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Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's not a train this time!

I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

I got a job offer from the State of Wisconsin this morning. After an application process that seemed to take forever, I was finally chosen. Part of me wonders if maybe others had turned the position down before I was offered it. But that doesn't really matter. I will take it. After over a year of unemployment, it will be nice to earn an honest wage again.

I don't start until the 27th of September, but that's ok too. It gives me a couple of weeks to prepare. As a state job, I will probably need to buy almost a whole new wardrobe. Plus, it's downtown, which means my commute and parking will be a pain until I get used to it. So, I will be taking this time to plan my route and an alternate route or two.

The position itself is basically an admin assistant position, assisting the Director of Regional Operations for the Department of Children and Families. Interestingly, based on the job description, and what I have gleaned about the Department, my graduate degree in Counseling Studies may eventually come in handy. It's like it was all part of some grand plan...

It will be tough to balance my time between work, family, writing, school and the gym. But I think I can do it. Being busy, with little to no "idle time" on my hands sounds like a pleasant change right now. Of course, you could ask me how I feel about it a year from now and I might give you a different opinion.

All in all, I'm very happy today. I think maybe I will treat myself to a celebratory lunch today.