May 16, 2007

Whistle While You Work

I have decided to get a J.O.B. The reasoning?

E.U.R.O.P.E.A.N. V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N.

While we could go to Europe later this year without me working, we could also go to Europe later this year and have a bad ass time with me working. Currently, we might need to budget and watch what we do. If I make a couple extra grand, well, life would be much more enjoyable.

Where a dilemma begins is…where to get a job. First….a vacation in Europe for 10 days after being an employee for 2 months is usually not given. So…do I spill this tidbit during the interview? I do not expect that time to be paid, of course. However, I feel bad not saying anything and either spilling it later on or quitting the j.o.b. come August.

Dilemma Two: The person who filled my role in Busy Law Firm, is pregnant. She found out shortly after I left. The second question my boss asked her was if she would call me to see if I could cover during her leave. I have not discussed this with the firm since then, but I am willing to fill in for her maternity leave come Sept/Oct. So, not only am I going to go away on a 2 week vacation, I am then going to leave for 2 months shortly after returning from said vacation.

For these reasons, I do not want to apply at a law firm. I don’t want the reputation that this would breed to get around this small town’s legal community. I don’t want to work in a restaurant or retail or something where I will have to deal with customer service again. I worked in a restaurant for years and years and I don’t want to commit murder. Or suicide. Not cool once you are in your 30’s.

I am considering contacting the 2 temp agencies in town, just for temporary work, but I don’t want them to consider me flaky either. I have not seen legal jobs in the paper since I moved here, which leads me to believe that the firms in town use temp agencies. Or have zero turnover, which seems unlikely.

At this point, I need to call former employer and discuss the reality of the situation. Is it still going to happen? They will need to put me up in a hotel for 2 months. Are they willing to do this? I think they will given the sensitive nature of the position and their need for a person they can trust. However, I am not sure if this is a definite.

While I want to help the firm out and keep myself in good graces with them, I wish I didn’t have to go. I have lived in a hotel for an extended period of time and it isn’t fun. I don’t want to be away from my love for that period of time. I moved here so we wouldn’t be apart any longer. However, we have discussed it at length and have agreed that if they want me, I will go. We hope to get back to Houston within the next few years. This job gave me so much and is an ideal position for me. As I stated in a previous post, I bawled my eyes out leaving. I love the people.

I haven’t taken much action yet this week. I have my resume out, I am going over the options in my head. I am having the conversation with my old boss in my mind. I am sorting it all out right now. I don’t want to harm my reputation in the small community here by going about this the wrong way.

In the meantime, I am Ebaying away, to make some $$ in hopes that I will become a millionaire and can stop worrying. Wish me luck!

And send me some ideas about Europe. Been there? What countries are required? Where did you hate? We really have to limit our wish list as right now, we are visiting the entire E.U. in 10 days....


Sauntering Soul said...

Fianna, have you ever thought about transcribing for a court reporting company? You could do that from home. I've never done it personally, however, a friend of mine from the last law firm I worked for transcribed depositions as a part-time job for extra money. Just a thought in case the temp thing or the temp position with your old firm doesn't work out.

As far as Europe, I can offer no advice. I've spent two hours in the Zurich airport on my way to Cyprus, Israel and Egypt. While Cyprus is a European country, and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting, it might be difficult to visit additional countries on the same trip since it's an island. I would assume y'all are trying to see more than one country. I went to Cyprus for 2 weeks and my ex and I took a 4-day cruise from Cyprus to Israel and Egypt while I was there.

For what it's worth, I have several different friends who can't say enough wonderful things about Spain. My younger brother spent time in Krakow, Poland and fell in love with it. He also visited Scotland which he raved about as well.

Personally, I want to someday visit Croatia, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Monaco.

Now I'm going to stop writing this novel I call a "comment".

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