Tales from a Job Hunter 6

I trust you all had a great Thanksgiving.  I did.  I was blessed with having friends in the DMV who were providing a SPREAD, which meant I did not have to cook a thing! 🙂  And of course, since my part-time job is in retail, I was working on Black Friday. 

I haven’t posted in awhile due to a number of things, but mainly because of my work schedule.  I’m working in the mornings, which actually works better for me (at the moment).  And by the time I get home, I don’t really feel like posting for the next day.  But here I am, and I have some updates!

I have an interview on Thursday!  Thanks to one of my sorors, she forwarded my resume to an agency that she has worked with, and they contacted me for an interview.  I’m hoping this leads to some good news in the near future.  And my part-time job was flexible enough to change my schedule. 

I recently heard from a representative that I interviewed with last month.  Honestly, I had given up all hope regarding this position.  But I got some news that I was still being considered; I just have to complete the “official” application.  And I’m guessing the next step is just me hearing back if I have been selected.  In the meantime, I am still applying for jobs.  Nothing’s guaranteed until I get an e-mail or phone call saying, “Ms. Elle, you have been offered a position with a salary of X amount per year.  Do you accept?” 

I know I’ve said this before, but I’m really thankful that I have people looking out for me and steering me in various directions and websites to go to.  It’s very appreciated, and I’m learning new places to look at each day.  I have to admit, it’s hard being so perky and cheerful and optimistic all the time, but I have to have hope.  Trouble don’t last always, and I’m really hoping to hear some positive news soon. 

On another front, even though this has nothing to do with job hunting, things are going fine with the New Boy.  So much so that we hung out together yesterday.  He took yesterday off and I had yesterday off, so I decided to bless him with my company. 😉 

So, that’s all I’ve got. I ask you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and send your good vibes my way! 🙂 Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

In Major Like Mode…

For my birthday, I decided to expand my dating horizons and go on a date each week.  Needless to say, that gift didn’t come to fruition, even though I started off strong.  I went out with 2 new guys and even reconnected with an old crush over the summer.  Unfortunately, or fortunately for me, none of them went anywhere.

Despite my current employment status, I still want to date, and I think I should.  So, after the (MAJOR) coaxing from a friend and soror, I tried internet dating again (BIG SIGH…) New site, new bio (which I hate writing), and we’re off.  Of course you get the messages from dudes you would NEVER be interested in.  But I initially went out with 2 men.  One lived super far away in MD (past Baltimore), but he began dating someone exclusively and wished me well in my search (his words).  The other guy was 29 going on 22, so that definitely fizzled.  I guess the saying, “Third time’s a charm” is true.  The last guy I met seems to be ok.  He’s in his early 30s, and we went to the same school for undergrad.  He lives in VA, but for each date, he’s travelled to the District.  (Bonus points for him because the dude that lived in Timbuktu, MD acted like he couldn’t leave Baltimore County.)  Not to go into too much detail, but I’m in major like mode right now.  And I truly hope and pray I’m not jinxing anything by writing this post.

I do have to admit it’s weird for me to talk to the same guy for an extended period of time.  I always feel like I’m the girl who’s continuously meeting new guys and nothing goes anywhere.  It’s a refreshing feeling to continue to get to know the same person and truly feel that he’s interested in you.  Your quirks don’t bother him (he actually thinks some of them are cute), and he makes you feel comfortable enough to have (almost) any conversation.  I have to admit, personality-wise, he’s the total opposite from me- I’m conservative, he’ll talk about anything.  I’m nice, he can be a bit of an a-hole.  But we work.  And I like it.

So, to my friends that are reading this, don’t be surprised when I start reaching out to you about what comes next.  It’s been awhile since I’ve made it this far.  (Is that bad???)  In any event, I’m going to take things one day at a time, and enjoy whatever comes my way.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

P.S.  I’ve deactivated my account on this new site, for a number of reasons.  I may list the reasons in a future post!

