We’ll Always Have Tulum

24 Jun

File this under: interviews gone wrong, open mouth insert foot, it wasn’t meant to be

Ok, so where to begin… I had been interviewing for jobs for months. Like from the moment I graduated from grad school well into the new year. It seemed like it had been going on forever… and ever. My attitude at the beginning of this almost year long stretch had been: Eager! Hopeful! Earnest! But after months of being in the game, my interview ethos had turned into something  more like “Oh! Something to do today so I actually will put on outfit on and maybe some makeup too!” I HAD to prove to myself I still had “it.” Whatever “it” is.

Anyway, I had met a recruiter around Thanksgiving time that was (FINALLY) sending me on interviews around mid-January. I should have known it was going to be a shit show when I showed up for my first interview at “this place,” and my interviewer didn’t even glance in my direction in the open office until a half hour after our scheduled meeting time.

“Oh,” she said, “I don’t remember confirming with your recruiter, but you’re here so lets get to it.” We had our tete-a-tete. Why here? Why us? Why you? Why now? And OF COURSE ended with her asking me “Can you do this project for us? We have a very specific style and want to make sure you’re a good fit.” I hear, “We want to make sure you can actually do work.” And I’m thinking, “Do a project! Why I’d LOVE to! I LOVE giving my time and ideas away for free. How did you know!?!”

So I did the project in the URGENT week turnaround time requested and heard nothing for about a month. Then I get called in for the second interview. “Ok,” I thought, “he’s going to GUSH over my project.” So we have our tete-a-tete. Why here? Why us? Why you? Why now? And then, do you have any questions for me. Note: he had not mentioned my project at all during the main interview. So I say, “Well, I did that project for you was hoping to get some feedback on it.” And he says, “Oh, yeah. I haven’t even looked at the project. Do you want to walk me through it.”

“Sure,” I say and proceed to walk him through the project. At the end he says, “Wow, this is great! You really got our style. How did you even know.”

And I say, “I found some of your projects online and mimicked the style.”

He says, “Do you mind if I share this with our ENTIRE team.”

And I say, “Why no, of course not. I did it for you.” Thinking why has no one seen my project, but whatever. We end with smiles and a request for me to come back to meet the CEO!!! And a promise that, “We’ll be in touch very soon!”

And then I hear nothing for about three weeks until my recruiter emails and says, “This place” wants you to meet the CEO, but he’s ONLY available at this time on this day. Can you make it happen?” And as an eager unemployed, over educated girl I write, “Yes! Of course! No Problem!”

The day before the interview I get an email that says, “Oops! Something came up for Mr. CEO. Can you do tomorrow at 5pm? SO SORRY!”

“Of course! No problem at all!” I reply. After all I’m unemployed and he’s traveling and the CEO and busy.  These things just happen… My time means nothing.

I show up for my interview at 5pm sharp just in time to hear the champagne bottles pop as I enter the door. This is the PERFECT time for my interview. Apparently they were having a company pow-wow this week and that’s why the CEO – who lives in Vancouver was in town. They have small offices all over the globe. I can tell instantly that of course the CEO wants to have this interview with me instead of have a glass of champagne with all these other people he knows already, but I’m here and it’s going to GO DOWN.

We walk through the open office to the back conference room and shut the door.  He says, the obligatory thanks for coming in and then says, “ You’ve met Joe and Jane so that’s good. You told them about your resume or whatever. It’s been a long day, why don’t you just tell me a story. “

“Ok” I say. I got this… and proceed to tell him a story. Then he tells me about how the company is expanding and they have to hire more people.  “We need more people now and we are interviewing people, but I think we need to be interviewing MORE people, but I just don’t think we have the time to go through it all.”

This is not the encouraging commentary I was expecting to hear, but we continue on with our banter and I think it’s going fine, not well, but definitely fine. We get towards the end of our interview and Mr. CEO asks “What do you like to do for fun?”

And I say, “Oh! I do yoga, and I love to cook and I love to go to flea markets and estate sales…..”

He interrupts me and says, “Do you like to travel!?” Like that was the right answer to the question.

And I say, “Of course! I was just in Brazil and Italy and I have a long list of places I want to go.”

“Oh really, where do you want to go?”

“So many places. Istanbul, Barcelona, Marrakech, the Greek Islands.”

“Why the Greek Islands?”

“Because NO ONE is talking about them right now and I keep looking at pictures of Crete and Mykonos on Pinterest and it just looks so beautiful. Everyone is talking about Tulum right now. It’s like, “Tulum. Tulum. Tulum!” Which looks amazing, don’t get me wrong – but I want seems like it might be better to go somewhere no one is talking about – or whatever.”

“Ok!” He says, “Well, it was really nice to meet you. Sorry if I’ve been a little bit out of it during this interview. It’s been a long week, and I was just on vacation.”

“Oh, no way! Where were you?”

“Tulum,” he says, completely straight faced.

I could have DIED. I try to recover and say, “Why didn’t you tell me to shut up?”

And he says, “Oh, it’s fine.”

As he walks me back through the open office toward the front door he mentions,

“We’re interviewing other people.” Maybe to remind me of the beginning of our conversation when he said he wanted to interview the entirety of NYC for this position– if only there was time!

And I say, “I would be surprised if you weren’t.”

Then he says, “Are you coming tomorrow” Like I should be fully aware of the company wide pow wow happening tomorrow like I was already an employee!

