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Monday, November 30, 2009

Mission employment: complete

My first day of work after a nearly two month drought was a shock to my system.
No CSI Miami at 9 a.m.! (or at 3 p.m. for that matter) However, for gainful employment, I suppose that is a sacrifice I am willing to do... besides, I can watch episodes online.

I got a taste of what my new job will be like, and I like it! It seems like there won't be much downtime, which is great, because I hate being bored at work.
Another upside is that I will be in training for the next week or so; much better than other positions I've held where the training consisted of pointing to my computer and telling me 'Good luck!'

Since today is Cyber Monday, I got a great deal on two pairs of shoes.
Take a look:

via DSW

I'm getting them in grey (pictured) and black. I was seriously considering getting the muted pink, but decided (at the last minute, mind you) to go with more professional colors.
Man... I can't wait until they arrive; I'm practically drooling in anticipation!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shoe porn

I love these!
They're feminine, quirky and cute!

A rose for Rose, of course!

Cute and full of kitch; who can resist?

I love the soft, suede look of these. They have an air of Victorian era class.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pansy cats

To update: Murmur and Leon are doing just fine.
Leon has been prancing about the house, claiming which chair is his and charming everyone with his handsome face.
Murmur, however, is a bit of a scaredy-cat and hides under my bed unless I'm in the room or she hears my voice. She's warming up to my mum and sister, however, my dad's voice is a bit deep for her.

We (Mum and I) took them to the vet today. They received full healthy marks, flea preventative meds and are up to date on their shots.
Sadly, I will be heading back to my apartment tomorrow and won't see my furry babies until  the next time I visit, which will probably be for Christmas. I'll try my best not to cry... however, I'm a little bit of a crybaby.

And by 'a little bit,' I clearly mean I'm a huge crybaby.

However, I am relieved that they will be safe and happy.
I suppose I can deprive myself of my free and fuzzy bedwarmers for their sake.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Many thanks to Cat Party for alerting me to a beautiful new film titled Cracks.
Cracks is set in a 1930s all-girls boarding school. Not only does the story look intriguing, but it is set in a time that houses a fashion era I adore.
I can't wait!

Watch the HD trailer:

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Turkey Day to my fellow U.S. readers!

While enjoying a bounty of good food, here are some very cute and snuggly cowlneck sweaters.

I love the classy yet sweet look of these.

Against all better judgement, I watched a video of live birth.
This was my response.

When in junior high school, my sex ed class watched a video of live birth.
And people wonder why I don't want to get pregnant, ever.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Speaking of jersey dresses...

Holy crap! I love this one!
Look at the style, the detailing. It was love at first sight.
I'm not too crazy about the color, but I'm willing to oversee that. Some mustard and brown Oxford heels would be adorable with this.

Imagine sauntering into a room wearing this little number.
I'm loving the purple; the black seems to expected and predictable for a dress like this.
As is, the dress doesn't need a necklace to pair with, but silver chandeliers would be lovely.
Silky, silky, silky!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Right, after yesterday's gratuitous amounts of color and trite, I feel I must type a slightly more serious post.

I'll be taking my cats to stay with my parents for a few months, until I can get my hands on a place that doesn't frown upon my fuzzy children.
Not sure how they're (the cats) going to react to the move, but it is for the best. And a bit worried about the drive up; it's a 90+ minute drive to my parents place. The longest amount of time either have been in the car has been 15 minutes... if even that.

After receiving an offer for employment and ensuring my cats' comfort and safety, I can honestly say that I'm looking toward a future that's a lot brighter than it used to be:

I see myself moving into a pet-friendly place by April and once again living with my babies.
I see myself finishing the GRE and Praxis II and starting grad school in the Fall.
I see myself stable and happy and loved... a little less poor and a few pounds lighter. hah!

As I'm getting things ready to transport the kitties, I started getting flustered this morning.
That is, until I made a list.
Making lists doesn't make you OCD, does it?

Loving this little BCBG Max Azria tuxedo jersey dress.
I generally have a thing for jersey dresses; the drape, the feeling, the floaty-ness. But the cute detailing gives this dress a classic look.
I would wear this at any holiday party as well as any day I want to have a very dressy day.
Pair these with some sapphire jewelry and some strappy, jeweled heels and you're ready to go!

