Strawberry Picking…

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It’s that time of year again!  It’s STRAWBERRY SEASON!  Luscious, sweet strawberries!  I’m ready to head to the local farm to pick – or should I say eat – some! Who’s with me?  Who wants to join me?

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Disappointment…

Last week I was given the name and contact information of a recruiter from a friend.  My spirits lifted as I reached out to this individual.  This organization had an open position with a client that was right up my alley.  Before the client would meet with me, I had to complete an applicant survey that included a PDF version of my resume, a questionnaire to test my mettle in the position and a spreadsheet detailing how I would book a multi-stop business trip for one of the executives.  I put a great deal of effort into this survey, had an extra set of eyes proofread everything and said a prayer over the laptop before I sent everything off to the headhunter.  The next day I spent an hour on the phone with one of the partners…not the one I had originally been in touch with…at the recruitment firm going over my background.  I didn’t exactly have the warm fuzzies when the call ended; however, I still had hope.  Today all I feel is disappointment as I was informed the client has decided to go in a different direction.  I have been unemployed for almost 15 months!  When am I going to catch my lucky break?!?

Well Rounded…

Now, now, now!  I’m not referring to my shape although I am down about 20 pounds since last year at this time!  I am well-read, enjoy a good opera or visit to a museum, am not averse to learning about different faiths.  I would even say I am fairly well-travelled although I still haven’t visited any areas across the Pacific Ocean!  I am not well-rounded linguistically which is a hindrance nowadays to finding a new position.    While performing my daily employment search over the past year, I have stumbled across numerous bi-lingual positions.  I wish I had practiced the Spanish I learned in elementary and high school; however, this hasn’t been the most requested language I have seen.  French is another but I only took one semester in college and confused this tremendously with Spanish!  When we visited France, I always relied upon my sister to communicate for the two of us EXCEPT in a restaurant!  She is devious and playful enough to pull a fast one on me!  I wouldn’t be surprised if a plateful of escargot was delivered for my gustatory delight – NOT!  French also is not one of the most asked-for languages.  I have seen requests for German-speaking applicants.  Too bad when my family emigrated to this country they decided the only language they would speak is English.  If not, my sister and I would be well versed in German and Hungarian!  There have been Portuguese, Korean and Japanese positions advertised on the different sites but the two languages I have seen the most have been Mandarin and Cantonese!  Once I find a position and have an income, I am going to invest in Rosetta Stone!

High Hopes…

FullSizeRenderWhen I was laid off from my long-time position, I was absolutely crushed.  I was worried that my age (not that I am ancient) would hinder me from finding new employment.  I remembered what my Mother always imparted to my sister and me…always keep hope in your heart.  I have been holding onto hope but there are times when this is SO DIFFICULT.  This has been especially so since the hubby lost his job.  He has been going on interview after interview but has been absolutely glum which impacts upon my mood as well.  Yesterday, I had a telephone interview with a headhunter.  I started the conversation feeling on top of the world but by the end I couldn’t read the direction the call had taken.  I felt very low and when the hubby came home, my feelings plummeted even more.  He had been on a promising third-round interview; however, he exuded nothing but doom and gloom.  My sister took one look at my face and knew what I was feeling.  She is NOT a tactile individual – she doesn’t really enjoy light touches or hugs.  She took my hand and roughly paraphrased Kathryn Stockett, “You is good.  You is smart.  You is important.”  I love my sister to bits!

Nasty Neighbors…

FullSizeRender copyIMG_8184The neighborhood we live in at one point was very friendly.  Everyone used to keep their doors open and would yell “Knock! Knock!” whenever entering someone’s home.  Times have changed, neighbors have moved.  We still have some very nice people we chat with but there are a couple of individuals who have made their opinions well known how they feel about us!  We have pets or should I say they have us wrapped around their paws!  If they bark, one neighbor yells at them through the window to “Shut Up!”  This happens when the dogs are in the house – not when outside as we are with them.  The other neighbor makes derogatory comments about us if our dogs are outside and “communing” with the furry neighbors on the adjoining properties.  One has alluded to the fact that pets are not children and we should be on medication if we consider ourselves “Pet Parents.”  The most recent insult is a note we received in the mail simply addressed to “Homeowner.”  The envelope contained a printout of the zoning rules for our town regarding upkeep of the property and a poorly written note stating we do not have any pride in our home or land.  Mind you, this was mailed in an envelope with a window for a monthly invoice as the back was printed with a memo reminding the recipient to include their payment.  As I have mentioned several times, I have been unemployed since last year and my husband was laid off recently.  During the winter, a very large branch from our neighbor’s maple tree crashed into our backyard.  Not the front where it would be an eyesore for the neighborhood but the BACKYARD!  Due to financial reasons, we have been unable as of yet to remove this branch.  This note referred to the fallen limb.  Only one neighbor can see this quite clearly, the other has an obstructed view.  Our other neighbors all have fences that prevent them from looking into the backyard. We realize who sent the nastygram and would gladly welcome any financial assistance removing the limb if it is truly a hindrance to the neighborhood. Walk in our shoes for a while…pay our bills…see if you have enough left in your wallet to have someone come in and cart the branch away.  Enough with the venting…  Here’s to a brand new day!

Well…

Emergencies still happen even when you don’t have a job!  Our house does not have central air and, we have been informed, due to its age, we will need to stick to wall/window air conditioning units.  Last summer one of the units gave up the ghost after 20+ years of loyal, cooling service!  Today the hubby and I bit the bullet and purchased a new window unit for the small bedroom on the second floor.  The hubby, who in a prior life believed that he was Hercules, decided to carry the newly purchased A/C upstairs resting on his shoulder and only holding it with one hand!  Lo and behold, he lost his ‘grip’ on the item and it tumbled backwards down the steps…and hit me in the face and wrist!  I AM FINE!  I have a big bump on my chin and a bruise on my wrist but thankfully no other injuries!  I have learned my lesson!  I should feed the hubby plenty of spinach but remind him after eating he is NOT Popeye the Sailor Man!  The heaviest item he can handle up or down the stairs is laundry!

Volcanoes…

I know!  It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything! Just to update everyone…there is no update!  I still haven’t found a job and my unemployment benefits have run out. I’m not dwelling on my employment status at this moment.  Do any of you dream?  If you do, do you remember your dreams?  I do and I try to keep a dream log.  I don’t always remember to write everything down but I do share with the hubby and the sister.  Starting early in 2016, I was dreaming about erupting volcanoes!  I was mesmerized by their beauty but also frightened at the damage they could wreak in the eruption area.  An eruption brings an end to whatever lies in the path of the lava and pyroclastic flows; however, it is also a harbinger of new life!  These dreams lasted until the day I was let go by the previous employer.  Erupting volcanoes are symbolic of emotional upheavals….  Well, how about that!  Just a few weeks ago, the volcano dreams started again.  What now?!?  I found out yesterday…the hubby was laid off!  Two of us unemployed under one roof…  I don’t walk through life wearing rose-colored glasses but somewhere inside of me I KNOW our situation will improve!  My mother said there is ALWAYS hope in this world!  She truly believed when life threw you lemons, make lemon meringue pie!  I’m one of Mom’s daughters…it’s time to warm up the oven!