Thursday, March 29, 2007

Little updates

Well, for lack of a better picture, I figured I should probably put something up here. So here you go. This was actually from December. Kira was in charge of putting together a whole Christmas program for the ward and did a wonderful job. As you can see, she suckered me into doing something for it. I chose this picture because it's pretty much the most recent one we have of both of us and I look dang hot.
Anyway, enough about me... no wait, actually on to more about me. I had an interview on Monday with Kira's company. I was overqualified, but it was something that would have been good experience and I would have enjoyed it. As you can tell by all the past contrary-to-fact statements, I did not get the job. Luckily, I had already gotten another interview set up with another company for Friday. It's with a preschool for low-income families, which would also be good experience for child clinical psychology.
Today, I actually just got back from filling out an application for another preschool. I think that will go well. I'm a nursery leader, have four younger siblings, four nephews close by, etc., so it should look pretty good. They also asked if I have any special skills that would be relevant to teaching the children and gave examples like music, languages, or storytelling. Well, let me tell you... So I wrote that I'm fluent in German, play guitar, horn and a little trombone still, and I told them all about my nephew Brayden and his love of my stories. For those of you who don't know, Brayden lives in Draper and will be 5 in a couple of weeks. Every time I'm up there, he hounds me for story after story. He'll make his specifications; "I want transformers with goblins and Spiderman." And so I make them up, on the spot. So anyway, I think that's relevant experience with storytelling. You tell me. So we'll see how that all goes.
In other news, we've enjoyed having Keely around this week. Tonight will be her last night with us and we're very distraught. She's been a nice excuse to party a little bit on weekdays.
For those of you in Colorado Springs, we're coming out there in mid May for Keely's graduation, so keep your eyes open.
-Eli
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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Jobs, no jobs, and other jobs...

Well, I would love to tell you that I got the job. But alas, it was not to be. I didn't hear from them on Monday and when Tuesday afternoon rolled around, I really got wondering what the deal was. I ventured to call them and just ask if they were still interviewing or when I could expect to hear from them. They informed me that they just offered the position to a current employee. So, of course, none of us had a chance in the first place. Why they made me come up there for two interviews, I'll never know. It sort of sounded like a last-minute deal with the current employee; like he or she was late in applying or something. Anyway, as you can imagine that has had me quite bummed out for the last couple of days. Luckily, on Wednesday a few more possibilities opened up at Kira's company, so now is where I work on getting my hopes up again. Stay tuned.
In an effort to keep myself busy and my mind off of depressing thoughts, I've gone swimming twice this week already and today I did some major Spring cleaning, including ridding our porch of some ancient cobwebs and even cleaning the toilet. I know, I'm amazing.
This is partly in preparation for the arrival of Keely, Kira's youngest sister, who will be joining us for a few days next week on her Spring Break. We're both excited to have her come. Kira's mom is also coming out (her flight arrives in a few minutes) but she'll be spending most of her time with Kira's eldest sister, Cassidee, helping with her infant twin boys and older two boys. No, I don't blame her either.
In other news, we finally found a place to live! A few days ago, a good friend and neighbor of ours, Tiffany, dropped in and we explained our house-hunting woes to her. She mentioned a place across the street where some members of our ward live and so we checked it out. It is exactly the same floor plan and dimensions as our current place, it's in the ward, but it has a dishwasher and washer/dryer hookups. All that and it's only $20 more a month! The carpet needs a little work, but the owner assures us it will look much better after a cleaning. We'll hold her to that. I'm going over today to sign a contract for us to move in in August.
More soon to come!
-Eli

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Assorted News

Well, I suppose the biggest news of this week is that I had a second interview for that one job. I think it went very well overall. It involved a few more in-depth questions and a role-play. That was the hardest part, but I think I did just fine considering I am not a social work major. I find out tomorrow how it went. I feel like I'm at least among the top runners. What I don't like about the whole thing is that there are several other applicants. I'll let you know.
In other news, we've been feeling a little more pressure to find a new place to live. The landlady called on Thursday asking what our plans are and gave us another week to decide whether or not we are going to renew our contract. Again, we like our place, but really want a washer and dryer and a dishwasher (all this is in an earlier post). So we got looking around some more and saw some places that we still didn't really like. The more we looked, the more we liked our place now. That is, until Friday. I saw a listing online much like the others, but when we went to see it, it was exactly the kind of place we wanted. Washer and dryer in a separate room (not in the kitchen or bathroom), newly renovated, lots of space, etc. The only reason we did not sign up right then and there is that it is pushing our price range just a little. Well, and we also love our current ward. We looked at a couple of other places and to make a long story short, we are waiting to hear about some possible vacancies elsewhere before deciding. We will probably decide Monday.
One thing of which I'm quite proud is that, on Tuesday this week, Jesse and I went swimming at BYU's pool and I decided I was going to learn how to dive finally. I know - I'm 25 for crying out loud! That's why I was so sick of not knowing how. So I did it after some coaxing: first off the side of the deep end, and then later off the diving board. I was feeling very adventurous and so I tried it off of the high-dive at the end of the night after standing there for a good 10 minutes looking down into the blue abyss. I survived, but with less-than-encouraging results. However, I was determined to get it right the next time. So on Saturday, Kira came with Jesse and me and we all swam and I got to the point where I was no longer afraid of the high-dive and diving off of it. Next time, the 15-foot platform!
Not much new with Kira's job. The weather has been beautiful here in Provo and we're trying to enjoy it while we can.
I won't talk about the cougars game in the NCAA tournament lest I say things I will surely regret and this entry will never end.
I'm going to try to find more interesting pictures to post along with all my blabbing, so stay tuned. Fascinating news to come in the near future.
-Eli

