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I'm still here

I’m alive, I’m tired, I’m hungry, I’m not armed but I’m back! I’ve been missing all of you a lot, kids, it seems I’ll never have enough time to write a decent post again, at least not until January 29th, my last test date. So far I’d attended to 3 job tests, first one to Ministry of Culture, second to a huge electrical agency which belongs to government and third to work as an admnistrative employee at public hospitals. All of them were hard, but I managed to get good grades at all of them. But “good” is never enough, because many people were also good. I need to be “perfect”, I’ll try to be like that on my next tests, two in December (one to another electrical organization, the other one to a Ministry of Agriculture agency – I’m sorry if I’m not clear!) and two in January (one to Brazilian Federal Bank and another to Brasília [Brasil’s capital] Deputy’s House). I’m dying to leave this job for a better one and sometimes I feel like a whore, just thinking on the money I can get from one of these jobs, but truth is I need it, and also stability only government positions can assure.

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An interesting fact: this morning I had my very first Excel class. Generally those tests I’m attending to are divided in parts: Portuguese questions (and it’s funny how I don’t really have to study this subject, generally it’s the one I’m best, with only 1 or 2 questions wrongly answered), Math or administrative routine questions (sometimes both of them), laws (they change from test to test, depending on the job I’m pursuing – to Ministry of Culture there were cultural and collections protection laws, to public hospitals there were laws about administration of money concerned to hospitals, etc.) and computer science. It generally means knowing Windows, Work and Excel – recently PowerPoint is being included in few tests, so I’ll be attending to this course at afternoon too. I liked the class, in fact I knew a little about Excel but not enough to answer any question correctly. My *teacher* is a very young girl, probably she’s 20 and she made me work hard this morning, but I suppose that’s the only way to really learn it, right? Excel classes are on Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m, while PowerPoint ones will be also on Fridays, but from 6 to 8 p.m. – since I’m leaving museum at 5:30 p.m. I’ll have to take the fastest ferry to arrive there, let’s say, at 6:10. I hope teacher won’t be angry with me, lol

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Job has been boring and annoying too, nothing really exciting happened last weeks. Yesterday there was a meeting in which I was supposed to look very professional in order to arrange things concerned to our new sponsor (our Vice-President seems very sure that guy [who owns a bank] will give us his money... one really can dream right? *shudder*). Anyway everything was fine and thank God I won't have to hear about that again for at least 10 days - this sponsorship thing has been *really* stressing!

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I’m not in Christmas mood this year and I doubt it’ll change. Recently we had started celebrating Halloween down here (which is kind of bizarre, it’s not a Brazilian tradition but there was a time in which was said that “what it’s good for the U.S. it’s good for Brazil too”, I think people still think like that), we also don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day so since the very beginning of November there wer many shops with Christmas decoration and selling Santa articles. But I just see them, think everything is pretty beautiful as every damn year and that’s all. I don’t know if it’s all studying pressure, if it’s the family issue, if it’s the usual lack of money, but fact is this December won’t be like last one. We used to have a big X-Mas tree – well, not *that* big but it was large enough. When we had to paint the apartment and make room for my new bedroom my mother decided to throw away many things, including that tree. I think it was given to one of the guys who painted our walls but I saved many balls and other decoration I liked. I used to have a little tree here at work and every fucking year I prepared it for Christmas, just like the ex-librarian, my dear friend, decorated hers at library. It was fun, the guy who works there would help us, sometimes she’d buy special lights to her tree, mine had a little snow flake that I used as X-Mas star... but last year she resigned and I didn’t want to do that alone. This year... well, this year I didn’t want it too, I really miss her, she’s a great person, a funny friend and I didn’t see the point of doing that without her, even if new librarian and her staff had already decorated library. It seems so wrong, do you know what I mean? So that little tree now is at my home, with our old decoration, it looks weird since it’s too little for all balls and bells and little Santas and so on but it’s cute. But I say again, I’m not in the mood. Shit.

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Family issues: things are pretty much the same, but the guy who wants to buy that house from hell wants to buy my grandmother’s part, and also another one, which belonged to my grandfather’s brother. It’ll be done according to law, I think they’ll sign documents giving him the rights over their property (it seems it can be done even if the property still has some legal issues), and although I’m sure my Grandpa brother’s heirs will be more than happy to put their hands in some money soon it’ll cause more trouble than before. They guy will make the same offer to all people involved (I think it’s about 40.000 dollars) – my aunts (Grandpa sisters) and cousins from hell always wanted more than that but fact is *nobody* will pay more than that. It had already been tried, and no one was interested. If Grandma and other heirs decide to sell their parts I think aunts and cousins will be very very furious, because then they’ll never sell it for such a high price as they always wanted. Well, let’s see what will happen... *sigh*

Comments

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aswanargent
Nov. 26th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Hey, Adriana? Two things. First, if you need any help with Excel, just ask. I live and breathe it in my working life.

Second, how about giving me your snail mail addy so I can send you a Christmas card? You can e-mail me at: karen.chapman@cnb.com.

:-)
adrianabr
Nov. 27th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for offering help, girl!! And I'd just emailed you a message with my address.
rileyc
Nov. 26th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
{{hugs}} Sorry for the holiday issues and stuff. Hope your spirits do lift soon, though.

And thank you for all the postcards. I'm loving them a lot. :)
adrianabr
Nov. 27th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, R. - and I'm really glad you'd received the postcards!!
adrianabr
Nov. 27th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
Btw what a perfect icon!!! *g*
adrianabr
Dec. 15th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
Just now I got this comment, gotta love LJ!! ;o)
And I'm really glad you'd liked postcards!
pride_of_erin
Nov. 27th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
*points to icon*. Bet you'd feel more excited about Christmas if this was waiting under your tree, *g*. {{Hugs}}
adrianabr
Nov. 27th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
That's so true, E.!!! *g*
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