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In browsing craigslist for jobs (for unemployment) I came across this ad:

Looking for the right people (2) with sales/phone/computer and people skills to provide customer service and telemarketing, accepting payments and going over billing info. Trial period of 30 days and go from there. Must be professional and cherful on the phones and in pearson. Please send resume and a short (why this might be for me). 35 hours a week and possibly going to 40 hours a week.
Thank you.

Compensation: 9.00 an hour and up D. E. O.

Wow. Right away this starts off on the wrong foot because of that terrible run-on sentence.  Then there’s the lack of proper and incorrect use of grammar throughout the ad, not to mention the misspelled words and incomplete sentences.  The ad seeks a professional person, yet this ad is anything but!

My husband suggests I should send a reply with a cover letter written in their language.  How about, “I am a cherful pearson with “lots” of expereince being “professional”.  I have experience working in (office environment) and (around customers).  Please trial me for 30 day.  You wont be sorry.”

Sheesh.

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Not related, but something pretty to look at.

Unrelated, here are some pretty flowers I received a few weeks ago.

I knew that I was coming down with a cold on Monday.  I had that familiar tickle in my throat and my strength ran out pretty quickly that day.  Tuesday I woke up sick indeed and although I attempted to take good care of myself and rest in bed, I wasn’t able to sleep until 4:45 a.m. Wednesday morning and only until 9:30 a.m.  I really hate trying to fall asleep with a stuffy nose, but it seems to be so much worse when you can’t get comfortable in bed with the big preggo belly.  Thankfully the hubby was awake with me from about 11:30 p.m. until I fell asleep.  We stayed up watching episodes of The Office online and we cooked up some chicken legs to eat around 2 a.m.

Though I’m incredibly tired and cranky, I’m still very thankful that I don’t have to worry about calling in sick every morning I don’t feel well, trying to convince some superior that I really am sick and worrying about calling in time to find a replacement.  Worse is when you worry whether or not you have enough sick pay left!  If I’d had to wake up at 7 a.m. to call a supervisor to call in sick, I would not have gotten the additional two hours of sleep this morning and I would be worse off right now.

Last night with the hubby, we were both so thankful that we could stay up without worry of what obligations we had in the morning, because we had none!  That really is a relief after so many years of having to get up to go to work.

What a blessing, despite being sick!

Though I’m thankful in my own way, I still think being sick while pregnant stinks and I hope to get better quickly.  I hate not being able to sleep, tired though I am.

I wonder how long it will take to get better this time.

This is my new title.  I am finally able to say that I stay home during my days, taking care of my home and husband.  No longer am I confined to a desk for nine hours a day, whittling away my time in return for a check.  No longer do I come home from work exhausted, swollen and bloated from sitting for so long.  Nope, now I get to be active and productive at home.  This is such an exciting time for me.

So how did it happen?  Well, simple really.  I got laid off work.  At this point people usually say, “oh no, I’m so sorry!” but I say, don’t be.  Why should you be if I’m not?  You see, I’ve been *hoping* to get laid off for months now!

For a few years now, HaShem has been doing interesting things in me.  He’s been changing many things about me, including turning my heart towards home.  First he turned my heart and I was left wondering how I was going to fulfill this new desire within me to come home.  How could I when we needed the money, when it was socially not very acceptable for a woman to stay home, when my husband wanted me at work…?  Slowly, I began to look for ways in which I could fulfill this new calling.  I began to learn a lot of different ways to live more simply so that it wouldn’t be “necessary” to have two incomes.  My husband too, was learning new ways to do this, totally on his own.  We came together to discuss these new things excited about being “on the same page” about simplicity, but the hubby was still not sure about me not having a job.

Slowly, over the last few months, hubby has had his heart turn towards home as well.  HaShem has been preparing him as well as me, for His timing.  This year, my work has had many layoffs.  At first, my husband was very worried over them and thankful that I “survived” them while I sat there thinking, is this the time, L-rd?  Am I supposed to quit or get laid off?  Is this your plan?  But he always said “not yet.”  As the months passed, the hubby began to accept the idea of my getting laid off and even started getting excited at the thought.  I couldn’t believe the change in his attitude over this, but then, that’s what usually happens when HaShem changes a person.  

This time, somewhere in the back of my mind I knew that it was my turn.  From the outside it might seem to be bad timing.  After all, I’m in my third trimester of pregnancy and surely I need the health insurance coverage, right?  Thankfully, we chose to go with a midwife, which means the rates are substantially lower than hospital bills would be, and anyway we can get cobra at low rates for nine months.  Not only that, but getting laid off means I can rest and prop my feet up whenever I need to, not have to ask for permission to use the restroom (which we all know is quite often for pregnant ladies) and feeling bad making someone cover for me for a few minutes almost every hour.   It means I can get unemployment benefits for a time, while I look for something I can do from home to bring in a small income.  Not that we need it, but it’s been the plan for a while for me to have some kind of backup income should something happen.  With maternity leave there is no pay at all!  They just hold your job for 12 weeks.  It means not having to get up at 5:45 a.m. to catch the 6:50 a.m. bus so I can get to work at 8.  It means not getting home so late and tired that I can barely force myself to make dinner, and not getting to eat it until after 7:30 p.m. the doing chores and getting to bed late.  I mean, seriously, how is this not so much better?

It’s been amazing for me to see how HaShem’s plans develop in my life.  They really are better than anything I could have planned for myself and His timing is impeccable!  This is why I have been such a happy person since my layoff.  You wouldn’t believe how giddy I was that day and the days immediately following.  It’s over a week later now and I’m a little shocked to feel *so comfortable* in this new role.  I feel like I’ve been doing this forever and it’s even hard now for me to imagine having to get up to go to work!  

