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    • Cover Letters Are The Worst Part Of Job Hunting

      6 years ago

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      I hate writing cover letters. That was probably number 2 on my list of things I was happy about when I found a job last fall, "I don't have to write any more cover letters." I don't mind resumes, and while terrifying I get interviews, but cover letters are the worst.

      I am not a toot-my-own-horn kind of person. I'm good at what I do, I like to think I'm really good, but I also am of the mindset that there is nothing special about it. I do what I do because it's my job. I was absolutely flabbergasted when my previous job gave me a bonus for my work on a project. While I surely busted my butt to get it done and get it done well, in my head I was simply doing what was asked of me.

      So, when I'm supposed to sit down and write a letter that is essentially "here's all the reasons I'm fantastic" I completely clam up, despite my usual propensity for writing. I feel awkward writing them. I feel awkward reading them. Heck, I even feel awkward reading the ones that are supposed to be good examples. I just don't like "look at me look at me!" type statements, and that's what cover letters really are.

      I'm currently hunting for a new job. Turns out you can't run a multimillion dollar chemical testing business with just 5 people doing the work without making those 5 people hate their existence...who knew? Anyways, while I need out of my current employment situation, it stinks because I know I'm going back to writing cover letters. Have I made any real progress? No. I have however designed my ideal cover letter that I would like to send out.

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I'm a badass. That's right, a badass. I am such a badass that you already know I'm perfect for the job, and you don't even know what job that is.

      Thank you for realizing this and calling me a few minutes ago to beg me to come work for you.


      PS. I also bake some badass cupcakes, and you know you want those for your Monday meetings.

    • The Goddess Hylia Has Smiled On Me

      6 years ago

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      There is a second hand game store on one of the major roads here. I make a point of stopping in every week while I'm out running errands to poke around at the NES and SNES collections. I have particular games I am looking for, but I always look through everything they have to see if there are any hidden gems or nostalgia inducing games. Usually I walk out empty handed (afterall, for them to have the game for sale, someone else has to have given it up), but every once in a while I make a good find.

      Today I hit the proverbial jackpot.

      I found a copy of "Link to the Past" in the SNES cabinet. I did my little happy dance, and asked the guy behind the counter to grab it for me. He picks it up, then says "oh, wait a minute...there's a special edition version underneath it for another $2, do you want that one instead?" Hell yes I want that one!

      On our way back up to the counter, he asks if there's anything else he can grab for me. I say that unless he's got a copy of the original "Legend of Zelda" or "The Adventures of Link" hiding somewhere I think I'm all set. He stops, cocks his head to the side a little and goes "...hold on a second" then disappears into the back. When he returns, he's holding this:


      Your eyes do not deceive you. That is a gold cartridge edition of "The Adventures of Link".

      I cannot believe that after weeks of stopping in this store on the hunt for Zelda games that I left today with 2 of them, and they're both special editions. I'm still doing a happy dance.

      So much for doing anything productive with my day. I've got some history to revisit.

    • Zelda Cosplay: The Dress That Didn't Work

      6 years ago

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      Well, I started on my Zelda cosplay dress last week. I found a fabric that seemed to be the right color and was the type I wanted (cotton, so it'd be easy to take care of), and found a pattern, and set to work. I haven't gotten the sleeves on it yet, but I don't think I'm going to bother.

      Problem 1: The fabric is apparently too thin, and I can actually see my pressed seams.

      Problem 2: It fits weird. Not in the "oh look you can just alter it and fix it" kind of way, but in the "there is something fundamentally wrong with how this sits" kind of way. I could try to take some of it apart and fix it, but because of problem 1 left behind holes from previous stitches don't heal up all that well.

      So, I'm doing what any logical person would do: totally throwing it out and starting over from scratch.

      This weekend I'm going to buy new fabric (hopefully I can find the same type I made my Link tunic out of since that was super easy to work with) and am going to ignore the pattern and just make my own (again, worked well for the Link tunic). I only have 2 months to get this whole thing together, so I don't really want to waste time on trying to do it "the right way" when I've already proven to myself I can wing it and get a pretty good product.

      Still haven't decided how to do the yellow/gold accents on the dress. Originally I was going to make some bias tape and sew that on, but I'm now starting to think I may go the applique route. I'm trying to avoid having to paint it on like many other Skyloft Zelda cosplayers have done, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to paint the crest on the sailcloth anyways so who knows. I'm sure time constraints will play a role.