P.S. is it wrong that one of the main things I'm excited about, as far as working at a bank, is the bank holidays?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gratuitous amounts

I was offered a bank teller position this morning... thus ending the employment drought!
To celebrate, here is gratuitous amounts of candy.

I LOVE these fruit slices. These slices are my favorite candies.

Adorable and tasty cupcakes are also in order.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


The Secret of NIMN was on today.
I love this movie; it's one of those great, childhood nostalgia movies that you don't see nowadays.

Beautiful art, deep story and excitement.
Nowadays, CGI reigns... but to me, art from The Secret of NIMN and the first Land Before Time will always be the best.

I heart Marilyn

I adore Marilyn Monroe. I always have since I watched "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," the first movies of hers I watched.
Beautiful, sweet, innocent and unassuming... yet, still able to plot murder, dance with diamonds and steal a scene in a heartbeat.

I only hope to look as good as her in a bathing suit.

Recently, I learned that Marilyn might have had PCOS, which would have led to her many miscarriages, deep depression and mood disorder.
So, not only do I adore her, but we have things in common.

Sadly, what we have in common isn't a smoking bod..... though I'm working on it. hah

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Deep and scary insight

Today's post is a down post, with brutal honesty. Visit the Rose Happiness Project for happy stuff today.

Yesterday was spent researching various things... one being surgeries regarding polycystic ovarian syndrome.
And one thing stuck out: the reason the majority of people complaining about having PCOS is because they want babies.
Infertility is the first thing on their minds.

However, the first thing on my mind is relief:
from hirutism... and the embarrassment it brings;
from mind-numbing depression... and my constant battle with it;
from doctor visits... and from ever having to hear "There's nothing was can do for you." again;
from lurking fear... as diabetes, high blood pressure, endometrial cancer, strokes and miscarriage (if I decide to have kids) hide around the corner.

And the greatest fear of all: that my mood disorder will destroy me and those I love.

I just want a normal life.


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Don't mind this post. It's for a bloglovin' widget thinger. Anywho, until I post today's blog post, enjoy this video. I'm so peaceful and sleepy right now.....

Glowing Jellyfish from Adam Sowka on Vimeo.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My so-called quarterlife crisis

Where am I going? What am I doing?

I would definitely say that I'm going through my quarterlife crisis: I have no job, no significant other, an incurable illness and borderline personality or similar mental disorder.

It was a battle just to get myself off the couch and out of the apartment. I had mental battles with myself from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. fighting for and against the logic of having to go to the bank and post office.
The scary thing about this is that it's not just a once-in-a-while occurrence. My amount of lethargy amazes me sometimes.
Once I get up and go, I'm alright for a while. But it's the getting up that comes off as a lot of effort.

I'm going through my quarterlife crisis... and I'm ok with that.
Because if I'm going through it now, I won't have to go through it later.... or something like that.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Here's an awkward little tidbit from my youth:

One day while in junior high school, I wrote a love note, folded it into the shape of a heart and got up the courage to walk over to my crush. 
About half way to his desk, I shoved the note in my mouth, waved at him and ran back to my desk. 

I'm pretty sure he now has dreams about the awkward girl that ate paper.

Friends are the best

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Autumn blues

I may have reached a new level of oddity.
For some reason, I entertain thoughts that the little messages I send along with the books, movies and jewelry I'm selling, with somehow spark some interest in the buyers and we'll become penpals.

The holidays are coming up.
And many face this time with not only holiday cheer, but with holiday dread.
The holidays are a time for family, togetherness, presents, love and good food.

Fellow singles feel awkward enough and what isn't helping is the mounds of books titled 'Get Him to Propose by Christmas' and similar.
How am I supposed to get him to propose if there is no 'him' to begin with?

Though Autumn is my favorite season, I also fear it. With Autumn comes shorter days and earlier bed times. Crisp, chilly nights during which I could be snuggled up next to someone yet I find only plushies in my embrace.

