Well, I got the job offer from the non-profit in Riverside on Friday. I’d been thinking about my decision since I left their office on Thursday…and I thought about it all day Friday. I called and said I would let them know about my decision on Monday.
Let’s see…the 23rd was Wednesday….ok
- Worked extensively on power point for Wally Davis Scholars (need to get that done this weekend), made about a dozen calls to past recipients who I’m pretty sure will never return my phone call.
- Office work all day Wednesday, half day yesterday
- Stopped by Miguel’s office to pay off a loan (thanks again Miguel!)
- Lunch with my public interest ladies
- Interviewed in Riverside
- TVN on Wednesday night
- The usual…you all know what they are by now…sigh. I really need to have some productive time this weekend…
- Dinner last night…but Jeff did! He’s kind of awesome :)
Not really. But you know what I mean.
- It’s public interest, so I’d be doing what I (think) want to do, although it would be mostly in areas of family law and landlord-tenant which I have no experience in, which leads to…
- Good learning experience
- Networking in a new geographic location
- The organization looks like a great place to work, although super small (staff of about 4, helping over a thousand clients a year!)
- It’s about an hour commute each way
- No immigration work due to funding
- Requires a lot of driving for the job (position is for clinic manager, so 2-3 days a week I’d be driving to Ontario and other locations in the Inland Empire)
- Clinics on 2 days a week run late, which means getting home around 8 or 9pm (although I wouldn’t be starting until 10 or 11am)
- Salary is less than $45,000. It would be almost an extra $2,000 a month from what Jeff and I are surviving on right now, so it’s not an issue of not paying our bills…but thinking long term I just don’t know if that salary is worth all the driving and slightly unconventional hours. On the other hand, I have to start somewhere…and it would be enough to pay our bills, credit cards, a meager loan payment, and maybe even start saving a little…MAYBE.
Much more productive day…
- Half day at the office
- Worked on U-visa case quite a bit, filling out forms, met with clients, signed documents, made important calls
- Followed up on silent auction requests
- Worked on HBA scholarship powerpoint quite a bit also
- Looked for jobs
- Followed up on a previous job application
- Made dinner with Jeff
- I didn’t apply to anything new
- Small claims case (need to get that done ASAP)
- I didn’t walk Lilo :(
- Didn’t work out
- Didn’t work on my HS “to-do” list
It goes without saying that I’ve been terrible about posting lately. Having to work part time really cuts into my productivity on all other levels. I don’t even get much done at home because I’m tired (ahem, lazy). I need to be better about finding the time to be productive with personal stuff, even if most of my time is wrapped up already.
I knew time would fly. I think the final decision was made around November, that Abby and I would be returning to Haiti. And I knew then that time would fly by. It has. We leave in less than a month! We booked our tickets a couple weeks ago, and I keep looking at my calendar as the days go by, in disbelief.
- I need a backpack. If anyone is willing to let me borrow theirs, please let me know.
- I need a sleeping pad. Last time I slept on a sleeping bag over wooden planks…and although in the long term I think it was great for my back…it wasn’t great for sleeping. So if anyone has a thick yoga mat or something like that, that they wouldn’t mind losing for two weeks, I’d be forever grateful.
- I have to get malaria pills….which means I need to raise a little more cash to buy them
- This whole job situation…
- Office in the morning
- Picked up the house–I still don’t know how I manage to make a mess of the apartment after Jeff just cleaned it on Friday…
- Worked on HS application letter and talked to Jim
- Dealt with phone bill madness
- Interviewed with a non profit in Riverside. It was just a phone interview to help them decide who they actually want to interview in person…and wouldn’t you know…after the two week training…the official start date would be March 18th…as in…a couple days after March 16th…as in…the date I just booked for my flight to Haiti. I’m trying not to freak out or be mad at life for always making things complicated…who knows if I’ll get a call back or not. But if I did…it just figures.
- Looked for jobs
- Worked on a venting blog that I’ve been wanting to write for a while
- Wrote my February charity of the month…I think I should have taken more time on it, but just wanted to get it done…always the conflict of getting things done right eventually or getting things done, period
- Mailed out that thank you card again…with postage!
- Made zucchini for the first time as part of our dinner…not bad
- Apply to jobs
- Work on either immigration case
- Small claims
- Walk Lilo (I was on my way, and it started sprinkling…didn’t really wanna drive all the way there to not be able to walk her…I was really looking forward to a nice walk today)
- Organize my desk…which is getting out of control
- Sponsorships and silent auction updates! Gotta do this tomorrow…
- I need to follow up with Secretary of State on the articles I mailed out….no response yet
I guess I should put a disclaimer on this blog, and note that I am heavily involved with Haiti Scholarships, and hence I have a vested interest in you checking it out, and hopefully supporting it. I guess…legally speaking, I don’t have a “vested interest” per se, since I don’t really derive any private benefit from this, but I do get enormous personal satisfaction in the work done through Haiti Scholarships :)
Birthday weekends make it difficult to stay on top of daily blogging…and to be productive, as does working in an office setting. I feel like productivity on job searching and side projects has taken a toll since I started working in the office, but alas, it’s what I need to do right now. Just when I was getting good at this!
- Worked out at home
- Started to review small claims documents
- Walked Lilo
- Returned tables to David
- Took another load to Goodwill
- Re-sent out the bylaw signature page for HS, since the original one seems to have gotten lost in the mail :-/
- Mailed out outstanding thank you cards (one of which was returned today because I didn’t put postage on it…I swear I had double checked!)
- Went rock climbing today!
- Booked tickets to Haiti for Abby and I
- Figure out how to get that stupid PDF document to open so I can finish working on my immigration case
- Need to work on declarations for asylum case
- Make individual acceptance letters for HS recipients
- Fill out documents for small claims
- Apply to jobs
- February Charity of the Month installment