The Great Wait...

August 31, 2010

Hey all and happy Tuesday.  Just got back from the grocery store and just had it's time to watch my favorite afternoon TV shows -- even though they're all reruns.  Now, allow me to recap yesterday.

My mind is still reeling about my interview.  The day was perfect in every way: it was beautiful out, I drove into DC and found FOX5 easily, drove around for a parking spot but gave up so used a parking garage instead which happened to be nearby.  I left the parking garage and started walking, not sure where I was going, but a nice man showed me the way.  (I didn't think to look for the HUGE TV tower in the air.)  Anyway, I ended up getting there slightly early (good thing I left at 11:30am!) so I sat outside for a bit, then went in and told the nice security man who I was.  After waiting for the Assistant News Director, she showed me the studio, control room and newsroom where I then took a half hour writing test.  I had to arrange 5 AP wire stories in the order I'd put them in a show, then write them.  It didn't take me the full time, but I utilized the full 30 minutes to re-read and check over my work.  I was 100% ready to talk about my writing with her and explain why I put the stories in the order I did -- but I didn't have that chance.  When I was done, I was usherd over to the EP's office and we talked while he walked me out of the building.  Around 2:15 I was back at the parking garage.. hungry & thirsty... but rushing to get out before I was over 2 hours so I only had to pay $5.  haha. 

I believe it went well, but it went SO fast!  I talked to the Assistant News Director for a while -- bonded over being Steelers fans -- and I told her about my old job and all I learned.  I wish we could've talked longer, gone over my writing samples, more about the position, but she seemed very busy.  She said she'd be in touch this week!  We'll see what happens!  If I don't get it, I'll be bummed sure, but it was great experience -- and that just means the big man upstairs has something better in store for me.  :)

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." ~Unknown

Bring It On

August 30, 2010

"Forget the sky; there is no limit." ~Unknown

I found this quote on Twitter last night, and loved it.  So simple, yet says so much!  And it's just what I needed to see gearing up for today: my job interview at FOX5 in DC.  It's almost 6:30am and I'm wide awake which I'm none too happy about but I just couldn't sleep -- and didn't get much shut eye.  I went to bed last night and my mind just whirled about today, and my previous days working at Express that just make me want to scream.  I'm very much looking forward to this interview since I last talked to the news director there the beginning of July about coming for a visit.  I guess she was pretty busy because I heard from her last week and immediately set up an interview date. 

I'm excited to see what it's like at a much bigger TV market and hope I wow them.  This could be the beginning of the next chapter in my TV career life and I say bring it on!!!!!  There is no limit to what I, or anyone, can do.  If you want to take a totally different career path, you can.  If you want to quit that job and move to a new state on blind faith you'll find a job, you can.  It all just may take some time and tons of patience (which I thought I was all out of until now).

I learned SO much while I was producing at FOX43 just short of 2 years, and I feel that I am the best candidate for the job they have in mind for me at FOX5.  I'm ready to take my skills to the next level to eventually get to my ultimate dream of being on-air.  I don't think it's far fetched... certainly won't happen anytime soon, but I'm okay with that.  And who knows, maybe down the road that dream will fade and I'll conjure up a new one.  You never know!  That I can be sure of. 

All I know now, at 6:30am on this Monday, is that I want this job.  Not only do I need it to pay the bills and survive but I WANT it.  I want to get back into TV as much as the hours suck and the stress level makes you crazy at times.  So bring on the writing test and interrogation today; I'm ready!  Let's hope and pray I knock their socks off.... and leave them saying 'We need her!'

Of course I'll let all my (2) followers how it goes.  Until then, forget the sky... there is no limit!!! :)

Do I Look 18??

August 27, 2010

We'll get to that in a second... but I'm exhausted!  My first day at Express was last night from 5-close.  I was warned, but little did I know that translated into 5-midnight.  I read more literature on customer assistance, selling jeans jeans JEANS, (same stuff different store) was quizzed like high school from the manager on the floor, given a fitting room key and began helping customers with clothes, fitting rooms and go-backs. 

