I’ve had three interviews for a job and heard from someone that knows someone that “things look good”.
There was no mention of these interviews before because, as I confessed to S. last night, “I was scared my blog people would think I was pathetic if I didn’t get another job.” (Which, upon reflection, is kind of a pathetic sentiment in and of itself.)
But at this point I have so convinced myself that the job is mine, I not only feel comfortable sharing this information with you, I also feel quite comfortable spending all of the extra money that would come with said job.
CB’s Logical Mind: Don’t buy wellies. Just because it’s raining today doesn’t mean you really need to spend $100 on a pair of wellies.
CB’s Mind that Wants Wellies: But I almost have a new job! That means I can almost afford lots of things!
CB’s Logical Mind: Almost CB, almost. You don’t actually have the job or even know if you’re going to get it.
CB’s Mind that Wants Wellies: I can’t believe you just did that. Everyone knows you have to picture positive outcomes and really BELIEVE in them. Now if I don’t get the job it will be ALL your FAULT.
CB’s Logical Mind: You can't be serious.
CB’s Mind that Wants Wellies: I’M GETTING THE WELLIES!
On the one hand, the wellies really are very cute. On the other hand, even if I do get the job, I will have accrued debt equal or greater to my subsequent raise. And if I don’t get the job, I may look stunning this fall but I’ll also be feeling frail due to my diet of grilled cheese. Honestly, it’s all very sad.
Update: For those who expressed concern, my wellies are plain red. They are also apparently somewhat attractive to the opposite sex which I was not at all expecting. Also, (in news of equal importance), I got the job!
I’ve had three interviews for a job and heard from someone that knows someone that “things look good”.
This morning I discovered that I had gotten my period. I asked one of my more sympathetic female co-workers if she had a tampon—she did! And it was a tiny little thing I was easily able to slip into my pocket-score! (I have no idea why it always seems so embarrassing to be holding a tampon—I have my period approximately 25% of the time. But it is.) Then I made it to the bathroom without receiving any strange glances from colleagues wondering who the half-running girl was. Safe!
Or so I assumed.
As I discovered in the single stall bathroom on the 7th floor, they are now making tampons that I have no idea how to use. I was sincerely at a loss as to how to remove the actual tampon from the cute, green, tiny applicator. And so, after several minutes of fumbling (the details of which I will spare you) I had to return to my desk, defeated.
Obviously I cannot now ask my co-worker for another tampon (though I briefly considered telling her I dropped the original in the toilet) or ask anyone in earshot of her desk. So I am sitting here, writing this, and plotting an under the radar escape to CVS.
Fucking newfangled tampons.
Posted by gotcha at 10:20 AM
Re-Boyfriend and I never fight anymore. The most critical things we say to one another are “You’re such a little piggy,” (him to me, before kissing me on the nose and dusting crackers off my shirt) or “You’re such a narcoleptic,” (me to him before kicking him in the shins and trying to move him to the other side of the couch).
That is why decorating our apartment is so, so hard. You can try to smile while you say “Your painting fucking blows. The only place you can hang it is the closet,” but it still comes across as less than affectionate.
So, as two people who are not really good at confrontation and critique, Re-Boyfriend and I have to rely on the arts of beating around the bush, lying, nitpicking and (ick) compromise.
Example: I’ll say I like a bookcase. Re-Boyfriend will agree, but then point out the shoddy craftsmanship and shake the fixture around a bit alarming the salespeople. Then he'll sorrowfully say, “You know, I really like it, but I just don’t think it’s well made.” I will accept this as gentlemanly code for “No, bitch, no.”
However things do not go nearly as smoothly when the situation is reversed.
For instance, I came home Sunday to discover that Re-Boyfriend had made curtains. He had sewn them out of our sheets. They were (surprisingly) beautifully sewn, but let me repeat again that they were curtains made out of our sheets.
“So do you like them?”
“Sure, Scarlett.” He didn’t get my Gone With the Wind reference.
“Well…” I considered. “They’re beautiful curtains…but don’t you think they would look better somewhere else…?”
“Are you sure you’re not just saying that because they’re a little dark? I mean they make the room look dark when they’re closed, but hold on…” Re-Boyfriend ran to the windows and pinned back the curtain-sheets. “Doesn’t that look better?”
It did look better but I still had dark green sheets hanging from my living room windows.
“Errrr…Don’t you think they would look pretty in the bedroom?” They would actually look nice in the bedroom, I reflected. I could work with that. I could be a compromiser.
“They can’t go in the bedroom, I cut them to match the length of these windows.”
Well, then. Obviously all that was left for me to do was pout. So I flounced over to the couch and pouted.
Then I pouted some more.
After a few minutes I sighed.
Finally I noticed that Re-Boyfriend seemed annoyed as well.
Perhaps he could tell I hadn’t been very enthusiastic about the curtains.