So yes, I got laid off, but it’s the best thing that has happened to me in months!  It’s a blessing! And we are doing fine.  We are both happy I’m finally home.  

Baruch HaShem for this and all His blessings in my life.

On Monday afternoon I found out my dear little grandmother from Peru had passed away.  I had been meaning to fly out there and see her and my grandpa soon, but I guess I didn’t make it in time.  I haven’t seen this lady since I was about five years old, when my mom and sister and I took a trip there to visit them before coming to the States.  I’m glad I got to see her at least once in my life, but I was really hoping to see her again before her passing.  She and my grandfather have been wanting to see me for a long time, since they have already seen my brother (went out there for Thanksgiving this past year) and my sister (who has been there a time or two) I am the only one left they have yet to see again.  I think they have even seen my mom again. 

My dad flew out there the summer before he passed away to see his dad who was sick in the hospital.  He thought his dad would pass away and couldn’t allow it to happen without making amends and speaking to him about Messiah.  Turns out, grandpa is alive and well now but it was my dad’s time on this earth that was cut short.  Thankfully, grandpa came to know Messiah during my dad’s time out there and they made amends.  It was my grandma (who is actually my dad’s step-mom) who urged my dad to go to church when he was just a young boy, and took very good care of him throughout his youth.  It was through his stepmom (my grandma) that my dad came to know Messiah.  

As a way to honor my dad, I lit a candle for my grandma.  I hope this honors them both. I am very, very sad that I didn’t get to see her before she passed.  There would have been so very much I would have asked her and spoken to her about had I had the chance.  I also said the prayer for tragic news:  Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, the True Judge.  This acknowledges His sovereignty in all aspects of life, even death.

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I’m alright. I didn’t get laid off, but 40+ other people did. I’m still wondering why I didn’t get let go when others (from janitors to managers) did. How did I manage to make the cut when people with important jobs got let go?

Who knows. I’m just thankful.

But I know it’s coming. Sooner or later I’ll get let go, too. I know I’m over-paid for what I do, and it’s just a matter of time before I’m cut loose as well.

And I’m okay with that.

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It’s been rainy and dreary today, so I’m going to share with you my sunny 08-08-2008.


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It seems so strange getting up early and going to work again after the long weekend.

Sometimes I get mad about having to work full-time because I see it as a huge waste of time (aside from the money). I mean, there are so many fulfilling things to do at home, so much I could be doing in the garden, with the pets, etc, that spending 9+ hours away from home each day seems like a waste of time. It’s not the life I want to live. I’m such a homebody though; I could spend days at home and not get cabin fever (how could I with so much to do?!).

My place is in the home, making it a haven for my family and inviting to others. That is what I enjoy doing, even when I’ve been on my feet all day cooking and cleaning. It’s what brings me satisfaction. I long for the days when I will have little ones underfoot, teaching them to be godly and training them on being upstanding citizens of this world.

But it’s so easy to get caught up in daydreams, isn’t it? Now that’s a waste of time! What I really should be doing is living what I’ve been given today and enjoying it as part of the life that the Lord is pleased to have me lead in this stage in my life. I should look forward to the time when I’m at home, but not ignore the time I have now. I’m here for a reason and I should try to learn the lessons that this lifestyle brings. Afterall, not enjoying the present is a hard habit to break and one I don’t want to take part in.

Time off for everything seems to have come to an end this week. Starting tonight I am back to my usual routine of work, meetings, bible studies, special events and seminars. Not that I was gone for three weeks, it was just a lot slower. It was a nice break though, and I’ll miss just coming home after work and being lazy. :P My house will benefit from this though, seeing as to how I’ve been slacking off in the “cleaning department”.

The Christmas tree was supposed to have come down on the 6th, however it’s still up (sort of – it was kind of leaning against the wall this morning) and everything “Christmasy” is still around. I did take a picture of my nativity because I’m quite proud of it, but I’ll have to post that later. Most likely the tree will be a task for this weekend or, if I can manage it, sooner.

The loss of free time will be a bummer, but I know I’ll be getting so much in return. Going to Soroptimist meetings teaches me many things not just about the world but also about my character. I ALWAYS enjoy going to Bible study, especially those given by Beth L. Going to Reliv seminars and special events only helps me to grow my business, as well as exposes me to others who are willing to help by sharing their knowledge of this business. Besides, there’s a certain satisfaction about getting things done, whether that simply be going to meetings or actually getting something accomplished from your to-do list at those meetings.

All in all, I’m excited. I’m sure that things will be good this year.

Last Friday I got rear-ended again. What is it about my car that people want to rear-end it? That makes three accidents in just a little over a year. I think I have whiplash too because my head and neck are hurting. Not so much now but on Friday and Saturday it hurt a lot. Although it seems I’m healing fairly quickly thankfully.

Work has been going well. I have a new position in a new company now. It’s day 5 at the new job and things are going well. I’ve only messed up a few times on the phones (my primary responsibilities) but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it soon. I do have a lot of downtime though and I’ve been playing a lot of tetris to pass the time. I think tomorrow I’ll pay some bills or something else productive. After the holiday I expect things will pick up a lot, but it’s nice to be able to come in to a job when things are fairly slow.

This year we’re doing Thanksgiving at our house and I’m pretty excited about it. We’re having friends over that wouldn’t otherwise have people to spend thanksgiving with. I’m going to find some recipes for a nice vegetarian meal. Hopefully things will go well and I’ll have some pictures to post. :)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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