Thursday, September 19, 2013

Keeping the Faith

I need to make a change to my employment situation. For the number of hours required by my current job when considering the pay - and the number of people who were hired after me that were promoted over my head - I have hit a ceiling, if you will. For this reason, I must look for other options though there are mixed feelings. I'm emotionally attached to clients and colleagues. The company is not perfect but it has made progress since I started and has also supported and rewarded me greatly, such as the new car last Christmas. That's right, I won a car from my company.

It got a little more complicated after the winning in terms of how the transaction went down - but let's just say I won a good portion of a car. More recently, the company came through for me again by letting me go on a flex schedule to deal with my health issues. Still, I have to remember my own children and support network, especially my parents who I rely heavily on in order to maintain my pummeling job responsibilities. My life is kids and job and intermittent contact with family and friends, if intermittent means least possible.

Tomorrow there is an interview. I'm just saying. No more than three sentences on this because there will be no jinxing.

Let me instead give thanks for what happened between 8:15 and 10:00 p.m. this evening. In those less than two hours, I was like Cinderella when the animals and birds are making her dress and everything comes together so nicely.

I left work at about 8:15 p.m. thinking it was too late. It would take me almost an hour to get home, and I had more work to do. I would have to deal with the fact that I was going into a rare interview tomorrow morning way overdue for a haircut, driving a filthy car, and holding a worn out bag. Bad news but I have to be brave.

Then I remembered there was a Supercuts on my way home that might be opened til 9 p.m. I walked in just ahead of a couple people to get the last haircut of the night. I was feeling sorry for myself because I have found a good salon near my house I can't afford anymore but the Supercuts lady took her time to do a good job and confessed to not liking conversation while she worked - definitely a bargain for $21 including tip.

The Supercuts is next to a Target so I went in to look for a bag I could carry into my interview that wasn't stained or frayed. There was nothing super cheap and presentable. I tried the men's department and found a simple canvas messenger bag with leatherlike accents marked down to $13. Exactly. Feeling bold, I splurged on a small carton of white wine for $5.99. Just to be clear, I hate everyone who hates Target.

Hyped from my successful missions, I drove home the rest of the way envisioning a quick night carwash in my driveway when I got home. Yeah right. Just before I made one of the last turns to the condos, I realized I was driving by a gas station carwash. Hello $6.99 instant carwash - with a $1.50 vacuum (that's for you, Mom.)

I'm ready. Let's go.


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