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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Drumroll, please...

Today is my last day at work!
I gave my notice at the coffee place last week, and I have four very promising interviews/offers to pick from this week. Or I might just do the pub thing. Decisions, decisions...

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Saturday, January 13, 2007


Courtesy Rev photo, taken with a cell phone.

Me and Nos last year, pre-Rev, and totally smashed.


The job search begins!

So I hate, hate, hate my new position at work. I used to love my job, and now it's just depressing to go. Unfortunately I'm one of those people for whom productivity is directly related to interest. When I'm not interested, I slack off, big time. This week (week 3 at the new position) was a disaster. Monday I called in, blaming it on the baby being sick.

Karma bit me in the ass, and my daycare provider called in sick at 6:40am on Wednesday. Mom was too busy to take Rev, so I stayed home with her. Thursday I went to work because it was Mom's day to have Rev, but I spent the whole day looking for new jobs. My boss was out, and the whole department didn't have time for me since they were understaffed due to a snow day. I left early to interview with a local temp agency. Thursday night the daycare provider called in again. Apparantly she's pinched a nerve in her arm or something? Her doctor said to take it easy for as long as a week! I spent about 12 out of my 40 scheduled hours at the office this week. Whoops.

So today I took Rev to the Children's Museum. It was great! All of the moms in the infant room were really chatty and friendly, and I'm definitely lacking in mom friends, so it would be nice to stalk the place for a buddy. I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed being home with Rev, and that's definitely a consideration for future employment.

I think I've applied to about 20 positions in addition to my enrollment with the temp agency, and today I had an email in my inbox requesting a phone interview! Yay! The position would be for a freight broker with General Freight, an LTL carrier that I've worked with a bit at the coffee company. I'm excited for the interview, but I'm not going to accept low pay. If I'm going to work full time, it needs to be worth it.

My other option is to go back to working at the pub three nights a week. I have been on their payroll for over a year, so I can start insurance coverage immediately if I work three nights a week. One weekend night and two weekday nights would be perfect, and I'll make roughly the same salary. $7 and change/hr plus tips adds up. For instance, I worked a Saturday night in mid-December, and made $70 in wages and about $210 in cash tips. An average night won't be that good, but I can expect at least $60-90 for a weeknight.

We'd be able to let our daycare provider go, saving us about $400/month, and Mom can take Rev two nights a week instead of two days. It'll be easier for her, since Rev is a super-sleeper, and will ensure that I'll get at least six hours of sleep on the nights I work. The other working day, Nos will just have to deal and play daddy for three hours after work. Eventually I would like to go back to school (maybe in the fall), and finish my Bachelor's degree. Following that, I think it's about time to surrender to the inevitable, and get my teaching certificate.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Lots of changes this last couple of weeks. That work 'offer' that was supposed to come through? Yeah, not so much. Instead it was more, "Well, thanks a lot, Ezza, but we don't have any money in the budget to keep you in this department." It came down to either taking a job with the production department or leaving the company. What really irks me is that we just did insurance signups and flex spending signups, and if I had known last month that this was going to go down, I could have put the kiddo on Nos's insurance, leaving me free to take a different job with no guilt.
I'm not entirely unhappy, because I will have a lot going on with this new role, and a raise. Not much of one, but enough to finally crack 30k/year. Basically I am now the Quality and Processes Coordinator for the manufacturing plant. My background is entirely in customer service, so I expect many challenges. Oh, and did I mention that I have to write a corporate manual by the end of February? And that my old department still wants three hours of my time every day? And that I have at least three hours of meetings scheduled every day? Heh. I'll be busy.
The holidays:
Christmas and New Year's were quite tame. Christmas morning was just me and Nos and Rev, then we went to my parents' for the afternoon, and finally to my stepfather's cousins' house. It was nice and low key, except for Ted's creepy hunting buddies that were giving out major pedophile vibes. On New Year's, some of Nos's friends and family came over to our house and we watched Jackass II while the men (boys?) blew things up outside.
Still crawling and pulling herself up onto everything under the sun. She's also gotten quite good at picking the most miniscule things off of the floor and stuffing them into her mouth. She's waving occasionally, and does a cute little ululation thing by flapping her hand over her mouth. Food is one of her favorite things, and she's still a champion sleeper.

So that's it, and I keep thinking of all these stories I want to tell, but there's no time. I guess I should post more often! New Year's resolution?