Thursday, January 31, 2013

Don't Call Until You Put It In My Hand!

That's what I feel like saying to everyone who has mentioned anything to me about a job.  My friend who urgently contacted me about a consulting positions with the words "You can start immediately!!!!!" has fallen off the face of the earth.  I can start immediately doesn't seem to coincide with not getting back to me after more than a week....

The other position that I did the second round, where they told me they would get back to me last week...seems there is some issue with finance.  I don't even know if I've been selected, but I know they haven't selected anyone.  They haven't told anyone why the hold up, if you're going to give someone a deadline to inform them at least let them know you haven't come to a decision yet.  I'm sure the issue will be ironed out, but it's annoying that if my friend didn't tell me about the hold up I would just have assumed that I didn't get the job.  That might still be the case, but still just help a chick out.

Don't even get started on the "we'll contact you mid-Jan" folks who I know through insiders haven't contacted anyone for second rounds.  Or the "can you please apply for this position?" over 4 weeks ago for another job.  It's totally disheartening to the point where I just feel like I should stop trying because even when everything is going "great" nothing freaking happens! Now once I get a job I'm sure I'll look back on all of this and laugh, but until then grrrrr.  Don't contact me until the offer letter is ready to go.

P.S. I have been super productive and made over 10 types of baby food for Z.  I've also made about 15 freezer/crockpot meals for the family, so at least there is that.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Everyone is better

Z's tooth hasn't been fixed yet, if it can be, but she's eating normally again and taking it all in stride.  The bug/food poisoning has left us all and we're all back to normal.  I was feeling better to make it out to a sporting event/concert over the weekend that Liam had been dying to go to.  I tried to back out during the day because the girls were really trying our patience and I didn't think I would want to go out that night.  I didn't want to go, but Liam said that he wouldn't go unless I went.

So I sucked it up, put on a pretty shirt and we caught a taxi out there.  It was quite an evening...2 of the group were asked to leave the premises and the rest were warned and given yellow cards for various reasons, including but not limited to shooting off a fire extinguisher, puking, general disorderly conduct and other offenses.  Mind you, the majority of the group is in their 40s.  The end of the evening was topped off by me falling into the bathtub still filled with the girls' bath water and toys.  Liam fished me out and put me to bed.  The next day we realized that winter was over while we baked in the sun while Z played at the park.  It was 80 freaking degrees.  There was a short run to the corner store for some water and Snickers, but all was good.

The moral of the story is don't try and force yourself to have fun, because the results won't be pretty! But definitely entertaining :)  Other than that it's been slow going EXCEPT for Boo taking her first actual step.  Liam and I both stood as still as possible while she did it.  I didn't even move to get my phone to videotape it because I was so afraid of upsetting her concentration.  I think it was a cautionary, "can I do this?" step and she's probably not going to do another for a few weeks.  That was the MO for Z.  One step then 3 weeks with nothing and then walking.  I'm excited, then she can go to the park and won't feel left out!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Quick Update

  • Family stomach bug
  • Z chipped her front tooth
  • Boo attempted a first step
  • Still no word from jobs, grrrrr
The first two happened within 1 hour of each other. Awesome...I really need a drink!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Freaking broken phone!

My phone screen started to freak out again.  It would flicker back and forth and then eventually just stopped working and it was completely black.  Previously, we bought a crappy Nokia for me to use and I was fine to just not even bother getting it fixed for a while.  I didn't want to spend another $60 when I have the Nokia that works just fine.  Liam finally convinced me to go and see if they would fix it because it was just fixed 3 weeks ago. Maybe they wouldn't charge us?  So I walked in and they fixed it.  With an eyebrow hubba hubba move from the guy behind the counter he let me know that I could just take it.  There was no payment needed.  I would say I'm not above flirting for getting in phone fixed for free, but I didn't even flirt.  I just stood there in my giant scarf sweater and pony tail and tried not to bump into the like 2 dozen men all waiting to get their phones fixed.

Phone is fixed and I could finally see the messages I received  but couldn't look at because the screen was broken. Oh here's a text from 3 days ago from my friend asking me if I would want a temp position at her job until I find a permanent job! Are you f'ing kidding me!? Of course, I want the job. She's going to ask about the details when she goes into work tomorrow, but I mean come on!  For the 5 days my phone is broken I get this text and of course don't respond.  She said she thinking it was strange I didn't get back to her.  Yeah, I would say so! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Enjoying scaring Liam ;)

Disclaimer: I'm not pregnant!

I've never told Liam when I've thought I might be pregnant.  I always take the test before letting him know.  While it's only usually about 10min-a few hours after the test, he still doesn't know until it's all said and done.  Last time, I headed over the the pharmacy in the mall with his credit card, while he was finishing our grocery check out.   He got a text saying I'd spent X amount, but he didn't know what it was for.  So yesterday it was like deja vu all over again.  He was wrapping up the grocery checkout, I grabbed his card and I had to head over to the pharmacy to pick up some more cough medicine for Boo.  I didn't realize that with my other impulse buys at the counter it came to roughly the same amount as that test had before.  Needless to say when he got the text from the pharmacy he was bugging me the whole rest of the trip back home to see what was in the bag.  After making him squirm a bit I finally burst out laughing and told him there was nothing to worry about!  