The thing I LOVE about retail: people who mosey in at the last minute you're open and look around like the clock stops for them.  Ok not really.  But I was nice in helping the old couple find jeans for their daughter.  After they left we closed up.. and so began cleaning the entire store.  Folding perfect folds, sizing, hanging each item correctly, everything in it's right place, finger hanging and more.  I suddenly began to remember why I dislike retail!  The store is big, and there were 3 of us to get it done.  I was stuck on the massive wall of jeans - folding and cleaning up the mess that customers left behind.  Midnight finally rolled around, and though we wern't done but the manager called it quits.  Phew!  That was a new experience for me.  When I worked at Gap - I never closed because of my full-time job at Fox. 

The only good thing was the people I worked with.  Though EVERYONE thought I was 18, and couldn't believe me when I told them I'm 25.... the third oldest there!  Harry is really nice and fairly new, and Dotchy.  She and I have SO much in common the more we talked.  It was really nice to start making friends!  We're already planning a night out with the boys (though they don't know it yet :)

Sleepless Night

August 26, 2010

Here it is, 11:50am and I just rolled out of bed.  Don't yell at me Mom and Dad!!! The thing is, I couldn't sleep at all last night.  I was sleeping soundly until about 2am when my eyes opened and didn't want to shut.  Matt was up and left at 6, and by that time I was into watching my 2nd hour of FOX5 Morning News.  Alittle after, I turned on Fox & Friends, watched over an hour of that then FINALLY fell asleep.  What is my problem?? 

All in all I got about 5 hours before and after being awake.  The only thing I can think of that could be the culprit is today: my first day at Express.  I haven't heard from them about my schedule then BAM! Matt and I are watching TV last night and I get the call.  "We have some openings on the schedule this week..." Enter Miss - Nice - Alissa - Who - Can - NEVER - Say - No.  Quite frankly I'd much rather start next week... actually I'd rather not work there at all!  I told the manager I can work tonight and Saturday (goodbye weekend).  Now, I'm finding myself wishing I didn't answer, politely decline or avoid it alltogether.  But that's not me.  I was so mad last night after the conversation and I think that's why I couldn't sleep.  I'm finding myself absolutely DREADING working in retail again, let alone starting tonight.  I feel that I don't have it in me to do that anymore, and I don't want to go to another job I don't enjoy doing.  Help!  There is light at the end of the tunnel.  Yesterday, as I was cleaning I got a call from the news director at FOX5 in DC.  Her voicemail said she wants me to come visit and thinks she has a position for me.  So, I go in Monday afternoon which cannot come soon enough.  Now I don't know what to do!  Do I quit Express in hopes of getting this job... or stick with it until I know for sure I can quit - thus leading Express on?  I did tell the Express manager this is a temporary thing until I find a job in my field.  I'm just not sure what to do!  I guess I could be patient and see how Monday's interview goes.  Let's hope I knock their socks off! :)

Express Orientation

August 24, 2010

Phew! Is it Friday yet?! This week has already been craaazy and it's... let me check my calendar... Tuesday!!!! ahhh!! 

Today I hit up the mall again... not to shop, but to experience my Express orientation.  Which --turns out-- was NOT express.  It began at noon, and I was happy to see 2 others with me, so I wasn't alone!  We watched 5 VHS tapes about the new clothing line, helping customers, the backroom and MUCH more.  Brain overload = headache.  After that, Kevin showed us allll about the backroom and the store.  We met some fellow associates and talked more.  After filling out tons of paperwork, asking more questions.... almost 3 hours... I left.  Tired!  It was really the same stuff I went through before I worked at Gap but I guess a refresher was good.  Honestly, I'm not very excited about working retail again.  And Express isn't quiiiite my style... I felt much more comfortable at Gap.  But hey, the manager told us today we can become a 'fashion expert' and that piqued my interest... A LOT.  I LOVE fashion, clothes and always follow it.  It's more pay he said, and there's lots more to be expected of you but I'd really like to do that.  Who knows!  Maybe I'll like this job, the people, fashion so much I'll decide to move up within the company.  Anything is possible. 

