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Random Blog Journey-2-Peace: June 2007

    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

From CA to NH and back

Some things I'd like to bring back to Los Angeles from New Hampshire:
- Five-minute thunderstorms in the early evening.
- Drive-thru Dunkin' Donuts (on every corner)
- Drive-thru banking (it's drive-thru everything out here)
- Polite drivers (friendly even)
- New Hampshire's version of rush-hour traffic (laughable and almost enjoyable)
- Lakes, ponds and streams (beautiful)
- NESN (for the Red Sox y'know)
- My high school BFF

Things I'd like to bring to New Hampshire from Los Angeles:
- Venice Beach (sans tourists)
- Year-round dryer, warmer weather
- Trader Joe's (there's one 40 miles from here - and yes, it's worth the trek)
- Ross - Dress for Less
- Speedy Netflix deliveries
- LA Dodgers
- Tinseltown
- All my friends and family
- PBX's car (sharing a car is a challenge in these rural areas)

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Hardly a Sports Blog

Mary wondered if we might be seeing some "office posts" now that I'm a working woman. I suppose it's possible. But not tonight.

Dare I say it's even worse? A sports post?!

Right now, I'm watching the Red Sox play the Giants (we're currently giving Barry Bonds an intentional walk. cue the yawn).

So yeah, I'm a baseball fan. And more importantly, being back in my home-area of New England, I'm a reactivated Red Sox fan.

I'm in love with the rookie, Dustin Pedroia! And we have so much in common.

Let's see.

He plays 2nd Base. I play 2nd Base (from Little League to co-ed softball).
He is 2nd in the batting order. I was 2nd in the batting order.
He has a 5 in his jersey. (He is #15.) I had a 5 in my jersey. (I was #5.)
He smiles with giddy pleasure when he bats well. I smile with giddy pleasure when I do anything well.
He played for Arizona State. I love Arizona, the state.
He plays for the Boston Red Sox. I love the Boston Red Sox.

What's not to love?

Plus, he hit a 2-run homer in his first at-bat in tonight's game! (right before Ortiz got tossed for tossing his bat and helmet to his feet. boooooo)


I'm hooked. I have a huge soft spot for 1st base powerhouse Kevin Youkilis. Gotta love that he's blogging too.

Hey, where's Dusty's blog?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Finally, A Job

I'd love to say my blog-silence has been because of my busy, fun-filled schedule here in the sticks of New Hampshire. But that would be a lie. It's true that I have been busy -- with stress and fear -- job hunting!

It's been ages since I've had to do a job search. The last time I applied at temp agencies, I was hired on sight. The job market is tough. There are jobs but I'm either over-qualified or under-qualified. Like fricken Goldielocks looking for an employer who thinks my skills are juuuuust right.

Today was that golden day. I got a job.

Headed into the interview, I was worried about my nosering being a potential issue. But when I saw a nosering on the other woman in the office, I felt right at home. The other deciding factor for this employer was my baseball fandom status.

"Do you follow baseball?"

"Yes, and I'm a Red Sox fan."

"Well, then this part of the interview process is complete. Welcome aboard."

People are die-hard fans around here. You can't get tickets to see the Sox at home the way you can in LA to see either the Dodgers or the Angels. If you're not a season ticket holder, the only way you can see a live game is to scalp them in the parking lot. Or rent a helicopter I suppose.

His office was full of Red Sox paraphernalia -- framed photos, official baseballs, schedules and probably more than I even noticed.

There was a more "official" interview but I was offered the job before I left the office. He asked if I was available to start on Monday. I said I could start tomorrow. So there it is.

I start tomorrow.

What a huge difference it makes. My spirit is lighter. It's been a month (since we left LA) without income. That's a tough hit -- in the wallet and the heart.

I imagine it won't take long before I'm complaining about having to get up at 7am every day. But that's a complaint I'm looking forward to. :)

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Weekend Weather in New England


I totally forgot about New England weather. I'd gotten so used to hot, dry weather in Los Angles. These thunder storms are nothing to sneeze at. They rumble the entire house. And the rain - it comes and goes quickly. But it's hard and heavy. The lightening illuminates the entire sky. Scary to this little chicken. Exciting to others.

So, here we go. I'm hanging on for a wild ride.

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