Saturday, July 15, 2006

Oh dear...

Just as well I didn't tell you about the interview last night. I got a rejection letter this morning, plus another in an envelope addressed to me, for someone else (I will tell them on Monday so they can properly inform her). Apparently they have already chosen someone.

I'd had over a week to think about this job and my life in it, so I am relieved to be less disappointed than I had expected I would be. But I am still fed up with my situation.

And I am on my 4th headache of the week. I have decided it is definitely tension. My shoulders are STIFF and I keep forgetting to breathe. I think I really do deserve my upcoming holiday.


Yesterday afternoon, in my positive mood after the interview, I stopped at the Swiss Cottage market and bought a small and dainty freshwater pearl necklace from India (or Nepal) - it was either that for 10 pounds ($20) or a moonstone one for 16 ($32). I like moonstone, but my mother took my old pearl necklace and I have been looking for an affordable one ever since. I never thought I could get one for as little as a tenner!

I also stopped off at Karnac Books, the main source for psychology and psychoanalysis (just up the road from Freud's house, you see, and his bust sits in the window).

There was a deal going on, 3 books for the price of 2:
I bought his book The Analysis of Dreams - look out Steli!
Myths from Mesopotamia - includes the epic of Gilgamesh, which I had left in the US.
The Golden Bough by James George Frazer, "the classic study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind, and the progress through magic and religion to scientific thought".

I seem to be in a bit of an anthropological mood.


I also rented 3 DVDs at the library (on weekends they do 3 for 2):

Stealth - the AI fighter jet. VERY COOL movie, how could people say it was crap? I felt sorry for EDI at the end.

I haven't yet seen:
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - haven't seen it yet but I expect it will be fun.

Elektra - the superhero action film with Jennifer Garner, some mindless WOW escapism, which of course I need.

I had actually gone in looking for Belleville Rendezvous - I highly recommend this French film. Interesting animation, little dialogue, great music. I saw it a couple of years ago and am ready for it again. But it is checked out until Monday, so wait until then...


Yeah, I know, I rented rubbish movies and blogged on the weekend.

I will go out into the sunshine soon, maybe feel better...

Anyway, do you have any opinions on the books or the movies?


Jia Li said...

get well, feel better!

Steliano Ponticos said...

Olive let us all have great holidays this summer +D

Jia Li said...


Anonymous said...

i am looking fwd to elektra!

listen, u take care sweetie. and all the best!

tooners said...

I've been having headaches too. Not been in the mood to blog at all because of it. Woke up the other morning and my neck went into spasms... now I have a stiff neck, and I HATE those!

I've seen Elektra... hated it. I like Jennifer Garner ok in Alias, but this movie was just baaaaaad! Haven't seen the others.. interested to see what you think of them, especially The Life Aquatic... tell us about that, I'm interested.

I saw the 2nd Pirates of the Caribbean this past weekend. Loved it.

Sorry to hear about the job, but... there's something better in store for you.

The books sound great! I love dream books and this one - The Golden Bough - sounds very interesting. You'll have to tell us more about this.

Have a great weekend!

tooners said...

Oh yeah, love Emily Bronte's poetry... and didn't know this about Mata Hari... very interesting.

Olivia said...

Steli - you still have to tell us about Montpellier, etc.

JL - I wonder if we can skype later...

Anonymous - hm, you're not my usual Anon...Who are you? Thank you though...

Tooners - as if the headaches weren't enough, there's a lot of crap going on in the house...maybe this is a blogworthy thing.

You need a neck and shoulder massage, lots of water, and maybe some aromatherapy, methinks. Not to mention, it is soooo hot where you are.

I am watching the DVD extras on Life Aquatic and have decided to watch it a second time.

Elektra will have to wait till later.

Ooh, interesting side bar today, you have noted!
Thanks for being such a great reader ;)

Good security code today is a looks like a long Polish word with only one vowel in it.

The Moody Minstrel said...

as if the headaches weren't enough, there's a lot of crap going on in the house...maybe this is a blogworthy thing.

Indeed! Please keep us posted!

I wonder what the dream books would have to say about the bizarre dreams I have from time to time. They scare me.

I haven't seen any of those movies. In fact, movie-watching is something I've gotten wayyyyy behind in, regardless of whether or not I end my sentence with a preposition! (Bloody language teachers...)

Hope you feel better!

Steliano Ponticos said...

I will, what happened in montpellier is very interesting and I still haven't blogged it...tomorrow

tooners said...

yes, do tell what is happening in the house. i will try the extra water and the aromatherapy sounds terrific. i'm going for a facial tomorrow.. maybe that'll relax me a bit.

lunaliar said...

Oh Liv! I envy you! Please don't rush into the workaday ruse! It's not worth it... I'm whiling away my twenties in an over-air conditioned, oak-paneled hell.

Olivia said...

Minstrel - you know what, you didn't end your sentence in a preposition because you kept typing. I noticed that Thomas Hardy does the same thing. He ends a *clause* with a preposition, then adds another clause.

Tooners - done.

Luna - oh no! The longer I remain unemployed, the harder it will be to get a job. They are very unforgiving and often ask me to account for my time.

Chris in MB said...

"The Golden Bough" sounds very interesting. But careful, I hear that many consider it to be politically incorrect today. ;)

What you didn't like Electra? but, but, Jennifer Garner is sooo hot!
Yeah, so I like mindless action movies with female heroines! :)