A chance for something better.

We are still in quarantine, but things have been loosening up a wee bit. People are starting to get used to things, find their wiggle room, and adjust. My hours at work have been normal again. Sales aren’t up much, but we have our hours.

Things were looking bad at the end of March. That’s when they said they’d have to cut hours. Some people got laid off, some people left to get unemployment. I decided to wait it out. Things looked bad because we lost our entire sales staff and, apparently, the owner decided the customers don’t need to be called for orders. He said we can take their incoming calls of they want to order. So I did my accounting work as well as answer phones. The sales were awful and it really wasn’t work even staying open.

I remember March 27th, I was sitting on the bed that evening, looking around online to see what other jobs might be available. I went to a government county job website and took an online exam, hoping to get a good score and get put on a list for available jobs. And then I forgot about it. Meanwhile, I heard via some gossip at work that management decided we needed to start calling the customers for orders or management would get their pay cut due to slow sales. So I helped with the calls. Our numbers went up and we got more hours. Our sales aren’t like normal, but they’re enough to keep the place open. Sadly, my accounting percentage is bad because a lot of places can’t pay us now. But this goes along with the times.

I did see an email very early in April that I got a 90% on that exam I took. The email said they’d contact me when there is an opening and my name will stay on the eligible list for a year. I was happy with the score! As things got better at work, I forgot about all of this. On Friday, May 8th, I received an email that a position is open and was invited to email my resume and write a page about what excellent customer service and public service means to me. I emailed those things a couple days later. On Tuesday the 12th, I received an email notifying me of an opportunity for an interview on Thursday the 14th. I was happy about it, but knew I would have to call in to work that day. I don’t like calling in, but I felt lucky to get that interview!

I called in, as planned, dressed casual and comfortable, and went to the interview with no intentions on overthinking anything. I wanted to just feel natural and be myself. I was led into a training room and took a short personality assessment quiz and a computer comprehension quiz. Everything was easy, but I was amazed at how easy it is to second guess yourself under pressure. The same guy that led me to the desk where I’d take the quizzes brought me further into the building for the interview. He was really nice. He told me there would be two people interviewing me, and I could hear two women talking as I approached the room. The ladies saw him before they saw me, and both very happily said, “HI!!!!”, and I walked in the room a second later with a big smile as if the exciting “HI!!!!” was for me. It was the fuel I needed to give off a cheery first impression. We greeted each other and I sat before them, then they started talking. They looked as if they were in their mid to late 50s and seemed very casual.

The ladies casually jabbered a lot, which made me feel very comfortable. They told me there are 15 positions open and multiple locations in the area. There were three laminated pages before me, which they pointed out to contain the interview questions. They said they’d ask me the questions but the pages would be there in case I forgot what was being asked. I decided it’s best to just answer the questions as they ask. Of course, they asked me to tell them about myself, so I spoke about myself professionally. They seemed pleased, and took notes as a wrote. One of the ladies said, “Wait, let me write that last part down, I liked that.” They pointed out that a lot of what I said answered a few of the other questions on the list. I answered a few more questions with ease and was really enjoying the vibe with the two ladies. I was still slightly anxious, but I didn’t choke and was able to speak eloquently about my ability to do the job I was being interviewed for.

They looked at my professional references, which is my management team at work. I asked if I would be notified before they are called. One of the ladies said they wouldn’t notify me first, but told me I should let my managers know that they will be calling this coming week. The other lady said, “Yes! Tell them you got interviewed for a certified government position!” and continued on about what to tell my current management. It’s almost as if she wanted to convince me I should be excited about a better opportunity. Was that her way of saying they want to bring me aboard?? I smiled and said I will tell my management to expect their call. The other woman started talking about the great benefits and spent about 5 minutes talking about the best way to use your vacation hours and overtime to your advantage so you get more out of it. That also got my attention. Why would she talk to me about the best way use my vacation hours if it wouldn’t be relevant to me? I hope it’s because they plan on bringing me aboard. Although they did mention the hiring process does take a little while.

I answered more questions with ease, and then I had the chance to ask them questions, so we moved forward asking each other questions. It went well. I asked about the work culture and they explained it has been worse in the past but they started hiring the right people…and one lady gestured towards me with her hands and said, “Like yourself.” and smiled. I sure hope she didn’t refer to me as the right type of person to hire if they’re not planning on hiring me, I would feel so played! I asked more questions about the hiring process before the interview went to a close. As I left, I explained it didn’t even feel like an interview, it was fun! One lady walked me out and I walked to my car, feeling like it couldn’t have gone any better.

