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Calling on in Transit

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Right now I'm in transition. And I don't love transitions, not generally, so I tend to have odd dreams and somehow my subconscious is attempting to make sense of it all which means things come out even weirder.

A lot of this was precipitated by getting a notice from my agency that tomorrow they are going to call me and we'll discuss my separation from the company. I get to ask all sorts of lovely questions like how much vacation time are they paying me, etc. etc. Not unexpected, of course, but this gives it a sense of finality.

At the same time, I've been submitted to yet another company -- this time for a permanent position, which is what I'd like -- and am also in the process of figuring out whether I'm going to take a one-day class (it depends whether I already know what they're going to teach) in about a week.

So it's a lot of transitional stuff. Good stuff, I suppose. For the past two job searches, I didn't get an actual offer until I had taken some class and now I'm going to (probably) take a class so hopefully I'll be able to tease out an offer a lot more quickly.

A good offer, that is, not like the one I got which felt like they wanted me to work 24/7. In the meantime, I'm still feeling okay about things and all, but tomorrow will be bittersweet. I didn't love that job and it never felt secure but it was decent and I've had far worse, plus I am getting concerned about the economy even though I know it'll probably be fine and I'll be settled soon enough.

It's the unsettled part that gets old rather quickly.

Enjoy REM.

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JESPAH 5/7/2008 2:11PM

    I bet a job search wake would work. Hmmm.

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SISNAMIL 5/7/2008 10:36AM

    I know what you mean. I always felt like the time between an interview and getting (or not) the job was like the time between a death and a funeral.... NO FUN!

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 10:07PM

    Thank ya shweetie.

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JCROWG 5/6/2008 8:42PM

    Got my fingers and toes crossed for you. Know you're tired of being in limbo and can't wait to get through this transition phase. Jeannette

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 7:10PM

    Thank ya. Every time I see your avatar, I think of that song "Santa Monica". Even if you don't live there. Humor a gal, willya? :)

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    Hang in there, Chica... Keep a positive attitude and all will be fine!

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Beep Beep Toot Toot

Monday, May 05, 2008

They say that weighing in the 300s is like living in the "Tri-Cities Area". And weighing in the 100s is "Onederland". And the 200s? Why, that's "Two-Ter Ville".

I have left the Tri-Cities Area for good. It's official. I am now a resident -- and I will be a temporary resident, although that temporary period can take a good year or so -- of Twoterville.

I have done it with alli.
I have done it with dieting.
I have done it with portion control.
I have done it with aerobic exercise.
I have done it with weight lifting.
I have done it with drinking water.
I have done it with changing my relationship with food, from one of obsession to one of appreciation.

The road isn't ending, not yet. There are plenty of stops along the way, and there may be some detours. But the road back to the Tri-Cities Area is shut. Dynamited away. Can't get back there. Radiation, you know. Bad things. Nothing I want is there.

My little car is driving in Twoterville now, on the way to Onederland.

And that's definitely something to beep about.

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 10:06PM

    A higher compliment I could not have asked for. :)

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    You rock, Jes!! Congratulations!!!

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MUPP1970 5/6/2008 2:23PM

    Hi there!

I was doing my visiting friends of friends of friends pages and came across yours... first.. LOVE the cartoon on your main page...

Second... I love your DONENESS! I am on the Done Being the Fat girl team.. it is an amazingly fabulous group of ladies who are DONE and have DONE it.. just the way you said.

Come check us out! You are already DONE... might as well come drink the koolaid with us!

:) Beep Beep!

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 2:12PM

    Thank you, Your Quirkiness. :)

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JCROWG 5/6/2008 1:59PM

    Hey,way to go!!! We're so very proud of ya'!!! There's no stopping you now!!! Jeannette emoticon

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JESPAH 5/6/2008 12:22PM

    Ah, then my work here is done. How go things on Tatooine?

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LADYJEDI 5/6/2008 10:44AM

    Congratulations!! That's so exciting!

By the way, I got a chuckle out of the city names. Thanks for making me laugh today!

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JESPAH 5/5/2008 3:31PM

    Thank you -- you're all a big part of this.

