Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Worst Blogger Ever

I can't seem to get my act together. I've been trying to get a job for so long, I almost don't quite know what to do.

Looking for a job in this day and age has meant being on the computer for hours every day, researching, scouring websites, revamping resumes and writing carefully-worded cover letters. I've been doing that for about a year now, and I'd gotten into a routine: Get up, make coffee (decaf, of course), check email, check the job-search sites, read some blogs, write a blog, do some more job searching, check a few more blogs. I'd basically repeat this pattern all day, with breaks for household chores or errands or my daily walk.

I was in the rhythm of it. It worked for me - all except the not having enough money to pay my bills. That part sucked.

Anyway, now that I know I'm starting work next Monday, I'm all of sudden in panic mode. Here's what it sounds like in my head:

What am I going to wear? Do I have 5 suitable outfits to get me through the first week? What about shoes? Should I clean out and wash my car? What if the president of the university parks next to me? The inside of my car looks like a giant purse. Speaking of purses, what purse should I carry? I have only one nice purse, but it's getting old. Maybe I should clean it with that leather stuff. Where is that leather stuff, anyway?

I need to clean the house. Why the heck didn't I get more stuff done while I've been unemployed? I was going to rip up this miserable carpet, and repair the screens and paint the kitchen. I should make some extra meals and get them into the freezer so it won't be too hard to get dinner on at a decent hour. I wonder what time I'll get home every day?

I should get a lot of walking in this week before I can't do it anymore. I'm going to miss being able to be outside as much as I have been. The weather has finally been beautiful for the last few weeks, and I'm going to be inside a building all day. I wonder if I'll feel like walking after work? Maybe I can walk at lunch time. I wonder what time I'll get lunch? Oh, geez, I'll have to pack a lunch. What do we have that I will be able to pack a lunch with? I wonder if there's a refrigerator. What about water? I can't stand drinking city water. I wonder if they have a bubbler or if they drink tap water? Will it seem weird if I carry my own drinking water? Oh, and what about coffee? I can't drink regular coffee. I hope it's not a coffee machine. I hate coffee machine coffee.

Anyway, you get the idea. I'm feeling completely scattered and nervous and excited, and I can't seem to sit down at the computer for more than a couple of minutes at a time. I'm going to try to get around to visit everyone this week - I want to know how you are all doing and what's up in your lives. And I'm sure you're dying to hear what I have to say about whatever you've said. Right?


Andrew Scott Turner said...

We are soooo psyched about this new job thing. It's like a gift for all of us. Really, it is! I mean, the saying in our house is, you can only step in a pile of shit so many times before something GOOD happens.

You, by far, have stepped in more piles. So, the job thing makes us all, um, happy you don't smell like shit anymore? I don;t know where I was going with that analogy.

Anyway, I too have found myself INUNDATED and incapable of securing time to blog or even read them.

So, you know, don't feel bad.

Oh, and another thing ... you actually have these thoughts? Man, you;re pathetic.


Evansmom said...

I am glad I got to touch base with you last night. You will be a rock star at your job. I just know it (and you know, I am never wrong. Just ask my husband!) They hired you - not the contents of your closet.

Can't wait to see you next week!

claudia said...

You are not the worst blogger ever! You have a job now and you are excited and there is so much for you to do to get ready! I am excited for you! As for getting stuff done in that year off...why should you be different? I had two six month long stints at unemployment and nothing in the house changed...right down to the dust bunnies. It's a full time job looking for a job!
I can't wait to hear all about your first day!

knittergran said...

Wow! Your mind is working overtime! But it's all normal, I'm sure. So Congratulations again and have fun at your new job!

Eternal Lizdom said...

I am just super excited for a blog entry from you on Monday night to tell us about your first day!! Between now and then... meh, I can just wait for your Fragments because this seems like a week of many of them for you!

Becca said...

deep breath (and you are completely normal)

Sue said...

This might be scary to Andrew, but I can relate to those thoughts in your head!!!
You will be great and the people will love you! We all do!

c3 said...

It's wonderful how excited you obviously are about getting a new job.

I sure hope you love it as much as you think you will.

Sarah Laurence said...

Congratulations!!! That is such wonderful news. You worked hard for this, and it paid off. It took a while because the economy was in bad shape. I'm so happy for you!

Be like a new kid at school - check out what the others are wearing before going shopping. Use your last remaining free time to enjoy this glorious weather. One of your big boys could help with house chores and car cleaning duties now that you will be busier.

Good luck!

Barb said...

You know how I am a writer, right? And how I have this novel hat is always in progress? In 2000, I did TWENTY-FREAKING-WEEKS of bedrest with the pregnancy that resulted in Jane and I wrote exactly...nothing. Nada. As soon as she was born, I was all like, "Why didn't I write when I had all that time?"

I don't think you're the worst blogger ever, btw. I mean, I have NO job and I can't seem to find time to blog either. And I drink the caffeinated stuff!

PS: I really DID step in a pile of poop this week. I guess maybe I can start expecting something great to happen?

Reddirt Woman said...

I thought for a minute that this was Friday... fragmented but with direction so I realized that this was normal panic mode thinking being related on Tuesday...

But I can understand from back in the day when I worked and went to a new job.


Elenka said...

No point thinking about ALL that stuff now.....Much of that you will figure out when you get there.
Now this might sound weird...but I have often purchased some very good stuff at Goodwill. Lots of times they have new stuff. I know lots of teachers that check it out often. You never know. I know I myself have given stuff to Goodwill that I have worn maybe once, if that. Some evil thing possessed me to buy it when I bought it, and then I didn't like it. Anyway, that might be a good start....get basics and mix and match. Good Luck to you!

Lori Skoog said...

Right! Look forward to following you around.

Scriptor Senex said...

Your head sounds pretty clear compared to mine... Keeping fingers crossed that you love your first day (and all the days thereafter).

kim-d said...

Ya know, I really had to chuckle at this one. Welcome to my mind. Except ALL.THE.TIME. Fun, isn't it? No wonder we can't remember what we went into a room for! There's always so much rolling around in there that we can't hold onto one thing for too long.

I am just so excited for you, and very, very excited for your new employer...because they are getting you. I'd love to know more about your new job; I realize why people don't like to reveal too much, but I'd still love to know more about it!

Again...so, so excited for you. And I say get yourself a new purse. You're working now!!! :)

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