Newsworthy Updates from the Southern Girl

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  And it’s been even longer since I’ve done a “This Week in the News” post.  I got a request to post one (thanks, Southern Cousin!), so this is what we have.  Some things are not that new, but they’re new to you ! 🙂

First, 24 year old Howard University sophomore Alonzo Guyton was shot and killed on October 26 in apparent robbery attempt.  Applause to Prince George’s County officers for identifying a suspect.  DC resident William Knight, who is only 20 years old, has been arrested for his murder.  Also, Alexis Simpson,  a 19 year Bowie State University student, was indicted last month for the stabbing death of her roommate, 18 year old Dominique Frazier.  The trial is set for March 26, 2012.  Reportedly, the roommates were having issues from the beginning, and room change requests were submitted to the Housing Department.  It will be interesting to see what comes out during the trial.  It is just unfortunate that the lives of two young women will never be the same.

Second, I haven’t mentioned Mitrice Richardson lately on the blog.  But she and her family are still in my thoughts and prayers.  This article, written by Mike Kessler, takes an amazing look at her case.  Just know it’s not over, and I hope the truth surrounding her death comes out soon.

Next, this Penn State sex abuse scandal.  Here’s what I’ll say:  Sandusky, if guilty of child abuse, needs to rot under the jail.  And if his phone interview with Bob Costas is indicative of anything, I think he’s guilty. And if anyone, parent, teacher, coach, whomever, knew of the abuse, they deserve to rot, too.  Listening to a portion of his interview, I don’t know what would make him think horseplaying with a child in a shower (let alone being in the shower with a student in the first place) would be ok.  Should the football team go on to finish their season?  Absolutely.  I agree with Elizabeth Hasselbeck (surprise, surpise)-the students should not have to suffer for the actions of their coaches.

Herman Cain, Herman Cain.  I really wanted to (attempt to) like you and think you would be a formidable GOP candidate and opponent to Obama.  But alas, you disappoint me.  First, the allegations of sexual harassment, now you have no knowledge of the President’s stance on Libya.  And for that matter, you probaby don’t even have a grasp on the facts.  I’m done with you, sir; good day!

And on the girl I love to watch on tv, Kim Kardashian.  All I can say is, “Shame on you!”  First of all, correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t there a potential for the NBA lockout this summer?  So she knew Kris didn’t have any income coming in.  Next, I don’t care what she says, she got married for publicity and to try to one up her sisters.  Khloe’s wedding wasn’t half as elaborate and over the top as Kim’s.  (Not that that has any bearing on the length of her marriage.) 

On the upside, I have been named the Outreach Co-Chair for First Book-DC, which provides books to students in the city and to lower the illiteracy rates.  Our official launch event is November 30, so be on the lookout for the event info!  Yes, I’m still job hunting.  Oh, and there’s some other good news, but I won’t go into details because I don’t want to jinx it. 😉  Enjoy your day, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Tales from a Job Hunter 5

Exactly how I feel...

Anticipation.  It’s felt by a kid who goes to sleep on Christmas Eve waiting for the next morning to see what Santa’s brought.  It’s felt by the guy who has worked up the courage to propose to the love of his life in front of their family and friends and is anxious to hear one word…”Yes”.  It’s felt by the college senior who’s waiting on the acceptance letter from her first choice for higher education.  It’s also felt by the woman who has gone on two interviews and is waiting to find out if one, or even both, companies want to hire her.

I have been patiently waiting for 8 days to find out where I stand with the two companies I interviewed with last week.  While I feel really good about both interviews, one moreso than the other, it’s a PAIN waiting to hear back.  And I have to be honest, the longer the wait the more I feel like when I do hear back it won’t be good news.  It’s my personality to stay positive and keep a bright outlook, but it’s hard. 