    • 5Ks and The Zombie Apocalypse

      6 years ago

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      I ran my first 5K this weekend: The Zombie Dash.

      The premise is simple: you run a 5K around a lake at night (the first wave started at 9PM) through the woods. With the exception of a few safe zones (like the spot where there were a ton of tree roots to navigate without killing yourself), there were "zombies" along the trail, attempting to take your flag-football-esque "life strips" from your waist. At the end, for each life strip you still had you could subtract a minute from your time.

      My husband and I decided way back in February that we should try to run a 5K this summer. We originally wanted to do the Color Run, but registration had already closed for the one in our city. Someone hubby works with mentioned the Zombie Dash, so we set it as our goal and started training.

      Too bad we didn't exactly finish the training.

      We got very easily distracted by a variety of house projects (we just bought one) and personal side trips (RTX anyone?) that, despite the C25K program being set up in a relatively easy to follow fashion, we just sort of stopped. Up until this last week I could only run about 20 minutes straight, and hubby was at 15 minutes. Not exactly conducive to a 5K. But, we were already signed up, so we went for it anyways.

      It actually turned out better than I expected. I didn't have any of my life strips at the end thanks to some cheater zombies, but I still had a good time. There was a monster hill in the middle that killed me (I actually had to walk up it...), though even with that I managed to clock a 27:33.0 and ended 15th out of 70 in my age group. Not too shabby!

    • QofW 08/09/13: Let's Have a Beer

      in Forums > QofW 08/09/13: Let's Have a Beer | Follow this topic

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      QofW stands for "Question of the Week", in case you were confused.

      This week's question:

      Which member of RT/AH would you most like to sit down with over a beer (or other beverage of your choice) to just chat with?

      13 replies

    • The Patch. Wut R U Doin. Patch. Stahp.

      6 years ago

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      I went all nostalgic earlier and tried to listen to the original Drunk Tank podcasts, and up through #12 were all replaced with the corresponding Patch episode.

      Has anyone else had the episodes of The Patch replace their episodes of the RT podcast? Or does anyone know if there's a fix for it?

    • What is Game Night?

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      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      Hello Michiganians!

      There has been talk amongst some of us on the idea of starting to have RT MI community game nights. I think this is a smashing idea personally, but you can't really have game night by yourself. My bottle of wine can't seem to keep a grip on the controller...

      So, what we'd like to know from you is what games you'd like to see entered into a game night rotation. All consoles/formats/whatever are up for discussion.

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    • I Have No Idea What's Going On

      6 years ago

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      I apparently missed some major personal life fiasco in the RT/AH crew. I have seen a number of posts admonishing the people turning into a celebrity gossip type bit of news. Based on the complete lack of information in these posts (which is probably for the best), I have no choice but to assume that Ryan and Edgar are no longer an item.

      So sorry you couldn't work things out. When you reach the anger portion of the grief stages I hope Edgar is tasty.

    • Question of the Week 08/02/13:RT Podcast

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      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      If you could build your personal RT podcast dream team, which 4 crew members would you choose?

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    • Oh No She's Sewing Again...

      6 years ago

      LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

      I really enjoy sewing. I wish I got to do it more often. I've had mini projects off and on over the last few years, but rarely a big project. 2 years ago I made a Link costume, which is a simple shape, but was still a huge undertaking considering I hadn't done any clothing sewing for years before that and I could not remember how to sew a sleeve or a collar to save my life. It was rough, but the overall product wasn't too bad.


      Since then I've wanted to take on another big project, but I couldn't justify investing the time in it when there was no purpose to it other than "I felt like it". RTX was a good excuse to sort of get back into it with the "Memory is the Key" backpack, but that of course kickstarted the urge to sew something big again. Luckily this time a reason showed up.

      I'm a huge Legend of Zelda fan (because that wasn't obvious already), so when I found out that the Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour was coming to Grand Rapids, a mere 45 minutes away, in October I geeked out a little. And by a little I mean I decided I need to make a Skyloft Zelda costume.


      I can totally do that in 3 months, right?

      That's not me asking a question or anything...that's me trying to convince myself. I guess I'd better get cracking!

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