggest coffee last time was to see if they would show up before I could commit to food or not in the first place. I know it sounds like I am dating this person, but this friendship has been in a precarious position since August.

I feel like this friendship is at a fork in the road and I am deciding whether or not to go left or right. Actually, truth be told my life is beginning to feel that way where it has been a series of little disappointments be it in hanging out with certain people, or going through the laborious process of job hunting and interviews. I think I just want a win, I want something to pull through, and work out for me for once. I don’t care if its a person or an employment opportunity I am not picky. I am just curious if any of my other readers, are going through a similar malaise in which they are going through disappointments with the series of unfortunate events happening in their lives?

A life in pieces…

Well, I have decided finally to give the hermit lifestyle a temporary break. I asked a friend who I have not seen in months to hang out. The reason it has been hold is because oddly this friend of mine has been depressed. But now the tables have turned and I am in a funk.  Also, I am worried when he asks me how my life is going how I am going to answer that question without having a nuclear meltdown resulting in tears and anger.

Well, I guess I should elaborate on how my life has been going, I am going broke trying to pay for broken car struts, I am working my ass off to get more hours at my part time job, and I am not sure if I will see my s.o. any time too soon since his own work place has turned into the titanic with everybody jumping ship.  Also, too add insult to injury my parents since they have been traveling so much have been going into major budgeting mode for the rest of the year.

Also, all this stress about finances is not helping my health or my stress eating. I have been taking sleeping pills more often since I have been too stressed to get a good nights sleep, my abs have been in pain  more often, and I doubt eating the crap I have been eating will not thrill my GP or nutritionist when I see them next  year. I was supposed to see them well now, but between work, needing new glasses and gaining almost 10 pounds back that I had lost last March, even I don’t think this a good idea. Also, I don’t think my ego could take any more scolding or lectures at this point.

Right now, it just feels like I am trying to get my s—- together which feels impossible even in the central valley while on the full time job hunt, when all I seem to get are rejection emails, calls, etc.  Also, I still haven’t figured out what career I would like to pursue  I have narrowed down the list to 40 job titles that I would probably have to go back to school for well all of them. So, I guess that is something in my life in which I have made some progress. It just feels lately like I am barely getting by. So, I am curious to all my readers have you ever had one of those days, weeks, months, where it feels like you won’t ever catch a break? Also, if you have gone through this, any tips on how to deal with it in a positive manner would be much appreciated.

Underemployment..the new trend sweeping the nation

Well, the good news is that I have work, the bad news is I have become on of those sad tales where I am getting less than twenty hours a week and this does not help with the paying of car bills, insurance, and oh yeah that lovely little thing called rent.  Thankfully, I have parents who are understanding about this kind of thing.  Have you ever had one of those day where stuff happened it was the straw that broke the camels back so to speak? I will spare you the tawdry details only to say that a job I interviewed for and was well qualified for and would have saved me in gas and had me stop worrying about finances temporarily I did not get a call back to be hired even though I am qualified and could probably after a couple months and lots of training and hard work could do this job in my sleep.

Also, I went to work to pick up my paycheck and forgot I was supposed to show up at a certain time, so I plan to pick it up my next shift just to save on gas at this point. So, the good news is I now know some of the realities of being an adult, the bad news is I don’t like them. The one perk of being underemployed is probably have more time than I know what to do with.  So this gives me time to think of a future career or I guess apply for jobs where my masters degree might be of some use.

Actually me and my so are frequently asked why we are working where we are working because of our degrees.  Which pisses me off because my original plan was to go off and teach community college which became sort of impossible when I had no teaching experience when applying to these jobs. I did apply mind you and interviewed once (to be a TA , in grad school) and than gave up because apparently the fates that be decided this was not the job for me.

I have since decided teaching may or may not be for me. I suspect for the next couple weeks I will be looking up career titles for something that is calling for my name, or for a company or organization that cares more about people and training their people well over making a profit, or the making a profit is just a fringe benefit. I guess I am just feeling lost, angry, and hoping I find some inspiration so I can be the same determined person I used to be who wanted to make a difference in this world.

