Looking over my blog last night, I realized I have yet to do an update on what I’ve been doing about my job situation since my workplace closed down.
I didn’t get much of a chance to relax or really process the major change in my life. As soon as I got wind of the imminent closing, I was busy updating my resume, handing it out, following up on job leads, and filling out as many applications as possible. I had my first interview before the place closed, at a local pizza place, as I mentioned before. I thought it went very well and I pretty much had it in the bag. Then I didn’t hear anything for over a week, and troubled my efforts on finding work because, well, bills.
Then they contacted me and put me to work. Which was great.
It wasn’t a bad job. I liked staying busy like we did. However, the hours were different from what I was used to. That was to be expected, but I didn’t expect that staying out past midnight would kick my butt the way it did, nor did I expect that missing my girls’ bedtimes would hurt my heart the way it did. I also wound up sick from the change in sleep patterns, which didn’t help.
Things I learned at the job: making pizza without gloves on is really gross. Gloves really get in your way, so you make sure to wash your hands a million times, but you still wind up with pizza toppings under your nails. Very gross. Also, hands-on training is fantastic, but you have to remember the new person will have questions and not know how to do some stuff, and pairing them with someone who gets annoyed by this or another new person who barely knows how to do it is not a good idea.
Meanwhile, I had another interview at a grocery store chain that also went very well, they told me I was hired, and I haven’t heard from them in over a week now either. Weird.
But I haven’t been idle. I have apps out everywhere, remember? I put one in for kitchen work at another place, and they skipped the whole pesky interview thing and went straight to calling me up to start training. I’m making chicken and side items for above minimum wage at a place not far from my old workplace.
I like it. It’s a lot slower than my old place, but a lot of the work is familiar and I can always keep myself busy by cleaning. I like that. I especially like that the place closes at nine, so I can still give my girls kisses when I come home. So far, it’s been my best option. And they have a really awesome fryer and breading station. We would have killed for it at my old place.
So that’s what’s going on workwise, but there’s more. While hunting down and trying out these different jobs, I realized I would be in a much more stable place and have so many more options available to me if I went back to school to finish my bachelor’s degree in psychology. So I’ve met with school a few times now, signed up for a couple classes, and am on my way in January.
I also found out that I only have eight more classes to go to graduate. EIGHT. Holy cow, why did I wait so long to do this?!
So that’s what’s been going on with me. I’ve been a busy girl, really. And very determined to do the best I can for my family.