Whew, it's been a while since I shared a "Life Lately" post! I thought it had been a couple of months until I checked and it's been over six months...ha! I figured it was about time for a quick little update about what's been going on around these parts.
I mentioned in my "home style" post (likely the first of a few) that I moved back to Idaho mid-June and into my boyfriend's place. I'm still not completely unpacked, but after killing a huge spider in the garage I'm determined to get it all out of there before our upcoming trip! We've still got a bunch of organizing to do inside the house, too... My boyfriend still has a few yet-to-be-unpacked boxes himself. Really, the only area of the house that is "put together" is this corner in the living room. Haha! I picked up the basket from Target, the rug from RugsUSA, and the blankets are from various retailers (I think Costco and HomeGoods). I'd love to also add more pillows to the couch, get something for above the mantle, and style the bookcase but I'm getting some pushback (especially about the extra pillows, but can you really have too many pillows and blankets?). ;)
My boyfriend and I recently celebrated one year of becoming inseparable! Our first "date" involved introducing him to the famous Idaho Ice Cream Potato at Westside Drive-In (one of the places noted in my Summer Guide to Boise). It's essentially vanilla ice cream rolled in cocoa powder, sliced down the middle to resemble a baked potato, and then topped with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, crushed Oreo or cookie of some kind, and crushed peanuts. Definitely something you have to check out if you come to town! We went back on our anniversary, and they were sold out! I told them our story and luckily, they made us one fresh. It was really sweet! We ended up enjoying our "potato" and then ordering dinner to-go so we could watch The Bachelorette.
Last Friday, I had my first real job interview! I had less than two days to prepare for it, so I was very nervous going into it. In addition to the normal interview questions (which weren't normal or what I was expecting/prepared for), I had to give a presentation on my research. Most of the talk was focused on my recent Ph.D. research, but I also added in a bit from my M.S. research. It's been a while since I really looked at any of my M.S. research, so I practiced the talk a couple of times before going into it. I was told by the man hiring for the position that the interview went well, and I met a million people at the department, so I have my fingers crossed that I get an offer this week (but I'm trying to not get my hopes up too high just in case). I'm excited for the opportunity because this job is directly related to my degrees!
The night before my interview, I was frantic trying to figure out what to wear since I don't have much in the way of professional clothing. Luckily, I had an old pair of Express pants from college that somehow still fit me. I added my red floral Who What Wear for Target top, Olivia Moon blazer from Nordstrom (which is still on sale), and Ferragamo 'Vara' pumps. Other than the pants feeling a bit outdated (do they look outdated?), I felt comfortable and put-together (and the top showed a bit of my personality). I made an effort to note what other people in the office were wearing to get an idea of what would be appropriate should I get a job offer, and I'm happy to report that I could probably wear most of my closet! I'd just need to get into midi/maxi skirts and dresses, haha. :)