We will most likely be shooting for No. 3 to arrive sometime in 2014, but I would really like to be working for at least a year.  That said, anytime I head off to the pharmacy without Liam he gets a little twitchy.  I think I could really have fun with this...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Great 2nd Round!

Just got back from my second round and I think it went really well.  I've already warned Liam and Melody that if I don't get this job I will probably have a mini-breakdown full of snotty crying for a while.  I met with two higher ups and they were both very direct with me.  From what I know the previous person was not a happy person in general and didn't really make the department all that fun, so  they are trying to make sure the fit is right.  They said to think of this as more of a conversation and that they wanted someone long term, turnover is something they don't really like to see.  I told them my long term plans, long term goals and how I saw myself fitting in.  There were a few times when one of them would say "Yes, exactly" to one of my responses, so that made me feel good.  I'm the first interviewee this week, so I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

There are a few more, I would say there  are probably no more than 4 or 5 other people, since they said they would give me an answer by next week.  It was also mentioned that there were more than 600 applications for the position, so I guess I should feel pretty good getting to this point, but I really won't feel great until I get the offer.  Because of visa stuff I probably wouldn't start until Feb/early March which is fine with me.  It turns out that I wouldn't have to go back to the US to get it all processed, which is good and bad.  I would have liked to see my family, but the hassle of me flying over with the girls would have been a bit brutal.  So my mom's and poor grandmother's houses will be filled to the brim with boxes of everything I would need to have shipped over here to make this even more permanent.  I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but actually being able to sit down and talk with HR about some of the practical issues definitely made this feel more real.  Hence my promise to freak the f' out if I get this close and then don't get it.

I also found out that the company guarantees their employees' kids a spot in one of the few American curriculum schools in the country.  It is by far the best in the country and the applications (over 3000) and waitlist (hundreds for each grade) can make it pretty much impossible to ever get a spot, but this would make it possible.  So getting this position pretty much puts a whole lot of issues that may come up in the future to rest.  Can you tell I'm starting to freak out?  This is going to be a long week.  I think is might make this mosaic to keep me occupied, if I can locate all the materials.

Monday, January 14, 2013


I just realized that all of my posts are still in my drafts folder for the past 2 weeks. D'oh!

Z is getting so big it's kind of scary.  We need to video/record all of her baby idiosyncrasies before she's too big to use them anymore, ie hepacopter (helicopter).  Melody was watching Monsters, Inc with her one morning while I was working and Melody said something about the baby in the movie.  Z would not stand for it.  She stood up from her seats and said, "No, Melody listen to me.  It's not a baby, her name is Boo!" Holy f-balls! WTF? Since when is she 10 not 2? It's freaking me out a little bit.

Boo (the actual baby not from Monsters, Inc.) is still testing the standing waters.  She's done at least 20 seconds at a time and is still a fan of walking while pushing the little chair around.  I'm waiting for the first steps. I think we might have movement in the next 2 weeks before 9 months or she might hold off until the end of Feb to be on par with Z.  Exciting either way because she gets left out of a lot of fun like going to the park because she can't crawl around over there.

I have my second round interview tomorrow! I'm comforted by knowing I ticked all of the basic boxes, but a little scared of speaking with the higher higher ups.  I'm kind of wondering what kind of questions they'll be asking. I know there are at least 2 people being interviewed and of course I think I'm the best person for the job, but it's still nerve-wracking! I even bought a suit jacket.  I didn't wear a suit last time, just a nice shirt, scarf, trouser combo, but I thought that since I'll be meeting some higher ups that a suit jacket would be appropriate. I hate the details that it has that only I will notice and I'll probably return it, but it's my first time wearing a suit jacket since OCI...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ow my back

So yeah, threw it out and I'm feeling totally old.  I started doing a lot of core exercise and fear I may have overdone it.  Bending from side to side is fine, but forward is a no no.  The last time it was this bad was a couple of months after Z was born. I'm determined to make it better starting as soon as I can move like a normal person.  Oh life, awesome.

I was directly contacted yesterday by HR and a hiring manger for two different positions.  One was a temp one and another was one I'm seriously interested in and would be my top choice.  He said that I had been recommended to him and that I should apply asap because he was taking down the job post today.  I replied that I had applied back in Oct and hoped to hear from him soon.  I'm taking that as a good sign that he contacted me directly.  Then I still have 3 other second rounds coming up hopefully.  I definitely hope to be employed by the end of January, but I've been hoping that for all of 2012...

Boo is standing on her own now.  It's usually only for a few seconds in between shoving handfuls of Cheerios or yougurt melts into her mouth, but it's still fun to see.  She has also conquered the stairs, but we don't really let her do those.  They are freaking marble slabs of pain, so she only gets to go up when I can follow right behind to make sure she doesn't take a tumble.

Z still isn't potty trained...