My next big issue would be going to work the next day, knowing damn well I would have to tell my management why I really called in. I stressed pretty badly about it and felt like a dirty traitor, but the truth is my current job can’t even compare to a government job. Any fool would jump at the chance to seize this opportunity. I went to work and spilled the beans about what I did and why. Management completely understood and said they support me and will give great references. I would be confused if they didn’t because I have been a great employee every day for all these years. I give my best every day and make sure my work ethics are noticed. It felt relieving that my management understood. Plus, the main manager said there’s nowhere for me to move up in the company anymore and I need to think about my future. In all honestly, that company isn’t on sturdy grounds. The owner doesn’t know what he’s doing.

So now I sit and wait. They said they’d call my management for references this week. They sounded so certain they will do so that I guess it’s safe for me to expect them to call. Maybe management will let me know if they have. And then I wait to see if they call to let me know I got the job. I imagine they will simply email me to let me know I wasn’t chosen, if that is the case. But I would like the job. I decided I’m not gonna dwell on it and just continue to work as usual. I will just let fate decide. If they are able to clearly see the capability in me, then they’ll make the right decision. I’m worthy, whether they pick me or not.

Quarantine, still.

So it is now May and we are still in quarantine. When I think about how often I stay home, it’s honestly not too different from how it normally is. I’m pretty good about having enough hobbies and things to do to keep me busy at home without ever getting bored. There is always something I could be doing.

One thing that has been driving me crazy is not being able to go to the gym. I’ve been taking workout classes, and there is a few dumbbells and a barbell. The barbell has 46 pounds on it and the clips to hold the plates on are kind of stuck on there. I’m sure they could come off, but it’s a little bit too much effort for me to want to mess around with. I’m just going to have to make it work until the gyms open up again.

I have been looking after my house plants and I do believe I am at my maximum capacity. I barely have any room, and I should also just really take care of what I have. There is an exception, I do want to buy some outdoor plants to decorate the yard. I have been thinking about roses.

I finally started planting some vegetables outside. Hopefully they will do really well with the new soil that I bought. Here are the seedlings I have…I’ve planted about half of them and I still have more to go.

I think I’m going to save up for a down payment on a car. I could use credit card, but I would rather just save the money and put some money down. My car has been a little bit sketchy as of recently. I took it in to get some work done, but it seems like my check engine light randomly turns on and I hate wondering if it’s something serious or if it’s just being sensitive and turning on for any stupid reason. I got a new tire today in the stupid light turned on when I started my car. That doesn’t even make any sense. I might just except having a car payment to get something newer that I don’t have to worry about for a long time to come. So that some thing I’m definitely going to be working towards.





Another quarantine weekend

Another weekend indoors due to the whole Coronavirus thing. It’s rainy weather today, so I’ve been relaxing and amusing myself.

I went out front to get a little fresh air and I think I will go get some outside tomorrow. 

Things seemed a bit more stable at work this week. I worked most of my hours, and the hours I missed out on were made up with some extra commission, which was pretty sweet. I hope things continue to improve with work. Not only for myself, but for the rest of the world. 

 

Quarantine weekend

Well…with all the things I mentioned I could possibly do this weekend to fill time in, I didn’t actually do most of those. I kind of just loafed around and passed time away. I messed with my plants, spent a lot of time in the kitchen. I have been drinking tea with ginger and lemon, and it’s pretty tasty!

We went for a quiet walk in the neighborhood today because the weather is exceptionally wonderful. I kept looking out the window and seeing people running, walking, with or without their dogs. And it’s just so nice outside. I told my boyfriend I am going for a walk. He said he’d join but suggested we take the dogs. We walked the two Boston Terriers, dropped them off, then took Woody for a walk. It was really nice outside, and I know I keep saying that, but honesty, it was perfect.

I spent some more time indoors but I am back outside again, writing this, drinking hot tea. It’s nice to just sit here. Why do I not spend time on the porch like this? I mean, I can understand if it is mosquito weather. I can’t be around mosquitoes. But aside from that, while the weather stays this way, I need to go outside more often.

Tomorrow I am supposed to go to work and I am unsure how this week will play out. I should have plenty of work to do tomorrow and hopefully get eight hours. Things are still really uncertain with the whole virus thing. Right now there’s no estimated time for things to return to some sort of normalcy, not yet. At this point, I am not sure things will be normal again. At least not the lasting effect this will have on people. People are now seeing all the things we take for granted. And in my 47 years, I have never experienced anything like this. I suppose every one has thought about encountering some form of state of emergency, but hypothetically. But look at us now.