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sick as a dog. Well, a sick dog.

Mostly an uneventful Monday for both Kira and me. Tuesday I went about my usual routine which includes volunteering at the Training Resource Center at the MTC. I act as an investigator while missionaries teach me in German and I respond in German. Anyway, during the appointments I realized my throat felt unusually dry. I got some water later and still, it felt dry.
My suspicions turned into panic after I swam for a while and my throat felt worse yet and I could tell it was going to be quite a cold.
I slept for maybe a total of 20 minutes that night. I felt very tired, but my brain decided it had to do a whole lot of thinking about some things that were not remotely interesting, and at the time I felt like they were really important to decide, such as what song I would sing if I were to audition for American Idol (no, I have no intention of auditioning, but my brain thought I should get it decided anyway). I got up Wednesday morning feeling terrible. Even worse was that I had a job interview for Thursday.
I went to bed especially early that night, hoping to rest up for my 10am interview. Nice try anyway. I ended up with about 40 minutes of sleep that night. Even though I took some medication to help clear me up, I still was smitten with sleep apnea in its worst form.
I felt absolutely horrible Thursday morning, but I didn't think they would reschedule my interview, so I went. I drove the half-hour-or-so to American Fork and interviewed. That was an experience.
It was raining, and I didn't see the building right there, so I got out and started walking a bit. I'd gotten pretty far in and still did not find it anywhere, so I asked someone where the Oakridge Bldg. was and it was on the other side of the campus. I decided to keep at it on foot, and still made it through the rain with 3 minutes to spare.
The interview could not really have gone much worse. My nose was constantly leaking, and I sounded horrid. I answered the questions pretty well, I think. But then they got to this chart and said it was for an IAS and I should make my assessment of the situation and give a recommendation (several other questions seemed like they were intended for current employees as well). I asked what IAS stood for and they told me they were not allowed to answer any questions I had.
Weird.
So I did my best, then one of the final questions was "How would you get your team to comply with Title XIX?"
I had no idea what that was or that I should know what that was, so I told them and we left it at that.
Needless to say, I did not make it to the second round of interviews. But about 5 minutes into the interview, it became apparent that it was not the type of thing I wanted to be doing anyway. It was working with individuals with mental retardation and developmental disorders, which is fine, but the work would have very little to do with psychology other than just being around them.
Traffic coming home was stop-and-go most of the way, so it took me extra long. When I finally made it, I changed my clothes and then got a phone call from another place to which I had just given my resume. It was a position in which I was much more interested, and we set up an interview for the next day.
I slept a full 8 hours that night and felt next to incredible Friday morning. The interview there went much better and they said they would let me know about second interviews next week. 5 hours after I left, they called me back to set up a second interview. So I am very hopeful and it would be a much better place to work. Keep your fingers crossed!
That's about it for me. Kira spent Thursday and Friday in Salt Lake City at a conference on anxiety disorders. She enjoyed getting out of the office and spending the time with her coworkers and eating out. The conference was mostly pretty good, but she nodded off a couple of times.
Thanks for reading and we'll keep you updated.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Same old same old

You'd be surprised just how un-different this week was from the rest of them. Now, if you're still reading this after an opening like that, here's a brief lowdown of what happened...
I got a couple of job leads this week, including one at a preschool for low-income families, so that would be pretty cool; not exactly what I want, but good experience anyway.
The other one would be pretty good, but Kira isn't sure she'd let me work the hours it requires. So I've been working more and more on writing, and now I'm at approximately 166 novel-sized pages, a little over halfway done by my estimate.
Other than that, I've been keeping busy taking care of Kira; doing dishes, cooking meals, cleaning house, and all that jazz. I've also continued volunteering at the MTC, helping the missionaries practice their German.
The other big highlight is that our cougars redeemed themselves by defeating the falcons on their own court, putting an end to their home game winning streak, and then they went on to humiliate the Utes on Saturday. BYU has now officially won the Mountain West Conference.
Things should be getting more exciting here in a couple more weeks, so stay tuned, and we'll keep you posted.