Me, my life and Legos

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Back in March, I interviewed for the perfect part-time job. This part-time job was going to fit in beautifully with my current part-time job. Together, the two part-time jobs would ensure we would have enough money to support my ice cream addiction enroll both boys in a private school. After a telephone interview, I was asked to come in to their office for a face to face interview. As I left their office, I was informed a decision was going to be made that Friday. The rest of the week, I was anxiously awaiting the news.

Though my friends and family did their best to appease me with positive thoughts, the reality that I did not get the job was becoming obvious. Either that, or the folks in the company decided to go on hiatus and follow Charlie Sheen’s “Violent Torpedo ofΒ  Truth” tour.

I was excited about the prospective job. My current boss was excited about the prospective job. As I waited to hear one way or the other, I found myself placing the proverbial cart in front of the proverbial horse. Rather, I put the luggage cart in front of the jeep.

One month and several pints of Ben & Jerry’s later, I gave up on the perfect part-time job. Moving forward, I found another part-time employment opportunity. Again, after the first interview, I was asked to return for a second interview. And, just like the perfect part-time job, I was told a decision hoped to be made by the coming Friday. Unlike the first opportunity, I did receive a response on Friday, as promised; however, the response was simply “We need more time, and we appreciate your patience.”

Certain I was going to be hired, I put the proverbial rider (with a Jimmy Buffet styled shirt) in front of the proverbial motorcycle.

Unfortunately, the following week, I was informed the potential part-time job was offered to another candidate. (Perhaps I should have donned a different shirt.)

Going back to the employment ads, I did my best to stay positive. Because the pickings were slim, I decided to sit back and let a week or two pass. During the break, I decided to enjoy a cup (or five) of coffee.

Then I received an email – out of the blue – from the perfect part-time job.

Hi Lenore,

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend

I wanted to know if you are still available, and if so would you have time to meet with John and me next week at our office?

Please let me know your schedule and I will coordinate with ours.

What?! What did that email say?! I was getting a call back over a month an a half later? I responded to the email with a bit of trepidation. Why did it take so long to hear back from them? I wondered. Though I was hesitant, I let the potential employer know that I was still available and interested.

While on the phone with one of the employees, I was informed the person they hired did not work out as they had hoped. They had to let her go after two weeks of employment. Immediately, I envisioned Sally from “When Harry Met Sally” and I thought to myself, ‘I’m the consolation prize.’Β  Then I channeled my inner Eeyore and sighed, “At least they noticed me.”

Still believing this was the perfect part-time position, I agreed to come in and meet with them again. (Third time is the charm, right?) Happily, I am now an employee working within the perfect part-time position. With two part-time jobs secure, my husband and I are breathing a sigh of relief, knowing our income will cover my ice cream addiction the boys’ school. Second fiddle, consolation prize – whatever the label, I got what I wanted. Yes!

I’m Queen of the world!!

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30 thoughts on “Me, my life and Legos

  1. Go Lego Lady in the stylish-more-business-like-than-Jimmy-Buffet-shirt attire! Congrats! I’ve had the same happen to me once and the job worked out very well. Enjoy the endless supply of ice cream!

    • What kind do you want, GMom? My youngest prefers Cherry Garcia. My oldest prefers Chocolate Chewy Gooder (or just the brownie one, if chewy isn’t available). What’s your favorite flavor? Thanks for the congrats. I’m doing a happy dance.

  2. Andrea HT

    That’s awesome! But why did I have to wait for the BLOG to find out you got the job? Were you intentionally ignoring my question on our other forum?? Hmph. Anyways…..loved this blog with the legos and the movie references – I even laughed out loud! Love you! Mean it! Oh yeah, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    • Thanks, Andrea HT! I didn’t want to share the news and ruin the ending of the story! ‘Asides, I just found out Monday. This post is ‘hot off the press’, if you will. Love you! Mean it!

  3. Loved, loved, loved the Legos! Funny, I have my own Lego blog post sitting in the back of my head right now. I almost used it today. We must be rubbing off on each other. Maybe we are just right now wearing the same shirt!.

    • That’s too funny, Julie. I’m guessing you are not still in your PJs, though. Yes, yes I am. I’ll change … eventually. Ah the joys of working from home. I’ll have to see if I can find Lego people that have PJs on. Glad you liked my post and the Legos! ~ Lenore

    • Are you feeling better? I hope so. Thank you for the congrats. It’s the perfect part-time job, because it is 90% at home. I’ve Skyped more the past two days than ever before. THe work is steady, and the training is tough – but this is exactly what I wanted. Woo hoo! And, what flavor of B&J should I enjoy on your behalf?

      Thanks for visiting, Wendy! ~ Lenore

  4. You weren’t the consolation prize. It just took them six weeks to figure out you were the best person for the job.

    Congratulations, Lenore!

    Oh, and about the Ben & Jerry’s question: Yes, you should.

    • You are too kind, Charles. Feel free to visit my blog daily. πŸ™‚ As I work through the training, I’m hoping I remain the best person for the job. So far – so good! What’s your favorite B&J flavor? And honestly, with access to COWS, I’m surprised you’d be interested in B&J …

    • Nice to see you here, Bridges Burning. I hope you’ll visit again. I appreciate your kind words. Here’s hoping I’m not another ‘two week term’ employee. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Spilledinkguy. Nice to see you round this here neck o’the woods. Thanks for the congrats. The job does not entail Legos; however, the job is a work-at-home gig, thereby leaving opportunities for a quick Lego fix.

    • Oh thank you, Souldipper. I always enjoy being on the receiving end of your positive nature. You’ve put a smile on my face, and I will do my best to pass that smile forward. ~ Lenore

  5. annabachinsky

    That’s awesome. Congrats!! You can send some mint-chocolate chip ice-cream my way. πŸ˜‰ “Perfect” job opportunities are hard to come by these days… and require a lot of patience (been there before)… I’m glad your “waiting days” are over!

  6. Congrats on getting the perfect part-time job. You weren’t the consolation prize. You were the first place winner–your boss just didn’t realize it immediately. Obviously, you were the best person for the job. I hope the children thrive in their new school. Any mom who works two jobs outside of the home deserves all the ice cream she cares to eat.

    • Thanks Susan. So far, things seem to be going nicely, too. The 2nd job is starting slow, but this is helping me figure out the new schedule and adjusting as needed. I’m still waiting for my first paycheck, so I can go splurge on extra ice cream. I mean, pay tuition for the boys. (smile) ~ Lenore

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