The New Wisconsinite

Step 1 of settling into a new job: geeking out over multi-colored office supplies. 
I’ve been at my new job for about a month, and I have to say that it’s been surprisingly pleasant. Not that I expected horrors, but I’ve come to feel like I ended up in the right place, which was not part of the agenda.
I just needed an income, and after looking and applying and worrying and analyzing myself to pieces for months, it really didn’t matter to me anymore what I was doing or where or with whom. But somehow something good happened anyway. I know not everyone believes in God or destiny, but I do. Not in many of the traditional ways, but I do think there are forces at work that we cannot know or understand and that somehow each of our paths has meaning.
So, just before I was about to steel myself to walk into Hooters begging to wear hot pants and serve wings, I got two calls. Two jobs in the matter of an hour, and I accepted both! I *was* pretty loopy and desperate, but I did that crazy thing because the 2nd call was the better job…. so I had to call the 1st one back and retract, yadda yadda. Anyway, it was funny in the context of the long desert of phone silence.
So here I am, 26 days later, Bereavement Services Materials Coordinator at one of the local hospitals. Technically an office assistant, but hallelujah, NO MINUTES, and the monkey business clerical duties are minimal! Not yet— but I will be mostly independent, will NOT have to answer phones, and they’ve already sent me to 3 training workshops to help me integrate. I’m just now starting to get into the work, so it’s a bit overwhelming, of course… new skills, new people, new office dynamics…. but I’m confident that I’ll be really comfortable when the newness wears off, and I’m already pleased to see that the work my department does is truly impactful.
I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon something good. Phew!
Hurrah for money and insurance, but a second, serene jubilation for feeling blessed and purposeful… and for beautiful new whiteboards :)

Step 1 of settling into a new job: geeking out over multi-colored office supplies. 

I’ve been at my new job for about a month, and I have to say that it’s been surprisingly pleasant. Not that I expected horrors, but I’ve come to feel like I ended up in the right place, which was not part of the agenda.

I just needed an income, and after looking and applying and worrying and analyzing myself to pieces for months, it really didn’t matter to me anymore what I was doing or where or with whom. But somehow something good happened anyway. I know not everyone believes in God or destiny, but I do. Not in many of the traditional ways, but I do think there are forces at work that we cannot know or understand and that somehow each of our paths has meaning.

So, just before I was about to steel myself to walk into Hooters begging to wear hot pants and serve wings, I got two calls. Two jobs in the matter of an hour, and I accepted both! I *was* pretty loopy and desperate, but I did that crazy thing because the 2nd call was the better job…. so I had to call the 1st one back and retract, yadda yadda. Anyway, it was funny in the context of the long desert of phone silence.

So here I am, 26 days later, Bereavement Services Materials Coordinator at one of the local hospitals. Technically an office assistant, but hallelujah, NO MINUTES, and the monkey business clerical duties are minimal! Not yet— but I will be mostly independent, will NOT have to answer phones, and they’ve already sent me to 3 training workshops to help me integrate. I’m just now starting to get into the work, so it’s a bit overwhelming, of course… new skills, new people, new office dynamics…. but I’m confident that I’ll be really comfortable when the newness wears off, and I’m already pleased to see that the work my department does is truly impactful.

I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon something good. Phew!

Hurrah for money and insurance, but a second, serene jubilation for feeling blessed and purposeful… and for beautiful new whiteboards :)

