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(Ok, failed attempt on posting twice in one day. But I was so close…)

Yesterday, while blogging to you about what job articles you should check out, I was hanging in Montclair State University‘s Audiology Department with my ear-loving pal, Raia. She needed some extra observation hours, I’ve got some free time and before you know it, people were prodding my little ears with foreign tools (the good news is I actually woke up on time, so there was no need for Raia to throw pennies at my window).

According to trusty source Wikipedia, an audiologist is “a healthcare professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear.” That means (most simply speaking) that they deal with inner ear balances issues (think vertigo), deafness, hearing loss, aids and implants.

A second year audiology student was playing with my ears and testing my hearing for about 40 minutes while Raia observed the whole shebang. Since I’m as curious as a cat (a fine characteristic of a good journalist if I do say so myself), I asked a whole bunch of questions from “What is this in my ears? It really itches” to “Explain why you used this specific pattern of words for me to repeat—what do these particular sounds indicate?” My intense curiosity prompted the actual audiologist in the room to suggest to Raia that I apply to the program.

Although this was quite a nice compliment and I love the cochlea as much as the next guy, I can’t help but think such a drastic career change six short months after graduating college is not a good idea. Sure, I went to college thinking I was going to be an M.D., studied pre-med (and cried myself to sleep three weeks into Bio 101) and have dealt with medicine and science in my real life, my whole life (I have a parent with a chronic disease), but does that mean I’m to abandon my editorial dreams and give it all up for the ear? Yes, it would fulfill my desire to help others but what about media?

I shrugged off the audiologist’s and Raia’s compliments on my research abilities and intelligence. Then earlier tonight I was doing my nightly tweets, when I stumbled upon U.S. News & World Report’s Best Careers 2009. There it was—audiology—in slightly large, bold print. Was this a sign?

It’s scary to see the media world morphing and collapsing faster than any of us can comprehend, but as silly as it may sound to others, I know I’m not going anywhere. I’m riding this crazy storm out. People still need the news. People still want information. As long as there is that need, the media will stick around in some form or another, and I truly believe that.

No matter where you are in your career, have you been thinking/fantasizing about doing something else in this economy? How are you handling it?

Till tomorrow,
C

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sickI know this is a cop out post, but I’m sick and looking at this screen is not making it better :(. I can tell you though, that if you have freelance work to do and you are sick, it is not fun. I have to play catch-up all day tomorrow to make up for the rest today.

What do you do to stay on top of your work when you are feeling under the weather? I obviously need to be schooled in this topic.

As to not have this post completely useless, I read two articles in the WSJ this morning that not only reiterated how many people are walking unemployment stats like myself, but really made me think about how many people are being affected and are suffering.
1- The Human Toll of the Credit Crunch
2- Job Losses Worst Since ’74

In addition to my vow to post once a day, I vow to be a useful source to this community. Stay awhile, take your coat off and take a look around the site. Many, many more helpful posts to come.

Till tomorrow,
C

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scheduleIt’s hard to force yourself to get up at 8 a.m. when there is “no reason to.” You might be swamped with work, but you’re tired from writing till 3 a.m. last night (while watching George Lopez—this is my late night guilty pleasure). Should you move from your warm cocoon and start your day, or snooze till 10 a.m. and end up working until 3 again?

Some experts suggest working when you are at your best. For some that is the morning, for others that is the wee hours of the morning. Because I only worked for a few months, I think my body easily slipped back into college mode: Get up late, stay up late. And I do thrive at night. I bang out some kick-ass ideas and writing while laughing along to G-Lo (my nickname for the George Lopez show) at 1 a.m. But I’m beginning to doubt if this is a good way to keep working.

Tomorrow starts my foray into the real world of hours (again). Unlike in college, I can’t craft my schedule to rise at 10, start work at 11 and end the evening at 2 a.m. (with a cup of a cold tea and notebooks all over the floor for me to trip over in the morning). Though I find myself most inspired at night, I’m going to try this experiment and see if I can train my body to function more along the lines of the rest of the world. If you are having similar scheduling problems, see if this works for you, too:

I am going to wake up at 9 on the dot (no snoozing!!), start work by 10 and be in bed by 12, everyday for a week. I’ll report to you and see how this works out. If you try out my little experiment, let us know if it works for you. How do you keep to a schedule, or do you just go with the clock of your own body?

