A busy day with interviews and autographs…

by Christine on August 26th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Happy Thursday Revolutionists!

Yesterday I got a reply from crazyfatgirl:

Um Hello??? Pay it forward… help other in the community… think about the vlogging community, not just your geographic community. How many people have you offered encouragement and help? You can’t even measure the amount of good you do right here. It means so much to a newbie just to get a comment or a follower… and then to be supportive… you rock girl! You are good at this. Are there support groups for WLS in your area? You could be a guest speaker or lead meetings… just a thought.

No, I guess I didn’t consider the blogging community when I wrote my post the other day, about being a hero to your community. I certainly don’t consider myself a “hero” in the blogging community! I think it’s just because…I think I find it hard to believe that people would try to emulate or look up to my blog, my weight-loss methods, or overall craziness that is my life. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the people that come here to read and comment and say hello — I very much appreciate you all, so thank you! I just find it hard to believe that I’d be one of those people up on a pedestal, I guess. I have had so many failed weight loss attempts and whatnot that I don’t feel like anyone should look up to me. If that makes sense. I appreciate what you’re trying to say, CFG, but I don’t feel it. That being said, I’d *LOVE* to moderate or run a real-life weight-loss surgery support group, but I don’t know what organizations would be interested in my helping with that. I know my surgeon offers his own WLS support group, but I believe one of the nurses oversees that group. (Because it’s associated with the hospital, I have to imagine that there’s a lot of legal liabilities and red tape, especially if suggestions are being offered or problems are overlooked, etc.)

So yesterday was my interview. There were two soups offered at the restaurant: french onion and broccoli and cheese somethingness. I chose the french onion soup. I vaguely remember sipping on the broth and eating some of the cheese, but honestly it didn’t even look like I touched it when the server took it away.  I had no issues with my lapband either. I had diet coke, because I needed the caffeine. (I was dragging a little bit.)  As you all suggested, I did NOT tell them about my surgery prior to eating. In the end, it turned out to be a non-issue.

The interview itself went pretty well, I think. I did so brilliantly guiding the conversation between all five people that I’m not even sure if they were aware of what I was doing. Then again, I thought the interview with the publishing place went well too, and look how that turned out — a big fat failure! The job description was different than they had advertised, which is actually a good thing. I found the job far more interesting than I feared it would be.  There are some definite plusses to the job (such as making my own work schedule; getting every other Friday off work) and some definitely downsides (**NO** internet connection. At. All. Not even Wikipedia.)  Either way, I’m not even going to think about it unless they call me back for a 2nd interview, which he said would would take 2 weeks for them to call me about it.

Last night I had the hardest time eating.  I made a salad (with some tunafish) but it smelled horrible to me and so I only had two bites of salad. The smell was making me nauseated. All told, I’m lucky if I ate 500 calories total yesterday. Maybe it was a weird hormone thing going on, or nerves from the interview, or something else entirely?

Last night I went through my recently-received autographs. (I talk about my autograph hobby in this old blog post.) I logged in all my new autographs, which to be honest weren’t very many. That’s because I haven’t sent any letters out in about four months! Wow! I wrote a bunch of letters last week, so I got 30 new requests in the mail this morning. It’s always a pleasure to get autographs in the mail, and it’s a great, potentially profitable hobby with low start-up costs: just the price of stamps and paper!

(I had to laugh when I got Olivia Munn’s autograph in the mail because her boss, the producer of G4’s “Attack of the Show”  is one of my hubby’s “Star Wars” kids! Brian Twigg is one of the guys we were hanging out with last weekend.)

Bangs. They look a little straighter today, yes?

Tonight I’m going to hear the Dirty Heads play. I’m looking forward to it!  Sublime is one of my favorite bands of all time, and I’m excited to hear the Dirty Heads because of their Sublime connections (and because their music is clearly influenced by Sublime.)

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Autographs (completely unrelated weight loss post)

by Christine on June 14th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

This month's autographsAs a hobby, I collect autographs. The hobby started when I was in college. I would go to my mailbox, and I wouldn’t find anything — no bills, no letters from home, no care packages, nothing!  I devised a way of putting mail in my mailbox: write to celebrities and ask them to send me an autograph or something cool. I tried it out, and lo and behold, it worked! I’ve been collecting autographs “through the mail” for more than 10 years now, and I have literally thousands of autographs!

I always get asked, “What is your favorite autograph?” It’s hard to pick just one, especially since I have so many. However the ones that stand out include:

  • A personal letter from Miep Gies (the woman whose family hid Anne Frank). My grandparents are concentration camp survivors, and Ms. Gies wrote me the most amazing letter that really touched my heart.
  • John Williams (composer)
  • My Star Wars collection. I have a TON of Star Wars autographs, and I have a really neat collage in my living room of them.
  • My collection of autographs from famous architects. Many of them drew me photos of their famous buildings, too!
  • My collection of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. (Think, “A League of their own.”)  The ladies have been amazing in telling me all about their experiences playing baseball back in an era where women sports-playing was quite taboo!
  • I want to be a writer, and I have many author autographs and signed books. I have a great deal of Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as Caldecott and Newberry Award Winner children’s authors/illustrators.

Coldplay!I get autographs in the mail at least once a week, sometimes more. Today I got a great one in the mail — COLDPLAY!!  Signed by the whole band!

Tonight I spent a great deal of time logging in the autographs that I’ve received in the last two months. I try to log these every month, but I’m a little behind.  When I’m done, I price them out. (Theoretically for insurance purposes, but I have yet to actually call the insurance company.)  The total for the last two months comes to over $1000!  That puts my whole collection at over $27,000! Woohoo!

I don’t know what I’m going to do with these someday. I’ve got so many of them, and they are taking up valuable space in my study.  Would anyone out here reading my blog be interested in an AUTOGRAPH GIVEAWAY sometime??

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