Being back in the 9 to 5 world has been an adjustment.
Mostly good, but, ya know, I’m back to wearing pants and eating neatly, so it has its disadvantages.
Several times over the past week or so, I’ve thought about how lucky I am. It turns out that the job market here is really tough, and I got on with a great company— the largest hospital in town. Good benefits, secure job, and a little bit more pay than I needed. Bonus: I’m in Bereavement Services, which means (a) I’m off-site and don’t have to mess with terrible parking and (b) I’m working in a program that really makes a difference to people when they need it most. And my coworkers and boss are very nice, and I have casual Fridays (which I’ve never had), and I can listen to music, and my office is close enough to ride my bike if I am so inclined!
As a newbie, I’m feeling a bit lost and like a deer in the headlights at times, but I think it’s going to be ok. I learn quickly, and since my position is new and supplemental, no one is depending on me just yet, and there are plenty of people available to field my questions. 
I’m a little nervous about being in an all-female department, and I’ve already seen traces of potential drama… but again, I think once I’m more comfortable in my role, it’ll be ok. I’m fairly good at keeping to myself and keeping things profesh.
Besides regular spilling on myself, obviously.
In other news, I’ve progressed a bit on my writing project and my running AND MY TAN. Don’t laugh; it really is a version of a tan! Also, my parents visited for the 4th and it was lovely to hang with them and show them around. The weather was perfect, and, after some finagling, we even managed a way for Husband to watch fireworks with us without wanting to kill all of the people :)
The WI is treating us well over all and I reiterate that it’s been so refreshing to live a simpler life. Moving away is highly recommended from this lot ;)

Being back in the 9 to 5 world has been an adjustment.

Mostly good, but, ya know, I’m back to wearing pants and eating neatly, so it has its disadvantages.

Several times over the past week or so, I’ve thought about how lucky I am. It turns out that the job market here is really tough, and I got on with a great company— the largest hospital in town. Good benefits, secure job, and a little bit more pay than I needed. Bonus: I’m in Bereavement Services, which means (a) I’m off-site and don’t have to mess with terrible parking and (b) I’m working in a program that really makes a difference to people when they need it most. And my coworkers and boss are very nice, and I have casual Fridays (which I’ve never had), and I can listen to music, and my office is close enough to ride my bike if I am so inclined!

As a newbie, I’m feeling a bit lost and like a deer in the headlights at times, but I think it’s going to be ok. I learn quickly, and since my position is new and supplemental, no one is depending on me just yet, and there are plenty of people available to field my questions. 

I’m a little nervous about being in an all-female department, and I’ve already seen traces of potential drama… but again, I think once I’m more comfortable in my role, it’ll be ok. I’m fairly good at keeping to myself and keeping things profesh.

Besides regular spilling on myself, obviously.

In other news, I’ve progressed a bit on my writing project and my running AND MY TAN. Don’t laugh; it really is a version of a tan! Also, my parents visited for the 4th and it was lovely to hang with them and show them around. The weather was perfect, and, after some finagling, we even managed a way for Husband to watch fireworks with us without wanting to kill all of the people :)

The WI is treating us well over all and I reiterate that it’s been so refreshing to live a simpler life. Moving away is highly recommended from this lot ;)

I’ve been a Wisconsinite for 26 days (wow!), and I have to say that, over all, I’m really happy. Here’s a roundup of the goods and notso-goods:
Cons first…- SO MANY BUGS. I have new bites everyday, and yesterday Husband pulled a tick off his leg. Blech.- Job searching has been terrible. Apparently their job market is pretty saturated. There are plenty of listings, but 400 people are applying for each one. Very trying on the ego and exhausting in general. I’m very thankful it’s over.- Husband is really busy with school, so I’ve been on my own a lot. I don’t mind this inherently; I just find myself missing him.- I’m not yet familiar with the town, of course. This isn’t totally negative- it’s actually fun to discover new things- but discovering takes more effort and time, and I’m not always in the mood for all of that exertion. Sometimes I just want to know where to go, go there and be done with it, ya know?- I’m new everywhere I go. Again, not terrible, but uncomfortable. I joined a gym yesterday, as my reward for getting a job, and I was the weirdo awkwardly wandering around looking for the group class studio.
Pros!- It’s beautiful here. Bluffs, rivers, marshes, wildlife!- The town is big enough to have lots to do and see, but has a real small-town feel. Everything is relatively close, people are nice, streets are clean and safe, and most of the businesses are locally owned. I mean, real book shops and ice cream parlors, people. And I can ride my bike pretty much anywhere.- Unemployment has been stressful, but I’m counting it as a huge gift to have been able to spend my first month here settling in at my own pace. It’s been so cool to sleep/read/cook/wander as much as I want. I think it’s been helpful to Lola (dog) to have me at home, too, because she’s having a tough time adjusting to the man being often unavailable to play.- College town= good restaurants, bars and a pretty white collar demographic. I’ve only seen like, TWO creepy/strung out people here so far. Sure, it would be nice to have more diversity, but I can settle for safety at night and not getting yelled at for saying “hi” to a drug lord.-I’m *talking* to my parents and friends more. I generally don’t like being on the phone for long periods of time, but being far away has forced me to have real conversations this way— you just can’t text everything.- And my favorite: as much as I miss my family and friends, it’s been really, really nice to just live with my guy. Even though he’s busy, we’re around each other a lot and sharing most of this new adventure together, and it’s happy and cozy and lovely.
Truthfully, I was nervous. I wanted adventure and a new start, but there was also fear of the unknown, anxiety about hubby in school again, having to be the breadwinner. But patience and forced relaxation (and constant encouragement from everyone at home) has pulled me through so far, its seemingly going to be a pretty great existence, and I’m excited to keep blazing this new path. 
Cheers for citronella and being brave! and Tally ho!

