Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Why I'd rather poke my eyes out than apply for a job, Part 2

Being an adult, a college-graduated adult with a family, is frustrating. My husband will agree with me on all counts because he experienced the hardship of finding a job in our current economy. It took him 3 years to finally land an interview that he could accept and even then, it was a very low-paying, entry level job.

I, on the other hand, have been applying left and right for any kind of job: degree related, non-degree related, full time, part time, stopping short of McDonalds because while I'm desperate, I do still have an immense amount of pride. I wrote a while back about how hard it is to find a job but eventually being hired for part-time work in a natural baby boutique that focused on cloth diapers and attachment parenting - the position fell through, unfortunately. So to say I'm holding this recent job interview for a registered nurse position at arms' length is actually quite an understatement.

I'm still waiting to hear back on if I've been chosen for the nurse residency program and with the Thanksgiving holiday having landed smack dab in the middle of the interviews (my interview was 2 weeks before Thanksgiving; they're just NOW finishing them this week), the waiting game has been excruciating and as each day passes, my confidence (which was really high at the start of the wait) has dwindled down to me expecting an email saying I wasn't chosen.

Have you heard of everything happening all at once? Like how I actually got an interview with what sounds like a promising hospital in another state (the move would be significant), and as I get closer to hearing something, Gary is offered a job promotion. He will be traveling a lot if he does take the offer but we will be able to remain in California and he will be making a lot more than now. I probably won't be able to work because he would be gone all the time and childcare out here is ridiculously expensive, but at least his salary would be just enough. I was expecting the "everything happening at once" bit to be just by me, but it seems like what we will be contending with is whether we stay in California so Gary can accept the job promotion or move out of state so I can finally start working in the field as a registered nurse.

At least, that's what I'm hoping. All of that is dependent upon the hospital calling me back for either a second interview or a job offer. Both of which I would gladly accept as a step in the right direction, even the second interview... I just want an answer or something before I poke my eyeballs out!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy December!

I can't believe that the last month of 2012 is finally upon us. It seems like just yesterday when I was holding Daniel in my arms length-wise and nursing him every two hours on demand, completely consumed by everything about him; now, I'm holding this huge toddler on one hip with tripping-induced scratches on his face while nursing a slight red wine-induced hangover with a cup of coffee in my first mother's day mug and finally reveling in gaining parts of my life back. How much life can change in just a year!
My little monkey this time last year - just a few weeks old!

As we near the Holiday season, I stress a little bit more on gifts to give (and decide on giving, to boot). We probably won't be get Daniel much this year since his birthday is only a month before Christmas and he is LOADED on gifts until at least his second birthday. Plus he's only one and won't remember any of this, so the gifts he gets for Christmas this year will be from our parents and other extended family members (and are, hopefully, in the form of clothes or books... NO TOYS!).

I am so looking forward to Christmas. With all the gifts Daniel recieved last year, it felt like they were gifts for me too! As for gifts we are giving, I've been working on hand-made gifts for the ladies of our family but are at a total loss as to what to give our male family members. That fantastic color to the left turned into a pretty yet simple infinity scarf, perfect for my mom! My favorite part about the Holidays is gift-giving so I'm glad that I have some kind of craft that I can make gifts for those I love. Crochet has been such a great skill to have! I'm already planning out what I'm going to make for people next year!

What is your favorite part of the Holiday season?