Also, I am sure I am not the only underemployed, graduate who is wondering why did life decide to give me the short end of the stick after all of this hard work?  What did I do to deserve this?

A friend of mine and I were discussing this at Starbucks how the people he knew had a hard time getting work, but he could get a job offer after getting teeth surgery and was planning to slow down for once.  While, some of the educated people he knew me included had a hard time landing a job, or getting good hours at your current job.  (it makes no sense and is too much of an Alice in Wonderland thing to make sense of)

Stuck in a rut…

Well in this coming month I am turning the big 3-0 and it feels like I am having a quarter life crisis all over again. I am currently just not very satisfied with my work or life situation. My hours are being cut and I am feeling very overworked and under appreciated. However, this is a part-time gig so what else did I expect.

To top it off my financial situation has not been that great considering I have had a new computer to pay for, a car I will be paying off tell my mid 30’s and now I am in desperate need to renovate my room so it feels like an apartment and not like a person who lives with her parents room. I also just desperately want to clean it out so that by the time I move out I will have a lot less stuff to lug with me.

Also, I have had people such as family and friends asking me about what the heck I am doing with my life and I would like to tell them I will get back to them hell when I know I am still figuring it out.  This just does not thrill me at all and is most of the reason I do not tell my coworkers my age or educational background because I am afraid it would turn my life into a 20 question round robin about what I am doing with my life. I have figured out that I don’t want to teach community college at least. I am not sure if I want to teach high school or teach period. While, I do have a masters in English literature and while my intention was to use that degree to teach community college I am not sure if that is what I want to do anymore.

I think the problem is that all my annoyance and anger and depression about this situation is that I am taking it out on the people I care about. I have taken to locking my self in my room and not leaving unless I am eating or clean my room. Also,  I have had two Gilmore Girl style breakdowns since this upcoming b-day.  Also, my significant other has had to deal with all this so I feel bad for him, when him and I both have our own shit to deal with in life to be blunt. He has taken to the being numb approach since he turned 30 six months ago, this is not an approach I want to take when it comes to this big birthday.

The other men in my life who are friends have taken the approach of this big birthday that has passed to try to get their lives together be it through leaving the Central Valley, or quitting their jobs to start a new adventure somewhere else. Unfortunately, I think living in the Central Valley makes you feel like you are a Dickens character in that one cannot began their life anew until they are living somewhere else other than where they grew up, fell in love, etc.

I think this analogy is quite apt considering I live in a city where that is known for its brain drain, high pollution, crime and obesity statistics. Most students who have a BA or higher go elsewhere because landing a professional decent paying job is like winning the lottery or you have to know someone who knows someone etc.  Also, I suck at networking so I have to work my ass off to have any hope of finding a decent position.  I am one of those people who would rather get to know and like people for who they are and the networking connection is just a fringe benefit of knowing them. I plan to remedy this to some extent with meetup groups with people who have the same interests as me so I can at least  have some sort of social life outside of work, job hunting, seeing my significant other, etc….

So my questions to all my readers out there of all ages is what have you done when you feel like your life has been just stuck in general and how did you overcome it..any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated…


Lately my life feels like it is stuck in perpetual limbo, I am in a job I like but don’t love, life is good not great and I have not yet left the nest at the ripe old age of I am not gonna finish that sentence. Also, I live in the central valley which is the land of limbo/ wild wild west/ tale of two cities combined I say this because there is a big dichotomy in this  town in between the haves and have nots. Also, getting a government or professional job here is like winning the lottery because it has full time and has benefits. Most, people here like in the wild wild west have to make their own way here. It is not a bad thing, even any thing it just motivates you more to do whatever you want to in life whatever that is. Which, would be great for me if I knew what that was.

