korafox: (melancholia)
I figure it's about time for a general status update that doesn't involve me griping about my various creative projects (I did finish some arts last week, though!  Yay!). 

Was notified that the other candidate got hired by first-choice police department.  Of course I'm disappointed, but the upside of that is that I am now at the top of the list and there will hopefully be another position opening there before the list has to go away.  In the meantime, another local department is hiring and I'm currently banging my head against the brick wall that is the application for them.  Their testing will probably be next month.

In the mean-meantime, I have a temp secretary job.  Productive member of society go!

Husband talked me into getting a new monitor during the pre-4th of July sale at Newegg.  I am usually pretty hesitant to spend on myself like that, but I probably did need one (and the discounts, all-told, were pretty good).  My old monitor was purchased in 2006 and the screen brightness was starting to go a little bit.  If I wasn't doing art on it, it wouldn't be as big a deal, but I really do need to be able to see the colors and things properly.  This one is widescreen and bigger, and quite shiny.  The one thing I miss about the old one is that the sound through the speaker bar was gorgeous...this one has built-in speakers and I can definitely hear the difference in quality.  But I'll get used to it, and I can always use my headphones if it comes down to it.

The return of American Ninja Warrior is inspiring me to really work harder on my upper body strength.  I know I will never have the physique of the rescue-swimmer-lady we saw competing (her shoulders!  Dear gods, I want them!), but I can at least dream of people going "damn, she's buff" when I go around sleeveless.  I'm doing chin-up reps with only 40 lbs. of assistance at this point, moving ever closer to my goal of being able to do them unassisted. 

And I think that's about it. 
korafox: (RAWR)
I am more and more convinced that the point of conditioning (for anyone who isn't an actual athlete) is not to make it so that you can run for long distances without discomfort, but to make the discomfort the kind that isn't going to actually kill you.  Expectation management! 

Also it is warming up outside (80 degrees out yesterday?  bwah?), so I am going to make an effort to run outdoors at least a couples times a week.  If I go to academy in July, I don't want to be so used to running in air conditioning that I keel over.
korafox: wheat field with cypresses (Default)
1) It is clean, not stinky, and there are plenty of machines for everyone.

2) There are other women there (even a bunch in the weights section!).

3) No one has even tried to talk to me while I am exercising.

4) THEY HAVE BENCH PRESS SETUPS THAT DON'T REQUIRE A SPOTTER.  Seriously, I didn't even know that was an option.  But they have the bar on a track with ratchets, and there are stoppers that you can put on it so that the bar won't fall on you if your grip slips.  Considering that the big reason why I'd never done an honest-to-goodness bench press was that there was no way in hell I was asking a random stranger to spot me, this is like omg huge.  And after a moment of panic, I realized that I am still as strong as I was before because I forgot to add the 20 lbs. of resistance from the bar itself to the total from the weights I actually put on it (whoops).

I definitely think I'm going to get my $10/month's worth on this one.

Update!

Feb. 26th, 2013 09:42 am
korafox: wheat field with cypresses (Default)
We moved!  It happened, and it happened with a minimum of fuss (the telecom company that Shall Not Be Named didn't even screw up our internet switchover this time).  Both our families came to help with the loading up and the unloading, which helped a lot.  It only took an hour to get all the stuff off the truck and into the new apartment, definitely a record for us.  Things are starting to settle down and I almost have all the little idiosyncrasies of the new place down.  Cooking on a gas stove again is definitely interesting, but I managed to make THE BEST STEAKS EVER last night, so I am rapidly getting the hang of it.

In other news, my interview went smashingly and I got a call to schedule a ride-along for about two weeks from now.  I take this as a good sign that I am definitely in the running for this position.  (Extremely excited about this; every time I see more from this department I feel more and more like it's a perfect fit for me.)  Oh, and I got a gym membership at a place that's only about two minutes away, because the new apartment complex does not have a workout room.  So this morning I am off to the gym, so that I can stay in shape and not die if I need to go to academy at the start of April.

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