I’ve been a Wisconsinite for 26 days (wow!), and I have to say that, over all, I’m really happy. Here’s a roundup of the goods and notso-goods:

Cons first…
- SO MANY BUGS. I have new bites everyday, and yesterday Husband pulled a tick off his leg. Blech.
- Job searching has been terrible. Apparently their job market is pretty saturated. There are plenty of listings, but 400 people are applying for each one. Very trying on the ego and exhausting in general. I’m very thankful it’s over.
- Husband is really busy with school, so I’ve been on my own a lot. I don’t mind this inherently; I just find myself missing him.
- I’m not yet familiar with the town, of course. This isn’t totally negative- it’s actually fun to discover new things- but discovering takes more effort and time, and I’m not always in the mood for all of that exertion. Sometimes I just want to know where to go, go there and be done with it, ya know?
- I’m new everywhere I go. Again, not terrible, but uncomfortable. I joined a gym yesterday, as my reward for getting a job, and I was the weirdo awkwardly wandering around looking for the group class studio.

Pros!
- It’s beautiful here. Bluffs, rivers, marshes, wildlife!
- The town is big enough to have lots to do and see, but has a real small-town feel. Everything is relatively close, people are nice, streets are clean and safe, and most of the businesses are locally owned. I mean, real book shops and ice cream parlors, people. And I can ride my bike pretty much anywhere.
- Unemployment has been stressful, but I’m counting it as a huge gift to have been able to spend my first month here settling in at my own pace. It’s been so cool to sleep/read/cook/wander as much as I want. I think it’s been helpful to Lola (dog) to have me at home, too, because she’s having a tough time adjusting to the man being often unavailable to play.
- College town= good restaurants, bars and a pretty white collar demographic. I’ve only seen like, TWO creepy/strung out people here so far. Sure, it would be nice to have more diversity, but I can settle for safety at night and not getting yelled at for saying “hi” to a drug lord.
-I’m *talking* to my parents and friends more. I generally don’t like being on the phone for long periods of time, but being far away has forced me to have real conversations this way— you just can’t text everything.
- And my favorite: as much as I miss my family and friends, it’s been really, really nice to just live with my guy. Even though he’s busy, we’re around each other a lot and sharing most of this new adventure together, and it’s happy and cozy and lovely.

Truthfully, I was nervous. I wanted adventure and a new start, but there was also fear of the unknown, anxiety about hubby in school again, having to be the breadwinner. But patience and forced relaxation (and constant encouragement from everyone at home) has pulled me through so far, its seemingly going to be a pretty great existence, and I’m excited to keep blazing this new path.

Cheers for citronella and being brave! and Tally ho!

good, snuggly morning.
(ignore the spots on my leg. i’ve discovered a con to my new location: BUGS everywhere.)

good, snuggly morning.

(ignore the spots on my leg. i’ve discovered a con to my new location: BUGS everywhere.)

It’s been a long road, and an exceptionally long week somehow, but I’m finally employed!! 
Well, I will be next week, but I’ve accepted an offer :)
PHEW. 
And let’s go buy a new purse.

It’s been a long road, and an exceptionally long week somehow, but I’m finally employed!! 

Well, I will be next week, but I’ve accepted an offer :)

PHEW.

