The Weekend Docket

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-We’ve come to the first weekend of the year, and that makes this the first Weekend Docket of the new year. My weekend plans are to continue with my job search, no matter what anyone says. I feel like even if something does come through, I’ll still keep applying for jobs out of habit. This year’s getting off to a really crappy start, which feels like a bad omen. After a series of job interviews that went nowhere, the most recent being for the one remaining on-site role I had any interest in, I’m done officially looking for anything on-site. All the others I applied at didn’t work out either. It took them mere hours to send that rejection letter, after I spent the entire week preparing for that damn interview.

Fine. That company is relocating to another part of town next year, where it would be impossible for me to get out to without spending two hours on the bus both ways to get there. Maybe this was for the best after all, since I’d have only been there for a year anyway.

I have no idea why these companies insist on wanting to know something special about us anyway. What do they care, what makes them think they even have the right to care, and what does it matter in the first place?

I tried. I’m proud of myself for trying, and the effort I put into that dumb application. From here on out, it’s remote roles only for me.

Enough about me. How ’bout you, readers? What are your weekend plans? I hope they’re nothing like mine, and if they are, then my heart goes out to you.

Just made this recipe for goat cheese pasta from Hello Spoonful. I didn’t have the Brussels sprouts this time, but for the next batch, I’m definitely gonna get some.

I’d love to try my hand at these fried pickles sometime.

I’d also like to try this take on scrambled eggs, and see how it goes. Maybe I’ll try this out for another batch of fried rice sometime soon.

Richard Marcinko, the first commanding officer of SEAL Team 6, died a few days ago. Rest in peace, Commander Marcinko. Many thanks for your service to our country!

The last living parent of the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 has died. Maxine McNair, Denise McNair’s mom, was 93 years old. Rest in peace, Maxine! [EDIT 9-7-2022: Swapped out old link which no longer exists for the CNN article.]

In the world of scams, student loan scams are a thing, and have spiked in frequency in recent weeks. Stay safe out there! If in doubt, call the number you know the company to use and verify the caller’s claims. While there are real student loan companies who aren’t above behaving abusively, others out there do play by the books as it was meant to be. If you get a call from someone pretending to be a student loan agency, contact the FTC, and the student loan agency they pretended to be, whether you deal with them or not. Also, maybe you could consider sending that number my way? Just an idea.

Love this post about Affirmation Tower!

Who knew Legos would someday be an investment? I didn’t. I had some Legos as a kid, and I donated them to Goodwill when I was 13. If anyone ever sees fit to hire me, I may have to get me some. I saw a couple sets on the Target app last weekend, and I’ll have to see ’em in person first.

I don’t have an Amazon Alexa, and have been avoiding Amazon as much as possible after what I’ve heard about how Amazon mistreats their employees. This article about how an Amazon Alexa basically told this kid to stick a fork in a light socket, albeit not in those exact words, put the final nail in the coffin for me.

Ways to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year into your existing home decor.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu died last month, and instead of being cremated, he’ll be aquamated. This article talks about what it is, and how it’s done.

This story about how a makeup artist who got two drastically different reactions after the tragic death of her sister is beyond words. Her main job reacted as they should. However, the same can’t be said for the other job she held. Guess what? The resort who fired her had the GALL to ask her to come back, saying the manager who fired her is gone now (serves them right, imo), and that they’re sorry for her loss. It hurts my heart to even think about it. As someone who’s had a recent death in the family, this hits so close to home for me. I can say for sure my reaction to a request to come back after something like that would be totally different, regardless of whether the wrongdoer is still there or not. Hillary, if you ever find this, I’m so sorry for your loss, and so sorry your former manager chose to do you like that in response.

Last, but not least, a signal boost for a missing child. The last confirmed sighting of 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery, of Manchester, NH, was in October of 2019. The photos included in the poster are the most recent ones of her, taken at the age of 5. According to news reports, she is also visually impaired. Her father has been arrested in connection with her disappearance. If you see a child matching her description, or if you have any knowledge as to her whereabouts after October 2019, make that call. Let’s get this new year off to a great start by getting her home to the people who love her.

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