So, along with trying to figure it all out, a person who I thought I was close to has not contacted me in seven months, and while this person may have been busy potential working two jobs. I have not received a call or text or anything or even a response about why they are not talking to me. Is this normal, have manners gone out the window.., at this point I would take an annoyed response about my behavior, at least then I would no where I stand. In this “friendship”, if you can even call it that tell then I am stuck in limbo trying to figure out where I stand with this person. I am curious if anyone else has gone through anything similar with say a person they have known for over a decade.

This also makes me wondering if people these days are all stuck in limbo trying to figure out their next move like a chess game.  I mean with some people and work places you know what to expect but in some these occasions behaviors and actions can befuddle some people, me included.  I think for me I would like to get out the metaphorical dentists office and have my name be called on the level of finding my calling and being called, but I hate the dentist but am not in a rush for that either…

Where has all the good butternut squash soup gone?

I live in the central valley, the produce center of California. One would think I could find a good brand of butternut squash soup already made that does not taste horrible. I am sorely mistaken the Campbell’s stuff used to up to par not so much anymore, the soup at Whole Foods cost up to seven dollars and seems to be geared towards people with very specific needs. Fresh and Easy used to have the best butternut squash soup at a decent price even but I guess that stopped using their supplier and I can’t seem to find it any where. I have even tried the Panera butternut squash to soup but I would only say that it is okay and I would not have it once a month if given the opportunity, even though I love their sandwiches, baked goods and some of their other soups. I know, you are thinking why is this person caring so much at butternut squash soup.

Well, the thing between my new job and hardly seeing my so and trying to improve my life, that soup was one of the few good things I had to look forward to when I was sick or had a crappy day.  I remember when I had just finished my masters thesis and was sick for a month and I lived off Fresh and Easy’s butternut squash soup and rosemary rolls. To top it off since I am still trying to diet and lose weight this soup is low in carbohydrates and good for you.

Don’t you have one of those foods that even when nothing is going your way that at least that is a consistent thing in your life that you could always depend on to some extent. Well, that was this soup for me.

I know I should just woman up and make the soup from scratch but considering I am grateful to have the energy to make salads at home, at salads at home since it is the one of the few times during the day I can be creative and nothing is dictated to me about how I organized my salads, or how much of a mess I make while making it and it still looks pretty and taste good by the end of the day than I am happy.  I guess for me food like soup or salads seems to reveal how I would like some control in my life in a world where their is very little that one can control in the first place.

So readers this leaves me wondering should I continue my quest for a good butternut squash soup or pray I find an easy recipe online that puts Fresh and Easy to shame?

Redifing gender roles…

Alright so for the past couple days my mom has been sick which sucks since work has been kicking my butt as usual. But I have been trying to pull my weight around the house by helping with dishes or whatever I can reasonably do and still get enough sleep for work. The thing is our family really needed to go grocery shopping and my step bro said that he would not be able to do this because he had suddenly decided that he was writing a horror novel. Also, the one night he could have helped he was writing his “novel”. This same guy won’t help with dishes because of his skin issues. I think this irks because even when unemployed or working I have helped with dishes, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc. While, he decides now to become a writer so obviously he cannot be disturbed and my parents also said nothing when he spent his whole time playing league of legends.

I am just wondering if I have walked into a time machine into the 1950’s in which the boys plays games all days and the woman do all the house work on top of their own job. The weird thing is my dad who would be defined as a guys guy is participating in a Christmas cookie exchange and this is not a man who typically bakes and this would be seen as a typically female activity.  Also, my dad is making cookies with a packaged mix but its the thought that counts and he is the only man participating in this cookie exchange. This just makes me wonder when it comes to a man’s gender roles should men behave like my dad or more like my step brother?

Also, does he have to be one or the other can he both, I just think men like women need to be malleable about their gender roles in and outside of the household. For instance, I have a step dad who does the laundry, and the same step brother is obsessed with brand name cologne and making sure he wears lotion and I am pretty sure spends more time on his hair than I do.

In a world where the man are taking on the supposed “female/girly” activities, and women are becoming their own boss and taking over the world, where do one’s gender roles in society begin and end?