Thursday, February 23, 2012

Another personal update - no pictures

Today was one of the best days that I've had in a long time.

Yesterday, I had an interview at my dream job with two of the mid-level people.  As I arrived home after, I got a phone call asking me if I would come in tomorrow (i.e. today) for a third and final interview with three senior people.  Of course I said yes!

The interview went so well.  These are people who are extremely well-known and respected in their field.  The company is one that I've looked up to for a long time.  They are consistently ranked as one of the top employers in the country.  They support all of the arts groups in the community and are very supportive of their employees doing philanthropic work (which means I can leave work early to attend my monthly nonprofit board meetings.)  It's as though the job had been created with my personality, experience, and skills in mind.

I thought the interview went well, but you never know what is going to happen.  As I was driving home, I received a voicemail from the woman who will be my boss.  She said that I "hit the ball out of the park" and repeated some compliments that the head of the department said about me.  I saved that voicemail so I can listen to it again!  She wanted to let me know that they are working on a formal job offer but hope that I will join their team!

I cannot convey how excited I am about this!  This is the next step in my new beginning.  Now that I have secured permanent employment, I can start looking for an apartment and truly begin my new life.  I have not been so happy in years.

Later, I had a hair appointment scheduled.  Since we were scrimping to try to pay off Thomas's student loans (and look how that backfired on me!), I usually just went to a cheap place for haircuts.  I went to a fancy salon based on the recommendation of one of my (gorgeous, stylish) friends.  It was so amazing and not that much more expensive than the cheap place.  I don't know why I haven't gone here for years!

What a good day, you might say.  But there is more!

When I got home, I found my art supplies waiting for me!  I didn't have time tonight to start, but this weekend, I hope to produce a painting.

And still more!

Then, I was looking on craigslist for apartments.  I want something that will allow me to keep the three parrots, has in-building laundry, and has dedicated parking.  And I might have found where I'm going to live!  This luxury condo is well within my price range, the landlord loves parrots, has dedicated in-unit laundry, and heated, assigned parking.  Can things get any better than this?  I have an appointment Sunday afternoon to see the place.

ETA: this apartment also has a sunroom and a balcony which I imagine the parrots will love.  Plus bike storage, a HUGE walk-in closet, and so much more!  And it's only 1.5 miles from work, so I can walk most days.  Yay!

Wow.  Just last month I was in the depths of despair because of Thomas's revelation, but I now realize that this might be one of the best things to ever happen to me!  Amazing how things can turn so quickly!


Meg said...

WOW!! I feel like jumping out of my chair and dancing and singing (admittedly I like dancing and singing, though) just reading this, so much good stuff going on! I am just going to leave it at that!

Such good news!

Anonymous said...

Good going, Mary! sounds like everything is slotting into place for a new and better life for you and your flock. Hooray!

Mary said...

Just incredible!!!!! I'm SO happy for you! This gives me hope seeing how things can turn around so well.

Dee said...

I'm so happy that everything is turning around for you! and I'm thrilled that you found such a fantastic space that will let you keep everyone!!

WendyKnits said...

I am so happy for you! May things continue in a wonderful up-swing for you!

D. Richard said...

HMMM I guess I dont need to tell you that I put a bug in my bosses ear about getting you a job here , We just fired out forensic accountant . They were skimming the new property's.
I am so happy for you I dont have words .
I guess " Thomas has been keeping you down longer than any one thought " Other than Calypso that is .
Give that bird a cracker .

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled for you! I went to the rescue with a friend a couple of days ago. She was able to adopt and take home a new flockmate. (Bundgie) She is the beat! This little bird will have it made! We bought many bird toys, too. I wish I could have seen you, too. ;0( Hugs from Barb.
Oh I also talked to Rocky. Hope he finds a good home soon. And I saw a Grey that touched my heart, too. The one that lived in a beauty parlor... ;0(

Luckybird said...

Fantastic news all around! I'm thrilled for you. Keep me posted... you know how to reach me :)

Anonymous said...

Reading this has made my day! I hope this signifies a change in your luck and the start of a wonderful new life. Good luck with the apartment Mary, it sounds perfect x