I have an exciting announcement, loyal blog readers! I realized upon “cleaning” out my hard drive that I have quite the accumulation of lists. As the world clearly is dying to be privy to the lists of one Amy McMahon from Montana, I decided to do a weekly post featuring my TOP TEN: they’ll be both themed and random. Look for them every weekend! Also, if you have any ideas, feel free to send ’em my way!

Now, without further ado, I present to you this week’s TOP TEN:

The List Of EUREKAS! I’ve Found During The Lifestyle Change, The Long Days, My Obsession With Recipes and Travel Sites, Walking My Dogs, and Other Daily Activities, At Least In Recent Memory:

1. Greek yogurt: 14 grams of protein. Mmmm, especially with fruit-on-the-bottom!

2. Netflix Instant Queue: I’m a little behind on this, but I am addicted and have been watching ridiculous made-for-TV movies from my childhood I never thought I’d see again (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, anyone?). Hey, makes the cleaning seem less bothersome at least!

3. Whole grain pasta. I loooooooooove pasta but unfortunately, I always feel slightly guilty for eating so many carbs that aren’t packed with nutrients (thanks for that one, Mom) but HALLELUJAH for these babies.

4. Peanut Butter Fingers. Another health and fitness blog…great energy and ideas!

5. Mod Cloth. Not that I can afford any of these adorable dresses, but there’s usually no harm in looking…except for the times when I find one that’s almost out of stock and perfectly flattering for my curvaceous form. You can’t say no to that kind of perfection, my friend.

6. Idealist. Check it out if you’re looking for a job in the nonprofit sector!

7. Raclette.  This awesome, traditional Swiss dish that my friend recently introduced me to. The original recipe involved melting the cheese on rocks, but we used a modern Raclette grill, with little slots to melt the cheese, and a grill on top for the sausage!

8. Moleskin. Just like Hemingway. Except I finally found a not-too-expensive one that’s the perfect size with calendar space AND list space. Aha! (The bright spot to the demise of the local Borders: sales!).

9. Spring skiing. Mostly because there are $25 dollar days where you don’t freeze your butt off, you get some fresh tracks (albeit in, well, April snow) and there’s nobody on the mountain!

10. Dark chocolate Cadbury eggs: One of my favorite things about Easter–now in a slightly-healthier flavor! (Had to throw this one in honor of said upcoming holiday).

(If you hadn’t guessed, I still remain unemployed, except as a drudge for my dear mother).

Spring Break for the Unemployed

Well, it’s spring break for most of my peers, and amid all their joyous relaxation, I’m realizing that this week is going to be the busiest I’ve had in awhile…ironic.

Although, my definition of “busy” has altered significantly since I became officially unemployed, but it’s still rather eventful.

This week, I have FOUR interviews (!!!), two ski dates, a St. Patrick’s Day/farewell party to throw and cook for, and our local Borders is closing so I am all over that. Also, I’m housesitting for my parents, which means babysitting our badly behaved and seriously adorable dogs, which pushes my goal of maybe-I’ll-have-children-by-now year back about five years.

(By the way, the fact that Borders is closing is the last straw: I need to leave Bozeman. Between their coffee and the books, I possibly single-handedly kept them afloat all of these years. Apparently that wasn’t enough…but, I suppose I have been absent from their aisles for some time, thanks to my limited funding, so maybe they really felt that too).

Three of the interviews are VERY promising: all with AmeriCorps, one in Denver, one in Connecticut, and one in Portland (all on the phone, unfortunately…this is when I wish I was an engineer/businesswoman/whatever kinds of careers this actually applies to, where my prospective employers would fly me to said city). The fourth one…well, maybe it would give me time to write at 4 am? Lookin’ for the bright side here…basically, it’s quite far away, the pay is terrible, and it’s the graveyard shift. The only reasons I’m going are because my mother, who works at a retirement community herself, much like this one, convinced me it could have a “great vibe” and it’s always good to practice interviewing. And oh yeah, I’m as desperate as 10-cents-a-dance.

In addition to all of these activities, I’m still attempting to work out regularly and launch my freelance writing career (which so far has produced…this blog).

All I can say is, if this week is overwhelming, how am I going to feel when I actually have a career with all of this to juggle? Or a family? (Just so you know, both of these thoughts terrify me and send me straight to Kayak to research airfares to France).

I better enjoy the good life now. Meanwhile, I’ll keep looking at those France airfares. Maybe working in a retirement community wouldn’t be so bad…could satisfy my need for some true French cuisine in Paris.