There’s also anticipation regarding the other jobs for which I’ve applied in the past week.  That’s a killer as well.  Once again, I thank my family and friends who check on me, especially Southern Mom and “Southern Cousin”, who lives at the “Bottom” (my nickname for South Florida) and told me yesterday that she worries about those she can’t see…very reminiscent of Southern Mom, who has told me on more than one occasion and in hundreds of different ways that she wants me home; mind you half of the times were before I became unemployed.  🙂 

In any event, I will live in anticipation until someone calls me with a job offer.  And it WILL happen.  I have faith, and I’m a believer.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

Benevole and Al Sura, Inc. Host Synergy Happy Hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: LaToya Grant                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

E-mail: latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org

BENEVOLE AND ALSURA, INC. HOST SYNERGY HAPPY HOUR

Washington, DC (November 3, 2011) – Join Washington, DC based Al Sura, Inc. and Benevole, Inc. as both organizations host Synergy Happy Hour on Friday, November 11, 2011 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Lace Lounge & Bar, located at 2214 Rhode Island Ave, NE, Washington, DC.
Both organizations invite the greater DC area to meet the directors and staff of both organizations and to learn firsthand of the works each non-profit has accomplished in our nation’s capital.  Al Sura, Inc., which promotes grassroots communication, education, and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS within the African-American community, is a natural partner for Benevole, Inc., whose vision is to remove all health barriers so every individual may receive adequate care.  A $10.00 donation will be taken at this event to benefit the works of both organizations.  For more information about Benevole, Inc., visit them on the web at www.benevoleinc.org or e-mail latoya.grant@benevoleinc.org.

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Benevole, Inc.’s mission is to advance human rights by meeting immediate needs and building lasting partnerships with community organizations operating on the front-lines.   The vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues Benevole addresses and by a commitment to working in partnership with organizations at the local and regional levels who share the organization’s goals.

Kudos to Vogue Italia!

Now, I am not a fashionista by any means, even though if I were 4 inches taller I totally would have auditioned for “America’s Next Top Model”.  Thanks to my friend Brew for sharing this link with me.  Vogue Italia is featuring a four part installment titled “Black Americana”, that focuses on Black American life and patriotism.  The images are an AWESOME depiction of the NYC beaches circa 1950.  The models look great, the styling is fantastic, and the shots look wonderful!

So, for your viewing pleasure, enjoy the photos.  And looking at this pics is really making me realize I need to get my own photo shoot done ASAP!!!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

PS Don’t worry; as the other installments are released, I’ll share with you! 🙂

Vogue Italia – Black Americana Part 1

Black Girls Rock!

The first televised “Black Girls Rock!” special brought together some of the best talent in the world.  Black women were honored, celebrated, and viewed in a positive light.  Once again, BET and Beverly Bonds, the founder and CEO of Black Girls Rock! have joined forces again to bring this award ceremony to the masses.  Honorees this year include actresses Tatyana Ali and Taraji P. Henson, Gospel songstress Shirley Caesar, and activist Angela Davis. 

This year’s hosts, Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, are sure to bring laughter, elegance, and entertainment to the show this year.  I have to admit I missed most of the show last year (yes, even with the many replays on BET), but the parts I saw were phenomenal, especially the finale with Jill Scott, Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius, and Ledisi performing my favorite Nina Simone song, “Four Women”, whose lyrics encompass the many facets of being a Black woman.  Originally taped on October 15, the network premiere will be this Sunday, November 6 at 8 pm on BET.  I have to admit I think it’s very ironic that this show is coming on a few hours before the new season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” begins on Bravo.  And no matter what we think about some (or all) of the women on this show, they rock in their own right. 

If you have a daughter, sister, cousin, friend, mentee, or niece, I highly suggest you invite her over.  We have Grammy parties and Oscar parties, so I highly suggest having a Black Girls Rock! party.  I would probably host one if I didn’t have to take a friend to the airport…In any event, maybe one of my friends who’s reading this post will get the great idea to host her own shindig….*ahem, cough, cough*  I hope you all tune in, and share the empowerment with another Black girl!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

To get a sneak peek of Sunday’s show, go here.

To find out more about the non-profit Black Girls Rock, go here.