I'm feeling pretty low and worthless... and then I see something like this:
And start feeling a little better.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The food stamps interview, mentioned in yesterday's post, was awful.
If anyone has ever spun horror stories of social service places for you, I'm pretty sure each and every one of those creepy, disgusting, annoying and degrading cliches were playing out at some point in time in that building.
And mind you, this was just from the workers. My fellow poor brethren gave me no trouble at all.

On a completely different side of today's coin: I was called twice today about the teller position and I have a good feeling that once my background check and drug test come back, I will be offered the position and can kiss unemployment goodbye.
Also, my doctor said that despite my elevated blood pressure (which is completely understandable given the current situation) that I'm doing fine and have not been negatively affected by my new medication.
By the way, I've lost 10 pounds!

Here's a nugget of pure comedic gold between a friend and I: (grammar and such have been fixed except when done on purpose for super comedy goodness)

Disclaimer: These are my opinions. You don't have to agree with me. But you've got to admit, it really makes you think.

Speaking about Sarah Palin:

Mr. Cheese: you know who's cool
Me: bears?
Mr. Cheese: Sarah Palin
she's so cool
Me: >_>
Mr. Cheese: o_o
Me: wtf
i don't...
son, i am disappoint
Mr. Cheese: i'm not sure what you mean
Me: that woman is a walking sack of lies, bat shit insanity, contradictions and redneck trash
Mr. Cheese: lol
Hillary shouldn't whine about her political attacks "fair or unfair, it does herself a disservice"
Sarah Palin
2012 president
Me: >_<
Mr. Cheese: the thought is scary, isn't it
Me: yes
i threatened that if she was ever elected, i would go into a random town and proceed to drop kick everyone i saw until 1) i died from exhaustion or 2) she was impeached, simply disappeared or imploded

Speaking about politics:
Mr. Cheese: People expect a president to instantly solve all problems
that's why people switch sides all the time
Me: yeah 
there should be a 'magician' or 'genie' party
then things would REALLY get taken care of around here

Monday, November 16, 2009


Run for the hills, the hormones are raging again!
That's right, pity parties and sob fests galore...

Ok, so I'm over exaggerating a bit. I haven't been dissolving in a puddle of my own misery or flooding the town with my tears.
I've only been a bit weepy, so I'm off to a good start for the week.
And a better start to the week is the interview for a bank teller position I attended today. The interviewer stressed that they needed to hire someone this week. So either way, I expect to hear something by Friday.

And the best start to the week is a night of cheese, wine and good friends that I'll be attending tonight.
Though, I can't stay up too late, I have a food stamps interview to attend tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday, my way

A great relaxing day with Erin and her pup, Lucy; watching neat shows, making a mess of (and cleaning up) her kitchen and all around taking it easy and enjoying the day.
Except the part with the smoke detector... that was crazy.

Also, I think I'm getting WAY too into these silly little facebook games. lol

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Twinkle toes: blue

Today was a great day: hung out with Erin, whom bought me my first pedicure, had lunch and then took a trip to Gulfport to hit up the outlet mall and peruse the deals.
Got a lot of Christmas shopping done, got a lovely dress, got a birthday present for Mum, trying a new Mexican restaurant and am now sporting baby blue toes!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Look to your assets

Saw my cats last night. Was hella happy about that... and Leon was too! He stood up and stretched his full length next to me to get to my face and for extra head rubs.
He and Murmur are getting along much better now: they were sharing a chair!

Looked over Manon's new illustration project, which is turning out pretty neat. He is altering an old science book to make it more sci-fi with a Dick and Jane style.
I've thought of altering books before. But the thought of defacing books, be it in a creative way, always felt like a crime to me.
Need to get over that if I ever want to get around to making one up.

While looking through job listings, I came across a posting for an architectural designer:

Architectural Designer will work as a Sales Professional to call on Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Homes and Personal Care Homes, to Sale their services as a Remodeling Architectrual Designer to ass on to their existing facility. Will work with our Nursing Home, Assisted Living Home and Personal Care Home Business Mortgage Loan Origination Sales Team. 

