Trying to raise my kids the best I can

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Finding a job

I wanted to share with you the latest from my job search. As you know, I am taking a few classes at the community college this year towards becoming a nurse. I am also looking for a part time job in the evenings when my husband is home to watch the kids.

I first applied to the gym I used to work for as a personal trainer. The boss really liked me and wanted me, but corporate had to OK the re-hire. I waited and waited for a week or two with no word. I was starting to think I might not get the job. I started brainstorming other jobs I could do. I could waitress at Friendly's - it's low stress, decent money. I could work for Walmart - after all I spend all my money there anyway. What if I deliver pizza's for Dominos? Maybe I'd get a lot of tips if I put on my pretty smile. Then finally, I called the gym and got the bad news "I'm sorry, honey. They didn't approve your re-hire". Ouch. Rejected. That stings. But I feel a peace about it. God is in control. And I was starting to get excited about going somewhere else.

My friend suggested UPS. It's right near my house. So I applied. The pay is terrible ($8.50/hour), but I'm excited about the job anyway. I'll get money for college and health insurance for my family (my husband's company is cutting health insurance). So those are two very good reasons to work there. Everyone keeps telling me how horrible it is. You spend hours loading (or unloading)enormous trucks of boxes. It's exhausting, never ending, too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, dirty, repetitive. The human resources guy who gave us the tour wanted us to be clear about the job. He kept emphasising how bad it was. So did my friend who worked there. I'm intrigued by their descriptions. How bad could it be? I'm excited by the challenge. I want to stick it out a full year and prove them all wrong.

So we took a tour of the facility. It was enormous. It was amazing. I've never seen anything like it. It was like the car factory in "8-mile". I've never worked in a blue collar setting before. It was just huge. There were people and boxes and conveyer belts and trucks everywhere. The boxes were going every which direction; up, down, back, forth. I was pleased to see a lot of women working there. I watched the people doing the job I would be doing. Moving boxes over and over. I asked myself if I could do that. I think I could. I'm athletic. I'm competitive. If I want to get something done I'll go gung-ho until it's complete.

I could understand the experssion "going postal". The boxes just keep coming and coming. You never get on top of them. It could drive a person mad.

The thought of getting out of the house for a four hour block of time and getting a workout during that time makes me giddy. I don't get a lot of breaks from the kids. To think that my husband would have to come home and watch them gets me excited. I smile when I think, if only these people knew, the money is just icing on the cake for me.

I thought about getting one of those hydration packs that hikers wear. You know, so I could just suck water whenever I need to. There didn't seem to be a place to put a bottle of water. In fact, if I ever moved up in the company and worked for health and safety as a nurse, I would require that all employees wear water packs.

I'm also going to drink protein shakes on my breaks. I'm going to eat really healthy. Between that and the workout I'm going to be ripped. My friend who worked there is SO ripped.

So I'm waiting for my call back from them now. And then I'll start training. Wish me luck.


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