yeah, so I found out that I didn't get that job. It's nice they let me know and gave me some feedback. I need a little work on my presentation skills. I appreciated that they gave me the feedback. Bittersweet? I don't know. Now I know that I'll be going to Biloxi for sure and I can focus on my remaining time at my current job. They finally posted the positions here so I'll be putting together my application for them. There are 4 openings at the job that I'm currently doing.
It's been a very busy week. Monday night was the Biloxi meeting and I got home by 11pm - asleep by 11:30.
Tuesday I drove to S St Paul to pick up P to bring her to my house which was like 200 miles that day. She's been having trouble with her car stalling and I thought I'd lend her my other car so she could get to work without relying on other folks. As we left her house we had to stop at Target and pick up the boy a graphing calculator and as we left the parking lot, we heard a clunking noise, yes it was a flat tire. I called the auto service and thankfully they were there within 30 minutes. I had to drive home on the doughnut tire (aren't you only suppose to go like 50 miles on one of them? ) yeah, well we made it. I think I was in bed by 11:30
Wednesday the boy woke up late and I had to drive him to school, since he's had problems like that recently I thought that I'd charge him $3 because of my inconvience. He didn't like it but I haven't liked how he's not doing anything around the house as he should. I told him I was going on strike! I drove to the only tire store that I know is up at 8am, you know the place they also do oil changes at the store that must not be named. They didn't have my tire size in stock so we called over to the next town, no dice. Unfortunately my car requires specially ordered tires P165/70R13 well, I couldn't very well drive another 50 miles on my doughnut and they said I could put on P165/80R13 tires on and it would be okay. I was a little worried about this but did double check with another mechanic and it *should* be fine. I was only 90 minutes late for work.
And Wednesday was going to be another late night. Cindy Sheehan (mother of a Iraq soilder who was killed and she staged a sit in at Crawford, TX waiting to speak to the president) came and spoke on campus. She did a great job and true to form was very motherly in what she had to say. I wasn't surprised that there was a small distruption from disagreeing folks but for the most part everyone was very respectful. She did a lot of comparing of the Iraq war to Vietnam and it occured to me that P might have some memories of Vietnam. She agreed to talk with me about it sometime. I admit that I'm a big ole softie and I still emotionally don't understand war, the costs are too expensive to humanity. I admit I don't think rationally about it because I can only see the individual families on both side's pain. It was very inspiring and I was glad I stayed late. Of course, that was not all! Additionally, that same night and directly following Cindy Sheehan was an amazing woman from Kenya, Wangari Maathai. see http://greenbeltmovement.org
for more information. She won the 2004 nobel peace prize for her work in enviromentalism with regards to sustainable living for kenyan women. First woman in central and east Africa to earn a doctorate degree. Her speech was very positive. Perhaps it's the melodious sound of the kenyan accent but I could listen to her all day, she also had a great sense of timing in her humor. I was in bed by 11:30.
Thursday I was very happy to be able to sleep in (8:30) because Thursdays are my late night. I did have to get up and go to my chiropractor and that was wonderful as he repaired a sore arm. He practices applied kinesiology which is pretty nontraditional stuff but it appears to work for me. Unfortunately, I still can't eat peanuts! When I got to work, I went to listen to a speaker by the name of Teo Yother who is a F2M transgendered man. It was excellent and I enjoyed it very much. There are more than 2 transgendered people in my life whom I care about and I always want to support them and other people's understanding. He was very personable and I enjoyed what he had to say. Again, Thursdays are my late night, had to stop for a few groceries (since I can't have peanuts and in the past my breakfast was always peanut butter toast - I bought sunbutter (sunflower butter) and it's GOOD!) and I was in bed by 11:30.
Today is Friday, I was just a few minutes late to work and our offices close at 4pm so with any luck I'll be home by 5pm. There's lots to do at home, work on the basement room, cleaning and etc. Trying to get the boy to lift his fingers to do anything towards the house. I'm hoping we can finish painting the basement floor and I can buy some new jeans. My last pair got paint on them last weekend. I'll be able to use those when I go to Biloxi. Oh, yeah, and Saturday night will be a slumber party with friends, who knows if we'll sleep over but games, jammies, pizza and smoothies.