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Unemployed » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
May 112011
 

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. I went from being employed to unemployed back to employed in a matter of a week and a half…and I’m back in a corporate office situation (no more pj’s ro work:(  ).  As such things have been an adjustment and blogging has taken a back seat. 

I have lots to tell you all about and maybe I’ll have the energy tonight…we’ll see.  For now I thought I’d share some pics from my phone from our weekend:)

Apr 272011
 

no, I’m not pregnant (haha…i wish it were that easy..). I’m unemployed:( Out of nowhere the job that I LOVED was eliminated so I’m back on the job market. I hold no ill will towards the company, it’s business and was just as painful for them to have to do it but I’m still bummed. I really loved my job and believed in the product. I hope that this move helps them along and they can hit the goals they are stretching for.

That said, you’d think I have alot of time on my hands but I was firing off emails to my previous job search contacts before the ink was even dry on the release letter:) And it’s paying off! I have an oppy where the timing was just not right 7 months ago but has played out almost perfectly this time around. I have a in person meeting on Tuesday and hope I don’t blow it!

This almost certainly means I’ll be back in an office setting again, unless some freak job comes out of nowhere like last time and offers me a work at home position (I can cross my fingers but don’t think I’ll get that lucky again).

Anywho…if I’m MIA for a bit it’s just because I’m busy enjoying my time off or interviewing:) I have a picture post here for you soon with the product of the Easter weekend.

Oct 192010
 

(no I’m not pregnant)

Since I’ve told everyone involved and have made it Facebook official I can say it here – I’m gainfully employed!

I accepted an offer Sunday evening at a California based company that is allowing me to work remotely again (so all those pretty office clothes are kind of going to waste…aside from client meetings I suppose). In the end I had two offers that were very compelling. Two different sets of responsibilities where one had a 45 min commute and the other had no commute. Since money wasn’t the factor (the offers were exactly the same), it came down to being able to be closer to Noah and not having to deal with a commute. Plus, the position I accepted should be less stressful than what I’d been doing prior to my layoff.

Funny how things happen. Going into Friday I knew there was a good chance that I’d had an offer by the end of the day (for the company that had the commute). What I didn’t expect was to have two! See, as expected, the offer came in. I gave the other companies that I’d been dealing with a call just to let them know and to thank them for their time. Well, one guy was not about to give up on me yet! He asked for an hour and he’d try to get me an offer too! Sure enough, he called back 20 min later, made me talk to his CEO, and then verbally offered me the job! It was an ideal situation really – good pay, less stressful, and I get to work from home. I couldn’t turn him down. So, on Sunday when the letter actually arrived via email I was quick to sign and send it back. That was it! I start on the 25th!

Letting down the other company is another story entirely. I felt like I was breaking up with a long term boyfriend who was putting up a fuss and begging me not to. It was awful. I already felt bad doing it because I was genuinely excited to work for them and made it clear that I was during the interview process. Their insistence, promises, and sales pitches just turned the knife a little bit more. But in the end, the work from home opp was too good to be true. I tried to explain to the recruiter (and then his boss when she called 10 min later) that this other offer came out of left field for all of us but was in my best interests at this point in my life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! Having two offers at once is a fantastic outcome to my job search and not something that happens to every one and I’m very appreciative to have had at least one offer this quickly. It’s just that I really felt awful having to let them down and they didnt make it very easy. She said she would do whatever it took to get me on board. I told her that what I would need from her is not something I’d actually ask her to do (work from home 100%) because it affects the effectiveness of the position and wouldn’t be wise to put anyone in that situation. It was a really uncomfortable 10 min…

But, it is what it is and I think we left things on okay terms. She invited me back if this new job doesn’t work out so….

Bottom line – I HAVE A JOB! WooHOOOOOOO….

Oct 152010
 

I should have known I was on to something when I finally got my e-ring on this week!!:) Another pound down! This past week I ate more junk than I normally do but still managed to keep my calories in check and evened whatever else out with a couple of walks with Noah and Daddy.

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 28 – 130.1

I can’t believe it’s Friday again! These weeks are just flying by! The job front is looking up. I’m going to keep mum now for fear of jinxing things! Hopefully this time next week I’ll have some news!

Oct 082010
 

Okay, no change this week. I’ve been bad about my eating but have been out walking with DH and Noah so I guess it evened out. Not much to say other than that:)

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 27 – 131.4

We’re kind of back to the drawing board with the jobs thing. The one that looked uber promising (that had given me a verbal – “you’re it”) fell thru. They decided to take it a different direction and evaluate some internal folks that had what I was missing – healthcare industry background and figured they’d teach them the other skills they need to do the job. The guy said he has two other positions he’s interested in me for so now I get to go interview some more with them:) At least it’s an interview. I have a few others lined up for next week too so we’ll see what works out. I’ve tackled one of the biggest hurdles by just getting in the door at these places, now to just stay on top of them and keep pushing them along:)

I really want to be back in a job before the holiday season hits. Hiring tends to slow during that time and not pick up again until after the new year so…keeps your fingers crossed and I’ll keep mine (and my legs, arms, hairs, and anythign else I can cross:) ).

Oct 012010
 

So things are finally progressing. Not sure what I did but we’re down a little bit more this week. I still have a ways to go (as evidenced by my shopping spree the other day because I had no work clothes:) ) but progress is progress.

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 26 – 131.4

On other fronts, I’m still waiting to hear on the job. Hopefully I’ll hear from the company on Tuesday with positive info. They told me everything is great and everyone loved me so I guess we’ll see. I’m continuing to “work my pipeline” just in case this one falls through.

And I finally managed to get a hold of a human at the UI office! I found out that I’d filed wrong to begin with which delayed things. All’s well now apparently so I should see my checks soon but it would have been nice to actually hear from someone when my original file was wrong. I can’t imagine being a single income home where you rely on those checks for food, rent/mortgage, and daily living. We’re lucky enough to have another income and some savings that could hold us up if necessary. These checks just make sure we’re not dipping into savings (and don’t even get me started on COBRA!)

Oh, and for hanging with me…here’s a cute Noah pic:)

Sep 172010
 

Are revelations like these one:

Soap Operas actually look WORSE on HD channels! They were always total cheeze when I watched them in college (on a 13 inch mini TV) but wow, on a 40+ inch HD TV they actually look more cheezey…Thank goodness Days of our Lives is recorded in non HD:)

Oh, and really? The same actors are on Days that were there 8 years ago when I was in college – and they’ve changed very little! It took me all of about 10 min to get back in the story line! Haha….love trash TV!

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