Little Ms. Polymath

aka the know-it-all

round two. December 13, 2010

Filed under: unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 5:09 pm

Last week’s job interview went well, but it was painfully clear to me that I do not have the type of experience the company is looking for. Still, I sent my thank you note like a good girl and thought that would be the end of it.

Nope. They want to meet with me again this week. Hmmm….I have no idea what I’m going to wear.


interview. December 2, 2010

Filed under: life,unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 8:08 pm

I have job interview next week.

I’m torn about the whole thing. First off, I applied for the job of my own free will, so it’s not as if anyone is twisting my arm. Yet I feel so conflicted because I have loved my freedom over the past 11 months. LOVE LOVE LOVE my freedom. At the same time there is a degree of uncertainty, a significant reduction in my retirement contributions and the whole health insurance quandary to deal with once my COBRA runs out. And while I’m loathe to admit it, I do miss people sometimes. But only a very little tiny miniscule bit. A smidge.

I also sort of miss a reason to shower in the morning. At the same time, I love getting up when I want to and doing what I want when I want and answering to no one.

The job is in a field I’ve never worked in before. Thanks to nepotism, I was able to get an interview right away, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get the job. And I don’t know if I want the job. So all this anxiety about making choices is pretty futile, but it’s with me nonetheless.

So that’s where my head’s at right now.


observations. November 23, 2010

Filed under: life,unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 9:03 pm

I have so much less time these days than I did when I had a full-time job. That is not a joke. Keeping yourself afloat in the freelance world while trying to keep up with family, friends and other pursuits is draining.

And when you’re sick, there is no such thing as time off. I’m not asking for any boo-hoos, really I’m not.  But being down for the count these past couple of days sparked the idea that I need a sick-day fund so I don’t have to turn in work (sub-par work, at that) while all I really want to do is get cozy with a pillow and quilt.

Enough with the grousing already. I am thankful for the life I lead, my general good health and the aforementioned family and friends. I am blessed. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


criminal acts. August 26, 2010

Filed under: unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 7:16 pm
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Yesterday my friend Jan and I had lunch at The Cooper’s Tavern. It’s officially recommended – I had a delicious shaved lamb (that just sounds wrong) sandwich with carmelized onions and tomato jam. It was really savory and I loved every bit. Jan thinks tomato jam needs a PR campaign – really, it’s sort of like chunky ketchup, with a little je ne sais quois.  All I know is I want more.

It was a perfect day on the square! We ate outside and this was Jan's view, over my head.

As we prepared to leave, Jan noticed a slip of a girl standing forlorn with her bike while a cop made himself busy in his squad car. Yes, she had been pulled over and the guy was running her info. I took off (you know how nervous I get around the scene of a crime!) but Jan stuck around and found out the girl was pulled over for running a red light. With all the recent murders and rapes and whatnot in our area (not to mention all of the FIB parents driving around like jackasses around campus) I’m pleased this is how one particular officer spent 30 minutes of his patrol time.

To the left, note the accused and her bike. She's obviously out of control. The police officer is verifying her data (or something) in his squad car on the right.


today’s list. August 24, 2010

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Hey, it’s an official list of complaints – special back to school edition!  What’s irritating me today:

1. People walking barefoot outside – on the streets and sidewalks
Yes, I saw multiple people barefoot today and none of them were on grass. The girl wearing the tights? Yeah, that was just weird. And the woman wearing business casual separates with her completely bare feet? I was baffled. Not only is it unsanitary to walk on city streets without shoes, it’s unsafe. There’s all kinds of debris and hazards lurking. Yes, I realize these barefoot people don’t affect me or my life, but it pisses me off anyway.

2. Incoming freshmen (and their parents)
No, the one-way streets in Madison don’t become two-ways just because you’re driving your massive SUVs (with Illinois plates) the wrong way. You honking at me isn’t going to magically change the right of way! You double parking and opening your door in front of a moving vehicle on a very busy street isn’t going to win you any friends. I could go on, but my blood pressure is rising.

3. All the f*&$ing construction!
There have been jack hammers outside my window from 8-5 for the past week. And now they’re renovating the unit above ours using the loudest tools they could find. I’m a gonna lose it. Seriously.

Yeah, so that’s it for now. I mean, I could probably find more things to complain about, but it’s not very healthy. I need to watch the finale of the Real Housewives of New Jersey on my DVR.


farm: week three. August 17, 2010

Filed under: unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 3:36 pm

What a difference 16 degrees makes! Yesterday’s farming excursion was much easier and more enjoyable than last week’s outing. The temperature topped out at 80 degrees, and there was a wonderful breeze cooling us in the fields. I kept pace with everyone, including the seasoned farm hands, and didn’t cry once! All in all, a victory.

Yesterday’s chores were pretty varied. We started out weeding celeriac, then moved on to harvesting, trimming and packing the leeks. In case you’re curious, there are few things as nasty in texture and smell as a leek rotting in the ground. It has the consistency and texture of rotten yogurt – and is just as rancid. Encountering one is enough to make my stomach churn.

The hardest chore by far was walking through one of the cuke beds, pulling up the plastic and grip tape used to keep the weeds at bay. On second thought, rotting cucumbers do smell worse than rotting leeks, but their texture is nowhere near as unpleasant.

It’s a good thing I’m not squeamish, because the gross things I’m encountering with my hands in the ground are pretty slimy. I’ve sliced up worms, grubs, caterpillars and narrowly missed a face-off with a toad.  My number one enemy is the dirt, though, which manages to work itself into nooks and crannies all over my body. TMI?

Self-portrait of my dirty shirt. Logically, there's no reason my shirt should have a speck of dirt on it. Same goes for the dirt I found in my ears.


blt love. August 16, 2010

Filed under: unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 5:02 pm

Saturday we went to the Farmers’ Market with Bob, and we all met up with Josh to have lunch at the Old Fashioned. I ate what had to be the world’s finest BLT – made with local bacon, homemade bread and heirloom tomatoes from local growers. It was heaven.

The boys at the Old Fashioned.