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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Where? Whaaaaat? Huh?

I finally logged on to my Blog and almost fell over when I saw the date of my last post - A MONTH AGO!!!

I can't believe how time has flown by!

SO! The reason I have been so neglectful of my blog is the new job!

Yes folks, as most of you know, I gave up my home-based daycare and got a job at a local call center!

What, why, when, and all the deets:

So here it is. The day I posted my last entry was August 8th and guess what? That's the day it all started.

This summer was a part-time summer for me - hard on the pocketbook but nice with the time off. But that was fine because I knew that Foster would be going back full-time and his little sister would be starting the last week of August.

It all went kaput that Sunday evening when Foster's father called and to tell me that "they had finally found someone to come in to their home and take care of the kids". I'm sitting there as he's talking, thinking "finally?" I didn't even know they were looking. Oh, and this week would be Foster's last week with me. They would still pay me til the end of the month (thank goodness), but this was his last week.


Well, oddly enough, I had been speaking with Nicole earlier that day about "Zednet" hiring ... one of my cousins had just moved here from Alberta and she enjoys working with computers. I thought it might be a good fit for her. Nicole told me they were hiring for a class that was going to start soon. Perfect! I would pass the info along to my cousin.

Well, then I got that call from Foster's father. I FB'ed that I just might have to take advantage of the info Nick had passed on to me and she was quite encouraging. I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to .... but I was 100% sure that I was tired of the uncertainty of being self-employed. I didn't want to give up Jacker Cracker cuz he's such a sweetie, but I really didn't want have to start looking for more kids again. (As an aside, I turned away two other potential kids over the summer because I had agreed to take Foster's sister .... just saying.)

Anyway, the more I thought about it, the more "Zednet" started to appeal. A regular paycheque, health benefits, etc ... Really. Started. To. Appeal. My mother was my biggest cheerleader for applying for the job. Go figure! (Lot of eyerolling here) Finally, after some serious thought, I decided to go for it.

Two days after the fateful phone call, I sent my resume in to Nicky and she passed it in with a recommendation (THANK YOU NICOLE!). A couple of hours later, I got a call from HR to set up a phone interview!

So, on the 12th, I had my phone interview and at the end we set up an interview for 16th. On the 16th, I went in for my interview, sat and listened to a couple of phone calls, did a test that twisted my brain inside out, and I left feeling very on the fence about it. I honestly didn't know how I had done. Anyway, apparently it was fine, cuz I got a call the next morning with a job offer to start on the 23rd. Yay me! (THANK YOU AGAIN NICOLE!!!)

Sitting down and telling Jack's mom, who I consider a good friend, was very difficult. I felt so bad, like I was letting her down in the worst way. But I knew I just couldn't keep going, specially with only Jackie. She was uber gracious and supportive (THANK YOU ERICA!). But I still feel bad even now! (I didn't leave her totally hanging - my mother had stepped in with the offer to take care of Jack until other arrangements could be made, so don't get all up in arms peeps!)

I started training the 23rd in a class of 6 ... I was the only woman, aside from the trainer. That was interesting. And man, do I have some stories. All I can say is that it's a good thing my "female sensibilities" don't offend easily. LOL. (Also found out that my trainer grew with my uncle's wife in Newfoundland! I'm telling you, the whole 6 degrees thing is insane there!)

Now I am in my third week of training and I worked the phones for three days during "hell week" aka billing week. I was really nervous about going on the phones, but it was good. It actually got to the point where I was enjoying it. We are working on email right now, so I am sure I will be just as nervous as before when it comes time to go back on the phones in the email q.

PS to all the scrapping chickies going away in October:
Today we had our scheduling presentation ... I just may find out what my rotation will be tomorrow! I know I will be 5pm-2am ... but I am hoping that the rotation I requested (which I will probably get) will start at such a time that I will still be able to go scrapbooking on October 17th!!!! Hoping! And one of class mates said he would switch shifts with me I couldn't get it off ... that's if he isn't working it too. So we'll see.

Also, in all of this, I was helping my best friend Sarah get ready for her wedding that was on September 4th .... that included making the three tiered wedding cake! But that's a whole OTHER post!

ANYWAY! That is where I have been, what I have been doing, how I am making out, and the two whys .. why I gave up the daycare and why I have been MIA!

Now I am off to catch up on everyone else's blogs!