Amy’s Life in Brief

April 30, 2008, 10:30 pm
Filed under: childhood fears, swimming | Tags: ,

I’m trying to decide what to do about David and his swimming lessons. He just started swimming lesson. Before, we did a Mommy & Me class, which he enjoyed. He is NOT enjoying swimming right now. He has had two lessons and at least he didn’t cry this second time. I’m at a loss as what to do…is he too young to put him through this or should I just give him a chance to warm up to the whole situation?

He is a kid that seems to take a lot longer to warm up to things than his brother had at the same age. I hate to blame everything on his illness about a year ago, but I wonder if that has something to do with it. Or maybe not…maybe he doesn’t remember anything about it. I don’t know.


Sad news about a friend’s dad…
April 30, 2008, 10:25 pm
Filed under: death, friendship | Tags:

I learned yesterday that my good friend’s dad died on the 20th. She finally had a chance to email friends to let them know about this sad event. The strange thing is that all last week I kept thinking to myself, “I need to call her. I really should call her.” There wasn’t any reason but it was really on my heart to do this.

I feel bad because I didn’t listen to my heart and kept getting sidetracked. Rationally, I know I shouldn’t feel bad because she was in Wisconsin and not at home, so I would have just been leaving a voice mail…but then again had I called last Monday when I first thought about it, I may have been able to reach her.

I’m going to be sending her some Mo’s clam chowder base next week. She always loves going there when she gets a chance to visit Oregon. It may seem sort of weird but I have always thought it’s sort of strange to send dead flowers to someone when someone they love has died…I know there are people who really enjoy flowers, but for me, I prefer to send something much more concrete. I can’t say my gift will be any longer lasting, but maybe more filling?

I was naive….
April 29, 2008, 5:12 am
Filed under: employment search, job, social work, worries

I think I was naive when I made the choice to stay home with my children five years ago. It’s not that I regret it and I KNOW I would do the same thing again. I guess I just didn’t give much thought about re-entering the workforce. I have a Master’s Degree and had quite an extensive background in my field. I say “had” because it doesn’t really exist if it can’t be verified.

It’s been five years since I last was employed and I held that particular position for four years. So, my other positions were held nine and ten years ago, give or take a few months here and there. And those positions were with small, non-profit agencies that have undergone a lot of changes in the span of a decade. I doubt they keep employment records longer than five to seven years.

So, here I am…waiting to see if I can get my career restarted and it appears that it will be harder than I expected. This is one area of staying home with my children that I didn’t give a lot of thought or worry to. I worried about my retirement savings a lot in the past five years. I worried about how I could afford to keep up in my field (conferences are expensive). I never once considered that my work history was withering away on the vine and could potentially become worthless.

My husband tells me I need to calm down about this whole thing. After all, it’s only been a week since my second interview at the hospital. But, it just keeps running through my head that I won’t get the position simply because my work history won’t be able to be verified. I will have to start all over and pay my dues in low-paying positions all over again. This is not something I ever considered when I made the decision to leave the workforce five years ago.

Things went well…
April 13, 2008, 6:40 am
Filed under: employment search, job, social work

I am just now getting a chance to post about my job interview on Wednesday. I think it went really well. They asked me back for a second interview with the rest of the social work staff on Friday the 18th. I was a little surprised by this interview. I was really nervous about it because I’ve never worked in a hospital and the last medical social work experience I had was in graduate school, about ten years ago. She didn’t really ask me much about my qualifications or experience. She mainly wanted to know how much I wanted to work. That was basically her first question, which really surprised me. I’m sure it will be a different experience on the 19th.

I also had my other interview on Thursday. It seemed to go OK, although my heart wasn’t into it. I had already sort of decided before I even went that I didn’t want the job and didn’t really want to work nights. Aaron REALLY doesn’t want me to work nights. He would be too worried about being alone with kids and have something go wrong with David’s astham. Anyway…I went to the interview to get some more practice.

It was a little embarassing, though. One of the women interviewing me kept looking at me funny. I suddenly realized that somehow the middle button of my shirt had come undone. So I think she was trying not to stare at the bottom portion of my bra and my stomach that was probably clearly visible. I didn’t say anything, just tried to button it as quickly as possible. I don’t know what they were thinking, though! LOL

So…here’s to hoping that nothing like that happens on the 19th!

Holy Cow!
April 8, 2008, 6:02 am
Filed under: employment search, MSW, social work

I am in a state of shock today. I have applied for several positions recently. I thought it would take me longer to hear anything about them…but I guess not. Today I received a phone call from Samaritan Health Services and they’ve asked me to come in and interview for a Medical Social Worker position. It would be on a casual (ie fill-in I’m assuming) basis. I was a little surprised, though, at how quickly they wanted to do the interview. If I would have agreed to it, they would have interviewed me tomorrow! Instead, my interview is at 2PM on Wednesday.

So, the first thing I freaked out about was my lack of appropriate clothing. I took a trip to Albany and actually found something that will work…I don’t even think I’ll need to buy new shoes. My total outfit cost $33.60…pretty frugal, huh?

Now, I am freaking out because I haven’t been on a job interview in nine YEARS and I haven’t done anything resembling medical social work since grad school almost ten years ago. I guess they wouldn’t bother to interview me if they thought I had no qualifications….but I just don’t want to go in there and look like an idiot.

I also think I will have another job interview soon. While I was on the phone with the hospital, the case manager from CARDV called me. I applied for a weekend/evening advocate position they have open. I called back and left a message to see if I could get an interview on Thursday.

Amazingly I am able to have child care for both of those days. I guess it’s not really amazing. Both sets of grandparents have said they will make sure they are around to to care for the boys while I’m working. I’m just all around nervous about this whole process. We’ll see how it goes…wish me luck!

Happy birthday, David!
April 7, 2008, 6:15 am
Filed under: birthday, sibling rivarly | Tags: , , , ,

Today was David’s birthday and it was quite a day! We ended up with 15 people at our house for the event. Needless to say, that made it a little cramped. David really enjoyed all of his gifts, but, being just 3 years old today, it found it rather difficult to share. All in all it turned out well. Gavin did OK, as well. There was a bit of sibling rivarly since David was getting new stuff, but he did reasonably well.

For me it is just hard to believe that he is already three years old. Today at 4:16PM it was exactly three years ago that I gave birth to that little boy. We’ve been through a lot together in those three years, especially last year. I’m hoping that we’ve used up all of our “drama chips.” Fingers crossed here that that will be the case from here on out…especially since Aaron will be out of town on business most of next week!