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Work [May. 24th, 2007|04:01 pm]
Winkie
[Current Location |Library of Congress, Washington, DC]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

It's been a while since I've posted. Life has been HECTIC HECTIC HECTIC. Now that I'm working 7 days a week, things are crazy. I know there are people that work more hours than me and I almost don't know how they do it.

Anyways, this isn't a real post, but just a quick WHEEEEE! moment. One of the VIPs at work (head of a department) sent this email to the COTR yesterday morning:



Michael,

Just want you to know that Derek Winkler has been very helpful to me in the last several weeks. He is timely, efficient, and in each case has fixed the problems I was encountering.

Janine



Hell yeah!

Anyway, hopefully a real update in the near future.
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(no subject) [Apr. 3rd, 2007|12:20 am]
Winkie
So new job starts tomorrow. I'm excited! The only problem:

When I applied for the job, I told them that I would need flexibility on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to accomodate the dancing job. Andrew said it shouldn't be a problem, that I could work the early shift on those days. Now that I'm working on the hardware team and not even answering phones, flexibility should be even easier.

However, I was told to come in at 8:30 tomorrow. That means I might get out as late as 5:30. I'm supposed to teach lessons from 5-8! I'm going to call the students tomorrow and see if they can push the lessons back to starting at 6 or 6:30 or reschedule for later this week. I'm concerned about one of them being unable to reschedule (the only lessons they bought were for this week, so they may be getting married this weekend or something), but we'll see. I'm hoping it all works out....

As soon as my hours are finalized at LOC, I'll talk to my boss at TWDS and see what we can work out.
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Dancing Stuff [Mar. 21st, 2007|11:42 pm]
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I love going swing dancing. I need to do it more often (EDIT: I get in free on Wed nights at K2, so this summer I'll maybe do it a lot!). Even though I'm pretty bad at swing (aside from "ballroom swing" which doesn't quite count), it's awesome because good swing girls KNOW HOW TO FOLLOW. You can lead practically anything and they'll do it... within reason, of course. Even the best competitive follower isn't usually that good because they usually have limits in what they DO follow. That's not always true, especially if the dancer is american-style trained. That's one benefit to american over international.

Also, work seems to be picking up a bit. I spoke to my boss today and she seems excited to sign me on for A LOT more hours! She wants me to work in Bethesda and Alexandria. Now when she asked me about Alexandria, she asked about the commute. I told her it wasn't exactly ideal. Then she said, "Well what if I paid you $4 more per hour when you work down there?" I was all for that! I'm pretty sure Matt and Jodie live either in Alexandria or very close... I'll have to start visiting them more. ;)

Also, not dancing-related, but work-related. I didn't get the LOC position I interviewed for, but they may have another position there that they could put me in. It would be hardware support rather than help desk, which is better in some ways! The pay would be a bit lower, but that's not a huge deal. It would come with benefits and such. I just need to make sure I can fit everything together. :) I've told Deborah (my current boss) that I'm going to hold off on more weekday hours until I find out what's up with this other position.
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Clover Star Classic! [Feb. 26th, 2007|11:23 pm]
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[Current Mood |ecstaticecstatic]

Went to Princeton this past weekend for a dance competition. Won a few ribbons! Most of them in american, strangely enough (I've never had a single american style lesson in my life).

American Bronge Cha Cha - 5th place
American Bronze Swing - 8th place
American Bronze Tango - 8th place
Fun Potluck Dance - 3rd place!
International Newcomer Rumba - 6th place

Ok, so I shouldn't be dancing newcomer. I was leading one of our newbies who didn't have a partner. I was within the rules--I did not get called back for bronze rumba.

As for the potluck dance, I think that's the ribbon I'm most proud of! For fun dances, they shove everyone on the floor at once and cut it down to 16 (a semifinal). Then they cut that down to 8 (a final). We made it to the final, which was awesome, then got 3rd! So the "potluck" part was that they played a random song and you had to start dancing to it. In each round, they played 5 different dances. I think one of our advantages was that I could tell what dance a song was almost immediately (yay for a musical background) and we would switch almost immediately while most of the couples took at least 10 seconds. That was a lot of fun, and I'm surprised we did so well, but it was very fun!!

Also, we got a callback in Smooth Syllabus Viennese Waltz, and the semi-final was almost completely silver and gold couples. That made me feel good. And the hilight of the whole weekend: WE GOT A CALLBACK IN SILVER SAMBA/JIVE! AHHHHH! FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! :-D

That is all.
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My current job [Feb. 12th, 2007|01:11 am]
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By the way, for any who haven't seen it:

http://www.theweddingdancespecialists.com/wedding-dance-instructor.php

Scroll to the bottom. My apologies for the embedded video (might want to turn your sound down/off because of it). Now if only they would give me more hours. :-p
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ANGST [Feb. 10th, 2007|06:46 pm]
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ANGST ANGST ANGST ANGST ANGST ANGST ANGST

That is all.

(Some of you know why I'm angsty. It has to do with things that transpired at the party last night. Not necessarily what happened or the people involved, although that's part of it.

Perhaps a friends-locked post later to explain it all. Perhaps not.

