Friday, September 24, 2004


Yesterday I woke up to the smell of coffee.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "How sweet. Her hubby decided to make her coffee before she woke up."

I hate coffee.
I don't have a hubby or anything of that nature.

It was the coffee grounds left in the coffee maker from when my parents were here visiting and had breakfast at my apartment Saturday morning.

That's about the way my week's been going.

On Monday, the man who was supposed to be my new boss once I finished my current obligations stopped me in the hallway and told me that he resigned. He's moving to Boston to work for a dairy company, which is good for him, but leaves me in limbo. On Wednesday, I got a call from a person I work with at a different location who got a promotion and was wondering if I'd be interested in applying for her old position, which would be a promotion for me. Normally, this would be a good thing, but since her location is twice as far and three times the commute, and I'd only get another stinkin' 5% for it, it's not worth the effective pay cut. But I read the job description anyway, just for kicks. I'm completely qualified; I already do most of the things necessary, and the things I don't do was mostly equipment I would have to learn to operate - no problem. The thing that struck me though, was that the only requirement listed was a Bachelors Degree, which I have, and in the general description of the position it was listed as an "entry level" position. Now correct me if I'm wrong (Gwen?) but if I have a degree and three years of experience, should I be hoping for a PROMOTION INTO an ENTRY LEVEL position? I don't think so. I think I should be looking for a promotion OUT of an entry level position.

So I am officially on the job hunt.

Luckily, a headhunter called me on Thursday, and I called him today. It sounds good. He made it sound like relocation wouldn't be a problem, and neither would a better salary. It's not in St. Louis, and it'll break my heart to leave, but I have to get out of here (my current company, not St. Louis). My company is squashing my career like a worm on the sidewalk after a summers rain. But it's really too soon to tell. What are the chances that I would decide to look for a new job on Wednesday only to have someone call me with one on Thursday? Not bloody likely. But it's a start. Finding a job takes a long time, and I know that. But I'm too old to just sit around waiting for something to happen. I gave my current company a chance. They've had the opportunity to see what I can do, and they've done virtually nothing to support me or give me reason to stick around. So I won't.

In better news, tomorrow and Sunday are the Knit Out in St. Louis. I'm very excited to go and hang out with my knitty friends, and maybe get to teach some people, and all that. I think it'll be a lovely day, and I just can't wait. I'll be sure to make a full report on how it goes; it's the first one we've had and I hope it's a success. And since I'll be knitting for about 6 hours straight, I should have some progress to report. Yippee!

And for some strange reason (maybe foreshadowing? the possible new job's near Madison, WI) I have an urge to make some thrummed mittens. I've seen them before, but never really understood what they were until I saw Stephanie's. And now I want some. Do I ever wear mittens? No. Is it really ever cold enough in St. Louis to need THRUMMED mittens? No. But how FUN! How COOL! I bet they feel really snuggly when you're wearing them. Kits are about $25, but I can get the materials for about $10 from Halcyon. $15 with shipping and handling. [St. Louis people - Does Myers House have Merino Top? I know they do spinning stuff, but I don't ever see (or notice) a lot of fibers there, since I don't spin.] I can be really stingy about S&H.


Teri said...

I was reading that with crossed fingers hoping that the job was in Kansas City. *pouts* Good luck with your job hunt though.

I wish I could be there for the Knit-Out so have fun! And ask Susan about spinning stuff, she'll probably know. Although Donna just learned too, so she might know. Have a good time and take some pics, I want to hear all about it.

Carolina said...

You and me both - must find a new job. I've dedicated 3 years to my current job/company with not much to show for it. I've learned all I can and now I must find something more rewarding. Good luck on the job hunt!

PS - Enjoying the many hours knitting. I have to do housework :(