The past 2 weeks have been surreal- they have been simultaneously the best and worst weeks of this year.
As many of you know, I went of the job market full time back in March (which is a nice way of saying I got sacked and had to get serious about looking for a job). Job hunting went well, I worked 4-6 hours every day on it, chasing down leads, sending out resumes, writing custom cover letters, etc. I even went so far as to build a ‘portfolio’ website which now houses ALL of everything- writing samples, work history, references, etc.
Finally though, I got called in for an interview with a small nonprofit in Broken Arrow, A New Leaf, Inc.- which ironically, I had applied to in February when they first posted the position. The person they hired didn’t work out and they were looking again. I guess me applying twice got their attention and I got called in. I was there for about 3 hours for the first interview and went back the next day to meet some of the Board, including the President. I have never been so calm and downright eloquent in my life. It was weird. Anywho, they offered me the job of Director of Development and Communications and after some salary/vacation negoiating, I accepted (WHOO!).
Thing was, because of the 4th of July holiday falling the way it did, I didn’t start for a week- so vacation! Actual vacation. I planned to get a massage, take some extra naps, hanging out with friends and that kind of thing. Which I did, and it was lovely, except for during this time, we are also still a one car family. So, I had to get up and take G to work, and try and run errands before it got too hot, never really managed a nap or anything super relaxing. Even my massage was way too intense and not what I was looking for. Ultimately, I was never so glad to go back to work as I was this past Tuesday when I wrenched myself out of bed at 6:30 and rolled up at 5 till 8.
I am NOT a morning person, but I am determined to be on time this time around; I think having to factor in a 20 minute commute with actually help. Because formerly, I lived so close to work (2 miles) that I thought I could get there in less time than I really could, so I always left later than I should have. Now, I know that I live a solid 20 minutes away, maybe more depending on traffic, so I’m not going to kid myself about how long it takes to get there.
Also, I’m not going to mind the commute as much because I got a new car!!! Remember how I left my car in Iowa? Yeah, we decided that I was gonna wait (patiently, oh so patiently) to get another vehicle, until I got a new job. I honestly didn’t expect it to only take 3 weeks, but I’m glad that’s all it took! Taking G to work was getting tedious, though not so bad as I thought it would be.
I had been stalking Mini Coopers on eBay Motors for several months, so by the time we decided to pull the trigger on the car hunt, I knew what I wanted (sunroof), how much I was willing to spend (8-10K), and where to look. LONG story (which involves almost going to Houston to buy the wrong model) short, we found the perfect Mini (silver, sunroof, cloth seats, decent mileage) here IN Tulsa and bought it on Friday the 2nd, and spent all holiday weekend practicing driving. Manual transmissions take a little getting used to if you’ve never actually OWNED one, which not counting my scooter (RIP Rosita), I never have. In fact, this new car is a rather large change for me in that not only is it a manual but its the ONLY car I’ve ever own that is less than 10 years old. Praise the Lord and Hallelujah!
The first week of work went well- getting settled in always takes some time- and I’m excited about my future with the agency. I feel like its a really great growth position. I’m looking forward to the new adventures that I will encounter along the way.