You will have to forgive me, this schedule is still killing me. I get about one day a week when I get a full 8 hours, uninterrupted sleep. I have always known I needed 7-8 hour sleep a night to function well, but I've never gone this long, this sleep deprived. I've found that I become a total, flakey, ditzy, unfocused, tearful, mess when I don't get enough sleep. I was hanging in and waiting for a new job to come through. Needless to say, the descriptors I gave in the previous sentence do not add up to a strong interviewee :0). I haven't gotten any offers. I have some vacation time built up at work, my plan was to request days off here and there so I could hang in there until a new job came through. Then I discovered I had made a mistake. It wasn't a dangerous or horrible mistake. No one was hurt, I'm not sure anyone else even noticed, it was all fine. It wasn't a mistake I ever would have made if I was getting enough sleep. To me, it was a signal, a red flag that it was time to go. I submitted 3 weeks notice the day I found the mistake. So my last day is October 23rd. Since I totally blew an interview (I won't go into details, it involved crying. If the place made me an offer I wouldn't work for them because they are obviously stupid or so desperate they've lost all sense of judgement), I've quit interviewing until I get my schedule back on track. I will be doing agency nursing until something better comes up. That involves lots of flexibility and hard work. Time to dig out the stethescope, nursing shoes and scrubs I haven't used in years. It's not easy work, but it will pay the bills, hopefully the perfect job will come in soon.
In the mean time, I have to get my toad before I leave my job so I will still qualify for a loan. My friends; flaky, crazy and easily distracted were shopping for a toad :0) What a circus. Let's just have a moment of silence for the poor car salesmen I dealt with. My short term memory is useless at this point. Here I am with my list of towable cars, and my edmonds.com evaluations for the cars I'm interested in, trying to explain the the salesman why I could care less about the colors or the options the car has. Also trying to explain that the towable and curb weight part of the equation are deal breakers. So, I pick up my new (to me) car on Friday. The man will pay me for the rest of the truck and pick it up on Saturday morning. My last day of work is one week from Saturday. ARGH!!!!
If you want to check it out, my toad is a 2009 Chevy HHT in dark Grey. Front wheel drive, automatic. It has lot's of cargo space for the crazy dogs and the whole cargo area is covered in hard plastic. Cargo area is big enough that I will be able to haul my bicycle in the car when I'm on the road. It is kind of funny looking, but cute, and it's growing on me. According to edmonds, I got a very fair price on the car.
Counting my Blessings:
- Crazy dogs that are as baffled by weird schedule as I am. They make me smile every day
- My sense of humor (if you've seen the dog in the movie UP!, I am him these days... SQUIRREL!)
- My nursing license that gives me earning power no matter what.