Not sure I'm qualified for this position. I don't believe I have the assets they require.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A day in Poortown

Filled out an application for Food Stamps today, however, they'll need to interview me before they accept.
Nothing to be nervous about; this is one interview I'll ace because of my 'Poory McPoor-poor in Poortown with no job' status.

I interviewed at one of the local hospitals last week. The interviewer said I would hear from them early this week if they want to schedule a second/final interview. Well, considering that it's now the end of this week, I don't think they want to call me back in.
Despite that, I called the interviewer to ask of the status, leaving a message on her voicemail. She hasn't called back.

Went grocery shopping and cleaned a bit. Cleaned out a bin of old papers and school effects; it felt good to go through that stuff. The bin is now half full and hopefully I can condense more bins down.

Hope to do something creative tonight or tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No news day

Happy Veterans' Day to all! Especially my parents.
Nothing new or special going on today.
Really sleepy though.... zzzzz....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Candy for breakfast?

Whoa, almost didn't make it to posting today's post.
Nothing particular happened today.
Went to an unemployment orientation for special displaced workers this morning, which was alright. I sat and listened to a guy lecture on some of the best things to do when going to an interview, i.e. smile, give a good impression. They also added my name and resume information into their database (which I thought they already had).
Sold some books and watched some CSI Miami.
Much of the same planned for tomorrow... however, I hope to hear from someone job-related soon.

I'm craving some Reese's cereal right now. Yum.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Froggy greetings

Was greeted by a cute, little frog after returning to town. Quite the homecoming welcome.

Received a lot of information on scholarships to apply for on my quest to become a higher learning educator. In fact, I'm pretty overwhelmed by the amount I was given.

Is it bad that I'm not bored of watching that clip where one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey tries to flip a table?

Sunday, November 8, 2009


I love when people are supposed to help you, but their remedy comes in the form of telling you to do exactly what you told them you've already done. It leads to interesting thoughts on whether or not people listen, or for my following example, read what people say.
I'm trying to figure out my Livestream Procaster (the thing that lets me stream videos and things from my desktop), yet I'm having issues with Flash.... at least with this.
I've downloaded the most recent version of Flash many times, yet still Procaster isn't working the way it should.
The e-mail I sent to Livestream's troubleshooting info area looked something like this:

I'm having problems with the Chat function in Procaster. When I click on the Chat tab, the screen is white and says "Please install Flash." I have installed Flash several times, but the Procaster tabs are still saying the same thing.
Thanks in advance.

The reply was:

Hello Rose,

Thank you for contacting us.  If you can, please go to your Internet Explorer, and download the latest version of flash to your computer.  This should help correct the problems you may be experiencing in trying to use chat with procaster.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
Cory Frans

So, I wrote back:

Thanks for replying. I have downloaded Flash again, as you have suggested, and I am still getting the same 'Please install Flash' message under the chat, promote and player tabs.
Could this problem be related to Vista?


I haven't heard anything back in a week.

Ok, so that's not a really good example of what I'm trying to say, but it was the first thing that came to mind.... and I had evidence.
But seriously, I do wonder how much people are hearing (acknowledging that someone is talking) versus listening (knowing what someone is talking about). 
I like to think that I listen to what my friends and family are saying.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Rose was born

Twenty-eight years ago, I was born in a military hospital in Delaware... and the world was never the same. LOL

Today was pretty fun: went to the zoo close to my parents' place and had a great time with my mum; my dad cooked a delicious meal of buttery, silky sea bass; received cards, many birthday wishes, money, a hat, a scarf and a homemade strawberry pie.
Animal Planet is showing back-to-back episodes of Cats 101, so the front room is filled with "AWWWWW!!!" and "How cute!" and  "I want them all!"

And it doesn't stop there, a few friends want to continue the birthday celebrations to next week. I'm not going to disagree!

I want to thank everyone for their gifts and well wishes.
I love you guys!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Poory poor-poor from Poortown

For those of you that are curious as to whatever happened to Rose's plans to get her master's, teach english and travel abroad, fear not!
Those plans never disappeared, but merely pushed back due to insufficient funds and lack of GRE confidence.
I have always planned to buckle down and take the Praxis II English and GRE; just need to save up $230 to take them.
Anyone up for donating to Rose's continuing education fund?