As I’m typing this, I still see people cycling by, walking by. I am pretty sure everyone is concerned, if not scared, and I am sure a lot of these walkers are enjoying their time out in this good weather. Probably trying to get some stress out of their system. What sounds good right now is a picnic on the lawn. Invite your friends over and let them lay their blanket out six feet away, laugh and snack from a distance. There’s a lot of poppies growing on the front lawn and I don’t want my boyfriend to mow them.

Oh, one thing I must mention is I have been listening to a lot of live streams by Marc Rebillet, who I only discovered on New Years Eve. I have seen around 6000-10,000 people watching his his live streams, commenting from all over the world. His stuff is always hilarious and mood-boosting.

Okay I am sitting on the concrete porch and my ass hurts. I should find something soft to sit on. I wish I could do some yoga out here but people will see me and I don’t want that. And the back yard is too gross to do yoga. Did I just see a mosquito? My laptop battery is getting low and I am just rambling at this point. I think I will take that apple pie from the freezer and pop it in the oven.

 

Coronavirus 2020!

Just last Wednesday, we went to a Kings game, only to get informed it was being cancelled when it was supposed to start. It was unbelievable. Most people were just sitting down in their seats with food and drinks only to find out there would be no game. We’d been hearing there is thing Coronavirus going around due to kids not being allowed to go to school, but this was the first day it really started hitting home.

Then the weekend came and I started learning events were getting cancelled to avoid spreading the virus. And people started buying all the toilet paper in mass hysteria. I had to take my car into the shop and new it would be expensive to get fixed, so I was fine with staying home and saving money. Plus, it also decided to act like Winter again, which I wasn’t expecting because it was already getting hot outside.

Bars started closing, and little by little, I started hearing about other businesses closing. Cafes and restaurants only making food for take out. I was reading things on social media about paranoia, but also a lot of memes. Only some of the memes were funny. Some people feel others are blowing things out of proportion, some are scared. I feel like actions made in a paranoid state have caused more of a ruckus than necessary. I think the overspending and hoarding might be a bit much, but of course if time proves it was the right thing to do, I will learn I was wrong. It’s too early to tell now and it’s making everyone a little anxious. And then gyms started closing, so there went that.

But I went to work Monday and there was a meeting that hours will be cut. Certain businesses are closing, there was talk about “staying in place”, and managers anticipate sales will drop. So I only worked five hours the next day. Yesterday I worked seven hours and there was only four of us there. I got all my work done in five hours today and left afterwards. I am lucky I get to go in at all because most of the other people that work there aren’t able to come in. I found out work is going to be closed tomorrow because Fedex isn’t stopping by to pick up any deliveries, so I am getting a three day weekend.

Currently, everyone is supposed to be staying indoors unless they have “essential” things to do, like going to work, going to the store, going to the doctor, stuff like that. We’ve been staying indoors all week after work. I don’t want to risk getting sick because I will lose work, and I’m not trying to do that. As much as I would like to spend three days off doing things like going to the gym or checking out some nature, I will be staying indoors. I originally had events I was supposed to go to this weekend, but everything got cancelled. I do like amusing myself indoors, so I am going to make the best of it.

Let’s see, indoor things:

  • I can tend to my plants. I have squash seeds I never planted because the weather has been weird. I know March is almost over. I can look over my houseplants and see if any of them need to be re-potted.
  • There’s a shit ton of drawing, painting, or crafting I can be doing. I am sure I could fill in all three days off with that alone, but I won’t. But I can invest some of my time in that, for sure.
  • Photography. Yes, I can play with my camera. Digital, film. I cam do it. I’d really like to do some film and develop it. The lighting in the house isn’t great. I can go in the front yard or the back yard. But what to take a picture of? Hmm. Maybe I can sucker my boyfriend into modeling something weird for me.
  • Video games. It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled in that. I’ve wanted to revisit Final Fantasy 9, but I never finished Legend of Dragoon. I probably won’t play video games because I will just lay in bed all day and night.
  • Exercise. I can’t go to the gym, but I can do my own workouts. But…there’s not much space. Plus there are dogs, and my cat won’t stop demanding attention unless he is sleeping. The back yard isn’t a good idea, dog shit city. Maybe I can go for a run in the neighborhood. I’ll figure something out. I did some dumbbell workouts when I got home today.
  • Reading! I have a book I need to finish that I have been lagging on. I kinda just want to set it to the side and start another book. I’ve been listening to Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley novel audio books, but that is a whole blog topic on it’s own.
  • Clean my room and get rid of things. I still need to get rid of more things I don’t use that take up space I need.
  • Fill out postcards. I have stamps and friends to send my postcards to.

That’s all I can think of for now and it’s hard to type because my cat is demanding attention now and my laptop is in the way. I guess lets see how this weekend goes with this whole quarantine and virus shit. I want a normal work week.