Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hello. I Am Alive.

Since my last posting I have been on Vacation, baking for a bake sale, working, seeing Odyssey Dance's Thriller, making posters, attending Disciple class, working, playing bells, reading for Monday Night Book Club, working, reading all six Gallagher Girls books, working, celebrating brother's birthdays, dieting, working, going to the gym, watching the Biggest Loser, watching CSI, watching Ellen, and working.

So...I've kind of been a little busy.


I have a post that will be coming out soon that has been rattling around in my brain for about a month now and I am very excited to get it out of my brain and in front of all of you.


Also check out the new music and art featured now!

And now please enjoy these cat memes to hold you over until my next post:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

An Outpouring of Life

I want to apologize for ignoring this blog. Recently I have had a whole lot of life poured all over me and it kind of got in the way of blogging. I want to take this time and explain what has been happening in my life recently.

1. First things first. Since mid-July I have been trying to get a job with Disney. It started off with me sending my resume to the head of Technical Services at Disneyland. He called me back and told me to wait until the fall when the job posting would appear on the Disney Careers website. I checked the site every day. When September came it was about five times a day. Finally on September 13th the job appeared. I sent in the application. The next morning I took a web-based interview and after that I immediately had to set up an in-person interview at Disneyland. Mom and I drove to Las Vegas on the 21st, drove to Anaheim on the 22nd, had my first interview with casting on the 23rd, had my second interview with the head of Technical Services on the 24th, then hopped in the car and made the twelve hour trip home that same day. Never. Again. I was so tired on/after that drive.

I was told that I would hear one way or another whether I got the job by the end of the week. Friday came and went. Saturday came and went. So did Sunday and Monday. Yesterday I finally decided to get some answers and called the casting center and Jerry (head of Technical Services). I got voice mails. Luckily Jerry is pretty good about getting back to you quickly and he called me shortly after I left the voice mail. I didn't get the job, but he encouraged me to keep in contact with him and they have my information on file for the next round of hiring in December. I wouldn't have to fill out another application and I wouldn't have to come back for another interview. Jerry told me to keep him up to date on any changes to my resume. I am going to send him an email today to thank him for the opportunity and to see what I can do in the meantime to beef up my resume and give me a better chance the next round.

When I heard the news these were my initial reactions:

So I am through all those emotions and now I am moving forward. Yeah, it sucks, but it's actually kind of a relief too. Had I gotten the job I would have had to be in California by the end of the month for training. That's extremely fast and I didn't know if I could get me and all my stuff moved and a place to live and a car (more on that coming up) in time. I think Disneyland is still in God's plan for me, it's just his plan for me a little later. Now I can be home for one more Thanksgiving, one more Christmas, one more TSO concert, and one more lots of things. And until the next round of hiring starts you can be sure that I'm going to do everything in my power to make me the top applicant. As my dear friend Jenna reminded me recently that whether or not I got the job I am "mother f****** Holly Pierce!" She's right and I plan to show the world that I do not give up because of one bump in the road!

2. The next reason life has been crazy lately was because the transmission finally died on my car. Mako was a great car and I loved her. I was sad to see her go, with all my bumper stickers for a measly $450, but at least it was something. AND she's going to go to a 16 year old girl for her birthday all fixed up and shined up and I hope she'll lover her as much as I did! This also meant that I had to take out a loan which I swore I would never do after taking Dave Ramsey. Luckily my parents didn't have to co-sign because I have really good credit. I have been spending all of my free time scouring KSL and autotrader and finally found something to go and test drive. It's a 2006 Chevy Malibu and it's black and in amazing condition. I signed for it last night. The dealer has some things he needs to fix and get checked on it and then it's mine and I have plenty of bumper stickers to replace the ones I lost. :)

Saying Goodbye

Saying Hello

3. We are leaving for California and Disneyland AGAIN on Friday, but this time it's for vacation. YAY!!! So needed. I get to see lots of my favorite people like Laney and Ryan and Pluto! It's going to be so much fun, but I am not looking forward to that drive again! Plus with everything going on I haven't had much of a chance to get ready for the trip. Oh well, I've got two more days right?

4. Finally I have been working extra hours to make up for the time I will be missing next week. I realized that I kind of don't mind it. I think since I didn't get the job at DL I'm going to talk to my new boss (3 managers all rotated stores this week) about possibly becoming full time. My old boss is trying to get me a raise because of my amazing related sales (36% last month! Holla!) and if I got full time too I would be in a lot better shape financially. We'll see what happens! 

Happy October everyone and I have a few other blogs floating around in my brain I just have to find the time to sit down and get them out of my brain and onto the internet! Stick around!