Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Plenty of time to ponder

I was talking to my mom last night about a bank screw-up that Dave and I had suffered through recently, and after my angry tirade my mother said, "Well, at least you have plenty of time on your hands to sort it all out, right?"

Yes. And no.

A lot of the time I've been unemployed has been spent on the hobbies and interests I've put aside to focus on my job at the newspaper. Most of my time is spent on writing (not here, obviously) and tweaking my resume and portfolio, and generally applying for positions. The rest is housework.

Although I can list these things and prove that every day that has passed since losing my job has been a full day, it seems like everyone just assumes that I'm sitting around in my husband's boxers and an oversized T-shirt, sipping coffee and munching on things, watching movies and generally being a slob.

OK, maybe that happened the first few days of unemployment, but I've been better about the depression thing.

It's been three months, as of today, that I have been unemployed.

And I can't wait to have a job again.

A lot of folks that were laid off with me are looking into retraining, and I think that's great. In fact, like I mentioned in this post, I have given it some serious thought. But I feel like writing and outreach and communications is my calling, and I hope to do it for an organization that makes me as excited about going to work everyday as working for The Dallas Morning News did. I knew that every day was going to be unique and challenging, and I hate that it ended.

So, I have a phone interview on Friday, and I'm really excited since this has pretty much been the only nibble I've had since casting my lure about two and a half months ago. Not only that, but it's an opportunity to work for an organization that I really believe in. So, if you wouldn't mind, I could use a few good vibes sent my way at 9 a.m. on Friday morning, I'd appreciate it.

In other news, we should be getting a new chicken coop delivered this afternoon. I am so thrilled! I've already started thinking about what new chickens we'd get. Probably some bantams, since the actual nesting area is rather small. The top five I have in mind:

From top to bottom: Splash Frizzle Cochin, Buff Bantam Silkies, Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte, Buff Laced Polish, Bantam Buff Orpington. All photos are from MyPetChicken.


The Maiden Metallurgist said...

"Well, at least you have plenty of time on your hands to sort it all out, right?" has got to be the worst pep talk you can get when you're unemployed. It sounds like something my mother would say that would, in turn, make Josh roll his eyes.

Best of luck on Friday- you are so passionate, I'm sure this potential employer will see that.

Love the chickens too! Josh and I are thinking of moving to a small town and I'm chicken obsessed! He is slowly coming around, but his most prolific argument against chickens is always, "well what about what Miss Dallas had to do? You know..."

I do know, and I'm sure all finger/ chicken a**hole activities will fall under my purview.

Jo said...

"finger/chicken a**hole activities"


Thanks for the pep talk, and tell Josh that once he eats an egg from the backyard, fried in bacon grease, sunny side up, well, he'll know he made the right choice!

Kyla Roma said...

Congrats on the interview, I hope you knit them all socks and then blow them off with your passion and skill =)

Your fancy chickens make me very happy, what a cool idea!! Get the one with the built in feather hat, she looks wonderful (if a tad high maintenance)

Anonymous said...

Keep the faith. I too am looking to get back into the workforce. The "game" of finding a job isn't easy. In fact, the "game" of job search/job find is not much fun (at least to me it's not). I find myself peeved when working people complain to me about their problems at work. I should have such problems!

Tell Dave to take very good care of that Cubs t-shirt (I know he will).

Jeff B.

stacy said...

you must get a splash frizzle! that dudes amazing.

Graygrrrl said...

I love crazy chickens like that and wish I had the balls to get one. I almost did at this Mexican bazaar in Austin until I was reminded that I would have to feed and take care of it, not just chase it around me living room "coo-ing" at it. Good luck!