You missed me, didn’t you? Didn’t you!?
Not much going on this Columbus Day in D.C. Last year, I worked for a nonprofit that did not recognize the holiday (which I thought was cool). This year, I work for a failing contractor who does. Y’know, if I had it to do all over again, I’d be working today …
I’m not, though, and that’s okay. After a quick weekend visit with my family, I come back somewhat refreshed, reassured and ready to put my nose to the grindstone and get this new job thing done. Friday was an awesome day in regards to this as a) I got a phone interview request and b) a friend emailed me out of the blue, having heard about my woes, and passed along my resume to another team at her nonprofit.
I don’t know that anything will come of b),* but it’s nice to have your friends looking out for you, you know?
(*They called while I was writing this and want to sit down for a formal interview. Holy hell. First time I’ve ever experienced the power of networking.)
As for my visit to the family, much fun was had. It was fantastic to see my father recovering so well after his surgery in August. The man is going back to himself, slowly but surely. He looks younger, is zooming about the place like nobody’s business and is just happier than he has been for two years. My mom is taking care of him like whoa, making sure he doesn’t bend this way, making sure to help him with his socks, making sure he doesn’t do anything that’ll regress his recovery. But he’s not interested in pushing too hard. He’s too happy right now to even think about jeopardizing his recovery.
Entirely too much shopping was done. But I have some new blouses that’ll look great with interview suits. I also have some new dresses that will help me usher in boots season.
I managed to get that small purse I was talking about with MG at Chasing Mailboxes. It’s so compact and cute. I’m glad to have downgraded, my big satchel was entirely too much to handle.
I got a new watch at Fossil. Not needed, but entirely wanted.
I tried to convince my siblings to come to D.C. for Thanksgiving. I don’t think they were biting.
My mom very enthusiastically brought up the subject of babies. She had not done this in quite some time—I’m talking years. I didn’t give away a thing, but was amused that she stated, bluntly, that a grandchild would be terribly spoiled in her household. We knew that already, but it was funny to hear her say it. She and my father did surprise me by saying that my in-laws asked them in March (they don’t talk much, thank the lord) if we were trying; my parents of course aren’t privy to that info, but my in-laws did whine that we never tell them anything. “Jesus, they love making themselves out to be the victims,” grumbled the husband when I told him this.
(Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on the in-laws!)
With the long weekend on its last day, I internally sigh at the idea of having to go back to work tomorrow, but I’m going to concentrate on readying myself for the phone interview and applying to a few other jobs that came out over the weekend. I also need to get myself outside today to give my bike a nice bath.
If you’re in the D.C. area, enjoy the sun that’s finally decided to grace us with its presence.