Tuesday, September 30, 2008


We did get to watch the Office! Thank you NBC for putting the Office episodes online for those of us who cannot get NBC on our television sets due to NBC's lack of a strong signal!

Just to give everyone an update, my interview last week went okay. I didn't feel like I "wow"ed them so I wasn't expecting a call back or anything. However, yesterday I did get a call for a second interview. This time I will be doing a phone interview with some executive on the east coast somewhere. That takes place next Tuesday afternoon. I'm excited about that but I've decided that I'm not going to get too excited because I don't want to be super disappointed if I don't get the job. In the meantime, I'm continuing to apply for other opportunities and I have faith that the right job will come along at some point.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Anyone else excited?

Is anyone else excited about the new season of the Office? Although Mr. Rochester and I are thrilled to see how this next season will start, we are not exactly sure how or where we will be watching it. Because of the added expense, we have decided not to get cable. Even with a handy dandy homemade antenna, our TV only picks up about 6 or 7 stations, NBC not being one of them (4 of them are PBS stations--go figure). So we are crossing our fingers that the Office episodes will be put online again on nbc.com to watch for free. I hear that NBC and ITunes are teaming up again and you'll be able to purchase episodes of the Office on ITunes for $2 a piece. Personally, I would rather watch them (for free) online and then purchase the entire season next year when it comes out. Maybe we'll do some strategic planning here to make some friends who have cable and enjoy the Office.

Another show we really like is 30 Rock but that doesn't start again until the end of October. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin star in the show and I think Tina Fey does a lot of the writing. It is h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s. Someday we will get those episodes on DVD as well.

On another note, I just thought everyone might like to know that I have a job interview tomorrow with a big corporation for a position in their giving department. With this job, I'd be able to help manage how the corporation's "extra" money is given away. I'm really excited and hope that the interview goes well. I think I could learn a lot in that type of an environment and that it would be some really good work experience. If I don't get the job, I'm sure something else will come along that suits me better. I've been keeping up the job search and have been putting in applications all over the place. When applying for jobs, I've really only been applying for jobs where I feel like I could use my master's degree--I guess I'm being a job snob but I'd really like to start some sort of a career! Currently, I'm just working a temp job at the University and it's okay for the meantime.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Rainbow Chip vs. Funfetti

Why is Betty Crocker's Party Rainbow Chip cake so delicious? I'm not sure, but for some reason, this is one treat that I have a tough time resisting (especially when the cake is frosted with the party rainbow chip frosting). This is so silly too because I rarely buy cake or brownie mixes. I like to make things from scratch and I'm convinced that you should be able to make a cake as good from scratch (and BETTER) than a cake mix. Anyway, several months ago, I just craved this cake for some reason. I thought it was the same thing as Pilsbury's Funfetti cake mix and so I kept looking in the Pilsbury section for the Rainbow Chip cake and frosting (made by Betty Crocker) but I couldn't find the frosting with the right kind of sprinkles in it (because I was only searching in the Pilsbury section). The Rainbow Chip frosting already has the round, colored sprinkles in the frosting while the Pilsbury Funfetti frosting has the sprinkles in a clear, plastic container on top of the frosting container. After coming to the conclusion that the cake mix I was looking for did not exist anymore, I discussed my dilemma with a friend who corrected my wayward thinking that Rainbow Chip was made by Pilsbury. I have since happily been restored to the Rainbow Chip cake mix and have ceased purchasing the Pilsbury Funfetti cake mix...because really, Rainbow Chip is better.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Whistle Dixie

A few weeks ago Mr. Rochester and I visited a Confederate Cemetery. Some of you may think this is kind of weird and that's okay. Maybe a few years ago, I would've thought it was weird but since marrying Mr. Rochester, I've come to better appreciate the "historical-ness" of the South. I remember the summer Mr. Rochester and I started dating, we passed a sign about 2 miles from my parents house that said "Confederate Cemetery." I'd lived in that town for 15 years and passed it every day on the way to and from school. Never once did I seriously consider visiting the Confederate Cemetery just down the street from my house. Of course, while we were dating we visited that cemetery and now that we are back in the South, we visited another one. The one we recently visited is very nicely kempt and it was just a neat experience to visit it. In the middle of the cemetery, there was a huge monumnet dedicated to the soldiers from the surrounding states who died in a nearby battle. Before visiting the cemetery, we went to our town's historical society's ice cream social. It was held at the former Union headquarters for this area during the Civil War. There were actual bullet holes still in the door of the house where the event was held. The volunteers all dressed up in period costumes And we at some yummy southern cake and drank lemonade