Rue McClanahan, Blanche Devereaux from The Golden Girls, died today at the age of 76. I’d like to say that she was always my favorite character on the show, but that would be a lie. All four of those women were my favorite. Each one had such a different personality than the others. That’s what made the show so great, in my opinion. I still remember my first week as a freshman at Clemson University when I was going through sorority recruitment; I learned that Rue McClanahan was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the sorority that invited me to be a member. I still remember calling one of my friends in Memphis (he was and still is obsessed with the show, Blanche being his favorite) and telling him that I was now in the same sorority as Rue. Although it probably sounds pretty lame, I still thought it was neat; that I, a plain Jane, was a part of the same rituals that Rue was. Her spunk and charm as the flirtatious Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls will certainly help keep her memory alive for a very, very long time. She will certainly be missed. Rest in peace, Rue McClanahan.

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Got Job?

June 2, 2010

I graduated from Clemson University in May 2009. Since I was unsuccessful in finding a job, I opted to do a public relations internship in Greenville until December. My fiance graduated from the same school in December 2009, and we decided to move to Huntsville, Alabama in search of jobs. At the time Huntsville seemed like a great place to start. We had heard that the cost of living was fairly low and that there was a great job market. My cousin works as an administrative assistant at a large company on the arsenal in Huntsville. She gave me the email address of the same person who hired her, and I have emailed him weekly since January to see if there were any available positions. I got so close to obtaining an administrative assistant job there. I got to go in and take the Microsoft Office exam, which I passed with flying colors, and I even got to go interview that same afternoon. My family, my fiance, and I had such high hopes that this would work out. My uncle said that obtaining this job would be a great way to get my foot in the door of a government job and that I could easily soar up to a great job using my Communications degree. However, a few weeks after I went in to test and interview, I received an email saying that the position I could have obtained was not going to be receiving any funding. Therefore, the position was completely terminated. Admittedly, I was pretty upset, but my hopes were kept alive by my family and my fiance (they’re always really supportive). My cousin kept informing me about positions that were opening up, but every time I’d send that weekly job inquiry email, I’d get the same response that nothing new has opened up. Then one day last week, I received an email saying they were going to be on a hiring freeze until September, which then changed to October. I was pretty upset, considering my hopes for a position at this company was one of the major factors in moving the Huntsville. My fiance has been having an equally hard time finding a job as well. He, like me, got as far as having an interview, but never heard anything back. The interviewer said that he would call even if to say they didn’t have anything available. I guess that was a bold-faced lie, since we have yet to hear back from him almost a month later. We’ve been using careerbuilder, monster.com, usajobs.gov, craigslist, etc looking for some sort of job other than a waitressing job or retail. I’m currently looking for administrative assistant and receptionist jobs. I KNOW I can do a great job, and I’ve always gotten really positive feedback from previous employers. I’ve even had one supervisor start crying on my last day because she didn’t want me to leave. It’s just disheartening to know that I can do a great job, that I’m a great worker, but I can’t show anyone because this economy is so terrible right now! And I know my fiance is a hard worker; he has great people skills, and he’s very knowledgeable in his field. I hate feeling like all of our hard work we put into getting our Bachelor’s degrees was for nothing (which I know in the long-run it won’t have been for nothing).

Right now I’m enrolled in the Kaplan University Post-baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate Program to, as you may have already guessed, get my paralegal certificate. My sister took the same course a few years ago, and she said she really enjoyed it. I’m hoping I like it just as much, and I’m going to put my all into this course so I don’t let my mom down, since she’s kind enough to pay for it. The process of enrollment and registering for classes seemed like it could have gone smoother, but I’ve got my deposit paid, and I’m signed up for the right classes, so I’m satisfied. It’ll be refreshing having something to do again.

Also, my fiance and I went to Randstad this morning to see if their staffing agency could help us find jobs. The woman we talked to just gave us her card and told us to create profiles on their website and they’d contact us if anything opened up. She said they currently had some administrative assistant jobs open, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that something comes of it. There have been many frustrating days in our quest to find jobs, but I’m very grateful for everything that my family and my fiance’s family have provided us. And I’m especially glad that I have the support of my fiance (and that I can support him too); it really helps me get through the jobless days.

I was reading Cosmo a few weeks ago, and there was this whole article about taking care of your skin – like using moisturizer and sunscreen and avoiding tanning beds…stuff like that. They mentioned the new Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 50 and helioplex.

It’s said to protect against UVA and UVB rays, and I thought I’d try it. I went to Target the next day, and when I finally located it, I saw that it cost almost $14. I don’t know about you, but I found that to be a bit much for a moisturizer. I thought, “Well, it’s a new product, so it might take a few weeks for the price to come down. I’ll just wait till then and use my SPF 15 moisturizer till then.” However, two days ago, my fiance and I went to Wal-Mart since they’re having really great deals right now. We went to get some new face wash, and I thought I’d see how much this moisturizer was priced here. It was only $10, which I thought was a good deal, since it was almost $14 at Target. I used it for the first time yesterday, and found it to be very different from my other moisturizer. It was a lot thicker and smelled different, but not bad. It smelled almost like sun screen (probably from it being SPF 50), and it was a tad on the greasy side, which the advertisement said it wasn’t greasy. Having my face smell like sun screen and the weather being as warm and humid as it was yesterday, I felt like I should be at the beach! This new moisturizer wasn’t life changing or anything, but I did enjoy knowing that while I was out in the sun, my skin was being protected more. This morning, however, I did wake up with a little breakout on my left cheek, but nothing too terrible. I might save the SPF 50 for the days when I know I’ll be out in the sun more though (I’m usually an indoor person, since I’m not a fan of temperatures above 75 degrees). But I would definitely recommend this moisturizer to anyone who likes to be outside all the time. It’ll definitely keep your face safe from sunburn and wrinkles due to sun damage. Make sure to take care of your skin now, so you can be as pretty tomorrow as you are today.