Thursday, October 23, 2014
I managed to make this quick dinner after a chat with a recruiter over a job that pays a lot more than what I am making now, but is certainly not a sure thing and a subsequent three mile walk and a romp in a field with the pup. Being honest with the recruiter, I told her I was very close to getting an offer for full time from the bank I am with now (the prospective position is also with a bank), but I still don't know for sure. Meanwhile, I am working along in the *new* department and establishing ties with the people there. One of my most favorite people in the department I was in is retiring at the end of the year.
A month ago, my cubicle neighbor's contract ended and it killed me. I formed a great working relationship with the guy and I liked him so much that it was hard to see him go. Now this other guy is retiring, which means I am ready to move on. It will be nice to have a new set of colleagues to slip into if the position I have been primed for comes through. It's funny how after many years of working in a small company and being a bit intimidated about starting over again in a larger environment, that I've managed to make so many great work buddies. It's only been a short while here but I've seen people go already that I miss a lot. Environment and relationships at work are just as important to me as pay. I am hoping it all works out for the best!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Then I had a spinach salad (vinaigrette and all) that I didn't get to eat at lunch. I dumped it in the food processor with a bit of stock and wine and that was the basis for the topping the pasta. I had sauteed mushroom and onion and then dumped in the pureed salad and heated it up.
I had thought to give the salad to the pup then I thought that it made more sense for us to still find a way to eat it.
As for non strange stuff... Teddy got the cone off today and she was ballistically happy about it. I made up a word in that sentence but it described her bouts of bouncing and cuddling and bouncing some more when I freed her. Even though it was drizzling, we took a nice long walk on the bike path.
I had a phone interview for the position I am now under consideration for. It lasted six minutes. The manager who I had already interviewed for had called the recruiter in advance. The next step will be another call from them in the next few days. So I should know if/what I am being offered. There is work being lined up for me next week which should mean something as my contract is up on the 31st. I signed up to enter a chili cook-off in November, so I hope to be around to have a shot at that. For me, it always comes back to food!
Monday, October 20, 2014
I'm on to another phase of finding a new job tomorrow. I had a phone interviewed scheduled with the bank this morning but their recruiters are overwhelmed and it had to be rescheduled until tomorrow. Meanwhile, I've already met with and interviewed with the actual department manager -- we did it that way for expediency. While this is nothing I'm going to count on (so many other promising situations have fallen through), I think it's a sound prospect. This would be a new and slightly different career path that I had not anticipated but that is OK. IMO, you will server yourself best if you are open to the opportunities that come our way and if you welcome the chances that you might not have originally envisioned for yourself. I think that is the best way to grow professionally. I'm not one for having a grand plan/career path charted for the future. I'm one for grabbing an opportunity and running with it. That's a swell way to get ahead as far as I'm concerned.
I think I've given myself a small challenge to no longer feel I have to cook and clean and cram everything that needs to be done into my spare time. I got tons of stuff done on Sunday, but I was miserable and tired when I was done. I didn't enjoy much of the day at all. The cooking was swell to start, but it was too much work. My goal, other than finding another gig, is to learn to relax more.
Well readers, do you think I can do it?
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I did spend more time unclogging the drain that I would have liked. I cooked so much and had so many things to put through the disposer, that I clogged it. I had planned to make pizza dough but that never happened.
TBG was at the Bills game and he had to spend too much time standing. We both have sore feet from being on them all day. At least we had quiche and wine for dinner and are about to enjoy some pie. Who said Sunday was the day of rest???
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Tomatoes and red peppers are at the end of their season so they aren't prime specimens, but I can't pass up another week to enjoy them locally grown. The leek will be used both for quiche and for soup.
I picked up a few half off, end of season goodies. The plastic ladles were thirty cents a piece and the thermal carrier was six bucks. I also grabbed two "use today" chickens at sixty cents a pound. It was a good food gathering morning!
My next task is to cook up a batch of dog food. Teddy's hotspot is healing well with the cone on. She loves the little flax/chia treats I made. I am feeding her white fish with white potatoes and yams plus a bit of carrot, celery etc. It's my take on an elimination diet and she'll get it for close to six weeks. Then I'll put her back on chicken and see if the skin issues come back.
I have also read that it is a record year for bacteria in Lake Erie and that is what feeds the river she swims in. It could be the water that is at the root of the problem. Once the weather cools down, the algae should die and that might help too. But for now, she's in the cone of shame and staying dry.
I hope others had a money saving Saturday too. I really scored!
Friday, October 17, 2014
As for the interview... perhaps one of my flaws is that I am too honest because I was pretty up front about the skill sets I lack but was confident in saying I was certain I could pick those up with training. I have continued to work on assignments for the team and am turning the tasks around quickly. I am hoping that is getting me traction as I've liked the assignments I've had so far.
I really feel the hardware I need to come up to speed on will not be hard to master. Hopefully my strong skills in other areas will complement the high level of technical abilities the existing staff have.
My feeling at this point is one of optimism. Of course, I'm not counting on anything because I've had too many false starts in the past year. However, I was asked if I'd be willing to extend my contract if it took more time than the end of the month to make this move work. Higher powers would have to OK that and the manager who is hiring has to determine that I am the one for the position. I hate contracting but would accept an extension and stop looking for other work if this was considered a sure thing and we just had to wait for the paperwork to go through.
This has been a real roller coaster and I am hoping one of these days things will reach an even keel. Until then, I'll just keep plugging away and doing my best.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A colleague in the department that I am in that doesn't have funding for me wants to give the boss flowers and wine. I suggested a wine. That is a little extreme but I'm not looking to rain on any parades and if it means people feel good, then that's fine by me.
For myself, I wanted a unique way to celebrate three bosses. I sort of have a past-present-future thing going on. The "boss" who hired me has been very supportive in my last days contracting and has been pulling to get me hired. She's had no success but she really has tried and promoted me. My current boss has been lenient about having a body on her team that gets no actual work to do. Rather than just ending my contract, she got it extended to almost the full year and has been loaning me out wherever possible to let people know I can do good work. I am also working now for someone who could be my future boss if only the process would move along and get my application and the requisition and HR all in line before the end of the month. I don't see that as a sure thing because I've had so many of those not materialize. But it's nice to have someone trying hard for me.
I have a reputation for always being in a good mood and finding an optimistic side for everything. So rather than buying a card to express a card company's sentiment, I'm putting out a message of my own. These just happened to be at the check out at Tops where I was able to make the perfect impulse buy.
I don't know if anyone else plans to commemorate a boss, I might as well do it as long as I have a job to do it!