So, I'm going to try to see this as a positive new venture in my life.  It'll be a challenge everyday, but bring it on!  I found this quote recently and I love it:

"...And life is what we make it.  Always has been, always will be." ~ Anna Mary Robertson.

Weekend Recap

August 23, 2010

I'm back! I haven't been near a computer until today -- so forgive me for not blogging :)  It was another great weekend... filled with fun and some unexpected events!

Friday, Matt came home from work early!  What a nice surprise for me!  So, we relaxed for a bit then got prettied up and went out for a great dinner at the Melting Pot.  I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.  Great fondue, in a quiet romantic setting... oh and the food is delicious too!  Cheesy fondue for an appetizer, salad, meaty fondue dinner capped with a delicious chocolate fondue.  Heaven!!!  It was great to relax, eat, talk and explore the area a bit.  Afterwards, we anxiously awaited the new episode of Whale Wars on Discovery channel.  A highly recommended show.. the Sea Shepherds fight to stop Japanese from whaling.  It really makes you think, and gets you hooked (no pun intended).  (The episode was awesome,  I shall blog more about this later!)

This is me, dying to eat cheese fondue!! Mmmm

Saturday- after we woke up, we ate and relaxed (see a trend here??) then Matt wanted to head to the local Ford car dealership to see what he could get for his current Explorer.  (He's been hooked on a 2010 Explorer since we looked at them last week)  LONG story short, we headed over.... and 5 hours later came back with a 2010 Eddie Bauer Explorer!  Matt wheeled and dealed, wasn't sure, test drove 2... then decided to get it after the patient men threw in navigation for free!  It is a sharp car and Matt got a really good deal on it!

Matt's fully loaded 2010 Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition

After we drove off the lot with a new car, we headed home to Lancaster to see Matt's family and cats (and to surprise his parents lol)                                                                                                                         

Sunday, Matt, his mom and I went to the grocery store in the new car to get food for dinner.  Then, Matt and I picked up his friend Dom and went out to lunch.  Dom came back to Matt's house with us to hang out and eat a yummy dinner of hamburgers and corn on the cob!  It was delicious and really nice to spend time with friends and family.  Matt and I didn't get home to Silver Spring until almost 10:00 last night!! It was definitely another wonderful weekend.

Now for a Monday update:  want the good news or bad news first?  Good news is: I got a job!  Bad news is: it's in retail (AGAIN) and I have orientation tomorrow.  I'm about 50/50 on whether or not to be excited about this.  I went for an interview today at a much closer Express.  And while I didn't have to be asked the same questions again, I talked with the manager, told her my unemployment woes and that I need SOME type of job to get by.  What a coincidence!  She said she has an opening for someone who can work 30/40 hours a week/weekends (nooooo) and maybe looking to move up to manger eventually.  So after 5 minutes I accepted the job, after saying I am still looking in TV, and I go for orientation tomorrow at noon.  I'm happy to make some money, not happy because it's retail again.  SO tired of it and everything that I have to deal with.  I'm praying some kind of job in my field will come in the very near future, but for now I have no choice but to work at Express.  I like the store and can you say hellloooo discount! so those are positives.  We'll see how this goes!

Now I must go work on more laundry! Ciao!

Friday Fun

August 20, 2010

Happy Friiiiidayyyyy! Another week coming to a close, and I say bring on the weekend!!! This week has been exhausting for me.. job searching, interview, cooking/baking, getting frustrated....

Last night, Matt and I made dinner -- ranch chicken and noodles (which was delicious.)  Then after dinner we left the comfort of our apartment... and ended up at the closest mall in Bethesda!  After feeling down about unemployment, a little retail therapy never hurt any girl :)  It was an interesting area.  I noticed the "malls" around here are not really in 1 building which I'm not used to. So we went in Target, then into the mall which surprisingly had good stores!  We got Yankee Candles for the apartment and I got a pair of jeans from American Eagle.  It was nice to just get out of the apartment and explore the area a bit.  Today - it's back to more job searching & hoping someone wants me!  I'm a good worker, I swear!!  :)  Oh- and I have another interview at a much closer Express on Monday.  Fingers crossed it goes well so I can have at least a part time job and make SOME money. 

