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What If Mountains Fall?

Friday, June 27, 2008

Frankly I think this is a kinda dumb song but it does fit.

I went to my old job today, to see my friends, thank my references in person and tell everyone about the new jobby job.

It went well -- it was great to see everyone. They had not seen me since the assignment ended in mid-April, so I've lost about another 15 - 20 lbs. or so since then.

It was one thing I wanted to wrap up before starting the next gig and it's done.

I still have a bunch of things on my to-do list before 7/7 but that was a big one and it's all set.

Oh -- I received a blazer I had ordered and it's a size down. And it fits! Now, don't get excited; I think it's cut big, plus it has one of those vent things at the bottom so that gives a little room. But hey, it's a size 22 and I can button it all the way. :)

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JESPAH 6/28/2008 11:01AM

    Thank you all. :)

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IZZIEE_E 6/27/2008 8:12PM

    That has to make ya feel good! Congrats on the clothing!!!

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THEOTHERHALF 6/27/2008 6:16PM

    Great to see everything falling into place - Todd

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    You should feel good. Life is full of surprises and excitement. Hope your day is full of hopes and dreams that came true. Pam

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I'm Standing On My Own Two Feet

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Well, I won't be for much longer. I had oral surgery today and it's really catching up to me now. I have plenty of stuff to do -- I need to continue wrapping up the job search, stuff should get organized because later on I won't get the opportunity to do that, but that doesn't matter right now. Right now, my jaw is bothering me and I'm tired. So I'll grab a Tylenol with Codeine and draw the shades.

There are -- egad -- two more dental appointments to go. At least, my understanding (and my understanding has been woefully flawed throughout this exercise) is that there are only two more to go. One is scheduled for July 23rd and the other will be about two or three weeks after that because on the 23rd they'll make a mold of my upper jaw and need a couple of weeks for the crown to be made.

It's exhausting just thinking about it.

In job news, they called and it seems my new boss was less than pleased that IT was going to take forever to set up my workstation, so now my start date is back to July 7th (it had been the 14th). Either one is fine with me as I have enough time to get whatever done before the 7th. The 14th start date seemed like I'd do a lot of just sitting around. While I enjoy idleness as much as the next person, I'm raring to go. Plus the dollar differential between work and Unemployment is striking enough that there's no way I'd prefer Unemployment cash to wages.

Enough of that. Time to dream of, um, something. Tomorrow I'll go visit my buddies at my last job, and tell them of my good fortune. :)

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JESPAH 6/27/2008 4:25PM

    Definitely feeling better -- thank you for asking! Especially 'cause I saw some friends today. :)

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TUESDAYS 6/27/2008 10:39AM

    I hadn't checked up on "my arrow gal" in awhile, and the job thing is good news! Congrats!! Hope you're feeling better today... Things are going in YOUR direction...

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THEOTHERHALF 6/26/2008 8:23PM

    What an ongoing saga with your dental situation - let's hope it ends soon and you can get some relief - continued good luck with everything - Todd

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Early in the morning ...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It's a mixed kind of a day. Excellent news this morning that I passed my background check and will start on the 14th of July rather than the 7th. The company was concerned that they'd be unable to get me set up, IT-wise. Hey, another week of doing nada -- I can get behind that.

The less than stellar news is that the dental visit turned out to be a bust. Heaven forbid it should ever get finished! I was afraid of that and it sure came true. I'll go back tomorrow -- the guy felt pretty bad about me being jerked around -- but that won't even end it. They have to cut my gum to get at the implant, put some sort of healing cap on it for a few weeks, then take a mold of the upper jaw (they took a mold of the lower jaw today), then get the actual crown back maybe two weeks after that and of course somewhere in there I get the final appointment, to get it all done -- the thing that I had mistakenly thought might get accomplished today.

Hence it's tomorrow, then the 23rd, then some amorphous date after that for the last of it or at least what should be the last of it although I'm sure there will be stitches, and they'll have to be removed, and healing will have to be monitored and yadda yadda yadda.

Now, I understand their caution and of course I don't want to get an infection. But the guy today acknowledged that things should have gone a lot more quickly. Essentially what happened was that the periodontist had such a full schedule that when I needed a two-weeks-hence appointment I would instead get one in five weeks' time, and things like that. Then the periodontist left the practice so there was that delay on top of everything else and so it's already been over a year. But at least they're going to shake a leg now.

I'm not letting it spoil my excellent mood. I'm just figuring out how to get it all fit into my suddenly very interesting schedule. Tomorrow, if they don't do the gum-cutting, well, it will not be pretty.

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JESPAH 6/26/2008 1:26PM

    Thanks! I had the oral surgery today. It went well but now I'm pretty wiped. A nap is in my future.

