the Mammal Chronicles: September 2006

when it comes right down to it, ya lactate or ya don't.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


I should begin by announcing that I got the job. A cause for celebration, no? Well yes, it was, for an exceedingly brief moment in time that was almost immediately followed by a descent into panic. What if I'm horrible? What if I can't handle it? I have to give a 7-8 minute presentation to new faculty tomorrow (something that has been scheduled for weeks that I would have given whether or not I got the job) and all of a sudden it has taken on the weight of the entire world.

Also, I just got an email from my new boss saying "we should plan an on-campus retreat for the Center as soon as possible. Could you try to find a day and time that I can attend?" An on-campus retreat? Does she mean 2 hours, 2 days, what? What will this retreat cover? Who will attend? Am I in charge???? ACK!!!

I am unable to handle success, clearly. Or happiness. Something is wrong with me.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Killing Time

Today is the big day when I interview for the interim director position. I've learned not to overprep for interviews. Last time I went on a job interview, I had various people ask me hypothetical questions and it made me even more nervous than I already was. They asked questions I didn't have good answers for -- questions, perhaps, I should have been asked in the interview -- but when I got to the interview itself the questions they actually asked me were right off my resume. I didn't get the job, but I don't think it was because I answered questions wrong per se, simply that I wasn't the type of person they were looking for. Lesson learned: Be yourself. I should have learned that already anyway -- the last job I got (the one I'm in now) I was totally myself, all wacky credentials and wacky me (I gave a job talk on the history of the Ouija board for goshsakes) and they hired me.

So it's now 9:16 am (Scout, my copyeditor friend, must I always put a period after the a and after the m?)and my interview is at 11. I pondered going in to the office early to get some much needed tasks done but decided it would make me scattered. So, instead, I'm killing time writing this blog entry, hoping it will help me stay focused but not too focused, if that makes any sense.

I'm not entirely sure I'll be good at this job -- I'm not sure how well I'll handle an administrative post. I do know I like meetings, and I'm passionate about the community-oriented thrust of the position, but I'm not sure how good I'll be at selling the topic to faculty and students. I don't know if I have enough good ideas for initiatives to make it all happen. I suppose that's why it's good it is an interim position -- they can see if I'm up to the task and so can I. Still, I do hate to fail at anything.

- Baby crying -

Back. Nothing like nursing to give you a little perspective. At least I did one thing really right.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Total Take: 94.65

Pomona has four yard sale dates a year. It's a great system. Everyone knows what the days are, so you don't have to advertise. People just drive around looking to see who has stuff out.

Last time we had a "free sale" wherein everything was, yes, free. It was a kick. Not only did we get rid of everything, including a dog-chewed hammock and a broken exercise machine, but it was fun to watch people's reactions to a yard full of free stuff.

This time though, I was feeling a bit poor, so we had a small free area (someone even took the broken plaster virgin of guadalupe) but put everything else up for sale. Here's some of what did get taken:

  • old working stereo components, $25
  • working 27" sony tv (old-style crt; I'm spoiled by the aesthetics of plasma), $25
  • three plaster columns, $6
  • old-school diaper pail, $1
  • cds that we've already transferred to mp3, 25 cents
  • emmy screener videos that ebay won't let you sell anymore, 25 cents
  • mouse-chewed linoleum block carving tools, free

Here's some of what didn't get taken:

  • mostly working washing machine, $10
  • various 35mm slide carousels and viewers, $1
  • diaper genie, $1
  • infant car seat, $5
  • various music cassettes, free
  • christmas decorations (including an awful red plush stocking with my sister's very unusual name on it in glitter), free

Of our total $94.65 take, we spent the following at our neighbors' sales:

  • Solid wood mid-century modern nightstand, $5
  • 3 Chocolate chip cookies, 25 cents each
  • 2 Cups of pink lemonade, 25 cents each

All in all it was a good day. Our neighbor Scott pulled out a boom box and we played some of the 25 cent cds that no one had taken. I sat in their tree swing with my daughter in my lap, gently swaying and spinning while 10,000 Maniacs Our Time in Eden played. Our neighborhood is alot like the Long Beach neighborhood I lived in while I was in college -- lots of leafy trees and craftsman houses -- and that's probably the last time I listened to 10,000 Maniacs with any regularity. I felt a bit of deja vu. But it's different with kids running around, including one of my own. I felt old. But in a good way, in a very good way.