Just a couple more hours today and Matt will be home.  Tonight.... we're going out for a lovely dinner at the Melting Pot in Columbia! And what good timing, too.. it's our 5 month anniversary :) I am such a lucky girl!What am I going to wear?!...

This is a picture of Matt and I at Rehoboth Beach a few weeks ago.  Love you Hunnie :-D

Sorry, But I Can't Hear You Over This Sun Chips Bag

August 19, 2010

Taking a break from job searching, I'm watching The Daily Connection show on NBC this fine afternoon.  And they did a story on the new --and loud-- Sun Chips bags... that's "eating away" at consumers. (pun intended)  This is funny, because I feel the same way!  Matt and I share a love of Sunchips, and when I grabbed the bag I nearly jumped out of my skin it's so loud.  You poke it with one finger you awake your whole apartment complex/family/etc.  I felt like I would get in trouble for the amount of noise it made.  It's supposed to be 100% compostible, environmentally friendly and therefore green.  It's pretty funny to hear what people said on this show about them, joining Facebook groups and there are even Youtube videos. 
Case in point:  Sunchips Crinkle Bag
The reporter on the show went into a NYC subway with a noise meter.  The subway train was about 80 decibals, while the Sunchips bag was over 90!  Crazy.  The maker of Sunchips said they are working on fixing the problem.  Meanwhile, I'm hungry.  I think I need some Sun Chips.......

Interview Day

August 18, 2010

Ahhh Wednesday. 

It's been raining here a lot overnight and into the day as well, and man that makes me want to watch movies all day!  Unfortunately, today I had a JOB INTERVIEW! :o Now, don't get TOO excited... it was only at Express in the Towson Town Center Mall -- which is HUGE.  This mall has no end, and needs 4 levels to hold all the stores.  Every store you can want!

My interview was at 3pm and my punctual self arrived at approximately 12:30pm.  Yep!  You read that right.. I was two and a half hours early.. which I kiiinda did on purpose :) I did some shopping along the way and just on one level (there's that getting lost thing again).  I hit my favorite stores (Banana Republic, Gap) and felt lost in Forever 21... (there's SO many clothes and I get so overwhelmed I never buy anything there).

Before my interview I walked out to take my bags to the car, came back in and took a seat next to a nice old lady on a bench near Express.  Turns out she was with her son (?) I'm assuming who was maybe 40s/50s.  The man said 'I couldn't help but see you're looking at the directory, is this your first time here?' So that struck up a conversation about my life, what brought me to Silver Spring, my unemployment and job interview.  They were such nice people and the little old lady, while enjoying ice cream, said she'd pray for me and the interview.  'There ARE nice people in the world' I thought.  She asked my name, said it was beautiful and that I'd have no problem getting a job.  Awww shucks.

My interview was short.  Short, sweet, good experience but I'm pretty sure I didn't get a job.  Mainly because Towson is 45+ minutes away for me and I told the Manager (Kristin) that I really need a full time position to drive that distance.  She nicely said for sales associates there is only part time.  I told her about myself, answered the usual retail job questions and in 10 minutes it was over.  She said if I found an Express closer to me to let her know and she'd be more than happy to call there and get me in.  Hey I'll take what I can get!  Time to do some research........

A Lunch Date!

August 17, 2010

Day #2 of blogging and I find myself excited to sit down at my computer and share some of my life!  What can I say, I'm a writer at heart!