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WOODLANDMYST 6/26/2008 8:35AM

  Keeping good thoughts and sending blessings your way. You've got the right attitude - and keep that fire lit! Cyndy

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JESPAH 6/26/2008 7:38AM

    I think I showed good righteous indignation yesterday. And that helped to finally light the fire, plus he turned out to be the right person to express that to -- I am thinking that when it is finally all said and done, it'll be August. Annoying but at least attainable. I did make it clear to him that I want the whole thing done by the time of the Bar Mitzvah. I mean, carrying along, caring for and cleaning a flipper is the last thing I want to be thinking about when I'd rather be dancing the hora or smiling for pictures or talking to my relatives.

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THEOTHERHALF 6/25/2008 7:59PM

    Sorry the dental work didn't work out - it will get solved eventually - hopefully with excellent results - keep your chin up and go with the flow - you are heading in the right direction - Todd

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JESPAH 6/25/2008 6:47PM

    Thank you. Right now, I almost welcome the dental work just to get the stupid thing over with.

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    Wow. Good luck on all that. It sounds a little painful. Don't stress out though. Maybe meditation will help. Hope it will all be over soon. Then you can put it all behind you. Have the best evening that you can. Pam

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It's just a state of mind?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's another quiet day, and I haven't gotten the final word on things so I'm just kind of lazing around. I had intended to call the guy from the other place at 9 AM but he called at ten to nine and of course I let him off the hook.

Then I sent out thank you notes to all five of the people at his office who had met me and essentially told them, "it's not you, it's me". From such things relationships are maintained and continued and I'd like to be able to bank this very good (and relatively easy, when you get right down to it) job search for future help as you never know what'll happen in the future.

I also learned that my buddy who was laid off at the same time as me got an offer. So he's also going to be working soon, and it turns out it'll be very close to where I'll be so I suppose we could have lunch on occasion. Good for him as I was a little concerned about him. He's not as far along with his career as I am and he has visa issues. Great that it worked out for him.

I have been hesitating in telling too many people as I don't want the rug pulled out from under me. Not that that will happen but I think caution is in order until the exact last thing is done. Which should be by tomorrow.

Tomorrow I have dental stuff anyway and will leave here at noon for my appointment, then I'll be out for probably the remainder of the day. If I haven't heard by the time I leave, I'll have that to think about while I listen to soft rock classics and the dentist telling me to open wider. I'm getting a crown put on and so it'll be a long appointment no matter what. My husband will come and get me once it's done and we'll have leftover pasta (from tonight's cooking, which reminds me I've gotta start the pot to boil) so I'll have something soft to eat.

It's the culmination of a dental journey that's taken over a year -- I had to have a tooth pulled and this is the last of getting an implant. It's taken seemingly forever but it's almost done. I suppose that's also a piece of the irrational anxiety -- the fear that the dental stuff won't be done for some stupid reason or another.

Intellectually, I know that both things are fine and are going to resolve by end of business tomorrow. But that doesn't stop a little emotional weirdness from creeping in. I'll be glad once they're both all said and done already.

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JESPAH 6/25/2008 5:39PM

    Thanks, Todd!

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THEOTHERHALF 6/24/2008 7:32PM

    You'll be breathing a sigh of relief when all the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed - good luck with the dentist tomorrow - cheers - Todd

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Full Stock of Thoughts and Dreams that Scatter

Monday, June 23, 2008

I got the job I really wanted.

I was so scared that I would have to compromise on the money and it turns out I didn't have to. The offer was $2k less than the other place but the superior benefits are worth about $10k so I'm way ahead of the game, not just in the tangible areas but in the intangibles as well, intangibles like going with a permanent job this time and what will hopefully be added security.

I report on July 7th, which is exactly when I wanted to start as we'll be visiting my folks during the previous week.

The only thing pending is the results of the background check, which the recruiter feels will come out by Wednesday morning at the latest. I have nothing to worry about but I do like all of the t's crossed and the i's dotted (hey, I am a former attorney; it's what we do).

I'm really psyched and yes I will fit a glass of wine into tonight's calories. Thank you all for your support for these months as I've run around like a nut and sometimes doubted myself.

I am overwhelmed with joy.

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EMMASMART 7/5/2008 12:46PM

    Nice. I'm coming up behind you. maybe I start Tuesday....


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JESPAH 6/24/2008 11:26AM

    Thank you all -- still biting my nails a little bit about the background check. Zero to worry about, just want it to be done already.

I cut the other guy loose this morning (he called at 8:50 AM!). So, for better or worse, I'm committed.

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ELFITZPA 6/24/2008 10:40AM

    Congratulations!! That's excellent news.

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WOODLANDMYST 6/24/2008 10:09AM

  emoticon Congratulations! Wishing you all the best ~ Cyndy

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RATSAMONGUS 6/24/2008 9:49AM

    Congratulations! YAY!! This is awesome news indeed!
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JESPAH 6/23/2008 9:30PM

    Thank you both so very much! :)

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THEOTHERHALF 6/23/2008 8:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Fantastic news - Todd

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LILLIAN364 6/23/2008 5:42PM

    Congratulation on getting the job you wanted.

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