Thursday, June 29, 2006

Fret fret, fidget fidget

I'm still waiting to hear from the interview. I made my follow-up call last Friday, and was told they'd finished up interviews, hadn't made a decision yet. This evening I checked the Court's website, and the criminal staff attorney position wasn't posted anymore. It was there last night. So - does this mean they've filled the position? Have they made an offer to someone else? Have they just decided and will be making calls soon (as in, hopefully tomorrow)? They finished up interviews last week (which would presumably mean they'd stopped taking applications) - did someone just fart around and not update the website until today? I don't know, and it's making me nuts! I've consumed rather substantial quantities of alcohol tonight, hoping to settle my mind enough that I can sleep. Staying up stupid late should help, too.

If I get negative news, I may burst into tears. If I don't hear and have to wait all weekend without knowing something, I may just burst. If I get positive news, I'll be bouncing off the walls. Whatever way you look at it, tomorrow isn't shaping up to be a real productive day.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A quick update

I felt like the interview went pretty well. I didn't come out of there thinking, "Kick ass, that job is MINE!", but then, I never do. The woman I interviewed with held the position for nine years before she got promoted, and she seeemed impressed with a lot of my answers and questions. No definite time frame for an answer, but she assured me that everyone would be called either way (no being left hanging for months wondering, "gee, did I get that job or not?"), and that she's hoping for a sooner decision rather than later, as she's doing her old job and new job both at the moment. No word yet, and I'm trying hard not to just lose my mind fidgeting about it. I sure hope it's good news, though - I really, really, really, really want this job. It would be such a Lisa job.

Funny, when I left prosecution, I never thought I'd *want* to go back to criminal law.

My manager is now gone, and I feel like I've lost my best (possibly my only?) advocate at work. I'm trying my hardest to be a good little girl and play nice, but I don't know if it's making a difference or not. Come on, Court of Appeals, call me with some good news.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Happy happy, joy joy!

The court of appeals called this afternoon - I have an interview on Friday morning! I'm so excited I could just pop. So I'm taking a half-day off Friday - not that I expect the interview will take all morning, but just to be on the safe side. I REALLY hope this works out. It sounds like a very Lisa job, and the timing couldn't be better. So y'all keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, June 12, 2006

What a weekend, and then came Monday

J had two huge nosebleeds this weekend - the first as we were on our way with K to my birthday lunch. He started just screaming in the back seat, and his nose was pouring blood. I stopped the car, and K and I were both back there trying to stop the bleeding and get J calmed down. It was about to get to the point where I was going to be concerned if it didn't stop when it stopped. Bless his heart, he was a mess, and completely freaked out over the blood. We went back to the house to get him cleaned up and change shirts before we went to lunch. He'd settled down by the time we got to the house, and he looked at the splotches of blood all over his shirt and announced, "I look like a Dalmatian puppy!" LOL The rest of the day passed without any more nosebleeds, but he had another big one yesterday. He hasn't been poking himself in the nose trying to get a booger out, and I've got a humidifier going in his room of an evening, so I don't think it's because the air is too dry. And these were what I'd consider copious nosebleeds. He's had them before, but never like this. I'm about ready to call his pediatrician and see if I should be concerned.

Then he got himself shut in the bathroom and couldn't get out - once on Saturday morning and again yesterday after we'd had the conversation about not shutting the door when he went. Saturday morning I heard the sound of something shutting and then J screaming. Logically I knew he hadn't left the house, because the security system was still armed and he'd have set it off had he opened an outside door. But when I called him, he didn't answer, and I was freaking out. Finally I found him, in my bathroom - the toilet has a little room to itself, and when he went, he shut the door and couldn't maneuver the doorknob to get it open again. I started crying when I found him, and he looked at me and said, "It's OK, Mama, don't cry!" Sweet boy. Apparently a little slow on the uptake at times, as he did the same thing last night (I didn't freak out, because I figured that was what had happened when he said he was going to the potty and wasn't back in about three minutes), but sweet. :-)

Then this morning I realized K still has my tolltag that my paid parking is linked to - he borrowed it yesterday to take the tollway up to Addison and neither of us remembered that I'd need it this morning. So I have to pay $6 for parking. And I stopped to put gas in my car and got the pump that kept shutting off after pumping about 20 cents worth of gas. AARGH.

And then there's work. We got an unexpected notice of a conference call with a higher-up manager today at 1:30 - got the notice this morning, no advance warning like we usually have for our all hands conference calls. This is a manager two levels above our center manager, so five levels above me. Then I saw the woman who's our technology/scheduling guru walking by crying. I have no idea what's going on, and we're all sort of in a tizz. So I'm consuming chocolate in mass quantities due to stress and wishing I had a margarita. I had to laugh, though - one of my friends said he's practicing his Wal-Mart greeter skills just in case. LOLOL So we'll see what happens. No one seems to know what's going on, but my gut tells me it isn't likely to be anything good.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Catching up

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me! It was yesterday, actually. It's funny - 30 didn't bother me, 31 didn't bother me, 35 didn't bother me. But for some reason, 38 bothers me just a little. Go figure.

It was a decent day. K's parents sent me a really nice mother's bracelet, with J's name spelled out in silver blocks and made with silver and crystal beads. (J sees it and says, "Mama, that spells me!" LOL) My friend John surprised me and bought lunch for me - we went to Spaghetti Warehouse. My sweet boy sang Happy Birthday to me (I was so wishing for my big birthday/Mother's Day present, which will be a digital camcorder - I'd love to have gotten that recorded!), and that was just about the best present ever. And today my friend Marta is buying me a brownie from Paradise as a belated birthday treat, and tomorrow K and J are taking me out to dinner! Birthdays are fun.

Brian is finally over the barking crud, so that's good. I'm driving down next weekend to see his new house. I haven't seen him since what, the middle of May?! That's a long time - it will be good to see him.

Work is insane. Our unit manager is leaving. That makes me very sad. She's such a good manager, and she's always been so good about standing up for us (she's done my job before, so she has a real good understanding of what we're dealing with), and we don't know who might replace her, or if they'll even replace her. With all the rumored changes that are coming and all the new responsibilities we're being asked to take on (um, yeah, that's what we need, *more* responsibility), we don't know where things will end up. Let's just say that some of the possibilities are stomach-churning and leave it at that. But our manager is leaving, one of our FSO's (also a strong advocate for the admins and willing to call bullshit when she sees it) is leaving, people are leaving left and right, and it seems like our jobs are made more difficult daily. I feel like I'm on the Titanic, watching the rats desert the sinking ship. I'm applying to everything I can find, and I hope something works out for me sooner rather than later.

And that's a pretty complete summary of what's been going on with me. More later!