Hi everyone -
On the agenda for today is...get the Christmas cards done. The job situation has been kind of confusing...so I'll try and explain.
I have been received three job offers, and am still hoping to be offered the job I really want (I will hopefully hear tomorrow or Tuesday).
1. I was offered a job about 45 min. to an hour away doing everything for a company's website (programming, design, online marketing). I started that job last Thursday. They keep the office VERY cold because to turn the heat up would literally bake the owner's office and his wife's office. I know it's very cold in there because I am NEVER cold and I was freezing. It's not a horrible commute in the morning, but it's very difficult coming home. This position offers NO insurance, and one week vacation only after 2 years of employment. I know it sounds horrible, but I'm planning to leave this position as soon as I can. It sounded much better in the interview than it really is. I literally just started this position to give me a little income until I can start another job.
2. I was also offered a long-term (probably 5 year) contract with the Federal Government in San Francisco. I would most likely take BART (a high-speed train) to get there. It will probably take 60-90 minutes each way to commute, but at least I only have to contend with traffic to and from the station. The pay is VERY good and even though it's a contract position, they offer insurance, vacation and other benefits. I have to wait for a background check to go through as I need security clearance. This could take approximately one week, so I'm not sure of the start date.
3. I was also offered a short-term contract with Apple. It's only 3 months and starts on Jan. 5. The pay isn't great, and no insurance and no benefits. On the positive side...it's Apple...and it might be a way to get in the door and it's close (not as close as position #4). Still mulling this one over.
4. The position I really want is doing graphic design, website design and programming, and social media/online marketing and e-mail marketing for a company in San Jose. It's only about 10 min. away from where D lives. The pay is good (not great like the position with the government in San Francisco), but still good, and they offer GREAT benefits. I had a second interview with them on Friday, and they've contacted my references. I'm hoping to hear good news tomorrow or Tuesday.
So I'm currently employed at Position #1, am hoping to get Position #4. If I don't get Position #4, I'll either take Position #2 or #3. Confused yet? I know I definitely am.
I'm really not sure what happened to Santa's paw. A couple weeks ago he started limping, then not putting any weight on his left hind paw at all, and it was very painful for him to let anyone touch it. He started on an antibiotic ointment which didn't help. Then after a week, I went back to the vet and got him some antibiotics and a disinfectant foot soak. He's doing a little better. He's walking on it more, especially outside on the cold grass. I have an appointment for a re-check at the vet tomorrow evening. I'm hoping he continues to improve.
To all of my sisters in the Northern Hemisphere, please stay warm and safe. This is brutal weather you all are having. Don't go out in it unless you have to.
Annie - I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. Sending healing prayers to him, and much love and prayers to your whole family. Stay hopeful.
Happy - Definitely stay warm. I hope you don't have to go out today. I love all the Mel moments you and Shad are sharing. One thing I wanted mention regarding the rubber door stop freezing. That used to happen with our cars. But if you rub a bar of Ivory soap on the rubber/weatherstripping, the door shouldn't stick...or at least it would stick less often. It worked with our cars anyway. But it has to be Ivory soap and the liquid Ivory doesn't work.
Shad - Glad you found an apartment and are starting to move in. What did you mean by your niece not coming to light with the baby? Glad you had a nice lunch with her and your sister and others.
Susie - I'm sure you're busy getting things ready for your DH's procedure. Sending hugs.
Laura - Are you getting all the snow or just cold?
Ceejay - Ice is the worst. Between doors frozen shut, all the scraping off the windshields and then losing control while driving. Ugh. I don't miss that at all. Stay warm, and stay inside if you can.
I've got to run to the store for my step-mom. She's got a bad cold, though she keeps downplaying how bad it is. Anyway, I told her I'd go to the store and get her some Nyquil and Coricidin. Then it will be finishing Mount Washmore and doing Christmas cards.
Much love and warm hugs to all,