My Sweet Boy

March 27, 2009 at 9:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I haven’t written in awhile because I’ve been so incredibly busy. I just wanted to write a quick blog about how amazing J has been over the past few weeks.

He’s been so supportive and comforting and just plain awesome. When I was super stressed about losing BOTH of my jobs, he just kept telling me that everything would be okay and we’d figure everything out. He told me to just keep sending out applications and resumes and going on interviews, that something would happen for us.

One night we were in the shower and we started to run out of hot water. He was done showering, so he got out, but I was smack dab in the middle of shaving my legs. I filled the tub with lukewarm water and continued to shave my legs. I was trembling and J asked me if I wanted him to heat some water on the stove for me. I laughed at him and told him no, I’d be fine.

Next thing I know I hear the clanging of pots and pans and I thought to myself, “No, he’s not really heating up water for me is he?” A few minutes later he came in with a giant pot of hot water and poured it into my bath. My heart (and not to mention my poor frozen tushie) instantly melted. It was such an incredibly sweet gesture and I love him for it.

The day that I went for the interview and was subsequently offered my new job, I got home from work and I was so excited to tell J about the job offer. He listened to me and all of my excitedness; he was super stoked for me too. All of a sudden he looks at me, in the middle of playing his PS2 softball game, and he says, “Okay, go get dressed, we’re leaving.” In the most calm, decisive manner.  I asked him, “Where are we going?” and he said, “It’s a surprise! I’m not telling, go get dressed.”

I didn’t even end up changing because I was still in my work clothes, which are relatively nice business clothes, so I just went dressed like that. We’re driving and all along I had a sneaking suspicion we were going to dinner. So we pull into Casa Ramos (a local Mexican restaurant) and I said, “I knew it! I knew we were going to dinner!” J said, “I figured a celebration is in order, you’ve been working so hard to find a new job and you’ve gotten a lot of refusal letters in the mail, but you just kept going. Not everyone can do it and I’m very proud of you baby. Congratulations on your new job!”

Is he not the sweetest thing ever? I love him; he continues to make my heart melt, even after almost 3 years. That’s not to say that we didn’t have our share of spats over the past few weeks, which is to be expected when you’re strapped for money and one of you loses your job. But he never ceases to amaze me, he’s my calm in the middle of the storm, he keeps me grounded, and continues to reassure me that everything will be okay.

Oh and that night at dinner, he made me drink 2 Cadillac margaritas! If you’ve never had one, definitely order one. They’re oh so yummy and super potent. Needless to say, I was in a very giggly, fun mood thanks to my adorable boyfriend. New job, sweet boy, strong cocktails, yummy Mexican food, who could ask for more?



Things Are Looking Up

March 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

One week ago today ago today I was laid off from my second job. The job that I was hoping and praying would become full time, since I was already scheduled to be laid off from my first job.

It was 4:42pm (and I’m off at 4:45pm) and my boss IMed me and said that he needed to talk to me before I left. He said he’d be in, in a minute, to talk to me. So he walks into my office at 4:45pm exactly and says that he has some bad news for me. Unfortunately, he had to let me go because the company is struggling during these troubling economic times. (Apparently over the past three months they’ve had more bad debt from clients than they’ve had throughout the entire history of the company.)

All of this is completely understandable from a business perspective, but it sure would have been nice to know ahead of time! He literally had my last paycheck in his pocket and said I was paid through the end of the week and that I didn’t need to come in the next day. Don’t you think every week, when I repeatedly asked him about the future of my position and whether or not I’d become full time soon he could’ve at least said SOMETHING?! Of course not, that would require respect and common courtesy.  

Oh well, everything happens for a reason and if nothing else I made a really great connection while working at that job. This woman who was doing some consulting work for the company is so awesome and she and I really hit it off. Since leaving the company, we’ve exchanged multiple emails and we’ve made plans to hang out soon.