“You know,” Re-Boyfriend said suddenly, “It’s really frustrating when you say all these different things, and I can’t tell what you mean. If you don’t like it, say you don’t like it.”
“Okay,” I said, a bit chagrined. Perhaps I was being the difficult one here.
“Hey, let’s just get some stuff to put on the walls,” Re-Boyfriend said more kindly. “The whole place is going to look different with stuff on the walls.”
“Okay,” I repeated, allowing myself to be mollified. Maybe I was being ridiculous. Maybe he really had thought that the bookcase wasn't sturdy (and that the mirror was badly made, and the painting was too big). Besides, I supposed the curtains could look kind of cool once there were things on the walls.
I settled in next to Re-Boyfriend to do some therapeutic online shopping.
He pointed out a painting online.
“No,” I said, trying out the new, blunt me.
He pointed out another one.
He sighed and seemed a bit exasperated.
He pointed out another one.
“Oooo…” I said, “I kind of like that one.”
“You know, all I’m doing is trying to pick out something you like. Don't you like anything?”
“Ummmm…” Now I felt pressured. But it really was nice. I liked it. It would be pretty. The only thing was: “Do you think it’s too not-relaxing?”
“Oh my God!” he snapped, opening Google and typing “Relaxing Images.”
“What the fuck? I can’t make one comment?”
“Just say if you like it!”
“I DID’T KNOW YET I WAS JUST LOOKING AT IT ASSHOLE.”
And that was the end of our therapeutic online shopping experience.
We are going to live in an apartment with bare walls, a minimal amount of furniture and no mirrors forever. I can feel it.
Posted by gotcha at 10:57 AM
“So I think I have an ulcer,” Re-Boyfriend announced as we walked down 6th avenue.
“Why?” I asked, only half-listening. I had heard Re-Boyfriend’s theories of health before, one of the highlights being that smoking gets rid of phlegm.
“Well...I’ve been really tired, and I’ve had stomach aches. Plus today when I went to the bathroom there was a little blood.”
“And you know," he continued, "Ulcers run in my family." He paused to light a cigarette. "And my job is pretty stressful which is probably making the whole thing worse.”
“Plus I smoke. Smoking’s never really good for anything.” He looked down at the cigarette in his hand mournfully.
As Re-Boyfriend bit his lip and flicked his cigarette repeatedly, he suddenly seemed like a scared little boy (albeit one that smoked). I wrapped my arm around him and kissed his cheek.
“Why don’t you cut down on the drinking and smoking? Then if you get better you’ll know it was just an ulcer. And I'm sure it's just an ulcer," I said reassuringly.
“Actually I was thinking I would drink and smoke more. Then if things got worse I'll know it's just an ulcer.”
I laughed. Re-Boyfriend didn’t. I withdrew my arm.
He drank a bottle of wine last night so I am guessing he’s not kidding.
Posted by gotcha at 10:19 AM
There are certain people that, by their very existence, make me feel like a freak.
For example, Re-Boyfriend has a friend who pets (there is no other word) his fiance constantly, pausing only to gaze adoringly at the top of her head. The two of them don't really speak to each other, and they definitely don’t stop touching. This usually leaves me standing a foot or two away from Re-Boyfriend, feeling awkward and confused—should I at least want to hold his hand? Why don’t I ever even think about holding his hand (unless I see another couple holding hands)? Does anyone else think the two of them look weird? Maybe I'm weird?
And so on.
Now, because it does not happen often enough in real life, I have found a blog that makes me vaguely insecure, confused and incredulous: Clinkny.wordpress.com
There were some maddening entries about gyms and big boobs. There was the casual mention that Clink has gotten every job she’s ever interviewed for. There were the pictures of the enormous engagement ring on an adult hand with manicured nails.
But the Big Moment, wherein I realized just how different my life was from the life of this half-stranger, came today, during a post detailing how Clink finally told her fiance about the existence of her blog. Not only was her fiance kind and supportive about the whole thing, he claimed he was just happy she was writing and didn’t want to know the name of the website so she could maintain her privacy.
You know what my boyfriend said when he finally read my blog?
“Goddamnit, it really was ivory!”
He did tell me he was proud of me, which was sweet, but he also told a few of his co-workers about my anonymous blog. When I yelled, he said “But I was just so proud of you,” which completely altered the sweetness of that sentiment.
Then I didn't speak to him for awhile. I thought this was more or less what everyone with a secret blog went through.
It's not so much that I want Clink's life. It's more that I can't believe the person my grandmother secretly wishes I was actually exists.
I may need to step away from the blog.
Update: No one needs to pick sides...that was entirely not the point. Obviously I read Clink.
Posted by gotcha at 4:08 PM
Dear Co-Worker Who Is Irritating the Crap Out of Me Today,
Today I heard someone comment on your "really good relationship" with the president of our company.
