I know, I know, I've been gone for a bit. Sorry about that. I went from no job to four jobs, and I've been working 7 days a week. The job I thought was going to be so awesome turned out not to be that awesome. I'll be starting a new one on the 14th. I know I'm leaving all the details out, but I'll try to come back and share. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Now, I'm off to do some work for one of my fun jobs! :-/
Hello? Anybody still out there? I know it's been nearly 2 months since I've checked in around here. Trust me, I have LOTS to fill you all in on, but I just don't have the time. I haven't been keeping up with my favorite bloggers, either, so I feel really out of the loop right now.
I will tell you, though, that I've found myself working 3 jobs again. Actually, it's 4 jobs, if you count the invoicing I do for my sister's boyfriend. ~sigh~ If only I could find ONE job that pays enough to live on....
I will try and come back soon to give you the scoop. I'm REALLY going to try and find some time to catch up on my favorite blogs, too. But, I'm working 7 days a week these days, so I just don't know when that will be. :(
Magnum tried to go to work today, despite me telling him last night that he should consider staying home, thanks to the snow we had coming. He left about a half hour earlier than usual today, and about 2 1/2 hours later, he walked back in the door. He said it just wasn't happening today. (For my local friends, after TWO HOURS, he only made it to 294 and Ogden!!) The one downside to his "new" job (yes, it's still "new" until he hits his one-year anniversary. :D ) is the commute. He drives about an hour to an hour and a half each way.
Now, I know I've mentioned a couple times lately that Magnum has been under the weather. He STILL isn't feeling well. I'm about 95% certain (after much internet research, and consulting a few friends in the medical field) that he has mono. It's going on 2 1/2 months since he first got sick, and it's getting ridiculous now. Naturally, he won't go see a doctor (partly because we currently have no insurance) so we won't really ever know if it's mono or not. I guess that's fine, since mono is viral, and there's nothing they can do for it anyway. The only real treatment is REST, which he refuses. When he came home today, I was hoping he'd get back into bed, even though I knew he'd be working all day. (One NICE thing about this job is that he can work anywhere he can get online. The downside to THAT is - he works about 20 hours a day!) Instead of trying to get some rest, he bundled up, and started the new snowblower! Argh! (I thought I had mentioned it when we bought it, but I see I didn't. With this CRAZY winter we've been having this year, we finally broke down and bought a snowblower. I'd say we've been getting our money's worth so far!)
He did our driveway, Jean's driveway (my 89 year-old neighbor), and the sidewalk from in front of her house, across our house, and in front of the other neighbor's house. Then, we went to his parents' house.
Um...yeah...I took these pictures of him from inside the warm truck. He wouldn't let me help him, and made me get in the truck to wait for him.
He went across from one neighbor's house to other here, too.
Then, we went to MY parents' house. They're still in Florida, by the way. They absolutely picked the perfect time to get out of Dodge!
For the third time, he did the sidewalk across three houses. Then, he went across the street and did THAT neighbor's driveway as a favor to me. (That neighbor sometimes beats me to it, and does my parents' driveway with his snowblower.)
Just when he thought he was finished, and could go home and rest, I very selfishly asked if we could stop at Bestest Friend's house. (You may remember, she only lives a couple blocks from my parents' house) I was going to do it myself, while he sat in the warm truck and rested. And, truthfully, I was hoping to finally get a chance to play with our new toy. Well, naturally, once we got there, he wouldn't let me do anything. Well, ok, I was able to shovel her walkway to her front door, and her front stoop before he could stop me. Then, I went back to the truck. =) Again, he did the sidewalk, neighbor to neighbor.
After finishing SIX driveways, and many yards of sidewalk, we stopped for gas and hot chocolate on the way home. What do you think happened as we were at the gas station? Yep, it started snowing again!! Mother Nature can be such a bitch. :-/
Thank you, honey, for all you do. This goes out to you!
Actually, I have two updates, but I know you won't really care about this first one...
It's a stifling 32 degrees here today. But, don't get excited for us, there's LOTS of snow coming in the next week. Plus, the temps are going to drop over the next few days, back down to a low of -6 on Superbowl Sunday.
Now. On to the REAL update.
I ended up spending about 8 hours yesterday visiting Kensington schools. I started at the school where they were going to have me work, meeting the director and the woman who will be out on maternity leave. I was able to stay and observe for a while. Actually, I stayed for 3 hours. I wanted to see how things were run, how they handle lunch, and how nap time is done. Once all the babies (15 of them!) were asleep, I left. I called the woman who I originally interviewed with, and have been dealing with (she's the HR person for the company), and ended up driving out to the school she was directing yesterday. I then basically poured my heart out to her regarding my thoughts on the job, now that I was able to see what it would entail.