On a more positive note, I GOT A NEW JOB!!! I’ve been applying to tons and TONS of jobs without much of a response. Which doesn’t really come as a big surprise considering there are thousands of people out of work right now. I got a new, better paying job and I’m so freaking excited! So many people are out of jobs right now and it was really touch and go there for awhile, I thought I’d be joining the unemployed masses, but thankfully I’m not.

J was so funny, he says to me, “How exactly does this work? You quit your job back in November of 2008 only to be hired back with a $2 raise not even a week later. Then this January you find a second job, two months later you’re laid off from BOTH of your jobs and then you get a new job paying you $2 more an hour!! You’ve got some kinda luck honey!” By the way, J has been completely amazing during this entire process. He’s so supportive and I can’t thank him enough for being my rock (more about him and his incredibleness later).

My new job is in a dentist’s office. I don’t have any dental or medical experience, so it’s going to be a brand new learning experience for me, which is pretty exciting. I’m utterly addicted to learning new things, plus it’s going to be such great experience for me to learn the ins and outs of a completely different industry than I’ve worked in before.

So that’s my news for the moment, I haven’t had much time to blog between work, school, and attempting to have a miniscule personal life. I’m super stoked for all of the changes to come: a new house, a new job, and hopefully a new job for J too! We’re on a roll!


March 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

So here I sit, at work, getting paid to blog. Yes that’s right, I’m living every faithful bloggers dream right now. Only it’s really not all that glamorous and not as exciting and fulfilling as it sounds. You see, there’s nothing for me to do at my new job, so I’m sitting here getting paid to do NOTHING. Well I guess technically I’m getting paid to check my email, search for a job, and write a blog about the craziness that is my life right now.

Next Friday (Friday the 13th, how’s that for an omen?), is my last day at my old job. As you might guess, my new job isn’t working out all that well since there’s really nothing for me to do at this point. Originally my new boss told me that I’d be full time within 2 to 3 months, but it’s really not looking so good.

Through all of this employment turmoil, I’ve really been trying to stay positive and look at the bright side of things. It’s actually quite an exciting time in my life if I really sit and think about it. I’m about to graduate with my Bachelor’s, which is a huge accomplishment that I’m very proud of. At this point, there’s really nothing tying J and I to this town, so we could potentially pick up and move to Alaska if we wanted, which is of course our ultimate dream.

J has applied and is trying to get back on with CAL Fire, so we’re waiting to see what happens with that. He’s applied all over Northern California, so depending upon which unit gives him an offer there’s no telling where we could move. Part of me wants J to get hired in our county, but part of me doesn’t. Since I’ve been having such a hard time finding a job, if he was offered a job in another county it might just open up a lot more opportunities for me. If he’s not offered a position at any unit, then we can seriously consider picking up and moving to Alaska, which would be so incredibly exciting!

In all reality, the best thing for us would be for J to get hired either in our county or one of the other counties he’s applied to because then we’d be able to seriously work on paying down our debts, saving a bunch of money, and just being in a better financial spot for when we do move to Alaska. But of course in my heart of hearts I want to just say, “Screw it! Let’s throw all caution to the wind and move!”

Only time will tell really. It’s all nerve racking and stressful, but at the same time pretty damn exciting because at this point anything could happen for us.

In other news, we’re moving to a new house! Close family friends of ours have a rental and the couple that has been renting from them (also our close friends) are buying a house. Their escrow closes on April 2nd, so we’ll be moving in hopefully around the middle of April. The house is a lot bigger than the duplex we’re living in, it has a HUGE backyard, and…the icing on the cake… it’s CHEAPER!!

Needless to say we’re pretty damn stoked on the whole situation. We’ll finally have more room, we’ll be able to have a guest room AND an office where I can have my computer, I’ll have room to scrapbook, and we’ll even be able to finally set up the treadmill.

Some things are really looking up for us and other things are still left unknown. For now, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing, living our daily lives, and see where everything takes us. Hopefully somewhere awesome!

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