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TCEDEROTH 5/5/2008 1:36PM

    Congrats Jes. You've worked hard and stayed strong, kept the tractor rolling and got the seed all planted.

Here's to a bountiful harvest.

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EMMASMART 5/5/2008 1:26PM

    Hey I know what you can do with your big clothes. SEND THEM to ME!


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JESPAH 5/5/2008 11:51AM

    Is that Arnold Ziffle and friend swimming in your avatar? :)

Thing is, the Tri-Cities Area at least sounded a little less, well, rube-esque. Although more Rubenesque, I suppose. :)

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SISNAMIL 5/5/2008 10:59AM

    Welcome to Two-terville! Be sure to say hello to Eb and Mr Drucker. But avoid Mr Hainey at all cost.

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Off for the Weekend

Friday, May 02, 2008

My folks are here. I'll be back on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the Cranberries and think of your own family. :)


And One Day the Axe Just Fell

Thursday, May 01, 2008

In a fit of nasty karma, I lost the post I just made. Never mind.

The main thing is that yes, dear reader, I have been laid off.

Now, I figure I'll be fine. Even though I'm personally concerned about my situation (like anyone else would be or should be), the Mass. economy is chugging along just fine. See:

But it still stinks.

In any event, I'll be looking more, and trying to leverage the 10 or so opportunities I've currently got open. These include the dream job which I'm still waiting to hear about. I'll call them on Monday if I haven't heard from them by then.

Time to get more active again -- the 10 prospects (seven of which I've been submitted to) are nearly all due to recruiters finding me and not the other way around. Next week, after my folks leave, I will crank it up to 11.

Meanwhile, enjoy Bob Dylan.

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JESPAH 5/2/2008 6:38PM

    Aw, thanks hon. :)

Got my folks here this weekend -- so won't be on much -- then it's back to lookin'.

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EMMASMART 5/2/2008 2:22PM

    Laid off means you get unemployment and in Massechusettes that no small thing. So that gives you space and time to find the dream job... Please have some fun on your work break. (If you go to Disney world one weekend sparkmail me and maybe we can meet!) You are the most prepared for this of anyone I have ever known.


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JESPAH 5/2/2008 10:54AM

    Thank you very much. Everyone -- except for the gal who laid me off yesterday -- apparently thought I'd be retained a few more weeks. So perhaps the company is hurting financially (I don't know this for sure). This certainly seems to be a symptom of that, as is the fact that they had very little to offer me, and nearly all of it was out of state. Which is crazy because Massachusetts is boom boom booming.

Shrug. Onto better things. Thank you all for your support. It means a lot to me.

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CANNOTFATHOM 5/2/2008 10:42AM

    So sorry! Keeping good thoughts for you! Hang in there!


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SISNAMIL 5/2/2008 10:00AM

    That's just stinky! You will bounce back though. Go get'em tigress!

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CJSTRIP 5/2/2008 8:24AM

    Well...that does stink!

I'm glad to read that, though concerned, you seem to have a great outlook!

Crossing my fingers for you!!!


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What's that noise?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

We're going out tonight.

No, there won't be any pie-throwing, at least, I'm not planning on any. We're just going out to dinner with friends, people I used to work with. It'll be Indian, which is great and easy. I'll have Tandoori Chicken and a salad, and it'll all come with rice. I won't have any of the bread or any appetizers if they're ordered.

And, it'll be fun. I haven't seen these folks in a while and none of them have seen me since I started dropping poundage.

And, I need it.

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EMMASMART 5/1/2008 2:50PM

    That's fun! If they join spark and use your name you get 10 points! Then you can turn around and Sparkgoodie them!


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JESPAH 5/1/2008 11:06AM

    They wanted to know my secret. :)

It was great fun, these are the kind of folks who are, well, your real, true friends. So already it was going to be a great evening. And of course then the talk of weight loss ... ahhh ... most excellent. :)

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SISNAMIL 5/1/2008 10:29AM

    So how fabulous was it to see people who didn't know how much you had lost?!?!?!?!

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