“I wasn’t invited.” I reply. And I never heard from them again.


Lentils for LIFE!

6 Aug


I’m obsessed with lentils. Especially the ones that come vacuumed sealed in the refrigerated section of Trader Joes. They are the perfect snack (or meal). They are delicious, fill me up and make me feel like I’m actually doing something good for my body. I threw this simple little salad together for a dinner party at my sister’s house. I wasn’t feeling super confident about it (because it was so simple), but everyone LOVED it and ate the whole thing up. Sometimes we’re surprised by the simplest things!

Easy Lentil Salad

What you need

  • Lentils (I like to use the pre-made ones from Trader Joes)
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Olive oil
  • spoonful of Dijon mustard
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste

What you do

Put the lentils, carrots, cucumbers and red onions in a bowl. Press the fresh garlic into the bowl, add in olive oil (eye ball how much) and Dijon mustard.. Mix everything up. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice, add a dash of salt and cayenne to taste. Enjoy!

Note: I will say that raw garlic isn’t for everyone. Leave it out if you think it will be too strong.

Photo credit: http://www.chow.com

The “Best” Party Snack: Little Devils!

5 Aug


There are few things that I love more than Deviled Eggs. They are my FAVORITE SNACK! Making perfect hard boiled eggs is kind of an art form. (No one wants the dark green layer around the yoke. All yellow is what we’re going for) .

Deviled Eggs

What you need

  • a dozen of the BEST farm fresh eggs you can find. The fresher the better
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Chives
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper

What you do

Place eggs in a pot of water. Bring water to a rolling boil, turn off heat, make sure the pot is covered and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes. Drain the hot water and rinse the eggs with cool water. When the eggs feel a bit cooled down, shake the pot to  crack the eggs. Peel them completely and then slice the eggs in half and put the egg cups off to the side. Dump the yolks in a bowl  and add: Mayo, Dijon Mustard, Chives, Salt, and a bit of Cayenne and mix until blended. Put the yolk mixture into a zip-lock bag and push into a corner. Cut the corner with scissors so there’s just a little opening. Pipe the yolk mixture into the egg cups. Sprinkle with extra cayenne and chopped chives! YUM!!!

Photo Credit: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/constantine/deviledeggs.jpg

Watermelon Salad: A Summer MUST!

1 Aug

mint-watermelon-saladThis summer salad is one of my all time favorites. The perfect combination of sweet and salty. It seems sophisticated, but it will please picky eaters too.

Watermelon Salad

What you need:

  • Watermelon Sticks
  • Crumbled Feta
  • Fresh Mint
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Seedless Cut Black Olives Nicoise

What you do:

Call me crazy, but I don’t really measure anything when I’m cooking. I eyeball things. So for this summer salad I just sorta mix everything up until it tastes the way want. I That said… Fill a large bowl with cubed watermelon. Add in some crumbled feta, between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup depending. Slice a handful of black salty olives in half and add in along with some fresh chopped mint leaves. Squeeze in half a lime.  Mix everything together and the salt and pepper to taste.


So Simple & SO GOOD – The Watts’ Granola

10 Jul

GranolaFor some reason I feel compelled to share recipes with the fine people of the world wide webs right now… You know what they say, “if it’s GOOD, it’s GONE!’ That’s why this simple, but DELICIOUS granola recipe is an absolute crowd pleaser. When I make it I tell myself I won’t eat it all right away.. and then what do you know. I’m eating granola for breakfast, lunch, dinner and between meal snacks! Super balanced diet!

Gerry Watt’s Granola

What you need:

  • 6 cups Quaker oats
  • 2 cups walnut or pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • raisins or dried cranberries

What you do:

  • Preheat oven at 350
  • Mix oats and nuts with canola oil and maple syrup
  • Spread on 2 large cookie sheets bake for 10 minutes
  • Flip over and bake for 10 more.
  • Sprinkle raisins/cranberries seal in freezer

Also, use the nuts, seeds and dried fruits you like best. Experiment for favorite flavor combination!


Photo credit: www.closetcooking.com

The “Best” Summer Drink: The Michelada

9 Jul

micheladaI can’t remember exactly when I had my first Michelada, but I know that it was LOVE at the first taste. Spicy and salty, yet cool and refreshing, the Michelada has become my “go-to” beverage this summer. I’m sure there are a ton of recipes out here on the interwebs, but I wanted to share the killer combination my friends and I came up with over the 4th of July holiday. Sorry there are no measurements, but sometimes you just have to eyeball things and hope for the best. Right? Right. Right!

The Michelada

What you’ll need:

  • Original Cholula hot sauce
  • Chipotle Cholula hot sauce
  • Mexican Beer (Tecate, Carona, etc. etc.)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh Limes
  • Ice
  • Salt

What you do:

  • (Optional) Salt the rim of a pint glass
  • At the bottom of the glass add in both Cholula hot sauces to taste. If you like it SPICY, go for it!
  • Also add in 3 or 4 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Add ice
  • Pour in beer – saving extra to add in as you drink
  • Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and drop the lime in the glass
  • Mix it all up with a spoon
  • ENJOY!

Note: this beverage is reserved for those who like spicy things. For those you don’t like it spicy, you can modify by omitting the hot sauce and just using a ton of fresh lime juice. Obviously not my preferred flavor profile, but you know. Different strokes.

Photo credit: leitesculinaria.com


13 Mar