Monday, May 17, 2010


Lest you think I've been spending all my time since that last post weeping, I should share with you that on Tuesday Bat Girl learned how to play Duck Duck Goose at daycare. As soon as I got home from work she demanded that we all play. I don't know if you remember how RIDICULOUSLY EXCITING it was to play Duck Duck Goose when you were a kid, but the look of glee on her face, as she practically vibrated with anticipation waiting for one of us to say "GOOSE!"--well, I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard.


And in other good news, I got a job! It is, in fact, very nearly the same job I turned down almost exactly two years ago. You know, the job I turned down because I loved my then-current job and thought it was a better path to what I wanted to do with my life? (And then I got laid off six months later and cursed myself for sticking with the old job.) It is also the exact same salary I turned down two years ago as being not enough of a bump up from my then-salary.

But a lot has changed in two years. I got laid off, for one thing. I spent a year and a half freelancing/consulting and incrementally moving myself in the direction of my ultimate ideal, the penguin zoo. But then work dried up over the winter, and we started running a major deficit in our budget, and I started coming to terms with the fact that while I might do OK as a roving penguin handler, the market for penguin zoos has really dried up, and there really aren't many, if any, full-time penguin zoo managers anymore. (In fact, that Dream Job I didn't get last year ended up majorly reducing their penguin division, so it wouldn't have been a dream job after all.) And we need money, and our health insurance now costs $1250/month, and we have preschool bills to pay come fall.

So I took the job. It's not perfect, but it's a good job--a better (as in more enjoyable for me) job than what they were offering me two years ago, even though the salary is the same. I like the people, and they have excellent benefits (including IF coverage). And I buy myself some time to figure out if I want to totally reevaluate my future. I'm relieved. And happy (even if I don't sound totally enthused on paper). There's still some i's to dot and t's to cross on the paperwork (so if we're friends on Facebook, please don't mention this on there--I have a lot of industry friends on FB and it's still under wraps) but by the end of the month, I should be gainfully employed again. Yay!


Blogger Thalia said...

What a relief! So glad you've got a job, I can only imagine the stress.

And can't wait til Pob is old enough to play duck duck GOOSE!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Excellent news!


9:31 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Ahhhh, sweet relief! Congratulations.

And in Minnesota it's called "Duck Duck Gray Duck." We're weird there.


10:48 AM  
Anonymous After Words said...

Woo hoo! Great news!

4:06 PM  
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4:56 PM  
Blogger Yo-yo Mama said...

I can imagine how wonderful that feels! To finally not feel as if you're just drifting...

My daughter came home tonite repeating over and over again, "ashes ashes we all fall down" (not with that much clarity, but the melody was unmistakable).

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Kath said...

Congratulations, my dear! What a relief, eh?

1:27 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Whew! Congratulations on the job.

(Molly beat me to the punch: even after more than half my life outside the Upper Midwest, I know I am still a Minnesotan at heart, because I CANNOT call it duck-duck-goose. But no matter what you call it, it is indeed a fun game to play with getting-bigger kids.)

9:19 PM  
Blogger caramama said...

Congrats on the job! And how exciting that she's learned to play Duck Duck Goose.

10:17 PM  
Blogger sara said...

That has to be a huge relief! I'm so happy for you :-) Duck duck goose was and is a lot of fun - go little one go!

4:51 PM  

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