Till tomorrow,
C

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Dad and Grandpa, Thanksgiving

Dad and grandpa in their Yankee caps on Turkey Day.

I definitely fell off the normal schedule wagon. Ever since Wednesday, I have been all over the place and barely getting anything resembling normal sleep. I had that early meeting Wednesday (when Raia threw pennies at my window) and didn’t get home till late that night. Thursday I was up nice and early to cook (successfully I might add. I’ve yet to blog about my mediocre-to-crappy cooking skills) and helping Dad out with the meal. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving—everyone was healthy, happy and glad to be with each other. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Later that night (and early this morning), I went Black Friday midnight madness-ing with my boyfriend Andrew, his brother and Raia. I was disappointed Burberry didn’t open till 7, but I nabbed a few good deals, walked around with a muff (wait, what? See photo) Me and the muffand I think everyone had a nice time (there weren’t even that many crowds to fight through!). The only problem was the whole getting to sleep at 7am thing. I slept till 1:00pm today. I am a bum.

I spent the rest of today vegging out, relaxing, making innovative creations out  of my leftovers and hanging with my Mom. I feel terrible I didn’t do more job  work, but I think I needed a couple of days off from the search. I had to put things in perspective, clear my head and get myself back on track. Tomorrow is back to the grind.

Don’t feel guilty about taking a break and some time for yourself, especially during the holidays. Don’t sleep in till 1pm everyday and watch marathons of True Life (not like I did that today or anything…), but it is OK to relax once in a while, even if you are unemployed.

Till tomorrow,
C

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With Raia and Kermit

With Raia and Kermit at the Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation

Eat turkey and celebrate everything you have to be thankful for, no matter what’s going on in your life.

Have a happy and a healthy! Will return tomorrow 🙂 Gobble gobble!!

Till tomorrow,
C

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This is my first post using mobile WordPress! Today was a bit hectic (hence the mobile post from the ferry on my SECOND trip into Manhattan), so I can’t stay long, but must stick to the vow.

My pal Raia (first name Nicole) gave me a ride into the city this morning for my early meeting and to pick up her otoscope case (she’s a crazy ear doctorate student and that’s the tool docs use to check out your ear). I was supposed to ready at 6:30, but instead, that is when I woke up to vibrations from several text messages. She even threw pennies at my window to try to wake me up! I got dressed in 15 minutes after I read the “today is gridlock alert!!!” message.

Not too much traffic on the way in, had a great meeting, Raia couldn’t score her ear tool case though, so it was kind of an early waste of time for her. We went food shopping for some last minute Thanksgiving necessities and surprisingly it wasn’t a zoo.

When I got home, I went over health insurance with Dad—it’s a bit of a headache and an administrative nightmare when you are unemployed. I’m going to post about that this week and explain all your options, especially if you are in NY.

Now we are on our way back into Manhattan (via public transportation this time) to meet my boyfriend Andrew and see the Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation. Promise to post some photos.

The moral of today’s story is: I really need to get on a bit of a better schedule. Getting up 6:30, which should have been 5:45, was a bit too painful.

Oh, more freelance opportunities came in today! And go out and party kids, it’s Thanksgiving eve.

Till tomorrow (yup, I’m posting even though it’s a holiday),
C

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Posting vow

I’m making my own challenge—I vow to post once a day for a month. Lots of things have been going on, and I want to share them all with you.

Just because you aren’t officially working doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and enjoy yourself. You are working just as hard (maybe even harder) than you were before, and you need to be rewarded! Today I’m headed to my favorite place in the city during this time of year, the Pond at Bryant Park. After my ice-skating escapades, I’m headed to dinner and then around the town with some pals.

Hope you are all doing something to enjoy yourselves, too, no matter what your circumstance.

Tomorrow I will start posting some news.
Till then,
C

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