BTW, I'm not even sure angst is the word I'm looking for. But angst works for now.

ANGST)
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Irish Soda Bread [Nov. 22nd, 2006|05:23 pm]
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I was wondering if anyone has any good recipes for irish soda bread. It's always been one of my favorites and I'd love to try making it on my own sometime.
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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2006|11:38 pm]
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[Current Mood |tiredtired]

I must congratulate ksausville on her post-election post. It was the only pro-liberal post that didn't say something with an air of ZOMG WE TOOK THE HOUSE THE COUNTRY IS SAVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111.

Work was ok today. Oh yeah, for those that didn't know, I got hired by a temp agency and went on my first assignment today. It lasts until Monday. It's menial, tedious work, but it's not hard. It does require a lot of organization, something many people don't associate with me, but when I try I can really do things well. Tomorrow should be fun though, because I have to retrace my steps in the morning aaaand afternoon to see if any more entries have been submitted to the page. The deadline is 8pm tomorrow, so when I go back and check a final time on Friday, all submissions should be in.

On that note, this job may lead to better things. I was hoping to use Graham (the temp agency) to establish my reliability again now that most of my medical issues are gone and my attendance shouldn't be a problem anymore. However, I didn't expect it to yield results quite so soon! The woman I was working with today, Karen, was impressed by my computer skills. I showed her some shortcuts in Outlook and in Windows in general and as we were talking happened to mention I actually am looking for work in IT. Did I mention this is an HR department I was working with? So Karen has an epiphany later while I'm in her cube with her and grabs a notebook, looks something up, goes on the web, and shows me a job description... they're hiring in their help desk! She promptly calls the guy, Doug, who is working on this position, and he comes over to talk with me. I'll be chatting with him again tomorrow. ;)

Speaking of tomorrow, off to bed with me! Trying to head in early tomorrow to finish what I didn't get finished today. Also so I can maybe leave a bit early. And to make a good impression. ;)

Oh, completely off topic. Anying near CP should come see the College Park Opera (performed by the Squonk Opera) at CSPAC Thursday and Friday nights. It's going to be a great show, and I'm dancing in one of the scenes!
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Past few days, next few days [Nov. 2nd, 2006|01:32 am]
Winkie
In this post: DCDI, funeral, job stuff.

DCDI was fun. I had a great time, as expected. The end of the comp was a bit of a downer. Rachel and I didn't get a single bronze latin ribbon. Lots of people were surprised, but we were a little depressed. I'm still a bit upset by it, but not significantly. We got 3 ribbons in Rhythm, all 6th places (in Cha Cha, Rumba, and Mambo). If I get another Mambo ribbon I swear I'm gonna have all teh judges checked into a mental ward. I don't know how we keep doing it. First myself and Sara, and now with Rachel. But like I said, still had lots of fun. A few other surprises, very pleasant, came up as well. Rachel and I managed to make it to the Quarter-finals of International Foxtrot, which is an extremely hard dance that we're not all that good at in any way, shape, or form. We also made it to the semi-finals in Viennese Waltz... 3 times! The 3 times part was annoying, but the scores were so close they had to keep re-running the round to cut the number of couples in the final between 5 and 8.

Videos of everything can be found here:
http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~wink/ballroom/dcdi2k6/Rhythm.wmv
http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~wink/ballroom/dcdi2k6/Latin.wmv
http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~wink/ballroom/dcdi2k6/VWaltz.wmv
No standard. :( And the Samba and Rumba videos aren't that great. The former is practically non-existent and what is there is kinda crappy, and whoever was taping the Rumba for us didn't do a very good job. :-P

As for the funeral... for those who don't know, my maternal grandmother died on Sunday. She's been very ill for a while, so it's almost a blessing. I kinda already said goodbye a while ago, because she's been unresponsive or incoherent at best for a while. However, I did have a bit of trouble today. At the services this morning, I got a little emotional, and when we got to the cemetery for the final part, especially as we were leaving, I got pretty teared up. I just felt like we were leaving her behind... it was so weird. Even now thinking about it, she's in that cold ground without her family there and I miss her. Like I said, she was mostly gone for a while but it's different now. She's gone for good. Evern though I know she wasn't going to get better, it's still very weird now. I'm usually good at funerals, don't really have an external reaction. Although, this is the closest family member that's ever died, save for my paternal grandfather whose funeral I couldn't go to.

Anyways, moving on. I have a job interview tomorrow... sort of. It's actually a meeting of sorts at a temp agency, where I'll fill out forms, go over my resume and stuff with them, and take a Microsoft Office proficiency test (if I fail that, I'm going to jump in front of a moving bus, haha).
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DCDI [Oct. 25th, 2006|03:48 am]
Winkie
I posted this on Facebook, but for everyone that doesn't have it or doesn't check it:

This weekend is the DC DanceSport Inferno! It's the largest collegiate ballroom dancing competition on the East Coast. I'll be dancing in it. You should come watch.Students with ID get in for free to the morning/afternoon events. Tickets are reasonably priced for others.

Competition starts on both days at 8am. If you'd be interested in coming, ask me for more details.
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