you know the economy is bad when…
27 August 2009, 1:12 pm
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…law firms are feeling it too. It is a good time to be at the top of your class. G is in the midst of the callback interview process for next-summer internships, which means day-long interviews, a lot of time spent in a suit, and flying and dining on the firm’s dime (one of the many, many differences between the architecture and law professions- but that’s for another post).

In other economic news, my dad was laid off this week after 39 years with the same company- only a few years before retirement- and major cuts are happening at my former Boston firm, too.

Ugh. Isn’t it about time the economy turned itself around?


1/2 + 1/2 = ?
9 January 2009, 5:29 pm
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Two part time jobs. One of which will most likely (knocking furiously on wood) turn into a full time position in February. However, in light of the times, I remain cautiously optimistic. You just never know in this economy. But for now, hooray!

happy new year
6 January 2009, 9:09 am
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I’m a little behind, I know. Getting back to LA late on New Year’s Eve + going to the Rose Bowl on the 1st delayed my acceptance of the new year. We made pork + sauerkraut (a lucky pa dutch new years day tradition) on Saturday, and I got the 365 photo project going too. Hopefully by the end of the year I will have graduated to (read: afforded) a DSLR.  Shana and I are also thinking about a diptych collaboration.

Also, I got some good news about a part time job (on an as-need basis) with the understanding that I will continue to search and interview for something more permanent. Can’t complain about that. More importantly, the apartment now has heat (no more 5 layers and being excited about the oven at dinnertime!), and we scored some more free street furniture. Seriously, WeHo is incredible like that. I choose my running streets wisely. Who needs a gym when you can haul furniture home?

pennsylvania bound
17 December 2008, 12:58 am
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Well, 2008 is drawing to a close.

I somehow feel like I’m going home to PA tomorrow in defeat.  I was really hoping something would come of my interview yesterday.  I tried not to psych myself up too much. But something felt different- big firm, work in a variety of market sectors, an excellent word put in for me- and I managed to get excited anyway.

So when I heard the oh-so-familiar “we aren’t actively hiring” prefacing the interview, I was crushed. Why can’t firms tell you this before you schlep yourself and your A-game in there?  I feel awful for the people that travel much longer distances to these places just to hear that Firm X is only scouting for some day in the distant future when another project comes along. Hopefully 2009 will bring better days.

In the meantime, I have been busy making things for friends and family, doing my best to challenge myself, and am generally enjoying life outside of the professional world.  It’s funny, this is the other half to my previously unbalanced life, but life as a whole is still unbalanced.

I can’t complain. I’m doing my best to take it all in stride, and look at the bigger picture. I mean, at what other point could I take a two week hiatus to snowy Pennsylvania, right? Ha.

which came first?
20 November 2008, 1:00 pm
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in the meantime…
19 November 2008, 1:40 pm
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If these interviews don’t pan out, let’s face it, I need another job.  So to keep it fun, I’m taking a poll and/or suggestions on what would be most enjoyable. Here is a start:

  • Coffeeshop barista
  • Whole Foods guru
  • Pizza maker
  • Bookstore extraordinaire
  • Hardware store hammerhead
  • Papyrus paperite
  • Aspiring actor (which would mean I would have one of these other jobs)
  • Wedding invitation designer
  • AutoCAD consultant
  • Dog walker
  • Beer brewer

I really just need this.