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Pissed off layoff: Day 20

Today was the big interview day. I could not sleep at all last night. I was so nervous. I really want this job. And not because I am desperate to work. I just really feel that THIS job is the right move for me. I have never been so nervous for an interview. I put on my best suit, my lucky red shirt, and my new kickass shoes ($12 at Ross. Holla!).  I think I did really well. I was open and honest and that’s all I can do. It’s out of my hands now. And now we wait…

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Pissed off layoff: Day 17, 18, 19

Friday was my last day at Jordan’s office. It was so much fun going to work with him this week. It was nice to get out of the house and get back to working hours. I was getting a little too comfortable hanging out and watching Maury everyday. 

Saturday we set out to go run some last minute errands before our trip to Europe next week. I got really depressed when we were out shopping. Jordan was looking for a belt and some shoes for our trip so we went to Marshall’s. Usually I would have headed to the shoes and the home section and would have found a few things to buy. But today? Not so much. Its weird buying things when you feel like you don’t have your own money to spend. I felt like I was punishing myself. I am not working so I don’t DESERVE to buy myself anything. I haven’t earned it. I am not worth it. It was such an odd experience. Jordan caught on when I showed no interest in looking at Calphalon pans or anything else home related. Shocker! I told him how I was feeling and he reminded me that what’s his is mine and we are a family now. I seriously have the best husband ever. He was able to convince me to buy myself a new belt and a few things for the new apartment. 

Sunday I spent the day packing for our trip. Jordan left this morning for Colorado until Tuesday for work. Poor guy. He gets back from one trip only to leave the next day on another one. I decided to go get a pedicure and a manicure for my big interview tomorrow. It was nice to spoil myself a little but I still could not help feeling guilty about it the whole time. Afterwards I went to H.E.B. to pick up some snacks for the plane and ended up buying some sushi and some blackberries on sale. Ahhh the dinner of champions. 🙂 Brutus spent the whole day looking for Jordan and crying at the front door for him. Pathetic dog. I get that you love Jordan more than me but COME ON!

Tomorrow is the big interview day. I am so nervous and excited. I REALLY want this job. I think I am a great fit for it and it would be such an amazing opportunity. I really hope I ace my interview.

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Pissed off layoff: Day 16

Another day at Jordan’s office. Around 11:30 one of the partners came in and invited everyone in the office to head down to a local bar & grill to watch the Aggie basketball game. Free lunch, free beer and a couple hours out of the office? I can pretend to be a good little Aggie for a few hours. After lunch we headed back to the office and left everyone else at the bar since we had to leave early. We are leaving early to go to the Elton John/Billy Joel concert tonight. Holy crap I am excited. Jordan’s mom is flying into town to go to the concert with us. Can’t wait!

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Holy crap the concert was AMAZING! Seriously, the best concert I will ever experience. It was nice to get my mind off of the job stuff for awhile and just rock out. Highlights of the concert included:

  1. Seeing old people dance
  2. Realizing we were by far the youngest people in our entire section.
  3. Seeing the huge fat man in the row behind me BAWLING when Elton sang “Candle In The Wind”.

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Pissed off layoff: Day 15

Dear Self,

Never, ever, ever Google the name of the person you are interviewing with on Monday. Seeing what an incredible woman she is and how much she has done for the non-profit you are interviewing for will intimidate the hell out of you.You will break out in to a cold sweat and panic. You will start to question yourself and your awesomeness. Also, stop reading the news. Reading articles about how horrible the economy is doing nothing for your self esteem.

Fondly,

Me

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Pissed off layoff: Day 14

Well it seems the luck of the Irish was with me today! What a change from the last two Tuesdays. Today was a great day. I feel like my mood is finally shifting and I am slowly becoming at peace with myself and my situation. During our lunch break, Jordan and I went to sign a lease at a new apartment complex. We are really excited. Things are finally looking up. I am in a much better place this week. We will probably rent for another two years and just keep saving like crazy and hopefully be able to afford a bigger and better place. Or who knows, we may just say to heck with everyone and move to Europe. I know its cliche but everything does happen for a reason. This whole experience has been a lesson in humility and trust. It’s so hard for me to not feel like I have control of things. But the minute I let go and just let things happen, they start to fall into place. Isn’t it funny how that works? I have my second interview for the non-profit job I interviewed for last week! I am sooooo excited for it. I would love to get into the non-profit world and the networking opportunities would be amazing. I am crossing all my fingers and toes that it will work out. All in all, a great day. I am genuinely happy with the way things have turned out. Is it ideal? No. But is it what I needed? I think so.

“Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll.”

– Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

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Pissed off layoff: Day 13

“Dunder Mifflin, this is Christine.”

This week I get to pretend to be Pam from The Office. Jordan sent me a message around 9:30 asking if I wanted to come work at his office this week. Their secretary is out sick and they need someone to cover the phones. I happily accepted and he came to pick me up at lunch. Its really easy money and they gave me access to a computer so I can do some job searching and just b.s. online all day. Plus I get to ride with Jordan to work and eat lunch with him. The girls in his office are super nice and its been great having some social interaction. His boss even challenged me to a Brownie Bake Off this Friday! I am bringing my best recipe and I think I have a good shot. Either way everyone wins because brownies are awesome. 🙂

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Pissed off layoff: Day 10,11,12

Another week over.  Friday night we went over to our friends place for Breakfast For Dinner Night. We were instructed to come in our pjs which was fine with me since that’s all I have been in for the last two weeks.  I brought a lemon poundcake that was delish. It was a great time and made me realize what kick ass friends we have. Oh and we watched Stepbrothers which was awkward and hilarious all at the same time.

Saturday we began our search for a new place to live. With the house deal falling through and our apartment lease up in May we had to find a place ASAP. We drove around to a ton of places and finally found one that will do. I admit that looking at apartments was sad and exciting. Of course I am still mourning the loss of the house. I was really bad and looked up the listing online and saw that they lowered the price by $4000. Jerks.  But a part of me is excited. I am thankful we are getting the chance to ride out this crazy economic time as renters. Hopefully this means that something bigger and better is in store for us.

Sunday started off with a big breakfast and lots of lounging. We did manage to throw in a couple loads of laundry but for the most part is was laaaaazy. And so begins another week…

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