In any case, Miss S, Miss J and I booked tickets a while ago for this trip with the main goal of seeing Miss E, who has been living oh-so-far-away in Vermont. It also happened that a gaggle of roller girls (Miss E is a roller girl as well) from Juneau were also attending, which put us at a group of between 8 and 10 people depending on the night. I can't even begin to describe how fun it all was or how silly or rambunctious we got. I don't think Anchorage was expecting us.
I don't want to get too crazy into it, but we had good food, good drinks, good fun and good company all around.
Despite the overwhelming stress of being un(der)employed and straight up poor, I managed to have a bit of fun. And when I started to be a downer, I tried to be aware and pull myself out of it. I would really like to get to a point again at which I am happy more often than sad or stressed. I have an interview on Thursday, so maybe that will help.
As part of this whole job search fiasco, I have asked a few potential employers, who did not even offer me an interview, what criteria I did not meet. I hope I'll hear back, because if there is something I am doing wrong, I'd like to fix it.
One (no longer) potential employer I asked at least three weeks ago and I determined today that I should send a follow up e-mail. So I did that.
Edit 12/15: I got an e-mail from the HR person for the former potential employer and she has been supremely helpful and has gone above and beyond what I expected. She walked me through everything specifically and when I asked if she would be willing to conduct a rehearsal interview, she agreed. It is notable that I do know this woman beyond this interaction. Still, even if it had just been the initial Q&A, it was really helpful and I highly recommend asking such questions.