(ARGH. I hit "submit" and this whole thing *vanished*. No, hitting the "back" button didn't fix it. So here I go, typing it all out again. Sigh. Hand-staple-forehead, woe is me.)
In a couple of weeks, I start a full-time job. This makes me happy. For the first time in seven years, I'll actually have employer-paid health insurance, a 401(k), paid vacation, and paid sick leave. My husband and I are a DINK household (double income, no kids), and we're still barely getting by, sometimes not even that.
So this new job is a blessing that I literally cannot afford to pass by. It's been a long time coming, too. I've been actively looking for work since March of 2005 and in serious gotta-have-something-NOW mode since October '06.
I have an impressive collection of rejections by some of the finest companies and institutions of higher education in the state -- sometimes even twice for the exact same job, and lemme tell ya, THAT'S a real hit in the ol' self-esteem, getting not one but TWO "No thanks, you suck" letters for a single position.
But at last, my toast has landed butter side up. My mom and great-aunt would say it's answered prayer, and maybe they're right. I've always said I'd accept any assistance in my job search. :)
The bad news is that by working 9-5 (cue Dolly Parton), I won't be able to put in mornings at Jim Neal's campaign headquarters anymore. I still plan to give them at least one evening a week, and to help out with other projects, and I still absolutely 100 percent support him.
And of course I'll still be blogging here; in fact I have a video to share with you all. You just won't be getting the quotidian details and office minutiae from a volunteer perspective -- at least not on such a regular basis anymore.
It sucks that today's economy forces us to make these kinds of choices. And is it a coincidence that my "lean" years of employment neatly match up to Dubya's terms in office? Makes a girl think...
Here's the video I promised, Hagan Won't Run Against Dole -- NOTE this is old video that I just got around to seeing; it amuses me how emphatic Hagan is about not running, yet here she is, with her lukewarm campaign after all... :
Really does make you wonder who/what changed her mind, doesn't it? And again, bear in mind that that's an older video. It just really speaks to me that her passion is in the state Senate, not in running for Liddy Dole's seat.
And I leave you with a quote from a favorite show, Babylon 5: "Folks have been conned to thinking they can't change the world, have to accept what is. I'll tell you something my friends. The world is changing every day, the only question is who's doing it."