Sigh. I know. It’s been super long since I updated. There are excuses, but none of them really matter now. It’s time to get on with it.
First, some pictures of what I’ve been up to…
Mr. Dawn and I arrived down south approximately a month ago. We stayed with some friends for a week while we waited for our truck to arrive with all of our belongings. Then we set up our temporary home. I say temporary because we moved in here knowing that we’re going to be finding a more permanent dwelling sometime in the next year. Currently we are in a little rental that is miles away from Mr. Dawn’s job. We unpacked our summer clothes and enough of the essentials to be able to live and entertain comfortably. But we have LOADS of boxes in the spare room and garage.
As Mr. Dawn began his new and super exciting job, I got down to the serious business of looking for a job. Granted, since I knew a few weeks before the move where we’d be relocated to, I’d already applied for about a dozen jobs. And honestly after dealing with so much rejection in Kansas (our 3 month home), I was a little beaten down. I felt very discouraged. While I tried to check job site often and apply to anything that I felt I was mildly qualified for, my spirit wasn’t very energetic.
I had actually applied for one particular job in the midst of an application spurt. It was mixed in with a few others that I wasn’t as excited about. But after thinking about it for a few days I realized that I had a friend that had worked for that organization a few years ago and I decided to text him to see if he had any insights for me or any contacts that he stayed in touch with. Well he did! So about a week after I applied, I emailed him and he contacted someone, who passed my name on to someone, who passed it along…and so on…and so on… That very same day, I got two emails. One from the HR recruiter for that position and another one from the hiring manager wanting to set up a phone interview for the next day. This was literally the first nibble that I’d had since an interview back in June.
The phone interview went well and by the end an in-person interview was scheduled.
To make a long story short(er) I got the job!!!!!
That’s the good news!
The bad news? I’m going to be traveling 85% of the time. So, flying out Monday morning. Back by Friday. Sigh. Now, while I know that is dreadful, I do have to say that it seems to be the only thing about this job that I don’t LOVE. I have been looking for an opportunity to get experience in a non-education field and this just seems like its going to be the perfect fit for my interests and skills. I feel like the travel, while it is not ideal, is just something that I need to deal with while I gain as much knowledge and experience as possible.
Ok, ok, enough about “real life” what about running? Well, that’s been coming and going in waves. It is stupid hot here. And the humidity? Forget about it. I thought the Midwest was humid? I was wrong! But I’ve gotten out several times a week for short runs, just trying to build back my base. Because starting October 1, I’m going to be back to the world of marathon training!!!!! Weeeeeeeeee!
And yes. I do know that means that I’ll be training in conjunction with learning about my new job….not to mention spending all week living out of a suitcase and hotel. Yes. I know. It’s going to be interesting. I feel like I will learn a lot. I will have to, right? I’ve always been better at doing Jazzercise when I travel than I am about running. But this will nudge me in the right direction. At least I’m hoping so. In fact, my goal is to sign up for the marathon by the end of the week so that my registration $$ will start to loom over me and keep me focused on my goals.
So, there it is. My life over the past few weeks. What about you? What’s been going on that I’ve missed?