And let’s go buy a new purse.

Well, it’s been an interesting week. Husband’s first full week of school and he’s pretty much buried. Mostly studying, but also going to the hospital and cutting things open. At least there are good stories from that :)

Since I still don’t have a job, I’ve been cooking and cleaning and grocery shopping and mowing the lawn and looking after the animals. Overall the break from busy is nice, but oh man, full-time housewifery is not for me. Lord knows I love having time to read and actually get a good night’s sleep, but I’m definitely looking forward to being more stimulated.
Also I’ve been a lot on my own, have mostly stayed in bc of weather, and had a semi-crap interview yesterday, so I’m feeling a bit blue and useless. It will pass, but all of the change and frustration with the job search (and the impending torture on Game of Thrones that I’m avoiding) is weighing me down. I went out for a run and that helped, despite the cold and rain. Thank God for endorphins. And audio books.

Well, it’s been an interesting week. Husband’s first full week of school and he’s pretty much buried. Mostly studying, but also going to the hospital and cutting things open. At least there are good stories from that :)

Since I still don’t have a job, I’ve been cooking and cleaning and grocery shopping and mowing the lawn and looking after the animals. Overall the break from busy is nice, but oh man, full-time housewifery is not for me. Lord knows I love having time to read and actually get a good night’s sleep, but I’m definitely looking forward to being more stimulated.

Also I’ve been a lot on my own, have mostly stayed in bc of weather, and had a semi-crap interview yesterday, so I’m feeling a bit blue and useless. It will pass, but all of the change and frustration with the job search (and the impending torture on Game of Thrones that I’m avoiding) is weighing me down. I went out for a run and that helped, despite the cold and rain. Thank God for endorphins. And audio books.

Wednesday was a good day. 
I made this breakfast scramble, which was aaahhhhmazing— per usjze when I find recipes at budgetbytes.com. If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with this blognowwebsite. If you don’t know me, get on the bandwagon; it’s a wonderful source for interesting, flavorful and usually painless cookery.
I had a screening interview at an employment agency. The whole situation has been a thorn in the ego, let’s face it, but the woman I talked to was very friendly and had some encouraging things to say. She also had a temp job to submit my info for already, so at least there’s that. Income is income, yeah?
I ran for a mile, with some sprinting. This hasn’t happened in awhile, so it was a good feeling. Especially since it was sunny and hot. As gross as it is, I do love a good sweat.
Hub and I accidentally discovered a weird and hilarious new restaurant. We were at Wal-Mart looking at tablets (he was able to find most of his textbooks in pdf format), and decided that pizza was necessary. So I asked google to point us towards a pizza place with a salad bar, and we ended up at Pizza Doctor. It looked like any other hole-in-the-wall pizza place, but when we got to the door, a sign said, “Exploratory Surgery Buffet Daily Starting at 4pm!” Um, what? Turns out this place: A. has a hospital theme so all of the employees wear scrubs, soda is dispensed from what are made to look like iv bags, the silverware is labeled as if they were surgical tools, and B. almost all of the pizza is some wacky combo of delicious things that usually aren’t pizza. Like macaroni, pb & j, cheeseburgers, reubens and s’mores. It was awesome and I was bursting with delight. I kept saying how fun it was, apparently, because on the drive home, the mister was imitating me as if I were Elmo. BUT IT WAS SO FUN.
I got a job interview. A real one. The girl called at 6:30pm, so that was weird… and comments online about this company are pretty mixed, and I still can’t figure out exactly what they do, so I’m not entirely sure I’m excited, but I am excited. Someone called, goddammit!! YESSSS
I also found and applied for (after much toil and trouble, omgggg i h8 computerz) a job that I REALLY want: exec assistant at the public library eeeee!! I have no idea if I have a shot, but my experience is pretty close to being on the money. Fingers and toes crossed, prayers in the air, and good juju all around.
Last, but not least, I went to bed at a reasonable hour and did not eat everything in sight. Productive, encouraging, healthy, fun day!

Wednesday was a good day. 

