For those of you on the edge of your seats, wondering whatever happened after the "Interviews Make me Sweat" post, I'm happy to report that I am employed. The job is not close to where I live and does not pay great, but it is sure enjoyable. Ironically, I also feel that I can now finally and fully relax because I am employed. While I was unemployed, I felt guilty just sitting around writing, reading, and enjoying myself. Now, I feel like I can indulge myself which is partly why the month of August has had lots of blog posts. A friend of mine suggested to me that maybe I have had too much time to think recently. Maybe that's true, but I think when I have time to think, I also have time to write, and when I have time to write, I feel pretty good about life even when I feel kind of bad about it. (Can that be logical?)
So, I am employed at Caribou Coffee coffee at the airport. I have had 2 days of training now. I think I'm not super great at any of the skills yet, but I'm sure friendly to people and can empathize with their dark-eyes, dry skin, dehydration, and need for coffee. Right now, I'm at a different Caribou than the one I will be working at. I work with a crew that is quite a bit younger than me. They talk about baseball players I have never heard of, movies I've never seen, and their significant others. I just study the coffee menu and try to laugh sometimes or make mental notes to look up some key names they are discussing. Oh man, if only I had a dollar for all the times I have felt completely awkward in the past month, I could eat out for a week.
At the rate I am going, I have added one major thing a week. The first week, I moved up to the Twin Cities. The second week, I started volunteering at the Hospitality Center for Chinese. This week, I started my job, and next week, I will start taking 2 graduate classes in Teaching English as a Second language. An interesting, stair-stepper of a month.