The past little while has been all about figuring out what to do in big ways and small ways. I’m a very list oriented visual person so I figured I would write stuff down to hold myself accountable for it . . . and also because a bit of outside support never hurt anyone. I’m starting with the small stuff and building to the large. You with me, blog readers? Okay, here we go:
1. Get a library card: Check!
Because I am such a reader, I end up spending a lot of money on books. There are definitely worse things I could spend money on, but having a library card allows me to read the way I want to without having to slow myself or stress over the amount of money I would be spending if I had to pay for everything I read. So far, I’ve read 3 books and I have 11 more in waiting. Who knew the library hold system in Toronto was so damn efficient?
2. Volunteer for stuff to beef up my resume: Check!
For a long time after I graduated, I took jobs just to have jobs. I didn’t really care about them, but they paid the bills so it was okay. Then I landed the job I am currently in in the field I want to work in (publishing) and things kind of changed. This isn’t my dream job by a long shot, but I finally felt the way I always hoped I would feel about work – like I was doing something productive and meaningful. I’ve been looking to move on for a while and nothing has happened, so I figured the best thing to do in the meantime was to volunteer and try to improve myself for prospective employers that way. Sure, I might not have a Masters or PhD*, but I have a college degree, work experience and I’m willing to do what it takes to land the job I want.
3. Plan a birthday party for Boy: Check!
Boy is not a party person. Growing up, he did not have birthday parties, he did not do the cake and ice cream thing and most of the time, his dad would give him money for a present or two. Because of this, I have always felt very strongly that he should have the proper birthday experience of cake and friends and happy times and now, he is finally letting me do it! So, two weeks from now, we are having a small party at our apartment with friends. It won’t be anything ridiculous or embarrassing, but with everything that is going on, the guy deserves a happy day.
4. Make awesome summer plans: Check!
a) attending an outdoor music festival?
b) taking the awesome nacho tour of Toronto?
c) spending a weekend hanging out with puppies?
d) going to finally stop being a chicken$h!t and sunbathe topless at the beach**?
5. Get new jobs for me and Boy: . . .Working on it!
Boy pulled together an amazing portfolio and applied to his dream company for a position he was actually qualified for . . . and now, we’re waiting. And the waiting part? It sucks. No matter what you do, it sucks. Fortunately, one of Boy’s old profs might be able to hook him up with some design contacts and even mentioned the possibility of him teaching part time which would be awesome because not only is my husband wicked smart but he would be one of the foxiest teachers ever! As for me, in addition to the volunteering, I’ve been searching job boards and calling in favours from any person I can think of. Prior to his layoff, Boy’s salary made up about two thirds of our budget and now that his job is done, we’re reverting to my measly one third. I would call myself the breadwinner but really, my paycheque is more like a dinner roll than an entire loaf bread. :-p
Anyway, there are three preferred outcomes here:
a) Boy hears from his dream company and ends up working there (fingers crossed, such as they are).
b) Boy gets a slightly different but still awesome job.
c) I land a better paying gig which helps us stay afloat a little better in the future.
One or combination of pretty much any of these three would be awesome. If at the end of the summer, these things don’t happen for any reason, we discussed the possibility of moving out of province for Boy to find work (possible cities include Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton). However, we’re really going to work as hard as we can to make sure that that is kind of a last resort scenario***.
Anyway, that is what is going on right now. What about you, folks in blogland? What are your current and upcoming gameplans?
*In December, I interviewed for an internal promotion at my company and was told by the interviewer during the interview that while they “could hire someone merely adequate (like myself)” they really only hired people who had Masters degrees or PhDs because “(they) wanted someone smart and professional with potential.” If you ever want to metaphorically kick someone in the balls, insulting them to their face during an interview for a job they are actually qualified for is the best way to do it.
**With plenty of sunscreen!
*** No offense to anyone who lives any of these places. We just really enjoy our life here in Toronto (plus our family is here)!