Posts Tagged ‘Job Hunt’

Quick Status Update

Background check came through, I start work Wednesday.

I’m currently printing out the pre-employment paperwork (I-9, W-4, XYZ-123).  I know where my social security card is, I just have to find my checkbook so I can get set up for autodeposit.

I feel better now.


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Well, things are definitely moving, and they seem to be moving in the right direction.

Abby has a date and a venue for the wedding (mark your calendars, June 27th, 2020).

The shawl seems likely to be done in time for it, from this:


to this:


I’ve even had time ( tv and social time) to work on other projects.   Since I figure that both Abby and Dottie have friends who have married in the past several years, I’ve been working on an unclaimed baby blanket:


The pattern is Moe of Change by Frankie O’Randle, the yarn is Premium Sweet Roll.

I’ve also started on a pouch to hold my travel coffee cup, camp set, chop sticks and reusable straw.


No pattern on this one, as it’s a made to fit stashbuster.

I finished the giant mutant dishcloth (or lost at yarn chicken).


In other news…….


At least, if the drug test and background check come out clean (and there’s no reason they shouldn’t) I start work one week from today.  It’s a customer service position, and it’s within walking distance of my house.  How cool is that?!

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No FO’s this week.  Possibly not for some time to come – I’m trying really hard to average two rows on the shawl a day.  I do have a dishcloth for mindless/TV/bar knitting,  but it’s silly big for one (I was tired of shrimpy cloths).

Giant Dishcloth

Totally exhausted with the family drama.  Mostly emotionally exhausted, actually, as all kinds of evil weeds from the past keep trying to put down ugly roots in my mind.  I have to keep telling myself to focus on what’s happening now.   It may get to a point where I just have to walk away, but, again, that’s not what’s happening now.

The job I want (and had what I felt was a really good second interview for) was expected to come to a decision this week.  Sent an email to HR asking for an update (yes, I did send a thank you note after that interview).

Must remember to hydrate. sleep and eat.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Remember when I said the wedding shawl was trying to kill me?  Now I think it’s saving my life.  M-i-L is having a bit of a health crisis, which requires a lot of time and attention, as Steve and I are 1) closest and 2) don’t have four small children to cart around and 3) have neither full time jobs nor night classes.  It’s exhausting.

I had a second interview last week (for a job I really want), and a first interview (for a job which sounded much worse when discussed with the recruiter than when I applied on the web page).  Wedding planning is progressing, and Abby is doing a really good job of not passing her stress along (trying to make sure venue and officiant are available at the same time should be simple, but it’s not).

Now I’m at a point of the knitting where it’s a relatively straightforward lace pattern. It’s actually fairly relaxing, though I wish I had pointier needles.    I’m trying to make sure I put in a life line once a week no matter how much or how little progress I’ve made.  The plan is to remove the one before the last, so that any time going forward there will be two lines threaded through.

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Wedding Plans

The wedding plans continue to move forward.  Abby and Alex have found one venue they really like, but it’s not available for a full year – I could have told them that.  I think I did tell them that.  In any case, there are a couple of tentative dates now, both in July of 2020.  So, yay!  That gives me a full year to finish…

The Wedding Shawl

Which is going pretty well at this point (touch wood).


The nupps show really well in this picture, you’re going to have to take my word on the beads, but that word is ‘beautiful’.  There is also a lifeline on row 14 (which doesn’t show up at all, but it’s there and it does the right thing).  I’m currently on row 18.

The KP Luminance is wrapped in yarn socks from Slipped Stitch Studios.  They also do the right thing.

Not the Wedding

I had three interviews last week, two phone screens and one face to face.  I have a second FtF interview at the same place in the works for late next week.  I’m really liking this place, and not just because it’s within easy walking distance of my house.

The ointment for Captain’s eyes is helping.  Definite improvement after a week, although he is beginning to lose patience with the process.  Yes, beginning, after a week of having his eyes dosed twice a day.  Have I ever mentioned how mellow Captain is?

So, now that the shawl and the cat are starting to shape up, my mother in law’s starting to get health issues.  Or, rather, her recovery from the stroke may not be as miraculous as we thought.  I’m sure there will be more to come in future posts.


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Wedding Shawl

I cast on on Monday, and worked rows 1-4.  It went well, the beads were perfect, no nupps yet.

Tuesday (yesterday) morning I woke up and realized that I must have skipped row 3 and went straight to row 5.  I had worked a row with beads and YOs both, and I remembered quite clearly that there was a row with beads only, no YOs.

I was quite productive for that morning.  I had a job interview, so I wasn’t planning to knit early in the day.  I calmed myself down, reminded myself that I had worked both ends of the shawl the same way, so it was up to me to decide if I wanted to frog the whole thing or declare it a ‘spontaneous pattern revision’ and just go with it.   I was leaning towards soldiering on, and succeeded in putting it in the back of my mind and going to the interview.

I got to this one on time (go me!), and found that the interviewer and I had similar ideas about things (like documenting calls).  It felt really good.    Then I ran a few errands, and got back home with a thank you card, a bag of kitty litter, and lunch.

By the time I was ready to knit my head was in a good place.   My mood was much depleted by realizing that I had mislaid my notions box (it’s here somewhere), and bolstered that I’d worked row 3 perfectly.  I’d apparently dreamed the beads only row.   One day and I’m already dreaming about it?  Yeesh!  I need that job for more reasons than just money, apparently.

Other Things

I took the cats to the vet for their annual today.  I say annual, but it’s been longer than it should have been.  Nothing too dramatic, but a couple of things to keep an eye on.  Ideally Comet should have his teeth cleaned (for those of you who don’t know, this is a major procedure for cats, as it needs to be under general anaesthesia).  I’m not sure how I feel about the risk, and the expense is a bit much while between jobs.  He also has hairballs (we knew that) and should be brushed regularly.  He’s become more patient with letting me groom him lately (the vet says that he might just be less flexible with age) so this shouldn’t be a problem.

Captain has lost some weight, and has an eye infection.  He needed to lose the weight, but since he hasn’t been getting weighed every year we don’t know if it’s a sudden loss or not.  She also gave me some ointment for his eyes, which he allowed me to administer with nominal objections.

It definitely could be worse.

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So here’s the thing.

I have no job.  I was given the option of getting COBRA for insurance, which was the only way to avoid lapse of coverage.  I have a diagnosis and a scheduled treatment which will be quite expensive.

So I got the COBRA, thinking that as soon as I got verification of coverage I would go to the state marketplace and get a less expensive plan, so less out of pocket right now and no pre-existing condition.  Simple, right?

As soon as the COBRA paperwork came (end of February) I sent in the check.  It was cashed on March 14.

Over the weekend I got a letter from the insurance company stating that my coverage was valid through March 12 (the letter was dated March 11).

The customer service representative just said she couldn’t do anything.  I had to demand that the call be escalated before she checked to see that the coverage was in force (even though the system says it’s not).  I’m ready to kill someone.

In the job hunt front – I applied to a position with the State of Maryland.  They want to interview me (AWESOME!).  They want a college transcript.  OK, shouldn’t be a problem.  I hope. The last time I tried to get a transcript I went round and round with the registrar’s office for a while before they found me – apparently my birthdate is wrong in the system.  So I had sent in the documentation to get my records corrected.  I tentatively tried to request my transcript again…  Nope.  Can’t find myself in the database.  The campus, apparently, is on spring break.


I have until March 26 to schedule an interview on April 1.

That’s just today.  I’m not even going to get into last week…

Honestly, this whole thing feels like a bad April Fools joke.


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