Tomorrow's my birthday: I'll turn 28 at 8:14 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
But more about my birth tomorrow.... here's something that I giggled about today:

I took the RealAge test on a whim and came up with the above figure. Through actions like health choices and everyday practices, my real age and calendar age are the same!
Corny, I know. But it amused me none the less.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I heart Horatio

There's been a few constants that have gotten me through tough times.
Good friends, good family, good food, good video games and good shows, one being CSI Miami. There's something about the show where it seemed to pop up on TV when I was having a tough time staying calm. Some of the episodes have made me think versus just sitting back and going with the flow. Thinking that took my mind off of what was going on around me.

Also, I have a crush on Horatio Caine. It has to be the red hair.

Speaking of media, since I was the sixteenth person to use the Demand It feature to support Paranormal Activity, my name will be featured in the end credits of the DVD and BluRay versions.
I'm famous! LOL

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Piggy's revenge

As of right now, I have no plans to get flu vaccinations, be they swine flu or other.
I've never gotten a flu vaccination, at least as far as I can remember, and I've never had the flu... again, at least as far as I can remember.
To be honest, I'm not really worried about it: not only has my on going non-flu status affected my decision, but also my current poor-as-dirt status gives an easy answer.
However, while I'm not going to get my shot, I'm not against others getting theirs. Especially those that really need to be vaccinated.

Put in an application to work at the DEA office in Jackson. Pretty excited!

P.S. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air brings back hard-core nostalgia.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I was called in for a first interview today as a recruiting assistant at one of the local hospitals.
Had a good feeling about it; wasn't really nervous at all. Which has been pretty much my attitude in the past few years when ever I was going for a position. Being nervous just makes me ill, so what's the point in it?
The worst thing that will happen is that I'll never heard from them and, months down the line, assume that I didn't get the job.

Which brings me to a really good point: not hearing any word back from interviewers.
Where's the common decency to call/e-mail someone to let them know that they didn't get the position?
A financial company I recently applied for online sent an e-mail saying something to the effect of: Thanks for your interest in our company. Unfortunately, we have decided to persue other candidates who more closely match the qualifications for this position.
And I was completely ok with that! They had the decency to let me know, so that I'm not sitting around wondering about it.

Back to the possible hospital job: the interviewer said I should hear something by early next week.
Keep those fingers crossed!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Not so easy...

Getting a deferment for student loans is no easy task: long waiting times, stacks of forms to print and lots and lots of text, tiny print and disclaimers to read over.
*sigh* Not my idea of a fun time, but it must be done.

Hell, the past few months haven't been my idea of a fun time. If I could rearrange and change a lot of things from July to October, I would be so much better. In fact, I need to work on that time travel machine so I can beat some sense into people.

I said this little line today to a friend who was having a hard time with college classes:
Just stick with it, the hard times are here for a reason. To test us I guess, to see if we really want something and if we really deserve it.

Perhaps, I should take my own advice.
Although, the problem is... I did stick with it, I really did want it... he, however, did not.

Ina Garten is tempting me to make vichyssoise. Yum!
Oh, food photography... how you make my stomach do flips of anticipation.

Edit: One of my student loan providers said that they don't offer deferments for unemployment. Really? That's ridiculous!
The customer service guy offered a forbearance at a $50 up-front-fee. Huh... no.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

St. Rose of Dover, our Lady of Crazypants

October has been a rough month and I'm glad to see it go.
Not only is November my birth month, it's also a month that has been pretty good to me.
Here's to hoping that my November luck continues.

Today is All Saints' Day, so I wore my medallion of St. Martin de Porres, patron saint of mixed-race people.
I would love a medallion of St. Rose of Lima, my name saint.

And before you guys ask, I'm not Catholic. My mum is and I like the idea of saints and art of saints.
I'm not really religious, I agree and disagree with bits and pieces of many religions. I have morals and beliefs, I don't need to put a name to it.

On another note, I'm participating in National Blog Posting Month.
Here's to hoping I can stick with it. ::crosses fingers::