I made this breakfast scramble, which was aaahhhhmazing— per usjze when I find recipes at budgetbytes.com. If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with this blognowwebsite. If you don’t know me, get on the bandwagon; it’s a wonderful source for interesting, flavorful and usually painless cookery.

I had a screening interview at an employment agency. The whole situation has been a thorn in the ego, let’s face it, but the woman I talked to was very friendly and had some encouraging things to say. She also had a temp job to submit my info for already, so at least there’s that. Income is income, yeah?

I ran for a mile, with some sprinting. This hasn’t happened in awhile, so it was a good feeling. Especially since it was sunny and hot. As gross as it is, I do love a good sweat.

Hub and I accidentally discovered a weird and hilarious new restaurant. We were at Wal-Mart looking at tablets (he was able to find most of his textbooks in pdf format), and decided that pizza was necessary. So I asked google to point us towards a pizza place with a salad bar, and we ended up at Pizza Doctor. It looked like any other hole-in-the-wall pizza place, but when we got to the door, a sign said, “Exploratory Surgery Buffet Daily Starting at 4pm!” Um, what? Turns out this place: A. has a hospital theme so all of the employees wear scrubs, soda is dispensed from what are made to look like iv bags, the silverware is labeled as if they were surgical tools, and B. almost all of the pizza is some wacky combo of delicious things that usually aren’t pizza. Like macaroni, pb & j, cheeseburgers, reubens and s’mores. It was awesome and I was bursting with delight. I kept saying how fun it was, apparently, because on the drive home, the mister was imitating me as if I were Elmo. BUT IT WAS SO FUN.

I got a job interview. A real one. The girl called at 6:30pm, so that was weird… and comments online about this company are pretty mixed, and I still can’t figure out exactly what they do, so I’m not entirely sure I’m excited, but I am excited. Someone called, goddammit!! YESSSS

I also found and applied for (after much toil and trouble, omgggg i h8 computerz) a job that I REALLY want: exec assistant at the public library eeeee!! I have no idea if I have a shot, but my experience is pretty close to being on the money. Fingers and toes crossed, prayers in the air, and good juju all around.

Last, but not least, I went to bed at a reasonable hour and did not eat everything in sight. Productive, encouraging, healthy, fun day!

I used to have a livejournal (shh, you did, too), and my handle was virginiabettie. It was to denote my fantasy of going far, far away and becoming someone totally new, magical and cool. 
I generally like the idea of personal evolution and it is one of the more exciting parts of moving to a new place so far. Nobody knows me here; there are no expectations, reputations or images to uphold or be measured against. I can be any version of me that I like, and I’m hoping that this freedom will boost me into being a better one… more balanced, more calm, more constructive. And obviously more of a sparkly mermaid.
So far, I have been regularly cooking, writing, reading, moving and hanging with my best man, so I think I’m on the proper road. Hopefully, in the end, that will be what this unemployment time has really been for.
"Tomorrow is always new, with no mistakes in it." —Miss Stacy, Anne of Green Gables.

I used to have a livejournal (shh, you did, too), and my handle was virginiabettie. It was to denote my fantasy of going far, far away and becoming someone totally new, magical and cool. 

I generally like the idea of personal evolution and it is one of the more exciting parts of moving to a new place so far. Nobody knows me here; there are no expectations, reputations or images to uphold or be measured against. I can be any version of me that I like, and I’m hoping that this freedom will boost me into being a better one… more balanced, more calm, more constructive. And obviously more of a sparkly mermaid.

So far, I have been regularly cooking, writing, reading, moving and hanging with my best man, so I think I’m on the proper road. Hopefully, in the end, that will be what this unemployment time has really been for.

"Tomorrow is always new, with no mistakes in it." —Miss Stacy, Anne of Green Gables.

Mhm mhm. New mantra.

Mhm mhm. New mantra.

(via mrmcqueen)

Srsly.

Today, in no particular order= dog walking, nice neighbors, hoodies, hub taking me to see Star Trek even though he hates going to movie theaters, listening to loud metal in the car, working out in my very own basement gym, nap, sex, brats, delicious bourbon rootbeer, hiking, finishing a great book, tea, ice cream, and HP movies and pajamas.

Fuck job woes. I’m the luckiest girl ever.