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    Tuesday
    Sep132005

    The Other Side of the Hill

    A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor ~Victor Hugo

    A little mid day thought for you all….

    A chocolate fountain is needed ASAP, but this is a daily thought.

    I’m tempted to go to the Hart SOB because Fred Thompson is there. I’m not concerned with the fact that he’s a Republican, but he’s on FREAKING LAW AND ORDER! Holy shit, Law and Order people. John Roberts who??? Fred Thompson, he knows Dick Wolf-this means that Fred Thompson knows a genius.

    I’m tempted to do the Peace Corps and/or Teach for America, but not until 2009, so I have time. But if you’ve done either, drop me a line.

    Ted Kennedy is awesome.

    I’m still thinking about the connections that Fred Thompson has, which includes Jesse L. Martin (even though they’re not on the same Law and Order, I’m sure they know each other).

    I love a little mid day writing, it keeps my mind working. Seriously I think one day it may stop.

    I’ve just discovered Amalah. Holy shit, what have I been missing.

    Fred Thompson…Fred freaking Thompson.

    I've decided that once a month I'm treating myself to a nice meal at a nice restaurant that's not Chipotle or Potbelly. This month it's IndeBleu, next month brunch for my birthday at Georgia Brown's.

    George Bush's approval rating is at an all time low. I'm smiling.

    My coworker got an ipod nano. It's the coolest thing ever. Or at least the coolest thing today.

    Monday
    Sep122005

    The Real World Blues

    “A mistake which is commonly made about neurotics is to suppose that they are interesting. It is not interesting to be always unhappy, engrossing with oneself, malignant and ungrateful, and never quite in touch with reality”.- Cyril Connolly

    The worst feeling in the world, besides grief I suppose, is being made to feel inferior or even stupid and idiotic. Like you are quite possibly the most incompetent person one could ever lay eyes on. At least this is how I feel today.

    Incompetent and like my sole purpose in life is to be shit on by other people who believe themselves to be infallible. And yes, I’m pissed. And I don’t want to be told that having others make me feel this way is either a) part of the territory; b) normal; or c) something that I just need to “get over”.

    I’m thisclose to just saying fuck it to everything. To being thrown into the lion’s den of being adult and to people assuming that I have ESP. It’s like people-parents, friends, whomever-feels that they can just snap their fingers and suddenly this will happen. That’s not how the world works and why should I be treated that way?

    Maybe I should get over it (my God I am contradictory) as it will not be changing anytime soon. And people get frustrated and feel the need to play the blame game when it is something that is out of their control. That’s what it is, right now I’m still in pergatory and I feel like everything is out of my control. I doubt those around me walk around saying “hmmm, how can we make Heather feel inept today?” Thankfully the people I surround myself with, will genuinely worry and feel badly about me feeling badly. It will all be forgotten by tomorrow, but I’ll replay it over and over again, wondering what I did wrong and how I can do better. My jaw will bear the brunt of this.

    Elenor Roosevelt once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”; that’s it; I’m giving people my consent to make me feel like crap, and I just need to stop.
    Monday
    Sep122005

    Resume Builder 101

    "Who doesn't want a shortcut to greatness?"- The Contender

    Step 1: Pick an over arching goal of what you really would like to accomplish when all is said and done. Make sure you have no way of accomplishing that goal until 2036.

    Step 2: Spend the first two years of high school failing classes.

    Step 3: Spend the last two years of high school taking AP/University courses. Get upwards of a full year of college worth of credit. And prove all your teachers from the first two years wrong.

    Step 4: Pick an overpriced private university to attend, in place of the Ivy league school you got into for free. Pick this overpriced private university because of the various internship opportunities.

    Step 5: Skip at least two class meetings of each class per semester. Cry at your professor when your "printer stops working" and you can't print out a paper, when in reality, you just didn't do it.

    Step 6: Have your first internship be at a parent's company. If neither of your parents work at a company in your field of interest, find a family member or family friend.

    Step 7: Get a 'C' or two (actually four) in your major courses.

    Step 8: Have your second internship be with a very famous person in your chosen field. You may become bored to tears, but keep plugging away.

    Step 9: Make sure your third internship is personable. Become BFF with your internship coordinator.

    Step 10: Have a screaming match with one of your bosses. Make sure said person, kisses your ass everytime he/she sees you after the screaming incident.

    Step 11: Do one more internship for good measure. Stay there and refuse to leave even when your time is up.

    Step 12: Be bored sometimes, but learn a lot. Don't worry, you will get noticed.

    Step 13: Give up on interning. Especially when you have no luck finding a subsequent internship.

    Step 14: Recall "being noticed" as part of step 12. Find someone that noticed you. He/She will find you the job of your dreams, which you will get sans interview.

    Step 15: Continue to get 'C's. But manage to get A's in any course that has to do with your internships.

    Step 16: Make interning your life.

    Step 17: The job from Step 14, should be one in which you work tirelessly for 50 hours a week.

    Step 18: While working 50 hours a week, Seven days a week, take 13 credits, even though you really only need 6 to graduate.

    Step 19: Inhale caffeine like it's your second job.

    Step 20: Have your first 'real job' end horribly, due to circumstances out of your control (it's actually a little over half of the population to blame).

    Step 21: Become a lady who lunches (you know golfing, Oprah, and lunches at panera).

    Step 22: leave the country.

    Step 23: Blame step 21 and step 22 on working so much during college and that you need a serious break.

    Step 24: Be drunk in a foreign country every night for four months.

    Step 25: At the end of those four months abroad, realize that the credit bureaus are going to start calling and that maybe you should get a job.

    Step 26: Run out of money. Utterly and completely out of money

    Step 27: Graduate while being jet lagged. It's a lot more fun that way.

    Step 28: Spend six weeks watching Ellen, Oprah, and Days of Our Lives and golfing. While simultaneously freaking out about finding a job.

    Step 29: Recall that person in step 12 who noticed you. That person will keep noticing you and become your mentor.

    Step 30: Keep spending your parents money. Don't worry, they won't mind

    Step 31: GET A JOB!

    Step 32: Make sure said job is at your first choice place to work.

    Step 33: Thank your mentor profusely and purchase said person gifts from faraway lands.

    Step 34: Be thankful that you've found a job with wonderful and fun people.

    Step 35: Make sure your boss(es) share your ideals and is someone that you can look up to.

    Step 36: Become incredibly cheesy when talking about work, because you love your job that much. But don't let the people you work with know.

    Step 37: Write/blog about your first year out of college so that others that will be graduating after you realize that even when things feel completely shitty, it will get better.