Frankly, I’ve never seen you even speak to the president but I have heard you say, about five hundred times, that you have a "really good relationship" with him. While that always made me think you were delusional, apparently that has been making other people think you have a really good relationship with the president. Who knew it was that easy?
So it would seem that I’ve been wrong about you all along. You’ve been semi-brilliantly toying with the minds of others, knowing how easily they are led astray from logic just by telling them “Hey, this is a fact!”
Congratulations on fooling everyone! But please don't talk to me.
Posted by gotcha at 12:22 PM
I arrived at the subway station this morning only to be informed by an exasperated policeman that the subways weren't running due to the rain.
Riiiight. I thought. Rain. That's probably code for terrorist activity.
But back at my apartment I discovered all of the local news outlets were telling the same lie--which probably meant it was true. Rain had virtually shut down the entire subway system of New York City. Rain.
So now I am sitting in my pajamas and trying really hard to relax. But I keep calling my co-workers to make sure that they're "relaxing" too, not going to work and making me look bad.
Update: I am at work. When your co-worker, who takes the same subway as you, calls to tell you it's running (as though you would be happy to hear this news) it's time to disentangle from Re-Boyfriend and run a brush through your hair. I am NOT pleased.
Posted by gotcha at 9:56 AM
We went back to the club. We had to prove it wasn’t too cool for us.
“One drink and then we go,” I told S. as we crossed the street. “I don’t want to hang out here all night, all the men look like they wax their eyebrows.”
“One drink,” S. agreed, adjusting her cleavage for the eighth time. S. had run into the age old dilemma while getting ready: How much boob is too much boob? Trying to combine the best of both worlds, she was wearing an extremely low cut dress with a small tank top underneath.
We got into the club with an ease that can only be described as anticlimactic and two drinks later (like we ever actually have one drink) our egos were appeased. We were ready to meet up with our friends at a less pretentious bar.
Making the requisite stop at the bathroom, we found it to be one of those single stall types and went in together. (S. and I were roommates in college and if you tell me you’ve never peed with any of your college friends then I think you’re either lying or my mother.) We were all set to leave, when we discovered we literally could not.
S. pulled, S. pushed, S. jiggled the handle but the door remained closed. She even smacked the wood a few times in an attempt to open the door through brute force, but it remained firm as I stood in the corner, helping no one by giggling uncontrollably.
“CB, what are we going to do?” she demanded.
Suddenly there were agitated voices outside the bathroom. I looked at S.
“I can’t handle this right now,” I announced, turning to the mirror. “I’m going to put on eye shadow.”
“I’m going to take off this tank top,” S. said, either following my lead of ignoring the problem at hand or thinking that more of her cleavage could solve the situation as it has solved so many situations before.
It was only when S.’s tank top was half-off that the door flew open, revealing a concerned looking busboy and a small crowd of anxious, would-be bathroom goers.
S. quickly pulled up her straps.
“Uhhh…we heard the door move, we thought you might have needed...help?” The busboy looked embarrassed to have caught us in a passionate, door shaking, girl-on-girl bathroom tryst.
S. looked like she might try to explain, an event that could only make things worse (“No, see I was trying to get out, but couldn’t, and then I took off my shirt! Get it?”) so I gave her a shove, brightly said “Thanks!” and darted past the smirking on-lookers.
And then, with people still looking after us curiously, a sudden gust of air blew S.’s skirt up. She screamed, clutched her ass and ran outside while I strolled, faux-casually, after her.
“So now we can never go back,” I explained to Re-Boyfriend.
“Why not? I bet they’d love to have you back.”
Posted by gotcha at 2:40 PM
I have been told that other people do not think about the possibility of their relationship ending every single day. Then again, I have been told I seem like a really chill girlfriend, so who the hell knows what to believe.
In any case, a fact would be that at least three times a week, I think that Re-Boyfriend and I are going to break up.
Today one of those crap morning shows discussed the “science of love” and declared “But couples can still say they’re in love with each other years later even though their initial feelings may change from the scientific definition of love.” Re-Boyfriend called from the bedroom, “Like us!” Then he laughed while I stood in the kitchen CERTAIN OUR RELATIONSHIP WAS OVER.
Naturally, I then didn’t want to have sex with him. DOOM.
Then, when we walked to the subway, Re-Boyfriend was quiet, probably because he was thinking about how he didn't love me anymore. MORE DOOM.
I then spent the entire subway ride to work telling myself that single life can be fun, and though there would be the minor problem of living together to sort out, in general breaking up with Re-Boyfriend really wouldn’t be that bad.
Then I realized I was insane. This is a realization I have come to before, most notably when I got annoyed with Re-Boyfriend for telling me I was beautiful because what if he couldn't love me once I was old?
It's really exhausting to love Re-Boyfriend and be happy while at the same time trying to convince myself it would be totally fine if he were gone.
Posted by gotcha at 10:24 AM