Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Things have been quiet around this here blog lately, haven't they? Truthfully, there hasn't been much fibery activity going on. I've measured the warp for another stole, this time with a pattern of my own design, but really, that's it.

Last weekend was another weekend away, this time all the way to Philadelphia. My sister married a wonderful guy, and we wanted to be there. Lovely simple outdoor ceremony, beautiful bride, much excellent food. It was a long way to go for a day and a half of visiting, but worth it. And except for the fact that our return flight was delayed due to weather in Minneapolis, the airline lost my bag, and Shaun got a speeding ticket on the drive from Portland to La Grande, it was pretty stress-free traveling. Once again, Emma was a trooper and there was very little whining. We are, however, looking forward to staying home next weekend, for the first time in a month.

The major thing that has been happening in my life recently is the possibility of my returning to work. Not to put too fine a point on it- we need the money. Now that Emma's in preschool in the morning, it seemed like a good time for all of us to transition.

And so I applied for an environmental biologist job last week, with a consulting firm here in La Grande. I turned in my resume and cover letter last Wednesday, and got a call Monday morning to set up an interview. Eek!

I must admit, when I was driving away after dropping off my resume, I was suddenly choked with panic and second thoughts. WHAT was I thinking? Why would they even consider hiring me? I had to talk myself out of turning the car around and asking for my resume back, telling them "Never mind, I can't imagine what I was thinking, sorry for wasting your time..." Five years in pretty brainless part time work at Friday Harbor Labs, then a year here in Oregon of not working at all, does not do wonders for the self confidence.

Yet, the more rational part of me knows that I AM qualified for this job, and I could do it well. The description in the job advertisement, at least, sounds almost exactly like what I was doing at my last "real" job, back in North Carolina. I liked that job. I was good at it.

I'm still pretty nervous about the interview next Monday.


yoko said...

It was nice meeting you at the wedding, and I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to talk more.

The Rizz is a wonderful guy, indeed. Both he and your sister looked so happy that day-- it was a wonderful time.

I think you'll do well towards getting that job-- all the things you've done at your job in NC will come back to you, and you'll gain confidence talking about it at the interview. I wish you all the best!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting the interview, Sue. I'll send good thoughts your way on Monday from Halifax - but I'm sure they won't be needed.


cyndy said...

keeping my fingers crossed for you xx xx
in a perfect world...oh well, it's not a perfect world...

IMHO, what you have been doing for the last 5 years is the REAL "real job"...probably the most important one you will ever do, but you know that....