Anyways, today I was up early (as I am everyday) and got a call from my college friend Matt to meet for lunch today.  He works and lives with his wife and kids in Virginia, and he was my "big brother" at Clarion... it's nice to be closer to him!  So I showered, got ready, found directions online (SO nervous to find my way/drive in the craziness of the area) and left!  It was only about half an hour trip to Virginia and it went by quick.  I found Matt's company pretty easily (phew)... so after touring the place he and I went to lunch at Olive Garden with 2 of this coworkers.  It was fun!!  We discussed work, life and some Clarion memories all over unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks! :) YUM.  It was a really nice time to meet new people, catch up with an old friend and eat good food!  It made me think as I drove back to Silver Spring how I need to get out more.  I just job search/apply all day stopping for lunch, dinner with Matt.. not really taking any time out to explore this new area I'm in.. maybe meet new people!  So what am I waiting for?!

Well, truth is, I'm scared.  Of many things: being in a completely unfamiliar (not to mention HUGE) area with no one I know and, quite frankly, I don't want to get lost.  LOL  As weird as that is, those who know me well know I have NO sense of direction even in daylight.  Just ask my college friend Matt about my fiasco trying to find the Kennedy Center in DC for the John Legend Concert (amazing, by the way).  Call me silly, lazy.. etc but it's true (as much as I hate to admit it). 

I need to step out of my comfort zone and find cool places (which is everywhere in this area), try new things, and not be afraid to get lost.  It would make for a good story, anyway, right?  Starting now, I'm turning over a new leaf.  I'm going to explore the area including DC ( :-0) to see what I can find.  Certainly not everyday, but there's SO much to see and do!  While I'm here, I better take advantage of it!!  I'll let ya know how it goes, don't worry.  I'm sure there will be many funny stories to tell!!

Flying By The Seat Of My Pants!

August 16, 2010

Hello All!
Welcome to my blog!  It's something I've been wanting to do for a while now -- and just couldn't get it out of my head.  I have many thoughts, new-found websites and gadgets, quotes I love, songs I discover, things I want to do, and much more.  This is a way to write it all down for my sake, and for others to see what I see/feel/want to say.  There's no set design to this blog: I might not blog daily (though now I have all the time in the world), I might blog more than once a day.  I just may share some profound thoughts, or some silly antics you all know and love.  Hopefully I won't waste your time reading it.... So, read on!
As most of you know (if you are Facebook friends with me, you prob do) I recently moved to Silver Spring Maryland.  Well, it's been about a month already.  I did something I never thought I'd do, and at probably the worst economic time: I quit my job as a TV Producer at FOX43 and moved to MD with my boyfriend, Matt.  Talk about shocking... for me and my family as well.  I had been doing it just shy of 2 years, and those I know well know what a horrible time it was for me.  I was tired (11:30p-8:30a schedule should be illegal) and tired of working at such a negative place where moral was low and those in charge didn't know how to run the place (in the shortest description possible). 
Anywho, Matt got a great job with the government in DC so he moved to MD shortly after -- and I moved down a few weeks later (after living at his parent's house in Lancaster for a bit).  Didja get all that??  It's crazy, complicated, yet I feel it's for the best.  That job was wearing me down day by day, hour by hour and it was time to get out!  My stubborn self wanted to make sure I had a job before leaving -but- I couldn't find anything in time so I'm flying by the seat of my pants and experiencing the uneasiness of unemployment.  Ahhh! Scarrry, yet exciting.  What will my next job be?  Where at?  Doing what?  Which brings me to what I've been thinking and wondering since I've been in a new place: WHAT do I want to do?  I ask myself that daily, and haven't been able to come up with an answer.  I wrote my likes down, and things I don't want in a job as well.  In a fairy-tale land, I could have that job... but this is the real world Alissa!  'Get yourself together' I tell myself... you can't have it all.  After working in TV, I do like it.  I like making decisions (shocking, I know) being in charge of a newscast, writing and seeing my work come to life.  However, the hours suck and more than likely I won't have weekends off.  Do I suffer through that, and more, to work towards a career I can't get out of my head?  Or do I not give up finding that "dream job"?  Maybe on this journey.... I will answer my own question!

P.S.~ I promise my blogs will not all be like this :)