Pretty Work People

After suffering through several sleepless nights waiting to see whether my last boss(es) would give me a good reference, I received a job offer last week.  I’ll be doing financial analysis at a local nonprofit (the one with the men) half-time.  It’s a temporary gig through the end of the year and if it turns into another pile of bad soulness, I can leave.

Today is my first day.

Having been through a relatively traumatic recent job experience/ job loss (what the hell do I call it anyway?), I’m less confident and sure than I’ve ever been.  There’s only so much positive self-talk one can engage in while preparing toast for preschoolers:

"It’s ok, you’ll be fine —-PEANUT BUTTER? — It’s just spreadsheets –STOP! MOMMY HASN’T HAD HER COFFEE –– The hair isn’t that bad, they won’t notice — LISTEN! JUST SIT & EAT & STOP HITTING YOUR SISTER!--spreadsheets are fun — BECAUSE I SAID SO!"

Maybe I’ll walk in and see all the nice pretty work people and the angels of balancing spreadsheets and sassy sister friends will smile down upon me and all will be well… Maybe.

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.


14 Responses to “Pretty Work People”

  1. October 3, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Go kick some non-profit ass!

    You can do it!

  2. October 3, 2006 at 10:03 am

    You’ll be awesome. I always stress about job/losing my jobs, and have to work REAL hard to keep it in perspective.

    But on good days, I’ll remember that things usually, generally, work out if I stay at least mostly positive.

    That sounded self-helpy. Whatever. I agree with Loralee. Kick non-profit ass!

  3. 4 Michelle
    October 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

    Knock ’em dead, Rach. You’ll be back in full swing in no time

  4. October 3, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    I can relate. I hope your first day went well – better than expected.

  5. October 3, 2006 at 6:08 pm

    Congratulations on the job. I don’t know how you manage to look presentable for work while looking after the kids. I wear sweatpants and have greasy hair most days and I don’t have a job. Or is working in non profit more of a let it all hang out, shabby clothes type scene?

  6. October 3, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Went well… knock wood. As for how I manage to look presentable… it has to do with forcing my ass up early, emma. UGH. And yes, the dress code is more lax.

    Thanks, all, for the good wishes.

  7. October 4, 2006 at 6:21 am

    Congratulations on your new job! Hope you made it there with very little peanut butter on your clothes.

  8. October 4, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    I’m sure you’ll be running the place by next week.

  9. October 4, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Congratulations on the new job! And glad to hear the first day went well!


  10. October 4, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    It is very hard to make the transition to a new job anyway, but while dealing with toddlers…yikes. Yeah, I’ve been there. Hope your first day went well!!

  11. October 4, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Hmm, I just tried to leave a comment, but I don’t think it “took”. I was saying that a new job is a tough transition even WITHOUT toddlers yelling about toast in the background. Oy – I’ve been there. Hope the first day went well!

  12. October 4, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Sigh. I am an idiot. And now you’ll have THREE messages from me. WEEEE!

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