I don't know why I was surprised by the fact that it was more "daycare" and less "teaching." I mean, they're TWO, for Pete's sake!! Now, I didn't hate it by any means. I actually thoroughly enjoyed it! But, if I'm going to be completely honest, it seemed like an awful lot of work for the very small salary they are offering. I mean, there are diapers to change, for crying out loud. All day! And, meals to serve, which then means LOTS of clean-up after that. Then, think about what trying to put 15 toddlers down for a nap is like. Go ahead, I'll wait.... Exactly! It's hard enough for me to get Monkey to take a nap!! Although, I have to say, the babies have the routine down, and surprised me by how well they handle nap time. Still, I spent quite a bit of time sitting on the floor, rubbing babies' backs, until they fell asleep. (Ok, you got me! I LOVED IT!)
So. I called Ms. HR, and told her I was coming to see her to get some forms, and to talk. I was completely honest with her, and we had a very frank discussion about my thoughts and expectations regarding working for this company. She ended up talking to the other woman who interviewed me (the COO) and they came back and surprised the heck out of me. Apparently, while I sat in Ms. HR's office alone for about 20 minutes, they were on the phone with the owner. Ms. COO then told me that they are going back to the owner's plan, which is to have me start as a Director-in-Training. She doesn't think having me "stuck" in a single classroom for the rest of the year will do me any good. She absolutely wants me on a director track (Ms. HR's exact quote was, "B LOVES you!"), and wants me to learn as much about their school as I can, and the best way to do it, is to have me go to a different school and start right away as a DiT. OMG!
Now, there's still a little hitch in this plan, which is that they are still only going to be paying me the same salary they offered me to take the maternity leave. Trust me, it's barely above the poverty level. I will absolutely have to get a second part-time job to make ends meet. I already spoke to my sister about the possibility of working on the weekends for her company. That crazy "perfume ninja" job pays 50% MORE than I will be making at school. Sad, right?
But, I'm choosing to focus on the positive! I will only be doing this for a few months, as they plan to have their newest school open by the summer, and then I will be moving to that school as a director. That's very exciting!! And, there WILL be a pay increase, but I didn't even ask what it will be. I know, I know, my family already yelled at me, so feel free to scream at your screen. I'll just tune you out, like I did them. I refuse to let you guys burst my bubble!! =)
...oh, wait, I'm still in Chicago, aren't I? When I left the house at 5:30 this morning to drive my parents to the airport, the windchill was a refreshing -30. It's warmed up considerably since then, and the windchill is now -20. =) (I think the actual temp is -1)
My mother just called about an hour ago to say they arrived safely, they had already had lunch, and a few cocktails, to boot! Then she went on to say, "That IT! We HAVE to get a place here!" She was thrilled with the almost-80 degree temperature swing they experienced in less than 2 hours.
Ok, ok, I hear you yelling at me!! Alright, already, I'll tell you a little about the job!
The short story is I was offered a full-time position with Kensington School. I may come back later and write about the actual interview (it's a post all unto itself) but for now, I'll skip to the end of the story. I will be covering a maternity leave in a preschool classroom until the end of the school year. Yay!! Those of you who have been around since the beginning KNOW how much I've wanted to make the move to preschool. In the fall, I will be moving to their new school, in some type of director position (God willing!). That's the plan for now, so I hope it doesn't change. I don't have an official start date yet, but I'm hoping it's as soon as next week. I have paperwork that needs to be filled out, and I need to get a physical and TB test. Like I said, I hope to get it done this week.
I have to be honest, though, and say I'm already really sad about not being available at the drop of a hat for my Monkey. I already miss her, and I haven't even started working yet. =(
(She was playing with Stud the other day at my parents' house, and this is how she came downstairs. Stud got her to put the gloves on for the first time, and she LOVED them!)
It seems we're dealing with the polar vortex again. It's currently -6 here, windchill of -24. It's going to get colder as the night goes on, and the windchill is supposed to be around -40 tomorrow. My parents are supposed to be flying out at 7:25am to Tampa, FL (Hi, Suz!) so I'm praying their flight isn't cancelled. Believe it or not, CPS cancelled school today, and already announced tomorrow is cancelled, too. Between the two days this week and the two from the first polar vortex experience, the school year is going to extend into July!
I guess that's all I really have to say for now. Well, except for......
I got a job.
No, no joke. I'll be back to share the details when my teeth stop chattering, and my fingers aren't numb.